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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    Whole-grain oats lower cholesterol, but by how much?

    The Cochrane Collaboration has reanalyzed the results from studies of 914 patients treated with oatmeal foods for at least 4 weeks. Eight studied the effects of whole-grain foods or diets for at least 4 weeks.

    Here’s what they found.

    • 7 of 8 studies compared the response to eating oatmeal foods to lower total and LDL (bad) cholesterol blood levels to a control diet.
    • Total cholesterol declined 7.7 mg/dL (0.2 mmol/L)
    • LDL cholesterol declined 6.9 mg/dL (0.18 mmol/L)
    • None of the studies reported and effect on morbidity or mortality due to coronary heart disease

    The bottom line?

    • Let’s say your LDL cholesterol is 159 mg/dL.
    • Based on the classification by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, you have a “borderline high” level.
    • Your target is to get your LDL cholesterol to at least 129 mg/dL — “near optimal/above optimal.”
    • By following a diet high in whole grains you lower this value by 6.9 mg/dL.
    • That’s a new LDL cholesterol level of 152 mg/dL.
    • Not enough.

    Eating whole-grain foods is complementary to a comprehensive program that also includes drugs and exercise to lower cholesterol and lower your risk of complications from heart disease.

    4/18/07 19:34 JR

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