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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    Treating ADHD with supplements

    Researchers from the University of Canterbury, at Christchurch, New Zealand reviewed the evidence supporting the use of nutritional and herbal supplements to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

    First, the details.

    • Published evidence on single ingredients (eg, minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and essential fatty acids), botanicals, and multi-ingredient formulas were reviewed.

    Warning: The evidence is sparse, mixed, and lacking consistency. Links are added to summaries presented previously on this blog.

    And, the results.

    • The best evidence
      • Zinc (2 positive studies)
    • Mixed evidence
    • More research needed
      • Vitamins
      • Magnesium
      • Iron
      • SAM-e
      • Tryptophan
      • Ginkgo biloba with ginseng
    • No supporting evidence
    • Multi-ingredient approaches are intriguing but under-researched.

    The bottom line?
    Slim pick’ns

    4/7/09 19:34 JR

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