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 March, 2017

    A profile of CAM in 2017

    Friday, March 3rd, 2017

    The use of complementary and alternative medicines is increasing in patients with chronic diseases. This study reports complementary and alternative medicine use frequency and factors that contribute to its use.

    First, the details

    Five hundred people participated by completing a 2-part questionnaire (including demographic form and researcher-created questionnaire)

    And, the results


    Electroacupuncture and health-related quality of life and heart rate in fibromyalgia

    Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

    Fibromyalgia affects 2% of Mexicans, of which 80% to 90% are women. This study examined the effects of electroacupuncture on health-related quality of life and heart rate variability in women with fibromyalgia.

    First, the details

    Twenty women with fibromyalgia received a 10-weeks of electroacupuncture. Primary outcome measures were the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire, the Short Form 36 Health Survey Questionnaire, and heart rate variability.



    Vitamin D deficiency and the risk of statin-related myalgia in HIV

    Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

    There is a significant association between vitamin D deficiency and an increased risk of statin-related symptomatic myalgia (muscle pain) in the general population; but how does it affect HIV-infected persons?

    Here’s what they did.


    Limits and benefits of green tea in women with polycystic ovary syndrome

    Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

    This study aimed to determine the effect of a green tea supplement on anthropometric (measurement of the size and proportions) and inflammatory factors in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

    Here’s what they did.