The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    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.

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    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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    Are you walking faster than the grim reaper?

    Researchers at the University of Sydney, in Australia studied whether there was a relationship between slow walking speed and increased risk of death.

    First, the details.

    • 1705 elderly men participated.
    • Optimal walking speed was estimated.

    And, the results.

    • The average walking speed was 0.88 meters (2.9 feet) per second.
    • Survival analysis showed that older men who walked faster than 0.82 meters (2.7 feet) per second were 1.23 times significantly less likely to die than those who walked slower.
    • No men with walking speeds of 1.36 meters (4.46 feet) per second or greater had contact with Death.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “The grim reaper’s preferred walking speed is… 2 miles (about 3 km) per hour) under working conditions. As none of the men in the study with walking speeds of 1.36 meters per second (3 miles (about 5 km) per hour) or greater had contact with death, this seems to be the grim reaper’s most likely maximum speed; for those wishing to avoid their allotted fate, this would be the advised walking speed.”

    It’s an odd way of telling us that a walker’s goal — in terms of speed — should be at least 3 miles per hour.

    12/18/11 21:46 JR

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