The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Comparing yoga to statins for cholesterol lowering

    Yoga practice is associated with positive effects on cholesterol levels in the blood.

    For example,

    • 6% to 25% decrease in total cholesterol
    • 22% to 28% reduction in triglycerides
    • 13% to 26.0% reduction in LDL (bad) cholesterol

    But how does this compare to the LDL cholesterol lowering effects of statins, the most widely used drugs to treat hypercholesterolemia?

    • Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 10 mg/day, 39% LDL reduction
    • Lovastatin (Mevacor) 40 mg/day, 31% LDL reduction
    • Pravastatin (Pravacol) 40 mg/day, 34% LDL reduction
    • Simvastatin (Zocor) 20-40 mg/day, 35-41% LDL reduction
    • Fluvastatin (Lescol) 40-80 mg/day, 25-35% LDL reduction
    • Rosuvastatin (Crestor) 5-10 mg/day, 39-45% LDL reduction

    A little lower than the statins, but the benefits come without the risk of drug side effects.

    9/24/06 21:09 JR

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