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 'GERD' Category

    Effect of proton pump inhibitors on magnesium

    Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

    FDA advises that prescription proton pump inhibitor drugs may cause low magnesium blood levels (hypomagnesemia) if taken, in most cases, longer than one year.

    Proton pump inhibitors reduce the amount of acid in the stomach and treat conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), peptic ulcers, and inflammation of the esophagus. (more…)

    Alcohol, reflux esophagitis, and Barrett’s esophagus

    Monday, March 9th, 2009

    ├é┬áResearchers from Ireland try to sort out the relationships. (more…)

    First annual Yoga Week

    Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

    On May 19th, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) premiered its first annual Yoga Week.

    Others have held yoga weeks in the past. What’s different is the involvement of the NIH. (more…)

    Value of lifestyle modifications in GERD

    Thursday, December 14th, 2006

    The treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) usually includes lifestyle modifications. These include dietary changes such as avoidance of chocolate, mints, citrus, fatty food, carbonated beverages, tobacco, as well as coffee/caffeinated products. Patients are also advised to lose weight, avoid late evening meals and postprandial recumbent position, and to sleep with their right side down.

    Are any of these recommendations useful?


    Got GERD? Watch your weight.

    Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

    The risk of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is directly linked to a woman’s body mass index (BMI), according to the results of a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. (more…)