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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    Music therapy in gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures

    Dr. Dan Rudin from Statin Island University Hospital in New York looked at past studies and concluded it’s a “safe and cost-effective measure not to be overlooked.”

    First, the details.

    • The author re-analyzed the data (meta-analysis) on 641 patients receiving various visual examinations of the GI tract.
    • Some received music therapy and others didn’t.

    And, the results.

    • When used alone for relaxation and pain control, music therapy significantly lowered anxiety levels.
    • When combined with drugs there were beneficial effects on analgesic drug and sedation requirements and procedure duration times.

    The bottom line?
    Sounds good. But the source of this information is a letter to the editor in the World Journal of Gastroenterology. As such, it’s not possible to find more details about the study or the results.

    However, in the past 2 months there have been other positive reports with music therapy.

    • People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
    • For end of life care
    • During casting of broken bones
    • For quality of life in people with HIV
    • Recovery from total knee replacement

    And of course, my personal favorite: Tooth Tunes.

    1/16/08 19:49 JR

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