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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    Evaluation, treatment, and prevention of vitamin D deficiency

    The Endocrine Society has published guidelines.

    First, the details.

    • The Task Force was composed of a Chair, 6 additional experts, and a methodologist.
    • Consensus was guided by systematic reviews of evidence and discussions during several conference calls and e-mail communications.

    And, the results.

    • Vitamin D deficiency is common in all age groups, and few foods contain vitamin D.
    • Suggested daily intake and tolerable upper limits depend on age and clinical circumstances.
    • Measuring 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels using a reliable assay is the initial diagnostic test for patients at risk for deficiency.
    • There is insufficient evidence to recommend screening people who are not at risk for deficiency or to prescribe vitamin D to attain the normal calcium levels for cardiovascular protection.
    • Tolerable upper limits of vitamin D, which “should not be exceeded without medical supervision,” include:
      • 1000 IU/day: Infants aged up to 6 months
      • 1500 IU/day: Infants aged 6 months to 1 year old
      • 2500 IU/day: Children aged 1 to 3 years
      • 3000 IU/day; Children aged 4 to 8 years
      • 4000 IU/day: Everyone older than 8 years

    The bottom line?

    Medscape has a detailed summary of the recommendations, here.

    6/9/11 20:83 JR

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