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November 13, 2010: A Poppy Seed Bagel May Lead to a Positive Doping Test

I just read the headline, “Woman: Poppy Seeds, Not Drugs, Led to Losing Child”. The article went on to explain that the ACLU has filed a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of a couple whose baby was taken away from them, because the mother had tested positive for opiates in a urine test after eating a poppy-seed bagel. If it turns out that the facts are as the mother claims, it is certainly a tragic outcome. This is not the first time I’ve heard of drug test results being influenced by food intake of poppy-seeds. The negative ramification of poppy seed intake is significant for athletes. Apparently, testing has determined that “high-performance athletes could possibly test positive in doping control after consumption of products containing poppy seeds.”

October 12, 2010: Doping Risk Management

Alberto Contador was victorious in the 2010 Tour de France, but has been provisionally suspended by the International Cycling Union because of positive testing for clenbuterol. The famous bike race has experienced years of bad press with allegations and charges of doping. Surprisingly, doping goes back to the races origins in 1903 when participates used ether and consumed alcohol in an effort to gain an advantage.