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.

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    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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    Food allergy and intolerance week

    It started January 19th, but it’s never too late to join in.

    Here are several summaries posted over the past 2 years related to food preferences and the risk of allergy in infants.

    Soy and the risk of peanut allergy

    • The association between soy consumption and peanut sensitization is not causal but a result of preferential use of soy milk in infants with a personal or family history of cow’s milk allergy.

    Nut products, pregnancy, and allergy risk

    • Daily consumption of nut products — but not nuts — was associated with a higher prevalence of the following.
      • Wheeze
      • Difficulty breathing
      • Steroid use
      • Asthma symptoms
    • On the other hand, daily fruit consumption during pregnancy was associated with an 18% reduction in the prevalence of wheezing in 8-year-olds.

    Diet during pregnancy and allergenicity of offspring

    • In allergic mothers there was no correlation between eating fish, butter, and margarine and the offspring’s sensitization to food or inhaled allergens.
    • In the non-allergic mothers, eating fish at least 2-3 times per week reduced the risk of food sensitizations by more than a third.

    Soy vs cow’s milk formulas and the risk of allergies in infants and children

    • There’s no significant benefit from using a soy formula compared to cow’s milk formula.
    • However, mothers who choose to only breastfeed their infants for at least 6 months do reduce the incidence of allergy.

    1/21/09 10:00 JR

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