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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    Hygiene in the yoga class

    Two years ago, upon returning from a cruise where yoga mats were piled high along the wall, I asked the question, “Who cleans the yoga mats.”

    Molly Ginty, writing in Yoga Journal, discusses how to create a healthy environment in your yoga class.

    Here are the highlights.

    • 80% of disease is caught by direct or indirect contact — either interacting with a person who carries germs or touching a surface where those organisms live.
    • Both types of contact are common in yoga centers.

    Here are 7 questions to ask the yoga center to help ensure your health.

    • Sanitation standards
      • Who cleans the mats and how often?
      • Who mops the floors and how often?
    • Bacterial barriers
      • Are shoes left at the door to keep bacteria out?
      • What are the guidelines about wearing long-sleeves and pants?
    • Hand sanitation
      • Are facilities available to wash your hands before and after class.
      • Are antibacterial soap available?
      • Disposable towels?
    • Mats
      • Are private mats allowed?
    • Sick students
      • Are they encouraged to stay home?

    The bottom line?
    Yoga students are told that yoga boosts immune function. OK, but don’t forget to complement the immune benefits with a common sense approach to hygiene.

    11/5/08 20:21 JR

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