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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    CAM use by Americans

    Researchers at Harvard Medical School, in Boston conducted a review of the 2007 National Health Interview Survey of non-institutionalized US residents conducted by the National Center of Health Statistics of the Center for Disease Control.

    First, the details.

    • The researcher reviewed data from 23,393 respondents to the survey.
    • CAM users were compared to non-users.
    • The findings were adjusted for confounding factors such as socio-demographic, clinical, and behavioral factors.

    And, the results.

    • 37% of US adults used CAM.
    • Compared to those who did not use CAM, CAM users were more likely to rate their health as ‘Excellent’.
    • Similarly, CAM users were more likely to report their health as ‘Better’ than in the prior year.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “We found a significant association between CAM use and self-rated excellent health and health improvement over the prior year.”

    Based on these findings, it should not be concluded that there is a cause and effect relationship between CAM use and physical health.

    11/24/10 22:37 JR

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