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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    Benefits of tea drinking in older women

    There appear to be beneficial effects on the skeleton.

    First, the details.

    • 1500 elderly women participated in a study designed to evaluate the benefits of calcium.
    • However, at 5 years 1027 of these women answered a questionnaire to determine their usual tea intake and compare it to their areal bone mineral density (aBMD), which was used as an independent predictor for osteoporotic hip fracture.
    • Another prospective analysis of 164 women assessed the relation of tea intake at the beginning of the study and aBMD from years 1 to 5.

    And, the results.

    • Total hip aBMD was a significant 2.8% greater in tea drinkers than in non-tea drinkers.
    • In the prospective analysis over 4 years, tea drinkers lost an average of 1.6% of their total hip aBMD, while non-tea drinkers lost 4.0%, a significant difference.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “Tea drinking is associated with preservation of hip structure in elderly women.”

    10/21/07 21:06 JR

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