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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    Product report: Turmeric and curcumin

    Supplements containing turmeric and its key compound, curcumin, may be helpful in treating inflammatory diseases and other conditions. reports some problems with 2 of 10 products tested.

    Here’s what we know.

    • The 2 products in question provided only 8% and 15% of their expected curcumin compounds (known as curcuminoids).
    • Unlike some turmeric supplements tested in the past, none of the products tested this time exceeded the limits for lead contamination.

    The bottom line?

    Only a limited amount of curcumin is normally absorbed from the intestines. Therefore, consumers should learn about specially formulated products that may offer greater bioavailability.

    You’ll have to subscribe to for more information. Although the products tested are listed on their website.

    4/25/11 20:09 JR

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