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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    Ranking diet and exercise to manage high cholesterol

    Dr. Robert Kelly (photo) is associate director and curriculum coordinator for the Fairview Hospital /Cleveland Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program.

    He lists aspects of diet and exercise that are most and less effective in controlling cholesterol.

    Most beneficial

    • Reduce intake of saturated and trans fats.
    • Increase intake of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.
    • Fortify foods with plant stanols or sterols.
    • Add tree nuts to the diet, while maintaining total caloric intake.
    • Consume 1 or 2 alcoholic drinks per day.
    • Adopt a Mediterranean, low-carbohydrate, or low-fat diet.

    Smaller benefit but still effective

    • Reduce the intake of dietary cholesterol.
    • Increase intake of soluble fiber and soy protein.
    • Eat fatty marine fish or take marine-derived omega-3 fatty acid supplements.
    • Red yeast rice supplements have effects similar to those of statin medications and are better tolerated in some patients.
    • Regular aerobic exercise has beneficial effects on lipid levels, particularly if performed for at least 120 minutes per week.

    Small effect

    • Brief physician counseling.

    The bottom line.

    Efforts should concentrate on patients who are motivated and ready to make lifestyle changes.

    5/15/10 12:00 JR

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