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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    Consumer alert: IcyHot

     This qualifies for mention here because this product contains menthol.

    The products involved are the following.

    • Icy Hot Heat Therapy Air Activated Heat — Back
    • Icy Hot Heat Therapy Air Activated Heat — Arm, Neck, and Leg
    • Icy Hot Heat Therapy Air Activated Heat — Arm, Neck, and Leg “samples” in cartons of Aspercreme Pain Relieving Crème.

    The company that makes IcyHot agreed to the recall after more than 200 consumers reported first, second, and third degree burns, as well as skin irritation as a result of consumer use or possible misuse of these products.

    Return these products for a refund by calling Chattem Inc. Consumer Affairs Department at 1-877-742-6275 (M-F from 8am to 4pm EST) or via their website at

    Report adverse reactions experienced to the FDA Adverse Event Reporting Program, online at

    2/16/08 09:53 JR

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