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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    Adding micronutrients to milk reduces diarrhea and respiratory illness in children

    A study in northern India shows that milk fortified with specific micronutrients lowers the risk of diarrhea and acute lower respiratory illness in children.

    Here’s a list of what was added to the milk.

    • Zinc 7.8 mg
    • Iron 9.6 mg
    • Selenium 4.2 meg
    • Copper 0.27 mg
    • Vitamin A 156 mcg
    • Vitamin C 40.2 mg
    • Vitamin E 7.5 mg

    The study included more than 600 children aged 1 to 3 years. About half drank enough of the fortified milk each day to get these amounts of nutrients, while the others drank regular milk.

    The researchers concluded, “Milk is well accepted as a means of delivery of micronutrients.” The greatest benefits were seen among preschool children who were 2 years old or younger.

    The research was a collaborative effort between Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore and Annamalai University in India.

    11/30/06 10:12 JR

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