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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 www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Recommended doses of omega-3 fatty acids for heart benefits

    Dr. Michael Miller from the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore presents the latest recommendations.

    Here are the highlights from the article on Medscape.

    To reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death in people with preexisting coronary heart disease, take the equivalent of 1 gram of active omega-3 compounds (eicosapentaenoic [EPA] and docosahexaenoic acids [DHA]) daily.

    • 4-ounce serving of white albacore tuna
    • 2 to 3 ounces of salmon (pink or red)
    • 2 ounces of herring
    • 2 to 3 ounces of sardines
    • At least 8 or more ounces of crab, shrimp, and lobster daily

    To lower triglyceride at least 20% in people with hypertriglyceridemia, the amount of EPA/DHA required is considerably higher (2 to 4 grams daily) and difficult to accomplish by eating fish.

    Prescription omega-3 is available. Also, quality control in the manufacture of OTC omega-3 appears to be improving.

    12/27/07 20:21 JR

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