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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    Omega-3 and the risk of kidney stones

    Researchers at the University of Bonn, in Germany, evaluated the effects of supplementation with eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid (omega-3 fatty acids) on risk factors for calcium oxalate stone formation.

    First, the details.

    • 15 healthy people ate a standardized diet for 5 days.
    • 20 days later they ate a standardized diet for 3 to 5 days that included 900 mg eicosapentaenoic acid and 600 mg docosahexaenoic acid daily.
    • Daily 24-hour urine samples were collected.

    And, the results.

    • After 30 days of  supplementation with eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, the relative supersaturation with calcium oxalate decreased significantly by 23%.
    • The change compared to the standard diet phase was due to significantly decreased urinary oxalate excretion.
    • Other variables were not affected.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “30-day omega-3 fatty acid supplementation effectively decreases urinary oxalate excretion and the risk of calcium oxalate crystallization.”

    The authors believe that people who form calcium oxalate stones might benefit from long-term omega-3 fatty acid supplementation.

    Not everyone agrees. It’s a controversial topic as discussed here and here.

    2/4/11 20:35 JR

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