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Whoops – no post: “High” on platelet rich plasma therapy

The male DG  frequently posts about not posting. The female DG just pushes something every day. At least until yesterday when there was just no time.

Since then she’s been on two dawn walks – yesterday with the male DG and today where she really did walk, not jog, the entire time. Lots of circumstances contributed to that decision but none serious. That she was a bit wimpy undoubtedly resulted in an interesting but less than fantastic sunrise (photographed at the San Mateo bike bridge) as she didn’t have the slight elevation that the banks of Lake Lagunita provide.

Meanwhile, just as she surmised a few days ago when she admitted to being “just like Tiger,” the practice that some [mainly sports] doctors use – platelet rich plasme therapy – is being confused with blood doping, human growth hormone therapy and steroid use by the “popular” press (aka New York Times etc.). So she’s inviting readers to get the facts in the “unpopular” press, Scientific American, even though it doesn’t reference the therapy’s use in surgery just before closing up, which her doctor believes, from anecdotal experience, prompts healing.

Back at the Farm (literally as that’s is Stanford land in the photo) she likes the intersection of sky and tule fog/low mist in the foreground.


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Just like Tiger – benefiting from platelet-rich plasma therapy

OK, let’s get this confession out of the way: The female DG is online a good portion of each 24 hour period – but still doesn’t get much news online. She’s just used to coming home and reading the newspaper, meaning that print thing with ink.

So it was only Tuesdays night, undoubtedly 36 hours or so after the story  broke (in someone’s time zone) that she read first in the San Francisco Chronicle (edited version) and then the New York Times (full version) , the news that Tiger Woods – in a guilt by possible association – is a) a steriod user (full guilt by association due to criminal investigation of Canadian Dr. Anthony Galea); b) was administered human growth hormone by Dr. Galea (the implication of the edited Chronicle story) or c) took advantage of what other elite athletes – and those who are less elite but are in the right place at the right time like the female DG – used platelet-rich plasma therapy to hasten recovery from a muscle or other tissue injury. Unless there’s some other new evidence, she’s voting “c.”

There is irony in the Dec. 15 front page New York Times article which casts Dr. Galea’s medical practice in less than glowing, if not somewhat damning, terms. That same newspaper also profiled Dr. Alan Mishra on the front page in February of this year, heralding “a promising treatment for athletes – in blood.” Both doctors are utilizing platelet-rich plasma therapy. Both undoubtedly treat a number of “elite” athletes – but one of them, Dr. Galea, just happened to treat the current object of media frenzy, Tiger Woods.

The female DG is a recipient of platelet-rich plasma and is waiting for the headlines to break about her “outside the lines” treatment. The surgeon who repaired her partially-torn Achilles tendon in July – Dr. Lawrence Oloff – packed the repaired tendon with platelet-rich plasma before closing up. Because she lives in Menlo Park where Dr. Mishra practices, she consulted him for a second opinion before undergoing surgery; he offered an alternative to surgery – just injecting the wounded tendon with platelet-rich plasma. For a number of reasons, she chose surgery – and platelet-rich plasma.

This the female DG will never know: Did the packing of her surgical wound with platelet-rich plasma contribute to her “ahead of the curve” recovery from Achilles tendon surgery? She is starting to jog and is pain free.

Another thing she doesn’t know: When will the media leave Tiger Woods alone even though his candidacy for sainthood is off the table?

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