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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    Have you noticed a rise in the cost of vitamin C?

    Bulk prices of vitamin C have quadrupled since the first quarter of the year. It’s mainly due to cutbacks in production by Chinese suppliers who control as much 70% to 90% of the market.

    The Natural Foods Merchandiser reports, “The kilogram of bulk vitamin C has risen from about $4 in January to about $12 as of August.”

    According to Todd Sitkowski, a spokesman for DSM Nutritional Products, “Vitamin B and other letter vitamins would probably also experience price hikes, as China is the biggest player in those markets as well.”

    Another factor driving prices is the siphoning of corn into the biofuel market. Corn is a primary source of vitamin C production.

    8/21/07 19:06 JR

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