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.

  • 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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    How much caffeine is in that decaf?

    Trying to eliminate caffeine from your diet? Chances are you’ll have to try harder. Here’s a comparison of the caffeine content in a variety of coffees.

    For comparison, an 8-ounce cup of drip-brewed coffee typically contains 85 mg of caffeine.

    • Nine out of 10, 16-ounce decaffeinated drip-brewed coffee beverages from nine coffee houses contained 8.6 to 12.9 mg of caffeine — only one had no caffeine
    • Starbucks’ decaffeinated espresso contains 3 to 15.8 mg per shot
    • Starbucks’ brewed decaffeinated coffee contains 12 to 13.4 mg per 16-ounce serving
    • Espresso drinks such as lattes (which contain two shots of espresso) can deliver as much caffeine as a can of Coca Cola — about 31 mg

    “As little as 10 mg of caffeine can produce reliable subjective and behavioral effects in sensitive individuals,” say Dr. Roland Griffiths, a professor of behavioral biology and neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

    This study shows that many decaffeinated coffee drinks deliver caffeine at doses above these levels.

    10/15/06 21:13 JR

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