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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    Use of CAM by children with autism

    Dr. Susan Levy reviewed charts for 284 patients at the Regional Autism Center, which is associated with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She found that 32% of the children were using CAM.

    Here’s why her work is important.

    Dr. Levy concluded that 25 children (9%) were using a potentially harmful substance.

    The nontraditional treatments were divided into 4 categories.

    Unproven but harmless biological treatments that have no basis in medical theory

    • Vitamin B6
    • Gastrointestinal medications
    • Antifungal agents

    Unproven but harmless treatments with some theoretical basis

    • Vitamin C
    • Gluten-free diets or hormones

    Unproven, potentially harmful treatments

    • Chelation
    • Antibiotics
    • High-dose vitamin A
    • Immunoglobins
    • Withholding immunizations

    Nonbiological treatments

    • Animal therapy
    • Auditory integration training

    You can read more about this epidemiological study at ScienceDaily.

    Photo: It has been speculated that Albert Einstein was on what is now considered the autistic spectrum.

    2/16/07 00:34 JR

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