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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    World osteoporosis day

    Yes, yes, yes, it was October 20th, and I missed it.

    But here’s a summary of CAM research on osteoporosis reported in 2008.

    To prevent fractures and safety

    • The effects of long-term treatment with soy isoflavone supplements need to be established.
    • It’s impossible to make treatment recommendations at this time.

    Calcium supplements for osteoporosis

    • The authors created a table with the recommended calcium intake for infants to seniors, including pregnancy.

    Vitamin C and hip fracture

    • People with the lowest total and supplemental vitamin C intake had more hip and nonvertebral fractures than those with the highest total and supplemental intake.

    Cat’s claw

    • Insufficient evidence supporting cat’s claw for any health problem.

    The American College of Physicians (ACP) recommendations

    • Evidence for calcium with or without vitamin D is mixed, and the benefit is modest.
    • Compared to most prescription drugs, the effect of calcium alone is less certain.
    • Regardless, ACP recommends calcium and vitamin D in osteoporosis treatment regimens.

    Harvard Women’s Health Watch recommendations

    • Get vital nutrients
    • Exercise
    • Don’t smoke
    • Know your risk
    • Watch your weight
    • Avoid falls

    11/5/08 21:11 JR

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