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 www.Vicus.com, 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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    Vitamins and cancer

    According to Eric Jacobs, a senior epidemiologist and vitamin specialist with the American Cancer Society, “There is no vitamin or mineral supplement proven to reduce the risk of cancer.”

    A string of negative results summarized in an Associated Press story are depressing.

    • 50 mg a per day of alpha-tocopherol, a form of vitamin E, had no effect on lung cancer incidence
    • 20 mg of beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A, was associated with an 18% increase in lung cancer incidence in smokers
    • Beta-carotene had no effect on the incidence of lung cancer in non-smokers, or in prostate or breast cancer
    • Vitamin B2 and niacin had no impact on the occurrence of cancers
    • Selenium did not decrease skin cancer in people with a history of that disease
    • A low-dose vitamin A derivative did not prevent head and neck tumors
    • Calcium and vitamin D supplements didn’t cut the odds of developing breast cancer

    Maybe the wrong doses were studied. For now, these are the latest data.

    6/25/06 21:21 JR

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