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 'Kinesiology' Category

    Kinesiology tape

    Saturday, August 11th, 2012

    During the Olympics, you may have noticed brightly colored kinesiology (aka Kinesin) tape attached to the legs, backs, arms and other body parts of athletes.

    It’s meant to help stabilize tendons and joints and provide pressure relief. Researchers at the National Defense Academy, in Japan, studied its potential to alleviate muscle weakness. (more…)

    Importance of rest in your exercise routine

    Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

     This study compared the effect of rest intervals on isokinetic knee exercise in physically active younger and older women.

    Isokinetic exercises use an apparatus that provides “variable resistance” (photo). Regardless of the effort exerted, movement occurs at a constant speed. This technique is used to improve muscular strength and endurance, especially after injury. (more…)

    Reviewing the evidence for kinesiology

    Thursday, August 14th, 2008

    Kinesiology is the study of the mechanics of body movements.

    Now, researchers from the University of Southampton in the UK have reviewed published studies for evidence supporting its diagnostic and complementary discipline. (more…)

    Complementary treatments for breakthrough pain

    Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

    Breakthrough pain is a worsening or flare of pain that occurs in patients whose pain is otherwise controlled.

    Dr. Neal Slatkin, who is director for the Department of Supportive Care, Pain & Palliative Medicine at the City of Hope has reviewed the treatment options — including CAM. (more…)

    Sunflower therapy for dyslexia

    Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

    It seems to improve self-esteem but not cognition (eg, perception, memory, judgment, and reasoning) or literacy, according to a recent study of 70 dyslexic children aged 6 to 13 years.

    Call me skeptical, but…