very interesting perspectives from everyone and yes, I also wonder why Chris Bell didn't explain the synthol in Valentino's arms. My only guess is that with all the information that is avaialable, he didn't want to bore anyone so he condensed it. Personally, I have no quarrel with anyone that uses because it is a personal choice, you accept whatever consequences that arise from them. However, I do believe that like anything in the world there will be overuse/abusive behavior. It's just a common fact that there will be that ONE idiot who will take it over board and make a case for the ill-informed masses.
My belief is this: I learned this at my first strongman show and training/talking with some good buddies. At local levels there may be a couple guys on the juice, at regional level it's about half and half, and at national levels then you better believe they are using. Educate yourself and accept the FULL responsibility should you decide to use AAS.