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S " . . ee  W TH PONCHATOULA TIMES, MAY 19, 2011, PAGE 8 the rink of heart failure. And ered. B   ' .k a 2010 article in the New Eng- This investigation is still  ,  I  !  land Journal of Medicine re- on-going, with the possibil- L - r'l " I  I T b .  ported that heart patients giv- ity of additional arrests forth- 1  -    ' H   en omega-3s had no reduction coming. Detectives would like i  in cardiovascular events and a anyone having information re- D .... Harvard study linked intake of garding this investigation to ' rmEicJ omega-3 with an increased risk please contact Detective Dale I vil4u of developing type 2 diabetes. Athmann or Sgt. Gary Baham | loses ga-3 fish oil SU"""'lJpVit A study group of 867 elderly at 985.902.2088, or Crime Stop- adults showed no benefit at all, pers at 800.554.5245. By DR. RANDOLPH HOWES M.D., PhD in tests for reaction time, spa- (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.) Things have been getting tough for dietary supple- ments across the board. The more we submit them to rigorous scientific testing, the more failures we find. Such is becoming the case  with omega-3 fish oil. Even re- % cently, we were talking about the "fish oil craze" and the "fish :/ oil gold rush." But, those days are fading fast in light of accu- mulating studies in which fish oil has failed to live up to its hyped predictions, especially as it relates to cancer, heart dis- ease and Alzheimer's disease. The latest bad news is a Japanese study of over 18,000 men which showed that, "Fish intake was significantly asso- ciated with an increased risk Dr. Howes of prostate cancer; men who omega-3 levels had the highest consumed fish more than four risk for prostate cancer. times per week had a 54% in- Of equal concern, in other creased risk of developing pros- studies the fish oil has not lived tate cancer compared with men up to its glowing beneficial who ate fish less than twice per claims as it relates to heart pa- week." tients, stopping Alzheimer's or A different study ruled out making babies smarter. Actual- the presence of mercury con- ly, a 2005 study found that fish tained in fish as the culprit, oil may actually increase the Another group of investiga- risk of cardiac arrhythmias in tors studied 3,461 participants some patients. That same year, in the Prostate Cancer Preven- the Journal of the American tion Trial and found that "Men Medical Association (JAMA) re- with the most DHA (one of the ported that fish oil does not pre- omega-3 fatty acids found in vent any type of cancer. A 2006 fish oil) in their bloodstreams study in the British Medical were two-and-a-half times more Journal reported that omega-3 likely to have an aggressive fatty acids have no heart-health form of prostate cancer." benefit. These results were support- This is all rather shocking ed by the European Prospective news in light of the widespread Investigation into Cancer and exalted claims for fish oil. A Nutrition study, which showed 2009 study also found that con- that men who had the highest suming fish does not reduce tial memory, and mental pro- cessing speed measurements and a JAMA report showed that omega-3 supplements do not slow mental decline in Alzheim- er's patients. In the America that I love, we must remain vigilant against deceptive and false advertising of dietary supplements. Enough already! Body found of missing Ponchatoula man Leon H. Rachal TPSO Report Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announced that the skeletal remains unearthed from a shallow grave on Thurs- day May 4, 2011, have been pos- itively identified as 82-year-old Leon H. Rachal who resided at 39608 Gale Rd. in Ponchatoula. Previously Rachal was re- ported missing from his resi- dence on January 22, 2011. Based on evidence collected at the scene, coupled with the re- covery of Mr. Rachal's burned vehicle which was found in a remote location on Hwy 442 (on Jan. 20, 2011), detectives sus- pected foul play from the onset of the investigation. Subsequent to investigating, on March 30, 2011, detectives arrested Wesley E. Smith Jr., 33, of 11218 Red Bird Lane in Hammond, a former acquain- tance of the victim, and charged him with the crime of First De- gree Murder. This was approxi- mately five weeks prior to the body of the victim being recov- J P.O. Box 2973, Hammond, LA 70404 I Phone: 985-634-05901 Please join Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa as we honor those who have supported the Mission & Vision of our organ/'zation. Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa 3rd Annual Awards Luncheon 2011 Chesterton;uare, Ponchatoula, LA Doors open at 11:00 for Silent Auction Program begins promptly at 12:00 Noon Keynote Speaker: David W. Welker Special Agent in Charge Federal Bureau of Investigations New Orleans Division Advance Individual Tickets are $50,00 per person and $75.00 at the door. Sponsorships Available Call or Emil for Ticket or Sponsorship Information. 985- 634-0S90 or tanaitfimmlaamail.t=m or purchale online at www.tarmlcrlmMtonners.com/events Crime Stoppers,of Tanglpahoa, IE, is a 501(c) 3 Non-Profit Organization Tax IO: 68-05: Arrest in homicide investigation TPSO Report Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 24-year-old Kristina Sharp of 11260 General Ott Rd. in Hammond, LA. Sharp was arrested Thursday and charged with Obstruction of Justice in the ongoing homicide investiga- tion of Ponchatoula's Leon H. Rachal. Detectives believe that Sharp either participated in or had knowledge of Rachal's disap- pearance and homicide. Sharp is the former girlfriend of Wes- ley Smith Jr. who was charged five weeks ago for the murder of Mr. Leon Rachal. Southeastern honors local students Southeastern Louisiana University's College of Nursing and Health Sciences recently recognized outstanding stu- dents from Tangipahoa Parish at the college's honors con- vocation. From left are Mark Gaudet of Ponchatoula, An- gela Threeton of Hammond, Brielle Kluka of Ponchatoula, and Jenny Ricks of Hammond. (SLU Photo) AOH to host Silent Charity Auction June 17 Frs. Cronin & Macleay Re- public of West Florida Division of the Ancient Order of Hiberni- ans (AOH) is hosting a "Silent Special to The Ponchatoula Times CharityAuction" 6:30- 8:30 p.m. on Friday June 17 at Banta's Le Fleur de Lis in Ponchatoula. Admission tickets can be purchased in advanced or at the door for $20 per person or $35 per couple which includes food, beverage and musm. For information contact Bill Moran (504-710-3710) or Don Steadman (985-320-1730). 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