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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    Re-evaluating homeopathic research

    Dr. Lex Rutten is project leader of the LR- (likelihood ratio) project sponsored by the Dutch Association of Homeopathic Physicians.

    Here’s what he says about research in homeopathy today.

    Homeopathy has a communication problem.

    • Important homeopathic concepts are not understood by conventional colleagues.

    The main problem lies in different handling of diagnosis.

    • In conventional medicine diagnosis is the starting point for randomized controlled trials to determine the effect of treatment.
    • In homeopathy diagnosis is combined with other symptoms and personal traits of the patient to guide treatment and predict response.

    Dr. Rutten has the following recommendation for homeopathic physician researchers. “Broadening our scope to include diagnostic as well as treatment research opens the possibility of multi factorial reasoning.

    The abstract of his article is here. There is also a website co-authored by Dr. Rutten, with more on this topic. And don’t forget the great homeopathy debate that was held at the University of Connecticut.
    4/18/07 22:42 JR

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