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THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, NOVEMBER 11, 2010, PAGE 6 Health Fish oil does not prevent Alzheimer's Disease 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.) Omega-3 fish oil supplement producers have claimed curative powers for diseases such as cancer, heart disease, dementia, ADD, ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, dyslexia, dyspraxia, obses- sive compulsive disorder, headaches and migraines. Also, it was claimed to de- crease aggressive behavior, prevent learning disabilities and make kids smarter. Unsup- ported aggressive advertising has led to "soaring sales for fish oil." However, disappointing studies are now coming forth and supplements do not have the same benefits as do natural foods containing these same in- gredients. Even though claims of being "heart healthy" persist, a large German study gave fish oil or dummy capsules to more than 3,800 people who had suf- fered a recent heart attack and found that after a year, there was no difference between fish oil pills or placebo. But, there is more bad news for fish oil. Even though data from a trial of over 800 older people initially showed that those who eat plenty of oily fish seem to have better cognitive function, a new study has found that omega-3 pills, promoted as boosting memory, did not slow mental and physical decline in older patients with Alzheimer's disease. This $10 million project stud- ied nearly 300 men and women, aged 76 on average, with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. They were randomly assigned to take either the omega-3 fish oil pill (DHA) or dummy pills daily for 18 months. Results were similar in both groups, in that DHA provided no benefits in slowing Alzheimer's symp- toms nor did the pills work in a subgroup of participants with the mildest Alzheimer's symp- toms. The researchers concluded, "There is no basis for recom- mending DHA supplementation for patients with Alzheimer dis- ease." ;,:1!!!7 ¸  iii  !!ii:d!i = iiiii • .... Dr. Howes Laurie Ryan, program direc- tor of Alzheimer's studies at the Institute on Aging, called the results discouraging. Thus, A1- zheimer's disease remains basi- cally untreatable and the "fish oil gold rush" may be slowing. In the America that I love, we realize that generally di- etary supplements do not work, except in cases of known defi- ciencies or malabsorption syn- dromes. Still, sales of dietary supplements bring in about $23 billion annually. We know that eating more heart-healthy ome- ga-3 fats provided no additional benefit in a study of heart attack survivors who were already get- ting good care. There is little harm to fish oil when the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 are properly balanced. Please remember the words of expert, Dr. Lichtenstein, "We need to be a little more cautious about the prediction of individ- ual benefit of any nutritional supplements. People are so will- ing to embrace the simple an- swer, as if it's possible to crack a capsule over a hot fudge sundae and undo the harm of harmful diets and lack of exercise." But, give me a chocolate sundae. I'll take my chances. Calling All Clowns! The Louisiana Clowning for Safety Organization is sponsoring a Clown School November 17-19 in Pon- chatoula. Seen in the pho- to is the 'professor" Mark Ruffennack, better known as BillyClub. Ruffennack is a retired Police Officer from Phoenix Arizona who has more than 25 years of expe- rience in the art of clown- ing and entertainment with a purpose- to keep children safe and to teach them safe- ty messages in a fun and cre- ative environment. (Courte- sy Photo) Calling All Clowns Special to The Times The Louisiana Clowning for Safety organization is inviting all clowns, magicians, and those interested in the entertainment and education of young children to join them for a 2 and ½ day, one-of-a-kind event. This will be a unique train- ing school where students re- ceive professional guidance in the art of clowning. The class will be held at Alack Culinary Equipment and Supply, Train- ing Room, 17420 Hwy.190, Hammond, La. The School prepares students to work in environments other than a circus with emphasis on using their craft and talents to teach young children safety messages. The curriculum will intro- duce the arts of magic, pup- petry, comedy, storytelling, prop production and makeup that are essential to clowning. Ponchatoula Kiwanis installs first female president Ponchatoula Kiwanis President Dianne Crim is shown giving her acceptance speech. • Dudek FROM PAGE 2 let bowl" my friend. Finally, how bout those Hor- nets? At press time, the Bees were 6-0. After an impressive 4 wins to start the new season, the Hornets '%eat the Heat" and defeated Miami's all-star filled team led by LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh to improve to 5-0. And last but certainly not least, my wonderful fiance' Bree rescued a kitten that was about to be euthanized, and that little bundle of joy has definitely made our house a happier home. Tony Berner honored Tony Berner (right) is be- ing presented the "Kenneth J. Frahm Award" from Past President Darrell Rousseau. This award was given to Berner in appreciation for his excellent service to the Ponchatoula Kiwanis Club. (Kiwanis Photo) Included in the festivities will be a Clown Social on the night of November 16 and a by-invi- tation-only Clown Idol Night on the evening of November 18 to practice the arts. The Clown Finale at the Hammond area Head Start pro- grams on the morning of No- vember 19 will be an opportu- nity to perform in front of a live audience of children. Registration fee is $80 and includes refreshments and sup- plies. Slots are limited to regis- ter, or to learn more about the program you may contact Nan- cy Bourgeois 985-507-1797 or Debra Huffman 225-275-1532. ii   i i:ii!i i  iiiii ii iiiig@iii ¸ THE PONCHATOULA C O U N TRY MARKE T Country Market Artist Miss J. Patrice Doolittle Country Market artist has collectible pieces for as low as $20  Times Report ":  Country Market artist Miss J. Patrice Doolittle has a booth filled with her unique art, including some great gift items, such as her double-sided wood puzzles featuring her own paintings for just $20. She also produces specialized cards using her photography enhanced by computer artwork. Miss Doolittle specializes in acrylic paint on wood. She is currently using window frames as her canvas, gwing the easy illusion that you are viewing the painted scene through the window. "I have painted for as long as I can remember," she told an interviewer with The Ponchatoula Times. "I remember getting in trouble in school for drawing on my desk." And though she says her father is a gifted painter, the artist has no doubt regarding the source of her obvious talent. "I believe it all comes from God and I like to spread His love through my art. I paint a lot of nature because I like God's creation." While not in her studio, or displaying her art at the Country Market, the artist works to finish a mural in the Loranger- Husser area in a private home. She is a product of the gifted and talented art program at Loranger High, enhanced by study at Southeastern Louisiana University where she studied graphic design in addition to Spanish. Miss Doolittle has been at the Ponchatoula Country Market since August. "I have done commissioned work but this is the first time setting up a booth," she said during this first in a series report on the Country Market. Located In The Heart of Ponchatoula next to the railroad tracks JACKSON-VAUGHAN AGENCY INC. Celebrating 90 years of service to Tangipahoa Parish 121 West Pine - Ponchatoula 386-3511 Call Us For All Your Insurance Needs SPARKY WELLES - President & Manager - North Oaks Neurology Clinic is seeking to evaluate an investigational medication for patients 18 and older with Parkinson's Disease and symptoms of lightheadedness, dizziness or fainting upon standing. Those who qualify for this clinical research study may receive: ............................................................... .:: .......................... ::: ............................................................................... .................. :: • Study-related materials for procedures at no cost • Compensation for participation and travel. For more information about this study, call (985) 230-7525, NORT OA H KS North Oaks Neurology Physicians: _ N E U R O L O  Y • Patricio S. Espinosa, MD, MPH, Principal Investigator A Clinic of North Oaks Health System " Bilal A. Choudry, MD 2101 Robin Ave., Suite 5 • Hammond, LA * www.northoaks.org (;osmetology : lasses starting Jan 31st Medical Assistant, Medical Billing/Coding & Phlebotomy Classes starting Jan 24 EMAIL LETTERS TO THE EDIT()R -- editor(uponchatoula.com SUBSCRIBE ONLINE WWW.I)()NCtlAT()ULA.C()M/PTIMES