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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    Natural Causes: A negative view of supplements

    In his book, Natural Causes, Dan Hurley blames the Dietary Supplements and Health Education Act (DSHEA) for what he considers an unacceptable state of affairs.

    “There’s no good evidence these products are safe and effective, and there’s plenty of evidence that many of these products are unsafe, ineffective, or both,” he asserts.

    Michael Shaw, a columnist at disagrees. “Hurley either has an appalling lack of understanding about even the most fundamental aspects of dietary supplements, or purposely chooses to mislead consumers in order to draw his conclusions.”

    Anyone who reads this blog knows his statement regarding efficacy is false. As with all drugs (which is what they are) supplements must be used intelligently, with an understanding of where they might provide benefits and at what risk.

    It’s the underlying reason for maintaining this blog.

    My comments on DSHEA are here.

    The book is available by clicking the Amazon link at the left.

    1/23/07 21:50 JR

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