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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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    CDC reviews CAM options to minimize jet lag

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released its biennial revision of “the yellow book,” a health guide for international travel.

    It’s comprehensive. The focus here is on Chapter 6: Jet Lag.

    To minimize jet lag

    • Avoid large meals or dehydration.
    • Limit caffeine and alcohol consumption during the flight.
    • Optimize exposure to sunlight following arrival.
    • Break up the journey with a stopover.

    To treat jet lag

    • Seek bright light in the morning if going east, and in the afternoon when going west.
    • Adjustment to the new time zone generally is faster when more time is spent outdoors during the first several days following travel.
    • Outside daylight, even on cloudy days, is more intense than interior lighting.
    • Light visors or lamps mimicking daylight have been proposed to stimulate normal circadian rhythms in travelers or shift workers.
    • The Argonne diet alternates high- and low-calorie days before departure, but has not been formally studied.


    • No results from rigorous studies are available.
    • Limited evidence suggests melatonin is well tolerated, and doses of 0.5-5 mg may promote sleep and decrease jet lag symptoms in travelers crossing 5 or more time zones.
    • Begin treatment 3 to 4 days before departure.
    • Adverse effects include sedation or a disorienting “rocking” feeling.
    • Travelers with epilepsy, or taking warfarin (Coumadin) or other oral anticoagulants, and children should consult with a healthcare provider prior to its use.

    7/16/07 13:23 JR

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