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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    CAM to treat the cold and flu

    Dr. Mark Moyad (photo) is Director of Preventive and Alternative Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor.

    His recommendations.

    • Wash up
      • Ethyl alcohol hand gel and plain soap and water should be encouraged.
      • Antimicrobial soaps should be discouraged.
    • Gargling and nasal sprays
      • Gargling with water and using nasal saline spray are also cost effective and supported with clinical evidence.
    • Vitamins
      • Vitamins C and D have the largest benefit-to-risk ratio for patients and may reduce the risk of pneumonia.
    • Other supplements
      • Echinacea, vitamin E, and zinc, have some research support for their use, but also have potential long-term safety issues.
    • High-calorie antioxidant beverages
      • These only encourage weight and waist gain.
    • Honey
      • A teaspoon or 2 of honey has antimicrobial activity and may suppress cough.

    The bottom line?

    He concludes, “Vaccine compliance as early as possible should be promoted as a selfless act that reduces viral transmission that could cause morbidity and mortality in the most immune vulnerable individuals.”

    1/23/10 19:30 JR

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