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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    Meeting highlights

    ttmed reports on the 2nd International Conference on Hypertension, Lipids, Diabetes and Stroke Prevention in Prague.

    Here are the CAM highlights.

    Vitamin C

    • Vitamin C was effective in elevating HDL (good) cholesterol levels [Siavash et al, Abst 1022].

    Olive oil

    • Positive effects of olive oil on HDL-cholesterol were accompanied by improvements in chronic constipation, and increased triglycerides and albumin in people with chronic kidney disease.
    • Older individuals without kidney disease showed a decrease in triglycerides [Villarrubia et al, Abst 1060].

    Ayurvedic medicine

    • Severe dyslipidemia was improved by Ayurveda medicine based on Indukantha ghritham (medicated ghee preparation) plant extracts followed by Balaswagandhadi thailam (oil) massage and steam bath [Shetty and Roy, Abst 1151].

    The value of patient education

    • A school-based health promotion program among adolescents was effective in controlling dietary and physical activity-related risk factors for obesity [Azadi et al, Abst 1039].
    • Family health counseling in women with high blood pressure was able to lower blood pressure values [Jafari. et al, Abst 1040].
    • Group discussion with high-school students led to blood pressure reductions [Azati. et al, Abst 1038].


    • Citicoline (a dietary supplement ingredient) showed improved cognitive function (reasoning) following stroke in patients with dementia [Shanmugam, Abst 1152].

    The bottom line?
    Understandably, the author had to cover a lot of topics in the article, but more detail would have increased the usefulness of the information.

    4/21/08 20:19 JR

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