When justifying his dealing steroids (The Godfather, March 17), former powerlifter Tony Fitton asks, "Life isn't fair, so why should sports be fair?" Because sports is our getaway from real life, our safe haven and escape. Steroid use, however, blurs that boundary.
Gage Rodriguez, Ashton, La.
I am a doctor and hormone specialist who believes the crackdown on athletes is only hurting the accessibility to hormones for those Americans who can really benefit from them. Bioidentical hormones (hormones that are naturally produced by the body) taken in proper doses not only improve quality of life but also can prevent many age-related disease processes. If we still lived a natural existence by ignoring advancements in science and medicine, the average life expectancy would be less than 50, as it was in 1900.
Kenton Bruice, Denver
As a medical professional, I laughed out loud while reading Mark Gordon's justification for prescribing steroids and HGH. To place these drugs in the same category with medications that lower blood pressure is absurd. Blood pressure medications have proven lifesaving benefits while steroids and HGH appear to do the opposite.
Don Anderson, Mahtomedi, Minn.
The logical outcome of the medical developments you describe in your story on the potential of genetic engineering (The Future, March 17) will not just be "larger-than-life behemoths swatting 600-foot home runs." It will be the waning of public interest in elite physical competition. When genetic engineering comes to determine strength and speed, we will no longer idolize the strongest and fastest.
Robert Brantl, Irvington, N.Y.
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