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Old 02-13-08, 11:50 PM   #1
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Hammer Nutrition users should check this out

http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/...716_sport.html

Keat no drug cheat

Adam Gardini

13Feb08

GOLD Coast triathlete Rebekah Keat's $60,000 fight to officially clear her name has begun.

The 29-year-old yesterday filed a lawsuit against Hammer Nutrition in California, alleging her positive drug test in 2004 was caused by the use of the company's supplements which were contaminated with the steroid precursor norandrostenedione.

It comes after the former junior triathlon and duathlon world champion was suspended from her sport for two years after failing a drug test following her win in the 2004 Ironman Western Australia.

Although she returned to competition last year and was crowned Australian ironman triathlon champion, Keat said the legal action was part of the vindication process and not about the money.

"The pain of being labelled a drug cheat and not being able to clear my name was soul destroying and something I would not wish upon my worst enemy," said Keat, who is being represented by Californian-based law firm Howard L. Jacobs.

"All it's about is me clearing my name.

"I wouldn't care if I don't get anything as long as I can name this company and not have any other athlete going through what I went through.

"It's cost me an arm and a leg. I still owe over $60,000 in legal bills that I'm paying back so if I can get them paid at least, I'd be happy"

Despite an appeal hearing where the Court Arbitration for Sport accepted Keat's positive drug test was due to supplement contamination, she was still determined to clear her name and pursue legal action.

Keat's identical twin Simone assisted with the legal process to help her sister prove her innocence and even postponed plans to return overseas to commit herself to the cause.

After two years of global searching, a WADA laboratory agreed to test the Endurolyte supplements Keat had been given by her sponsor for steroids or steroid precursors.

The laboratory later reported that the testing had revealed they were in fact contaminated with norandrostenedione in an amount that was consistent with Keat's positive drug test.

Keat revealed how emotionally drained she had been and said without her sister's help she would never have been able to attempt to clear her name.

"At the time I didn't really think life was worth living," said Keat.

"She (Simone) moved back to Australia and basically mothered me for the first year when I was really struggling and trying to find an answer.

"She did all the research and got it all sorted for me and supported me all the way through it.

"She's always been my best friend. She's stuck by me and told me to keep plugging away and we'd get an answer."

Simone said her sister was the first Australian athlete to obtain evidence that their supplements had been contaminated. However, there have been similar cases internationally.

Joining Keat in the lawsuit against Hammer Nutrition are US cyclist Amber Neben and Canadian triathlete Mike Vine, who are all alleging the company's supplements had contained norandrostendedione.

Keat said she hoped she could now focus on her sport.

"Being innocent I never gave up. I knew I had to have faith that the truth would one day unfold," said Keat.

"Nothing can give me back my two years, but my self worth and soul are slowly rebuilding.

"I just want to focus 100 per cent on what I love, triathlon, and strive to achieve my dream of winning Hawaii Ironman."
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Yeah, this is going to get ugly.

I find it hard ot believe that only 3 have ever been "caught", out of all the HN users, but who knows.

Looks like Brian is pissed and ready to fight back. I hope they come out clean, Brian is an awesome guy and I love their stuff.

http://www.triathletemag.com/Departments/Features/2007_Features/Rebekah_Keat__Mike_Vine_suing_Hammer_Nutrition.htm
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Thanks for the post Hardheadmandca.


I didnít see norandrostenedione in the list of ingredients in their gel products. I only use the gels on really long rides.


Iím confused was this a sabotage instance?

Or

Is this norandrostenedione in the Hammer supplements as a by-product?

Maybe itís something that is produced by the body when taking the Hammer supplements.
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I could easily see some of their products having 'precursors'. But Endurolytes? They're targeted as an electrolyte replacement.

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NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Ingredients Endurolyte Capsules (per capsule):
Sodium (as Sodium Chloride) 40 mg.
Chloride(as Sodium Chloride) 60 mg.
Calcium (Chelate) 50 mg.
Magnesium (Chelate) 25 mg.
Potassium (Chelate) 25 mg.
Vitamin B-6 (Pyrodoxine HCL) 6.6 mg.
Manganese (Chelate) 1.6 mg.
L-Tyrosine 50 mg.

Other Ingredients: Vegetable Capsules (plant cellulose & water), Whey Magnesium Stearate, Stearic Acid.

Ingredients Endurolytes Powder (per scoop):
Sodium (as Sodium Chloride) 40 mg.
Chloride(as Sodium Chloride) 60 mg.
Calcium (Chelate) 50 mg
Magnesium (Chelate) 25 mg
Potassium (Chelate) 25 mg
Vitamin B-6 (Pyrodoxine HCL) 6.7 mg
Manganese (Chelate) 1.6 mg
L-Tyrosine 17 mg
Glycine 50 mg
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I didn’t see norandrostenedione in the list of ingredients in their gel products. I only use the gels on really long rides.


I’m confused was this a sabotage instance?

Or

Is this norandrostenedione in the Hammer supplements as a by-product?

Maybe it’s something that is produced by the body when taking the Hammer supplements.

Most supplements are produced by batch processes so the same equipment that made Keat's stuff could have been used to produce a product containing norandrostenedione. Since the cleanliness requirements for supplements are much less stringent than for pharmaceuticals, it is probable this was a case of cross contamination.

It's been pretty well documented that's what happened in the Monninger and Neben cases.
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The thing is, several other sports nutrition companies have very obvious 'Guaranteed Drug Free' labels on their packaging and in their informational material.

Hammer very conspicuously does not.

I primarily use High5 stuff (they're team sponsors anyway), but ordered a Hammer sampler pack when in the States over Christmas - they sent along heaps of 'newsletters' whose attitudes were a bit worrying.

From a High5 Box:

And on the flap of the lid it says, 'Guaranteed free from any ingredient detailed on The WADA Prohibited List. For more information: www.highfive.co.uk'

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The thing is, several other sports nutrition companies have very obvious 'Guaranteed Drug Free' labels on their packaging and in their informational material.

Hammer very conspicuously does not.

I primarily use High5 stuff (they're team sponsors anyway), but ordered a Hammer sampler pack when in the States over Christmas - they sent along heaps of 'newsletters'
whose attitudes were a bit worrying.

From a High5 Box:

And on the flap of the lid it says, 'Guaranteed free from any ingredient detailed on The WADA Prohibited List. For more information: www.highfive.co.uk'
What attitude was that? Seriously, not flaming you. Just wondering.
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What attitude was that? Seriously, not flaming you. Just wondering.
Well more of the sort you'd see in bodybuilding literature. And a sort of 'Why bother with anything else when you can succeed entirely based on our products?' There was some bit about why a healthy diet didn't matter and really you should just use Hammer products instead. Unfortunately I've binned it all so can't give you exact quotes. The general attitude and feel of it all just didn't appeal to me.

An energy bar of theirs says something along the lines of 'give to your children instead of candy' on it too, which I find sorta bizarre.

Their stuff has little logos drawing attention to the fact that it's diabetic-safe and kosher - why not drug free?


(In the interests of full disclosure, my cycling team is sponsored by High5 - - but I don't find the same concerns with SIS, PowerBar, or Cliff, for example)
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Hammer Nutrition response to lawsuit

(WHITEFISH, MT) February, 2008 - On January 23, 2008, Hammer Nutrition LTD. was served with a lawsuit filed by three athletes. The complaint alleged that a Hammer Nutrition product used by the athletes, specifically Endurolytes, was contaminated with banned substances which led to the athletesí positive drug tests in 2002-2004.

On February 11, 2008, the plaintiffs issued a press release. It is unfortunate that the plaintiffs have decided to take their case to the court of public opinion. We trust that the media and the public will allow due process and the courts to deal with this matter before rushing to judgment. While we empathize with the challenges that these three athletes face by virtue of their positive drug tests, they are directing the blame for their situation in the wrong direction. We are certain that when all of the facts are presented in a court of law, Hammer Nutrition LTD. will be vindicated of any wrongdoing.
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