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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    Who cleans the yoga mats?

    During a cruise last spring I took some classes in Pilates. We used blue spongy yoga mats, and I remember thinking to myself each time I picked one from the pile in the corner, “Are these things ever cleaned?

    Well, in a The New York Times article about the risk of infection from communal yoga mats, one doctor reported a 50% increase in patients with athlete?s foot and plantar warts. Yoga was a common finding, and he blames the use of unclean exercise mats.

    Maybe so, but “research,” the article continues, “has not confirmed the link between unclean yoga mats and ? jock itch, plantar warts, and staph infections.” It could just be related to the increasing popularity of yoga. In 2005, 16.5 million people practiced yoga nationwide, up 43% from 2002, according to Yoga Journal.

    The article recommends buying your own mat. Yoga Journal has recommendations for cleaning it.

    7/27/06 22:23 JR

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