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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.

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    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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    Exercise does not reduce anxiety and depression

    Genetically identical twins showed no difference in anxious and depressive symptoms when one exercised more than the other, according to this study from VU University Amsterdam.

    But don’t put away your running shoes just yet.

    First, the details.

    • 5952 adult twins, 1357 additional siblings, and 1249 parents were surveyed about their leisure-time exercise (type, frequency, and 4 scales of anxious and depressive symptoms).

    And, the results.

    • In genetically identical twins, the one who exercised more did not display fewer anxious and depressive symptoms than the one who exercised less.
    • Increased participation in exercise did not predict decreases in anxious and depressive symptoms.

    The bottom line?
    “For patients diagnosed with an anxiety or depressive disorder, studies have suggested that prescribed exercise may alleviate symptoms. But that effect may be more environmentally driven,” the researchers concluded in a MedPage article.”

    Most important, “These findings do not detract from the beneficial effects of regular exercise on numerous aspects of physical health such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus.”

    8/5/08 13:20 JR

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