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 the 'Chitosan' Category

    Chitosan lowers phosphate levels in kidney disease

    Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

    High phosphate blood levels are associated with a higher risk of death due to heart disease in patients with advanced kidney disease. Despite current treatments, only half of patients receiving kidney dialysis maintain recommended phosphate levels.

    Researchers from the US, UK, and Italy assessed the phosphate-binding capacity of the natural polymer chitosan added to chewing gum. (more…)

    Popular weight loss supplements reviewed

    Monday, May 19th, 2008

    A couple of PharmDs from Ohio have published a review of 16 weight loss supplements (and 1 drug) used to help shed excess girth.

    I’ll give just the bottom line on each supplement here. (more…)

    Getting specific about CAM-drug interactions

    Friday, January 4th, 2008

    Dr. Philip Hansten from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy has spent more than 30 years chronicling and documenting drug interactions.

    In an article in Pharmacy Times, he and Dr. John Horn focus on the risks for people with diabetes or taking blood thinners. (more…)

    Herbal supplements for weight loss: What works, what doesn’t

    Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

    In preparation for the upcoming weight management conferences in Europe, here is what we know about the value of herbals as an aid to weight loss.


    A critical look at chitosan for weight reduction

    Sunday, March 4th, 2007

    Chitosan is a pulverized powder made from the shells of shrimp and crab. It was discovered as part of an effort to clean up oil spills.

    Its value in blocking fat absorption in humans is controversial. Here are the results from relevant studies.