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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    Coffee and psoriasis

    “Patients with psoriasis who drink coffee frequently respond better to treatment with methotrexate and sulfasalazine.” This is the conclusion reported by Dr. Yolanda Helfrich during her presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Investigative Dermatology in Philadelphia.

    The results are intriguing because earlier clinical trials reached the opposite conclusion. In fact, coffee is traditionally blamed as contributing to psoriasis. Websites recommend avoiding coffee, while anecdotal reports describe how eliminating coffee “made a dramatic difference” in the severity of psoriasis.

    The clinical impact of Dr. Helfrich’s data is debatable at this time. We will look forward to reading the published article in a peer-reviewed journal. To read the abstract, go here and search under the author’s name.

    Illustration: Just Coffee

    7/14/06 17:16 JR

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