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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    The poor record of CAM to treat H. pylori bacteria

    It’s unclear whether killing the bacteria called Helicobacter pylori improves symptoms in patients with dyspepsia (ie, stomach pain with fullness, bloating, or nausea). But there is benefit in people with ulcers.

    Here’s a review from American Family Physician that recommends that all of us with dyspepsia be tested and treated if H. pylori is found. Recommendations from the American College of Gastroenterology are here.

    Is there a role for CAM?

    Not based on what we know now.

    Currently, H. pylori infection is treated with a proton pump inhibitor (Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, etc) plus two antibiotics — called triple therapy.

    • Adding a probiotic food to triple therapy does not appear to help eliminate this bacteria in children.
    • Three studies of garlic and cinnamon to treat H pylori infections reported no significant effect.
    • More conflicting results are here.

    2/5/07 08:39 JR

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