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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    Should everyone get zinc?

    The immune system depends on this essential trace element.

    Many (but not all) diseases respond positively when zinc is used to support immunity or correct a zinc deficiency.

    Positive response to zinc supplements taken by mouth

    • Diarrhea
    • Chronic hepatitis C
    • Shigellosis
    • Leprosy
    • Tuberculosis
    • Pneumonia
    • Acute lower respiratory infection
    • Leishmaniasis

    In contrast, the results for the common cold and malaria are not conclusive, and zinc was ineffective in most vaccination and rheumatoid arthritis studies.


    • For AIDS, zinc supplementation may be a risk factor for increased mortality.
    • In type 1 diabetes, zinc supplementation is associated with a deterioration of the glucose metabolism.

    The bottom line?
    The authors from RWTH Aachen University Hospital in Germany concluded, “Zinc supplementation should be used with care and limited to clearly zinc-deficient individuals.”

    2/27/08 09:54 JR

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