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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    Yoga benefits for breast cancer survivors

    Research reported Dr. Pamela Schultz during the American Physiological Society meeting in Washington, DC shows that the Iyengar method of yoga not only promotes psychological well-being, but seems to offer immune system benefits as well.

    First the details, as presented in the Reuters article.

    • 10 breast cancer survivors were assigned to 8 weeks of Iyengar yoga (2 classes and 1 solo session at home per week).
    • 9 were assigned to a wait-list control group.
    • The women were about 4 years out from initial cancer diagnosis and being treated with hormone therapy.
    • None of the women had experience with Iyengar yoga.

    The article reports that psychosocial tests showed improved quality of life in the yoga participants, which was accompanied by decreased activation of NF-kB (nuclear factor-kappa B) — a marker of stress.

    If you are interested, here’s background on Iyengar yoga. Probably the most readable discussion of NF-kappaB is here.

    5/1/07 12:26 JR

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