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THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011, PAGE 8 being pushed more d By DR. RANDOLPH H( PhD (EDITOR'S NOTE: Longtime medical columnist for The Ponchatoula Times, the ahthor 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.) To paraphrase, a past CEO of the pharmaceutical in- dustry stated, "It was their goal to have as many citi- zens as possible on medicines every day." Drug makers do not like l oducts which are taken for jgst a few days or a week or so. They want the long term profits associated with the l felong de- _ pendency on their drags. This gives maximal financial returns j"-i the stockholders and the larg .... bonuses to the officers. :: In 2007, the multibillion dollar cholesterol lowering sta- fin drugs were being taken by about 60 million Americans. Drug companies aggressively market these blockbuster drugs to allegedly save you from hard- ening of the arteries. In 2009, the statin drugs had over $17 billion in sales and they have pushed the marke ;to include l ids. Yes, kids! In 2010, Pfizer pushed the European Union to approve a new chewable form of the cho- lesterol blockbuster, Lipitor, for children 10 years and up with high levels of bad cholesterol fl a%d triglycerides. Lipitor is the world's top- selling drug but its U.S. patent expires at the end of November ~ 1!; so, the company has been to boost sales where pos- sible before then, As in the Unit- ed States. the European Union allows drug makers to seek an additional six months of pat- ent protection for medications if they test them in children, who generally are excluded from the drug studies performed to win approval for a new medication. Pfizer already won such an extension for its crucial U.S. patent on Lipitor and this ex- tension can easily bring hun- dreds of millions of dollars in additional revenue. Perhaps we should give a little education to the parents on exercise and proper diet and stop with this insanity. Dr. Howes Our bodies need cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D, enzymes that digest food and it is an integral part of cell mem- branes and neuron structure. Now, in September of 2011, the drug makers are targeting kids for antihypertensive medica- tions. And they are pushing to change the definition of what qualifies as being hypertensive and have created a group called, "prehypertensives." Drug companies want to in- crease their market. Fortunately, some experts believe that considering healthy kids for pharmacologic therapy just doesn't make sense. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in 2004 defined prehypertension in kids as a top blood pressure number between 120 and 139 or a bottom number between 80 and 89. High blood pressure starts at 140 over 90. According to the new definition, just one blood pressure mea- surement above normal would put a kid in the "at-risk" groUP, In the America that I love, we will resist the strong, phar- maceutical marketing forces driving to injudiciously push drugs on our children. Enough is enough. them, and then eat the box. Closer to the truth is a rigor- ous regimen of exercise, daily, at Ponchatoula Fitness Center, finished off with a stint in the steam room to sweat away the impurities of life, then a cold shower to slam shut the pores. Prior to that, herb tea and a breakfast feast of granola I mix myself, with fresh fruit and a real treat, Kefir, gets me ready for the gym. I used to have to journey to Metairie or New Orleans to buy Kefir at the Whole Food Com- pany, but thanks to an enlight- ened Ponchatoula Winn Dixie manager, we now have a local supply. This doesn't tell the whole story, but the online Wikipedia resource should get you start- ed: "Kefir is a fermented milk drink that originated with shep- herds of the North Caucasus re- gion, who discovered that fresh milk carried in leather pouches would occasionally ferment into an effervescent beverage. It is prepared by inoculating cow, goat, or sheep's milk with kefir "grains." Traditional kefir was made in skin bags that were hung near a doorway; the bag would be knocked by anyone passing through the doorway to help keep the milk and kefir "grains" well mixed. "In the Caucasian Mountains, legend has it that the resulting kefir "grains" (not 'really a true grain) were a gift to Orthodox people from Mohammed, who instructed them on how to use the grains. Mohammed strictly forbade them from giving away the secret of kefir preparation to other people, or pass anyone kefir grains, because they would lose their "magic strength." The legend explains why kefir grains and the method for kefir prepa- ration have been surrounded by mystery for so long. "For most of recorded history, kefir was scarcely known out- side the Caucasian Mountains. although Marco Polo mentioned it in recounting his travels." Use Kefir in place of milk on your morning cereal and your (shrinking) tummy will love you. Trust me. 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