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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    Pilates: Lack of impact on body composition

    Researchers at the University of Costa Rica, in San Jose, reviewed the evidence on the effects of Pilates exercises body composition.

    First, the details.

    • 7 studies were included in the review.
    • The studies were poor quality.

    And, the results.

    • There was a lack of true experimental research design
      • Limited standardization in measurement techniques
      • Insufficient or no control of the nutritional status
      • Inconsistent instructor qualifications
    • There is poor empirical quantitative evidence indicating a positive effect of Pilates exercises on body composition.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Well-designed research is needed to determine how Pilates exercises impact BC on selected populations.”

    The review is informative in that it lists some of the more common flaws in CAM research design.

    12/27/11 22:02 JR

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