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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    Soy has positive effects on cholesterol

    A previous post reported the American Heart Association’s (AHA) position that soy as a dietary factor has unproven or uncertain effects on cardiovascular disease.

    Now, a review of 42 well-designed clinical trials from 1982 through 2004 reports the following positive effects about soy.

    • Lowers total cholesterol
    • Lowers LDL “bad” cholesterol
    • Lowers triglycerides
    • Slightly raises HDL “good: cholesterol

    These changes were statistically significant, and no other factors could have accounted for the favorable effects of soy.

    It’s important because high cholesterol is a major modifiable risk factor for heart disease. Using soy protein in place of foods that are high in saturated fat, trans-saturated fat, and cholesterol may have a beneficial effect on coronary risk factors.

    It will be interesting to see if the AHA changes its position on soy.

    9/21/06 20:41 JR

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