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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    Warnings expanded for 72 weight-loss products

     The FDA has posted a list with the specific contaminants in each mislabeled product, plus FAQs.

    The bottom line?
    Get to know the lingo used to promote fraudulent drugs.

    • Promises
      • “easy” fix for problems like excess weight, hair loss, or impotency
    • Claims
      • “scientific breakthrough”
      • “miraculous cure”
      • “secret ingredient”
      • “ancient remedy”
    • Impressive-sounding terms for weight loss products
      • “hunger stimulation point” 
      • “thermogenesis” 
    • Undocumented amazing results
      • case histories or testimonials by consumers or doctors
    • Promises
      • no-risk, money-back guarantees

    And my personal favorite…

    • Safe because it is “natural”

    3/23/09 12:07 JR

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