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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    Complementary treatments for Alzheimer’s

    Dr. James Galvin from the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri has written are review on Medscape.

    Here are his thoughts on the value of nonpharmacologic strategies in support of drug treatment.

    Music therapy

    • It may benefit some patients.
    • In particular, classical music can produce transient increases in cognitive performance (reasoning).
    • Caregiver singing has improved patient well-being.
    • Patients appear to regain skills necessary for activities of daily living.
    • Singing increased patients’ intention, purpose, and competence to perform tasks and improve communication skills.


    • Exercise delays cognitive decline for 24 months and improves memory and frontal lobe functions (voluntary movements).
    • Exercise training plus educating caregivers about behavioral management techniques improves physical health and depression.

    Montessori-based programming

    • Positive results, even in those with advanced disease, include more constructive social engagement and enjoyments.
    • Examples of Montessori-based activities used in dementia care include the following:
      • Placing colored golf balls in muffin pans
      • Matching pictures of peoples’ facial expressions to their mood
      • Small group activities such as memory bingo and group sorting

    The bottom line?
    “It is increasingly evident,” says Dr. Galvin, “that a combination approach is best suited to address patient health and safety.”

      9/18/08 22:10 JR

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