Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Steroids: What Benoits Death Doesn't Tell Us [J. Mark English]

Large quantities of steroids were found in wrestler Chris Benoit's body following a toxicology exam given after his death. Does this tell us anything about the affects of someones mind who is a steroid user? Not really. Mark Spector of the National Post has more:

Dr. Kris Sperry, chief medical examiner for the State of Georgia, took the podium in Atlanta, faced the media that had gathered to learn whether steroids had played any role in the double-murder suicide of the Benoit family, and told them: "There is no way to know." Isn't that the problem?

Not enough users have stepped forward so that doctors can truly know what occurs inside one's brain when they begin taking steroids at age 16, as Benoit is alleged to have done. He apparently continued right up to his suicide at age 40. So there is no accepted, clinical evidence that the inordinate number of deaths of former pro wrestlers are following any medical pattern, and nothing to tellus what will happen to all those sprinters who have doped their way to Olympic finals over the past 20 years.

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