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 use of prayer as CAM

    The use of prayer is rarely queried in surveys of CAM use. Here are the highlights from a Centers for Disease Control survey on the use of CAM. It’s based on interviews with more than 31,000 adults. The report is available here (then go to the “Barnes PM” link) and here.

    In the past 12 months?

    • 62% of adults used CAM (when CAM included prayer specifically for health reasons)
    • Excluding prayer, 36% of adults used CAM

    The 10 most commonly used CAM therapies

    • Prayer for one’s own health (43%)
    • Prayer by others for one’s own health (24%)
    • Natural products (19%)
    • Deep breathing exercises (12%)
    • Participation in prayer group for one’s own health (10%)
    • Meditation (8%)
    • Chiropractic care (8%)
    • Yoga (5%)
    • Massage (5%)
    • Diet-based therapies (4%)

    6/25/06 13:17 JR

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