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 www.Vicus.com, 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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    Mindfulness to manage child abuse survivors

    The results warrant further investigation, according to researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, in Baltimore.

    First, the details.

    • 27 adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse participated in an 8-week mindfulness meditation-based stress reduction program and daily home practice of mindfulness skills.
    • 3 refresher classes were then provided over the final 24 weeks.
    • Assessments of depressive symptoms, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and mindfulness were conducted at the start, 4, 8, and 24 weeks.

    And, the results.

    • At 8 weeks, depressive symptoms were reduced 65%.
    • Improvements were largely sustained to 24 weeks.
    • Of the 3 post-traumatic stress disorder symptom criteria, avoidance/numbing were most greatly reduced.
    • Compliance to class attendance and home practice was high, safe, and acceptable to participants.

    The bottom line?

    Mindfulness has been described as a process of bringing a certain quality of attention to an ongoing experience. Learning to experience life fully as it unfolds — moment by moment.

    A leader in this field is Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, in Boston. You can learn more about him and mindfulness here and here.

    3/19/10 15:06 JR

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