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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    Abrupt termination of healing touch

    This study was published in Complementary Health Practice Review.

    Get ready.

    First, the details.

    • 12 physically disabled, chronically ill nursing home patients received healing touch treatments over 3 to 4 months by a healing touch practitioner.
    • Treatment was unexpectedly terminated.

    And, the huh… results.

    • 6 patients had negative experiences, including increased pain and impaired functional ability, sleep, and emotional status.
    • 6 patients continued to have positive experiences.

    The bottom line?
    The author thought the biggest issue to be addressed was the economic and ethical implications of discontinuing “beneficial” treatment without warning or replacement.

    OK, but I suggest that the author discuss the rationale for the small treatment population, which was divided into 2 groups in the absence of a placebo or other comparison group.

    The reviewers and journal editors should explain the rationale for publishing this poorly designed study in the first place.

    7/29/07 18:46 JR

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