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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    Review: Omega-3 fatty acids to treat autistic spectrum disorder

    Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco tell us the evidence is minimal.

    First, the details.

    • 143 articles were found.
    • 6 studies were worth including in the review.

    And, the results.

    • 1 small study of 13 people randomly assigned patients to omega-3 or placebo and reported non-significant improvements in hyperactivity and stereotypy (repetitive or ritualistic movement, posture, or utterance).
    • Among the other 5 studies (ranging from 1 to 30 people) 4 reported improvements in language and learning skills, parental observations of general health and behavior, a clinician-administered symptom scale, and clinical observations of anxiety.

    The bottom line?

    There’s insufficient scientific evidence to determine if omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for autistic spectrum disorders.

    Several years ago it was suggested that an increase in omega-3 fatty acids, in particular DHA, may cause changes in the neurological and immune system, and may to be associated with autism.

    2/13/10 22:30 JR

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