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.

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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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    CAM use by Americans

    Researchers at Harvard Medical School, in Boston conducted a review of the 2007 National Health Interview Survey of non-institutionalized US residents conducted by the National Center of Health Statistics of the Center for Disease Control.

    First, the details.

    • The researcher reviewed data from 23,393 respondents to the survey.
    • CAM users were compared to non-users.
    • The findings were adjusted for confounding factors such as socio-demographic, clinical, and behavioral factors.

    And, the results.

    • 37% of US adults used CAM.
    • Compared to those who did not use CAM, CAM users were more likely to rate their health as ‘Excellent’.
    • Similarly, CAM users were more likely to report their health as ‘Better’ than in the prior year.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “We found a significant association between CAM use and self-rated excellent health and health improvement over the prior year.”

    Based on these findings, it should not be concluded that there is a cause and effect relationship between CAM use and physical health.

    11/24/10 22:37 JR

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