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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    Archive for the 'Nattokinase' Category

    Is nattokinase a safe alternative to warfarin?

    Thursday, April 10th, 2008

    An enzyme called nattokinase can be extracted from natto, a vegetable cheese-like food that is popular in Japan.

    Research in the lab confirms that nattokinase has an anticoagulant effect.



    Nattokinase and blood clots

    Thursday, August 17th, 2006

    Nattokinase is promoted as a safe anticlotting agent. An email I received this morning described it as perhaps “among the most powerful of all methods to improve your heart health.” The source of nattokinase is natto, a vegetable cheese-like food made from fermented soybeans.

    The story is similar to other “miracle” treatments from the orient ? except for the part about the horses. The Japanese have eaten natto for a thousand years. They have a lower prevalence of heart disease. And western drugs are poison.

    Oops, I almost forgot. “Ancient Samurai … fed it to their horses to increase their speed and strength.”

    Here’s what I found.