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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    ConsumerLab tests milk thistle supplements

    consumer-labMilk thistle is sometimes taken as a natural treatment for liver problems.

    Unfortunately, most milk thistle supplements contain less than the labeled amount of silymarin.

    Here are the highlights.

    • Out of 10 milk thistle supplements, 2 failed to properly list the part of the milk thistle plant used — a FDA requirement.
    • Among the remaining supplements, only one contained the expected amount of silymarin compounds.

    The bottom line?

    Consumers buy milk thistle supplements to help treat certain liver diseases as well as type 2 diabetes.

    Unfortunately, average consumers are wasting their money on milk thistle products that mislead about their contents.

    You’ll have to subscribe to get more details. I have no connection with However, I think they provide a valuable service.

    12/3/09 20:45 JR

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