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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    Warnings expanded for 72 weight-loss products

     The FDA has posted a list with the specific contaminants in each mislabeled product, plus FAQs.

    The bottom line?
    Get to know the lingo used to promote fraudulent drugs.

    • Promises
      • “easy” fix for problems like excess weight, hair loss, or impotency
    • Claims
      • “scientific breakthrough”
      • “miraculous cure”
      • “secret ingredient”
      • “ancient remedy”
    • Impressive-sounding terms for weight loss products
      • “hunger stimulation point” 
      • “thermogenesis” 
    • Undocumented amazing results
      • case histories or testimonials by consumers or doctors
    • Promises
      • no-risk, money-back guarantees

    And my personal favorite…

    • Safe because it is “natural”

    3/23/09 12:07 JR

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