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The Man Behind Popular MIGRAINE HEADACHE Supplement “MIGRELIEF” – Making a Difference in the Lives of Migraine Sufferers Worldwide for over 20 years

January 1st, 2016

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S. Curt Hendrix, M.S, C.C.N, C.N.S, is the Chief Science Officer for Akeso Health Sciences, the manufacturer of the highly successful, comprehensive migraine prevention supplement “MigreLief Triple Therapy with Puracol” for which he is best known.  Multi-patented MigreLief was made available to the public in 1996, and is a 100% drug-free dietary supplement formulated for long term migraine relief and the prevention of chronic migraines.  Curt is dedicated to the research and development of natural medicines for specific medical conditions, and innovative leading edge solutions for migraine sufferers worldwide.

Curt has been named as the Principal Scientific Investigator in multiple National Institutes of Health (NIH) governmental grants studying the benefits of natural medicines on disease.

He is currently working under an NIH grant and as principal investigator for research and development of his all-natural combination drug for arresting the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

FOREMOST AUTHORITY ON NATURAL MEDICINE

Considered a foremost authority on nutritional applications of herbal and natural medicine (based on scientific application) Curt’s unique combination of education, training and experience in chemistry, medicine, nutrition, the supplement industry, NIH sponsored research and pharmaceutical drug development, generates a perspective leading to an intimate understanding of the workings of the human body.

Curt has spent the last several decades researching and archiving the potential benefits, effects and mechanisms of literally thousands of naturally occurring compounds (plants, amino acids, vitamins/minerals and their metabolites and other nutrients and supplements).  His efforts in developing “natural-based” medicines led to his creating disease specific monographs in areas such as Migraine, Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Depression and more, approved for Continuing Education credits for physician license renewal.

CUTTING EDGE RESEARCH PROJECTS

Involved in many cutting edge research projects, Curt is also Chief Science Officer for a privately held, specialty pharmaceutical company, Concourse Health Sciences.  At Concourse, he is in charge of formulation and development of new drugs derived or based upon naturally occurring compounds.  He is currently working on “safer-medicines” for cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, endometriosis, hepatic encephalopathy, weight loss, diabetes and interstitial cystitis.

After spending two years in a physical chemistry PhD program at the City University of New York, Curt obtained a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. He is board certified both in clinical nutrition (CCN) and as a nutrition specialist (CNS) from the American Academy of Nutrition.

His extensive research, knowledge and expertise has also led to the formulation and manufacturing of various natural supplements for specific medical conditions where current prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are sub-optimal.  Some of these supplements and drugs are currently available to the public, others are pending release. He holds many U.S. patents with additional patents pending.  His supplements have been proven effective by extensive research and monitored by an excellent quality control system.

NIH SPONSORED RESEARCH

Curt has spent many years of his studies and research trying to identify a “unifying” theory of aging and the chronic degenerative disease with which it is associated – Alzheimer’s.  In 2006 he was named as the principal investigator of an United States NIH sponsored grant to study the effects of a combination drug of naturally occurring compounds on the progression of Alzheimer’s in transgenic mice. This research was done in conjunction with the University of California, Irvine. The results of this study, soon to be published, demonstrated the ability of the combination to completely arrest the cognitive decline normally seen in this mouse model.  In addition, the combination drug significantly decreased the pathophysiology normally seen in the brains of these mice. In fact, normal mice that received the combination were “smarter” than normal mice who were just given regular mouse chow.  In 2009 he again was appointed principal scientific investigator of a NIH sponsored grant to continue his ground breaking work on arresting the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

ON THE ROAD WITH MIGRELIEF

Curt Hendrix at Primed Convention 2012 explaining the science behind MigreLief to physiciansDeveloping safer medicines and leading edge solutions to combat disease keeps Curt busy but he still finds time to travel throughout the USA, sharing the science behind MigreLief that made it the definitive leader in nature-based drug-free migraine control, and a trusted valuable migraine prophylactic tool of health care professionals and patients alike.

 

CREATING MIGRELIEF – a personal note

I understand the impact that migraines have on the life of a sufferer, their friends and loved ones.  For the past 27 years I lived with the pain, worry and fear that migraine attacks bring on. When my wife was an adolescent, she hit her head on the windshield of the car during an automobile accident. From that day on, chronic, painful migraines were a consistent part of her life. We spent years hoping that each migraine would not progress and lead to another trip to the emergency room for a shot of morphine and other very powerful drugs we desperately wanted to avoid.

Even the prescription drugs that my wife’s headache specialists recommended had significant side effects. They would sometimes help the migraine pain to diminish or resolve only to find that her migraine would come back in a day or two.  The more medication she used for migraines, the more rebound headaches she would have, creating a vicious cycle of prescription drug use.  I found that unacceptable, so being a chemist and researcher I learned everything I could about migraines hoping I could help my wife avoid a lifetime of merely treating the pain with side-effect prone drugs.

The result of this research was my formulating and receiving two United States patents for a combination of three naturally occurring ingredients found in MigreLief that have since helped tens of thousands of migraine sufferers avoid a multitude of migraines over the past 20 years.

Over the years, I have been thrilled to know that MigreLief was the one therapy that made the difference in the lives of countless sufferers and I never get tired of reading the heart-warming success stories from long time sufferers or receiving great feedback from health care professionals.  This inspires all of us at Akeso Health Sciences, a family owned company, to work diligently to inform the world of this great alternative to suffering a lifetime of pain.

 

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.

 

UPDATE: In addition to MigreLief’s three daily formulas designed for long-term maintenance of chronic migraines, we’re delighted to offer MigreLief-NOW – a fast-acting drug-free rescue formula. Select the daily formula that fits your needs, and keep MigreLief-NOW on hand for those days when you need help fast.

 

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Children’s Migraines – Abortive Drugs Not the Answer!

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“There is NOT one prescription drug approved by the FDA for use by children with migraines. The side-effects of these drugs are significant in adults and not an option most parents would want to subject a child to. Children’s MigreLief is the perfect solution… a vitamin, a mineral and a plant, all well known for their safety, efficacy and low side-effects to establish normal vascular function instead of a lifetime on pain killers and abortive drugs.”

 

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“MigreLief+M is the first of its kind supplement aimed at preventing migraines and other symptoms associated with a woman’s menstrual cycle.  There is a direct relationship between hormones and headaches.  Headaches in women, particularly migraines, have been related to changes in the levels of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone before, during and after a woman’s menstrual cycle. These hormone levels fluctuate dramatically and are associated with a large percentage of migraines in women.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avoid Spring Migraines

April 1st, 2015

The brain of migraineurs likes consistency. Many factors change with the seasons and influence migraines.   Changes in sleep patterns, light, air-pressure, temperature, humidity, and fragrances, can all increase the the frequency and tendency of migraines.

Beware of hotter days. A team of researchers at Harvard found that an increase in temperatures occurred 24 hours before increases in admissions to emergency rooms for treatment of migraines.   There is not much a patient can do to control the weather or avoid warm temperatures or changes in barometric pressure, therefore it is important to be vigilant about managing other triggers such as sleep and diet.  Avoid well known food triggers, and drastic changes in your sleep pattern if you can.  It  is also very important to stay well hydrated and to avoid strenuous outdoor activities or exercise during times of the day when it’s excessively warm or humid.

Spring is allergy season, and for many people sinus or allergy headaches can lead to migraines.

Tips to avoid “Spring” migraines:

1.  To avoid airborne allergens in your home, clean or change A/C filters
2.  If you are allergy prone, make sure your allergy meds are handy.
3.  With higher temperature, dehydration occurs even if we don’t feel dehydrated. Dehydration is a big cause of migraines. Drink lots of water

4. Stick with a sleep schedule, try to got to bed at the same time as much as possible and determine what number of hours is best for you. Both too little and too much sleep can increase migraine risk.

5. Light (photophobia) is a major contributor to migraine risk. Purchase a polarized, high grade pair of sunglasses and wear a hat with a brim to keep out even more light.

6. Be careful of new fragrances that you introduce not only in perfumes but moisturizers as well.

Follow these tips, use your Migrelief daily, keep fast acting MigreLief-NOW on hand for emergencies, and enjoy the fun and beauty of Spring.

To the Best of Health,

 

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.

 

Related Article – “The Anti-Migraine Diet”

Breaking The Cycle of Rebound Headaches Caused by Excessive Use of Prescription Drugs

August 4th, 2013

Medication Overuse Headache- (MOH) – A big dilemma.

The following comment is from Stephen Silberstein, M.D.,  director of the Jefferson Headache Center and professor of neurology, Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia

“One of the greatest bugaboos we see every day in headache centers is patients with chronic daily or near-daily headache, who are overusing medication. It is our most common problem. These patients have often not responded to treatment and in an attempt to treat themselves, actually make the problem worse. This is not addiction or an attempt to get ‘high’; rather, it is motivated by the patient’s desire to relieve pain and dysfunction. Migraine preventive therapy is grossly underused.”

Do you find yourself taking more and more medications to try to keep your migraines/headaches under control? Do you find that one or two days after taking your medications that your headaches return?  Do you use more than three triptan drugs a week?  Are you taking OTC drugs 15 days or more out of every month?

If your answer to any of the above questions is “YES”, then you may very well be suffering from Medication-Over-Use-Headaches.  The drugs you are taking are actually causing you to experience more headaches, even if they temporarily help the headache at hand.

Triptans, ergot drugs, opiates (morphine, codeine, meperidine (Demerol), oxycodone (Oxycontin) (Butorphanol) and OTC pain pills can all cause medication over-use headaches (MOH). If people use 3 or more triptans a week they will probably get rebounds, the same for opiates and if they are using Excedrin or other OTC pain pills 12-15 days a month or more, they will be at higher risk for rebound headaches as well.

 

TIME TO DETOX

Research has shown that withdrawing (detoxing) from these drugs can in many cases reduce the total number of headaches you experience as well as the intensity of those headaches.  Withdrawal is not easy and the symptoms of withdrawal can be challenging, but the results are definitely worth it for most sufferers.

For triptans, the detox period during which there may be withdrawal symptoms, like continuing headaches, nausea, vomiting, and disrupted sleep will last about 4-5 days on average. 

The symptoms may last up to 8-10 days for withdrawing from opiates, ergots or OTC drugs.

The literature and research states that it is important to start taking a preventive treatment product prior to or at the same time you start the detox program. (see www.MIGRELIEF.COM) We recommend starting MigreLief one week before withdrawing from the drug that is being over-used.

Keep a rescue pain medication available that is different from the medication that has been over-used, for emergency situations, only!

So if you are withdrawing from triptans or opiates, keep ibuprofen or Excedrin Migraine available, BUT JUST FOR EMERGENCIES WHERE THE PAIN CAN NO LONGER BE TOLERATED.  USE THE RESCUE MEDICATION VERY SPARINGLY; YOU DON’T WANT TO SWITCH FROM OVER-USING ONE DRUG FOR A NEW ONE. (THAT WILL GET YOU NO WHERE!).

If withdrawing from OTC medications, keep a triptan or opiate drug available for an emergency rescue situation only. 

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO STAY VERY WELL HYDRATED. DRINK AS MUCH WATER AS POSSIBLE.

At the end of 5-10 days, depending upon what medication you are withdrawing from, you should find that your rebound headaches have significantly diminished or disappeared.

Your use of the offending medication should be either eliminated or substantially reduced.  Be sure to keep taking MigreLief daily because preventive products are very important to the success of this program.  Continue to take  MigreLief to maintain the benefits you have achieved.  

45% OF SUFFERERS WHO GO THROUGH THIS PROCEDURE MAY RELAPSE.  IT IS IMPORTANT TO CONTINUE USE OF THE PREVENTIVE AND KEEP THE USE OF RESCUE MEDICATIONS TO AN ABSOLUTE MINIMUM TO PREVENT RELAPSE.

To the Best of Health,

 

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.

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 WARNING: The above recommendations are based upon review of some literature discussing detoxing or withdrawing from drugs causing Medication-Over-Use-Headaches. It is for education purposes only. It is not a substitute for medical advice. It is necessary to discuss your particular situation with your physician before starting on this kind of program.

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Menstrual Migraines in Adolescents

August 1st, 2013

Many adult women who suffer from chronic migraine headaches find that many, if not most of their headaches occur between 2 days before menstruation and 2-3 days after menstruation. These migraines are referred to as “menstrual” or hormonally related migraines.

Recently researchers at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital completed a study analyzing what percentage of adolescent, menstruating young women experienced “menstrual” or “hormonally” related migraines.

It was found that out of the 891 adolescent girls studied, 50% experienced a headache during their first period upon entering puberty and almost 40% of these adolescents continued to experience migraines just before or just after their periods.

These migraines are brought about by both the hormonal shifts that occur during menstruation as well as changes in blood sugar levels. They are often accompanied by PMS symptoms of bloating, breast pain, irritability, cravings, acne, poor sleep and anxiety, as well.

Correcting these imbalances can reduce or eliminate both migraines and many of the symptoms of PMS.

Our own clinical observations indicate that addressing hormonal shifts without also balancing blood sugar levels leads to less comprehensive benefits not only regarding migraine prophylaxis but regarding the afore mentioned symptoms associated with PCOS. Therefore we recommend adding to any proposed regimen, ingredients like chromium picolinate, or other insulin sensitizing ingredients, plus additional dietary fiber to prevent spiking of blood glucose levels that can often lead to the precipitous drops associated with hypoglycemia.

We at MigreLief have created a safe, gentle and natural medicine for adolescent and adult women suffering from both/either menstrual/hormonally related migraines and monthly symptoms of PMS, it is called MigreLief+M. It will be available in 1-2 months. We will announce it’s availability on our Twitter, Face book and MigreLief blog sites.

>To your good health,

Curt Hendrix M.S. C.C.N. C.N.S.
Chief Science Officer, Akeso Health Sciences L.L.C.

MIGRAINE TYPES

August 1st, 2013

Many people assume that there is just one single type of migraine
headache. There are actually many different types of migraines. The 2 most
common ones are the classic migraine and the common migraine.

These are also referred to as migraine with aura (classic) and migraine
without aura (common).

The aura associated with classic migraines are visual hallucinations
such as jagged lines or being partially blinded in one or both eyes,
disruptions in sight, smell or touch or even speech.  Aura actually serves as an early warning sign and I have found that for some people taking 200-400 mg of Ibuprofen at this stage can prevent the migraine from progressing.

Menstrual Migraines – 50% or more of women report that attacks coincide
with various points of their menstrual cycle and are referred to as “menstrual-related
migraines (MRM). These attacks usually occur a few days before or after
menstruation.

RARER FORMS OF MIGRAINE:

Exertion Migraine – This is usually a short-lived migraine brought about by
physical exercise and may be worsened by dehydration.

Retinal Migraine – This involves a temporary loss of vision in one eye.

Hemiplegic Migraine – In this version of migraine, a temporary paralysis
on side of the body occurs.

Nocturnal Migraine – These rare migraines occur during sleep and actually
awaken the sufferer.

Basilar Artery Migraine – Usually occurs in adolescent women. A throbbing
at the back of the head which can lead to dizziness and difficulty speaking
occurs in this migraine form.

Abdominal Migraine – Here there is no headache at all. The pain that does
occur happens, usually, in the stomach. The pain usually causes nausea and
vomiting and is most often seen in young children.

 

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S

Types of Migraines

Say “NO” to Osteoporosis Drugs and High Dose Calcium for Preventing Bone Fractures

March 30th, 2013

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Recent studies indicate that  high levels of calcium are potentially dangerous to your cardiovascular system, and increases both calcification of arteries and MI risk.  

There is a much better option for long-term bone health.

Your physician tells you that your Bone Mineral Density (BMD) is low (2.5 standard deviations below average and that you have osteoporosis) and he wants you to go on one of the prescription medications to prevent bone fractures. He or she goes on to tell you that these drugs have been found to reduce your risk of a fracture by 50%. Sounds impressive and necessary…so you get nervous. Just the image of an incapacitating hip fracture, is enough to make you rush out to fill a prescription for bisphosphonate drugs like Fosamax, Boniva or Actonel. Aclasta, Aredia, Bondronat, Didronel, Reclast, Skelid and Zometa.

Being scared sometimes makes people do things too quickly without gathering all of the facts. Also over reliance on their doctors recommendation without independent research of their own, can sometimes lead to uninformed choices.

As you will learn shortly, these drugs can have some very serious side-effect and in addition, many experts are troubled by the quality of bone that these drugs create. In addition the 50% reduction in fracture risk quoted by the manufacturers of these drugs and some physicians, is at best misleading and at worst down right deceptive.

Let’s say that everyone had a 100% risk (a certainty, 100 out of 100 people would all have a fracture sometime after age 65). Then a drug that reduced that risk by half so that only 50 out of 100 people would have a fracture, might be a drug worth taking, assuming it was safe and wasn’t going to hurt you because of serious side-effects. This drug (if one existed, it doesn’t) could legitimately state it reduced fracture risk by 50%

What if your risk was only 2% of having a fracture sometime after age 65? In others words only 2 out of every hundred people will experience a fracture and 98 will never have one. Another way of saying this, is that if you take absolutely NOTHING, the odds are 98% in your favor of never having a fracture. Would you then be in a rush to use this or any other drug?

How do drug manufacturers play with the quoted efficacy percentages to fool you into thinking these drugs work much better than they really do?

Well, they do a study approved by the FDA and show that when you take their drug, instead of 2 people out of 100 people experiencing a fracture, only 1 person out of 100 people experienced a fracture. So they report the drop from 2 out of 100 to 1 out of 100 people as a 50% reduction in fracture rate. And to make matters worse, many physicians quote this misleading 50% drop in fracture rate to their patients.

Another way of putting this into perspective is that for every hundred people who take this drug, 98 of them didn’t need it, but it gets worse. The 98 who didn’t need but took it anyway are now exposed to, what in some cases, can be very serious side-effects.

In addition to the multiple, potential side-effects of these drugs which will be listed shortly, these drugs do not create new healthy bone, instead they create bone that is unnatural and nothing like new bone formed by the body.

Instead of the body’s normal process of breaking down old bone (known as resorption, which is carried out by cells called osteoclasts) and rebuilding new strong bone with other cells known as osteoblasts, these drugs stop the rebuilding of new bone by stopping resorption (turning off the osteoclast activity).

So people wind up with bone that is architecturally very different from new bone created by the body. This bone does allow for minerals to be absorbed which can quickly in the short term reduce fracture risk by the tiny absolute amount described above, but many researchers are concerned about the long-term wisdom of using these drugs to create this “unnatural type of bone”.

In fact, recent research has shown an increase in femur fractures in patients who have taken these drugs for 5 or more years. These drugs have demonstrated no benefit for primary prevention. This means that for men or women who may have below average BMD (bone mineral density) but whom are not diagnosed with osteoporosis, there is no reason to take these drugs, yet the drug companies and some physicians recommend them to these lower risk patients as well. It just doesn’t make sense.

Potential Side-effects:
So, In addition to not giving much absolute protection from fractures, you will also be exposed to the following side-effects, some of which, though low in risk, can be very serious and even life threatening:

•Ulcers of the esophagus

•Esosphageal cancer

•Upper GI irritation

•Irregular heartbeat

•Fractures of the femur

•Low calcium in the blood

•Skin rash

•Joint, bone, and muscle pain

•Jaw bone decay (osteonecrosis)

•Increased parathyroid hormone (PTH)

*Users of some of these drugs can develop osteonecrosis of the jaw which is associated with significant and death of jawbone tissue. The Journal of the American Dental Association reports that osteonecrosis is actually more common than initially thought.

**An article in the New England Journal of Medicine stated that 23 cases of esophageal cancer have been reported due to Fosamax. Then, in an issue of the American Dental Association, were reports that the drug’s jaw die off risk is actually more common than initially thought. The jaw bone die off is actually known as a disease.

*** As reported by the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research

There are Sensible, Effective and Much Safer Options to Reduce Your Fracture Risk

High dose calcium is NOT a needed or even sensible option, no matter what your doctor tells you.

Regarding Calcium and the ubiquitous advice given by so many healthcare professionals to consume anywhere from 1000-1500 mg. for bone health, it is just plain wrong and recent studies indicate that these high levels of calcium are potentially dangerous to your cardiovascular system, increasing both calcification of arteries and MI risk.

Vitamin D & K for Calcium Absorption

The problem is not that most of us don’t get enough calcium but that the calcium we get doesn’t get absorbed efficiently into our bones. This calcium is then free and available to go deposit where we don’t want it, into the insides of our arteries, causing calcification which can lead to decreased arterial function, high blood pressure and cardio-vascular disease.

It might surprise you that the Chinese and Japanese cultures, which historically eat little or no dairy products and therefore get less than half the calcium that is in American diets containing dairy, have substantially lower fracture rates than Americans.

Cultures that consume far less than the 1500 mg of calcium per day recommended by many physicians, experience much lower fracture rates than we do. This is because their diets contain some specific ingredients that help calcium to enter their bones.

These two ingredients are Vitamin D and Vitamin K. In the proper amounts both of the simple vitamins have been shown to be incredibly safe and healthy for many reasons beyond just bone health, and can safely decrease fracture risk in susceptible people.

For professionals who specialize in staying on top of the literature that is published about the benefits of certain herbs and dietary supplements, it is well known that vitamin D, vitamin K and magnesium are KEY players in bone health.

Two recent studies, one examining the fracture reducing potential of bisphosphonate drugs and the second measuring the fracture reducing potential of Vitamin D, demonstrated that Vitamin D is perhaps more effective than the drugs, with none of the inherent risks and side-effects of the drugs.

Interestingly, several studies have shown that both Vitamin K-1 and K-2 have decreased fracture risks in humans without increasing Bone Mineral Density (BMD).

In fact, it is my opinion, that intakes of magnesium (at least 500 mg/day), vitamin D (at least 1000 IU/day) and vitamin K-1 and K-2 (at least 500 mcg/day) with small daily amounts of calcium from dairy or 250-500 mg/day from a supplement, will offer more protection against fractures than these dangerously high doses of 1000-1500 mg of calcium per day that are being recommended, without all of the unwanted health risks.

Cardiologist routinely measure “coronary artery calcium” (CAC) levels because they are known to be a reliable marker for atherosclerosis. Calcium actually can build up in the arteries, a phenomenon known as “arterial calcification”, which can also lead to stroke, heart attack and eye problems.

In fact, a recent study of 24,000 people, done at the University of Zurich, suggests that older Americans taking calcium supplements to reduce fracture risk may be increasing their risk of getting a heart attack. The researchers said this risk came about only in those taking dietary supplements of calcium and not in those getting their calcium from food.

The researchers reported an 86% increase in heart attack risk in people who took regular supplements of calcium versus those who didn’t take any supplements.

The study is somewhat controversial with some experts questioning “why there would be increased heart attack risk with taking dietary supplements of calcium but not with taking foods containing calcium?”

Personally, I don’t know why this surprises these experts because many foods that contain calcium also contain magnesium which is very important for bone health. Other factors in foods like vitamin K may help the calcium to get into the bone and not be absorbed by the arteries which is dangerous.

The bottom line for me is:  If you eat reasonable amounts of dairy products you probably don’t need to supplement calcium at all.  If you don’t eat dairy products at all you can still get sufficient calcium from foods such as:

Salmon 6-8 ounces 440 mg.

Shrimp 6 ounces 300 mg.

Mackerel 6 ounces 600 mg.

Kale, collard greens, broccoli (1 cup) – 200 mg.

Almonds 6 ounces 700mg

Walnuts 6 ounces

I suggest that for normal healthy, men and women no more than 500 mg /day of calcium is necessary. If you have normal digestive function calcium carbonate is fine despite what certain advertisers state. If you do have digestive issues and perhaps are low in stomach acidity, then calcium citrate is a good choice.

Regarding the amounts of Vitamin D to take, I suggest that you start with 2500 IU per day. When you get your blood checked ask your physician to also measure you calcium levels. I believe optimum levels are between 50 ng/ml – 80 ng/ml.

As for the Vitamin K, though both form K-1 and K-2 have been shown to work, a product containing a combination of both K-1 and K-2 in the amounts of 1-2 mg (1000-2000 mcg) and 200 mcg respectively should be adequate.

Knowledge is power. Empower your health,

 

Curt Hendrix, M.S. C.C.N. C.N.S.

 

 

 

FDA Warning: Anti-Depressants and Migraine Prescription Drugs

July 20th, 2012

FDA Warns on Mixing Antidepressants with Migraine Drugs (First released in 2010)

ROCKVILLE, Md., July 20 — Mixing common migraine drugs with antidepressants can trigger a life-threatening condition called serotonin-syndrome, the FDA has warned.

Serotonin-syndrome is characterized by rapid heart beat, sudden changes in blood pressure, and increased body temperature. Other symptoms include restlessness, hallucinations, loss of coordination, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Options successful at preventing the occurrence of migraines would decrease the risk described above in patients taking anti-depressant and experiencing migraines.  

For warning signs of serotonin syndrome and more info on Anti-depressants and migraine drugs click on the link at the end of this article.  For information on your natural migraine control option recommended by doctors, neurologists and pharmacists, go to  www.MigreLief.com

MigreLief is a dietary supplement for the nutritional support of cerebrovascular function in migraine sufferers age 2 years and above.

RELATED ARTICLE:  ANTI-DEPRESSANTS AND MIGRAINES – A POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS COMBINATION!   Symptoms of Serotonin Syndrome etc…

 

MISSION POSSIBLE – PREVENTING MIGRAINES

December 29th, 2011

For most chronic migraine sufferers, trying to control and/or eliminate their almost daily migraines seems like “Mission Impossible”.  But with MigreLief, it’s ‘mission accomplished’ for literally tens of thousands of chronic migraine sufferers.

Living a life of consistently taking pain relievers for you migraines, is tantamount to giving up on the idea of stopping your migraines before they start.  With MigreLief this is now possible, as user after user report both on our site (www.migrelief.com/testimonials) and on our Facebook page.

By correcting 3 of the major changes that occur in migraine sufferers and not in people without migraines, MigreLief maintains normal brain function that is necessary to avoid migraines from starting.

MigreLief corrects:

1-      Cellular energy deficiencies that occur in chronic migraine sufferers.

2-      Prevents excessive platelet clumping, which causes arteries to expand and trigger nerve pain.

3-      Keeps arteries from spasming.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to try MigreLief for 90 days and learn that no matter what you have tried in the past MigreLief makes taking control over your migraines…MISSION POSSIBLE.

 

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.

 

SECOND STUDY CONFIRMS ASSOCIATION BETWEEN HAVING MIGRAINES AND DECREASED RISK OF BREAST CANCER

September 30th, 2011

A new study published in the July issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, confirmed the findings of a smaller study published last year that revealed that women diagnosed with migraines had a 26 percent lower risk of breast cancer than women who did not suffer from migraines.

The reduction in breast cancer risk applied pretty much across the board:

  • ·        Whether or not the women were pre or post menopausal
  • ·        Regardless of the medications they took
  • ·        Regardless of the age at which they were diagnosed
  • ·        Regardless of which migraine triggers they tried to avoid

Though it is known that both breast cancer and migraines have hormonal factors that are involved in their etiology, the researchers could not explain why having migraines would decrease the risk of getting breast cancer.

 

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.

 

 

Does Smoking Marijuana Make You Skinnier?

September 13th, 2011

A recently published study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that rates of obesity are 33% less in people who smoke marijuana at least three times a week compared to non-smokers of marijuana.

The reporting of this study made me smile.  First of all, don’t people who smoke marijuana get the munchies and wouldn’t that make them susceptible to weight-gain not weight-loss?

In fact, cannabis (marijuana) is given to cancer patients to help to increase their appetites. So, it is unclear as to why frequent smokers of marijuana are less obese than non-smokers.

One theory is that replacing what may be a compulsive habit of eating too much with pot smoking, may be the reason frequent pot smokers tend to be less obese.

 

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.

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