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 'Incontinence: Fecal' Category

    Review: Chiropractic for gastrointestinal problems

    Thursday, February 10th, 2011

    Are chiropractic treatments effective for gastrointestinal disorders?

    Prof. Ernst has reviewed the evidence. (more…)

    Biofeedback: Constipation and fecal incontinence

    Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

     Researchers from the University Hospital, in Tübingen, Germany, reviewed the evidence. (more…)

    Biofeedback and gastrointestinal illness

    Monday, April 6th, 2009

    A review of the literature by researchers from the University of Verona in Italy reveals that in the right patient, “For both incontinence and dyssynergic defecation, the benefits of biofeedback last at least 12 months.”

    Dyssynergic defecation is one of the most common forms of functional constipation both in children and adults. (more…)

    Biofeedback for fecal incontinence

    Saturday, May 5th, 2007

    Earlier posts here, here, and here, discussed biofeedback and constipation. Here’s a study in people with incontinence where more than 70% demonstrated improvement.

    The researchers start by telling us “biofeedback is well established as a treatment for fecal incontinence.” This study assessed short-term outcomes and predictors of treatment success.”

    First the details.

    • The researchers at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Australia reviewed 513 consecutive patients treated with biofeedback over 10 years.

    And the results.

    • Each outcome improved for more than 70% of patients.
    • Incontinence scores decreased 32%.
    • Quality of life improved by 89%.
    • Maximum anal sphincter pressure increased 12 mmHg (14%).

    Treatment success was more likely in women, older people, and people with more severe incontinence.

    5/5/07 15:57 JR