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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    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 'Birth Defects' Category

    Prenatal use of folic acid and child development

    Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

    The benefits and risks of folic acid fortification of food – once thought to be clear — are being debated again.

    In this study from researchers at the University of Iowa, the effects of prenatal use of folic acid (and other dietary supplements) on child development at 3 years of life were evaluated. This summary focuses on the folic acid results. (more…)

    The association between folic acid deficiency and cleft palate

    Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

    Norway has one of the highest rates of facial clefts in Europe and does not allow foods to be fortified with folic acid.

    Now, it appears that this decision was a fateful one.


    The pros and cons of folic acid fortification of foods

    Friday, March 7th, 2008

    Fortifying food, such as wheat and corn flour, with folic acid reduces the risk of spina bifida in babies.

    This public health practice was introduced 10 years ago in North America. Now, that practice is being debated in the UK and worldwide. “Are the benefits to the few outweighed by possible harm to some of the many exposed? (more…)

    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.


    Benefits of folic acid fortification in Canada

    Thursday, July 12th, 2007

    It’s associated with a significant reduction in the rate of neural-tube defects (eg, spina bifida) in Canada. (more…)