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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    Study reports that chlorella improves antibody response to flu vaccine

    OK, but unfortunately the study stopped short of determining if this supplement protected older people from actually getting the flu.

    Placebo or a chlorella-derived dietary supplement (200 mg/day or 400 mg/day) was given to 124 healthy adults, at least 50 years of age, for four weeks. After three weeks, everyone got the 2000/2001 flu season vaccine.

    There were no differences between groups in achieving at least a four-fold increase in antibodies. However, those who were 50 to 55 years old and took the high-dose treatment had significantly higher antibody titers against two of the three influenza strains covered by the vaccine.

    Chlorella are freshwater microscopic algae, widely used as a food supplement in Japan.

    Too bad they didn’t follow these patients to determine any effect on the development of an influenza infection.

    Maybe next year.

    10/27/06 09:08 JR

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