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% ATTE NTION CAN D I DATES: THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, SEPTEMBER 23,20010, PAGE 8 .[ (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' Ponehatoula 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.) Progressively, dietary supplements are being shown to be inef- fective and pharmaceutical drugs are appearing more and more dangerous. What is one to do? The best answer is to take only what is necessary or if you are proven to be in a deficiency state. Usually, Mother Nature seems to know best and our bodies usually can select from a nutritious, balanced diet those compounds which it needs and excrete or remove the others that are harmful or surplus. Some recent headlines il- lustrate the "current state of confusion" as it relates to supplements: Popular joint supplements do not work (Glu- cosamine and chondroitin sul- fate); B-Vitamins fail another test; Beware these dietary supplements; Calcium supple- ments increase the risk of heart disease in the elderly; B-vita- min pills have no effect on heart disease prevention. A 2010 British Medical Jour- nal article reported, "In a re- view of trials involving 3,803 patients with knee or hip os- teoarthritis, researchers found that there was 'no clinically rel- evant effect' of chondroitin, glu- cosamine, or the two in combi- nation on perceived joint pain. Global sales of glucosamine supplements reached almost $2 billion in 2008. In 2010, in The Lancet Neu- roiogy, researchers reported that "participants who took the Dr. Howes B-vitamins had lower homo- cysteine levels. But those tak- ing the B-vitamins were not significantly Iess likely to suffer a stroke, heart attack or to die from any cause during the 3.4- :year study." Also in 2010, a Consumer Reports investigation revealed what the magazine called the "dirty dc ea" of dietary sup Die- - ones that may harm your health, and that you should consider avoiding." They were the following: aconite, bit- ter orange, chaparral, coloidal silver, coltsfoot, eomfrey coun- try mallow, germanium, greater celandine, kava, lobelia and yo- himbine. More than half of the adult D~cor 11041 Hwy 22 W. Ponchatoula, ~ 70454 Stay Involved (95s)8.45-4olz Artist captures masking tradition In what could well be an artist's impression of a Loui- siana Mardi Gras, Armagh artist Dara Vallely captures a masking scene from Ireland, a recurring subject of his paintings. (Times Photo) U.S. population has taken di- etary supplements hoping to in- crease their life span, improve their sex lives, make them healthier or to lose weight. However, people rarely real- ize that supplement manufac- turers routinely, and legally, sell their products without first having to demonstrate that they are safe and]or effective. All they have to do is to follow the guidelines of the industry- friendly 1994 Dietary Supple- ment Health and Education Act (DSHEA). The DSHEA prohibits them from any claims that the sup- plements can "diagnose, pre- vent, cure or treat" any disease condition. Yet, they can claim to "support, bolster, improve or strengthen" almost anything or any condition. In the America that I love, confusion rules and consumers are wasting billions of dollars annually on ineffective, if not dangerous, products. Scams are everywhere. Please do your homework and research the products you take or talk to your doctor. It is for your own good and protection. Do not con- tinue to be misled. Stop supplement fraud, now. A sneak preview of the Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival Presented by Capital One Bank Friday, October 22, Maritime Mania Party, 7:30 - 10:30 pm Saturday, October 23, Wooden Boat Festival 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday, October 24, Wooden Boat Festival 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. For 21 years, Madisonville and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum have paid tribute to the hand crafted wooden boats of the Gulf Coast. Hundreds of boats will line the banks of the beautiful Tchefuncte River as 30,000 wooden boat enthusiasts come to celebrate the wonders of wood and water. Great food, music, artists, and crafts, make the Madlsonville Wooden Boat Festival one of the most popular events in the South. This two-day celebration benefits the Lake Pontchartrain Ba- sin Maritime Museum and the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse and Marsh restoration. From the very beginning, The Ponchatoula Times has served as the official journal of he festival. To learn more, visit: www.woodenboaffest.org. Maritime Mania Sponsor Party Friday, October 22, 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. Join in the Pirate Fun! Maritime Mania - the festival kick-off party has become an attraction of its own! As many as a thousand food and music lovers attend to mingle with the visiting wooden boat captains, preview new Museum exhibits and enjoy live music, open bar, and food from various local restaurants. Come have fun while you support Madisonv lle's valuable local cultural attrac- tion. Music by The King Tones. The Bands are Back! Budlight Entertainment Stage, Saturday, October 23 and Sunday, October 24 King Tones, 2 p.m. United We Groove, 4 p.m. Blue Meanies, 4 p.m. Bottom's Up, 6 p.in. 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