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THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, SEPTEMBER 9, 2010, PAGE 8 Health The latest wrinkles in Botox injections 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.) One of the most toxic substances known to man is a poison that goes by the commercial name, "BOTOX (Botox)" and it is pro- duced by drug maker, Allergan. In 2003, over 2.6 million women and 330,000 men had Botox injections. Botox blocks the connections between nerves and muscle, temporarily para- lyzing muscles that cause wrin- kles as well as certain types of spasms. The drug is a purified form of botulinum toxin. Botox was introduced in 19"89 and has become famous for its ability to temporarily smooth frown lines on foreheads and faces but it is also approved by the FDA to treat neck spasms, eye muscle disorders and exces- sive underarm sweating. In 2009, Botox won approval to treat spasms in the elbows, wrists and fingers. But, a much bigger area of use is in so-called "off-label" conditions, such as ce- rebral palsy in children as well as in adults. Approval is being sought for the use of Botox for children with neuromuscular disorders and the American Academy of Neurology has endorsed Bo- tox as an "effective and gener- ally safe treatment" for children with cerebral palsy. Botox sales topped $1.3 bil- lion in 2009. However, Altergan has just been ordered to pay $600 million to settle a long fed- eral investigation into its mar- keting practices and they will plead guilty to one misdemean- or charge of "misbranding," in which the company's marketing, led physicians to use Botox for % Dr. Howes unapproved uses to treat such .conditions as headache, pain and spasticity. FDA's rules are designed to stop companies from promoting drugs for unapproved or "off- label" uses that haven't been federally confirmed as safe and effective. According to Assistant Attor- ney General Tony West, Aller- gun "paid kickbacks to induce physicians to inject Botox for off-label uses and Allergan also taught doctors how to bill for off-label uses, including coach- ing doctors how to miscode Bo- tox claims leading to millions of dollars of false claims being to submitted to federal and state programs." Here is the real shocker: in 2009, over 12,000 teenagers (as young as 12) got Botox injections to look younger! This may be go- ing too far because BOTOX Cosmetic may cause serious side effects that can be life threaten- ing including: problems swal- lowing, speaking or breathing due to weakening of associated muscles or spread of the toxin beyond the injection site (double vision or drooping eyelids). In the America that I love, we realize that it is a no-brainer that a highly toxic poison may be dangerous or can cause se- rious effects, especially if used by unqualified people. Staying "young" may have a greater cost to your health than just mon- ey. Allergan has gone to great unethical lengths to sell more product. So, be careful and be safe. I Dudek Baton Rouge Tiger fans, oh well, at least we still have the Saints to cheer for...Who Dat! Around the rest of the coun- try, a sense of normalcy is re- turning to college football: he defending champion Alabama Crimson Tide won their opener, 48-3 over San Jose State. The three major schools in Flori- da all won big, starting with the Tim Tebow-less Gators beating Miami of Ohio 34-12. The 13th ranked Miami Hurri- canes destroyed "cupcake" Flor- ida A&M 45-0, while the 20 th- ranked Florida State Seminoles began "life after Bobby Bowden" by trouncing Samford, 59-6. In other notable season open- ers, the Southeastern Lions came up just short in upsetting Tulane, falling 27-21 against their in-state rivals. The Okla- homa Sooners found out what life is gonna be like with No. 1 overall draft pick Sam Brad- ford now playing on Sundays, as the team struggled to squeak by underdog Utah State 31-24. The Jacksonville State Game- cocks provided the season's first upset by shocking the Ole Miss Rebels 49-48 in double overtime. Finally, the "mighty ducks" of Oregon University gave us our first blowout of the 2010 college football season by dismantling FROM PAGE 2 the New Mexico Lobes 72-0. After one week of games, it al- ready looks like this is going to be one great season to be a fan of college football. And just like I did last week with the-NFL, I'm going to tell you how it's all going to turn out . I'll be picking my top-5 finalists for the cov- eted Heisman trophy, and tell you what teams will be playing in the major BCS bowl games, including the two teams that will be playing in the Nation- al Championship game. But, you're gonna have to wait for next week's column for all that. See you next week. Truck FROM PAGE 7 the rearview camera that shows not only the blind spots but fo- cuses on the trailer hitch ball as well." When you have six wheels that sport this kind of heft, eventually everyone you know will be your best friend on their moving day. The Chrysler Group has en- couraged the Dodge team to build a truck, the Ram 3500 Laramie Crew Cab, that sets the bar for the heavy duty truck market and I've been lucky to drive it. I'm just glad "all" my friends didn't find out about this week's test drive. Flying to Middendorf's Flying in style from Houma are (left to right) Jackie, Richard, Katie and pilot Jon Gonsoulin. Jon, president of LeBeouf Bros. Towing L.L.C. flew his family in for a eve- ning meal at Middendorf's at Pass Manchac this past Labor Day weekend. (Times Photo by Chris O'Connor) The Octavians embark on their 4th Season The Octavians will be starting workshops soon. Workshops in- clude Acting, Costume Design, Improv!, Movement, and Make-Up for the Stage. Space is limited and open to ages seven and up. Visit www.theoctavians.com co register online. Fee includes a full year of workshops, productions, outreach events and more! Friar Tuck (Chris Lilly) and Robin HoOd (Caleb Holloway) Merry Men Trouble at camp TPSO Report ROBERT - Tangipahoa Par- ish Sheriff Daniel Edwards re- ports the following: Cory Allison, 24 of Denham Springs, LA was arrested on September 5, 2010, after caus- ing a disturbance and refus- ing to leave Yogi Bear Camp Grounds. Deputies responded to Alli- son's cabin several times during the evening due to several re- ports of disturbances which oc- curred in the cabin/apartment area. Each time, deputies spoke with Allison's family members regarding the incidents. The last time deputies responded to Allison's cabin, they observed Allison causing disruption at the camp ground. Upon seeing deputies, Alli- son began laughing. Deputies instructed Allison not to move, however at this time, he fled or:,, foot and jumped a near by fence to elude deputies. Within mo- ments, deputies located Allison. Allison was asked to leave the, premises numerous times by - deputies. He did not comply. Allison continued to be dis- ruptive causing another dis- turbance. During this incident, a crowd gathered in the camp ground. Allison was non-stop yelling at the crowed asking for assistance from his family members. As deputies attempt- ed" to manage crowd control, Allison was taken into custody and transported to the parish jail where he was booked and chaxged with remaining on premises, two counts of resist- ing arrest and inciting a riot. LSUHSC pediatric weight expert provides obesity answers ultimately provide the optimal fetal environment for the next generation of metabolically pro- grammed newborns." Dr. Sothern believes that ef- forts should focus on the three opportunities for change. NEW ORLEANS, LA - In a first person paper published in the premier issue of Childhood Obesity, Dr. Melinda Sothern, Director of Health Promotion and Professor of Public Health at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, provides three ways to de-program the 1950s obesity trinity underlying the current obesity epidemic in the United States and protect fu- ture generations from its health consequences. "The combination of prenatal tobacco use, infant formula, and frequent pregnancies i.e., the obesity trinity-- synergistically created the first generation of nutritionally programmed youth, the baby- boomers," writes Dr. Sothern. "Suburban living, value-priced fast food, cable TV, and computers sealed their fate. Now in their 50s and 60s, this generation has the highest prevalence of obesity in history, triple that of their parents. Of more concern are their obese children, many pro- grammed due to maternal obe- sity and gestational diabetes" Dr. Sothern is most concerned about the vulnerability of the grandchildren of baby-boomers. "These are the preschoolers with significant obesity, the 6-12-year-olds with metabolic syndrome and the obese adoles- cents with hypertension, type 2 diabetes or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, so resistant to treatment that the only solution may be bariatric surgery," notes Dr. Sothern. "More alarming are the severely obese, insulin- resistant teenage girls who will I HAVE YOU LOST CONTACT WITH AN OLD [UEND OR LOVED ONE? CAN*T FIND A BIOLOGICAL PARENT OR A DEADBEAT EX ? We will find them. Guaranteed Locator Services. If we don't succeed there's no charge! " Call Stealth at 877-658-5605 For a FREE .... NO OBLIG TION quote. I I ALL YOUR NEEDS PHOTOGRAPHY Studio, ! Come To You" Photographer- Derick Hingle Y()IiTH SP()R IS Wt:I I)IN(S. 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