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“Fried Food Dilemma”

Jul 14, 2019

In North America, 25-36% of adults consume foods, usually fried, from fast food restaurants every day. Moderation and variety with any food is the key to healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. But could eating fried foods actually shorten our lives? The connection between eating fried foods and obesity and heart disease is well known. In a 2018 study, it was shown that frequent consumption of fried foods, especially fried chicken and fried fish/shellfish, was associated with a higher risk of all cause and cardiovascular mortality in women in the US. Several cohort studies in US populations showed that higher consumption of fried foods was associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, which are among the leading causes of death. However, a study in a Mediterranean population found no association between fried food consumption and coronary heart disease. A 2019 study has shown that frequent consumption of fried foods, particularly fried chicken and fried fish/shellfish, was correlated with a higher risk of all cause and cardiovascular mortality in this study population. Total or individual consumption of fried food was not generally linked to cancer mortality. Total fried food consumption of at least one serving per day was associated with a modestly higher but not significant risk of cardiovascular mortality. Frying is a complex cooking process that modifies the composition of foods and the frying medium. During frying, foods can lose water and absorb fat, and the frying oils deteriorate, especially when reused.

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“Salt Intake and the Food Police”

May 19, 2013

According to the “Food Police,” we should consume no salt, no sugar, no soda, no fatty foods, no red meat, no mercury-containing fish, and no fast foods.  But, is there proof for these restrictions.  Let’s focus on salt.  Scientific studies have not consistently supported the assertion that salt causes high blood pressure.  In 1988, the INTERSALT study compared urinary sodium levels with high blood pressure and found no statistically significant association between them. In fact, the population that ate the most sodium had a lower median blood pressure than the population that ate the least.  A 2011 study in JAMA compared the urinary sodium levels of people with their risk of dying over the course of eight years. They were shocked to find that the more sodium their subjects ate, the less likely they were to die.

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“Alzheimer’s Disease Update”

Feb 05, 2012

The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 5.4 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s disease (AD).  AD is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and a new case is diagnosed every 70 seconds.  AD is a devastating mental disease accompanied by language disturbances, limited ability to identify people or recognize objects, behavioral problems and personality changes.  Despite years of research, the underlying cause of AD is up for debate and unknown.  Current medications are being prescribed to treat AD, such as Aricept, Exelon, Cognex and Razadyne in up to 25% of AD patients but medical debates have raged over the questionable benefits of these drugs and their enormous costs.  Actually, Italian studies have found that not one of the six clinical trials of so-called anti-Alzheimer’s drugs significantly reduced the rate of progression from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to dementia.

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“Prostate Enlargement, Supplements, and Lies?”

Oct 02, 2011

About half of men in the US over age 50, and 75 percent by age 80 are affected by prostate enlargement.  An enlarged prostate can make it difficult to urinate and can cause urinary tract infections.  A new randomized study from the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston reported that an herbal supplement, saw palmetto, that is widely sold in the United States and Europe to relieve urinary symptoms in men with an enlarged prostate, has no benefit over a placebo.  In fact, even at the highest dose (960 milligrams) saw palmetto fared no better than placebo.  Actually, saw palmetto extract was no better than placebo for any of the other outcomes, including measures of urinary bother, painful urination, excessive urination at night, measures of sexual function, continence, sleep quality and symptoms of prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate).  Saw palmetto extract comes from the berries of the saw palmetto dwarf plant tree.  Researchers said, “These supplements are apparently not doing anything measurably above and beyond what we call the placebo effect.”

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“Polypharmacy In Elderly Patients”

Jul 31, 2011

The practice of taking multiple drugs simultaneously (polypharmacy) is becoming routine, especially in so-called old folks.  When it comes to medications, I always first suggest relying on the adage, “Start low and go slow.”  Today, Americans are the number one pill poppers on the planet and this is especially true for the elderly and the 75 million aging baby boomers.  There is increased risks for cancer, heart disease, stroke and overall mortality associated with the common antioxidant vitamins A, C and E supplements and the common non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as rofecoxib (Vioxx) and lumiracoxib have been associated with twice the risk of heart attack, while ibuprofen was associated with more than three times the risk of stroke.

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Feb 02, 2011

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Dr. Howes on WWL with Meg Farris
December 8, 2010

“Check-up on Modern Medicine”
Institute for Learning in Retirement, Southwest Mississippi Community College, Summit MS
September 10, 2008

“Cancer, Heart Disease and Anitoxidant Vitamins A, C & E”
Ponchatoula Kiwanis Club, Ponchatoula, LA
June 20, 2007

“Cancer & Heart Disease Advances”
Institute for Learning in Retirement, Southwest Mississippi Community College, Summit MS
February 7, 2007

“Free Radical Theory of Aging and Oxidative Stress”
Daughters of the American Revolution meeting, Amite, LA
January 27, 2007

“The Status of Medical Care in America”
Kiwanis Club, Hammond, La
March 7, 2006

American College for Advancement in Medicine Keynote Address, Anaheim, California
October 18, 2005
Dr. Howes was the Keynote Speaker and Recipient of the 2005 Harold Harper Award

Dr. Howes with Eric Paulsen WWL

Jan 13, 2011

Dr. Howes Eric Paulsen interview WWL  Tv.