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 'Reiki' Category

    Using CAM to improve the lives of cancer patients

    Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

    During the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting, researchers at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, in Perth, Western Australia reported less distress, and improvements in pain, fatigue, nausea, appetite, sleep, breathing and bowel function. (more…)

    Biofield Therapies: Helpful or Full of Hype?

    Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

    Therapeutic Touch 2Researchers from the UCLA Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research, Los Angeles, California think Reiki, therapeutic touch, and healing touch warrant further research. (more…)

    Use of CAM in patients with head and neck cancer

    Sunday, November 7th, 2010

    Researchers at the National University of Singapore surveyed the use of CAM in residents of Singapore who had head and neck cancer.

    Here are their findings compared to other countries where similar studies have been conducted. (more…)

    Distinguishing between reiki and therapeutic touch

    Thursday, April 16th, 2009

    Actually, it’s not that easy to do.

    Several years ago, Dr. Pamela Potter was supervising Reiki volunteers at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut as a doctoral candidate in the School of Nursing.

    She’s qualified, if anyone is, to distinguish between these two disciplines.


    CAM and the chronic fatigue syndrome

    Monday, October 20th, 2008

    Medscape has published a review.

    Here’s a summary of CAM options. (more…)

    Regulating CAM in the UK

    Saturday, January 5th, 2008

    Presently, “Anyone can set themselves up as an acupuncturist, homoeopath, herbalist, or other complementary therapist,” reports TimesOnLine.

    This will change in April 2008. (more…)