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.

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    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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    Using videotape to treat alcoholics with delirium tremens

    Alcoholics who watch themselves after a bout of delirium tremens (DTs; a potentially fatal form of alcohol withdrawal), have less severe relapses and consume less alcohol.

    Here are the details.

    • 60 patients with at least 3 years of severe alcohol dependence were videotaped during the acute phase of DTs.
    • Both groups received the same treatment.
    • Later, some got to watch themselves on tape with a narration by a psychiatrist, while others did not.

    And the results.

    • Patients who watched themselves on videotape had significantly lower relapse rates during the following 3 months.
    • They also drank less alcohol.

    During my residency at the Kansas City General Hospital and later at the Truman Medical Center, I participated in the treatment of lots of alcoholics with DTs. It’s pretty gross, and I guess when given a chance, the patients agree it is not their finest moment.

    4/19/07 17:12 JR

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