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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    Know your fiber

    Whole-grain products that don’t dissolve in water (whole wheat and brown rice) are called insoluble fiber or “ruffage.” This form of fiber keeps the intestines working properly.

    Soluble fiber (barley), which is sticky and dissolves easily in water, helps lower total cholesterol and LDL “bad” cholesterol in the blood, and helps regulate blood sugar in diabetics.

    For blood pressure and weight control, does it make a difference in your diet, which one you eat?

    Now, a study in 25 people concludes that in a healthy diet, increasing whole-grain foods — whether high in soluble or insoluble fiber — can reduce blood pressure and might help to control weight.

    If you’re interested…

    • has a nice review
    • World’s Healthiest Foods lists the foods highest in fiber
    • Here’s an article with a more detailed list
    • Nubella has a barley recipe.

    9/24/06 20:46 JR

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