VJ Singh Prompts a Legal Response on Deer Antler Velvet

When is a super food a drug and when can it be used to enhance health and therefore athletic performance? We began supplying deer antler velvet to our patients and practitioners over 3 years ago. Ray Lewis and other athletes have used deer antler velvet.


In addition to providing an enormous amount of nutrients in a complex matrix it has a variety of growth factors that promote repair of muscle, nerve, bone, cartilage and skin tissues and cells through long term use. Thanks Vj for admitting to it’s use and legality as a food supplement. DAV is not a drug in our opinion and should never be considered one.

Here is an interesting article from USA Today:

Vijay Singh won’t be suspended under doping policy

Steve DiMeglio, USA TODAY Sports
5:55 p.m. EDT April 30, 2013

CHARLOTTE — Vijay Singh learned Tuesday before a practice round for the Wells Fargo Championship that he had been cleared of a doping violation by the PGA Tour.

Singh, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame who counts three major championships among his 34 Tour victories, admitted in January in an interview with Sports Illustrated to using deer-antler spray but was unaware that it could contain a banned performance-enhancer connected to human growth hormone called Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1).

But information supplied by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) during the Tour’s investigation says the use of deer antler spray is no longer prohibited. Based on that information, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, speaking Tuesday at Quail Hollow Club, decided to drop the case.

Singh, through a Tour spokesperson, declined comment. This week’s Wells Fargo Championship will be Singh’s seventh Tour start since the news of his admission broke during the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Singh was sanctioned by the Tour on Feb. 19 because his admission violated the Tour’s Anti-Doping policy, which closely follows the International Anti-Doping Standard established by WADA. Seven days later, Singh appealed the sanction and the Tour’s investigation continued.

The Tour, which confirmed that the deer-antler spray that Singh used contained IGF-1, contacted WADA and was told the organization had clarified its position on deer-antler spray.

“In relation to your pending IGF-1 matter, it is the position of WADA, in applying the Prohibited List, that the use of “deer antler spray” (which is known to contain small amounts of IGF-I) is not considered prohibited,” WADA said in a written correspondence with the Tour. “On the other hand it should be known that Deer Antler Spray contains small amounts of IGF-1 that may affect anti-doping tests. Players should be warned that in the case of a positive test for IGF-1, it would be considered an Adverse Analytical Finding.”

Singh, 50, violated the Tour’s policy by admitting he had taken the banned substance, not by a drug test. There is no routine blood test available to detect IGF-1, and WADA and other medical experts have determined that only traces of a human growth hormone called IGF-1 would enter the body through a spray. The Tour was told of WADA’s new information last Friday.

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