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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    Review: CAM for low back pain

    Researchers at the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill, reviewed active and passive treatment programs.

    Here’s what we know.

    Active treatments shown to be effective

    • Physical therapy-directed exercise programs
    • Core stabilization
    • Mechanical diagnosis and therapy (MDT)
    • Yoga is the most effective nonphysician-directed active treatment approach to nonspecific low back pain comparing other CAM treatments.

    Passive treatment shown to be effective

    • Acupuncture is a medical practitioner-directed passive treatment has been shown to be a good adjunct treatment.

    The bottom line?

    These are the conclusions reached by the authors. However, they also call for more studies to confirm these data.

    2/20/11 22:07 JR

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