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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    The value of calcium when premenopausal women diet

    Researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey report that overweight premenopausal women don’t lose bone when they diet if they take the recommended amount of calcium.

    Here are the details.
    44 overweight premenopausal women were randomly assigned to the following treatments.

    • Normal calcium (1 gram/day) during a 6-month diet
    • High calcium (1.8 gram/day) during a 6-month diet
    • Weight maintenance and 1 gram of calcium per day

    And the results.

    • Weight loss combined with normal or high calcium intake resulted in no significant decrease in bone density or increase in bone metabolism.

    The bottom line?
    The study does not address any long-term consequences associated with bone loss — fracture. Not to be too cynical, but considering the general failure of dieting to achieve long-lasting changes in weight, the risk of not taking calcium might be academic.

    Of course, adding calcium plus vitamin D to a weight-loss diet might improve cholesterol levels.

    4/18/07 21:22 JR

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