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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    Effect of religion on depression and hopelessness

    Researchers from Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania studied this association in depressed older adults in mental health settings.

    First, the details.

    • Data from 130 depressed patients were analyzed for an association between public and private forms of religious participation and depression and hopelessness.
      • Public: frequency of church attendance
      • Private: frequency of prayer/meditation
    • The findings were adjusted for the effects of differences among patients and their health.

    And, the results.

    • More frequent prayer/meditation was associated with less depression and hopelessness severity.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded that there’s a significant and direct relationship between prayer/meditation and depression and hopelessness severity in older adults treated for depression in mental health settings.

    Dr. Elaine Yuen at the Department of Health Policy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia has related thoughts, including, “Spiritual and religious practices are protective of emotional and physical well-being.”

    5/23/09 19:13 JR

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