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JUNE is Migraine Awareness Month…Children Get Recurring Migraines Too! Pediatric Migraine Facts

June 1st, 2020

Children's MigreLief Prevention
Many people don’t know that children also get migraines. Every day millions of parents watch helplessly as their children suffer from debilitating migraine attacks.

Migraines in children often go undiagnosed because unlike adults, children cannot easily communicate to their parents or physicians just what type of symptoms they’re experiencing.

Many times they’re too young to articulate what they’re feeling so migraines go untreated for a long time. In many cases crying, lack of focus and symptoms of depression are attributed to things other than the actual problem.

Fortunately children who suffer chronic migraines are great candidates for nutritional options for maintaining healthy cerebrovascular tone and function (blood vessels in the brain) as well as healthy mitochondrial energy reserves (the powerhouse of brain cells

CHILDREN’S MIGRAINES SHOULD NOT BE DISMISSED

Migraines interfere with all aspects of a child’s life, cause permanent changes in the brain, and can lead to increased risk of depression. Because it can be difficult for children to convince their parents or teachers that they are really sick, their attendance in school and academic achievement may suffer making it difficult to catch up and adding more undue stress to their lives.

PEDIATRIC MIGRAINE FACTS:

– A migraine is a type of severe, incapacitating headache that can strike suddenly and often with accompanying symptoms of nausea, abdominal pain and vomiting. They are often recurrent.

– 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.

– A child who has one parent with migraine has a 50% chance of inheriting it, and if both parents have migraine, the chances rise to 75%.

-Migraines may occur with or without aura and last in children from 30 minutes to 48 hours. (Migraine aura is the collective name given to the many types of neurological symptoms that may occur just before or during a migraine such as visual, sensory, motor or verbal disturbance.)

– Common precursors and symptoms of child migraine; cyclical vomiting, abdominal migraine pain, vertigo, and sensitivity to light.

-About 10% of school-age children suffer from migraine, and up to 28% of adolescents between the ages of 15-19 are affected by it.

-Half of all migraine sufferers have their first attach before the age of 12.

-Migraine as been reported in children as young as 18 months. Recently, infant colic was found to be associated with childhood migraine and may even be an early form of migraine.

-Migraines are more common in boys than girls until girls begin menstruation

– Migraine in children can differ from migraine in adults. Non-headache and neurological symptoms (aura) may be more prominent than the headache.

– Child Migraine is often under-diagnosed by doctors, possibly due to the prominence of non-headache symptoms

The Four Stages of Migraine Headaches

Migraines often progress through four stages. Your child may or may not have all four stages. And the stages may not be the same every time a migraine occurs.

  • Prodrome: In this early stage, your child may feel tired, uneasy, or moody. It may be hours or days before the headache pain begins.
  • Aura: Up to an hour before a migraine, your child may experience an aura (odd smells, sights, or sounds). This may include flashing lights, blind spots, other vision problems, confusion, or trouble speaking.
  • Headache: Your child has pain in one or both sides of the head. Your child may feel nauseated and have a strong sensitivity to light, sound, and odors. Vomiting and/or diarrhea may also occur. This stage can last anywhere from 48-72 hours.
  • Postdrome or recovery: For about a day after the headache ends, your child may feel tired, achy, and exhausted.

What Causes Migraine Headaches?

It is not clear why migraines occur. If a family member has migraines, your child may be more likely to have them. Many people find that their migraines are set off by a “trigger.”
Common migraine triggers include:

  • -Chemicals in certain foods and drinks, such as aged cheeses, luncheon meats, chocolate, coffee, sodas, foods containing MSG. etc.
  • -Chemicals in the air, such as tobacco smoke, perfume, glue, paint, or cleaning products
  • -Dehydration
  • -Not enough sleep
  • -Hormonal changes in the body during puberty
  • -Environmental factors, such as bright or flashing lights, hot sun, weather or air pressure changes

What Are the Symptoms of Migraine Headaches?

Your child may have some or all of the following symptoms:

  • -Pain, often severe, occurring in a specific area of the head (such as behind one eye)
  • -Aura (odd smells, sights, or sounds)
  • -Nausea and/or vomiting, or diarrhea
  • -Sensitivity to light or sound

How Are Migraine Headaches Prevented and Treated?

Call your child’s health care provider right away if your child has any of the following:

  • Fever and stiff neck with a headache
  • In a child of any age who has a temperature of 103°F (39.4°C) or higher
  • A fever that lasts more than 24-hours in a child under 2 years old, or for 3 days in a child 2 years or older
  • A seizure caused by the fever
  • Headache pain that seems different or much worse than previous episodes
  • Headache upon awakening or in the middle of the night
  • Dizziness, clumsiness, or other changes with a headache
  • Migraines that happen more than once a week or suddenly increase in frequency
  • For any reason if you are concerned about your child’s health.

Nutritional Options

Researchers are discovering “migraines beget migraines” – the more migraines one 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. In order to avoid a lifetime of migraines, it is imperative to lower the frequency and intensity of migraines as soon as possible.

Why Children’s MigreLief should by your first choice:

Comprehensive Support for Neurological Health with a Proven Track Record

Formulated to provide nutritional support to migraine sufferers, MigreLief has been recommended and used by countless migraine sufferers for over 2 decades.

MigreLief comes in 3 daily formulas:

  • MigreLief Original (teens and adults)
  • Children’s MigreLief (age 2-12)
  • MigreLief+M for women or menstruating teens who know their migraines are hormonally related and occur just before, after or during menstruation each month.Fast-Acting Formula:
  • MigreLief-NOW (on-the-spot neurological comfort) to be taken as needed.

MigreLief Benefits

-Safe, gentle and effective for children over the age of 2

-Two international patents have been granted the unique MigreLief formulation

-Recommended by pediatric neurologists

-NO harmful side-effect

-MigreLief’s Triple Therapy™ Ingredients: a vitamin, a mineral, and an herb (Magnesium, Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2) and a proprietary form of the herb Feverfew, have been proven beneficial to migraine sufferers in clinical studies

-All 3 ingredients are listed in The American Academy of Neurology’s Guidelines for Migraine Prevention.

-Taken daily as a dietary supplement

-Maintains healthy cerebrovascular (blood vessels in the brain) tone and function your child has on migraine free days

-Helps maintain healthy mitochondrial energy reserves (the powerhouse of brain cells)

-Used by thousands of children worldwide and hundreds of thousands of adults.

Note:  For children who have difficulty swallowing pills of any size, MigreLief or Children’s MigreLief may be crushed and mixed with food such as applesauce, yogurt etc. for easier swallowing.
Fast-acting MigreLief-NOW comes in capsule form and may be opened and sprinkled on food for easier swallowing as well.

Because the “daily” migrelief formulas have a build up period for up to 3 months for maximum effectiveness, we suggest keeping MigreLief-NOW (the as-needed formula) on hand and take for on-the-spot neurological comfort.

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Arthritis and Obesity, a Debilitating Combination

March 26th, 2020

The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) reports that by 2040, an estimated 78 million (26%) US adults aged 18 years or older are projected to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis.  Arthritis sufferers are 54% more likely to be obese than non-sufferers.  Almost 23% of overweight and 31% of obese US adults report doctor-diagnosed arthritis.

Managing arthritis pain can feel like a losing battle if you are overweight or obese.  Many arthritis sufferers avoid exercise due to pain and stiffness of joints, even though exercise or activity has been shown to  reduce arthritis pain by replenishing lubrication to the cartilage of the joint.  In turn, lack of exercise can lead to weight gain, placing more strain on joints which can aggravate arthritis and pain.  Every one pound of excess weight exerts three to six pounds of extra force on joints.

Obesity makes every type of arthritis harder to manage.   But taking it one step at a time, and losing even a little weight can have a huge impact on physical and mental health.

Arthritis sufferers who are obese can benefit immeasurably from consistent, daily moderate exercise like walking 30-40 minutes a day, along with cutting fatty and sugary foods from the diet.

    • Go Slow:  If you haven’t exercised in awhile, start off slowly with a few, low-intensity exercises and short walks. Walking is a low-impact form of exercise that can help with aerobic conditioning, heart and joint health, and mood. It is essential to wear proper shoes and stay hydrated, even if the walking is not strenuous.  Walk slowly initially and then increase the pace when possible.
    • Stretching can help improve flexibility, reduce stiffness, and increase range of motion. Stretch slowly and gently moving the joints of knees, hands, elbows and other joints.
      A typical stretching routine can start with:

      • Warming up by walking in place or pumping the arms while sitting or standing for 3–5 minutes.
      • Holding each stretch for 10–20 seconds before releasing it.
      • Repeating each stretch 2–3 times.
    • Tai chi and yoga combine deep breathing, flowing movements, gentle poses, and meditation. They increase flexibility, balance, and range of motion while also reducing stress. You can access instructional, “how to” videos and follow along on your smart T.V. or on your smart phone – on Youtube.
    • Water exercises help support your body weight and do not exert heavy impact on the joints.  Swimming, walking in water or water aerobics can reduce joint stiffness, increase flexibility and strength as well as range of motion.
    • Cycling can keep your joints moving and  help with cardiovascular fitness.
    • Strength training helps to strengthen the muscles around the affected joints and can help increase strength while reducing pain and other arthritis symptoms.
    • Hand exercises like bending the wrists up and down, slowly curling the fingers and spreading the fingers wide on a table and squeezing a stress ball can help increase strength and flexibility in the hands.

In addition to exercising, eating nutritiously and sensibly, avoiding appetizers and desserts and decreasing entree portions can result in significant decrease in both weight and pain.

The fiber in salads and vegetables makes us feel fuller, decreases our food intake and helps significantly with regularity, which is often compromised in the obese and also in patients taking some pain medications.

Even if you are not obese, but suffer with arthritis and are somewhat over-weight, these suggestions can be of significant benefit if you implement them consistently.

To the Best of Heath,

 

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

 

 

Managing Chronic Migraines as a Parent – Tips for Moms and Dads

September 29th, 2019

Being a parent is a fantastic and rewarding experience, but it can also be incredibly hard sometimes, especially for migraine sufferers. From constantly worrying about the well-being of others, to not having a single moment alone to yourself, it’s no wonder many parents are seriously sleep-deprived.

The relationship between lack of sleep and migraines has been well documented. Researchers conducting animal studies have found that sleep deprivation triggers changes in the nervous system that allows for migraines to occur. For individuals who already get the occasional migraine, the lack of sleep and the constant stress that comes from parenting can be a recipe for disaster.

5 Tips for Successful Parenting with Migraines

Always be prepared

Though we usually think of being prepared for migraines as having the right medications on hand or avoiding sure-fire triggers, preparing yourself for the inevitable can take many different forms. For instance, having a few frozen lunches or dinners that your kids like waiting to be thawed in case of an emergency will save you the stress of figuring out what to cook right in the middle of a migraine attack.

Also, find a migraine buddy; someone that you trust to take care of your kids (your spouse, a family member, a friend, etc.) when a migraine has you locked in a dark room.  This can give you respite during a crisis.

It is important to share a “migraine-attack plan” with your migraine buddy in case they need to take your kids out for a while or pick them up from school. Important things to incorporate on your plan include your kids’ schedules (drop off and pick up times, after school activities, etc.), any allergies, and important phone numbers.

Talk to your kids about your condition

Children are extremely perceptive, and even if you try to hide it, they almost always know when something’s wrong with mom or dad. Regardless of how old your child is, it is important for them to understand, to the best of their abilities, what’s going on with mom or dad.

Talking candidly about your migraines will help ease any fears they might feel when they see you experiencing an attack and understand why sometimes you can’t play with them, cook dinner or help them with homework. That way, next time they see you laying with all the lights off they’ll know that mommy or daddy will be okay and let to have some much-needed quiet time.

Choose migraine-friendly family activities

Having quality time while you have a migraine might seem like an impossible task. But the good news is that you can devise a set of migraine-friendly activities to do with your kids when you are in pain. Having a list of quiet or gentle activities to do with your kids during a migraine attack will ease the mom or dad-guilt that comes with having to spend so much time locked away in a dark room and will give your children certainty that you are going to be okay.

For activities with younger kids, you can opt for quietly playing with Legos, slime or Play-Doh. For children of any age, a movie night is always a good option – prepare some popcorn, dim the lights and let your kids pick their favorite movie. Even if you have to lay next to them with your eyes closed, they’ll appreciate the time together.

Empower your kids to be independent early

Encouraging your kid to be self-efficient from a young age will not only make going through a migraine easier for yourself, but it will also prepare them to be an assertive, self-reliant adult when they grow up. These are some age-appropriate chores that will teach responsibility and self-reliance to children:

Ages 2-3

  • Pick up their toys
  • Put dirty clothes on the hamper
  • Make their bed
  • Put place-mats on the table

Ages 4-6

  • Feed pets
  • Water plants
  • Help fold laundry
  • Put away groceries

Ages 7-11

  • Make breakfast (with supervision)
  • Dust furniture
  • Take out trash
  • Clean their room

Ages 12+

  • Walk dog
  • Sweep/mop
  • Vacuum
  • Wash dishes
  • Mow lawn

Be kind to yourself

It’s normal to feel guilty about missing your daughter’s soccer game or not being able to make it to your son’s swimming lesson because you had a migraine. However, it is important to remind yourself that you are doing your best; having migraines is not your fault and having them does not make you a bad parent.

Be patient with yourself and your kids and try to make up for lost time when you are feeling better. Nobody’s perfect, so don’t dwell on what you said, did or didn’t do when you were in pain – instead, when you are back to feeling yourself go out and do something fun together, kids are more resilient than we think.

You got this!

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 persistent 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 recurring 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 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.

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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. 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 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 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 all, 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 migraines 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.

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To the Best of Health,

Your MigreLief Team at Akeso Health Sciences

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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

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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 enjoying 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 (age 12+) or Children’s MigreLief, a dietary supplement formulated to provide nutritional support for helping to 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 action ingredients (magnesium, riboflavin and Puracol™ feverfew) can take up to 3 months for maximum benefits.  June or July is a good time to start the MigreLief nutritional regimen.

MigreLief dietary supplements are recommended by many pediatric neurologists and headache specialists.  It is available in a daily  formula and an as-needed formula for children age 2-adult.

The 3 daily formulas are “Original MigreLief” – age 12-adult, “Children’s MigreLief” – age 2-12 and MigreLief+M (women with menstrual migraines).
Fast-acting formula, “MigreLief-NOW” can be taken as-need for neurological comfort.  The dose for children age 2-11 is stated on the label.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Akeso MigreLief supplements can be purchased on online at MigreLief.com, at the Vitamin Shoppe nationwide, Meijer stores, and independent pharmacies.   If you pharmacist doesn’t stock it, be sure to ask for it as they can order it from their normal distributor and usually have it for you within 24 hours.

To the Best of Health,

 

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

 

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ARE BOTOX INJECTIONS WORTH THE TROUBLE AND EXPENSE FOR PREVENTING CHRONIC MIGRAINE HEADACHES?

May 22nd, 2017

A recent study published in the April 25th issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reviewed the results of 31 published studies on the use of Botox injections to prevent migraine headaches.

The researchers found that the use of botox injections to prevent occasional migraines (episodic migraines defined as less than 15 headache days per month) and chronic daily headaches was of no greater benefit than placebo.

They further reported that for chronic migraines (15 or more migraine or headache days a month) or chronic daily headaches, there was a small to modest benefit that was probably not clinically very significant. In addition, compared to placebo, Botox injections caused:

  • Neck discomfort or pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Paresthesias (a prickly, tingling, electric shock type sensation)
  • Drooping of the upper eyelid
  • Skin tightness or discomfort

The bottom line is that for most people, based upon this analysis of 31 published studies, the expense and effort of going through Botox injections to try to prevent chronic migraine headaches may not lead to satisfactory results.

For a nutritional option to address migraines please visit www.MigreLief.com

 

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

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