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.

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    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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    Effect of vitamin D during pregnancy on children 3 years later

    Pregnant women who take higher doses of vitamin D might be able to decrease the risk of recurrent wheezing in their offspring, according to this study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

    A questionnaire was used to determine the intake of vitamin D in 1194 women during their pregnancy. At age 3 their offspring were evaluated for recurrent wheezing.

    When the lowest and highest intakes of vitamin D were compared, mothers who took the highest daily intake (724 international units [IU]) had a significantly lower risk of having a child with recurrent wheeze compared to those who took the lowest daily amounts (356 IU).

    The source of the vitamin D — diet or supplements — had no effect on the outcome.

    The researchers concluded that these findings would be most applicable in the northeastern United States, because “vitamin D deficiency and asthma are common at higher latitudes.”

    According to the National Institues of Health, the Adequate Intake for vitamin D during pregnancy is just 200 IU per day. Upper tolerable intake is 2000 IU per day. Dietary sources of vitamin D and calcium are listed here.

    3/7/07 20:27 JR

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