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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    ConsumerLab tests turmeric (curcumin) supplements

    14 brands were tested.

    And, the results are grim.

    Lead contamination

    • 1 popular brand to contained almost 19 mcg of lead in a daily serving — the highest amount ConsumerLab has ever reported.
    • Another brand was contaminated with 8.3 mcg of lead.
    • These amounts are well above those to which people are normally exposed and should be avoided.


    • 2 other products provided only 12% and 50%, respectively, of expected curcumin compounds.
    • A fifth product failed to specify the part of the plant used — a FDA labeling requirement.

    The bottom line?
    More than a third of the 14 brands had quality control problems, including heavy metal contamination.

    You’ll have to buy the report to get more details.

    5/5/09 21:45 JR

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