Tiger Woods Still Mired in Performance-Enhancing Drug Controversy

by Tanya Thomas on  February 22, 2010 at 9:54 AM General Health News
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 Tiger Woods Still Mired in Performance-Enhancing Drug Controversy
Shamed golfer Tiger Woods may have tried to come clean of his several accusations but one that still remains in the dark is the allegation of performance-enhancing drugs usage.

In a televised address on Friday, Woods said: "Some people have made up things that never happened. They said I used performance-enhancing drugs. This is completely and utterly false."

However, Dr. Lewis Maharam, chairman of the Board of Governors, International Marathon Medical Directors Association and the former medical director of the New York Road Runners and ING New York City Marathon, is not sure who Woods was referring to when he said he had been accused of using PEDS.

Woods' name had come up when one of his physicians, Dr. Tony Galea, was being investigated after the sports doctor's assistant was caught with drugs at the US-Canadian border and his Toronto office was raided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The assistant, Mary Anne Catalano, said she was carrying human growth hormone and a derivative of calves' blood, Actovegin, for her boss. Actevegan is illegal in the U.S. and not approved in Canada. Four drug charges were levelled against Galea and the investigation is still on.

Galea, who is not licensed to practice medicine in Florida, had treated Woods in Orlando with platelet-rich plasma therapy to help him recuperate from a knee injury. It also emerged that Woods had been treated by Las Vegas trainer Keith Kleven, who worked with Victor Conte and the BALCO crew a few years ago.

And Dr. Maharam is simply not satisfied.

The New York Daily News quoted him as saying: "I was impressed with how well he rehearsed this apology and was struck by when he said, 'I'm so sorry', - there was a beautiful pause, he looked up at camera and continued, clearly rehearsed. But most of all, some of the things he said needed follow-up questions, especially the statement that he never used performance-enhancing drugs. Here are the questions I would have asked:

Why did you choose to work with a physician, not licensed in the U.S., who specializes in performance-enhancing drugs?

Who recommended him to you?

How often did you see him?

Would you be willing to have your blood saved and re-tested once there is a proper test available to detect human growth hormone?

How would you react if your blood test showed up positive. What would that mean?

You apologized to kids who look up to you, saying actions speak louder than words. Would you tell kids not to use human growth hormone or steroids?

Source: ANI

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After listening to Tiger I think that he is going in the right direction to get his derailed life back on the right track. Tiger said his Buddhist faith would be a key part of his quest to put his life back together. Self-discipline with awareness of consequences is among Buddhism's highest values. In each one of us there is a divine power that can be used to help us overcome any obstacle and adversity. I am encouraged that Tiger mentioned he is using his inner strength to regain balance in his life to save the two things that are most important to him, his wife and his children. I wish them all the best. It is time that Tiger and his family move on with their life and for the media to get off their back!!!

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