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 'Guggulsterones' Category

    LipidShield: The rest of the story

    Saturday, May 26th, 2007

    A news release promotes this product as a “natural cholesterol supplement [that is] effective without side effects.”

    And on the LipidShield website there is an unpublished study in 30 men and women to prove it. (more…) tests cholesterol-lowering supplements

    Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

    Three of 16 products failed the content analysis test. One product did not release its ingredients and two others had less than half the expected ingredients.

    That’s less than a 20% failure rate, which is better than often reported by this lab.

    An article in Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals reports that the following supplements were tested: sterols, policosanol, guggulsterones, fish oil, garlic, niacin, soy protein, red yeast rice, and stanols. I highlighted the supplements discussed at this blog.