The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is 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.

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    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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    Omega-3 fatty acids better than defibrillators to prevent sudden death!

    For this study, researchers created a computer-simulated community of 100,000 people that resembled the population of Olmsted County, Minnesota, in 2000.

    By raising omega-3 fatty acid levels among all the Olmsted cyber-citizens, the researchers estimated that the overall death rate could be reduced 6.4%. By contrast, automated external defibrillators (AEDs) reduced death rates by 0.8%, and implanted defibrillators reduced deaths by 3.3%.

    Don’t laugh. Computer-simulated research could be the next big thing, especially where the cost of healthcare is concerned.

    For example?

    The cost of raising omega-3 blood levels in this cyber-community would be about $5.8 million a year ($58 per person) — less if the cyber-people ate more fish.

    Equipping every household with an AED would cost $201 million, the researchers estimate. Alternatively, it would cost $195,000 to distribution AEDs to first responders such as paramedics and firefighters.

    Suchi, anyone?

    Source: Kottke, et al. Am J Prev Med. 2006;31(4).

    8/31/06 19:11 JR

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