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.

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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, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Do fatty acid supplements prevent allergic disease?

     Probably not, according to researchers at the University of Edinburgh, in the UK.

    First, the details.

    • 10 articles (representing 6 unique studies) were included in the review.
    • 4 studies compared omega-3 supplements with placebo.
    • 2 studies compared omega-6 supplements with placebo.

    And, the results.

    • There was no evidence of a reduced risk of allergic sensitization.
    • There was no evidence of a favorable effect on the immunological profile.
    • Meta-analyses on the combined data showed no consistent or clear benefit of omega-3 on atopic eczema, asthma, allergic rhinitis, or food allergy.
    • And no benefit of omega-6 on atopic eczema.

    The bottom line?
    “Supplementation with omega 3 and omega 6 oils is probably unlikely to play an important role as a strategy for the primary prevention of sensitization or allergic disease,” concluded the authors.

    The results are contrary to the evidence from basic science and epidemiological studies

    4/28/09 21:07 JR

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