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.

  • 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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    Debunking exercise myths

    Not a lightweight, Dr. Alex Hutchinson’s doctoral degree in physics is from the University of Cambridge.

    Now, he corrects what we thought we knew about exercise.

    Stretching before exercise

    • Stretching before running makes you about 5% less efficient, meaning you have to burn more energy to run at the same pace.
    • Toe-touching stretches alter the brain signals to muscle, reducing exercise efficiency by about 4%.
    • There’s insufficient evidence that it prevents injury.

    2% of body weight loss decreases exercise performance

    • Among marathon runners, fastest finishers were the most dehydrated (-3.1% of their body weight).
    • Slowest finishers lost 1.8% of their body weight.

    The bottom line?

    More myths about exercise are discussed here.

    8/31/11 19:52 JR

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