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Refills: ORDER ONLINE AT www.floydsMmilypharmacy, com Rx Local Mobile App on your iPhone Glenn WestmorelancL-FAilLv COURT + THE TIMES, OCTOBER 30,2014, PAGE - Like us on Facebook Flu vaccines: the bottom line (Reprinted by Popular Demand from January 21, 1913) 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.) With flu season upon us again, watch out for false claims and unsupported exag- ,gerations. So, what is the bottom line on the effectiveness of the flu vac- cine? Over 100 million Ameri- cans get flu shots annually, be- cause they have been convinced by marketing they are doing a good thing. The CDC publicly asserts that 36,000 Americans die ev- ery year from the flu. But, ac- cording to CDC records, more :Americans die from asthma and malnutrition than from flu. In a 'study published in The Lancet, researchers found no evidence that influenza vaccines prevent flu in children younger than two years old. The 2004 Cochrane Collabo- ration study analyzed all rel- evant influenza vaccine studies during the past 40 years and re- searchers found that in healthy adults under 65 years of age, flu vaccination did not affect hospi- tal stay, time off from work, or death from influenza and its complications. The authors of this study concluded, "universal immuni- zation of healthy adults is not supported" by the data. A 2006 Cochrane Collaboration study found that for elderly people living in the community, influ- enza vaccines were not effec- tive, but for elderly people liv- ing in group homes, influenza vaccines were found to be 46% effective against pneumonia, but non-significant against in- fluenza. Also, a 2006 paper in the British Medical Journal found that flu vaccines had little or no effect on influenza death and its complications. Additionally, doctors and nurses are among the least likely to be vaccinated. In 2006, the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that 70% of doctors and nurses do not get annual flu shots and 62% of healthcare workers do not get a flu vaccine. Serious reactions to the flu vaccine include life-threatening allergies to vaccine components; i Dr. Howes Guillain-Barre syndrome, a se- vere paralytic disease; encepha- litis (brain inflammation), vari- ous neurological disorders, and thrombocytopenia (a serious blood disorder). Surprisingly, there is evi- dence that flu shots increase Alzheimer's disease risk and one report showed that people who received the flU vaccine each year for 3-to-5 years had a tenfold greater chance of devel- oping Alzheimer's disease than people who did not receive any flu shots. Research also shows that overuse of the flu vaccine and drugs like Tamiflu and Relenza can actually cause flu viruses to mutate into a more deadly strain. History has revealed the production of ineffective vaccines, massive multi-billion dollar financial windfalls for pharmaceutical companies and an inability to identify timely the actual circulating flu strain (mismatching). In the America that I love, we acknowledge Johns Hopkins' flu researcher Dr. Peter Doshi who feels Americans have been mis- led about the benefits of the flu vaccine. And he says 100 people would have to be vaccinated to prevent even one flu case. Enough said. Artist Kim Hurricane histor o o o and lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas taking aim at the city of Baton Rouge. The eye of the storm did not come over Ponchatoula but we were close enough to feel much of the storm's fury. Hundreds of trees in the area were uprooted or snapped off by the hurricane force winds blocking roads and causing the loss of telephone and electri- cal service throughout south Louisiana. Roofs were damaged and some blown away, numerous signs were destroyed, awnings blown away, and there was extensive glass breakage. A number of plate glass windows on the commercial buildings on Pine Street were blown out by the winds with the Mitchell Build- ing on the corner of Pine Street and Northwest Railroad Avenue, and Ross's Restaurant being especially hard hit. The Gaude and Gaude Service Station lost its entire roof, and a large Borden's Ice Cream sign that had been outside of Carruth's Drug Store was blown down. South of town Pugh's greenhouses suffered thousands of dollars in damages from broken glass. Along the Tangipahoa River almost every camp was damaged or destroyed. At Manchac a barge had broken its moorings and slammed into the highway bridge putting it out of service. Ponchatoula Mayor Smith Guthrie set the preliminary damage estimate in the Ponchatoula area at $500,000 (this was in 1947 dollars of course). The mayor and other local officials had prepared for the disaster by having shelters in place for those in need. As the storm raged that Friday, about 250 people were sheltered at Vaughan's packing plant. Fire Chief John Dahmer reported that 39 people were cared for at the fire department/city hall build- ing. Other people rode out the storm at the Catholic school, in the gymnasium at Ponchatoula High School, and about fifty more at the Champ Cooper School. After the storm moved away and the rain began to abate lo- cal resident looked around their homes to assess their personal losses. Thirty-four people were killed along the Gulf Coast, mostly in Louisiana, but none of these occurred in the Ponchatoula area. Neighbors with hand saws began clearing the streets and roads near their homes and electrical crews began to restore electrical power. The first local priority was to restore service to the city pumping plant, and to the Fannaly packing plant where huge quantities of food items dependent on electrical service were at risk. No one in this area griped about the loss of their home air con- ditioning as no one had that luxury before the storm. Like- wise no one bemoaned the slow Federal response to the disas- ter as everyone was expected to take care of themselves and their neighbors. The adults of 1947 who had lived through the Depression and World War II knew that no one would arrive to issue checks to replace their roof or window damage, or to help local communities pay for storm cleanup. The local residents cleaned up their property making the necessary repairs and moved on with their lives. They hoped for a good strawberry crop in the spring of 1948 and for a better year to come. Zabbia FROM PAGE ONE PRESCRIPTION COMPOUNDING NOW AVAILABLE DRIVE THRU SERVICE AVAILABLE I[ TEXT & NOTIFICmION WHEN IS ![ MOST INSURANCE ACCEPTED REFILL RX ON OURWEBSITE OR MOBILE APP 15 % OFF ALL GIFTS & CANDLES 1625 HWY 51 N PONCHATOULA Located 1 mile south of North Oaks (Next to Cafe NOLA ) I I FREE LOCAL DELIVERY !! Come by and get to know us! I I I I I II I I I in Pensacola, Florida. Though she eagerly shares credit with others, it is understood that Kim Howes Zabbia is the major creative engine behind The Art StatiordClay Station, the Northshore Quilt Trail, and much else positive that is associated with her creative genius. And in her spare time, she serves as Ponchatoula First Lady. The Family Court Experience We Need Children First: As a Family Court Judge, I know the importance of putting Children first. My decisions will be based on what is best for the child in providing them stability and love from each parent. Speedy Resolutions: It is very important for everyone to have their day in court. Family matters are stressful and quite frankly, painful. I will have a docket that moves to avoid unnecessary delays in order to let these families move on with their lives. Experience Matters: I have the courtroom experience and real life experience to be an effective Family Court Judge. Even though I have handled thousands of family court cases, I have also lived family court. I have experienced a divorce as well as the adoption of children. The result, I know the feelings of those appearing in my court. Glenn Westmoreland's commitment to' the new Family Court will include: J" Compassion, caring and respect for all families that appear in Family Court / , Decisions based on the best interest of the children A fair and speedy resolution will be afforded to each party in their domestic case J" Conduct a courtroom where rules and procedures are strictly followed Everyone coming to Family Court has their own experience. As a divorced and remarried, husband and father, I can use my experience to make Family Court the best it can be. I have walked in the shoes of those appearing before me in Family Court. This experience means I will be compassionate when I haveto be and strict when I need to be. The result.., a Family Court where everyone is treated with fairness and respect. * GLENN for The Ponchatoula Times - Call 985-386-2877 - Re. Box 743 - Ponchatoc;|a, LA 70454-0743 - editor@ponchatoula.com