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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    Debunking exercise myths

    Not a lightweight, Dr. Alex Hutchinson’s doctoral degree in physics is from the University of Cambridge.

    Now, he corrects what we thought we knew about exercise.

    Stretching before exercise

    • Stretching before running makes you about 5% less efficient, meaning you have to burn more energy to run at the same pace.
    • Toe-touching stretches alter the brain signals to muscle, reducing exercise efficiency by about 4%.
    • There’s insufficient evidence that it prevents injury.

    2% of body weight loss decreases exercise performance

    • Among marathon runners, fastest finishers were the most dehydrated (-3.1% of their body weight).
    • Slowest finishers lost 1.8% of their body weight.

    The bottom line?

    More myths about exercise are discussed here.

    8/31/11 19:52 JR

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