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 www.Vicus.com, 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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    Pushing back against CAM in Italy

    Italian physicians, led by former Health Minister, Prof. Umberto Veronesi from the Istituto Europeo di Oncologia di Milano, claim “these therapies risk depriving patients of effective cures, unlike modern medicine, which is based on centuries of science.”

    The doctors are particularly concerned about homeopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture, and herbal medicine as examples of “increasingly popular therapies whose usefulness is not certain.”

    Why all the fuss?
    The Italian parliament is considering legislation to boost CAM’s role. Eight different bills have been presented to parliament — including one that would permit teaching alternative medicine at Italian universities.

    The signatories are swimming against the tide. Italy?s alternative medicine industry is booming. According to a 2006 study by research institute Eurispes, homeopathic remedies alone have been used by at least 11 million Italians (19%).

    You can read more here, and about the practice of chiropractic in Italy here.

    4/22/07 22:50 JR

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