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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    Dietary calcium is better for postmenopausal women

    Here’s a report on dietary calcium from the 2006 International Osteoporosis Foundation meeting in Toronto. (You can download the abstract book and go to abstract P696MO.)

    Among 183 healthy postmenopausal Caucasian women, those who took just dietary calcium, or a combination of dietary calcium with supplements, showed better effects on bone as measured by bone mineral density (BMD) than people who took calcium supplements alone.

    Why?

    • Perhaps because dietary calcium appears to be optimally absorbed by the body
    • Perhaps because dietary calcium has an effect on estrogen metabolism that improves its positive action on bone

    They’re called calcium “supplements” for a reason. The primary source is diet. Everything you ever wanted to know about dietary calcium is here at the National Institutes of Health website.

    9/20/06 23:06 JR

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