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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    Coffee and the risk of gout

    Contrary to popular thinking, drinking more coffee appears to lower the risk.

    Over 12 years, researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston followed 45,869 men who had no history of gout.

    And, the results.

    • Drinking more coffee during the day (0, vs less than 1, 1-3, 4-5, and 6 cups) was associated with significantly lower risk of gout.
    • The same was true for decaffeinated coffee (0, vs less than 1, 1-3, and 4 cups per day).
    • Total caffeine from all sources and tea intake were not associated with the risk of gout.

    The bottom line?
    It has been standard to caution patients that coffee and tea may contribute to the incidence of gout, as stated here and here.

    The results of this study dictate a re-evaluation of that recommendation.

    8/28/07 22:57 JR

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