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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    Latest recommendations for calcium during peri- and postmenopause

    Adequate calcium intake (along with adequate vitamin D status) reduces bone loss in peri- and postmenopausal women and reduces fractures in postmenopausal women older than age 60 with low calcium intake.

    It’s a key component of any bone-protective treatment.

    And the recommendations are?

    • Most postmenopausal women should take 1,200 mg of calcium each day.
    • Adequate vitamin D can usually be achieved with a daily oral intake of at least 400 to 600 IU.
    • Vitamin D is required to achieve the nutritional benefits of calcium.

    The best source of calcium is food, but “high-quality calcium supplements taken in divided doses” are OK, according to the American Menopause Society — the group that made these recommendations.

    A “supplemental” view of calcium supplements is here.

    Taking the right amount of calcium can be tricky. Here’s some helpful information.

    Of course, all this is a waste of time unless you buy a supplement that contains what’s stated on the label. So, go here.

    11/29/06 19:55 JR

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