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Tiger Woods doctor is charged with smuggling, doping

Famed Toronto doctor faces 20 years in jail


A prominent sports medicine doctor—whose clients have included Tiger Woods, Alex Rodriguez, and the Toronto Argonauts—faces 20 years in jail. Dr. Anthony Galea of Toronto is well known in the professional sports world for his use of “platelet-rich plasma therapy,” a “blood-spinning technique” which speeds recovery from injuries. Now, authorities allege that Galea smuggled actovegin, a derivative of calf’s blood that is not approved for medical use, across the U.S border for use on professional athletes. He is also accused of practicing in the U.S (on Major League Baseball and National Football League players) without a license. Perhaps most shockingly, he is accused of illegally injecting HGH “drug mixtures” into athletes. The charges follow an eight-month FBI investigation into the Toronto doc. Galeo prescribed anti-inflammatories to Alex Rodrigues last year, in addition to treating Tiger Woods.

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Tiger Woods doctor is charged with smuggling, doping

  1. Why is he getting in trouble for helping athletics. I don't understand why a doctor can't treat people just because its not approved. If the patient is better then there is nothing wrong.

    • Just on the topic of unapproved treatments the issue is that it's very hard for a patient to know if a treatment is effective. There's unfortunately a lot of snake oil and snake oil salesmen out there. Sometimes the patient just loses money, other times they lose the benefit of real medicine, and in a few cases the snake oil itself is dangerous.

    • Because if it isn't approved then it hasn't been proven safe or effective.

  2. Why is the Headline "Tiger Woods Doctor" if he only traeted woods 3 or 4 times. My family doctor sent me to a specialist for some treatment once and I went about 4 times. Is the specialist "my doctor", I won't consider him that.

    • Sells papers.

  3. and we care why…….

  4. not good to point fingers at athletes only… maybe this is how science evolves, why mention tiger woods…does one detect jealousy and hypocrisy here?!

  5. HAhahahahahahhahahahahaahahhaahahahahahahahahahahahaha Tiger Woods can suck it

  6. Brett cpuld go jump off a bridge


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