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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    Effect of the Mediterranean diet on longevity

    Here are the results from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-AARP (formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons) Diet and Health Study.

    First, the details.

    • More than 380,000 men and women participated.
    • The results represent a 5-year follow-up.

    And, the results.

    • The Mediterranean diet was associated with reduced mortality.
    • For those who stayed with the diet, death due to cancer and death due to any cause were lower compared to poor adherence.
    • The benefits of the diet were more pronounced in smokers — especially in lean smokers.
    • It appeared that the increased risk of death due to obesity might mask the effects of the Mediterranean diet.

    The bottom line?
    This is the largest study to evaluate the Mediterranean diet and mortality in a US population. It appears that people who stay with this diet will benefit from a reduce risk of death over a 5-year period.

    12/21/07 19:29 JR

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