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 www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Tea drinking and biliary cancer

    Biliary tract cancers are rare but highly fatal conditions. Epidemiological study results suggest that drinking tea, especially green tea, protects against a variety of cancers, including malignancies that affect the gastrointestinal tract.

    Now, a study in the International Journal of Cancer reports that women in Shanghai, China who drank at least one cup of tea each day for at least 6 months had a significantly lower risk of gallbladder cancer and biliary stones.

    Men did not benefit from drinking tea, but they were also more likely to smoke, and this was thought to be a confounding factor.

    The mechanism of this protective effect is not known.

    In my opinion, green tea is not very tasty. However, Harney and Sons sells a flavored green tea called Bangkok Flavored Green Tea. Unfortunately, the loose tea, which is the most economical, has stems mixed with the leaves. Despite this criticism, it tastes pretty good. You can use the Amazon search box on the left to find it. Type “Harney and Sons Bangkok”.

    7/20/06 00:38 JR

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