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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    Using a soy-based moisturizer to treat photoaging

    The researchers from Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products show that “a moisturizer containing stabilized soy extracts is safe and effective.”

    The study used a soybean trypsin inhibitor and Bowman-Birk protease inhibitor found in soybeans

    First, the details.

    • 65 women, with moderate facial photodamage participated.
    • The soy-containing moisturizer was compared to the same formulation without the soy for 12-weeks.
    • Response to treatment was evaluated using clinical observation, self-assessment, colorimetric evaluations, and digital photography.

    And, the results.

    • The soy moisturizer was significantly better in improving mottled pigmentation, blotchiness, dullness, fine lines, overall texture, overall skin tone, and overall appearance.
    • Treatment was well tolerated.

    The bottom line?
    Dr. Marta Rendon, a cosmetic dermatologist from the University of Miami in Florida, has written, “Real or perceived physical unattractiveness can result in insecurity, anxiety, and fear. It can alter intimate relationships and social interactions. It can even extract a “plainness penalty” in the labor market. For example, one study of earnings differentials among approximately 600 men and women who were rated on attractiveness by interviewers revealed that plain people generally earn 5% to 10% less than average-looking people, and average-looking people earn slightly less than good-looking people.”

    She continues, “When viewed from this perspective, facial rejuvenation can be an important aspect of career development. As our population ages and older people remain in the work force longer, natural changes to facial features will become more common. Addressing these changes can turn back the biologic clock.”

    12/29/07 16:18 JR

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