Putting an 80 Year Old on Steroids


As a doctor I see a lot of elderly men with lung problems who  need to go on steroids.     That is why I was surprised to see the headline about an 80 year old man getting busted for being on them.   Am I doing something illegal with these patients?  I’m kidding.  The real story is that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s suspended Don Ramos of Colorado Springs because he tested positive for steroids while attempting to set a world record in his age group at the Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships in June.   That test has got to be the easiest one to find cheaters.  Let’s see, he is 80 so any testosterone at ALL in his system should be a red flag!  But I have to say this, who gives a flying crap?  He is almost at this end of his natural life expectancy and the testosterone is letting him do more than most 50 year olds do.   Instead of punishing him we should be studying his protocol.   And then I am going on it.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  4 comments for “Putting an 80 Year Old on Steroids

  1. Kurt
    September 4, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Since when do chronic lungers go on testosterone for their breathing? I thought it was
    prednisone? I suspect prednisone is a no-no as it can cut down on inflammation and technically
    give a temporary edge.

    I believe the issue is the fact the guy was on exogenous steroids. Sure it makes him function better in real life but that may give him an advantage over all the “natural” 80 year old weight
    lifters out there! (sic)

    I also believe the testing methods can discern between exogenous and endogenous androgens.
    Plus all the female athletes can take their birth control pills with no problems.

    • Doug Farrago
      September 4, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      I know the difference. I was just kidding.

  2. Pat
    September 2, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Obviously the problem is PED’s in the arena of organized competition. Apart from that, hell yeah I’m for it – that and trolling for young chicks with my social security check.

  3. Sir Lance-a-lot
    September 2, 2013 at 12:48 am

    I’m on the list after you , Doug!

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