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 www.Vicus.com, 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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    Complementary options to reduce jet lag

    Fatigue and impaired daytime functioning, confusion, altered timing of bowel movements, and sleep disturbance are all signs of jet lag. An article on Medscape lists options to manage jet lag.

    The article covers many treatment options. CAM options are listed here.

    Sleep on the plane

    • Best done during what will become the new nighttime at the destination,

    Diet

    • Data are largely negative
    • Benefits, if any, are very limited.

    Bright light

    • Advancing the sleep schedule 1 hour a day for 3 days preflight, combined with 3.5 hours of bright light in the mornings produces a phase advance of about 2 hours.
    • Helpful, but not the total answer considering a flight to Europe has a 6- to 9-hour phase shift.

    Caffeine

    • Might help promote wakefulness.
    • A 300-mg slow-release preparation reportedly improved wakefulness during 5 days of morning administration after a 7-time zone eastward flight.

    3/11/07 14:20 JR

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