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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    CAM and the common cold has reviewed cold remedies that work and don’t.

    Here’s a summary of useful CAM options.

    • Water, juice, clear broth or warm lemon water with honey helps loosen congestion and prevent dehydration.
    • Saltwater gargle (8-ounce glass of warm water) can temporarily relieve a sore or scratchy throat.
    • Over-the-counter saline nasal sprays combat stuffiness and congestion.
    • Chicken soup (canned or homemade) has anti-inflammatory actions and helps relieve congestion.
    • Zinc seems most effective when taken as a lozenge or nasal spray within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms.

    There is less enthusiasm for vitamin C or echinacea.

    1/15/07 19:22 JR

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