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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    Evaluating omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation for joint pain

    A literature review by two researchers at York University in Toronto “suggest[s] that omega-3 PUFAs are an attractive adjunctive treatment for joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and dysmenorrhea [painful menstruation].”

    Results were positive for most measures of outcome.

    Supplementation with omega-3 for 3 to 4 months had the following effects.

    • Reduced patient-reported joint pain intensity
    • Fewer minutes of morning stiffness
    • Fewer painful and/or tender joints
    • Less use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

    Significant effects were not detected for physician assessed pain or the Ritchie articular index (a graded assessment to evaluate tenderness and swelling).

    Hmm. Why didn’t physicians detect what patients experienced?

    3/10/07 13:42 JR

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