The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    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.

  • 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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    CAM and the common cold has reviewed cold remedies that work and don’t.

    Here’s a summary of useful CAM options.

    • Water, juice, clear broth or warm lemon water with honey helps loosen congestion and prevent dehydration.
    • Saltwater gargle (8-ounce glass of warm water) can temporarily relieve a sore or scratchy throat.
    • Over-the-counter saline nasal sprays combat stuffiness and congestion.
    • Chicken soup (canned or homemade) has anti-inflammatory actions and helps relieve congestion.
    • Zinc seems most effective when taken as a lozenge or nasal spray within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms.

    There is less enthusiasm for vitamin C or echinacea.

    1/15/07 19:22 JR

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