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.

  • 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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    Poor quality control with milk thistle supplements

    At the end of 2006 I listed milk thistle as a supplement worth additional research. This was because of a study in people with diabetes where milk thistle was associated with a decline in A1c circuclating in blood.

    Now, has tested 12 milk thistle products.

    7 products failed their tests.

    • 1 supplement had 20% of the expected amount of silymarin compounds — the key active components in milk thistle.
    • 4 other products provided no more than two-thirds of their expected amounts.
    • Another fell short by 16%.
    • 1 supplement failed to identify the part of milk thistle used — an FDA labeling requirement.

    It makes it difficult for consumers to achieve positive results when the manufacturers fail to maintain quality control.

    6/16/07 19:35 JR

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