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 supplementation in autistic adults

    Researchers from the University of Pavia in Italy report the results from a small study.

    First, the details.

    • 19 young adults with severe autism (Childhood Autism Rating Scale greater than 40) participated.
    • They received 2 fish oil capsules per day (0.93 grams of eicosapentaenoic acid [EPA] and docosahexaenoic acid [DHA] plus 5 mg of vitamin E) for 6 weeks.

    And, the results.

    • The severity and frequency of problematic behaviors didn’t change during treatment or for 6 weeks after treatment.
    • No effect on the number of episodes and severity of behavior aberrations was observed.

    The bottom line?
    It’s a very small study, with no comparison group.

    An earlier small study in 13 children was also negative.

    It’s time to move on from preliminary studies.

    9/2/08 22:35 JR

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