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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    More negative results with policosanol

    Here’s the latest in a string of negative results using Cuban sugar cane-derived policosanol.

    The results are important because the researchers from Azienda Ospedaliera in Padua, Italy confirmed that the tablets contained the correct amount of policosanol.

    First, the details.

    • 68 people with high cholesterol blood levels were randomly assigned to take policosanol 20 mg daily for 8 weeks or placebo.

    And, the results.

    • 63 people completed the study.
    • There was no difference in body mass index, total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and triglyceride blood levels between the groups.

    The bottom line?
    Policosanol was “the most disappointing CAM in 2006.

    Nothing has changed.

    1/6/08 20:22 JR

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