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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    Archive for the 'Kelp' Category

    Thyroid cancer and stealth iodine-containing drugs

    Monday, October 19th, 2009

    A 55-year-old man treated for thyroid cancer was on a low-iodine diet as part of treatment, but his iodine levels of continued to increase.

    A patient history published in The New England Journal of Medicine and reported in reveals an unexpected source of iodine among the 20 supplements he was taking. (more…)

    Arsenic poisoning from an herbal kelp supplement

    Thursday, December 13th, 2007

    It’s only one patient (not the one in the photo), but it might reflect a bigger problem.

    Here’s what happened.


    Fucoxanthin as a potential anti-obesity agent?

    Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

    Rat research on fucoxanthin presented during the 2006 American Chemical Society meeting in San Francisco is starting to make the rounds in the media.

    Don’t hold your breath, fucoxanthin is years from being sold at GNC — if it ever gets that far.

    Here’s what we know about fucoxanthin.