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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    Microbes and obesity

    This Sunday’s New York Times spends 6591 words spread out over 72 paragraphs discussing the theory that obesity is related to intestinal microorganisms.

    It’s an entertaining story. The results of animal studies suggest that people infected with an adenovirus, Ad-36, have a better than even chance of becoming obese.

    I know what you’re thinking, but don’t hold your breath.

    Yes, some day, in the future, in a galaxy far, far away, it might be possible to administer antiviral drugs to “infected” individuals early enough to block the effect of Ad-36 on the fat cells.

    But by paragraph 67 we learn what we knew all the time, there is no substitute for diet and exercise.

    8/13/06 9:22 JR

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