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 'L-arginine' Category

    Taking “medical food” during pregnancy

    Sunday, November 13th, 2011

    Researchers in the US and Mexico studied the value of taking supplements with a medical food — bars containing L-arginine + antioxidant vitamins — on the risk of pre-eclampsia. (more…)

    Niteworks increases anaerobic threshold in elderly men

    Monday, April 12th, 2010

    Researchers at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, in Los Angeles, California, studied the effects of arginine + antioxidants on exercise performance in older people. (more…)

    Review of herbal medicines in gynecology

    Thursday, August 28th, 2008

    Dr. Cathi Dennehy from the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of California San Francisco has reviewed the evidence.

    I was surprised by her assessment of black cohosh for menopausal symptoms.

    Here’s a summary of her findings.


    L-arginine and exercise performance

    Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

    In 2004, a study in patients with chronic stable congestive heart failure (CHF) showed that supplementation with l-arginine taken by mouth prolongs exercise duration. It was thought this might be due to nitric oxide-induced dilation of blood vessels in peripheral areas of the body.