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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    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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    More positive news about pedometers and weight loss

    Pedometer-based walking programs — even without going on a diet — result in modest weight loss.

    Researchers from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor reviewed studies in English and Japanese published over about 13 years.

    • The results from 9 studies of overweight or obese and sedentary individuals were re-evaluated (meta-analysis).
    • The number of participants in each study ranged from 15 to 106, for a total of 307 participants
    • 73% were women.
    • The studies did not include any dietary changes.
    • The duration of the studies ranged from 4 weeks to 1 year.

    And, the results.

    • Average weight loss over the course of the studies was 1.27 kg (2.8 pounds).
    • On average, participants lost 0.05 kg (0.1 lb) per week.

    The bottom line?
    People who walk more tend to be thinner than those who walk less — even when there’s no change in diet. The authors concluded that counting steps is one way to ensure you walk more.

    More on the benefits of using a pedometer and walking can be found here.

    1/18/08 22:40 JR

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