The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog is 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.

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    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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    Tai chi lowers the risk of falls in the elderly

    Here’s why this is important.

    • Deaths from falls increase dramatically with age
    • Falls account for 70% of accidental deaths in people over 74 years old
    • Associated with significant illnesses
    • More than 90% of hip fractures occur as a result of falls — in people over 70 years of age
    • One-third of community-dwelling elderly people and 60% of nursing home residents fall each year

    Here’s evidence that tai chi helps.

    Among 256 healthy physically inactive older adults between 70 and 92 years of age, some participated in a 6-month program of tai chi, while the rest took part in a stretching exercise program. The groups were then followed for an additional 6 months, with the following significant results in the tai chi group.

    • Fewer falls
    • Fewer injurious falls
    • Reduced risk for multiple falls
    • Improvements in all measures of functional balance, physical performance, and reduced fear of falling
    • Gains in these measures were maintained at a 6-month follow-up in the tai chi group

    Several years ago, I wrote an article about tai chi. Even then, the benefits were clear, and justified its use among senior citizens. These updated findings support that recommendation today.

    10/14/06 15:59 JR

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