The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog is 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.

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    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.

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    Functional foods and cardiovascular risk

    Researchers from the University of Milano, Italy, list what we know.

    First, the details.

    • Beyond adequate nutritional, functional foods should improve the state of health and wellbeing and/or reduce the risk of disease.
    • Functional foods marketed with claims of heart disease reduction focus primarily on the major risk factors — cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

    And, the results.

    • Phytosterols and stanols
      • Lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol
    • Soya protein
      • Lowers cholesterol in people with very high initial cholesterol blood levels
      • Favorable effect on the metabolic syndrome — a combination of disorders that increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
    • Omega-3 fatty acids
      • Significant lowering of triglyceride blood levels
    • Dark chocolate
      • Prevents abnormal cholesterol levels, as well as high blood pressure
    • Tea and coffee
      • Benefits not confirmed
    • Vitamin E, garlic, fenugreek and policosanols
      • Effects on abnormal cholesterol levels and prevention of arterial disease are controversial

    The bottom line?

    I think the “controversy” over policosanol was resolved 2 years ago.

    Another recent reiew can be found here.

    4/4/10 19:13 JR

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