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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    Multiple sclerosis week, 2009

    National MS Awareness Week runs from March 2nd to 8th.

    Lets review the past year of CAM research in MS.

    Use of CAM

    • Up to two-thirds of patients with MS use CAM
    • Most useful CAM according to MS patients.
      • Reflexology
      • Massage
      • Yoga
      • Relaxation
      • Meditation
      • Acupuncture
      • Aromatherapy
    • Patients are motivated to use CAM because of frustration with conventional treatments.


    • “Women who have MS may reduce their risk for relapse after pregnancy if they breast-feed.”
    • Check with your doctor on this one.


    • “Smoking marijuana can have a harmful effect on the cognitive skills of people with MS.”
    • No benefits in psychological symptoms, reasoning, abuse, tolerability, quality of life, fatigue, and ability to control movement in patients with MS who had never before been exposed to cannabis.
    • Sativex (spray cannabis) in patients with central neuropathic pain due to MS failed to provide adequate pain relieve after those patients had failed conventional therapy.

    Fatty acids

    • “The data available are insufficient to assess any potential benefit or harm from polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) supplementation.”

    3/5/09 13:52 JR

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