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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    Archive for May, 2009

    Glucosamine and chondroitin for osteoarthritis

    Sunday, May 31st, 2009

    No better than placebo after 24 months of treatment. (more…)

    Another chelation study canceled

    Sunday, May 31st, 2009

     It was designed to study the effects of chelation in patients who had survived a heart attack. (more…)

    Making “fast food” healthy

    Saturday, May 30th, 2009

     Burger King is promoting 3 new meal combinations as part of its BK Kids Meal options. (more…)

    Healthcare activities on “Second Life” reported

    Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

     Researchers in Canada found a wide array of health-related activity in the 3 dimensional virtual world of Second Life. (more…)

    New regulations for sunscreen products

    Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

     The FDA is completing sunscreen label changes designed to give consumers a better idea of the sun protection they’re getting. (more…)

    Dana Ullman speaks on homeopathy

    Thursday, May 21st, 2009

    Dana Ullman (photo) is a practitioner and outspoken advocate for homeopathic medicine in the US.

    Natural Food Merchandiser interviewed him, asking basic questions about homepathy and how it works. (more…)

    Combining drugs + CBT to treat insomnia

    Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

     Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and hypnotic medications are effective for short-term treatment of insomnia, but few patients achieve 100% relief with either alone.

    Researchers from Canada studied the effects of combined therapy. (more…)

    Creatine’s effect on resistance training in patients with HIV

    Monday, May 18th, 2009

     Researchers from the University of California San Francisco studied whether creatine supplementation augments the effects of progressive resistance exercise training on muscle strength, energetics, and body composition. (more…)

    Bad effects from mesotherapy

    Monday, May 18th, 2009

    Dermatologists from Morristown, New Jersey report a case of a woman who developed “scalp abscess with subcutaneous fat necrosis and scarring alopecia as a complication of scalp mesotherapy.” (more…)

    Safety of chiropractic

    Sunday, May 17th, 2009

    “There is no robust data concerning the incidence or prevalence of adverse reactions after chiropractic,” according to reviewers from Portugal. (more…)

    CAM control of cholesterol

    Sunday, May 17th, 2009

    Researchers from the Universities of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania compared a statin to an alternative treatment option that included lifestyle changes, red yeast rice, and fish oil.

    A reader has reviewed the entire study and expands on the summary below.


    Review: Cranberry and urinary tract infections

    Saturday, May 16th, 2009

    Dr. David Guay from the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis has reviewed the evidence. (more…)

    What motivates people with MS to use CAM?

    Saturday, May 16th, 2009

    In a word, “frustration.” People with multiple sclerosis (MS) use CAM because conventional treatments have many side effects and they are dissatisfied with the results. (more…)

    Vitamin D is not associated with decreased melanoma risk

    Saturday, May 16th, 2009

    At the Society for Investigative Dermatology meeting, researchers from Kaiser Permanente, in Oakland, California reported some confusing findings.

    Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer. Although it accounts for only 4% of skin cancer cases, it causes most skin cancer-related deaths. The good news is that it’s curable if caught early. (more…)

    Vitamin D and the risk of basal cell skin cancer

    Saturday, May 16th, 2009

     Reporting at the Society for Investigative Dermatology meeting, researchers from Stanford University Medical Center, in California found an association between a lower risk of basal cell carcinoma over 5 years and higher blood levels of vitamin D.

    Basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer. Statistically, approximately 3 out of 10 Caucasians develop a basal cell cancer during their life. (more…)

    Nursing School Search rates top 50 homeopathy blogs

    Friday, May 15th, 2009

    And guess what?

    In the category of “Homeopathy and Alternative Medicine,” The C.A.M. Report ranked 3rd. (more…)

    Heart effects of alternate nostril breathing

    Thursday, May 14th, 2009

    Researchers at Nepal Medical College in Kathmandu measured the physiological effects of Nadi Sodhana (alternate nostril breathing). (more…)

    Does music improve sleep?

    Thursday, May 14th, 2009

    Researchers from the Institute of Behavioural Sciences in Budapest, Hungary tell us it depends on what you listen to. (more…)

    CAM for Raynaud’s phenomenon?

    Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

    The value of conventional treatment is limited, and so is CAM.

    Let’s review. (more…)

    CAM options to treat pain at the end of life

    Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

    Of the many symptoms experienced by those at the end of life, pain is one of the most common, feared, and often undertreated,

    Dr. Perry Fine from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City reviews the treatment options, including CAM. Here’s a summary. (more…)