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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    World osteoporosis day

    Yes, yes, yes, it was October 20th, and I missed it.

    But here’s a summary of CAM research on osteoporosis reported in 2008.

    To prevent fractures and safety

    • The effects of long-term treatment with soy isoflavone supplements need to be established.
    • It’s impossible to make treatment recommendations at this time.

    Calcium supplements for osteoporosis

    • The authors created a table with the recommended calcium intake for infants to seniors, including pregnancy.

    Vitamin C and hip fracture

    • People with the lowest total and supplemental vitamin C intake had more hip and nonvertebral fractures than those with the highest total and supplemental intake.

    Cat’s claw

    • Insufficient evidence supporting cat’s claw for any health problem.

    The American College of Physicians (ACP) recommendations

    • Evidence for calcium with or without vitamin D is mixed, and the benefit is modest.
    • Compared to most prescription drugs, the effect of calcium alone is less certain.
    • Regardless, ACP recommends calcium and vitamin D in osteoporosis treatment regimens.

    Harvard Women’s Health Watch recommendations

    • Get vital nutrients
    • Exercise
    • Don’t smoke
    • Know your risk
    • Watch your weight
    • Avoid falls

    11/5/08 21:11 JR

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