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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    Consumer Alert: Chromium

    Few people are deficient in chromium, but supplements may be helpful for some people with diabetes.  It’s also commonly found in weight loss products, where it may provide a small benefit. tested 6 product to see if the tablets contained what was listed on the bottles.

    First, the details.

    • Here are the products tested.
      • Dexatrim
      • DiaSense
      • FoodScience of Vermont
      • GNC
      • Hydroxycut
      • Mega-T Green Tea
      • Metabolife
      • Natural Factors

    And, the results.

    • 3 out of 6 were contaminated with a cancer causing form of chromium known as hexavalent chromium (chromium VI).

    The bottom line?

    Hexavalent chromium was at the center of the movie Erin Brockovich.

    If you’re going to take a supplement with chromium, it seems prudent to skip those with the hexavalent form, concluded

    3/3/10 21:15 JR

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