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Baseball Players & Roids

In response to a Kidzworld story that mentioned steroid use by Mark McGwire, one of our members wrote in to say, "I am a personal friend of Mark McGwire and am absolutely outraged that you feel you can associate his name with steroids. I highly suggest that his name be removed from that page before further action is necessary. Thank you for your cooperation."

We appreciate all the comments we get from Kidzworld members - especially those who are personal friends of Mark McGwire. However, associating Mark McGwire's name with steroids is hardly outrageous. During his magical 1998 season, where he broke baseball's homerun record, Mark admitted taking Androstenedione - a substance which is classified as an androgenic steroid and increases the levels of testosterone in the body. Androstenedione is banned by the NFL, the NCAA and the International Olympic Committee. Despite the health risks, Mark McGwire was not breaking any rules by taking Androstenedione. Major League Baseball won't even begin testing players for steroid use until 2003 and some baseball players have estimated that up to 50 percent of the players in the league use steroids.

The increase in steroid use amongst professional baseball players has led many kids to start using steroids. This is a major health risk, especially for kids and teenagers whose muscles and bones are still developing. A 2001 survey by Blue Cross Blue Shield found that nearly one million kids in America are now using steroids and other muscle building substances to help their sports performance.

To learn more, check out some of the risks of taking 'roids.

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    drowning posted in Friends:
    "NS12" wrote: I meet this guy at a festival and we have been talking for the whole week and my mum has noticed I keep texting someone and I know I need to tell her but I don t know how I am going to tell her, I doubt she ll get angry or anything but he lives about 4/5 hours away from me. I know I need to tell her as I don t like keeping secrets from her. I know this was a bit ago, but I truly hope that you were able to be open with your mother. If you feel as if they won't get mad at you, then chances are that your guardian will not. Honesty is the best policy, and if you feel guilt keeping a secret, then it is one you probably shouldn't be keeping.
    reply about 12 hours
    drowning
    I agree with @rainbowpoptart. You really shouldn't worry about relationships that much given your age. I promise, they're better things to worry about than boys and more secure romances occur later on in life anyways. But, given the situation, you shouldn't worry about either. The boy is unfaithful and so is your friend. If your best friend really valued your friendship, she would not have put it in a position that could end it. Don't waste your time on those who will not put you first just as you do for them; better people will come into your life and they are the ones who you should really worry about.
    reply about 12 hours
    rainbowpoptart
    There's a Dear Dish-It section for questions like this. (: But to answer it anyway: BREAK UP WITH HIM! Stop being friends with who he cheated on you with. Move on and find someone better for you. Don't let it ruin your life. Neither of them are worth your time, there are much better people out there. Because you're only 10, though, I would definitely advise not focusing too much on any more romantic relationships. Work on preparing for your future; boyfriends can wait a while.
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    Pinklilylane
    So my Bf cheated on me for my bff. Know they won't even talk to me. I don't know what to do. Can you tell me what to do?
    reply 2 days
    PitbullLover777
    You should definitely tell your mom - gently, and slowly - be honest - and everything will be ok
    reply 4 days