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 www.Vicus.com, 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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    Multiple sclerosis week, 2009

    National MS Awareness Week runs from March 2nd to 8th.

    Lets review the past year of CAM research in MS.

    Use of CAM

    • Up to two-thirds of patients with MS use CAM
    • Most useful CAM according to MS patients.
      • Reflexology
      • Massage
      • Yoga
      • Relaxation
      • Meditation
      • Acupuncture
      • Aromatherapy
    • Patients are motivated to use CAM because of frustration with conventional treatments.

    Breast-feeding

    • “Women who have MS may reduce their risk for relapse after pregnancy if they breast-feed.”
    • Check with your doctor on this one.

    Marijuana

    • “Smoking marijuana can have a harmful effect on the cognitive skills of people with MS.”
    • No benefits in psychological symptoms, reasoning, abuse, tolerability, quality of life, fatigue, and ability to control movement in patients with MS who had never before been exposed to cannabis.
    • Sativex (spray cannabis) in patients with central neuropathic pain due to MS failed to provide adequate pain relieve after those patients had failed conventional therapy.

    Fatty acids

    • “The data available are insufficient to assess any potential benefit or harm from polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) supplementation.”

    3/5/09 13:52 JR

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