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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    Fish oil is good for the heart in people with arthritis

    People with the rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are at increased risk for heart disease. Taking fish oil reduces this risk and improves rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

    Here are the reported benefits in 18 people who took fish oil compared to 13 who did not.

    • Significant reduction in NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) use
    • Positive changes in fasting blood lipids
    • RA remission at 3 years was more frequent with fish oil use (72%) compared to no fish oil (31%).

    In addition, there were beneficial changes in arachidonic acid, thromboxane B2 and prostaglandin E2 at a biochemical level.

    The bottom line?

    Fish oil reduces the risk for heart disease in patients with RA through multiple mechanisms.

    11/21/06 17:47 JR

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