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THE PONCHATOULATIMES, AUGUST 2, 2012, PAGE 8 Health Antioxidant Pushers Tell Another Whopper 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 new 2012 study stated, "Eating a diet high in antioxidants such as selenium and vitamins C and E may reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer by up to two-thirds." But, don't believe it. This study is an observational study and can only make suggestions and it can not produce a cause and effect connection. In short, this study proves nothing. In contrast, in 2010, these same author's published a paper in the journal, Gut, showing "No significant associations were found for the dietary intakes of either vitamin C or selenium, in the development of pancre- atic cancer." Yet, antioxidant pushers, such as Dr. Oz and Dr. Andrew Well continue to the hawk antioxidants with reck- less abandon. Vitamins have become a global mega-business, worth an estimated $67.6 bil- lion USD today. To help com- bat the lies, a new book, The Health Delusion, was recently published. It was written by Aidan Goggins, a pharmacist, and Glen Matten, both of whom have masters degrees in nutri- tional medicine. They concur with what I have said for years, 'WIillions of people are misled into ritualistically ingesting these substances in the belief that they are enhancing their general health and well-being. In fact, these pills can be posi- tively unhealthy." Goggins and Matten also say, "Whatever it is, (the supplement manufac- turers) are putting your health in jeopardy and it's high time it stopped. It is clear that it is no longer science but market forc- es that are driving the macabre antioxidant industry." Scientific articles clearly show that antioxidants in natu- ral foods, i.e., fresh fruits and vegetables, are the effective way to consume antioxidants, as opposed to the supplemental Dr. Howes forms. Study after study shows the lack of benefits and the harmful potential of the anitox- idant supplements. One early study in 1994 found regularly taking beta carotene supple- ments (a 20 mg pill) increased the risk of death from lung can- cer by 8 per cent. Then, a 2002 study found large doses of vita- min C (lg) and E (800 iu) almost trebled the risk of premature death among postmenopausal women. In 2010, scientists found that taking antioxidant supplements (vitamins A, C, E, beta carotene) could increase bladder cancer risk by 50 per- cent. A 2011 U.S. study found vitamin E supplements (150 iu) increased the risk of prostate cancer by 17 percent, with the risk of death increasing as the dose got larger. Yet, the sale of supplements continues to rise by 13 percent a year, according to the research company Eu- romonitor. In the America that I love, our government must crackdown on the poorly regulated supple- ment industry. False claims are everywhere. My new book, Antioxidants Linked To Deadly Unintended Consequences, is online at www.amazon.eom. Please avoid dangerous supple- mental antioxidant overload. Volley Ball Camp Lauren E. Long, Lady Wave Volleyball Coach, for Ponchatoula High School reports on her team "Preparing Honorably for Success" The Ponchatoula High School Lady Wave Volleyball Team along with Coach Frank Palpalatoc conducted a volleyball camp for ages 8-14. The camp was held at the newly constructed Recreational Gymnasium, in Ponchatoula. The facilities and the staff were out- standing. The camp was an enourmaous success with over 30 campers in attendance. We were very excited to be a part of building a foundation for the youth of our community. Volleyball has recently become very competitive around our surrounding Parishes, and we are proud to have seen the interest in our community grow. The Ponchatoula High School Lady Wave Volleyball Team would like to thank the parents, the campers, and the Recreational Park Committe for the support of our team. (Courtesy Photo) Lions Club partners with Walgreens The Ponchatoula Lions Club in partnership with Wal- green's Pharmacy recently purchased and generously do- nated two Automatic External Defibrillators (AED's) for Ponchatoula High School and Ponchatoula Junior High School. These life-saving devices are simple enough for a layperson to use in health emergencies that may arise on campus. If someone experiences a seizure, the AED shocks the heart back into normal rhythm. Leighton Guilbeau with Acadian Ambulance demonstrated the proper use of the device to school system employees who plan to display the devices in prominent locations. First row: Bobby Matthews, Principal of Ponchatoula Ju- nior High; Leighton Guilbeau, Acadian Ambulance; Luke Varisco, Manager Ponchatoula Walgreen's Second Row: Louis Schilling and Bubba Drude with Ponchatoula Lions' Club, Carolyn Milton, school nurse; Bo Schexnayder of the Ponchatoula Lions' Club and Mary Beth Crovetto, Asst. Principal of Ponchatoula High School. (Courtesy Photo) ersona ommercla nsurance Preferred Auto & Homeowners Flood Dwellings Mobile Homes Boats Jet Skis ATV's Life and Health General Liability Auto Property 1440 Hwy 51 N.- Ponchatoula 555 S. Morrison Blvd. ~ Hammond 985-386-8542 985-542-0008 Toll Free: 1-877-976-9467 Toll Free: 1-800-564-7806 Mon - Frh 8AM - 5PM PONCHATOULA CHAMBER OF COERCE Business Expo You can help the fight against cancer! Volunteer for events, talk to your legislators and donate to the American Cancer Society. ;00.ACS.2345 This ad is sponsored by Erin Pierce and The Hammond Air Center Spaces are still available For info please call the chamber office at (985) 386-2536 or visit our websi00 at www.ponchatoulachamber.com EMAIL LETTERS TO THE EDITq )R m editor@ )onchatoula.com SUBSCRIBE ONLINE m WWW.PONcHATOULA.COM/PTIMES