On October 24, 2016, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) notified Lyman Good of a potential drug test violation taken on October 14, 2016. It was later disclosed that the then 31 year old tested for the illegal prohormone 1-androstenedione (sometimes also known as “1-AD”).
Because of the failed test, Good was provisionally suspended and pulled from UFC 205 and later accepted a six month suspension, where USADA claimed Good had taken a contaminated supplement that had since been added to their High Risk Supplement list, Supplement411.
Unfortunately, USADA never disclosed which supplement they considered to be tainted, nor did they release Good’s blood tests or their lab tests.
Long story short? We got 3rd-party lab tests on the offending supplement lot, and something’s not adding up:
The lawsuits against Gaspari Nutrition and Millennium Sport Technologies
It wasn’t until October 19, 2017 that two accused supplements in question were disclosed:
- Gaspari Nutrition Anavite, a multivitamin manufactured by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, and
- Millennium Sport Technology Cordygen-VO2 Ultra, a cordyceps endurance supplement.
This information came by way of two separate lawsuits filed by Lyman Good and his lawyer, David M. Fish, where they accuse the two companies of “Assault and Battery” as well as “Reckless/Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress” as two of the eleven causes of action:
Both of these lawsuits allege that the two supplements each contain 1-androstenedione (or 5α-Androst-1-ene-3,17-dione), but never go so far to definitively state that they are what caused Good’s failed lab test. In addition, Good alleges that Millennium Sport’s Cordygen VO2 Ultra also contains ephedrine, which is not legal in supplements.
Disappointingly, Lyman Good’s original complaints provide no receipt / proof of purchase, no lab tests, nor do they even mention the offending lot numbers of either supplement. They claim to have had them tested by LGC Science, Inc, but there is currently no such evidence that we can find in the court’s document system.
So we found a sealed bottle of Gaspari Anavite from the alleged lot (#164150475 per USADA) and had it tested ourselves:
Third party lab tests on Gaspari Anavite: 1-Androstenedione NOT DETECTED
Note: The third party lab has been redacted from the lab tests, but nothing else has been modified. This is to protect them from this lawsuit should they choose not to become an expert witness.
As you can see in the video above, our third party lab did not detect either 1-Androstenedione, or its predecessor hormone, 1-Androsterone (also known as 1-Andro or 1-DHEA) to 99.9% accuracy. We decided to test for 1-DHEA because it is legally manufactured by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals and is in Gaspari’s Halodrol prohormone / muscle-builder, so we wanted to check that there wasn’t a bunch of 1-DHEA inside that converted to 1-Androstenedione (this is what happens in your body when you take 1-DHEA). Neither were found.
LGC Science and Good’s lawyer, David M. Fish, were both reached for comment on November 3, 2017, and neither responded.
Millennium Sport Responds
Matt Masuda of Millennium Sport Technology did respond, however:
Thanks for reaching out.
The health and safety of our customers and athletes is paramount to us! We take pride in the quality, integrity and testing of our products and stand firmly behind them!
You are correct that USADA does NOT back or confirm the allegations of 1-Androstenedione or Ephedrine asserted against our product. Our products have never been listed on USADA’s high risk list (Supplement411.org), nor have we ever been contacted by USADA regarding any banned substance being found in our products. All comments and statements to the contrary made by the plaintiff’s attorney to the media are unfounded, reckless and damaging.
You’ve asked if our products are manufactured at Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals. The answer is a resounding NO! Never have been, never will be! Our products are proudly manufactured in a cGMP facility in the Pacific Northwest.
In addition, Millennium Sport’s products are certified banned substance free by BSCG (Banned Substances Control Group).
Questions loom for Lyman Good and USADA
Given the NO DETECT seen above with our sealed Anavite bottle, and the fact that Millennium Sport uses BSCG for batch testing, there are several issues that Good and USADA should address:
- USADA has not released their lab test for Anavite.
- USADA has not released Lyman Good’s blood test.
- Lyman Good has not released a lab test for neither Anavite nor Cordygen VO2 Ultra, although his lawsuit states he sent one into LGC Science.
- Lyman Good has not shown proof of purchase of Anavite at Vitamin Shoppe, and does not specify how Cordygen VO2 Ultra was purchased.
- Neither lawsuit ever outright accuses the supplement as having caused the failed drug test. Is there a reason for that omission?
- What is the likelihood that two different manufacturing facilities at opposite corners of the nation would both have a scheduled III substance find their way into two completely different supplements, both of which Good happened to take?
Until we get more data, we are extremely skeptical — and there are more reasons why:
Can we trust USADA after their DMAA Geranium fiasco?
Another concern is that USADA has played a major role in the takedown of DMAA, a case which Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals is currently suing the US Government over, and we must note that USADA is an NGO funded in part by said federal government.
As court documents in Hi-Tech Pharma’s DMAA lawsuit against the FDA showed, USADA paid $25,000 for a study to determine whether or not DMAA could be found in geranium,[7,8,9] and Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals alleges that at least one USADA employee already had preconceived notions that DMAA did not belong.
But when DMAA was in fact found during the course of that study, Hi-Tech alleges that the researchers “conspired” with at least two USADA employees to make the study look like DMAA was not found, although that was clearly not the full truth.
Furthermore, the two USADA employees were allowed to co-author the paper they paid for, despite what Hi-Tech calls their “preconceived notions”.
The study is titled “Pelargonium Oil and Methyl Hexaneamine (MHA): Analytical Approaches Supporting the Absence of MHA in Authenticated Pelargonium graveolens Plant Material and Oil (by Mahmoud ElSohly & Ikhlas Khan),” and we’ve highlighted the word “absence” in the title, which has been proven to be a complete falsehood.
The government onslaught of Hi-Tech Pharma continues
This all begs the question: can USADA, an NGO that receives federal funding but has even less transparency and oversight than a governmental agency – ever again be trusted with closed-source data, let alone with anything having to do with Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals?
Because the taxpayer-funded rabbit hole of this mess goes a lot deeper, as we’ll see in a future post regarding the FDA’s allegations that this very same compound – 1-Androstenedione – was supposedly found in other Hi-Tech Pharma products… yet lab tests once again show those allegations to be false when they’re properly conducted.
(Hint: you can’t just test 1-Androstenedione for molecular weight because there are 1200 compounds with that same molecular weight, including one meant to be in their supplement! More on this soon.)
Don’t forget about the $2.3 million FDA disaster
Or, digging further back, there’s the time when then-head of the FDA, Daniel Fabricant, colluded with those same two researchers that USADA paid above, in order to come up with a “strategy” regarding DMAA’s presence in geranium. For whatever reason, those emails have been sealed from the public.
Shouldn’t the strategy just be to tell the truth and transparently publish the findings?? Nope — that study also found DMAA in the Geranium plants but didn’t disclose the finding!
Total taxpayer bill there? $2.3 million.
That paper is titled “Methylhexanamine is not detectable in Pelargonium or Geranium species and their essential oils: A multi-centre investigation” and is an even bigger mess than the one USADA co-authored.
Point being, when it comes to government-funded organizations, all bets for ethics are completely off the table once Hi-Tech Pharma gets in their crosshairs.
Too many open questions to not be skeptical
Combining the lack of information and data presented by USADA and Lyman Good, the 3rd-party NO DETECT in our sealed bottle of lot #164150475 Anavite, and the fact that Millennium Sport uses BSCG’s drug testing services, we are beyond skeptical that this is anything more than another good opportunity to attack Hi-Tech Pharma.
Note: The comments for this post are attached to a discussion forum thread that was already in progress regarding this matter. Our findings were published on December 6th, which is when the conversation re-started.
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