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 www.Vicus.com, 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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    Is there a role for vitamin D in cancer prevention?

    Cancer-related considerations didn’t figure prominently in the new Dietary Reference Intakes for vitamin D established by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

    Here’s what we know, according to the IOM.

    • Despite biologic plausibility and widespread enthusiasm, evidence that vitamin D reduces cancer incidence and related mortality is inconsistent and inconclusive.
    • The available research doesn’t establish a cause–effect relationship.
    • New studies assessing moderate-to-high-dose vitamin D supplementation for cancer prevention are in progress and should provide additional information within 5 to 6 years.

    The bottom line?

    Although future research may demonstrate clear benefits of vitamin D related to cancer and other nonskeletal health outcomes, and possibly support higher intake requirements, the existing evidence falls short.

    3/28/11 22:02 JR

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