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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    Benefits of gardening in long-term care

     Researchers from the University of Las Vegas in Nevada studied the impact of indoor gardening on elderly residents of a low-income assisted living facility.

    First, the details.

    • 18 residents participated in a 4-week introduction to indoor gardening that involved individual plant-care responsibility.
    • The program included 4, 2-hour interactive horticulture classes taught by a horticulturist and a sociologist.
    • Mastery, self-rated health, and self-rated happiness were measured before and after the program.

    And, the results.

    • The gardening group showed a significant increase in mastery, self-rated health, and self-rated happiness.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “Basic horticultural activity, as simple as learning how to maintain a houseplant and taking individual responsibility for one, can have a short-term positive impact on the quality of life and on primary indicators of future health outcomes of older adults residing in assisted living facilities.”

    Everybody needs to feel they’re contributing and are necessary.

    3/5/09 13:02 JR

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