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.

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    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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Best foods (and supplements) to lower your cholesterol has posted a review.

Here’s the skinny.

Oatmeal and oat bran

  • 5 to 10 grams of soluble fiber a day decreases LDL (bad) cholesterol about 5%.

Walnuts, almonds

  • A cholesterol-lowering diet with 20% of the calories from walnuts may reduce LDL cholesterol 12%.

Fish and omega-3 fatty acids

  • Eat at least 2 servings of “fatty” fish per week.

Foods fortified with plant sterols or stanols

  • Can help reduce LDL cholesterol by more than 10%.

The bottom line?
Read the post for more detail and an update on the small impact of soy on LDL cholesterol.

Cholesterol-lowering supplements are listed here.

9/17/07 21:26 JR

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