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THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, MARCH 28, 2013, PAGE 8 Health Alzheimer's Disease 2013 Update 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.) A frightening scenario is An estimated 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease (AD) or some other form of dementia and those numbers will jump to 13.8 million by 2050. If 70-year-olds have de- mentia, 61 percent are expect- ed to die before their eightieth birthday; whereas, deaths will occur in only 30 percent who don't have Alzheimer's. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 85,000 people died from Al- zheimer's in 2011, which makes Alzheimer's the sixth leading cause of death. That death rate rose 39 percent in the past de- cade. Experts calculated that health and long-term care ser- vices will total $203 billion this year. Shockingly, 1-in-3 seniors dies with (not necessarily from) Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia. To avoid development of A1- zheimer's, some recommend staying away from saturated fats in meats, hydrogenated fats in chips and donuts and ingestion of excessive metals, such as iron or copper. In short, go heavy on fruits and vegetables and exercise at least three times a week for no less than thirty minutes. Although some speculate that oxygen free radicals are causative of AD, the brain craves oxygen. In the America that I love, Al- zheimer's robs victims of their memories and families of their finances. Unfortunately, Alzheimer's has no effective treatment and current medications give only temporary results, at best. There are about 28 drugs in development for treating Alzheimer's but there are no promises of a pending success at hand. Supplement manu- facturers frequently mislead "consumers with high-pressure advertisements, designed to create a feeling of guilt when family members do not resort to the use of one of their so called the loss of one's memory. Dr. Howes "memory miracle" pills. Sadly, my mother was a vm- tim of AD and please be aware that your family may be next. In my book, "Alzheimer's Dis- ease: Forget Antioxidants and Supplements," I present the scientific data showing the failure of these ineffective agents. Vaccines have also been failures. To be perfectly candid, we do not know what causes AD and do not know how to prevent or treat it. Still, we must fight to increase funding for AD re- search. And, in the interim, we must require and demand re- spectful and qualified care for all Alzheimer's patients. Please remember, a new case is diagnosed every 70 seconds. The word "victim" seems over- used in today's media but it is truly appropriate for those suf- fering from the tragedy called Alzheimer's disease. We can and we must do better. Also, please do not be mis- led by those pushing ineffec- tive supplements on the Dr. Oz hour-long infomercial. Scams are everywhere and con artists are pushing snake oil over the airwaves and on the Internet. Always be careful of duplicitous "campaigns of persuasion." Take care. Need a Times Reporter or Ad Expert? Want to contribute story or photo ? Call 985/386-2877 cypress.hardwoodsinc '111 II % l, Y I' It I! $ 8 i00.llll !;ll , WliIiI.I:SAI.i: Pllll, ii\\;00l, AVAII.AIII.I! 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For the newly diagnosed, this brunch offers an opportunity to meet someone who has survived the same type of cancer. For the cancer patient in treatment, the brunch provides an opportunity to share with others. For the long-term sur- vivor, it brings a communities' recognition of the struggle and closure to a trying time in their life. For more information, or to make a reservation, please call Lisa Forrest at 985.373.1175. For more information about the American Cancer Society, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer. org. The American Cancer So- ciety combines an unyielding passion with nearly .a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or de- tecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diag- nosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back b' rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by ral- lying communities worldwide to join the fight. 31 st Annual Strawberry Strut Special to The Times Register online at Strawberry Strut Entry Fee: Adults: $25 one race; $30 both races Chil- dren 12 and under: $10 one race; $15 both races Pre-registered racers will be guaranteed a race T- shirt if registration is re- ceived before March 29, 2013. Race Day Registration begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 7:45 a.m. The 1-mile fun run will begin at 8 a.m. The 10k will begin at 8:30 a.m. Both races will begin at the Ponchatoula Jaycee Park at the corner of West Wil- low St. and Beechwood Dr. Mile markers will be posted every mile. Fluid stations will be at 2, 4 & 5 mile points. Specially designed T-shirts will be given to each pre-registered runner (guaranteed if regis- tered before March 29, 2013). Runners who register on the day of the race will receive T- shirts while supplies last. Awards will be given as fol- lows: A. Overall male and fe- male (1 mile fun run and 10k) B. 1st, 2nd, 3rd place finish- ers in each of the following age groups (male and female) - 1. 1 mile fun run: 10 and un- der, 11-13, 14-17, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over; 2. 10k: 17 and under, 18-29, 30- 39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over. Awards presents on the main stage on the Strawberry Festi- val grounds at approximately 10:30 a.m. Fresh fruits, healthy snacks, water and soft drinks will be available to all racers. AOH poolside social a blast Hosted by Mike (left) and Billie (foreground) Shaughnessy, a splendid catfish fry on this past Lenten Friday was enjoyed by members and spouses of the Florida Parishes Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Irish Catholic men's organization headquartered in Ponchatoula. (Times Photo) Become a part of Ponchatoula's culinary history! Recipes are being collected today for volume III of the 'Toula Cookbook Series, "Toula Cooks Again!" Send your favorite recipes to Cathy Allen, Cookbook Coordi- nator, at 141 N. 7th St. or email it to the Ponchatoula Chamber office at chamber@ponchatoula- chamber.corn Over 2000 copies of the green volume I, '"toula Cooks," and 1500 copies of the red volume II, "Toula Cooks Too" have al- ready been sold. Volume III will be a bright golden yellow. Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day celebrated last Saturday The USS KIDD Veterans Memorial is proud to host a cel- ebration honoring Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans on Sat- urday, March 23, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the riverfront in downtown Baton Rouge. The U.S. Senate adopted a resolution declaring March 30 each year as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, noting New comic debuts in this edition Artist Garrett Johnson has created a new comic strip called Bayou Wonderland which he has promised to sub- mit regularly to The Ponchatoula Times, starting wiCh this alligator themed panel. Send your comments to ptimesev- that the men and women of the ceive welcoming celebrations as Armed Forces who returned those who served before and af- home from Vietnam did not re- ter them had. HAMMOND TORS 25thAnnual Spring Savings Sale! SATURDAY MARCH 30 'h Registration ends at Noon ....... ,,..,.,. , . ............ 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