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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    Treating salicylate intolerance with fish oil

     Clinicians from Southampton University Hospitals Trust report on 3 patients with disabling salicylate-induced intolerance.

    First, the details.

    • 3 patients experienced severe urticaria (itching), asthma requiring systemic steroid therapy, and anaphylactic reactions.
    • Each patient then received 6 to 8 weeks of dietary supplementation with 10 grams daily of fish oil rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

    And, the results.

    • All 3 experienced complete or virtually complete resolution of symptoms allowing discontinuation of systemic corticosteroid therapy.
    • Their symptoms returned after reducing the daily dose of fish oil.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “Fish oil appears [to be] a safe and effective treatment for this difficult and often serious condition.”

    I’d like to know how they arrived at the decision to treat with omega-3 and the dose used. It turns out that a review and 2 studies published this year provide some support.

    A review of nutritional approaches to manage exercise-induced asthma concluded that high levels of omega-3, among other factors, can reduce this condition.

    A study by researchers at Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, Denmark concluded that increasing the intake of omega-3 fatty acids to 2.7 grams daily in pregnant women during late pregnancy might reduce the risk of asthma in their offspring.

    Another study by researchers at Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin in Germany concluded that giving 5.4 grams of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) daily to patients with atopic eczema might have a beneficial impact on the outcome of atopic eczema,

    The dosing is still a mystery.

    9/20/08 15:04 JR

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