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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    Use of herbal supplements by pregnant women

    Researchers at the University of Oslo, in Norway, studied the use of herbal supplements by pregnant Norwegian women.

    First, the details.

    • 600 women were interviewed within 5 days after delivery.
    • Medical birth charts were reviewed with respect to pregnancy outcome.

    And, the results.

    • 40% of the women reported having used herbal drugs during pregnancy.
    • Most commonly…
      • Ginger
      • Iron-rich herbs
      • Echinacea
      • Cranberry
    • 86% of the women reported having used conventional drugs during pregnancy.
    • There were few potential interactions between herbals and conventional drugs.
    • There was a significant association between the following:
      • Use of iron-rich herbs during pregnancy and high birth weight
      • Use of raspberry leaves and caesarean delivery

    The bottom line?

    It’s a common practice to take herbals during pregnancy.

    There also appears to be a connection between the use of certain supplements and pregnancy outcomes. This supports the importance for healthcare providers to monitoring the use of supplements by their pregnant patients.

    7/25/11 19:19 JR

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