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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  • Recent Comments

    Reviewing the potential benefits of probiotics

    The British Nutrition Foundation reviewed the effect of probiotics on health.

    Good evidence

    • Probiotics prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea.

    Only few studies

    • Probiotics might prevent potentially fatal Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea.

    Limited number of studies

    • Probiotics show conflicting results in people with constipation, with promising results for certain strains.
    • Consuming probiotic strains reduces irritable bowel syndrome symptoms, although there is a  high placebo effect.

    The bottom line?

    It’s a relatively new field of research. Over time, many of the issues will be resolved.

    5/22/10 12:31 JR

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