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 'Camphor' Category

    Recommending a UVA sunscreen

    Thursday, October 12th, 2006

    Earlier this year, the FDA approved Anthelios SX, an over-the-counter product that contains a camphor derivative (ecamsule/Mexoryl SX), which is photostable and targets UVA radiation. In addition, Neutrogena has added a stabilizer, Helioplex, to several of its products containing avobenzone and other UVA blockers, which might boost their efficacy in protecting against a spectrum of UVA wavelengths.

    The questions are, “How good are they? Which is better?” asks Dr. DeLeo from St. Luke’s-Roosevelt and Beth Israel Medical Centers in New York City.


    Recall of a camphor, eucalyptus oil, and menthol patch product

    Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

    It’s called WellPatch Cough & Cold Soothing Vapor Pads.

    It was intended to be applied to the throat or chest of children two years of age and older so they could inhale the vapors. Unfortunately, it was easy for the munchkins to remove the patch and place it in their mouths.