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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    Consumer Alert: Chromium

    Few people are deficient in chromium, but supplements may be helpful for some people with diabetes.  It’s also commonly found in weight loss products, where it may provide a small benefit. tested 6 product to see if the tablets contained what was listed on the bottles.

    First, the details.

    • Here are the products tested.
      • Dexatrim
      • DiaSense
      • FoodScience of Vermont
      • GNC
      • Hydroxycut
      • Mega-T Green Tea
      • Metabolife
      • Natural Factors

    And, the results.

    • 3 out of 6 were contaminated with a cancer causing form of chromium known as hexavalent chromium (chromium VI).

    The bottom line?

    Hexavalent chromium was at the center of the movie Erin Brockovich.

    If you’re going to take a supplement with chromium, it seems prudent to skip those with the hexavalent form, concluded

    3/3/10 21:15 JR

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