It’s no secret that Llewellyn is writing a book that will supposedly expose the truth behind Underground anabolic steroids labs by testing each and every one for contents, bacteria, heavy metal, etc. The book should have been published some time ago but has been delayed because of additional tests that take extra time. Unfortunately there are already widespread rumors that the delay caused because some powerful manufacturers are trying to get better results by all means possible – bribes, attacks, threats. Could that be true?
UNDERGROUND ANABOLICS is in fact awaited eagerly by many bodybuilders as it will literally dictate the sales of anabolics in the future. If a product will be listed as good the lab will multiply sales overnight. If the results will be bad that lab might as well stop producing. And every lab is aware of that – it seems they are literally competing who would provide samples, who woldn’t, there are multiple rumours around that they are trying to bribe the authors to show their products in better (or perfect) light. The Alin-BOS little war is a good example – it has been going on for some time now and was at its height when Alin supposedly DDoSed bodyofscience homesite. At the time I speculated Axxio was behind that, but BOS people claim it was Alin. Alin says it wasn’t him. So I can’t even tell if I’m right or wrong.
The interesting thing to note here though is the developments after the DDoS. It seems the attacks suddenly just stopped. BOS didn’t move to a new server nor was it upgraded/changed/moved behind a firewall/proxy. Nothing. It seems that whoever did the attack simply stopped it after a week. From past experience we learned that when Alin does a DDoS, he doesn’t stop until he has achieved what he wanted.
So the relevant question is what was it that BOS offered to Alin to stop the attacks? Maybe nothing, but if we consider some of the posts during and after the attack it seems somewhat weird. First of all, during the attacks RonnyT was bitching on other forums that they were under attack by Alin. After attacks stopped Alin made couple of posts on BOS Forums stating that he wasn’t the attacker and they had a heated argument with Ronny showing their communications from the past etc. The thread with a conclusion between the two that it is now status Quo – as before. It looks a bit fishy as I would expect some resentment after a DDoS attack, but it seems BOS people are quite forgiving…
This month something interesting happened. Muscular Development published an Article by William Llewellyn in the August issue about Bacteria Contamination. In this article there is only one mention of Balkan Pharmaceuticals, and it is listed in the section of “Oil-based steroids that were analyzed from each of the following companies/underground labs were clean, with no significant bacterial level”. In the section of water based steroids Balkan is not mentioned at all. To be truthful, only three water based-products were tested, but given that Balkan is one of the biggest UGs one would expect that their Strombaject Aqua would be tested along with others. Unless they were only testing products provided by manufacturer and as we saw Balkan was unwilling to donate. As one of the strongest advantages of Balkan is price one would think that they would be ale to procure couple of vials (they are on stock) and test them. Strange – at the same time they are (supposedly?) very angry with each other but on the other hand it seems that no criticism is intended.
On July 18th Williiam wrote an open letter to Alin that can be found here Basically it states that the book results will not be influenced in any way. I would somehow think this doesn’t need to be explained at all; if it needs to be explained, why not include everyone/send it to everyone? It almost looks like William needs to explain/excuse himself, which in a way could mean they are sorry for something. What could that be?
In the same letter Llewellyn wrote:
1) While most other labs refused also, Alin, having professed to us privately many times to have the best QC in the business, refused to send in any samples for testing even though we had a strong open dialog. Even though he would have had total control over when he sent, he sent nothing. We had to get from the black market, like most.
Hmm. In the article in Muscular Development it is pointed out that water based steroids are extremely hard to make with low bacteria count – if we look at it from the perspective of safety we can conclude that a company that can make a good bacteria-free water-based product can also make a good oil based product. So by checking test of Stanozolol Depot we can basically say which company is good or not. Given the fact that Balkan is one of the top 5 Black market manufacturers it is extremely weird it is not listed. It’s true that articles for MD have to be prepared a long time in advance but as the book is being prepared for a very long time now I can’t really accept it as an excuse.
Another problem with the book that I can see is sourcing of tested products. As we can see from open letters and open discussions between Alin and Ronny, BOS team tried to obtain samples from the manufacturers. As long as these samples are only kept as reference and compared to the samples bought on the black market it is OK. But from the discussions on the BOS boards it would seem they have a lack of samples obtained directly from the source as any other bodybuilder would (among other reasons finances are given). So if they run out of money, will they only show results of samples given directly by the manufacturer? I should emphasize that the book will only be helpful to an everyday Joe as long as it completely mimics the behavior of an everyday juicer – samples have to be bought by anonymous individuals from the sources listed as legitimate suppliers, paid in cash if possible, with no hints of any testing whatsoever. I’m sure that William Llewellyn knows this, but I’m pointing it out because it’s never stressed enough. And for complete transparency it could be helpful if the sources would at least be hinted at in the book.
And finally the most disappointing issue that there might be something wrong. I’m taking the Muscular Development Article as a hint of what the book will contain (the article conclusions says so anyway). I will re-write an excerpt from the article in MD so you will get the picture of what I mean.
Of the four water based products that were sent into the lab, three samples contained very high levels of bacteria. The only water-based product that passed bacteria screening was an (additional) ampule of Alpha Pharma stanozolol (lot RX8001). Alpha Pharma is a registered pharmaceutical exporter in India. Their products are not sold domestically in that country, but are not considered ‘underground,’ either. If the product with lot RX7001 actually came from the same company (which we cannot say for certain), it wold underline how difficult it can be to assemble sterile water-based products. As a registered manufacturer, this company should have extensive quality control measures in place (the second lot did pass inspection). India, after all, does have a fairly developed pharmaceutical industry. Still we find bacteria in one of the samples.
At first glance, It looks OK. But if you rethink what is says it’s, argh, wtf?! It doesn’t seem like an eyeopening revelation with straight conclusions, more like a very diplomatically written article who tries not offend Alpha Pharma… If we check the facts – IF Alpha Pharma was manufactured in a pharma environment, the batch RX7001 would never made it in circulation but would have been destroyed in the factory (remember, by world standards, every products must be lab-tested before it leaves the factory…) – in the article it is rather said “it’s even hard to do it for a legit pharma company”. Than it is hinted that it could have been a counterfeit. Here, at least saying if it was obtained from a legit supplier would help us a great deal. And third, It is nowhere stated where the second amp was obtained. It says additional so was it sent in by Aplha Pharma after the first sample showed bacteria?, was it bough at the same time, etc? What I conclude from this is Alpha Pharma is just as bad as the other two products because if I bought it I would be playing bingo never knowing what I’d get. “You have a 50/50 chance of infection – good luck!”
I don’t know what the book UNDERGROUND ANABOLICS will look like. At this moment I’m just pointing out some details I really think the authors should look at before putting the book for sale. People have really high hopes for this book and if it will not be written in such a way as not to allow for any doubt, it could as well bury the Author.