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: Chiropractic care for autism

    In addition to impacting the child and family’s quality of life, recent estimates place the lifetime cost for an individual with autism spectrum disorder at $3.2 million.

    Researchers at Life Chiropractic College West, in Hayward, California, reviewed the evidence for chiropractic treatment.

    First, the details.

    • A systematic review of the literature revealed a total of 5 articles.
      • 3 case reports
      • 2 studies

    And, the results.

    • The literature is lacking on documenting the chiropractic care of children with ASD.
    • Preliminary studies indicate that the chiropractic adjustment may have benefit.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Given the ineffectiveness of pharmaceutical agents, a trial of chiropractic care for sufferers of autism is prudent and warranted.”

    A review published in 2006 focuses on the results of one study of 26 people. Based on this limited evidence, it hypothesizes a role for chiropractic

    OK, but what is that role, exactly?

    Until somebody documents the specific “benefits” of chiropractic in autism, ineffective existing therapies are not a reason to use other therapies without scientific medical justification.

    11/6/11 19:52 JR

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