The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    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.

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    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 'Ylang-Ylang Oil' Category

    Stress, heart disease, and what to do about it

    Sunday, July 6th, 2008

    Research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that psychosocial factors, such as cynical distrust, chronic stress, and depression are associated with higher blood levels of C-reactive protein (associated with acute inflammatory reactions), interleukin-6 (stimulates an immune response to tissue damage), and fibrinogen (causes blood to clot).

    All are related to an increased risk of heart disease.

    What can we do about this?


    Giving equal time to CAM options to manage stress

    Friday, May 16th, 2008

    An article published on Medscape discusses the impact of stress on insomnia. In addition to a brief mention of mindfulness, the author limits the discussion to benzodiazepines or ramelteon (Rozerem), which acts on melatonin receptors.

    There are so many other options that the author fails to even mention. So, I’ll mention them here. (more…)

    Seizures associated with guarana in energy drinks

    Thursday, December 13th, 2007

    Recently, 4 patients experienced seizures multiple times following heavy consumption of energy drinks. The authors proposed that energy drinks rich in caffeine, taurine, and guarana seed extract could have provoked these seizures.

    Here’s what we know about guarana thanks to researchers from the University of Florida at Gainesville and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) in Amazonas, Brazil. (more…)

    Deadly depression in people with heart failure

    Friday, August 24th, 2007

    This report provides a reason to review the past few months of CAM studies and reviews on depression. (more…)

    Measuring the effects of ylang-ylang oil

    Thursday, July 5th, 2007

    Cananga odorata (common name, ylang-ylang; pronounced ee-lang ee-lang) is among the most celebrated flowering trees in the world. It was made famous by Coco Chanel in 1923 with the introduction of Chanel No.5 perfume,

    Read on to find out why ylang-ylang oil is more than just an expensive scent.