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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    Benefits of chocolate on the heart

    Researchers in the UK and Columbia reviewed the association between chocolate and the risk of developing cardiometabolic disorders — high blood pressure, abnormally high glucose, elevated triglycerides, low “good” cholesterol, abdominal obesity, smoking, and physical inactivity.

    First, the details.

    • 7 studies met the inclusion criteria (including 114,009 participants) and the data were used in a meta-analysis.
    • There was large variation in measurement of chocolate consumption, study designs, and reported outcomes.

    And, the results.

    • 5 studies reported a beneficial association between higher levels of chocolate consumption and the risk of cardiometabolic disorders.
    • The highest levels of chocolate consumption were associated with a 37% reduction in cardiovascular disease and a 29% reduction in stroke compared with the lowest levels.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Based on observational evidence, levels of chocolate consumption seem to be associated with a substantial reduction in the risk of cardiometabolic disorders.”

    More research may confirm a potentially beneficial effect of chocolate consumption. Until then, moderation is advised.

    More on this topic is here.

    9/4/11 18:24 JR

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