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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    ConsumerLab reports on vitamin A

    Among 17 products, 4 failed to measure up.

    That’s almost 25%.

    Tests of vitamin A tablets and oils (including cod liver oil) showed that one supplement delivered nearly double its claimed amount of vitamin A. It’s of concern due to potential toxicity. Toxic effects of excess vitamin A include bone and liver abnormalities, as well as birth defects of the brain, eyes and head.

    3 other products contained significantly less vitamin A than stated on the labels.

    Here are the products tested.

    • Country Life
    • Ethical Nutrients
    • Futurebiotics
    • Garden of Life
    • Health from the Sea
    • Metagenics
    • Nature Made
    • Nature’s Bounty
    • Nature’s Way
    • Puritan’s Pride
    • Rite Aid
    • Solgar
    • Source Naturals
    • Spectrum Essentials
    • Swanson
    • Vitamin Shoppe
    • Vitamin World

    The bottom line?
    You’ll have to subscribe to ConsumerLab to get the details.

    10/30/08 21:22 JR

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