The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was 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.

  • Common sense considerations

    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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    Omega-3 fatty acids better than defibrillators to prevent sudden death!

    For this study, researchers created a computer-simulated community of 100,000 people that resembled the population of Olmsted County, Minnesota, in 2000.

    By raising omega-3 fatty acid levels among all the Olmsted cyber-citizens, the researchers estimated that the overall death rate could be reduced 6.4%. By contrast, automated external defibrillators (AEDs) reduced death rates by 0.8%, and implanted defibrillators reduced deaths by 3.3%.

    Don’t laugh. Computer-simulated research could be the next big thing, especially where the cost of healthcare is concerned.

    For example?

    The cost of raising omega-3 blood levels in this cyber-community would be about $5.8 million a year ($58 per person) — less if the cyber-people ate more fish.

    Equipping every household with an AED would cost $201 million, the researchers estimate. Alternatively, it would cost $195,000 to distribution AEDs to first responders such as paramedics and firefighters.

    Suchi, anyone?

    Source: Kottke, et al. Am J Prev Med. 2006;31(4).

    8/31/06 19:11 JR

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