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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    High risk of heavy metals in Ayurvedic medicines

    A recent post here summarized the risks associated with lead blood levels. It’s more toxic than was previously believed. And if you take Ayurvedic medicine, it’s important to be aware of the risks you are exposed to.

    How high is the risk?

    Real high!

    One of 5 (that’s 20%!) Ayurvedic herbal medicines produced in South Asia and available in Boston South Asian grocery stores contain potentially harmful levels of lead, mercury, and/or arsenic.

    These findings are based on the results of laboratory analysis of products that were purchased from Indian markets, supermarkets, and convenience stores within a 20-mile radius of Boston City Hall.

    Users of Ayurvedic medicine are at risk for heavy metal toxicity. It’s in the public interest to test all Ayurvedic herbal medicines for toxic heavy metals and display the results prominently on these products.

    9/20/06 18:58 JR

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