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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    Vitamin D research for 2008

    There’s so much interest in vitamin D it could use its own blog.

    Here’s what I found for the first half of 2008.

    Patients with colorectal cancer

    • In patients with colorectal cancer, higher 25-hydroxyvitamin D(3) (25[OH]D) blood levels before their diagnosis were associated with a significant improvement in overall survival.

    Heart disease

    • Low 25[OH]D and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D levels are independently associated with death due to all-causes and conditions related to heart disease

    Heart attack

    • Low levels of 25(OH)D are associated with higher risk of heart attack even after controlling for factors known to be associated with coronary artery disease.

    Tooth decay

    • Pregnant women’s blood levels of vitamin D levels may have an influence on primary teeth and the development of early-childhood tooth decay.

    Type 1 diabetes

    • Rates of type 1 diabetes approached zero in regions worldwide with high UVB irradiance, adding new support to the concept of a role of vitamin D in reducing the risk of the disease.

    The bottom line?
    The details are at each of the links. But when i comve to vitamin D, it appeares that more is better.

    7/19/08 20:35 JR

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