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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    Lowering triglyceride levels HIV-infected patients

    The use of potent antiretroviral therapy significantly alters lipid profiles in HIV-infected patients.

    It’s clear that fish oil reduces triglyceride blood levels in patients without HIV infection. Now, this study evaluates fish oil to control blood triglyceride levels in patients with HIV.

    Here are the details.

    • 122 HIV patients with high triglyceride levels
    • Randomly assigned to 8 weeks to N-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (2 capsules containing 1 gram of fish oil 3 times daily, or placebo.

    Highlights of the results.

    • After 8 weeks triglyceride blood levels declined 25%.
    • Triglyceride levels returned to the normal range in 22% of patients taking fish oil vs 6.5% of patients taking placebo.
    • No significant differences between groups in adverse events.

    This study demonstrates the value of N-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids to lower high triglyceride levels in HIV-infected patients during potent antiretroviral therapy.

    4/3/07 21:08 JR

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