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THE TIMES, JULY 31,2014, PAGE 8- Health Like us on Facebook Cancers made worse by antioxidants By PROF. RANDOLPH HOWES M.D., PhD (EDITOR'S NOTE: Longtime medical columnist for The 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, Southeastern, Tulane - two doctorates, followed by a residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in plastic surgery. He says he is "retired" now in Kentwood. The doctor's column appears on ponchatoulatimes and on It is also available online at Cancer is on the increase and is rapidly gaining on heart disease as the number one killer in America. Even worse, we are lacking new and innovative ways of treating and preventing it and some of the things we do can make cancer worse. Large clinical trials have found that antioxidant supple- ments can worsen some can- cers. Antioxidants can block the killing of leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and human cancers of the breast, lung pancreas, liver, colon, rectum and endo- metrium. This was shocking since, in theory, they should be beneficial. In my book, Danger of Exces- sive Antioxidants In Cancer Pa- tients, I clearly demonstrated the harmful effects of antioxi- dants in cancer patients. I found twenty seven (27) types of hu- man cancer cell types and nine (9) murine cancer cell types that can be killed by EMODs and in which the killing can be blocked by antioxidants, thereby provid- ing antioxidant protection and shielding of the cancer cells. They also increase the spread of cancer cells (metastasis). A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found that the levels of natural antioxidants are also boosted in cancer cells. Thus, they suggest therapies designed to boost the levels of oxidants in cells could be beneficial (which I have been saying for a decade). No doubt, radiotherapy and certain chemotherapies depend on oxygen free radicals to kill the cells. Many people take an- tioxidant vitamins such as A, E, and C thinking that their anti- oxidant properties will ward off cancer. But some clinical trials have suggested that such anti- oxidants, which "mop up" free radicals, have the opposite ef- fect and raise cancer risk. Now, in a provocative study that raises unsettling questions and cautions about the wide- spread use of vitamin supple- ments, Swedish researchers have shown that relatively "low \\; || Viet Nam veteran, Purple Heart official at Ponchatoula Rotary The guest and friend since childhood of Rotarian Dave Berwick, Richard O'Brien (left) spoke to Rotary on the sor- ry state of the V.A. (Times Photo) doses of antioxidants spur the growth of early lung tumors" in cancer-prone mice. Actually, radiation therapy requires adequate levels of oxy- gen in order to kill malignant cells, without which it has a markedly reduced ability to Administration stop cancer cells from growing and spreading. There can be no doubt that electronically modified oxy- gen derivatives (EMODs) are at the very heart of naturally- occurring and/or therapeuti- cally induced cancer cellular suicide (apoptosis). With great unexpected alarm, three of the world's largest clinical trials utilizing antioxidants to kill cancer cells had tobe stopped nearly two years earlier than planned, because the doctors realized it was harmful and un- ethical to continue to place the patient participants in further danger. In the America that I love, we must be guided by scientif- ically-based studies. This data should not be ignored. In my opinion, if you have cancer, a strong family history of cancer or a premalignant condition, do not unadvisedly take excessive amounts of antioxidants. TO GET YOU APPROVED TIlE Ponchacoula00 COUNTRY MARKET ARTS, CRAFTS, Viet Nam vet critiques Veterans at Rotary Times Report Richard O'Brien carries all the bona tides a man could want to speak about the Veterans Ad- ministration, and he was not shy about doing just that at the Ponchatoula Rotary Club. O'Brien is a member and a representative of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, which goes back to George Washington. He was appearing as the guest of Rotarian Dave Berwick, who can normally be counted on to give a lighthearted program, but not this time. He yielded the floor to the man he has known since childhood. O'Brien told local Rotarians, "There are three division of the Veterans Administration (Medi- cal, Compensation, and Burial) and they don't speak to one an- other. "They are cooking the books because VA staffers are paid a five percent bonus when a med- ical appointment for a veteran is kept. When I went to the VA hospital they had a staffer walk- ing around shaking the vets to see which had died while wait- ing for care. "We are losing 200 World War II veterans a day now. We have no trust in the VA today, and I am a veteran. I work with combat wounded veterans. We are suffering 22 suicides a day among our troops coming back," % COLLECTIBLES, ANTIQUES SOUVENIRS Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-Spin Sunday 12-Spin 10 E. Pine Street. Ponchatoula, LA 70454 (985)386-9580 Parish queens paint Tangipahoa parish fair and festival queens enjoyed a night at painting with a twist in Hammond. Pictured (left to right, front row): Italian Queen Samantha La- monte, Sicilian Queen Jen- na Anzalone, Class Teacher Miss Tweety, Amite Oyster queen Julie Morel, Tangipa- hoa Parish Fair Queen Vic- toria Rooney, Louisiana Strawberry Queen Abby Earles, (back row) Sicilian Teen Queen Cassidy Smart, Amite Oyster Teen Queen Kristen Graham, Tangipa- hoa Fair Teen Queen Marlie Gardina. (Photo Courtesy of Robin Abrams) Good hick to all of the teams participating in the Dixie Softball World Series! World Series FROM PAGE ONE bert's, and of course PARD, Chairman Danny Dufreche, Ronnie Rouquin, Cathy Brignac and the entire board and staff for "doing a great job." The Country Market and ale Hardhide the Alligator will be the backdrop for a series of team photos. Dr. Wheat suggested it would be great if Ponchatoula businesses could put out signs welcoming the young athletes to our city. And he made a point of encouraging local citizens to attend the games O'Brien told the Rotarians, in- cluding District Gov. Dr. Mike Haight of Ponchatoula who was attending the meeting. O'Brien concluded, "Our Con- gress sits there and does abso- lutely nothing," and he urged citizens to take action in two ways: "Call your congressman and complain, and hire a vet- eran. You can get a tax credit." Artist FROM PAGE ONE Nancy Lowentritt's show is available through the end of August. 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