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: Chiropractic care for autism

    In addition to impacting the child and family’s quality of life, recent estimates place the lifetime cost for an individual with autism spectrum disorder at $3.2 million.

    Researchers at Life Chiropractic College West, in Hayward, California, reviewed the evidence for chiropractic treatment.

    First, the details.

    • A systematic review of the literature revealed a total of 5 articles.
      • 3 case reports
      • 2 studies

    And, the results.

    • The literature is lacking on documenting the chiropractic care of children with ASD.
    • Preliminary studies indicate that the chiropractic adjustment may have benefit.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Given the ineffectiveness of pharmaceutical agents, a trial of chiropractic care for sufferers of autism is prudent and warranted.”

    A review published in 2006 focuses on the results of one study of 26 people. Based on this limited evidence, it hypothesizes a role for chiropractic

    OK, but what is that role, exactly?

    Until somebody documents the specific “benefits” of chiropractic in autism, ineffective existing therapies are not a reason to use other therapies without scientific medical justification.

    11/6/11 19:52 JR

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