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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    Update: Probiotics in inflammatory bowel disease

    Researchers from the University of Otago Medical School in Dunedin, New Zealand summarize the state-of-the-art.

    Here’s what we know.

    • Laboratory and animal experiments support using probiotics in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
    • Studies in humans have not provided definite evidence for probiotics in IBD.
    • However, under certain conditions there is benefit.
      • Pouchitis
      • Maintenance of remission in ulcerative colitis
    • Conditions where probiotics appear ineffective.
      • Crohn’s disease
      • Active ulcerative colitis

    The bottom line?
    The authors think that the next 5 years, as newer studies are published, the role of probiotics in IBD will be defined.

    3/6/09 21:09 JR

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