AS NOTED IN EARLIER ARTICLES ON THIS WEBSITE, KIDNEYS ARE AMONG INTERNAL ORGANS THAT OFTEN FAIL WHEN SUBJECT TO PROLONGED STEROID USE. WHEN USED CORRECTLY, STEROIDS AND HORMONES ARE ONLY TO BE USED FOR THE TREATMENT OF (A) LEGITIMATE WASTING DISEASES AFTER BEING (B) APPROPRIATELY PRESCRIBED BY AN HONEST MEDICAL DOCTOR. DEREK ANTHONY’S MEDICAL ISSUES WERE SO CHRONIC THAT HE WAS ON DIALYSIS TREATMENT FOR SEVERAL YEARS.
NOTE: DIALYSIS IS COMMON TO MANY BODYBUILDERS AND ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER IS RUMORED TO BE RECEIVING DIALYSIS TREATMENTS 3-TIMES PER WEEK.
Although illegal in athletic competition, the use of steroids is not illegal per se. Amateur body builders – and in some jurisdictions, the professionals too – are free to use whatever aids they need to use. That being the case, many people will have no qualms about reaching for the medicine cabinet to make things easier and even more efficient. There is no question, however, that steroids can only give so much because they borrow from what you already have. The damage that can result from this is a very good reason to think long and hard before deciding to use steroids.
In the 1970s, bodybuilding had major publicity thanks to the appearance of Arnold Schwarzenegger , Franco Columbu , Lou Ferrigno , and others in the 1977 docudrama Pumping Iron . By this time, the IFBB dominated the competitive bodybuilding landscape and the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) took a back seat. The National Physique Committee (NPC) was formed in 1981 by Jim Manion ,  who had just stepped down as chairman of the AAU Physique Committee. The NPC has gone on to become the most successful bodybuilding organization in America, and is the amateur division of the IFBB. The late 1980s and early 1990s saw the decline of AAU-sponsored bodybuilding contests. In 1999, the AAU voted to discontinue its bodybuilding events.