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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    Are you getting your nutrients from your multivitamin supplement? found defects in over 30% of the multivitamins selected for review.

    And the results.

    • Many products exceeded tolerable upper limits for certain vitamins or minerals.
    • 3 of 4 popular children’s multivitamins reviewed were too high in vitamin A.
    • 1 men’s multivitamin was contaminated with lead and another had too much folic acid — associated with more than doubling the risk of prostate cancer.
    • 1 general multivitamin had no more than 50% of its folic acid.
    • Another was missing 30% of its calcium.
    • A senior’s, a prenatal, and a women’s multivitamin each had only 44%, 44%, and 66%, respectively, of their vitamin A.
    • A vitamin water had 15 times its stated amount of folic acid.
      • Drinking 1 bottle would exceed the tolerable limit for adults.
      • Drinking less than half a bottle would put children over the limit.
    • A pet multivitamin was contaminated with lead and another had only 46% of its vitamin A and 55% of its calcium.

    The bottom line?

    More oversight is needed to protect the health and financial investment of those who purchase multivitamin and mineral products.

    A list of the products tested is on the website, but you’ll have to be a subscriber to get the details.

    1/11/11 20:46 JR

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