Indeed, Steve. After all, testosterone, the king of androgens, is merely an androgenic metabolite of cholesterol - just like “andro” 4-AD, DHT, etc. Should we say that testosterone is not a “real” steroid because it converts to dihydrotestosterone and estrogen? Does that make testosterone a “prohormone”? The truth is, Steve, we don’t know much about androgens or how they work. Believe it or not, some people believe that testosterone is inactive, and only becomes active when it is converted to dihydrotestosterone. Just type “dihydrotestosterone” in the yahoo search engine, and you’ll find out what I am talking about. The truth is, we don’t really know. It’s all theory. Despite the fact that we think we are so advanced, we are not really too far ahead of the ancient Greeks who thought “black bile” caused insanity. Hell, I’m more apt to believe the “black bile” theory than I am to believe the Freudian theory that insanity is caused by a secret desire to screw your own mother. We don’t know squat about the workings of the human body, and we know even less about the brain and mind in particular. We just know that some drugs work, and some don’t. We know that some delivery systems work better than others. But we don’t really understand the “whys” and “hows.”
Now, regarding 16 year olds, there is a simple solution to that problem. They could make androgen hormones an age restricted product - just like alcohol. Speaking of alcohol: Ethyl Alcohol is a powerful central nervous system depressant. It inhibits the high centers of the brain, the centers of the brain that separate us from the animals. Alcohol is the meanest, most vile drug known to man. It has destroyed marriages, lives, and families. Where is the FDA? Why don’t they “have to do something about alcohol”? Where’s McCaffrey when some drunk is beating the shit out of his wife and kids for no reason? One of my cousins, who was a chronic alcoholic died of Cirrhosis and Hepatitis. He was 35. Where was McCaffrey? Why do people use the term “drugs and alcohol.” Is alcohol not a “real” drug, like andro is not a “real” steroid because it’s legal? Ever watched an alcoholic experience Delerium Tremens?
Sorry for the rant. I’m not opposed to alcohol use or steroid use. All I’m saying is let’s call a spade a spade, and let’s not worry about andro when something like alcohol is out there.