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j!; ,l:ll"lStlgliLi|i. '1/11 I L! ! f Ji I ! THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, OCTOBER 20, 2011, PAGE B-4 Health J Over-selling supplements and Dr, Oz 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. ttowes 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 "retired" now in Kentwood.) Dietary supplements are being forcefully pushed ev- erywhere, except in the real ..... scientific literature. The most notable example of this is the currently over-hyped Dr. Oz show, produced by Oprah Win- frey's Harpo Productions. Speaking as a doctor, this show is far removed from the sanity of an informative pro- fessional medical show. Dr. Oz enters to the doting screams of Dr. Howes an audience being whipped into a frenzy by the "APPLAUSE" signs and the off camera show assistants. Dr. Oz states cat- egorically, "I do not 'endorse' any supplement products," and yet, he spends an inordinate amount of his air time talk- ing about the "antioxidant su- perstars, miracle anti-wrinkle vitamins, break-through anti- aging supplements, and supple- ments sure to boost your brain power." Either he does not under- stand the full definition of the word "endorse" or he is outright lying to his viewers and the au- dience. Frequently, his outland- ish, unsupported antioxidant claims do not even qualify as "junk science," It is worse than that. It is hard to tell if you are watching a serious medical pro- gram or a hard sell to a bunch of overly excited soccer moms, eager to accept anything the medical rock-star recommendsl Ole' Dr. Oz is a very touchy- feely kind of a guy and he is SAINTS VISK DEBIT CARDS You've got the Saints jersey, the Saints cap, the Saints license plate. Shouldn't you have the Official Saints VISA Debit Card? All you have to do is open any Whitney checking account and request our great Saints VISA Debit Cards. You can even get official Saints checks. Whitney is proud to be the Official Bank of the New Orleans Saints. Open your checking account at any Whitney branch and become a card-carrying Saints fan today. Call: 800.844.4450 Click: whitneybank.com Come by: one of our convenient locations quick to "cop-a-feel" of his ador- ing, uncontrollable, affectionate fans; all the while, he continues to push supplements like they are the Holy Grail. I feel strongly about this be- cause I have been seriously re- searching this area of science for many years and have at- tempted to honestly inform the public of the dangers of many of the dietary supplements, espe- cially the antioxidants. Since it is impossible to regu- late supplements because they are classified as "foods," I be- lieve that the scientific evidence showing the harmful effects of antioxidants has reached a suf- ficiently high level that those pushing their injudicious use may need to face medical liabil- ity with criminal intent. At this point, I have uncov- ered over 405 scientific report studies, involving about 16 mil- ee '"?' lion human participants, which show the ineffectiveness of the antioxidants and of these, over 105 study reports show a wide range of harmful effects. No amount of mass-media gener- ated hype by Drs. Mehmet Oz, Andrew Weil or Deepak Chopra can justify this irresponsible be- havior by men who have sworn to "First do no harm!" Also, they can not rely on ignorance as an excuse. This data is available because I have made it available at www.ama- zon.com, with a series of seven books on this subject. Just visit their websites and you will see their connection to the sale of many of these supple- ments. If profit or fame is their guiding principle, I personally condemn it. Patient safety and their overall health should al- ways come first. End of story! Gardenettes learn to avoid rape Special to The Times Be alert, scream as loudly as you can, run away as soon as possi- ble - this was some of the advice offered by Deputy Stacy Newsom guest speaker to the Gardenettes at their October 12 meeting, held in the home of club president Janice Hickey. Dy. Newsom offers Rape Ag- gression Defense (RAD) Sys- tems classes for women with no experience in physical skills training so they can defend themselves against attack. Sponsored by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Department, this program is three nights long and approximately four hours per night. Second speakerl member Adrienne Dunn gave a talk on hummingbirds and how to help them. Of the 331 known spe- cies, 31 have been designated as being at risk. Dunn handed out information on feeding and rescuing them. Gardenettes are members of the Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc. (LGCF). Host- esses for the meeting were Pat- ty Mullins, Pat Sweeney, San- dra Hare, Tonya Ferguson and Kathy Bedenbaugh. Door prizes were supplied by Mullins, Hare, Karen Moran, Sweeney, Fergu- son and Louise Steadman. Blue ribbon horticulture honors for specimens brought to the meeting were given to Dunn, Mona Middlebrook, Joan Morse, and Margaret Bailey. REMINDER: RESERVE your space in the next Cosmetology or Esthetics Course for day or night class. People's choice voting went to Bedenbaugh, with Bailey com- ing in second. Due to the heavy schedule, CricketAyala moved to dispense with Secretary Morse' minutes and alJbreviate Treasurer Vicky Fannaly's report. Hickey gave the results of the plant sale and thanked DaleRi- eth for getting the Gardenette T-shirts that members wore for this event. She thanked every- one for their participation. Hickey gave a report on the District Vt LGCF Fall Meeting held by member Diane Dufour who serves as District Director. Dufour was not present due to her state duties. Present but not previously mentioned were Lynda Byrd, Kathy Bruce, and Cheryl Kuhn. Middlebrook gave a report on the Butterfly Garden and thanked Robin Austin for her work. She also reported that the Garden of the Month sign had been refurbished and that it would be presented in the coming week. Hickey collected money for the Apotheca Food Bank. School customers are invited at extremely reduced prices at our Robert E. Lee & Kenner Locations!! JOHN JAY BEAUTY COLLEGE N.O. 504.467.2774 ext 11 540 Robert E. 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