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February 18, 2013
Presumed performance enhancers like snake oil have been around forever because athletes will try anything to get a leg up on the competition. While it's easy to laugh at those naive enough to pay for these types of gimmicks, the comedy becomes a real tragedy when those seeking to treat serious medical conditions are lured in and the science fails.
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February 18, 2013

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Presumed performance enhancers like snake oil have been around forever because athletes will try anything to get a leg up on the competition. While it's easy to laugh at those naive enough to pay for these types of gimmicks, the comedy becomes a real tragedy when those seeking to treat serious medical conditions are lured in and the science fails.

Catherine Coffman, Moraga, Calif.

Buyer Beware

Hopefully your article about S.W.A.T.S (Snake Oil for Sale ...) will make people more skeptical about outlandish medical remedies. It is maddening that a person like Christopher Key can go unchecked for so long, and equally sad that so many people don't question claims that are too good to be true.

Eric Harris, Raleigh

Jailhouse Recreation

I have mixed feelings about Jeff Deskovic's essay The Most Captive Audience (POINT AFTER). While I think it's awful that Deskovic spent time behind bars for a crime he did not commit, I have no sympathy for the guilty inmates watching the Super Bowl from jail. The fact that they need sports to feel free and escape their current situation is something they should have thought about before they decided to break the law.

John Jacocks, Kenosha, Wis.

Vigilance

Tom Verducci's essay about performance-enhancing drugs (SCORECARD, Feb. 11) suggests that the NFL's policies on PEDs are no longer effective and that based on the lack of HGH testing and the NFL's inability to disclose specific substances that cause player violations, the league's desire to detect and discipline violators has diminished. These assertions couldn't be further from the truth. The NFL's policies seek to completely eliminate PEDs from football. The league has been using longitudinal analysis and CIR testing to identify the use of testosterone, and has proposed measures to allow more disclosure about the substances players are accused of using, and to allow HGH testing.

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