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 www.Vicus.com, 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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    No scientific support for dolphin “therapy” to treat anything

    “People suffering from chronic mental or physical disabilities should not resort to a dolphin ‘healing’ experience.” That’s the warning from two researchers from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

    What’s dolphin therapy, you ask?

    According to one provider, dolphin-assisted therapy offers hands-on dolphin encounters, during which each individual participates in a variety of trained behaviors (eg, belly rubs, kisses, and dorsal tows).

    That’s nice.

    But when the researchers reviewed the results from 5 dolphin therapy studies published in the last 8 years, they found that each was flawed, which prevented any assessment of the findings.

    The bottom line?
    There remains no compelling evidence that dolphin-assisted therapy is a legitimate treatment, or that it affords any more than fleeting improvements in mood.

    Swimming with dolphins sounds like fun, but no scientific evidence exists for any long-term benefit. People who spend thousands of dollars to swim with the dolphins don’t just lose out financially; they put themselves, and the dolphin, at risk of injury or infection.

    12/20/07 19:10 JR

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