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.

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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 'Mistletoe' Category

    CYP3A4 inhibition by herbals

    Saturday, October 10th, 2009

    CYP3A4 is a member of the liver enzymes known as the cytochrome P450 mixed-function oxidase system. It’s one of the most important enzymes involved in the metabolism of drugs.

    Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim evaluated several herbal remedies for their ability to inhibit CYP3A4. (more…)

    Mistletoe and cancer treatment

    Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

    Mistletoe preparations are sometimes used as CAM to treat solid cancers such as breast cancer.

    Here are statistics on the use of mistletoe to treat cancer, the results of a recently published clinical study in women with breast cancer, and a review of the medical literature.


    Acute liver disease associated with taking aloe vera by mouth

    Friday, September 21st, 2007

    It has been reported in 3 people. (more…)

    Complementary therapies for cancer-related fatigue

    Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

    Reviewers from the Mayo Clinic are not ready to support any single CAM option, but some warrant further study, in their opinion. (more…)

    Quality of life in women with breast cancer receiving anthroposophic care

    Monday, November 27th, 2006

    There’s one hospital in Sweden where anthroposophic medicine is practiced. Here is a study of its effect in 60 women who received conventional breast cancer treatment with and without anthroposophic care.