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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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    Councilman requests city funding for Ayurvedic therapies

    Today, more than 400 firefighters and other 9/11 responders are taking 4 pills composed of up to 20 herbs twice a day. They claim to feel healthier than they did after undergoing Western remedies for their ailments.

    Now, Councilman Michael McMahon is requesting funding of more than $200,000 from New York City to help pay for Ayurvedic therapies.

    Now, there’s this…

    Dr. Charles Kim, a licensed acupuncturist in addition to a Western-style doctor at Mount Sinai Medical Center, says that scientific research has not yet revealed conclusive benefits to Ayurvedic treatments.

    Wait, there’s more.

    Citing the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Dr. Kim says, “Most clinical trials of Ayurvedic approaches have been small, had problems with research designs, lacked appropriate control groups, or had other issues that affected how meaningful the results were.”

    In addition, metals such as lead have been found in some Ayurvedic treatments, the production of which isn’t overseen by any national regulatory agency.

    “There’s no real standard so far set up,” says Dr. Kim. “The risks outweigh the benefits at this point.”

    Not for nothing, but I find it interesting that an acupuncturist would describe Ayurvedic in these terms.

    5/6/07 23:14 JR

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