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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    Archive for the 'Larval (Maggot) Tx' Category

    Maggot therapy for wound debridement

    Monday, December 26th, 2011

    Researchers at the Universitaire de Caen, in France, studied the effects of bagged larvae on wound debridement compared with conventional treatment. (more…)

    Maggots help heal wounds in diabetic patients

    Sunday, September 25th, 2011

    Diabetic patients face lower limb amputation when lesion on the foot or leg don”t heal.

    During the meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, researchers at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, reported the response to biosurgery using the sterile larvae of the green blow-fly (Lucilia sericata). (more…)

    Are maggots cost-effect for leg ulcers?

    Saturday, January 8th, 2011

    No, according to researchers in the UK who conducted the VenUS II study.

    But should that be the ultimate measure of its value in patients with venous ulcers? (more…)

    Maggots, and leeches, and honey, oh my!

    Friday, August 8th, 2008

    In this time of MRSA (methacillin-resistant Staph aureus) skin infections, Medscape reviews 3 CAM wound treatment options.

    Here are the highlights. (more…)

    Using maggots to clean wounds

    Monday, August 4th, 2008

    We’re talking about the soft-bodied legless grub that is the larva of certain flies. Their benefits include cleaning the wound and possibly speeding healing.

    Medscape has a detailed review of the subject.