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Drugs in Cycling Killed in 1886 (New York Times)(7 posts)

Drugs in Cycling Killed in 1886 (New York Times)merckxman
Oct 22, 2003 6:27 AM
In an article today about THG the NYT mentioned, "....the first known performance-enhancing drug was trimethyl, which became well known for a side effect: in 1886 an overdose killed an English cyclist racing from Bordeaux to Paris."
so..in 100+ years we've learned nothing?(nm)spluti
Oct 22, 2003 6:31 AM
at least we have better drugs (nm)ColnagoFE
Oct 22, 2003 7:07 AM
We're talking about a time when ...Humma Hah
Oct 22, 2003 8:24 AM
... you could buy opium over-the-counter at most drug stores. And even later, Coca-Cola contained cocaine, and 7-Up contained lithium (the element with atomic weight 7, and with strong mood-altering effects).

Everyone wants "better living thru chemistry." Its been true since the Shamans experimented with hallucinogenic herbs, so they could hear the gods speak.

It must go back 50,000 years.
never knew 7-up once contained lithium (nm)ColnagoFE
Oct 22, 2003 8:52 AM
did some google researchColnagoFE
Oct 22, 2003 9:24 AM
Seems that while 7-up no longer contains lithium, many brands of mineral water still do...including Pelligrino which I tend to drink quite a lot of--though I imagine it is in such small trace amounts that you'd never notice.
Lithium perks most folks up ...Humma Hah
Oct 22, 2003 10:32 AM
... but some manic-depressives must regulate their lithium intake precisely. Too little and they're depressed. Too much, they go beserk.

Most people tolerate small amounts of lithium with no problem.