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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    Erroneous recommendations for herbals to prevent the common cold

    Yoga Journal has a misleading article in its latest edition that states, “if you’re looking to sharpen your immune system this winter, also consider one of the following.”

    There are no studies in human beings that report lower infection rates by using any of these 3 herbals.

    “Astragalus: Take it all winter”

    • Studied in rats, chickens, dogs and hamsters

    “Andrographis paniculata: Dose up at the first hint of a cold”

    • Studied in rats, hamsters, and dogs

    “Eleuthero: Take it when stress looms”

    • One study in the laboratory on cells taken from patients with advanced ovarian cancer

    At the Vitamin Shoppe the cost of this stuff for 60 days if you take one a day is $28.13. Of course, we don’t know how many to take because they have never been studied.

    Don’t be foolish.

    3/2/07 12:04 JR

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