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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    Eating fatty fish and the risk of atherosclerosis

    The results from this study suggest that diet, rather than genetics, accounts for the two-fold lower coronary heart disease mortality in Japan than in the US.

    First, the details.

    • 3 groups or adult men were studied.
      • 281 Japanese born and living in Japan
      • 306 Caucasians born and living in the US
      • 281 Japanese-Americans born and living in the US
    • Each participant was monitored for changes in the thickness of the carotid artery walls, coronary artery calcification, and fatty acid blood levels (triglycerides).

    And, the results.

    • Japanese men had the lowest levels of atherosclerosis; whereas whites and Japanese Americans had similar levels.
    • Japanese also had 2-fold higher levels of marine-derived omega-3 fatty acids than the other groups.
    • In Japanese men, higher levels of marine-derived omega-3 fatty acids were associated with less thickening of the coronary artery.
    • Neither whites nor Japanese Americans showed this association.

    The bottom line?
    Dr. William Harris, in a MedPage review of the study thinks, “Decades of a moderately high omega-3 dietary intake may be the best way to slow atherosclerosis.”

    8/2/08 21:38 JR

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