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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    The Myers’ formula treats what ails ya

    It’s used to treat a broad range of diseases, but nobody believes enough in the formula to do a controlled clinical study.

    Why not?

    Dr. Alan Gaby, who is past president of the American Holistic Medical Association, has published a series of patients with fibromyalgia who were treated with Myers’ formula. But of greater interest is his published review of the history of the Myers’ formula (cocktail) and the available supporting data.

    Myers’ formula is a nutrient mixture of B vitamins, vitamin C, and magnesium.

    It’s been used to treat…

    • Asthma
    • Athletic performance
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Chronic urticaria
    • Depression
    • Fatigue
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Hyperthyroidism
    • Migraine
    • Narcotic withdrawal
    • Seasonal allergic rhinitis
    • Upper respiratory infection

    Unfortunately, not one randomized, placebo controlled study of the formula has ever been done, according to the review.

    The best (and most disturbing) quote refers to an asthmatic child who had documented worsening of his condition when he ate certain foods.

    Get ready…

    “His initial treatment consisted of identification and avoidance of allergenic foods, as well as daily oral supplementation with pyridoxine (50 mg), vitamin C (1,000 mg), calcium (200 mg), magnesium (100 mg), and pantothenic acid (100 mg), in 2 divided doses with meals. On this regimen, he experienced marked improvement, and had no asthma attacks requiring medical care until nearly 11 months after his initial visit.”

    Huh?

    He was allergic to food, told to avoid the food, but the author concludes the cocktail was effective?

    Save us!

    Study? We don’t need no stinkin’ study! Just give ’em vitamins. If the patient improves, credit the cocktail.

    5/26/07 10:43 JR

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