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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    Vitamins and cancer

    According to Eric Jacobs, a senior epidemiologist and vitamin specialist with the American Cancer Society, “There is no vitamin or mineral supplement proven to reduce the risk of cancer.”

    A string of negative results summarized in an Associated Press story are depressing.

    • 50 mg a per day of alpha-tocopherol, a form of vitamin E, had no effect on lung cancer incidence
    • 20 mg of beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A, was associated with an 18% increase in lung cancer incidence in smokers
    • Beta-carotene had no effect on the incidence of lung cancer in non-smokers, or in prostate or breast cancer
    • Vitamin B2 and niacin had no impact on the occurrence of cancers
    • Selenium did not decrease skin cancer in people with a history of that disease
    • A low-dose vitamin A derivative did not prevent head and neck tumors
    • Calcium and vitamin D supplements didn’t cut the odds of developing breast cancer

    Maybe the wrong doses were studied. For now, these are the latest data.

    6/25/06 21:21 JR

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