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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  • Recent Comments reviews Airborne

    Dave in Minnesota writes, “Does it prevent colds?”

    Airborne is a blend of herbs and vitamins that claims to “boost” your immune system. Without exception, I’ve found that any supplement that claims to “boost” anything is mostly boosting money out of your wallet.

    But my bias aside…

    Dr. James Steckelberg writes, “Only 3 of these ingredients have been studied as possible cold treatments with mixed results.”

    • Echinacea: Does little to prevent or shorten colds.
    • Vitamin C: Doesn’t appear to prevent colds, but might shorten a cold’s duration, although the optimum dose isn’t clear.
    • Zinc: Can reduce the duration of cold symptoms but doesn’t prevent colds.

    He concludes with the caveat “there is just not enough quality research available to make a decision regarding any actual benefits of Airborne.”

    Well. I guess that puts the ball in your court.

    5/5/07 17:52 JR

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