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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    Consumer Alert: Tanning beds

    According to this article on, the International Agency for Research on Cancer has elevated sunbeds for tanning to its highest cancer risk category.

    Classified in 1992 and a “probable” cancer agent, research since then has left no doubt that soaking up UV rays at tanning salons significantly enhances the chances of developing the disease, the World Health Organisation (WHO) agency found.

    The risk of melanoma — the most lethal form of skin cancer — increases 75% when use of tanning devices starts before the age of 30.

    The bottom line?
    The British Association of Dermatologists, and the National Union of Dermatologists in France support this decision.

    The American Dermatological Association has also clearly stated their opposition to “unprotected exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.” And that includes sunlight and tanning parlors.

    7/28/09 21:48 JR

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