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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    Huge study supports fiber as a way to lower breast cancer risk

    In pre-menopausal women, total fiber intake protects against breast cancer.

    In fact, according to this study, those with the greatest intake of fiber cut their risk of breast cancer in half.

    Details here.

    Researchers from the University of Leeds in the UK followed the eating habits and health of more than 35,000 women over 7 years.

    • Pre-menopausal women who ate more fiber from cereals had a significantly lower risk of breast cancer.
    • Getting their fiber from fruit had a borderline effect.
    • When the results were adjusted for the amount of folate in their diets, the relationship between fiber and breast cancer became stronger.

    The 257 pre-menopausal women who developed breast cancer had a greater percentage of energy derived from protein, and lower intakes of dietary fiber and vitamin C, compared to the cancer-free women.

    Nota bene:
    These findings apply to pre-menopausal women. Post-menopausal women did not show a protective benefit from fiber.

    1/30/07 09:25 JR

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