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.

  • 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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    Whole-grain oats lower cholesterol, but by how much?

    The Cochrane Collaboration has reanalyzed the results from studies of 914 patients treated with oatmeal foods for at least 4 weeks. Eight studied the effects of whole-grain foods or diets for at least 4 weeks.

    Here’s what they found.

    • 7 of 8 studies compared the response to eating oatmeal foods to lower total and LDL (bad) cholesterol blood levels to a control diet.
    • Total cholesterol declined 7.7 mg/dL (0.2 mmol/L)
    • LDL cholesterol declined 6.9 mg/dL (0.18 mmol/L)
    • None of the studies reported and effect on morbidity or mortality due to coronary heart disease

    The bottom line?

    • Let’s say your LDL cholesterol is 159 mg/dL.
    • Based on the classification by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, you have a “borderline high” level.
    • Your target is to get your LDL cholesterol to at least 129 mg/dL — “near optimal/above optimal.”
    • By following a diet high in whole grains you lower this value by 6.9 mg/dL.
    • That’s a new LDL cholesterol level of 152 mg/dL.
    • Not enough.

    Eating whole-grain foods is complementary to a comprehensive program that also includes drugs and exercise to lower cholesterol and lower your risk of complications from heart disease.

    4/18/07 19:34 JR

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