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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    Spirituality today lowers the risk of drug use next year

    Some researcher and editors must think that jargon-filled writing increases the relevance of their work. Here’s an abstract from a study where the word “shibboleth” was used.

    Ten points if you know the definition of “shibboleth” without looking it up. Bonus points if you can use it in a sentence where no other simpler English-language word can be used.

    That said. Here’s my summary of this spirituality study, with “shibboleth” deleted.

    About 500 southern California high school students completed a survey of their spirituality and drug use.

    • “Non-drug use spirituality” was defined as participation in spiritual groups, and engagement in spiritual practices such as prayer.
    • “Drug-use spirituality” was defined as using drugs for “spiritual” reasons.

    The results.

    • Being spiritual and not using drugs now predicted not using alcohol, marijuana, and stimulants one year later.
    • Using drugs now predicted using cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, hallucinogens, and stimulants one year later.

    There ya go. And I didn’t say “shibboleth” even once.

    11/25/06 13:38 JR

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