The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    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.

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    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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    Adding micronutrients to milk reduces diarrhea and respiratory illness in children

    A study in northern India shows that milk fortified with specific micronutrients lowers the risk of diarrhea and acute lower respiratory illness in children.

    Here’s a list of what was added to the milk.

    • Zinc 7.8 mg
    • Iron 9.6 mg
    • Selenium 4.2 meg
    • Copper 0.27 mg
    • Vitamin A 156 mcg
    • Vitamin C 40.2 mg
    • Vitamin E 7.5 mg

    The study included more than 600 children aged 1 to 3 years. About half drank enough of the fortified milk each day to get these amounts of nutrients, while the others drank regular milk.

    The researchers concluded, “Milk is well accepted as a means of delivery of micronutrients.” The greatest benefits were seen among preschool children who were 2 years old or younger.

    The research was a collaborative effort between Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore and Annamalai University in India.

    11/30/06 10:12 JR

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