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THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, JANUARY 26, 2012, PAGE 8 Health Statin risks: current status By DR. RANDOLPH HOWES M.D., PhD (EDITOR'S NOTE: Longtime medical columnist for The Ponchatoula Times, the author is an accomplished surgeon, medical inventor, and Country music recording artist. Dr. Howes grew up on his parents' Ponchatoula strawberry farm. He is a graduate of St. Joseph, Ponchatoula High School, Tulane - two doctorates, followed by a residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in plastic surgery. He says he is "re- tired" now in Kentwood.) First things first. In November of 2010, cardiologists at Johns Hopkins Hospital found that, among healthy adults, only those with measurable buildup of artery-hardening calcium would sig- nificantly benefit from cholesterol-lowering (statin) treatment. Giving these strong drugs for "preventative-measures only" to healthy adults is not recom- mended. Hopkins investigators said, "Our results tell us that only those with calcium buildup in their arteries have a clear ben- efit from statin therapy. Those who are otherwise healthy and have no significant calcification should, with their physician, focus on aggressive lifestyle im- provements instead of early ini- tiation of statin medications. The statin drugs should not be approached like diet and exercise as a broadly based so- lution for preventing coronary heart disease." Note: as many as five percent of people on sta- tins develop serious side effects, such as muscle pain and liver damage, while one in 255 will develop diabetes. The general rule is statins help people who have at least a 10 percent chance of a heart attack in the next 10 years. Last June, a report in the Jour- Judge Grace Bennett Gasaway announces Amnesty 2012 Dr. Howes nal of the American Medical Association analyzed five ad- ditional randomized trials and concluded the increased risk for diabetes was small but real for people taking higher doses of any statin. That report calculated that one fewer patient would expe- rience a heart attack or other cardiovascular problem for ev- ery 155 patients treated for a year and there would be one additional case of diabetes for every 498 patients treated. As they say, 'ou do the math." In short, we are giving mas- sive amounts of drugs to people, who probably do not need them and we are exposing millions of people to unnecessary risks of developing serious complica- tions from these highly tout- ed but potentially dangerous drugs. Additionally, since statin drug manufacturers are target- ing children, we have no infor- mation of the long term effects in this age group. Statins have long been known to cause severe muscle pain that on occasions becomes a serious breakdown of muscle that can lead to kidney failure, even death. A 2012 article in Archives of Internal Medicine found an in- creased risk of developing type 2 diabetes in older women tak- ing statin drugs. In the America that I love, we know that many statin us- ers wrongly assume that pills (including statins) will let them eat whatever they wnt. But, the medical literature has shown for decades that a bal- anced nutritious diet and exer- cise are frequently better choic- es for improving overall health and cardiovascular health than gulping down pounds of pills. Personally, I had to stop sta- tins because of serious side ef- fects, including muscle trauma and fatigue. Some consider the cholesterol story to be a highly profitable hoax but some data supports statin use in selected patients. Judge Grace Bennett Gas- away announced today that the City Court of Hammond would once again implement an am- nesty program for outstanding warrants and attachments in the Seventh Ward Court. Persons who have failed to pay traffic tickets and other misdemeanor violations will have an opportunity to handle these matters without the ex- pense of a warrant fee during this amnesty period. Judge Gasaway announced the dates for the amnesty pro- gram will be Monday, January 30, 2012 through Friday, Feb- ruary 10, 2012. The Clerk's office will be open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on those days and all persons interested can call the Clerk's office during office hours at 542-3455. The Deputy Clerks will be able to inform persons of out- standing warrants/attach- ments. Also, any persons inter- ested can visit the Court Court's website to see if they have an outstanding warrant/attach- ment. (www.citycourt.org) Citizen FROM PAGE 4 and respect my father. Although I am aware of all his great qualities, it warms my heart to know just how many others rec- ognize them as well. I honestly feel that my father deserves all the awards and recognitions available. I'm very blessed to have such an inspirational role model in my life. I strive every day to live up to his wonder- ful qualities and can only hope that one day I'm half the person and citizen that he is. I am very proud to call him my father." Cadillac FROM PAGE 6 features are very easy to use. The climate controls are defi- nitely top shelf. As a driver you can personalize separate tem- perature zones, heated or air conditioned for each passenger. Wouldn't you like to always be able to ask each guest, "And what is your favorite tempera- ture"? Ponchatoula Therapy wins Genesis Award The Ponehat0ula Gardenettes would like to recognize Ponchatoula Therapy as the recipient of the Genesis Award for January and February. Ponchatoula Therapy is owned by Carrie Layrisson, occupational therapist, and her hus- band Bry Layrisson of Ponchatoula. They recently opened their business in July 2011 to provide physical, occupation- al, and speech therapy to the local community. Since open- ing only six months ago, the Layrissons and their friends have worked on many renovations to the building and property. It was Smith's Nursery of Ponchatoula who pro- vided the landscaping. The landscape started with a basic plan of Red Formosa Azaleas and Shishi Camellia shrubs in front, with a variety of trees - Little Gem Magnolia, Dwarf Crepe Myrtles, and Japanese Crepe Myrtles that are cov- ered with blooms in the spring time. To add to this there are frost proof Gardenias and Pink Muhly Grass bushes, accented with Lily of the Nile and Knockout Rose flowers. It should be noted that the Ponchatoula.Gardenettes is a local garden club, a member of the District VI Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc. (LGCF) and the Deep South Region of the National Garden Clubs Inc. (NGC). (Courtesy Photo) Butters family big fan of Cortni April Patriarch Randy Butters (left) is pictured with Emma Butters, "Cortni April" Butters, Colleen Butters, Chelby Butters, and Owen Johnson. (Times Photo) Church offers chicken dinner fundraiser Times Report A Ponchatoula church, First Apostolic Tabernacle, is offering a grilled chicken plate lunch on Friday, January 27, for a seven dol- lar donation. The meal includes grilled chicken, potato salad, baked beans, bread, and dessert. Local delivery is available (Please call by noon Thursday to en- sure delivery). Pick up begins at 10:30 a.m. at the church's Camp- bell Lane location. For more information call 985/634-0052 or 985/517-5054 Serenity House Homeless Shelter 9th Anniversary Serenity House Homeless Shelter held its 9th Anniver- sary Celebration Saturday, co honor all the volunteers who have generously donated their time and resources to continue co update the only shelter in the parish. Through their efforts, the Busy Bees, among throngs of others have painted the exterior, replaced the gathering room floor, in- stalled a commercial stove hood, remodeled a bathroom, to name a few. Without the tireless efforts of Ms Seymore and her "angels" there would be no safe place for the home- less to live. Pictured (left to right) Thomas Joseph, volun- teer Nancy Lowentritt, Executive Director Francis Sey- more, Bishop Jesse Guion of Divine Hope Ministries, board member Jeanne Voorhees, and Master of Ceremonies Pon- chatoula Chief of Police Bry Layrrison, (Courtesy Photo) Proud grandfather Ponchatoula singer Cor- tni April is pictured with her grandfather, Ronald Fa- ciane, at her concert Friday at Berrytown Corner Caf. (Times Photo) Cortni April wowed the crowd at Berrytown Corner Cafe (Times Photo) LOCAL HOME DELIVERY AVAILABLE FOR $5 EMAIL LETTER. TO THE EDITOR m editor@ )onchatoula.com SUBSCRIBE ONLINE m WWW.PONcHATOULA.COM/PTIMES