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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    Profiling the typical US yogi

    About 4% of Americans (about 7.4 million people) have used yoga in the past year, according to survey results from more than 2000 people conducted by the department of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

    Here is a profile of the typical yogi.

    A college educated woman from the baby boomer generation living in a metropolitan area and using other CAM therapies.

    Why do they practice yoga?

    • 64% for wellness
    • 48% for health conditions
    • 21% for back or neck pain

    Most (76%) don’t spend money related to their yoga.

    Nine out of 10 people who responded to the survey thought yoga was very or somewhat helpful. Don’t read too much into this statistic. It would be surprising if they used it and didn’t think it was useful. Also, 40% of those surveyed didn’t reply. There’s no way to know their assessment of yoga.

    2/24/07 17:30 JR

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