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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    ConsumerLab tests St. John’s wort

    This is depressing. The number one problem facing herbal medicines today is the inability (or something) on the part of manufacturers to ensure quality control in the manufacturing of their products.

    Here’s the latest on St. John’s wort.

    ConsumerLab tested 11 products.

    • 2 contained less St. John’s wort compounds than claimed.
    • 2 were contaminated with cadmium and/or lead.
    • 2 lacked proper label information.

    If you are thinking about taking St. John’s wort, or if you are not satisfied with response you’re getting, consider reading their report. It will cost you, but what’s the cost of taking subpotent medicine — or lead? was reviewed in a past post.

    2/15/07 22:38 JR

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