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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    Tanning for the holidays?

    The American Academy of Dermatology and the American Medical Association have called for a ban on the sale and use of tanning equipment for nonmedical purposes. And the FDA and Centers for Disease Control encourage people to avoid the use of tanning beds and sun lamps.

    The tanning industry say that dermatologists have a “political agenda,” and that indoor tanning is actually good for you.

    What’s the truth?

    • Radiation doesn’t have to cause a sunburn in order to cause cancer.
    • A “base tan” or a “pre-vacation tan” does not protect you from planned sun exposure.
    • Getting vitamin D from indoor tanning is good, but indoor tanning provides more radiation than what’s needed to get enough vitamin D.

    The pros and cons are debated on WebMD.

    12/4/06 19:37 JR

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