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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    Preventing fractures with vitamin D

    Researchers from the US and The Netherlands reviewed the evidence.

    First, the details.

    • 8 studies of vitamin D3 supplementation with or without calcium were assessed.
    • Data from 12,658 women were combined for a meta-analysis.

    And, the results.

    Compared to placebo…

    • Vitamin D3 + calcium supplementation significantly lowered the incidence of non-vertebral and hip fractures.
    • Vitamin D3 supplementation showed a 70% probability of being a better than placebo for preventing non-vertebral fractures, hip fractures, and non-vertebral, non-hip fractures.

    Compared to calcium supplementation…

    • Vitamin D3 + calcium reduced non-vertebral fractures and non-vertebral, non-hip fractures.
    • It did not reduce hip fractures.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Vitamin D3 with calcium appears to achieve benefits above those attained with calcium supplementation alone for non-vertebral and non-vertebral-non-hip fractures.”

    The two major forms are vitamin D2 or ergocalciferol, and vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol — known collectively as calciferol. Vitamin D3 is made in the skin when 7-dehydrocholesterol reacts with UVB ultraviolet light.

    Recommended doses of vitamin D are discussed here.

    3/29/10 21:21 JR

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