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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    The positive link between religiosity and health

    Religion is a formal structured way in which people in groups worship God. Most articles show a positive link (first listing) between religiosity and health outcomes, says Margot Trotter Davis from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

    For example.

    • Attendance at religious services decreased the rate of violent acts.
    • Religious beliefs have a strong influence on whether adolescent girls have sex. (It has a minor effect on boys, however.)
    • Religious involvement is significantly associated with lower death rates.
    • Those who pray live longer.
    • A religious commitment in life is associated with lower rates of crime and drug use.
    • There’s a strong association between religious practice and reduced health risks.

    I guess that’s why when it’s included in surveys of CAM options, prayer is the most commonly cited CAM practice.

    11/25/06 14:18 JR

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