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!IIIIIIIIIBIIIItIII~UUImIIIIIU~ THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, JANUARY 27, 2011, PAGE6 Krewe of Omega celebrates HE fth T Twelfth Night with King and Queen Omega XXV~ Statins not needed in healthy adults 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.) In November of 2010, cardiologists at Johns Hopkins Hospital found that, among healthy adults, only those with measurable buildup of artery-hardening calcium would significantly benefit from 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 popular cholesterol-low- ering drugs Lipitor and Crestor lower cholesterol by blocking an enzyme in the liver and the six- year Hopkins study found that 75 percent of all heart attacks, strokes or heart-related deaths occurred in the 25 percent of participants who had the high- est calcium buildup in their blood vessels. Hopkins researcher, Dr. Roger Blumenthal, said, "The statin drugs should not be ap- proached like diet and exercise as a broadly based solution for preventing coronary heart dis- ease." As many as five percent of people on, statins develop seri- ous side effects, such as muscle pain and liver damage, while one in 255 will develop diabetes. Further, a U.S. meta-analysis of 11 studies published in June - of 2010 had revealed that statin treatments do not reduce the death rate among patients with high cholesterol but no history of heart disease. It appears that calcium scor- ing offers more predictive value for heart problems than does C- reactive protein (CRP). A 2011 study published in The Co- chrane Library, concluded that statins reduced death rates but there was no evidence to justify their use in people at low risk of developing heart disease. In 2007, over 60 million Americans were taking choles- terol-lowering statin drugs. We must not forget that Pfizer's abandoned drug, tocetrapib, raised "good cholesterol" and lowered '%ad cholesterol" but did not slow the progression of plaque build up and it sig- nificantly raised blood pressure and increased the risk of death. Nor should we forget the words of experts, Dr. Steven Nissen of the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Roger Blnmenthal of Johns Hopkins, who have said, "although the drugs have been shown to reduce cholesterol, their manufacturers acknowl- edge that they've never been shown to prevent heart at- tacks or other life-threatening events." So, the controversy contin- ues. In the America that I love, we must remember that coro- nary heart disease remains the leading cause of death, re- sponsible for one in five deaths among adults. We must not for- get that a high cholesterol level is just one of dozens of risk fac- tors for cardiovascular disease. Cholesterol is important for the synthesis of bile acids, sex hor- mones and vitamin D and it is an integral component of nerve cells. Proceed with caution and consult your doctor. Dr. Howes David and Sandra Bradley The Krewe of Omega welcomed in the Mardi Gras season on Thursday night, January 6, 2011. The Krewe of Omega is cel- ebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. "Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler" ruled the night at Michabelle's Pavilion in Hammond, Louisiana. Krewe members Michel and Isabel Marcais graciously provided the setting for the party. This year's event was hosted by Captain Joyce Smith, Co- Captain John Guzzardo, and Lieutenant Clarity Tuttle. King and Queen Omega XXV, David and Sandra Bradley were the honor- ees. Many highlights took place during the evening. The royal couple was presented with the official King and Queen flag. The Krewe has seven float lieutenants and seven float sergeants. Each lieu- tenant drew a number to determine their float position(s) in the float lineup for the upcoming Friday, March 4, 2011 Mardi Gras parade.' The numbers drawn were as follows: #1, Lt. Sis Barsley and Sergeant Ann Dwelle #2 Lt.Clarity Tuttle and Sergeant Harry Roberts, 3#, Lt. Joe Smith and Sergeant Cynthia Bowie, #4, Lt. Pat Tucker Lobue and sergeant Joe Lobue, #5 and #6, Lt. Joan Guzzardo and Sergeant Shirley Henkel, #7. Lt. Joe Vutera and Sergeant Mary Cashio, and #8, Lt. Terri Pisciotta and Sergeant Michelle Dixon. The drawing was followed by the traditional sharing of king cakes with krewe members and guests. Twelfth Night officially begins the season of king cake parties and other Mardi Gras traditions. The party included great food, drinks, music, dancing; a "Second Line" and a "Chicken Dance" led by the King and Queen. A warm welcome was extended to new krewe members. 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