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.

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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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    Most commonly used CAM in the US

    Here’s a follow-up to earlier posts here, here, and here on the use of CAM in the US as surveyed by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).

    Most commonly used CAM by American adults during 2007.

    • Nonvitamin, nonmineral, natural products: 18%
    • Deep breathing exercises: 13%
    • Meditation: 10%
    • Chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation: 9%
    • Massage: 8%
    • Yoga: 6%

    Most common CAM used by people younger than 18 years old in the US during 2007.

    • Nonmineral, natural products: 4%
    • Chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation: 3%
    • Deep breathing exercises: 2%
    • Yoga: 2%
    • Homeopathic treatment: 1%

    The bottom line?
    Among adults, the use of some mind body therapies such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, and yoga increased between 2002 and 2007.

    There was also an increased use of acupuncture, massage therapy, and naturopathy.

    Use of the Atkins diet decreased significantly.

    1/18/09 17:43 JR

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