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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    May is stroke month

     So, here’s a list of studies on CAM and stroke that were published in the past year.

    Stroke risk

    • “The combined impact of the 4 health behaviors [smoking, exercise, alcohol, vitamin C] — though relatively modest and potentially achievable across all ages, sex, and social classes — was associated with an estimated 2.3-fold difference in risk of stroke.”

    Mediterranean diet

    • “Greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet… was associated with a lower risk of… stroke in women.”

    Fatty fish

    • Modest consumption of fish is associated with a lower prevalence of subclinical brain infarcts (”tiny” strokes) — changes in the brain consistent with a stroke, but without the usual outward signs and symptoms.


    • “Music, when applied during the most dynamic period of recovery from neural damage, can induce long-term changes on cognition [reasoning] that is [shown] by enhanced recovery of focused attention and verbal memory.”


    • “Incorporating biofeedback into the treatment regimen had a positive effect on the range of motion and on the recovery of upper extremity function in hemiplegic patients.”

    Coffee and tea

    • 1 study suggests a protective role.


    • “There is not enough evidence to make any conclusion about the therapeutic effect of acupuncture for dysphasia after acute stroke.”

    Balance training

    • Combining balance training (using force platform biofeedback) with a conventional rehabilitation program did not provide additional benefits.

    5/1/09 15:21 JR

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