The Doper Next Door: My Strange and Scandalous Year on Performance-Enhancing Drugs [NOOK Book]

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What happens to a regular guy who dopes? Surprised to learn that pro athletes aren’t the only ones taking performance-enhancing substances, journalist Andrew Tilin goes in search of the average juicing Joe, hoping to find a few things out: Why would normal people take these substances? Where do folks get them? Does the stuff really work?

But these controversial drugs often silence their users, and so his queries might have gone unanswered had...
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The Doper Next Door: My Strange and Scandalous Year on Performance-Enhancing Drugs

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Overview


What happens to a regular guy who dopes? Surprised to learn that pro athletes aren’t the only ones taking performance-enhancing substances, journalist Andrew Tilin goes in search of the average juicing Joe, hoping to find a few things out: Why would normal people take these substances? Where do folks get them? Does the stuff really work?

But these controversial drugs often silence their users, and so his queries might have gone unanswered had Tilin not looked in the mirror and succumbed to curiosity. Soon wielding syringes, this forty-something husband and father of two children becomes the doper next door.

During his yearlong odyssey, Tilin is transformed. He becomes stronger, hornier, and aggressive. He wades into a subculture of doping physicians, real estate agents, and aging women who believe that Tilin’s type of legal “hormone replacement therapy” is the key to staying young—and he often agrees. He also lives with the price paid for renewed vitality, worrying about his health, marriage, and cheating ways as an amateur bike racer. And all along the way, he tells us what doping is really like—empowering and scary.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582438757
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 5/25/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 495,623
  • File size: 432 KB

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Andrew Tilin has written for many publications, including The New York Times, Wired, and Yoga Journal. He was a senior editor at Business 2.0 and Outside magazines, and is a contributing editor for Outside. He is the co-author, with Reed Timmer, of Into the Storm. He lives in Oakland, California.
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Table of Contents

Prologue: say hi to dad 1

1 here's your citizen doper 5

2 seeking ageless advice 37

3 arriving at the moment 63

4 alien urges 99

5 inner dope-o-meter 135

6 really good times 183

7 one big doping family 227

8 getting in the habit 271

9 new old me 323

Epilogue: ripples 357

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Misleading

    The author of this book takes a course of testosterone that is prescribed by a licensed physician based apon his lab work and tries to convience the reader that it is a scandal. The book is largely about the less than fasanating world of amateur bike racing. The title is misleading considering that he classifies "dope" as a legal hormone that millions of americans is currently on. There is no climax; picking up a prescription (cream not even an injection) is as exciting as it gets.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    An addictive read for me, a non-doping non-athlete

    I'm not a biker, I'm not into age-defying drugs, I'm not a man, and I don't even have a therapist (yet). But I still got hooked early into my read of "The Doper Next Door." That's because for me, a forty-something mom wondering where her vivacious, confident, go-get 'em soul has gone, could totally relate to the author's ponderings over getting all that twenty-something gusto back. Tilin's honest reflection on his own insecurities and worries made me feel just a little more normal for having some of my own, and appreciate again the high I get from genuine connection with human beings. If you liked Kelly Corrigan's "The Middle Place," I think you'll like this one, too!

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