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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    Experience with a synbiotic formula in critically ill trauma patients

    A study from the University of Thessaloniki in Greece reports that administering a synbiotic formula has beneficial effects in critically ill trauma patients.

    The synbiotic preparation tested (Synbiotic 2000Forte) contained four probiotics: Pediococcus pentosaceus, Leuconostoc mesenteroides, L. paracasei spp. paracasei 19, and L. plantarum. It also contained inulin, oat bran, pectin, and resistant starch as prebiotics. Synbiotic and prebiotics are defined here.

    Compared to placebo, 15 days of synbiotic treatment was associated with beneficial effects on infection and sepsis rates. Treated patients also required a shorter duration of ventilatory support and intensive care treatment.

    Much more research will be needed to identify the subgroups of patients most likely to benefit from synbiotic treatment.

    12/22/06 19:47 JR

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