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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    Dietary soy and breast cancer risk

    Soy food intake in the amount consumed by Asian populations may have protective effects against breast cancer, according to researchers at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

    Their review of 8 dietary soy exposure studies revealed the following insights.

    • Asians had a significant decreasing risk of breast cancer with increasing soy food intake — from not more than 5 mg isoflavones per day vs 10 mg vs at least 20 mg isoflavones per day.
    • In contrast, soy intake was unrelated to breast cancer risk in 11 low-soy-consuming Western populations — 0.8 and 0.15 mg per day.

    The bottom line?
    This is a controversial topic, and will not be settled by this report, which is based on a review of epidemiological studies.

    A more detailed review of the association between dietary soy intake and the risk of breast cancer is here.

    3/30/08 10:41 JR

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