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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    Soy fails to improve cholestrol levels

    That’s the conclusion from a long-term study by researchers in Florida and Oklahoma.

    First, the details.

    • 62 postmenopausal women with moderately high cholesterol levels were randomly assigned to take soy or control foods daily for 1 year.
    • Blood samples were analyzed for total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, triglycerides, apolipoprotein (Apo) A, and Apo B.
      • Apolipoproteins bind to fats (Apo A is in LDL cholesterol and Apo B is in HDL cholesterol)

    And, the results.

    • There was no change in total cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL and HDL cholesterol levels after 1 year of soy protein supplementation.
    • There was a significant increase in Apo B levels and a significant decrease in Apo A levels.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “1-year soy protein supplementation did not confer cardiovascular benefits, in terms of favorable alterations in the lipid profile.”

    A review of 42 studies concluded that soy does have a positive effect on lipids.

    The difference might be found in the duration of the studies. The lack of effects after 1 year would seem to be more significant clinically compared to a 12-week study summarized here.

    3/11/10 20:56 JR

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