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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    Probiotics and early studies of abdominal pain control

    Animal studies are usually too early in the drug development process to be of interest to this blog, but here’s an interesting study in the news.

    After giving rats Lactobacillus the number of mu-type opioid receptors and cannabinoid receptors in the intestine increased. It also had an effect on the analgesic functions in the gut that were similar to the effects of morphine.

    These results suggest that the microbiology of the intestinal tract influences the perception of pain. Someday we might be able to use this information to treat stomach pain and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

    For now, remember that these are rats, and they didn’t have IBS.

    The researchers concluded that studies are needed to confirm the current findings and clarify the underlying mechanisms.

    12/19/06 20:52 JR

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