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 www.Vicus.com, 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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    More quality control problems with Vitamin D

    ConsumerLab.com has reported problems with 29% of the vitamin D supplements selected for testing and review.

    Here’s what we know.

    • Vitamin D plays a critical role in bone health, and higher blood levels are associated with reduced risk of heart attack and diseases including depression, rheumatoid arthritis, and asthma.

    Among 49 products tested, here are some of the problems in supplements containing vitamin D.

    • 2 supplements with vitamin D in combination with calcium and vitamin K were contaminated with lead
    • 1 gummy supplement for children contained 251% of the listed amount of vitamin D
    • 1 gummy for adults contained only 32% of the listed amount of vitamin D
    • 1 liquid supplement provided only 44% of the listed amount of vitamin D
    • 1 tablet contained only 83% of the listed amount of vitamin D
    • 1 vitamin D/vitamin K combination supplement provided only 74% of its vitamin K

    The bottom line?

    It’s an all too familiar story for herbals and nutritional supplements. Click the ConsumerLab link on the right sidebar for more summaries of studies.

    You must join ConsumerLab.com to get the full test results and quality ratings for vitamin D supplements.

    7/2/11 21:27 JR

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