16 Sep 2019

RE: Digital Citizens Alliance Report on Digital Platforms Enabling the Sale of Illegal Appearance and Performance-Enhancing Drugs

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“This is a bone-chilling report and should serve as a call to action for these popular digital platforms that the advertising and sale of these extremely dangerous and illegal substances on their sites must stop. It’s time for these digital platforms, like Facebook and Google, to stop turning a blind eye and to stop allowing, […]
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11 Jun 2019

Virgin Islands Education

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At the Taylor Hooton Foundation, our mission is to enlighten the world to the truths about Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances. More often than not, that education takes place within the continental United States. However, I recently had the opportunity to take our program to the U.S. Virgin Islands. I recently spoke to six high […]
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25 Mar 2019

Steroids and Violence

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When we think of anabolic steroids, most of us think about the physical effects that result from using these drugs. For example: In men: shrinking testicles decreased sperm count baldness development of breasts increased risk for prostate cancer In women: growth of facial hair or excess body hair decreased breast size male-pattern baldness changes in […]
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29 Jan 2018

Energy Drinks are not the benign products you think they are

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As we have traveled the country speaking to groups about dietary supplements, we have learned that nearly everyone is under the belief that energy drinks are harmless benign substances. Last year, there were more than 20,000 emergency room visits attributable to the ingestion of energy drinks – following a 2011 government report that expressed real […]
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7 Dec 2017

Cheaters Never Win!

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“Cheaters Never Win”, at least that’s what we were taught when we were kids. But, looking at the world around us, I question every day whether that’s true or not anymore. When I read today’s news about the punishment that was meted out against Russia by the IOC for cheating by doping, a faint ray […]
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2 Nov 2017

A Single Dose of Testosterone Impairs Cognitive Reflection in Men

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From watching TV, listening to the radio, and reading ads in magazines, it would seem to the casual observer that men deciding to take testosterone are simply taking “natural” substances that are benign, that have no negative side effects, and that have total upside. Regaining lost youth. Improving sexual prowess. And, more.
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25 Sep 2017

Where is the Outrage?

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The NFL announced this week that Brian Cushing of the Houston Texans has been suspended for 10 games for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.  The 10-game suspension will cost Cushing over 44 million, plus more if Houston attempts to recoup any of his signing bonus.
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30 Jun 2017

Why Steroid Testing Won’t Solve the Youth Steroid Epidemic

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Steroid Drug Testing
It was just a few years that I could be counted among the most vocal supporters of steroid testing for high school athletes. However, real world experience has taught me that steroid testing is not a solution to the increasing rates of steroid usage among students of all ages. To implement a meaningful steroid testing […]
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14 Jun 2017

Should we really be drinking all those Energy Drinks?

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Energy Drinks
On April 26, 2017, sixteen-year-old Davis Allen Crepe consumed a large diet soda, a large latte, and an energy drink within a short time frame. Two hours later he went into cardiac arrest and died. In June of 2014, sixteen-year-old Lanna Hamann was vacationing with family and friends in Mexico when she went into cardiac […]
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12 Jun 2017

What is a Hoot’s Chalk Talk?

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Over 1 Million People Reached Enlightening people about the truths that surround anabolic steroids, dietary supplements, and other appearance and performance enhancing substances is what we do at the Taylor Hooton Foundation. We’ve been delivering our Hoot’s Chalk Talk education programs in school auditoriums, gyms, and other venues across the US since 2003. To date, […]
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25 May 2017

Anabolic Steroid Use is Now a Public Health Problem

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The use of Anabolic Steroids and other appearance and performance enhancing drugs have grown to epidemic levels. The most recent studies show that as many as 4 million Americans have used anabolic steroids 7% of US high school students admit to having used anabolic steroids The profile of the typical steroid user has changed in […]
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19 May 2017

Suicide Is Never a Joke

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Aaron Hernandez
In the wake of the recent death by suicide of famed NFL player and prisoner Aaron Hernandez, a number of citizens took to the airwaves and pages of various media to post sarcasm and jokes about his death. As the father of a young man whose life was cut short by suicide, I can tell […]
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12 May 2017

Maria Sharapova Suspended After Failing Drug Test

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The richest athlete in the history of women’s sport was suspended last year for failing a drug test putting her lucrative tennis career on the line. Maria Sharapova recently returned to play after serving a 15-month suspension for using the banned substance meldonium.  Meldonium was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) just a few […]
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5 May 2017

Experts in Washington D.C. Examine the Steroid Epidemic

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Hidden In Plain Sight
The Taylor Hooton Foundation hosted a forum in Washington, D.C. on April 27 to address the urgent need for progress in research, diagnosis and treatment of users of anabolic steroids, dietary supplements, and other Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances. A number of the world’s experts on this topic gathered at the National Press Club to […]
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18 Apr 2017

The NIH Will Address an Emerging National Health Crisis

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Hidden In Plain Sight
The Taylor Hooton Foundation is hosting a public forum at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. by the world’s foremost authorities on Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances. Why? The use of Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances in the general public, particularly among youth, is emerging as a national health crisis. Current research shows that […]
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24 Mar 2017

#AllMePEDFree at Spring Training in Arizona

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Greetings from Arizona! Another year to visit the Phoenix area to visit with those MLB teams that are members of the Cactus League. In particular, we are here to meet with members of our All Me League Advisory Board. Our day started with free breakfast in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Express in Tempe. […]
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14 Mar 2017

Jared Hughes Reveals Why He Is All Me PED Free

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Pittsburgh Pirates Jared Hughes
This morning I woke up in Tampa rested and ready to tackle the day. After grabbing a quick breakfast, we were on the road to Bradenton, FL to welcome our newest member of our MLB Advisory Board, Pittsburgh Pirates’ Jared Hughes. A couple of years ago I was spending the afternoon with my wife Chelsey […]
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9 Mar 2017

Catching Up With 3 All Me Players From the Astros

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Houston Astros Spring Training 2017
We woke up this morning in Port Saint Lucie on the East coast of Florida. Having repacked my bag with All Me t-shirts and tank tops for our All Me players, I grabbed a cup of coffee and loaded the car. On the way to the ballpark we stopped in a little restaurant located in […]
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8 Mar 2017

Meeting With the Tigers and Phillies at Spring Training

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Spring Training Detroit Tigers
This morning I woke up in Tampa, FL excited to head to Lakeland to meet with our MLB Advisory Board Member from the Detroit Tigers, James McCann. The weather this morning was 70 degrees, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. On the way to the ballpark we stopped at Mom’s Place for breakfast. […]
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2 Mar 2017


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Old Baseball and Bat
The tragic deaths of Taylor Hooton and Rob Garibaldi, because of their use of anabolic steroids, served as catalysts for the formation of the Taylor Hooton Foundation and have been documented in the new book, Suicide Squeeze (Temple University Press), by author and long-time educator, Bill Kashatus. “We are excited about the release of Bill […]
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10 Feb 2017

Taylor’s Story: Part 1

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Taylor, my youngest son, was two weeks past his 17th birthday when he committed suicide. His mom found him hanging on the door in his bedroom with two belts fashioned into a noose. Taylor, a 6’3″, 175-pound pitcher at Plano West High School in Plano, TX, appeared to have everything a teenager could desire: popularity, […]
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7 Feb 2017

How big is the youth APED problem? Vol. 2

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High School Volleyball Match In Gymnasium
In my first blog post on this subject, I shared the most current data that exists on anabolic steroid usage among high school students. To review, the current data shows that about 7% of high school students admit to using anabolic steroids. Let’s look at some associated data that makes this high school data more […]
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20 Jan 2017

The JAMA On Men’s Body Image Issues

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Body Image weightlifting
Current Events: “More research is needed to address the critical health problems associated with the use of anabolic-androgenic steroids among American men.” When our son Taylor died in 2003, we had taken him to three different doctors in the weeks/months leading up to his death. A family physician, a dermatologist and a psychiatrist. Two of […]
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17 Jan 2017

How big is the youth APED problem? Vol. 1

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High School Basketball Team Playing Game
Market research shows that few adults are aware of the scope of the youth anabolic steroid problem. Most believe that steroid use is limited to professional athletes. Few are aware that so many of our high school and college students are actively using Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs (APEDs) like anabolic steroids and other similar […]
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12 Jan 2017

Welcome to Our Brand New All Me League Blog

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As the widely recognized national leader on the topic of youth Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drug (APED) use by youth, I feel it is way past time that we create a place where we can share our insights and opinions into the ever-increasing APED problem. 13 years after losing our 17 year-old son, Taylor, to […]
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