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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    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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    Benefits and risks of vegan diets

     Veganism is a diet and lifestyle that excludes using animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose.

    Dr. Winston Craig from Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, Michigan reviews both, and makes recommendations.

    First, the benefits.

    • Higher content of fiber, folic acid, vitamins C and E, potassium, and magnesium, and many phytochemicals (plant-derived chemical compounds important for health)
    • More unsaturated fat and cholesterol content
    • More dietary fiber vs other vegetarian diets
    • Thinner stature
    • Lower cholesterol blood levels
    • Lower blood pressure
    • Reduced risk of heart disease

    Now, the risks.

    • Eliminating animal products from the diet increases the risk of certain nutritional deficiencies.
    • Micronutrients of special concern are vitamins B-12 and D, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids.

    The bottom line?
    Dr. Craig concludes, “Unless vegans regularly consume foods that are fortified with these nutrients, appropriate supplements should be consumed.”

    “In some cases, iron and zinc status of vegans may also be of concern because of the limited bioavailability of these minerals.”

    3/14/09 22:34 JR

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