The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was 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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    Another study confirms the risks of any tobacco use

    The INTERHEART study reviewed case histories from more than 27,000 people in 52 countries. They found that tobacco use in any form, including sheesha smoking, beedie smoking, chewing tobacco, and secondhand smoke is harmful to your health.

    How bad is it?

    Compared to people who never smoked, smokers have a three-fold increased risk of a heart attack. Even those with relatively low levels of exposure (8 to 10 cigarettes a day) double their risk of heart attack. Each cigarette smoked per day increases the risk by 5.6%.

    There is good news. The risk of heart attack decreases over time after stopping smoking.

    A nice summary of this study is available at Doctor’s Guide.

    8/25/06 19:33 JR

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