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Hair Loss from Topamax? Recommendations for Battling Topirimate Side-Effects

August 26th, 2017

 

 

Topamax and Hair Loss
hairloss from topamax
Topical Treatments and Nutritional Options

Discover What’s Working for Others

If you search online for “Topamax and Hair Loss” you will find many posts from people struggling with this problem and seeking advice. Just why and how Topamax causes hair loss for some users is not known, but more and more users are reporting this side-effect.

The NIH (U.S. National Institutes of Health) list hair loss as a side-effect of Topamax.  Topiramate is an anti-seizure drug taken to help prevent migraines. It can cause mild-moderate to serious side effects that may include abnormal sensations (often tingling), fatigue, nausea, changes in taste, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and weight loss. More severe side effects can occur, including difficulty with thinking and concentration.

Topiramate -additional side effects. (see bottom of page for MedlinePlus list.)

Topiramate may cause osteoporosis (a condition in which bones can break more easily) in adults and rickets (abnormal, curved bone growth) in children. Topiramate may also slow the growth of children and may decrease the final height that children reach. Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking topiramate.

If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).

Two Tactics for Combating Hair Loss:

From the inside (nutritionally) and from the outside (topical treatments)

Topical Treatments:
Some people have had success with the following products when applied to hair and scalp

Nioxin shampoo and products for thinning hair – Often recommended for cancer patients who lose their hair due to chemotherapy, Nioxin can be found in many retail stores, beauty supply stores and online.

Ginger Ginger Root & Coconut Oil for Stimulating Hair Regrowth – Purchase fresh ginger root from the produce department of your grocery store and a jar of coconut oil.  It will be solid but easily melts at ward temperatures or when heated.

Preparation:  Peel and slice ginger into small pieces to fit in a blender or food processor.  Blend to a pulp (do not add water) and then place the ball of pulp on a thick towel, wrap and squeeze the juice into a bowl.  Melt the coconut oil by placing it in a small bowl and then placing the bottom of the small bowl into a larger bowl filled with hot water.  Never microwave the oil or it will destroy the beneficial properties.  Add the squeezed ginger juice to the coconut oil and mix with a spoon.  You may put this concoction in a plastic or glass jar, bowl or bottle for storage. Glass is best as you can place it in warm/hot water to melt each time you want to use it.   If you store it in a bottle with a dropper it is easy to apply with the dropper to you scalp.

May purchase at Whole Foods Market or other stores.

You can also use a small paint brush or drizzle it on with your fingers.  Massage into your scalp.  You can tie up your hair or pin it back while the mixture stays on your scalp for  at least 2 hours before washing it off with cold water.  Shampoo and condition as normal.    You may also use it before bedtime, put a plastic shower cap on your head or lay your head on a towel when you sleep due to the slight oiliness.  You can wash out in the morning with your regular shampoo.  The great properties of ginger and coconut oil will nourish your hair, prevent breakage and stimulate hair growth. Use it regularly at least 3 times a week if  you have hair loss problems and don’t just want to stimulate your hair follicles, prevent dandruff and keep your hair nourished.  Here is a great online video with step by step instructions.  Ginger Root Coconut Oil Treatment Video.

Rosemary Oil (herb) – Although it’s not clear how rosemary works for hair loss, applying it to the scalp irritates the skin and increases blood circulation.  Using rosemary oil for hair loss is one of the most effective, natural solutions. Rosemary essential oil stimulates circulation to the scalp and destroys any bacteria that could clog hair follicles.

Rosemary for Daily Use – You may also use rosemary oil for hair loss on a daily basis through scalp massage and with daily shampooing. For a daily massage to stimulate new growth, add two drops of rosemary oil to one ounce of jojoba oil. Rub into the scalp for three minutes in the morning before showering. Another tip for nourishing your hair on a daily basis is to add rosemary to your shampoo or conditioner. Use one drop of oil for every four ounces of shampoo or conditioner. For hair loss, rosemary essential oil blends well with lavender, sage or peppermint. If blending, use half rosemary essential oil and half of your choice of another oil.

Hot Oil Hair Treatment – Once a week use a hot oil treatment for your hair and scalp. Combine 5 drops of rosemary essential oil with 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a small jar with a lid.  Warm the oil-rosemary solution by placing the jar in a bowl of  hot water (recently boiled) the oil is warm.  Comb through damp hair. Wrap a bath towel around your head to keep in the heat and let stand for 20 minutes or more.  The rosemary treatment and heat will increase circulation to the scalp and you should see an improvement with hair growth

Lavender & Other Essential Oils for Hair Growth –  This is a treatment that has been recommended for people with Alopecia areata (a type of hair loss that occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, which is where hair growth begins).  This essential oil blend includes lavender, thyme, rosemary, cedarwood, plus the carrier oils jojoba and grape-seed (a carrier oil dilutes the essential oils and aids in the delivery of their healing properties without irritation).
To make an essential oil blend, mix the following:
3 drops of lavender oil
3 drops of rosemary oil
2 drops of thyme oil
2 drops of cedarwood oil
4 tsp. of grapeseed oil
1/2 tsp of jojoba oil
Mix the oils well before massaging the oil into your scalp. Apply to a small patch of your scalp before putting it on your entire scalp, to see how your skin reacts. If you do not have a negative reaction, massage the mixture into your scalp five minutes, being sure to cover bald or thinning spots. If the lavender oil becomes overwhelming to your senses, add a little more of one of the carrier oils (grapeseed, jojoba or even olive oil) to further dilute the mixture. Try not to dilute the oil too much, though, because you may lose the benefit. After you’re done, cover your hair with a towel. It’s suggested, that to see the best results, one should do this routinely for at least seven months. Apply before bed, and wash your hair in the morning.

Nutritional Options: Many people experience improvement (with hair loss AND migraines) when they address nutritional deficiencies

Biotin – is a member of the B-vitamin family known as Vitamin B7 and helps with cell growth and blood sugar maintenance. It has been proven to help hair grow stronger and longer and it also helps strengthen your nails.h It has even been shown to reverse premature graying.  It is especially important to the skin cells as they are frequently replaced due to their exposure to the outside environment. Biotin also protects the nervous system, preventing seizures, ataxia and loss of muscle tone.

Biotin is also great for stress because it’s an important component of the nerves. Stress can cause hair loss so adding biotin to the diet gives protection both to the hair follicles and to the nerves that support their proper function.Check the supplement bottle for recommended dosage.  Many people start with 1,000 mcg. for hair loss  with a possibility of increasing up to 5,000 if they are not experiencing success at a lower dose.

Topamax and MigreLief  MigreLief 4 formulas

We often receive emails from patients informing us that MigreLief was recommended to them in combination with Topamax.  Although we have no knowledge of MigreLief helping with hair loss specifically, MigreLief has been reported to work well with Topamax in the reduction of side-effects in some users.

MigreLief contains Magnesium, high dose Riboflavin and the herb Feverfew (a proprietary form of whole leaf and extract.)  MigreLief was formulated to address the underlying nutritional deficiencies and imbalances, as well as dysfunctional brain processes, that lead to migraines in the first place.

MigreLief works by helping a migraine sufferer to maintain the normal cerebrovascular tone and function he or she enjoys on migraine-free days.  If you add MigreLief to your migraine prevention regimen, we suggest taking it for 90 days for maximum benefits.   Although many migraine sufferers have reported success in less time, the 90 days is sufficient time to build up nutritional levels for maximum effectiveness.  During this period, fast acting MigreLief-NOW may be kept on hand at all times and taken at the first sign of discomfort.

 

MigreLief – 4 Formulas to Meet Everyone’s Needs

Available in 3 daily maintenance formulas:  Original, Menstrual Migraine and Children’s (age 2-11).
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MORE CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS
In addition to medications, the following can also lead to hair loss:

  • Hormonal changes, including menopause
  • Increased production of DHT, a form of testosterone
  • Stress
  • Alopecia, or pattern baldness
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Thyroid issues, especially in regards to an iodine deficiency
  • Illness and medication

For hair loss in general, maintaining a healthy lifestyle will promote hair growth.  Eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of sleep to regenerate cells and promote overall health is very important.  Foods rich in iron, vitamin A & D are known for supporting healthy hair;  spinach, bok-choy, carrots, sweet-potatoes, nuts, fish, chicken, and blueberries, to name a few, all will contribute to healthier hair. Taking MigreLief, drinking plenty of water, eating a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals  while avoiding stress and other well known migraine triggers when possible, will all contribute to a migraine preventive regimen better quality of life.

Follow the links below to additional online  forums discussing hair loss and Topamax.  Visit MigreLief.com for more information.

 

Topamax and hair loss suggestions? – MDJunction

  • www.mdjunction.com/forums/migraine-headaches-discussions/general-support/10… I have been on 75mg of topamax for the past 8 months. I lost around 12 lbs. but I’ ve noticed that my hair has been falling out.  I take many 
  • Can Topamax Cause Alopecia?  – 2015 study
  • So sad to stop Topamax, but can’t deal with hair loss – Topix

    www.topix.com/forum/drug/topamax/TFRFH8A8NCDNCVMN2 – Similar to So sad to stop Topamax, but can’t deal with hair loss – Topix I’ve had every test there is and still have no diagnosis (possible MS? freak migraines?), but my neuro put me on Topamax. It was awesome.

  • Hair loss and Topamax – Weight Loss Alternatives – MedHelp

    www.medhelp.org/posts/Weight-Loss-Alternatives/Hair-loss-and-To… – Similar to Hair loss and Topamax – Weight Loss Alternatives – MedHelp Sep 4, 2006  I have been prescribed Wellbutrin for depression and Topamax as a mood stabilizer. The combination worked very well for me and the bonus 

Is “Hair Loss” Even Listed as a Side Effect?!

It’s always good to read the warnings regarding side-effects before starting a new drug. However, many people have stated that hair-loss is not listed as a side-effect of Topamax.  It doesn’t appear that hair loss is mentioned anywhere, confirming the frustration of so many migraine sufferers – they didn’t expect it, making it all the more aggravating.  But if you take a closer look – the hair loss information may be there, but in disguise, referred to as Alopecia.

According to the official Topamax website, the common side-effects are numbness and tingling in the arms and legs, fatigue, taste change (food and drink tastes different), difficulty with concentration and difficulty with memory.  Hair loss is not mentioned.  Serious Topamax side-effects are described in the manufacturers Important Safety Information section.

MedlinePlus, an informative drug database and service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health provides a lot of information, but does not seem to mention anything about hair loss.

Topamax and Hair Loss – What Can You Do?

Visiting online forums is a good way to read the stories of others who are experiencing the same dilemma and discover what is or isn’t working.  Nutritional options and remedies are also shared. You’ll see that users share their frustration about their hair loss from Topamax, and about being uninformed of this side-effect …with a few people stating it could take a year for hair to grow back once stopping Topamax. However, there are many who are experiencing regrowth as they supplement their nutritional deficiencies, and others who benefit from the information provided in the Hair Loss Black Book, and the Women’s Hair Loss Project is also another resource.

Additional Information:
MedlinePlus (U.S. NIH National Library of Medicine) Topirimate Info & List of Side-effects

Topiramate may cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • numbness, burning, or tingling in the hands or feet
  • slowed reactions
  • nervousness
  • headache
  • drowsiness
  • weakness
  • uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
  • uncontrollable eye movements
  • weight loss
  • constipation
  • heartburn
  • change in ability to taste food
  • dry mouth
  • nosebleed
  • teary or dry eyes
  • back, muscle, leg, or bone pain
  • missed menstrual periods
  • excessive menstrual bleeding

Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms or those listed in the SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS section, call your doctor immediately:

  • blurred vision
  • loss of vision
  • double vision
  • eye pain
  • eye redness
  • worsening of seizures
  • feeling cold, chills, or low body temperature
  • difficulty concentrating
  • speech problems, especially difficulty thinking of specific words
  • confusion
  • memory problems
  • loss of coordination
  • pounding or irregular heartbeat
  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • trouble breathing
  • fast, shallow breathing
  • inability to respond to things around you
  • excessive tiredness
  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • stomach pain
  • loss of appetite
  • intense back or side pain
  • bloody, cloudy, or foul-smelling urine
  • constant need to urinate
  • difficulty urinating or pain when urinating
  • fever or other signs of infection

Topiramate may cause osteoporosis (a condition in which bones can break more easily) in adults and rickets (abnormal, curved bone growth) in children. Topiramate may also slow the growth of children and may decrease the final height that children reach. Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking Topiramate.

Topiramate may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.

If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).

ALICE IN WONDERLAND SYNDROME – HALLUCINOGENIC MIGRAINES

July 11th, 2017

Many of you who either suffer from chronic migraine headaches or have a close friend or loved one, who has them, are familiar with the visual disturbances that can occur prior to the migraine pain, known as auras.

Some symptoms of auras are bright flashing lights, zigzag line in your field of vision and areas in your field of vision that are blocked out, just to mention a few.

These auras are taken to a whole other level of intensity when migraine sufferers experience what are known as “Alice in Wonderland Syndrome” migraines. (AIWS)

Thought to be caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain which leads to irregular blood flow in parts of the brain that control vision, these “hallucinations” result in severe distortion and perception of what the sufferer is viewing.

Sufferers when viewing their own body parts may think that they look gigantic or extremely tiny. Their feet may seem to be a mile away from their knees. Rooms and walls may sway and look like they are bending and flexing.  Hallways can look much longer than they actually are and perception of both time and space can be totally disrupted.  Every day noises like the sound of a TV can sound incredibly loud. Children can complain that the blackboard in school looks very far away.

Episodes of AIWS usually occur without the pain associated with migraines.

These unusual perceptions are very similar to what Alice experienced in Wonderland when she fell into the hole and in fact may be in the story because Lewis Carroll was known to suffer with severe migraines and may have had these kinds of perception issues himself.

AIWS is most common in migraine sufferers and children.  AIWS in children even without migraine pain can indicate that the child might develop migraines as he/she ages.  The eyes are healthy upon examination and the abnormal perception is caused by brain malfunction in the areas of the brain like the occipital lobe that processes perception.

The altered visual images that sufferers perceive can also be coupled with changes in sensation, touch and hearing.  The first attack of AIWS can make sufferers think they are “losing their minds” or going crazy and can be quite upsetting and scary. These disturbances can make a person with AIWS afraid to walk or move.

Other than the fear caused by the strange perceptions caused by AIWS there is no known long-term harm caused by the condition. The episodes should be treated by whatever medical options the sufferer has found beneficial for their regular migraines. Though it is unlikely that there is anything structurally wrong with the brain, to be safe, if you do experience an episode of AIWS, getting an MRI of the brain is advisable.

Since AIWS is not very common, and occurs most frequently in children, it is not known if taking preventive medications or supplements known to prevent chronic migraines such as, prescription drugs or well-known dietary supplements like, MigreLief, will eliminate or reduce the occurrence of AIWS, though it is conceivable they might, because they do help to establish normal cerebrovascular function which goes “haywire” both during migraines and AIWS.

 

Curt Hendrix M.S. C.C.N.  C.N.S.

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Puracol Feverfew for Migraines – A Real Plus!

June 20th, 2017

The herb Feverfew (Tanacetum Parthenium) has been recorded as a medicinal remedy for millennia.  One can find references to the Latin “febrefugia” from which Feverfew gets its name in Old Saxon records. Hildegard of Bingen, a great 12th century abbess and healer made mention of it in her herbal tomes. Febrefugia literally means “Fever flies,” and has always been used as a fever reducer among other purposes. In even more ancient times, the Greeks used Feverfew to treat melancholy which was characterized as much by debilitating headaches as it was by long-term depression.

Historically Feverfew has also been used as a dietary supplement for headaches, constipation, diarrhea, and dizziness.   But one of the greatest boons in the modern era is the discovery of Feverfew as an aid for migraine headaches.

FEVERFEW & MIGRAINES

Commonly recommended for its ability to support cerebrovascular tone, Feverfew is rich in compounds known as sesquiterpene lactones.  One of the more important of these compounds is 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.

PURACOL FEVERFEW
Some studies of extracts of feverfew containing parthenolide yielded no significant benefits. This led researchers to believe that some 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 with high levels of naturally occurring parthenolide) was developed. Puracol Feverfew is just one of the reasons for the superior efficacy of MigreLief, which delivers optimal dosages of parthenolide. Scientific studies have found parthenolide inhibits platelet aggregation and the release of serotonin from platelets and polymorphonuclear leukocyte granules.* It has also been shown to inhibit pro-inflammatory prostaglandin synthesis and the release of arachadonic acid. Each of these phenomena is associated with migraines. European studies have shown the benefits of feverfew on long-term cerebrovasular tone in multiple human studies.

INHIBITING BLOOD PLATELET AGGREGATION
Feverfew can help to prevent the clumping together of platelets in the blood – part of the sequence of events leading to the formation of a clot)

Over aggregating of platelets in the blood appear just before a migraine forcing a release of serotonin. Serotonin causes the blood vessel to constrict.  Scientific studies have found parthenolide inhibits platelet aggregation and the release of serotonin from platelets and polymorphonuclear leukocyte granules, thus keeping the blood vessel normal resulting in less painful, less frequent or cessation of migraines.

Feverfew has also been shown to inhibit pro-inflammatory prostaglandin synthesis and the release of arachadonic acid. Each of these phenomena is associated with migraines. European studies have shown the benefits of Feverfew on long-term cerebrovasular tone in multiple human studies.

ACTIVATING DYSFUNCTIONAL BRAIN PROCESSES
Though the exact cause of migraines is not known, certain triggers like tyramine in aged cheeses, chocolate, scents/perfumes, bright lights, changes in weather/temperature/humidity/altitude, over-use of headache medications, stress, hormonal fluctuations and many more, can activate certain processes that increase the risk of migraines occurring.

The dysfunctional processes that these triggers can activate are:

*  Excessive platelet aggregation which can result in changes in blood vessels associated with migraines.

*  Decrease in the cellular energy reserves in the brain that are common to migraine sufferers.

NUTRITIONAL APPROACH – When Migraine Sufferers Get These 3 Factors Under Control – The Results Can Be Life Changing

1.  Maintain normal platelet aggregation
2.  Reduce or eliminate vasospasms
3.  Maintain normal mitochondrial energy reserve in the brain.
A Nutritional Approach to Migraine Control:  Riboflavin, Magnesium and Feverfew for maintaining normal cerebrovascular function.
All 3 of these ingredients are listed in the American Academy of Neurology’s Guidelines for Migraine Prevention.

Magnesium:  Research studies show that almost half of all migraine sufferers have low blood levels of Magnesium, which is critical in controlling vasospasms (the contraction and dilation of blood vessels in the brain which occurs during migraines).

Riboflavin:  Migraine sufferers also suffer mitochondrial energy deficiencies, which Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) can improve when given in high dosages.

Feverfew:  Research studies show Feverfew inhibits blood platelet aggregation and is anti-inflammatory.

For adults and children over the age of 2 who suffer migraines chronically, this combination is a great place to start and is a good alternative to the chronic use of NSAIDs like aspirin, and ibuprofen without the negative side-effects.  You can find these formulas at MIGRELIEF.com

 

To the Best of Health,
Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.

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Menstrual Migraines are More Severe, Last Longer and are More Resistant to Treatment

March 12th, 2017

Menstrual Migraine Formula

DON’T LET YOUR MENSTRUAL MIGRAINES BECOME CHRONIC MIGRAINES 

Menstrual migraines are difficult to control.  Approximately 1 in 7 adults have migraines, but women are three times more likely to be affected than men and 60% to 70% report a menstrual relationship to their migraine attacks.  Menstrual related migraine attacks are often more severe, last significantly longer, and are more resistant to treatment than the usual non-menstrual migraine attacks.

Menstrual migraines that occur only monthly can progress into chronic migraines.  Researchers are discovering that migraines beget migraines, the more you have the more you will tend to get.

According to a study published in the medical journal, Cephalalgia:

  • > On average, a menstrual migraine lasted 23.4 hours vs 16.1 hours for non-menstrual migraines.
  • > Menstrual migraines cause more disability and inability to function in daily tasks than non-menstrual migraines
  • > Medications to treat the pain of migraines were 50% less effective when used to treat menstrual migraines.
  • > Even when the pain medication did work, the risk of the menstrual migraine reoccurring was much more likely.

The authors of the study concluded by saying – “Menstrual migraines may require a treatment approach different from that of non-menstrual migraines.”

Other literature indicates only 13.5% of sufferers are pain-free after 2 hours compared to 32.9% of non-menstrual migraine attacks.  This indicates that 86.5% of menstrual migraine sufferers and 67.1% of non-menstrual migraine sufferers do not achieve complete relief from debilitating migraine pain after 2 hours.

The “Terrible Twosome” of Hormonal Fluctuations and Insulin Resistance Can Wreak Havoc on a Woman’s Over-All Health and Cause Symptoms of PMS, PCOS and Menstrual Migraines

Insulin resistance is the body’s inability to respond well to insulin, which controls blood sugar levels and can lead to Type II diabetes, abdominal weight gain and migraines.  High insulin levels due to insulin resistance increase the production of the male hormone, testosterone. High testosterone levels cause symptoms such as body hair growth, acne, irregular periods and weight gain (all of these are PCOS symptoms).

 

There is a Direct Relationship between Hormones and Migraines

Headaches in women, particularly migraines, have been related to changes in the levels of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone before, during and after a woman’s menstrual cycle. Estrogen, progesterone and even testosterone levels can fluctuate significantly a few days before and after menstruation leading to migraines and causing symptoms of PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) and PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) such as:

PMS Symptoms:

  • » Menstrual migraines
  • » Anxiety
  • » Overeating
  • » Breast Swelling
  • » Weight Gain
  • » Bloating
  • » Irritability & Mood Swings|
  • » Abdominal and Pelvic Cramps
  • » Fatigue
  • » Headaches
  • » Changes in Libido
  • » Depression
  • » Insomnia
  • » Acne
  • » Hives

 

PCOS Symptoms:

  • » Hair loss: similar to male pattern baldness
  • » Obesity and inability to lose weight
  • » Acne

MigreLief+M and Menstrual Migraines

In addition to the 3 ingredients in Original MigreLief, drug-free MigreLief+M contains 5 additional ingredients that have been shown to not only balance blood sugar swings and the hormonal fluctuations that lead to menstrual migraines, but to also significantly decrease PMS pre-menstrual and PCOS symptoms.

 

Ingredients: 

Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2, 400 mg/day)*

Puracol Feverfew (100 mg/day)*

Magnesium (citrate/oxide, 360mg/day)*

Chasteberry extract (175 mg/day)

L-Theanine (100 mg/day)

D-Biotin (15 mg/day)

Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (vitamin B-6, 100 mg/day)

Chromium Picolinate

*Riboflavin, feverfew and magnesium are listed in the American Academy of Neurology’s Guidelines for Migraine Prevention (Detailed Ingredients Description)

 

MENOPAUSE & MIGRAINES

Migraine headaches can severely affect women undergoing the changes of menopause.  Statistics indicate that migraines in women tend to increase during the approach to menopause and during menopause; however, they tend to decrease or go away after menopause.

Some women who have never had migraines develop them as they enter the period before (pre and peri-menopause) and during menopause.

 

MigreLief Making a Difference

Until MigreLief+M, no one product was available to address both hormonal and blood sugar fluctuation, migraines and other symptoms associated with a woman’s hormones or menstrual cycle.

Try MigreLief+M today!

 

To the Best of Health,

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.
Chief Scientific Officer, Akeso Health Sciences
Makers of MigreLief.com

 

MigreLief with Puracol™ – Nutritional Formula for Migraine Sufferers… Still Making a Difference

February 20th, 2017

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Original MigreLief with Puracol™ is still going strong making a difference in the lives of migraine sufferers world wide since 1997.   As a drug free, non-prescription nutritional option, we are thrilled that MigreLief has not only been  recommended by neurologists and headache specialists, but also;  general practitioners, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, ophthalmologists and other healthcare professionals.   With the addition a few years ago of Children’s MigreLief (age 2-11),  MigreLief+M and our fast-acting “as-needed” formula, MigreLief-NOW – we have been able to help more people than ever before.

We appreciate the daily fan mail and read every comment and letter.  Positive feedback passed on from MigreLief-Fans sharing their success stories on social media and by word of mouth has made a huge impact on our mission to reach as many migraineurs as possible with our nutritional option.   Keep up the good work… we will too!

Sincerely,

The MigreLief Team at Akeso Health Sciences

 

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

January 1st, 2016

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

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

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

FOREMOST AUTHORITY ON NATURAL MEDICINE

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

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

CUTTING EDGE RESEARCH PROJECTS

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

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

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

NIH SPONSORED RESEARCH

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

 

ON THE ROAD WITH MIGRELIEF

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

 

CREATING MIGRELIEF – a personal note

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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“Migrelief is something EVERY migraine sufferer should check into and use!!  48 years of constant migraines has ended because of MigreLief” ~ Jim H.  (July 2012 Facebook post)

 

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

 

CURT HENDRIX on MIGRELIEF +M (menstrual-hormonal formula)bottle M 141

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MigreLief #1 Migraine Supplement -Available online AND in U.S. stores and pharmacies

May 27th, 2015

Best Help for Chronic Migraine Sufferers 

Here is why MigreLief should be your FIRST CHOICE if you suffer chronic migraine headaches:

  • * It works!
  • * Triple Therapy ingredients are proven to lower the frequency and intensity of migraines and are listed in The American Academy of Neurology’s Guidelines for Migraine Prevention.
  • * Taken daily as you would a vitamin
  • * Multi-patented formula
  • * Addresses the underlying nutritional deficiencies and imbalances that can cause migraines
  • * Helps to maintain normal cerebrovascular tone and function
  • * No harmful side-effects
  • * Safe for men, women and children over the age of 2.
  • * Neurologists, leading headache clinics, pharmacists…recommend
  • * May be combined with other migraine medications or used by itself
  • * Created by Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S. -Chief Science Officer of Akeso Health Sciences and Concourse Health Sciences;  Named as Principal Scientific Investigator in multiple NIH (U.S. National Institutes of Health) governmental grants studying the benefits of natural medicines on disease.

 

Proven Track Record – Healthcare Professionals and Consumer/Patients Trust MigreLief

Real Doctors – Real Patients – Real Results!

“Migrelief has been highly effective for the prevention and reduction of severity in my practice of patients with difficult migraine headaches.”  ~ Dennis D., M.D. –Advanced Neurology Specialists, Great Falls, MT

“I had migraines regularly, approximately three times a week, for at least 25 years. Once my doctor put me on Migrelief, the migraines have gone. I rarely have a migraine now. When I become aware of anyone experiencing migraines on a regular basis I always recommend Migrelief.”  ~Nancy W.

“As a migraine sufferer for over 30 years, my neurologist recommended Migrelief.  After I tried it, I went from 15-20 migraines a year, to 2 or 3 a year.  I buy a 3 months supply and when I get near the end of the last bottle, I reorder.  I could never be without them again.  Anyone who has ever suffered with migraine headaches, knows that the pain is torture.  I am so grateful that I found “Migrelief”  ~Kim L.

“MigreLief is something that EVERY migraine sufferer should check into and use!! 48 years of constant migraines have ended because of MigreLief!”  Jim H. (Facebook comment)

 

Effective Non-Prescription Option for Migraine Control
As a safe, nutritional approach to managing migraines, MigreLief has been the supplement of choice for chronic migraine sufferers since 1997, many of whom were introduced to MigreLief through their neurologists or other healthcare professionals.

MigreLief was formulated to address the underlying nutritional deficiencies and imbalances that can cause migraines and are common to many migraine sufferers.  As MigreLief’s popularity continues to grow, migraine sufferers are becoming increasingly aware of the need to maintain healthy and normal cerebrovascular tone and function. (“Cerebrovascular” refers to the blood vessels that supply the brain.) MigreLief’s Triple Therapy ingredients (3 mechanisms of action) help you to maintain the already normal cerebrovascular function you have on non-migraine days.  (MigreLief Ingredients)

 

Where to buy MigreLief

Purchase MigreLief online at MigreLief.com or call 1-800-758-8746 to speak with a representative. Order 3 and shipping is free – perfect for migraine-sufferers located outside of the United States. Also check MigreLief’s Blog for current coupons to use at checkout.

MigreLief is available in select stores and pharmacies throughout the USA.
Use MigreLief’s Store Locator to find a store near you that carries MigreLief.

 

 

Migraines and a Mother’s Prayers Answered

May 10th, 2014

migraine treatment for kidsEvery day millions of parents watch helplessly as their child suffers from debilitating migraine attacks.    Approximately 1 out of every 10 school-age children suffer migraines.  Attacks can last from 1 hour to 3 days.

Severe head pain is not the only symptom of migraine in children.  Other symptoms include, nausea/vomiting, anxiety, fatigue, dizziness, depression, sensitivity to light, sound and smell, difficulty concentrating, abdominal pain and sleep disturbance.

When it comes to migraine control, there are not many safe and effective options for children so we love to hear from parents who discover MigreLief and share their success story.   It reinforces our goal to inform as many parents and healthcare practitioners as possible of this safe alternative/option for children two years and older whose lives are disrupted by painful migraines.happy face cropped

The comment below was posted on our Facebook page (April 2014) by a very happy Mom who gave us permission to share the post stating,

“MigreLief has been the answer to my prayers.”

 

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My thanks to MigreLief and the doctor at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that ‘prescribed’ it for our 9 year old son…along with a small dose antihistamine. It has literally changed his life. He has been taking it for almost a year.  Since age 5 he would get them where he would vomit, cry, and writhe in pain for hours, never knowing when the next one would arrive (he had 4-5 per month) He wasn’t able or was afraid to participate in any of the things that made him happy. He just started his second baseball season with  and the joy in his face is priceless. The greatest thing is that it’s natural. Thanks MigreLief!  ~Stefanie B.

Because 50% of adults who suffer migraines had their first attack before the age of 12, we hope to reach more parents of young migraineurs with our non-prescription safe alternative.  Formulated to address the problem, not just treat the pain, Migrelief is guaranteed to make a difference, whether an adult or child’s migraines are classic, common, or complicated (basilar, hemiplegic, etc.).  For more information, visit MigreLief.com

To the Best of Health,

 

The MigreLief Team at Akeso Health Sciences

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Ginger Tea Recipes -Tasty Beverage with Many Health Benefits

August 6th, 2013

ginger root 2Ginger is one of the most widely used herbs in the world and has many health benefits.  It is native to Asia but cultivated in the West Indies, Jamaica, and Africa.

Tea is the most gentle form of consuming ginger. Ginger tea is a healthy beverage made from by peeling and grating fresh ginger root, immersing it in boiling water, and simmering the tea for 15 to 20 minutes depending on the desired strength.

Ginger tea has a spicy, invigorating taste. It’s used as a home remedy for indigestion, nausea, and to ward off colds, flu, and sore throats.   Ginger, with all its anti-inflammatory properties, is a potent herb that is good for any type of pain or swelling of the tissues. Ginger tea for headaches is a proven remedy.   For maximum effect, it is best taken at the very onset of a migraine attack. Ginger is also a popular home remedy to stop the nausea.

Ginger contains more than 200 substances in its oils, which is why it has so many different uses. It is believed that ginger may block prostiglandins, which stimulate some muscle contractions, control inflammation and impact some hormones.  Therefore migraines may be prevented and stopped by ginger stifling the action of prostiglandins.

Benefits of Ginger

  • Multiple benefits include – Circulation booster, blood sugar reduction, increase perspiration, soothes menstrual pain, weight-loss, helps reduce sinusitis and throat soreness
  • Treating Nausea: The brew has been used in traditional Asian medicine to treat nausea. Pregnant women report relief from morning sickness after consuming small amounts of ginger root, ginger tea, and ginger ale. When given in large doses, ginger also relieves chemotherapy-related nausea.
  • Relieving Joint Pain: Ginger has been used to treat joint pain by stimulating blood circulation and has been used to relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and Raynaud’s syndrome.
  • Digestive Disorders: The herb can be used to address flatulence, indigestion, and diarrhea. It does this by mimicking some digestive enzymes used to process protein in the body.
  • Promoting Heart Health: As little as 5 grams of dried ginger a day has shown to slow the production of triglycerides and LDL (bad) cholesterol in the liver.
  • Treating Colds: Drinking ginger herbal tea is sometimes recommended for relief of cold symptoms because it is said to loosen phlegm and fight chills by spreading a warm feeling throughout the body.

 

GINGER TEA RECIPES

The secret to making a really flavorful ginger tea is to use plenty of ginger – more than you think you will need.  Everyone’s taste is different however so adjust the amount of ginger and honey to your liking.

#1 Honey Ginger Sweet TeaGinger Honey Sweet Tea

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 family-size tea bags
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 7 cups cold water
  • Garnish: lemon slices

Preparation

  1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a saucepan; add tea bags. Boil 1 minute; remove from heat. Cover and steep 10 minutes.
  2. Discard tea bags. Stir in honey and ginger. Pour into a 1-gal. container.

 

#2 Homemade Ginger Tea (Serve Hot or Cold)Ginger Tea Recipe - best

Ingredients

  • 4-6 thin slices raw ginger
  • 1  1/2 – 2 cups water
  • juice from 1/2 lime, or to taste (may use lemon instead of lime)
  • 1-2 tbsp honey or agave nectar, or to taste

Preparation:

Peel the ginger and slice thinly to maximize the surface area. This will help you make a very flavorful ginger tea. Boil the ginger in water for at least 10 minutes. For a stronger and tangier tea, allow to boil for 20 minutes or more, and use more slices of ginger. Remove from heat and add lime juice and honey (or agave nectar) to taste.

For stronger ginger flavor…

Simply slice ginger into paper-thin slices, without peeling it, bring it to boil, then turn it down and let it simmer for 30 mins then cover it and let it sit overnight. It will develop a really strong ginger flavor and a lovely brown color.  The next morning, strain it and either bottle it or, add the lemon juice and serve.   You can sweeten with honey, brown or white sugar,  or artificial sweetener.   The ginger will have a strong, deep flavor and spicy, heat you simply can’t get by pouring hot water over it, or letting it steep for a short time.

Note: Keep in mind that if you are making ginger tea as a home remedy during cold and flu season, sweeteners are not recommended.

 

#3 Ginger Honey Green Teaginger green tea

Ingredients

  • 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 regular-size green tea bag
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup boiling water

Preparation

  1. Grate ginger, using the large holes of a box grater, to equal 1 Tbsp. Squeeze juice from ginger into a teacup; discard solids. Place tea bag, lemon juice, and honey in teacup; add boiling
    water. Cover and steep 3 minutes. Remove and discard tea bag, squeezing gently.

 

#4 Ginger Tea (1 quart)

Ingredients:

  • Water, 4 cups
  • 2-inch piece of fresh ginger root or 1/4 cup freshly grated ginger
  • Juice of 1 lemon (optional)
  • 1/4 cup honey (optional)
  • Thin slices of lemon or lime (garnish)

Peel the ginger root and slice it into thin slices. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Once it is boiling, add the ginger. For a more lemon taste, add the lemon juice and the whole squeezed lemon to the boiling water as well.    Cover it and reduce to a simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Instead of adding lemon to boiling water, you may also add it “to taste” after the boiling process.

Line a strainer with a thin wet cloth and strain tea into a pitcher.  Stir in honey and lemon to taste. Serve hot or chill thoroughly and serve on ice with thin slices of lemon and lime.

 

#5 Cranberry Ginger Teaginger cranberry tea

A tangy blend of ginger and cranberries. This tart tea recipe will make your taste buds jump for joy, and wake you up in the morning.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tea bags
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1/2 cup ginger, fresh and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Preparation:

Steep tea, ginger and cranberries in water for 15 minutes. Strain and add nutmeg and cranberry juice.  Serve warm.

 

#6 Cranberry Ginger Punch cranberry ginger

Ingredients

  • 1 pieces (3-inch) fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups cranberry-raspberry juice
  • 1  1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 6 slices lemon 6 slices orange

Directions Make the ginger tea: Bring the ginger and 3 1/2 cups of water to boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from the heat and steep for 2 hours. (Tea can be made up to a day ahead and refrigerated.)

Mix the punch: Strain the tea into a large pitcher and stir in the remaining ingredients.  Serve over ice.

 

Invent you own ginger tea concoction…

Mix your favorite ingredients into the basic ginger tea recipe, for example fresh mint leaves, a bag of chamomile and half a lime.

To make different variations of ginger tea, you can add just a few slices of ginger tea to a variety of teas. Here are some examples.

  • Ginger White Tea
  • Ginger Black Tea
  • Ginger Green Tea
  • Ginger Chamomile Tea
  • Ginger Lemon Balm Tea
  • Ginger Osmanthus Tea
  • Ginger Cinnamon Tea
  • Ginger Clove Tea

 

Stay healthy and enjoy!

 

 

Surgery for Migraines? A Last Resort if All Else Fails

August 6th, 2013

woman migraineSome migraine sufferers get to the point where they will consider almost any option available to reduce or rid themselves of their chronic migraines.

As surprising as it may be to learn, about half of migraine sufferers never go to a specialist to learn about the spectrum of options they have for either treating the pain of their migraines or if they have 2 or more migraines a week, options for preventing their migraines from occurring.

Some of you who have really bad chronic migraines, may have read about and considered looking into a relatively newer type of migraine surgery called Trigger Site Release Surgery.*

*Surgery for chronic migraines, if ever an option, should only be discussed and considered once all other non-surgical options for controlling your migraines have been exhausted.  Including trying for 3 months, the best known natural medicine for migraines – MigreLief  (www.migrelief.com)

Of course if you have tried all of the preventive options, and the numerous medicines for controlling the pain or aborting migraines and your life is still significantly and unacceptably disrupted by your chronic migraine attacks, then a conversation with a physician experienced with this procedure might make sense.

Trigger Site Release Surgery – Surgeons have shown that some patients who respond to Botox injections (many do not) may be candidates for this surgery that deactivates targeted trigger sites where your migraines occur. At least 4 sites, the forehead, side of the head, back of the head and the nasal area, have been identified as sites that can compress nerves and cause migraine attacks. Surgically these areas can be decompressed (which may involve removing parts of muscles in the area).  This surgery is relatively new. Long-term safety and side-effects of this treatment are not completely known.  80% of patients (though in total, a relatively small number) report at least a 50% reduction in migraine frequency, intensity or duration but these decreases in frequency, intensity and duration also apply to patients who successfully take preventive options without going through surgery.

For those of you who would like to read more information about trigger point release surgery please go to the following link.

http://www.enttoday.org/details/article/1057653/Targeting_Headaches_Trigger_release_surgery_an_option_for_patients_with_chronic_.html

 

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

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