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 'Hoodia' Category

    Hoodia from a Canadian perspective

    Sunday, May 16th, 2010

    Researchers from Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia reviewed the evidence in response to a request from women who was looking for advice. (more…)

    Popular weight loss supplements reviewed

    Monday, May 19th, 2008

    A couple of PharmDs from Ohio have published a review of 16 weight loss supplements (and 1 drug) used to help shed excess girth.

    I’ll give just the bottom line on each supplement here. (more…)

    My question about Hoodia and weight loss

    Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

    Here is a key point about Hoodia and its active ingredient (P57) based on a supportive article. (Italics added for emphasis.) “P57 is an appetite suppressant with … no effects on behavior.”

    Perhaps you heard the story of the Kalahari Bushmen who live off the land and eat part of the hoodia stem to ward off hunger and thirst during hunting trips.

    OK, I understand how it might work for them, but…


    Thermogenic products burn calories

    Thursday, March 1st, 2007

    Yes, they do. But published evidence that they reduce weight is in short supply.

    Here is a study of a thermogenic formulation and recent legal actions against weight lose products by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).