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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    Probiotics to prevent traveler’s diarrhea

    Several were effective.

    Dr. Lynne McFarland from the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, Washington screened 940 studies and found 12 that were worth evaluating.

    And the results.

    • Several probiotics (Saccharomyces boulardii, and a mixture of Lactobacillus acidophilus, and Bifidobacterium bifidum) had significant efficacy.
    • No serious adverse reactions were reported.

    Here are the top 10 recommendations from the Mayo Clinic to reduce the risk of Montezuma’s revenge.
    10. No food from street vendors.
    9. No unpasteurized milk or dairy products.
    8. Eat foods that are well cooked, hot foods.
    7. No moist food at room temperature.
    6. Eat fruits and vegetables you can peel.
    5. No salads and unpeelable fruits.
    4. Use only clean dishes and utensils.
    3. Wash your hands often and before eating.
    2. Keep children from putting things in their mouths.

    And the most important thing you can do?
    1. Don’t drink the water.

    5/23/07 22:41 JR

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