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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    Evaluation, treatment, and prevention of vitamin D deficiency

    The Endocrine Society has published guidelines.

    First, the details.

    • The Task Force was composed of a Chair, 6 additional experts, and a methodologist.
    • Consensus was guided by systematic reviews of evidence and discussions during several conference calls and e-mail communications.

    And, the results.

    • Vitamin D deficiency is common in all age groups, and few foods contain vitamin D.
    • Suggested daily intake and tolerable upper limits depend on age and clinical circumstances.
    • Measuring 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels using a reliable assay is the initial diagnostic test for patients at risk for deficiency.
    • There is insufficient evidence to recommend screening people who are not at risk for deficiency or to prescribe vitamin D to attain the normal calcium levels for cardiovascular protection.
    • Tolerable upper limits of vitamin D, which “should not be exceeded without medical supervision,” include:
      • 1000 IU/day: Infants aged up to 6 months
      • 1500 IU/day: Infants aged 6 months to 1 year old
      • 2500 IU/day: Children aged 1 to 3 years
      • 3000 IU/day; Children aged 4 to 8 years
      • 4000 IU/day: Everyone older than 8 years

    The bottom line?

    Medscape has a detailed summary of the recommendations, here.

    6/9/11 20:83 JR

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