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 December, 2016

    Using zinc to prolong botulinum toxin treatment response

    Monday, December 26th, 2016

    Structure of Botulinum ToxinResearchers at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, determined the effect of oral zinc supplementation on the efficacy and duration of botulinum toxin treatments. (more…)


    Monday, December 26th, 2016

    Researchers at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, in Sacramento, assessed the impact of live interactive teledermatology consultations on changes in diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes. (more…)

    Review: Homeopathic remedies in dermatology

    Monday, December 26th, 2016

    Researchers in Brussels, Belgium, tell us, “Homeopathic therapies are routinely used for the management of skin diseases. However, there is a lack of evidence-based data on their effectiveness.”

    So, they reviewed the available evidence. (more…)

    FDA reports on the safety of dermal fillers

    Monday, December 26th, 2016

    They are the ultimate complementary medicine. (more…)

    When is black cohosh not black cohosh?

    Monday, December 26th, 2016

    This site has stated that the evidence for using black cohosh to treat the symptoms of menopause is disappointing.

    A study in the Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry suggests that one reason might be related to the lack of manufacturing standards in the production of this product, which leads to significant variability in the contents of different brands. (more…)

    Stop smoking? What are the chances?

    Monday, December 26th, 2016

    There are lots of benefits for those who stop smoking. I don’t want to get into that again. Rather, let’s look at the likelihood that if someone stops smoking, one year later they will still be a nonsmoker. Also, let’s review the impact of smoking cessation programs.