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

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    Getting “enough” exercise

    It’s the eternal argument: How do we get the benefits while minimizing the risks?

    For those of us in middle age, I think this article at USNews.com by Helen Hobson brings reason to the debate.

    Dr. Arthur Siegel, who is chief of internal medicine at the Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital, has studied non-elite Boston Marathon runners and reports the following.

    • While “marathon running is an overdose of a good thing,” moderate exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health.
    • “If you’re a middle-aged person at risk for coronary problems, you should probably do the training and skip the race.”
    • “While immunity goes up when you work out for less than about 90 minutes, after a marathon, runners are about 6 times as likely to get sick as folks who didn’t race. The long-term consequences of this immune-system suppression aren’t clear.”

    OK, but where’s the middle ground?

    Dr. Paul Thompson, a cardiologist at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut, has a recommendation for the rest of us.

    • “Walk vigorously 30 minutes a day.
    • Quadrupling or quintupling Thompson’s daily prescription isn’t going to similarly increase your chances of better health and, if you’re not careful it could increase the risk for other problems.
    • “It drastically cuts your chances of heart problems over the long term, not to mention… other health benefits, from staving off obesity to preventing osteoporosis and possibly cancer.”

    My recommendation?

    • Start by buying a good pair of walking shoes.

    5/19/07 15:39 JR

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