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 'Alopecia' Category

    Home remedies to treat alopecia areata

    Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

    Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that afflicts fewer than 2% of people younger than 50 years. It often starts in the 20s and 30s. In about 6% of these patients the disease progresses to a total loss of scalp hair.

    Here are two studies using garlic gel and onion juice.


    Consumer alert: “Total Body Formula” and “Mega Formula”

    Monday, April 14th, 2008

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises not to purchase or consume Total Body Formula in the flavors of Tropical Orange and Peach Nectar, or Total Body Mega Formula in the Orange/Tangerine flavor.

    There are 43 reports of people in 9 states who experienced serious adverse reactions. (more…)

    Arsenic poisoning from an herbal kelp supplement

    Thursday, December 13th, 2007

    It’s only one patient (not the one in the photo), but it might reflect a bigger problem.

    Here’s what happened.


    Hypnosis to treat alopecia areata?

    Sunday, October 7th, 2007

    Researchers from the Free University in Brussels used hypnosis to treat 28 patients who failed to respond to conventional treatments. It was either added to ongoing treatment or used alone. (more…)

    Indian Head Massage: aka Champissage

    Friday, September 7th, 2007

    Let’s start by stating that neither of the above terms — Indian Head Massage, nor the trademarked term Champissage — results in an article on PubMed.

    So, what’s it good for? (more…)