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 www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Aromatherapy calms dogs during car travel

    Are you taking the dog to visit grandma this year? Diffused lavender odor may be a practical approach to manage travel-induced excitement in dogs that are prone to that sort of thing.

    In the finest tradition of a cross over study design, 32 dogs were exposed to the natural environment or the odor of lavender in random order during 6 rides to familiar walking sites.

    Compared to normal odors, dogs surrounded by lavender in the car spent…

    • Significantly more time resting and sitting
    • And less time moving and vocalizing
    • Dogs’ sex, castration status, and day of travel had no effect on the results
    • The order of odor exposure had no effect

    There was no mention of the effect of lavender on the drivers.

    Illustration: Laboratorio Scuola

    10/20/06 21:4 JR

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