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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    Omega-3 not effective for Crohn’s disease, again

     That’s the conclusion from this Cochrane review.

    First, the details.

    • A search of the literature resulted in 6 studies eligible for inclusion.

    And, the results.

    • Although some of studies reported a significant benefit in maintaining remission, they were very different in design.
    • 2 large studies showed negative results.
    • No serious side effects were recorded.
    • But there was a significantly higher rate of diarrhea and symptoms of the upper gastrointestinal tract associated with taking omega-3 fatty acids.

    The bottom line?
    Omega-3 fatty acids are safe but the existing data “do not support routine maintenance treatment of Crohn’s disease with omega 3 fatty acids.”

    An earlier Cochrane review based on 4 studies came to the same conclusion.

    1/23/09 21:30 JR

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