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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    Why is exercise good for people with heart disease?

    It’s axiomatic that exercise benefits your heart. Unless you have a note from your doctor, there’s no excuse to be inactive.

    But what does exercise actually do that’s good for your heart?

    The results of a study presented during the annual meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society might hold the answer. It shows that exercise decreases inflammation, which reduces the risk of heart disease due to atherosclerotic fatty build-up in arteries.

    According to Medical News Today, 46 healthy young adults (20-45 years old) participated in moderate or high intensity aerobic exercise for 12 weeks.

    Blood samples showed that levels of tumor necrosis factor (a protein that controls inflammation) were lower after both moderate and high-intensity exercise. Dr. Richard Sloan from Columbia University Medical Center concluded, “These findings suggest strongly that exercise reduces the systemic inflammation that can lead to heart disease.”

    3/13/07 19:53 JR

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