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 in patients taking HAART

    Amandah Hoogbruin, at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, in Surrey, British Columbia, reviewed the evidence in patients treated for HIV/AIDS with HAART (highly active anti-retroviral therapy).

    First, the details.

    • 40 studies were included.

    And, the results.

    • Insufficient evidence exists to support the use of a particular CAM therapy to enhance the management of HIV disease.

    The bottom line?

    The author concluded, “Decisions about using complementary and alternative medicine in conjunction with highly active antiretroviral therapy are often poorly informed.”

    She believes, “Safety risks and potential drug interactions are frequently ignored as people who use highly active antiretroviral therapy prefer to focus on the physical and mental benefits of using selected complementary and alternate therapies to promote their quality of life.”

    5/25/11 22:14 JR

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