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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    Meditation lowers stress and supports forgiveness

    In college students, meditation-based stress-management practices reduce stress and enhance forgiveness, according to this study by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley.

    First, the details.

    • The effects of two 8-week, 90-minutes/week training programs of meditation-based stress-management tools were evaluated for changes in stress, rumination, forgiveness, and hope.
    • 44 college undergraduates were trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), or Easwaran’s Eight-Point Program (EPP), or assigned to await-list control group.
    • Results from a pretest, posttest, and 8-week follow-up data on self-report outcome measures were collected.

    And, the results.

    • There were no differences between MBSR and EPP.
    • Compared to controls, treated participants demonstrated significant benefits for stress and forgiveness.

    The bottom line?
    The authors recommend that MBSR and EPP “merit further study as potential health-promotion tools for college populations.”

    4/11/08 22:00 JR

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