Lance Reynolds, Ben Johnson, Barry Bond, even Jim Thorpe, the list goes on and on…. all did amazing things with the aid of steroids. So wouldn’t you think, with all the steroids Wayne has been taking, he would be the new Mr. Universe? (Yah – I guess that was too much of a stretch, there really is a limit to the human imagination!) But really, “where do they buy their stuff?” Guess what: there are different types of steroids. NO KIDDING!!!!! There are two types of steroids naturally present in the body. The first are corticosteroids, which are produced in the adrenal gland located above the kidney. Corticosteroids produced naturally by the body include aldosterone and cortisol. Cortisol plays many roles in the body, including serving as part of the body’s stress response and to help decrease inflammation. Corticosteroid drugs, like prednisone and dexamethasone, which Wayne has been taking, are used commonly in treatment of asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, infections, inflammatory bowel disease and a host of other illness stressing the body and producing an inflammatory response, swelling. After long term steroid use along with the high dosage given Wayne, the steroids begin to actually “feed on” the protein found in muscles, attacking the proximal muscles first, eating these big muscles, and causing the weakness Wayne is experiencing. Fortunately, this is reversible!!! For now, until the steroid dose is dropped down, down, down he will have this muscle wasting, weakness and fatigue. The second group of steroids, the androgenic/anabolic steroids, are hormones made in the body to regulate the manufacture of testosterone in the testicles and ovaries. The androgenic part of testosterone is involved in developing the male sex characteristics, while the anabolic part is involved in increasing the amount of body tissue by increasing protein production. The pituitary gland, located at the base of the brain, helps regulate testosterone production and hormone secretion. Growth hormone and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) are among the hormones that stimulate testis and ovary function and are two of the many hormones secreted by the pituitary. Anabolic and androgenic steroids are available as prescription medications to be used in cases in which the body does not make enough hormone and supplementation may be required. When used in a well-nourished body, anabolic steroids will cause weight gain primarily due to an increase in muscle mass.This group of drugs is often used illegally, and abused to help increase athletic performance and improve body appearance, just ask Lance Armstrong!!! Now wouldn’t it be great if Wayne could have a little bit of that magic?? I guess that would be illegal and he would get caught doping.