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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    CAM use among patients with arthritis

    Researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill reviewed the evidence.

    First, the details.

    • Samples of patients from primary care (1,077) and specialist (1,063) physician offices in North Carolina were surveyed.

    And, the results.

    • 91% of the participants followed by specialists and 83% of those in the primary care had tried at least 1 complementary therapy for arthritis symptoms.
    • Participants with fibromyalgia used CAM more often than those with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or chronic joint symptoms.
    • More than half of the patients in both samples used over-the-counter topical pain relievers.
    • More than 25% used meditation or drew on religious or spiritual beliefs.
    • More than 19% used a chiropractor.
    • Women and participants with higher levels of education were more likely to report current use of alternative therapies.

    The bottom line?
    Most arthritis patients have used CAM for their arthritis symptoms, concluded the authors.

    3/18/09 18:11 JR

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