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.

  • Common sense considerations

    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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    Music therapy in gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures

    Dr. Dan Rudin from Statin Island University Hospital in New York looked at past studies and concluded it’s a “safe and cost-effective measure not to be overlooked.”

    First, the details.

    • The author re-analyzed the data (meta-analysis) on 641 patients receiving various visual examinations of the GI tract.
    • Some received music therapy and others didn’t.

    And, the results.

    • When used alone for relaxation and pain control, music therapy significantly lowered anxiety levels.
    • When combined with drugs there were beneficial effects on analgesic drug and sedation requirements and procedure duration times.

    The bottom line?
    Sounds good. But the source of this information is a letter to the editor in the World Journal of Gastroenterology. As such, it’s not possible to find more details about the study or the results.

    However, in the past 2 months there have been other positive reports with music therapy.

    • People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
    • For end of life care
    • During casting of broken bones
    • For quality of life in people with HIV
    • Recovery from total knee replacement

    And of course, my personal favorite: Tooth Tunes.

    1/16/08 19:49 JR

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