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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    Who cleans the yoga mats?

    During a cruise last spring I took some classes in Pilates. We used blue spongy yoga mats, and I remember thinking to myself each time I picked one from the pile in the corner, “Are these things ever cleaned?

    Well, in a The New York Times article about the risk of infection from communal yoga mats, one doctor reported a 50% increase in patients with athlete?s foot and plantar warts. Yoga was a common finding, and he blames the use of unclean exercise mats.

    Maybe so, but “research,” the article continues, “has not confirmed the link between unclean yoga mats and ? jock itch, plantar warts, and staph infections.” It could just be related to the increasing popularity of yoga. In 2005, 16.5 million people practiced yoga nationwide, up 43% from 2002, according to Yoga Journal.

    The article recommends buying your own mat. Yoga Journal has recommendations for cleaning it.

    7/27/06 22:23 JR

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