If athletes that are doped get disqualified, what about those that dope their intellect?

Here’s the news about the latest in athelete doping:


What about chemical intellectual enhancement? How many college students use speed and other chemicals, assuming that the drugs will get them better test results, enable them to stay up all night, or win at a chess competition?

Why should MD-administered drugs be okay, while obtaining the exact sane drugs on the street isn’t? If someone wins a chess game while on prescribed drugs that are supposedly medically necessary, will that person be stripped of their title? Doubtful. Yet this might be the same chemical sold on the streets.

Sure, you might win. You might run faster for a while, or think your mind is quicker. With these chemicals comes serious risk to our bodies that we are quick to ignore in our quest for immediate gratification.

It’s well-known that coffee or caffeine will improve running speed. As do water, carbohydrates, protein, and fats. Apparently if a runner goes much further with chemical enhancement, such drug use will be considered either illegal or against the rules of athletic associations enough to disqualify or even penalize the runner.

Such debates involve legal and ethical hair-splitting, moral considerations, and financial stakes. For most of us, though, who won’t be winning marathons anytime soon, we must each consider this individually, weigh the risks and benefits, and hopefully make a responsible choice for ourselves.

2 thoughts on “If athletes that are doped get disqualified, what about those that dope their intellect?”

  1. I managed to earn my B.A. on a cocktail. This drug mix did not enhance my performance. Looking back, it seems I graduated with half my brain tied behind my back–as a famous radio talk host likes to say. 😀

    1. I remember all that, too. I remember the “straitjacket” effect of Seroquel. Some of those pills slowed me down too much, way too much. You can see how many of the SSRI pills make people extremely jittery. They seem hardly aware of the twitching movements they are doing, including hand-wringing, hair-pulling, and even leg movements.

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