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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    Policosanol: Another negative study result

    Healthcare is expensive, but there is nothing more expensive than paying for drugs that just don’t work.

    That appears to be the case with policosanol — at least for anyone living outside Cuba.

    Forty healthy adults with mildly high cholesterol blood levels were assigned to receive policosanol 20 mg or placebo once daily for 8 weeks.

    There were no changes in any of the laboratory values studied including LDL (bad) cholesterol, total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, triglycerides, or C-reactive protein.

    The history of policosanol can be traced by clicking the “policosanol” link to the right.

    12/9/06 10:00 JR

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