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, 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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    No scientific support for dolphin “therapy” to treat anything

    “People suffering from chronic mental or physical disabilities should not resort to a dolphin ‘healing’ experience.” That’s the warning from two researchers from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

    What’s dolphin therapy, you ask?

    According to one provider, dolphin-assisted therapy offers hands-on dolphin encounters, during which each individual participates in a variety of trained behaviors (eg, belly rubs, kisses, and dorsal tows).

    That’s nice.

    But when the researchers reviewed the results from 5 dolphin therapy studies published in the last 8 years, they found that each was flawed, which prevented any assessment of the findings.

    The bottom line?
    There remains no compelling evidence that dolphin-assisted therapy is a legitimate treatment, or that it affords any more than fleeting improvements in mood.

    Swimming with dolphins sounds like fun, but no scientific evidence exists for any long-term benefit. People who spend thousands of dollars to swim with the dolphins don’t just lose out financially; they put themselves, and the dolphin, at risk of injury or infection.

    12/20/07 19:10 JR

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