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 'Prickly Pear' Category

    High use of CAM among people with diabetes

    Saturday, June 18th, 2011

    Would you believe that about 80% of people with diabetes use CAM?

    Researchers at the University of California, in San Diego, surveyed patients attending the 6 Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) educational conferences during 2004-2006. (more…)

    Herbs and dietary supplements for diabetes control

    Sunday, January 16th, 2011

    Dr. Désirée Lie’s post on Medscape reviews nopal (prickly pear cactus), fenugreek, cinnamon, and Gymnema.

    Here are the highpoints. (more…)

    Is there a reliable way to prevent or treat alcohol hangover?

    Monday, March 10th, 2008

    Yes, but you might be disappointed.


    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…)

    Allopathic and CAM update on diabetes treatment in young people

    Friday, September 7th, 2007

    The review article is posted on the American Family Physician website. In addition to diagnosis and pharmacological treatment, it covers diet and exercise.

    CAM options are not included. (more…)