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 'Goji Berries' Category

    CAM trends to watch in 2009

    Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

    Areas of interest for the nutraceutical industry and consumers include digestive health, omega-3, superfruits, and weight management, according to this article in | Europe. (more…)

    Goji berries, 2 years later

    Monday, May 12th, 2008

    Actually, it was only 22 months ago that Time Magazine named the Himalayan Goji berry (Lycium barbarum) the breakout superfruit of the year!

    There wasn’t much evidence supporting that claim then, and not much has happened since — except this. (more…)

    Seizures associated with guarana in energy drinks

    Thursday, December 13th, 2007

    Recently, 4 patients experienced seizures multiple times following heavy consumption of energy drinks. The authors proposed that energy drinks rich in caffeine, taurine, and guarana seed extract could have provoked these seizures.

    Here’s what we know about guarana thanks to researchers from the University of Florida at Gainesville and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) in Amazonas, Brazil. (more…)

    Herbal supplements for weight loss: What works, what doesn’t

    Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

    In preparation for the upcoming weight management conferences in Europe, here is what we know about the value of herbals as an aid to weight loss.


    Goji berries: super fruit or super hype?

    Thursday, June 21st, 2007

    Time Magazine named the Himalayan Goji berry as the breakout superfruit of the year!

    It’s promoted to

    • protect the liver
    • help eyesight
    • improve sexual function and fertility
    • strengthen the legs
    • boost immune function
    • improve circulation
    • promote longevity

    Wow! That’s enough for me..

    …to look for evidenced-based support.