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It’s the 4th of July. Make Sure Only Fireworks Explode and Not Your Head!

July 3rd, 2016

Migraine Relief - MigreLiefThis 4th of July… be prepared.  Keep MigreLief-Now on hand at all times in case of an emergency and take at the first sign of discomfort.

Holiday Savings:   $5.00 off MigreLief-NOW. Coupon code “NOW” Redeem at MigreLief.com or by calling 1-800-MigreLief. 

The 4th of July is fun for most everyone. But certain aspects of what we do on the 4th can bring on a migraine attack.

Avoid common migraine triggers:

1- Barbequed meats, cheeses, chips, dips, pickles & olives, meat tenderizers, diet sodas – The chemicals found in these ingredients have all been associated with migraines

2- Loud Noises – Don’t get to close to the fireworks and cover ears if sensitive

3- Bright Lights – Consider wearing sunglasses when watching the fireworks

4- Alcohol – When combined with all of the above can bring on migraine in many people. So stick with water, fruit juice, coffee, or if available, beverages sweetened with stevia or erythritol.

What is best to eat?

Burgers without tenderizers, prepared with basic seasonings like salt and pepper. grilled chicken with vegetables, and fruit salads are healthier substitutes….don’t forget to drink plenty of water.

Don’t for get that Akeso Health Sciences, fast acting migraine formula, MigreLief-NOW is great to keep on hand during emergencies.  Adults should take 2-4 capsules at the first sign of distress (children age 2-11 take 1/2 the adult dose) and enjoy your holiday.

Hopefully these hints will keep you independent of migraines on Independence Day!

 

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

 

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”

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.

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…

 

Can MigreLief Help Cluster Headaches?

June 16th, 2012

CLUSTER HEADACHES
 
We are often asked if MigreLief can also help with persistent, recurrent headaches in a temporal pattern such as Cluster Headeaches.   People with migraines often misdiagnose themselves with cluster headaches and many physicians tell their patients they have migraine/cluster headaches due to overlapping symptoms.

Intractable temporal headaches or Clusters are not as completely distinct from migraines as some would think (they are different, but there is some overlap in the disorders and treatments).

Because they respond (to varying degrees) to migraine medicines and don’t fit neatly in any box MigreLief theoretically could be a good fit.  We have had some positive feedback from CLUSTER HEADACHE SUFFERERS.

If you suffer from cluster type headaches and would like to give MigreLief a try, be sure to use it for 90 days to give it sufficient time to address the underlying nutritional deficiencies and imbalances that many migraine/headache sufferers have in common.  Positive results may occur in a much shorter time however.

Each bottle of MigreLief contains a one month supply.  There is free shipping anywhere in the world for 3 or more bottles plus a money back guarantee if you are dissatisfied for any reason after 90 days of taking MigreLief.

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

WHY THERE IS ALWAYS ROOM FOR DESSERT, NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY EATEN!

May 13th, 2012

Many, many, years ago, I asked my little daughter who was 5 or 6 at the time, why she couldn’t finish her vegetables but still very much wanted her dessert.  She told me, “Poppy don’t you know that desserts go into a different stomach?”

Well, as it turns out, she wasn’t far from wrong.  No, we don’t have two different stomachs, but researchers from Italy propose that our brains do react differently to foods that we love.

We have all eaten many meals where we are completely full, maybe even stuffed, and we can’t eat another bite of the main course, but still find room to eat some tempting treat or dessert.

These researchers explored how our bodies react when aroused by irresistible treats. They suggest that regardless of how full we are, our bodies are chemically predisposed to seek gratification from foods that we love.

They studied “hedonic hunger” (hunger that comes about due to the need for gratification as opposed to caloric deficit).

The study which was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism was small only involving 8 people, so therefore is preliminary but still very interesting and suggestive.

In the early history of man, a consistent source of food was not guaranteed and depending upon hunting conditions and weather, one could go for days without eating.  So the need to overload on food when it was available, to protect against those times when it wasn’t, made sense.  This is referred to as “homeostatic” hunger. (hunger that comes about when we need to protect and sustain our basic life functions.)

That is certainly not the case, in modern times, so why do we still overeat despite the fact that we are full and usually don’t have to worry about where our next meal is coming from?  Is it possible that many of us eat “just for fun” (hedonistic hunger) and is this hunger caused by biochemical signals that are hard to resist?

The eight people studied were between the ages of 21-33. They were all healthy, not over-weight and free of any eating or dieting disorders.

The participants were fed healthy breakfasts. After an hour, they were asked how hungry they felt and were then presented with what they had previously told the researchers were their favorite food.  They were not allowed to eat the food, just see and smell it.  Later on, they were allowed to eat it.

The participants were then asked how hungry they were now, after being exposed to their favorite treat.

A month later, they went through the same test. They were fed the same breakfast. After an hour passed, the researchers asked them how hungry they were and then exposed them to a bland food combination that they were only allowed to see and smell. Later on, they were allowed to eat it.

Although the participants felt equally full after eating each of the two breakfasts, their desire, urge to eat and appetites were significantly higher after being exposed to their favorite treat as opposed to the bland food offering.

In addition, after eating their favorite food as compared to eating the bland food choice,  the blood tests of each of these people revealed, that ghrelin, a hormone made in the stomach that is a signal of hunger, jumped significantly and remained high for 2 hours, but decreased after eating the bland food option.

In other words, seeing, smelling and eventually eating the “tempting treat” actually caused significant increases in hunger that continued for 2 hours.

The take-away from this study is:  The mere presence of your favorite treats in your home can lead you to thinking about them and artificially increase your appetite and sense of hunger, even though you have previously eaten and consumed enough calories for your health and homeostatic hunger needs.

The solution is clear.

  • DON’T STOCK YOUR SHELVES WITH YOUR FAVORITE TREATS!  IF THEY ARE EASILY AVAILABLE YOU WILL THINK ABOUT THEM, EAT THEM, RAISE YOUR HUNGER LEVELS AND EAT MORE OF EVERYTHING ELSE…..CHANGE YOUR FOOD SHOPPING HABITS!
  • DON’T USE THE EXCUSE I BUY THEM FOR THE KIDS OR YOUR HUSBAND, BECAUSE YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT DOING THEM ANY FAVORS BY DOING SO!
  • INDULGE IN YOUR FAVORITE TREATS OCCASSIONALLY AT A RESTAURANT NOT AT HOME!

If you want to lose weight, avoid developing type II diabetes, heart disease and possibly even cancer, follow this simple advice.

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

[Study] High Dose Riboflavin Can Reduce Frequency and Intensity of Migraines

May 12th, 2012

Some people think of migraine headaches as being an adult health problem. Children of all ages suffer from migraine pain which can disrupt and impair their quality of life as well. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, about 5% of elementary school-age children may experience migraine headaches and the physical and emotional stress they cause. This statistic jumps to 20 percent by the time a child reaches high school.

Before age 10, an equal number of boys and girls get migraines but after age 12 during and after puberty, migraines affect girls three times more than boys. Migraine symptoms interrupt the normal activities of 65-80% of these young migraineurs.

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THE PRESENCE OF MIGRAINES IS INCREASED IN MEN WITH ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION

March 14th, 2012

MIGRAINES IN MEN An article published in the 2012 March edition of the headache journal Cephalalgia, discusses a Taiwanese study that found a correlation between having erectile dysfunction (ED) and also having been diagnosed with migraines.

In over 5000 patients with ED, the odds of having also been diagnosed were 63% greater than in men without ED, and this was after adjusting for other risk factors that are associated with ED like heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and alcohol abuse.

An interesting aspect of this research was that this increased risk of having been diagnosed with both migraine and ED increased from 63% to 98% in men between the ages of 30-39, an age group not usually associated with ED.

For men who suffer chronic migraines, the need to stop the pain and avoid a life of taking pain pills is enough motivation to explore options that prevent migraines. The possibility that migraines are somehow related to ED only provides another reason to explore all of the options

 

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

To learn more about safe, effective, non-drug migraine options please go to www.MigreLief.com

STUDY CONFIRMS GOOD NEWS FOR CHRONIC MIGRAINE SUFFERERS

January 19th, 2012

In previous articles I mentioned that chronic migraine sufferers accumulate tiny lesions in their brains over time. Initially when this research came out, there was no wayof knowing if these lesions had any negative effects on brain function.

 The good news is that a second study done by researchers at the Harvard Medical School confirmed the results of the first study done in Paris, that in fact, over time the lesions did not lead to any increase in cognitive decline when comparing migraine sufferers to people without migraines.  THIS IS REALLY GOOD NEWS!

In fact, one of the several cognition tests that were used to measure cognitive decline, indicated that migraine sufferers had less cognitive decline than non-sufferers.

 

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

 

If you suffer from 1 or more migraines a week, you are a good candidate for pursuing options that prevent your migraines, instead of constantly taking pain medications after the migraine starts. To learn about a very successful option, please go to www.MigreLief.com

 

 

STUDIES CONFIRM THE HEALTH RISKS AND DANGERS OF TAKING PAIN KILLERS FOR YOUR MIGRAINE HEADACHES.

December 17th, 2011

Prescription pain killers such as Vicodin (hydrocodone) OxyContin (oxycodone), Opana (oxymorphone) and methadone can cause significant rebound headaches in chronic migraineurs who use these drugs.

The over-use of these drugs is alarming. There were enough prescriptions written for these drugs in 2010 to medicate every adult in America, around the clock for a month. The drug companies are laughing all the way to the bank.

In 1999, 4000 deaths due to these drugs were reported. Just 9 years later that number increased more than 350% to 15,000.

We are the most medicated country in the world, yet our life expectancy is not even in the top 40 countries of the world.  Our medical insurance costs are the highest in the world, but we are nowhere near the healthiest people in the world.

Now additional studies are showing that triptan drugs like Imitrex, Zomig, Frova, Maxalt and Relpax, which are used to try to reduce the pain of migraines, are dangerous for people with heart disease.  The drugs constrict arteries which is a dangerous mechanism for people with heart problems.

Yet the study reports that physicians are prescribing these drugs to people with heart problems who shouldn’t be taking them. In fact the study reported that 22% of people with heart conditions were prescribed a triptan during one year.

A well-known headache physician, Stewart Tepper of the Cleveland Clinic reporting for WebMD states, “That figure is very upsetting, I never would have thought it was that high.”

Add this concern to the fact that if over-used, these drugs cause additional migraines to occur as rebound headaches due to medication over-use, and it becomes clear that getting off of these drugs and preventing migraines from happening in the first place, should be the goal of all chronic migraine sufferers.

Go to ww.migrelief.com  to start on your drug free pathway to finally controlling your migraines.

 

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

 

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