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.

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    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.

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    Review: Hypnotherapy for smoking cessation

    This Cochrane review reports on 6-month quit rates.

    First, the details.

    • 11 studies compared hypnotherapy with 18 different quit options and placebo.

    And, the results.

    • There were conflicting results for the effectiveness of hypnotherapy compared to no treatment, or to advice, or psychological treatment.
    • There was no evidence of a greater effect of hypnotherapy compared to rapid smoking or psychological treatment.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “We have not shown that hypnotherapy has a greater effect on 6-month quit rates than other interventions or no treatment.”

    The evidence doesn’t support hypnotherapy over counseling.

    The American Heart Association tells us, “With good smoking cessation programs, 20% to 40% of participants are able to quit smoking and stay off cigarettes for at least one year.”

    That means you are likely to have to “quit” 5 times before you quit once.

    12/18/10 19:43 JR

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