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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    The most commonly used vitamins and herbals

    These data are from a telephone survey of more than 2500 randomly sampled noninstitutionalized Americans, which was published in 2002. The tables can also be found here.


    • Multivitamin 26%
    • Vitamin E 10%
    • Vitamin C 9%
    • Calcium 9%
    • Magnesium 3%
    • Zinc 2%
    • Folic Acid 2%
    • Vitamin B12 2%
    • Vitamin D 2%
    • Vitamin A 2%
    • Any vitamin/mineral 40%


    • Ginseng 3.3%
    • Ginkgo 2.2%
    • Garlic 1.9%
    • Glucosamine 1.9%
    • St. John’s Wort 1.3%
    • Echinacea 1.3%
    • Lecithin 1.1%
    • Chondroitin 1.0%
    • Creatine 0.9%
    • Saw Palmetto 0.9%
    • Any herbal/supplement 14%

    7/30/06 18:51 JR

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