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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    Don’t get bogged down on cranberries

    The Cranberry Institute (Yes, there is such a thing.) lists the benefits of cranberries. And I admit it’s my favorite side dish at Thanksgiving.

    But let’s take a look at what you get when you scoop up that mass of goo.

    Making some fast calculations from data at, a two tablespoon serving of canned, sweetened cranberry sauce gives the following “nutrient value.”

    • Calories: 40
    • Sodium: 8 mg
    • Total carbohydrates: 10 grams
    • Percentage of those carbs as sugar: 97%

    Cranberry sauce ranks with candies, cakes, butter, and cooking oil. It’s neither filling nor nutritious.

    In fact, cranberry sauce isn’t really a side dish at all. Just as the label says, it’s a “sauce” and should be viewed as a Thanksgiving condiment.

    Have nice holiday.

    11/23/06 08:36 JR

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