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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    Tortoise or the Hare

    Researchers from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada compared the heart benefits of brief, high-intensity forms of exercise compared to traditional, long-duration and moderately intense exercise.

    First, the details.

    • 20 healthy untrained young adult volunteers performed 6 weeks of sprint interval training (SIT) or traditional high-volume endurance training (ET).
      • SIT: 4 to 6 x 30 second “all-out” Wingate Tests separated by 4.5 minutes of recovery, 3 days/week.
      • ET: 40 to 60 minutes of cycling at 65% of peak exercise capacity, 5 days/week.

    And, the results.

    • 6 weeks of intense SIT improved the structure and function of arteries as much as traditional and longer endurance exercise with larger time commitment.

    The bottom line?
    The authors’ emphasize the more pain for gain perspective. “SIT is a time-efficient strategy to elicit improvements in peripheral vascular structure and function that are comparable to ET”.

    OK for athletes or the young, maybe.

    For me, I like the less pain, equal gain perspective. Just add a little fish oil. Voila! You have a sensible exercise program for the rest of us.

    6/7/08 08:42 JR

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