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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    Vitamin D and the risk of Parkinson’s disease

    Almost everyone is deficient in vitamin D, and this deficiency is implicated in several diseases.

    Now, researchers at the National Institute for Health and Welfare, in Helsinki, Finland, look for an association with Parkinson’s disease.

    First, the details.

    • 3173 adults were free of Parkinson disease at the start of the study.
    • Over the next 29 years there were 50 cases of Parkinson disease.
    • Blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D were measured.

    And, the results.

    • People with higher blood levels of vitamin D had a reduced risk of Parkinson disease.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “The results are consistent with the suggestion that high vitamin D status provides protection against Parkinson disease.”

    More studies will have to confirm these findings. For now, it’s just 1 more reason to check out your vitamin D blood level.

    9/15/10 22:05 JR

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