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.

  • 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.

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    Iyengar yoga in a cancer center

     Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada report how Iyengar yoga affected their patients’ worst symptoms and more.

    First, the details.

    • This study included 24 patients treated for cancer within the previous 6 months.
    • They participated in 10, 90-minute weekly Iyengar yoga classes.
    • The researchers looked for changes in their patients’ most-bothersome symptom, quality of life and spiritual well-being, and mood disturbance.

    And, the results.

    • Statistically significant improvements were reported in most-bothersome symptom, quality of life, spiritual well-being, and mood disturbance during the program.
    • After the study, quality of life and mood disturbance significantly improved over time.

    The bottom line?
    The participants appeared to benefit from participating in the yoga program.

    Maybe a placebo group isn’t necessary under these circumstances. For those who disagree, the results of a similar study in breast cancer patients are summarized here, along with a link to background information on the Iyengar method of yoga.

    9/5/08 20:49 JR

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