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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    Using diet to lower cholesterol

     What follows are recommendations from a meeting of experts in Australia where the evidence for dietary interventions to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol blood levels was reviewed.

    And, the results.

    • Comprehensive dietary recommendations are indicated for all people with a 5-year risk for coronary disease of at least 10%.
    • Results of short-term studies show that dietary changes have the potential to lower LDL cholesterol by approximately 20%.
    • The most effective dietary strategies:
      • Replace saturated and trans fatty acids with poly- and monounsaturated fats.
      • Increase intake of plant sterols.
      • Weight loss and increased intake of soluble fiber and soy protein can also lower cholesterol and may be considered when recommending a nutritionally balanced, cholesterol lowering diet.

    The bottom line?
    Motivational interviewing by general practitioners can improve the effectiveness of these dietary recommendations, at least in the short-term.

    More on what’s known about the pros and cons of soy is summarized here.

    And general dietary recommendations to get started on a cholesterol-lowering diet can be found here.

    7/8/09 18:22 JR

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