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, 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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    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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