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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    Archive for October, 2013

    Lack of effect of Hibiscus sabdariffa L. on cholesterol

    Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

    hisbiscus_0Hibiscus sabdariffa L. (roselle, red sorrel; Arabic: karkade) grows as large shrubs or small trees that produce huge, colorful, trumpet-shaped flowers promoted to reduce cholesterol levels.

    Researchers at the University of Malaya, in Kuala Lumpur, reviewed the data on its effectiveness and safety. (more…)

    The reality of herbal supplement contamination

    Thursday, October 17th, 2013

    little-guy2Adulteration of herbal products is common and a threat to consumer safety.

    Researchers from Canada and India are the latest to investigate the integrity of herbal products. (more…)

    Review: Vitamin D supplements fail to change bone density

    Friday, October 11th, 2013

    vitamind-150x150Almost half of older adults take vitamin D with or without calcium.

    Researchers at the University of Tasmania, Hobart, in Australia, reviewed the evidence. (more…)

    Cannabis effective in patients with Crohn’s disease?

    Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

    Marijuana1-150x150Researchers at Tel Aviv University, in Israel, focus on the positive in this small study. (more…)

    Static magnets and copper fail to improve arthritis

    Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

    MAGNETIC-BRACELET-150x150Folklore remedies for pain and inflammation support these bracelets to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

    Researchers at The University of York, in the UK studied their effects. (more…)