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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    Taking vitamin D to prevent cancer

    vitamin dDr. Thomas Lenz from Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska tells us that approximately 1 billion people worldwide have low blood concentrations of vitamin D.

    So what?

    Research shows that low vitamin D levels are associated with several types of cancers, as well as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and upper respiratory tract infections.

    On the other hand, adequate blood levels of vitamin D are associated with a decreased risk and improve survival for several of cancers, including breast, rectum, ovary, prostate, stomach, bladder, esophagus, kidney, lung, pancreas, uterus, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.

    People with vitamin D blood levels less than 20 ng/mL are considered most at risk, whereas those with levels of 32 to 100 ng/mL have sufficient serum vitamin D concentrations.

    The bottom line?

    Obtaining a total of approximately 4000 IU/day of vitamin D3 achieves serum blood levels considered to be in the sufficient range.

    It’s relatively inexpensive, especially when considering the benefits, according to Dr. Lenz.

    12/21/09 20:48 JR

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