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.

  • 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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    Effect of prescription omega-3 on triglycerides and coronary heart disease

    Two old acquaintances, Drs. James McKenney and Domenic Sica from Virginia Commonwealth University, have reviewed the evidence. Here’s a summary.

    Prescription capsules of omega-3 fatty acids are made from the fish oil extracted from fish carcasses. It’s then put through a purification process that refines, esterifies, purifies, and concentrates the ethyl esters of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

    What’s in a capsule?

    • A 1-gram capsule contains 840 mg of EPA and DHA.
    • The remaining 160 mg contains other omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, saturated fatty acids, and monounsaturated acids.

    Response to treatment.

    • A 4-gram daily dose in patients with very high triglyceride blood levels (at least 500 mg/dL) lowers triglyceride blood levels by about 45%.
    • Very-low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol declines by more than 50%.
    • Changes in high-density-lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and non-HDL cholesterol are usually modest.

    It’s an example of a former CAM now considered an important part of mainstream medicine.

    4/1/07 18:38 JR

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