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Migraine Headaches in Children – MigreLief® Turning Frowns Upside Down

August 1st, 2019

Help for children's migraines

Parents Choose Children’s MigreLief

Children’s MigreLief  is a gentle, and effective nutritional option for pediatric migraine sufferers ages 2-12.  It is a the same effective “daily formula” as Original MigreLief (age 13-adult) with ingredient dosages adjusted to meet the needs of children.

MigreLief has been recommended by neurologists, pediatric neurologists, headache specialists and other healthcare professionals for over 2 decades.

One of the hardest things for a parent to do is to see their child in pain. Yet every day millions of parents must watch helplessly as their children suffer from debilitating migraine attacks often accompanied by symptoms of nausea, abdominal pain and vomiting. About one out of every 10 kids, or nearly 8 million children in the United States alone are plagued by what has become the most common acute and recurrent headache pattern experienced by children today.

MIGRAINES BEGET MIGRAINES…
So don’t wait.  Give your children the nutritional support they need to make a positive difference in their lives today.

The under-use of migraine prevention was discussed in a recent NPR.org (Nat’l Public Radio) article stating “Researchers are finding that “migraines beget migraines,” therefore the mandate for all patients is clear:  Reduce the number of migraines.”  Andrew Charles, director of UCLA’s Headache Research and Treatment Program, states “The more migraines a patient gets, the more susceptible they become to having more,” adding that “There seems to be this sort of tipping point where patients go from having episodic headaches to having them really continuously and being in a state of constant sensory sensitivity.”  Charles and other researchers are investigating exactly why and how that “tipping point” occurs.Safe, gentle, nutritional option for pediatric migraine sufferers without  disruptive side-effects.

Children’s MigreLief  Triple Therapy with Puracol™

  • – Same effective formula as Original MigreLief with ingredient doses adjust to meet the needs of children age 2 through 12.
  • – Specifically formulated to help maintain normal cerebrovascular tone and function in children who suffer chronic migraine (many migraine days each month).
  • – Contains three ingredients (a vitamin, a mineral and a plant)-  Magnesium, Riboflavin (B-2) and   Feverfew
  • – All three ingredients have been shown in clinical studies to benefit migraine sufferers including children age 2+.

MAINTAINING CEREBROVASCULAR TONE AND FUNCTION
MigreLief’s Triple Therapy with Puracol™ provide 3 mechanisms of action working at the cellular level to address dysfunctional brain processes that can lead to migraines when triggered.  These dysfunctional brain processes include:

  • – Excessive platelet aggregation (clumping together of blood platelets in the brains blood vessels)
  • – Vasospasms (changing sizes of blood vessels/dilating & constricting)
  • – Depletion of cellular energy reserves (dysfunctional mitochondria, the powerhouses of cells)

The Science of MigreLief

 

THE MERRY-GO-ROUND OF RECURRING HEADACHES
Many chronic migraine sufferers resort to taking prescription medicines such as triptans when a migraine gets out of control. These medicines are abortive drugs used “acutely.”  This means you take them when you already have a migraine you hope to stop.  These drugs do not prevent migraines from occurring in the first place.

In fact, not only do they not prevent migraines, the general consensus among researchers and clinicians is that on-going regular use of triptan drugs  increase the total number of migraines.   OTC drugs containing caffeine such as Excedrin Migraine (acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine) are also notorious for causing rebound headaches if taken too often.

PREVENTION IS KEY
It is far better to nip migraines in the bud as opposed to treating the pain and other symptoms of migraine forever.  Knowing your child’s migraine triggers (lack of sleep, certain foods such as aged cheese, caffeine etc.) and avoiding those triggers can go a long way toward migraine prevention.

CHILDREN’S MIGRELIEF INGREDIENTS:

Magnesium(oxide & citrate) – 180 mg/day
Riboflavin (B-2) – 200 mg/day
Puracol™ Feverfew*  – 50 mg/day

*Puracol™ is Akeso’s proprietary blend of the plant feverfew, both whole leaf and extract processed to maximize all beneficial phytochemicals

Contains no yeast, milk, corn, wheat, gluten, soy, sodium, salt, sugar, flavorings, preservatives, or artificial colors).  Contains NO Butterbur.

NOTE:  There are no specific side-effects associated with the ingredients in Children’s MigreLief and childhood use. Dietary supplements of any kind can cause gastrointestinal upset in susceptible users. Riboflavin is a water soluble vitamin and may turn your child’s urine bright yellow.  This is normal.  MigreLief  does not interfere with prescription or OTC medications a child might be taking.


HOW DOES MIGRELIEF WORK?

Magnesium
Magnesium is a nutritional supplement with numerous effects that support cerebrovascular tone.

These include:

1) inhibition of platelet aggregation
2) interference with synthesis, release, and action of inflammatory mediators
3) direct alterations of cerebrovascular tone
4) inhibition of vasospasm
5) stabilization of cell membranes.

Some migraine sufferers with poor cerebrovascular tone have been found to have low brain levels of magnesium. Recommended daily dosages of magnesium typically range from 200 to 600 mg to compensate for this deficiency, far above what’s found in most multi-vitamins. Several double blind placebo controlled studies have demonstrated that oral magnesium is very beneficial to migraine sufferers.

Riboflavin
Riboflavin (vitamin B-2) is a precursor of flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD). This coenzyme is an important component of the electron-transport chain. A deficiency of mitrochondrial energy reserves has been observed in some persons exhibiting poor cerebrovascular tone. This defect may theoretically be corrected by a compound such as riboflavin that improves the activity of the electron-transport chain.

MigreLief provides 400mg of Riboflavin, which is significantly higher than most multi-vitamins or B-complex products. Multiple studies have demonstrated that high dose riboflavin is very beneficial to adults and children suffering migraines.

Puracol Feverfew
Commonly recommended for its ability to support cerebrovascular tone, feverfew (Tanacetum Parthenium) is rich in compounds known as sesquiterpene lactones. One of the more important of these compounds may be parthenolide, which represents 85% of the sesquiterpene lactone content in feverfew. Some scientific studies indicate that while parthenolide may be important there may very well be other phytochemicals in feverfew that are as of yet unidentified and play a role in its effectiveness.

Some studies of extracts of feverfew containing parthenolide yielded no significant benefits. This led researchers to believe that certain of the unidentified phytochemicals may have been left behind during the extraction process. The ideal solution would be a non-extracted feverfew product that naturally contained high levels of parthenolide and kept all of the other naturally occurring phytochemicals as well. For this reason Puracol Feverfew, AKESO HEALTH SCIENCE’S proprietary non extracted plant source for feverfew maximizes all naturally occurring phytochemicals. Studies have shown the benefits of feverfew on long-term cerebrovasular tone in multiple human studies.

 

TRYING MIGRELIEF FOR THE FIRST TIME? – Don’t give up!

While many people experience benefits as early as 3 weeks, if you are trying Children’s MigreLief (age 2-12) or MigreLief Original (age 13-adult) for the first time, we suggest giving it 3 months which is sufficient time for the ingredients to build up, kick in and do their job.  You should notice MigreLief growing in effectiveness over this time period.

 

MigreLief-NOW:  FAST-ACTING MIGRELIEF FORMULA to keep on hand at all times.Fast-Acting "As-Needed" Formula for Migraine Sufferers Age 2 through Adult
While you are waiting form MigreLief (daily formula) to kick in, keep MigreLief-NOW “as-needed” formula on hand at all times and take when needed.  MigreLief-NOW is fast-acting nutritional support for adults and children age 2+ who need help on-the-spot.  See back of label for usage by age.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION about MigreLief supplements  or other Akeso products, visit www.MigreLief.com

Questions about MigreLief:  Email HealthAdvisor@MigreLief.com

MONEY BACK GUARANTEE

We  are so confident MigreLief or Children’s MigreLief will make a huge difference in your child’s life, we offer a 100% money back guarantee of your purchase price if you are not satisfied for any reason after trying MigreLief for the recommended 90 days.

ABOUT CURT HENDRIX, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S. – THE SCIENTIST BEHIND MIGRELIEF

All of Akeso’s condition-specific dietary supplements are formulated by migraine supplement pioneer scientist Curt Hendrix, the Chief Scientific Officer of Akeso Health Sciences.  The unique and synergistic MigreLief formulation received two U.S. patents with a third patent pending.  Curt has dedicated his life to the research and development of safer medicines based on herbal and natural compounds.  He was the principal scientific investigator for multiple NIH studies examining natural supplements for Alzheimer’s disease.

Official Website Children’s MigreLief

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Abdominal Migraine in Children – Safe Options

November 7th, 2018

Abdominal migraine is one of the most common causes of abdominal pain in children.  Although the pain will come and go, it is severely debilitating during a migraine episode, is very distressing for children. Chronic and recurring abdominal pain can have a drastic effect on a child’s overall quality of life and their school performance.

Abdominal pain in childhood accounts for 2-4% of office visits to the doctor and 50% of referrals to pediatric gastroenterologists.(1) Even though it is a well recognized type of pediatric migraine with specific diagnostic criteria under the International Classification of Headache Disorders, it is often underdiagnosed by both pediatricians and pediatric gastroenterologists.(2)

The diagnosis of abdominal migraine is much more prevalent in Europe than in the United States, because in the U.S. it is often misdiagnosed as U.S. doctors are still struggling to understand it.  Many doctors are only able to make an accurate diagnosis years after the abdominal migraines when the child becomes a teen and then develops classic migraines. Parents should be extra cautious as children could be subjected to unnecessary surgery if the condition is misdiagnosed.

What is an abdominal migraine?

Abdominal migraines are diagnosed in children who meet these criteria:

  • At least five attacks of abdominal pain that each last 1 to 72 hours
  • Dull pain around the belly button, moderate to severe in intensity
  • At least two of these symptoms: appetite loss, nausea, vomiting, pale skin

Other abdominal migraine symptoms may include, headache and sensitivity to light and sound.

Who gets abdominal migraines?

  • Children with a family history of migraines are at higher risk
  • Occurs slightly more often in girls than boys
  • Children who experience motion sickness are more likely to get abdominal migraines

Diagnosis of Abdominal Migraine

Abdominal migraines usually follow a pattern, same type of appearance, same time of day, and same duration with the symptoms going away completely between migraines.

Doctors may use ultrasound or endoscopy to check for other potential causes of your child’s stomach pain and evaluate your child’s medical history to determine a pattern.

Preventing Migraines
Help your child prevent migraines by discovering and avoiding their triggers if possible.  The triggers for abdominal migraines are similar for regular migraines:

  • Chemicals such as nitrites that are found in processed foods such as deli or processed meats, lunch meat, packaged sandwich ham, turkey, and chicken
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Bright lights
  • Foods that contain monosodium glutamate (MSG) including Chinese food, dressings, seasonings, condiments, and many buffet foods in restaurants
  • Motion sickness
  • Fatigue or exhaustion
  • Flickering lights
  • Stress, worrying or being upset
  • Swallowing a lot of air
  • Lack of sleep

In many cases, taking proactive steps to prevent the migraine attacks can lead to less frequent attacks and a decrease in intensity and duration.

Where to start if your child was diagnosed with abdominal or classic migraines.

Consider a Safe & Gentle Nutritional Option…
The MigreLief Nutritional Regimen for Pediatric Migraines

Recommended by pediatric neurologists and headache specialists for almost 2 decades, MigreLief is a great place to start.  

ACTION STEP 1:  

Choose one of two MigreLief “daily maintenance” formulas;

Original MigreLief (age 12+) (caplets) or
Children’s MigreLief (age 2-11) (capsules)

The caplets may be crushed or capsules opened and mixed with food such as applesauce, yogurt etc. for children or teens that have difficulty swallowing pills.

ACTION STEP 2: 
Keep fast-acting MigreLief-NOW “as-needed” formula on hand at all times and take when ever needed for on-the-spot help.

The ‘Dream Team’ for Migraine Sufferers
Daily and As Needed formulas work well together.  While you are waiting for the daily chronic formula to kick in, you can take MigreLief-NOW as-needed.  All MigreLief formulas are drug free, safe, gentle and very effective.

Where to Buy? 
If purchased at MigreLief.com or by calling 1-800-758-8746 you can try risk free as there is a 90 Money Back Guarantee if you try MigreLief or Children’s MigreLief for 3 allows sufficient time for MigreLief to build blood levels for maximum effectiveness (each bottle is a one month supply).  If you are not satisfied for any reason, Akeso Health Sciences, will refund your purchase price.

You can also buy at the Vitamin Shoppe, Meijer stores or at independent pharmacies nationwide.  If your local pharmacy doesn’t stock it, you can ask them to order it and they can usually have MigreLief within 24 hours.

Questions?  Email:  HealthAdvisor@MigreLief.com or call 1-800-758-8746
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Children’s Migraines – The Biggest, Baddest Bully

October 9th, 2018

bully and migrainesIn society today, parents have so many things to worry about when it comes to their children.  The behavior of other children is usually high on any parents’ concern list.   The stress caused to a child by a bully is unimaginable and it is difficult to ease their pain, and both emotional and physical stress.  Now imagine helping your child cope with an unseen bully who strikes viciously without warning.  Most parents would risk life and limb to protect their child, but what happens if this vicious bully is not flesh and blood, but an acute medical condition?

Parents and Health Care Professionals Now Have a Safe Option for Children with Migraines
Children's Migraine Relief Help

On the government sponsored anti-bullying website, bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children, which involve a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.    Likewise, migraine is defined as a recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head and is often excruciating pain accompanied by nausea or vomiting and disturbed vision. Migraine attacks are known to come on quickly and attack aggressively, usually with no warning.  Migraines can be very frightening and can be hard to get a handle on for anyone, especially children.

Like a bully who terrorizes your child, causes pain and harms their self-esteem, frequent migraines and headache attacks often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, can sabotage your child’s well-being as well. Some people believe bullying is a part of growing up and it provides kids an opportunity to stand up to those who are stronger than them. In the same way, people often dismiss children’s migraines believing they will go away on their own. Unfortunately, migraines often persist long into adulthood for many sufferers as a matter of fact, half of all adults with migraines had their first attack before the age of 12.  Frequent migraines and headaches can have long-term negative consequences as they often hinder your child’s performance at school, damage their self-esteem and lead to depression.

It is almost certain that children who suffer from migraine headaches have the same stress in their lives as children who are terrorized by bullies at school.  When a child is bullied, they experience daily fear, knowing the terror is coming, much like migraine sufferers live with the stress of knowing an onset could arise at any time. Victims of bullying feel trapped, helpless and small. Unable to deal with their problem, they display physical symptoms like stress headaches, stomach-ache, agitation, restlessness, changes in appetite, dizziness, and general aches and pains. Psychological symptoms often include irritability, anxiety, sadness, trouble sleeping, and tiredness in the mornings, loneliness, helplessness, and feeling isolated.

Children with recurrent migraines experience these same symptoms and are very likely to miss school and other activities. Research shows almost 80% of children who suffer from migraines have trouble coping with normal day-to-day routines.  The sense of vulnerability caused by migraines hinders their performance in school and causes frequent emotional changes, such as anxiety and sadness.  Only frequent migraine sufferers know the ultimate sacrifices you have to make in your daily life in order to deal with the pain they bring.  Wondering and worrying about the next migraine attack when you feel helpless affects the entire family and is debilitating to both parents and children.

Help and Hope for Children with Migraines
No parent wants to see their child suffer.  But so often parents feel helpless too and do just that, standby and watch their child suffer a migraine attack.  This is because Children do not have many safe options when it comes to fighting migraines.  Many prescription and OTC medications are difficult for adults to tolerate much-less children.  Many medications also, just don’t work.  So what is a parent to do?

First of fall, never dismiss symptoms of migraine in children.  Preschool children may or may not have head pain and merely look ill with abdominal pain and vomiting. They may become irritable, cry, seek out a darkened room and often sleep an hour after onset. After the age of 5 children often experience migraines similar to adults; pulsating pain on one side of the head, visual disturbances (aura), vertigo, and sensitivity to light, sound and smells.

Team MigreLief – A Powerful Force
Recommended by pediatric neurologists nationwide,  Children’s MigreLief and MigreLief-NOW can make a world of difference and is a great place to start.  Both of these dietary supplements by Akeso Health Sciences contain ingredients known to make a positive difference in children age 2 and older who suffer migraines.  Children’s MigreLief is to be taken twice daily as nutritional support for kids with chronic migraines (multiple migraines per month) to help maintain the normal cerebrovascular tone and function they experience on non-migraine days.  MigreLief-NOW is Akeso Health Sciences “As-Needed”  formula to be taken on an ‘as needed’ basis for on-the-spot support.    It is important to note that MigreLief-NOW is not meant to replace Children’s MigreLief which must be taken daily.  NOW may be kept on hand at all times and used in conjunction with Children’s MigreLief as needed.  Children over 100 lbs. or teens 12 and above may take Original MigreLief, Akeso’s adult daily formula.  Capsules can be opened and sprinkled in food such as applesauce, yogurt etc. for easier swallowing.

If you have a child or know of a child being bullied by migraines, let MigreLief make a difference.

Although many people experience positive benefits in under 1 month, Children’s MigreLief should be taken for 90 days to build blood levels for maximum effectiveness.  We are so confident that our MigreLief daily maintenance formula for children will make a positive difference that we offer a money back guarantee when purchased at MigreLief.com or by calling 1-800-758-8746 if you try MigreLief for 90 days (each bottle is a 1 month supply).  If for any reason you are not satisfied with your results in 90 days, the purchase price of the product will be refunded. Shipping within the U.S. is free for orders of 3 or more bottles.

Click here for more information or to purchase MigreLief products

To the Best of Health,

Your MigreLief Team at Akeso Health Sciences

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**These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Children’s Migrelief and Migrelief-NOW are dietary supplements providing nutritional support found to help migraine sufferers maintain already normal cerebrovascular tone and function and correct certain nutritional shortages or needs.

Help for Children with Headaches & Other Symptoms of Migraine

June 30th, 2017

As June and Migraine Awareness Month winds down, let us not forget that children and babies get migraines too!  This disabling disorder significantly impacts the quality of life of both children and parents.  Migraines interfere with all aspects of a child’s life and can lead to increased risk of depression.  Researchers believe there is an increased sensitivity after each successive migraine attack, eventually leading to chronic daily migraine in some individuals.  For this and many other reasons, children’s migraines should not be dismissed and parents should not simply wait for their child to “grow out of them.”

Many migraine treatments and medications are not well tolerated by adults, much less something to which a parent would want to subject their child.  (Press Release)

A GREAT PLACE FOR PARENTS TO START – Drug Free Dietary Supplements Providing Comprehensive Nutritional Support

A great place to start, if your child suffers migraines is with the dietary supplements, Children’s MigreLief (taken daily) and MigreLief-NOW (taken “as-needed”).  These two migraine supplements work well together and can be taken by children age 2 and above to maintain normal brain cerebrovascular tone and function.

Children’s MigreLief is to be taken twice daily.
MigreLief-NOW is to be taken as-needed at the first sign of discomfort.

Note:  The dose of MigreLief-NOW for children age 2-11 is 1/2 the adult stated on the back of the bottle.

MigreLief migraine supplements DO NOT contain aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, Naproxen, caffeine or butterbur.

PRESS RELEASE  – June 2017

LEARN MORE

To the Best of Health,

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

 

 

 

KIDS, MIGRAINES AND SCHOOL

June 18th, 2017

Kids are beginning to enjoy summer and surely don’t want to think about going back to school, but this is a good time for parents of young migraine sufferers to think about back-to-school.  Parents should be aware that their children are at higher risk for developing headaches and migraines at the beginning of a new school year.  As high as 35% of kids can suffer from some type of reoccurring headache, and up to a quarter of those headaches can be migraines.

Emotional issues, stress, and sleep issues can cause migraines in these children. As the number of attacks increase, depression and sleep disorders can escalate and caffeine consumption can worsen these problems.

Though over the counter medication can be used to try to help deal with the pain, care must be taken to make sure the use of the medications does not exceed one to two times a week. Rebound headaches can occur if use of these drugs is too frequent.

Making sure children are well rested, eating fruits and vegetables regularly, avoiding too much caffeine and staying well hydrated is a great start but often not enough for kids with migraines especially if you don’t know what triggers your child’s migraines.  If your pediatrician does diagnose migraines that are occurring once a week or more, look into Migrelief, a nutritional dietary supplement that can help maintain normal cerebrovascular tone and function.   Although many migraineurs have experienced positive benefits with MigreLief or Children’s MigreLief in under one month, the triple therapy ingredients (magnesium, riboflavin and Puracol™ feverfew can take up to 3 months for maximum benefits and effectiveness so a good time to start your child on MigreLief is now.

MigreLief migraine supplements are recommended by many pediatric neurologists and headache specialists.  It is available in a daily maintenance formula for chronic migraine sufferers and a fast-acting “as-needed” formula for children 2-adult.

The 3 daily maintenance formulas are “Original” – age 12-adult, “Children’s MigreLief” – age 2-11 and MigreLief+M (menstrual migraines).
Fast-acting formula, “MigreLief-NOW” can be taken at the first sign of discomfort.  The dose for children age 2-11 is 1/2 the adult dose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Akeso MigreLief supplements can be purchased on online at MigreLief.com, and many other places online including Amazon or at independent pharmacies.  If you pharmacist doesn’t stock it, be sure to ask for it as they can order it from their normal drug/OTC distributor and usually have it for you within 23-48 hours.

To the Best of Health,

 

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

 

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Children’s Headaches Rarely Linked to Vision Problems – Ophthalmologists Agree

May 10th, 2017

A common assumption is that headaches in children might be related to poor vision. Often times, children who complain of headaches (as well as visual issues) are referred to pediatric ophthalmologists.  It is estimated that 25% of pediatric patients who see an ophthalmologist for headaches meet the diagnostic criteria for migraine. The percentages were the same for male and female patients.

In addition to head pain, during a migraine attack, some children may experience blurred vision, perception of jagged lines, or partial loss of vision. Ophthalmologists should remain cognizant of the prevalence of pediatric migraine and consider it in pediatric patients complaining of migraine symptoms.

Opthalmic migraines much more commonly (but incorrectly) called “ocular migraines” by laypeople are painless, temporary visual disturbances that can affect one or both eyes and may last only 20 – 30 minutes. If the visual disturbance is followed by a throbbing one-sided headache, it is referred to as “migraine with aura” (classic migraine) and the visual disturbance is called an aura rather than an ocular migraine. A migraine without a visual disturbance is called a migraine without aura (common migraine). ocular/opthalmic migraines are believed to have the same causes as migraine headaches.  Unfortunately a visit to the eye doctor may not help much in terms of how to treat or prevent ocular migraines as the vision symptoms that accompany ocular migraines are not related directly to the eyes but rather to the migraine activity in the brain.

Children’s Headaches Rarely Linked to Vision Problems
Regarding headaches… In a study conducted by pediatric ophthalmologists at Albany Medical Center in New York State, researchers reviewed medical records of children under age 18 who were seen at the clinic between 2002 – 2011 and all had received complete eye examinations. The findings showed there was no significant correlation between children’s frequent headaches and a need for vision correction.  “We hope our study will reassure parents that in most cases, their children’s headaches are not related to vision or eye problems…” said Zachary Roth, MD, an ophthalmologist who led the research team.

What to Do if a Migraine Diagnosis is Made
If a diagnosis of migraine is made, before referring out to a pediatric neurologist, ophthalmologists may want to place pediatric patients on a combination of nutritional supplements that many pediatric neurologists recommend to maintain normal cerebrovascular function. These ingredients are:

  1.  High dose Riboflavin (Vit-B2)
  2.  Magnesium
  3.  Feverfew

    All 3 ingredients are listed in the American Academy of Neurology’s Guidelines for Migraine Prophylaxis.

To the Best of Health,

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.
Chief Scientific Officer, Akeso Health Sciences
(800) 758-8746

2 Options for Children Age 2+ with Migraines or Headaches

December 19th, 2016

 

Help for Kids with HeadachesKeep it Simple – A Common Sense Approach to Migraines, Chronic OR Episodic.
Giving your child a great start in life is not easy with migraines disrupting their progress at every turn.  It’s time to empower your kids with the best nutritional support you can and that’s where we come in.  MigreLief Original Formula (ages 12-adult) and Children’s MigreLief (age 2 to 11) are patented non-prescription formulas that have been addressing migraines nutritionally for almost 20 years and making a big difference in the lives of kids and adults worldwide.

Kids do not have a lot of options when it comes to migraines.  Chronic use of many over-the-counter drugs and the associated negative health risks are not safe for adults much less children… so what can a parent do?  It’s easy as 1-2-3.

Recommended by leading headache specialists, neurologists and other healthcare professionals, MigreLief has created two types of drug-free formulas – one for daily maintenance, and one for on-the-spot help when kids need it most (MigreLief-NOW). MigreLief has given many young migraineurs, and their parents, back their lives.

  1. Select Children’s MigreLief daily maintenance formula, and take daily:  Our daily maintenance formulas have been known to show positive benefits in under 3 weeks but they must be taken for 90 days as they continue to build in effectiveness. By the 90th day you will know how well it will work for your child (or yourself if you have migraines too).   Select one of the 3 maintenance formulas and take 2 tablets daily: MigreLief Original, Children’s MigreLief  (age 2+) or MigreLief+M (menstrual migraines).
  2. Take MigreLief-NOW (acute supplement for age 2 – adult) when needed, for extra help during difficult times.
    Our fast-acting MigreLief-NOW should be kept on hand and taken at the first sign of discomfort for fast-acting help.  The dose for kids is HALF of the adult dose that’s stated on the bottle.  Can’t Swallow Pills? – That’s Okay!   MigreLief can be crushed and mixed with food such as applesauce, yogurt, etc. for children who have trouble swallowing caplets.  MigreLief-NOW is a capsule and can be opened and sprinkled on food for children as well.
  3. Be sure to let us know how well you’re doing at HealthAdvisor@MigreLief.com or feel free to ask any questions. Purchasing tips… if you’re a first time MigreLief purchaser, MigreLief-Starter Kits are our best deal and includes 3 bottles (3 month supply) of any daily formula at a discounted price + a free travel size of MigreLief-NOW our fast-acting acute formula.  Sign up for our newsletter to receive migraine news and updates, plus MigreLief coupons when available.
  4. Money Back Guarantee – We are confident MigreLief will work for you and offer a money-back guarantee.  Try MigreLief for 3 months and whether you buy all 3 bottles at once or one at a time, we will return your purchase price if you are not satisfied with MigreLief for any reason.  90 days is a sufficient time for MigreLief to address the nutritional deficiencies and imbalances many migraine experience.

We are thrilled you are taking this first step… you and your child will be too!
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Migraine Prevention Drugs, Topiramate and Amitriptyline Prove No Better than Placebo in Children

November 12th, 2016

Alternative for Children's Migraines

Scientist and patent holder, Curt Hendrix explain the science behind the success of MigreLief migraine formulas.

Last month, Akeso Health Sciences attended annual conferences of the AAP (American Association of Pediatricians) and the CNS (Child Neurology Society) to exhibit its migraine supplements as effective nutritional support for children aged 2+ suffering either chronic or episodic migraine.

It was great to meet face to face with some of the neurologists, headache specialists and other healthcare professionals who have been recommending MigreLief supplements for years.  Both MigreLief formulas, “daily maintenance” and “fast-acting help” were well received.
It was at the recent CNS convention that we were first informed of the study regarding the use of topiramate and amitriptyline for migraine prevention in children.  The study was published simultaneously with its presentation at the annual meeting of the Child Neurology Society in Vancouver.

A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 328 children and adolescents aged 8-17 who were diagnosed with migraines (with our without aura) concluded that amitriptyline and topiramate proved no better than placebo at preventing migraine in children and were associated with adverse side-effects.

In the study, the participants recorded the number of headaches they experienced during a 28 day baseline period and then were given either a placebo, topiramate, or amitriptyline during a 24 week trial period.  The drug doses were increased every 2 weeks over an 8 week period with doses modified according to side-effects.  In the end, no differences in effectiveness were seen between the two drug groups and the placebo group, however, the authors observed higher rates of adverse side-effects overall in the active treatment groups than the placebo.

Amitriptyline users more often reported fatigue (30%) and dry mouth (25%), whereas topiramate users more often reported parathesia (31%) (burning or prickling sensation that is usually felt in the hands, arms, legs, or feet, but can also occur in other parts of the body), and weight loss (8%).  Other side-effects reported with topirimate included, fatigue (25%), dry mouth (18%), memory impairment (17%), aphasia (16%), cognitive disorder (16%), and upper respiratory tract infection (12%).  Serious adverse events included altered mood in three patients in the amitriptyine group and one suicide attempt in the topiramate group.

Before the trial was concluded, the Food and Drug Administration approved topiramate for the treatment of episodic migraine in adolescents aged 12-17 years.

“Given the null outcome in this trial and the adverse events and serious adverse events reported in the amitriptyline and topiramate groups, the data do not show a favorable risk-benefit profile for the use of these therapies in pediatric migraine prevention, at least over the 24-week duration of the trial,” the study authors concluded.

If you are a parent of a young migraine sufferer, consider MigreLief nutritional migraine supplements.

To the Best of Health,

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

 

Click to view original article published online Oct 27, 2016 – The New England Journal of Medicine.

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Teen Migraines

September 12th, 2016

Help for Teenagers with Migraines

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Migraines are extremely painful and often debilitating for teens and children. Just like adults, teens can also experience dizziness, vertigo, nausea, sensitivity to light and noise, a lack of energy, disturbed vision and other symptoms.Teen migraines are often different than adult migraines. While adult migraines often last several hours or more and settle on one side of the head, in a child or young teen, a migraine may last for as little as one hour and the pain is often felt across the front of the forehead or on both temples.

As a result, childhood migraines are often dismissed as sinus headaches.  Some pediatric migraines don’t involve headache pain at all.  Instead, the child or teen may have abdominal pain, vomiting or feelings of vertigo.

The attacks may be shorter, but after the migraine disappears it can cause an ill feeling that can be even worse than the head pain. Of course symptoms can vary from child to child and can also vary from one attack to the next.

No matter how you look at it, migraines are not something we’d want to wish on our worst enemy, let alone our child.

Children & Teens – migraine dilemma

Parents often dismiss headache complaints by kids and teens, or merely address the problem with a painkiller, not knowing their child may be on a path to a lifetime of suffering migraines.  Researchers are discovering the more migraines a person has, the greater the tendency for future migraines. Evidence shows an increased sensitivity after each successive attack, eventually leading to chronic daily migraines in some individuals. It would follow that in order for children to avoid a lifetime of migraines, it is imperative to lower the frequency of attacks as soon as possible.
 

The devastating effects on teens who suffer from migraines

Migraines in teens (as well as adults) can be disabling. They can cause frequently missed school days, a need to miss sports, work and other activities, and according to a University of Colorado at Denver study, teens who suffer from migraine headaches are also more likely to get lower grades and have a lesser chance of even graduating high school or attending college.

The results of the study found that migraines are an important obstacle to long-term academic success with sufferers having trouble attending school and concentrating on those days they are in school.

The teenage years are already a very difficult time in life, and with migraines they can seem impossible. With the natural response during a migraine attack to shut down and withdraw from the world, sufferers feel a sense of abandonment, which is extremely damaging during adolescence.

Surveys have found that almost every migraine sufferer’s life is negatively affected forcing them to avoid activities like:

  • Doing chores around the home
  • Taking part in favorite hobbies
  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Attending school
  • Making future plans
The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the USA published data in the medical journal, Headache – 2009, that proves a link between children suffering from migraine and  emotional disorders.  According to the study, “children suffering from migraines are at risk of developing emotional and behavioral problems such as depression and anxiety”.

A study in 2007 found that teens who suffer from migraines have a higher risk of suicide and also a greater chance of developing mental disorders in addition to the headaches. 21% were found to develop major depression and 19% were found to experience panic attacks.

Migraine triggers in teens 

While migraines can be unpredictable, it’s important to become aware of certain triggers. Sometimes by setting up a regular routine and avoiding known triggers, attacks can be minimized.

Teens, like adults, and sometimes even more so, can be severely affected by stress. Incorporating stress reduction activities like deep breathing and meditation can be helpful in lessening migraine attacks.

Some common migraine triggers include:

  • Hormone changes such as just before the menstrual period begins
  • Skipping meals
  • Not getting enough rest
  • Alcohol
  • Stress
  • Physical activity
  • Extreme heat
  • Certain smells
  • Certain foods, in particular those with additives, preservatives or dyes.
  • Bright lights
  • Weather changes
  • Medications
  • Motion sickness during road trips
  • Changes in routine

Options for teens with chronic migraines-
Conventional Treatment 

Many popular drugs on the market today are not well tolerated by adults much less something to which a parent would want to subject their adolescent or vibrant young. Dry mouth, fatigue, difficulty concentrating are just a few of the potential side-effects.

“Parents should be aware that our medication choices aren’t as good as they should be,” Dr. Jennifer Bickel, a neurologist and headache specialist at  Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri, told Genevra Pittman at Reuters Health.

There are not many medications for treating children’s migraines that are without major controversy, especially the class of medication known as Triptans. If you do your own research, you will see in journals where triptans (such as Children’s Imitrex) are being considered or even approved for children by the FDA, but you will find as many or more articles saying that triptans are in no way safe for children. The only medicine deemed “safe” for treating children’s migraines is ibuprofen. Anyone who has suffered a migraine will tell you that ibuprofen doesn’t begin to mitigate the pain, nor will it prevent future migraines.

Topamax (topiramate), a medication to treat children’s migraines prophylactically (preventively) is an anti-convulsant used to control epilepsy and has also been promoted as a weight loss drug. This same drug has been shown in clinical trials to cause a full 27% of child test subjects to lose weight. Other side effects are known to be upper respiratory infection, anorexia, and paresthesia. These were the results of the only major clinical study conducted on topiramate for children. Outside of the general discussion of Topamax’s side effects, one source (http://epilepsy.emedtv.com) cited that side effects such as memory loss or difficulty concentrating make it difficult to tolerate Topamax. Such side effects could be devastating for a school student, especially if the child already suffers from ADHD.

Additionally, if the child is already being treated pharmacologically for ADHD, depression, anxiety, stress, anorexia, or anything requiring medication, adding yet another medication to those already stressing the child’s body is simply unsound at best, and life-threatening at worst. Combining other medications, especially antidepressants, with migraine medications such as those mentioned above can raise serotonin levels too much and result in serotonin syndrome. 

According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, “Serotonin syndrome is a potentially life-threatening adverse drug reaction that may occur following therapeutic drug use, or as an inadvertent interaction between drugs.” Even a commonly used over-the-counter cough suppressant ingredient, dextromethorphan, combined with a migraine medication can cause serotonin syndrome.

Prevention is key for children and teens who suffer chronic migraines.
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Nutritional Alternative 

Adressing migraines nutritionally is an effective alternative without the harmful side-effects associated with other medications.

Nutritional supplements and herbs such as the patented active ingredients in MigreLief; feverfew, magnesium and riboflavin are known to work through several mechanisms of action including keeping the blood flowing properly in the brain. When the blood is flowing the way it should, there may be less liklihood of sudden spasms and inflammation.  These triple therapy ingredients also help to reestablish and maintain normal cerebrovascular tone and function.

Nutritional deficiencies and imbalances often associated with migraines can lead to dysfunctional brain processes such as:  *Excessive Platelet Aggregation (the clumping together of blood cells) resulting in blood vessel changes and the decrease in the brain’s cellular energy reserves (cells lose energy production ability when the powerhouses of the cells (the mitochondria) become dysfunctional due to nutritional deficiencies).
Migraine Help for TeensA VITAMIN, A MINTERAL AND A PLANT
We understand that as a parent, you want, not only to have your child’s pain relieved, but you also do not want them to consume anything that would further harm them. That’s the beauty of the “Triple Therapy Approach” of MigreLief.  There are three well known ingredients/mechanisms of action listed in the American Academy of Neurology’s Evidence Based Guidelines for Migraine Prevention, working at the cellular level to solve the problem.

  • Magnesium
  • Riboflavin/B-2
  • Feverfew-whole leaf and extract.

There are no negative side-effects associated with the ingredients in MigreLief or Children’s MigreLief  (formulated for ages 2 -11.)  With MigreLief, there also is no concern about drug interaction with most other medications a child might be taking.

Daily Maintenance vs. “As-Needed”

Dream Team for Migraines -Original MigreLief was formulated to be taken daily to maintain normal cerebrovascular function.  But what do you do if a migraine or headache should occurr?

MigreLief-NOW is Akeso Health Sciences fast acting acute formula to be taken at the first sign of discomfort.  The dose for children 2-11 is 1/2 the regular dose.  Recommended dosage for adults and teens is to take  2-4 capsules immediately and 2 more 2 hours later if needed.


Teenagers have a lot going on in their lives and do not need to be handicapped with disabling migraines. By avoiding common triggers, staying well hydrated, and taking a nutritional approach to migraines, young adults have a great chance of getting their life back.

To the Best of Health,

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

Inspiring stories from parents:

“My daughter has been using Migrelief for 2 years. She used to have migraines at least 6x per month. Since using Migrelief continually for the last 2 years, only 2 migraines total!! Best thing that ever happened for our family is finding Migrelief!”  ~ F.L.
 

“I had migraines as a child and all of my life until I found MigreLief. Now my son age 10 gets them. After 2 months of taking MigreLief, he is finally back in school. MigreLief gave us both back our life!”  ~ C.M.

“My son has suffered from migraines since the age of 7. His migraines have always been complicated causing him to vomit, be sensitive to light and noise, and stay in a dark room until the pain was manageable. His neurologist recommended MigreLief. We are ecstatic. He is able to stay over with friends, play baseball, basketball, and skateboard again.”  ~ H.S.

 

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