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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    Detection of toxic heavy metals in herbal plants

    Researchers at the National Institute of Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Research, in Punjab, India, report on a few local samples of certain herbs.

    First, the details.

    • Levels of 4 heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury) were measured.
    • Pesticide residue (organochlorine pesticides, organophosphorus pesticides, and pyrethroids) was analyzed in the 4 samples of single crude drugs.

    And, the results.

    • Heavy metals and pesticide residue were found below detection limits in all the samples.

    The bottom line?

    The abstract is short on details. And, the results from Punjab differ from the results of studies from The Netherlands, Boston (here and here).

    1/11/11 20:12 JR

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