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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    CAMophobia at the Southern Medical Journal

    Although the definition is self-evident, CAMophobia is the unfortunate failure by otherwise reputable journals and other evidence-based media to uphold evidence-based standards regarding CAM.

    Here is the latest example.

    The Southern Medical Journal reports the case of a patient who had a stroke following cervical spine manipulation therapy (CSMT).

    As part of an accompanying review, the sentence that caught my eye was this one. “Stroke following CSMT is more common than the literature reports.”

    Excuse me, but if it’s not documented in a reputable source, how do the authors justify this conclusion? And why did the reviewers let it pass without challenge?

    A spirited debate on the safety of spinal manipulation can be read here.

    Another example of CAMophobia is here.

    3/17/07 10:48 JR

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