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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    Studying fish oil to treat systemic lupus erythematosus

    Dr. Stephen Wright from Queen?s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland reports beneficial effects of omega-3 fish on the symptoms of SLE [systemic lupus erythematosus].

    In this 24-week study, reported during the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston, 60 patients who took 3 grams of omega-3-polyunsaturated fatty acids “showed significant improvement in a number of the symptoms of active lupus.”

    • Systemic Lupus Activity Measure (SLAM-R)
    • British Isles Lupus Assessment Group index of disease activity for SLE (BILAG)
    • Platelet 8-isoprostanes

    There was also evidence of a positive effect on the cardiovascular system.

    The bottom line?
    These findings support earlier work in animals where it was proposed, “omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties and, therefore, might be useful in the management of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases [such as SLE].”

    11/8/07 18:28 JR

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