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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    The use of CAM by people with asthma

    During the most recent meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians Dr. Paul Blanc from the University of California at San Francisco reported that half of all people with asthma use CAM.

    Here are the highlights from Medscape.

    • 30% of patients use oral vitamins and minerals
    • 21% use herbal therapies
    • 18% adjust their coffee and tea intake
    • 13% use caffeine-containing preparations
    • 14% use dietary supplements, such as garlic and chili pepper
    • 8% use homeopathic methods

    Half of all patients used at least one of the above remedies. Of that group, 23% used a single remedy, 27% used at least 2, and 7% used 4 to 6 of the remedies.

    Non-oral remedies, such as acupuncture, massage, yoga, aromatherapy, and chiropractic therapy were used by 20%, most of whom also used oral complementary and alternative medicines.

    Read more about CAM and asthma here.

    1/21/07 20:30 JR

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