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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    Low use of CAM for weight reduction

    Other than dietary supplements, the use of CAM for weight loss is relatively low, according to researchers at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

    How low?

    First, the details.
    Among 11,211 respondents to a questionnaire, the analysis focused on 372 people who had used CAM within the previous 12 months.

    The most often used therapies?

    • Yoga (57%)
    • Meditation (8%)
    • Acupuncture (8%)
    • Massage (8%)
    • Eastern martial arts (6%)

    Among CAM users, 63% used it alone, 27% in a group setting, and 11% under the supervision of a CAM practitioner.

    The bottom line?
    People who used other weight loss methods were most likely to also use CAM, suggesting that CAM is often added to other weight-loss strategies.

    9/8/07 21:47 JR

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