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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    How much caffeine is in that decaf?

    Trying to eliminate caffeine from your diet? Chances are you’ll have to try harder. Here’s a comparison of the caffeine content in a variety of coffees.

    For comparison, an 8-ounce cup of drip-brewed coffee typically contains 85 mg of caffeine.

    • Nine out of 10, 16-ounce decaffeinated drip-brewed coffee beverages from nine coffee houses contained 8.6 to 12.9 mg of caffeine — only one had no caffeine
    • Starbucks’ decaffeinated espresso contains 3 to 15.8 mg per shot
    • Starbucks’ brewed decaffeinated coffee contains 12 to 13.4 mg per 16-ounce serving
    • Espresso drinks such as lattes (which contain two shots of espresso) can deliver as much caffeine as a can of Coca Cola — about 31 mg

    “As little as 10 mg of caffeine can produce reliable subjective and behavioral effects in sensitive individuals,” say Dr. Roland Griffiths, a professor of behavioral biology and neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

    This study shows that many decaffeinated coffee drinks deliver caffeine at doses above these levels.

    10/15/06 21:13 JR

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