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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  • Recent Comments

    Reviewing the potential benefits of probiotics

    The British Nutrition Foundation reviewed the effect of probiotics on health.

    Good evidence

    • Probiotics prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea.

    Only few studies

    • Probiotics might prevent potentially fatal Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea.

    Limited number of studies

    • Probiotics show conflicting results in people with constipation, with promising results for certain strains.
    • Consuming probiotic strains reduces irritable bowel syndrome symptoms, although there is a  high placebo effect.

    The bottom line?

    It’s a relatively new field of research. Over time, many of the issues will be resolved.

    5/22/10 12:31 JR

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