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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    Archive for the 'Iodine' Category

    Iodine content of prenatal multivitamins

    Thursday, May 7th, 2009

     Iodine deficiency in mothers can adversely affect fetuses and breast-fed infants, because it’s essential for normal thyroid function and development of the nervous system.

    Yet, products vary greatly in iodine levels, according to researchers from Boston University Medical Center. (more…)

    Arsenic poisoning from an herbal kelp supplement

    Thursday, December 13th, 2007

    It’s only one patient (not the one in the photo), but it might reflect a bigger problem.

    Here’s what happened.


    Functional foods, nutraceuticals, and your local food store

    Sunday, November 4th, 2007

    Since Hippocrates advised “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” we have defined medicines and foods based on what is known about each substance in terms of efficacy, safety and the significance of its perceived contribution to health.

    Over time, we redefine these substances as our experience and expectations change.


    Summarizing seafood recommendations during pregnancy

    Friday, October 5th, 2007

    The National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition has summarized the recommendations from official groups, worldwide. Their website should be essential reading for pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and women thinking of becoming pregnant.

    Let’s summarize their summary recommendations. (more…)

    What should be the FDA’s role in regulating functional foods?

    Sunday, November 12th, 2006

    A public hearing is scheduled for December 5th to debate what role, if any, the agency should play in defining and regulating functional foods. Details are provided here.