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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    Evaluating the role for omega 3 to treat Crohn’s disease

    Here’s what the Cochrane Review reports.

    Four studies were eligible for review.

    • Overall, the authors’ analysis of the data showed no significant benefit from omega 3 for maintaining remission.
    • However, 3 studies using enteric-coated capsules reported positive effects, while one that used ordinary gelatin capsules showed no advantage.
    • The total number of patients enrolled in these studies was small.
    • No significant adverse events were recorded.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “Omega 3 fatty acids are safe and may be effective for maintenance of remission in Crohn’s disease when used in enteric coated capsules. However, there are not sufficient data to recommend the routine use of omega 3 for maintenance of remission in Crohn’s disease.”

    For more information, the Ecology Health Center has published a table that summarizes 6 studies.

    7/22/07 21:11 JR

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