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.

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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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    March was colorectal cancer month

    Here’s a summary of what has been covered on this site about CAM and colorectal cancer.

    Soy and colorectal cancer risk in women

    • Each 5 grams/day increase in soy foods was associated with an 8% reduction in risk.


    • “Existing evidence [supports] that omega-3 fatty acids inhibit colorectal carcinogenesis, … but few data are available addressing this association.”
    • The incidence of colorectal cancer might be lowered 12% by consuming more fish per week.

    Vitamin D

    • There was a significant association between death due to colorectal cancer and lower blood levels of 25(OH)D level.


    • No evidence that tomatoes reduce the risk.

    Folic acid

    • A large study found no benefit.
    • In fact, folic acid supplements might cause harm.

    Physical activity

    • Spending more time in physical activity was associated with a significant reduction in colon cancer for both men and women.


    • Very limited evidence supported a relation between garlic consumption and reduced risk of colon.

    3/31/09 22:27 JR

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