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Try this Healthy “Life Extension” Smoothie

January 3rd, 2019

I created the “Life Extension Smoothie” to provide some of nature’s most protective, healing and perfect nutrients to protect against those factors that cause aging and disease.

There are numerous health benefits to combining ground organic flax-seed, omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids and blueberries in a delicious protein smoothie. These benefits are described below following the recipe.

Life Extension Smoothie

LIFE EXTENSION SMOOTHIE RECIPE

8 oz. (227g) fresh or frozen blueberries
2 Tbsp. (30g) ground flax seed powder
1 Tbsp. (15ml) Barlean’s Omega Twin* (organic flax & borage oils)
*May substitute another brand or just flax oil.
1 scoop MRM Natural Whey Protein Powder* (low carb and no sugar or artificial sweeteners)
*May substitute with any nutritious low/no sugar whey protein powder. A vanilla protein powder will add to it’s delicious taste.
16 oz. (474ml) water
1 tsp. (5g) cinnamon powder
4 ice cubes (adjust to preferred thickness)

Blending Instructions:

Add the ice, blueberries and flax seed powder first, then add the oil and cool water. Blend on low for about 10 seconds, then on high for a minute or more. Drink the first glass, then re-blend the remaining mixture for 20-30 seconds, and consume while still mixed and cold.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Flax Seed Powder – Flax is a blue flowering plant that has attracted the attention of medical researchers around the world. Not only is it a source of two different kinds of dietary fiber (soluble & insoluble, each with different health benefits), it is also a source of powerful, health-promoting Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Flax seed is the single highest source of “LIGNANS” which protect our body against cellular damage and unhealthy cellular changes. Flax seed has been studied for the following conditions: heart disease, prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, esophageal cancer, oral cancer, menopause, PMS, kidney disease, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, peptic ulcer, hemorrhoids, weight loss and mineral absorption.

Flax Seed Oil – Flax oil contains Omega 3 essential fatty acids, or EFA’s. These are the “anti-fat” fats that make foods like flax seed, and certain cold water fish like salmon, herring and mackerel so healthy. The EFAs are the good fats that fight the bad fats we get in our diet from junk food and processed foods which are almost impossible to avoid. The highest quantities of Omega-3 fatty acid, called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), is present in flax-seed. ALA is the parent from which EFA and DHA (the healthy fish oils) are derived. ALA converts to compounds called prostaglandins. These compounds can be either inflammatory and anti-inflammatory. ALA converts to anti-inflammatory types of prostaglandins and since most degenerative disease all have inflammatory components, ALA is a welcome ally. In fact, studies have shown that ALA prevented platelets (red blood cells) from clumping together which can be a factor in heart attack. It has been known to increase the elasticity of heart arteries, and lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke. A study also showed that women who have breast cancer had very low levels of ALA in their breast tissue compared to women with healthy tissue.

Borage Oil – Borage is a plant whose flowers and leaves, as well as the oil from its seeds, are used as medicine. Borage seed oil contains a high content of the essential fatty acid known as gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA is part of the inflammatory mediation process and therefore the oil might be expected to have an impact on a variety of diseases and inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, and atopic eczema. Combined with fish oil, borage seed oil has shown improvement in bone density in a study of elderly osteoporotic women. A study also concluded that GLA may hold promise for treatment of diabetic neuropathy.

Every cell in our body is enclosed by a cell membrane which plays a role in determining many cell functions, including what healthy or unhealthy things get in or out of our cells. Almost 25% of the cell membrane is composed of what should be healthy “phospholipids” (good fats). Unfortunately, because you get so very little of the good fats from sources like flax oil and borage oil, and so many of the bad fasts from the typical western diet, the body uses what it has (the bad fats, disease-causing trans and saturated fats) and incorporates the bad fats into these very critical cell membranes. The very nature, integrity and function of the cell membrane worsens, and a critical mechanism that we rely on to stay healthy and stay alive is seriously changed and compromised.

THE GOOD NEWS IS… by switching to a combination of flax-seed oil and borage oil (such as Barlean’s Omega Twin, or various brands of the individual oils combined), the body will begin to incorporate the “good fats” back into your cell membranes and re-establish cell membrane integrity and give you back the powerful protection that healthy cell membranes provide to our bodies. Matter of fact, the very process of AGING is associated with organic and biological changes in things like cell membranes. These EFA’s, by protecting cell membrane integrity, are combating some of the cumulative negative effects of aging and poor dietary habits.

Blueberries – All fruits and vegetables contain varying amounts of some powerfully protective and health promoting compounds called phytochemicals. One class of phytochemicals called “flavonoids” have an impressive range of heath benefits. Blueberries seem to have the most impressive combination of phytochemicals, especially flavonoids, compared to other fruits and vegetables. A 2017 double-blind, placebo-controlled trial has shown that blueberries can improve some aspects of cognition in older adults. Studies also suggest that blueberries can inhibit the growth of liver cancer, and can help preserve cognitive function in post-menopausal women and decrease their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Blueberries also have amazing anti-oxidant powers that can protect you and your loved ones from most of the illnesses and diseases we all worry about.

We all know that we need oxygen to stay alive. But one of the byproducts resulting from the burning of oxygen is the production of potentially dangerous and unstable molecules called “FREE RADICALS.”  These free radicals are missing an electron and want to get that missing electron from somewhere in our bodies. They do this by attacking a healthy cell. This attack can cause the cell to die or to mutate… and neither option is a good choice!  Fortunately, both our bodies and certain foods can provide us with antioxidants that can neutralize these dangerous free radicals before they attack our cells. Because there are many different types of free radicals the real trick is to know which of the many antioxidants can neutralize as many of the different types of free radicals as possible. This is where the simple blueberry shines. The United States National Institutes of Health found that blueberries, which contain antioxidants, may act to protect the body against damage from oxidative stress, one of several biological processes implicated in aging and in the development of a number of neuro-degenerative diseases. Compared to 40 other fruits and vegetables measured for their anti-oxidant activity, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has ranked blueberries, by far and away the best.

Cinnamon – Proven health benefits of cinnamon are: high source of antioxidants, contains anti-inflammatory properties, protects heart heath, fights diabetes, helps defend against cognitive decline and protects brain function, may help lower cancer risk, fights infections and viruses, while protecting dental health and freshening breath naturally.

Whey Protein – Whey protein is considered a complete protein and contains all 9 essential amino acids and is low in lactose content. People commonly use it as supplementation, alongside resistance exercise, to help improve muscle protein synthesis and promote the growth of lean tissue mass. Whey protein enhances immune function, may lower blood pressure, treat type-2 diabetes, reduce inflammation, may be beneficial for inflammatory bowel disease, and enhance the body’s antioxidant defenses as well.

The “Life Extension Smoothie” makes it easy for people to incorporate these incredibly healthy ingredients and nutritional treasures into their diet effortlessly. Enjoy!

To the Best of Health,

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

MigreLief is Covered by Flexible Spending Plans (Pre-Tax Dollars)

December 28th, 2018

MigreLief Nonprescription Migraine Relief Qualifies for FSA Plans with a Note from DocAs the end of the year approaches and employees enrolled in Section 125 FLEX PAY PLANS calculate the dollars left in their flexible spending account (FSA) or healthcare spending accounts (HSA) due to the “Use it or lose it” policy,  it is a good time to remember that MigreLief is considered an OTC (over the counter) item that qualifies for reimbursement under your flex-pay plan, however you’ll need a note from your healthcare provider.

Pursuant to Revenue Ruling 2003-102, over-the-counter drugs that are used to alleviate or treat personal injuries or sickness are now reimbursable through health care flexible spending accounts. Employees’ flex pay pretax contributions are not subject to federal, state, or social security taxes.  In general, individuals must use funds from a flexible spending account for medical care. Medical care is for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease, OR for the purpose of affecting a structure or function of the body (section 213(d) of the Internal Revenue Code).

Per the IRS  – Eligible expenses include, “Dietary supplements or herbal medicines to treat medical conditions in narrow circumstances.”

MigreLief qualifies…  however, as of 2011 qualifying OTC items require a note from your doctor.

Many MigreLief users have been prescribed MigreLief by a neurologist, general practitioner or other healthcare professional for medical purposes. If you use any MigreLief supplements, approach your healthcare practitioner for a prescription to be placed on file with your flex-pay plan administrator so you can purchase it monthly with your pretax dollars.

Studies have shown that employees on average lose approximately $100 annually in forfeited balances within their employee health care flex spending accounts because any money remaining in your flexible spending account on Dec 31 disappears and is retained by your employer.

If you have money in your flex-pay account at year end, stock up on MigreLief or other items from the list below to avoid losing those dollars.

Many other OTC items you may not have considered also qualify for reimbursement with a note from your doctor.  The following is a list of common non-prescription over-the-counter items the IRS has determined to be primarily for medical care and eligible for reimbursement, and dual purpose items that are reimbursable with a physician’s statement.

Note:  This list does not include all reimbursable items but is the best guidance provided by the Internal Revenue Service to date.

ELIGIBLE EXPENSES

Allergy medicine

Antacids

Bactine

Band-Aids/bandages

Anti-diarrhea medicine

Bug-bite medication

Calamine lotion

Carpal-tunnel wrist supports

Cold medicines

Reading glasses

Cold/hot packs for injuries

Condoms

Contact lens cleaning solution

Cough drops

Spermicidal foam

Diaper rash ointments

First aid cream/First aid kits

Hemorrhoid medication

Incontinence supplies

Laxatives

Liquid adhesive for small cuts

Menstrual cycle products for pain/cramps

Motion sickness pills

Muscle or joint pain products

Nasal sinus sprays/strips

Nicotine gum/patches for stop-smoking

Pain relievers

Pedialyte for ill child dehydration

Pregnancy test kits

Rubbing alcohol

Sinus medications

Sleeping aids to treat insomnia

Sunburn ointments or creams

Thermometers (ear or mouth)

Throat lozenges

Visine and other eye products

Wart remover treatments

 

Dual purposes OTC items

The following list of dual-purpose over-the-counter items can be reimbursed if used for medical purposes. They must be accompanied by a medical practitioner’s note stating the item is to treat a specific medical condition and not a cosmetic procedure.

Acne treatment (Retin A) only to treat a specific medical condition such as acne vulgaris

Dietary supplements or herbal medicines to treat medical conditions in narrow circumstances

Fiber supplements under narrow circumstances

Glucosamine/chondrotin for arthritis or other medical conditions

Orthopedic shoes and inserts (only the cost difference between orthopedic and nonorthopedic shoes will be reimbursed)

Hormone therapy and treatment for menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats

Pills for lactose intolerance

Prenatal vitamins

St. John’s Wort for depression

Sunscreen

Weight-loss drugs to treat a specific disease including obesity

 

Medical expenses eligible for reimbursement under a Section 125 cafeteria plan

Acupuncture

Adoption related medical costs

Air conditioner filters for allergy relief (supplied by online Goodman furnace and AC)

Alcoholism treatment

Ambulance services

Attendant for blind or deaf student

Autoette

Birth control pills

Blind persons accessories (seeing eye dog, Braille training, special schooling)

Capital expenditures (home modifications for handicapped)

Car modifications for handicapped

Childbirth prep classes (mother only)

Chiropractors

Christian Science treatment

Contact lenses (including replacement insurance)

Cosmetic Surgery (non-elective only)

Crutches

Deaf persons accessories (hearing aids, special schooling)

Dental fees

Dentures

Diagnostic fees

Doctors’ fees

Domestic aid (in home nurse)

Drug addiction treatment

Dyslexia language training

Electrolysis (medical reasons only)

Elevator for cardiac conditions

Eye exams and glasses

Fertility enhancement

Fluoride device

Guide animals

Hair transplant (surgical and medical reasons)

Hearing aids

HMO’s

Hospital care (in-patient)

Indian medicine man

Insulin

Insurance premiums (medical post-tax only)

Iron lung

Lab fees

Laetrile (legal use)

Laser eye surgery

Lead paint removal

Learning disability (doctor recommended special schooling fees)

Legal expenses related to medical condition

Lifetime medical care prepaid-retirement home

Limbs (artificial)

Lodging (for medical care away from home)

Long Term Care Services (qualified medical only)

Meals (medical care away from home)

Medical conferences (relating to illness)

Nursing home (medical reasons)

Nursing services (home care)

Operation (legal, including abortion)

Organ Donor

Orthodontia

Orthopedic shoes

Osteopaths

Oxygen equipment

Prescription Drugs –

Psychiatric care

Psychotherapists

Sexual dysfunction treatment

Sterilization

Stop Smoking Programs (and related stop smoking prescription drugs only)

Swimming pool (for polio or arthritis treatment)

Telephone equipment (for hearing impaired)

Television close caption prescribed by doctor

Vasectomy

Weight loss programs (doctor prescribed for medical reasons)

Wheelchair

Wigs (alleviation of physical or mental discomfort)

X-rays

If you have not opted in to your firm’s flex-pay plan, you may want to consider it during the next enrollment period.  Many other items you use regularly may be covered and it is a good way to cut taxes. In many cases it is permitted to add or a portable air conditioner to the plan. Consult the portable air conditioner guide for all the details.

Though some flex pay plans offer an explicit choice of cash or benefits, most today are operated through a “salary redirection agreement”, which is a payroll deduction in all but name. Deductions under such agreements are often called pre-tax deductions because salary redirection contributions are not actually or constructively received by the participant. Therefore, those contributions are not generally considered wages for federal income tax purposes,  nor are they usually subject to Federal Insurance Contributions Act tax (FICA)  and Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA).

So remember to save your receipt the next time you purchase MigreLief and submit it along with a note from your doctor for reimbursement.

~ The MigreLief Team

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The Science of MigreLief Supplements for Migraine Sufferers

December 27th, 2018

Magnesium, Riboflavin and Puracol™ Feverfew – Triple Therapy for Migraine Sufferers

Migraine is a neurological disease with symptoms ranging from severe head pain, visual disturbances, vertigo, nausea, and sensitivity to light, sound or smell. Approximately 37 million Americans suffer migraines which can last from hours to days. For many men, women and children, migraine attacks not only disrupt quality of life, they are debilitating. Nutritional deficiencies, inflammation and vasospasm can independently and together contribute to migraine occurrence, frequency and intensity.

The dysfunctional brain processes that have been shown to be present in migraine sufferers during migraine attacks include:

• Excessive platelet aggregation resulting in vasospasms due to serotonin release.
• Decrease in the brain cell’s mitochondrial energy reserves.

The ‘Triple Therapy’ combination of Magnesium, Riboflavin and Feverfew have been proven in double blind placebo-controlled studies to be beneficial to migraine sufferers. This combination helps maintain healthy cerebrovascular tone and function while promoting healthy mitochondrial energy reserves.

Magnesium
Studies have shown migraine sufferers with poor cerebrovascular tone have low levels of magnesium. Magnesium is a natural mineral that is necessary for healthy bodily function as it promotes heart health, stabilizes blood pressure, regulates nerve and muscle function and builds bone, DNA and protein. Magnesium is intimately involved in the control of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) glutamate receptors which play an important role in pain transmission in the nervous system and in the regulation of cerebral blood flow. Magnesium ions plug the NMDA receptors which renders calcium unable to exert its vasodilatory effects.

Magnesium has numerous effects that support cerebrovascular tone and function including the following mechanisms of action:

• Inhibition of platelet aggregation
• Interference with synthesis, release and action of inflammatory mediators
• Direct alterations of cerebrovascular tone
• Inhibition of vasospasm
• Stabilization of cell membranes.

Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2)
Research has shown that a mitochondrial defect may reduce an individual’s threshold to migraine triggers and lead to migraines. A deficiency of mitrochondrial energy reserves has been observed in many people exhibiting poor cerebrovascular tone. Riboflavin is a water-soluble vitamin that helps the body convert food to energy. It is a precursor of flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) and flavin mononucleotide (FMN ) which unlike CoQ10 are involved in all three cellular energy production processes; glycolysis, krebs cycle and electron transport. At the proper dose, riboflavin helps maintain healthy mitochondrial energy reserves which is very beneficial to migraine sufferes.

Feverfew
The herb feverfew (Tanacetum Parthenium) has been recorded as a medicinal remedy for millennia. Commonly recommended for its ability to support cerebrovascular tone, feverfew is rich in compounds known as sesquiterpene lactones and glycosides. While much of the feverfew research focuses on parthenolide, a type of sesquiterpene lactone, Akeso feels this is myopic and ignores studies that show feverfew benefits when the parthenolides are removed. While parthenolide may help, the presence of a full spectrum of other feverfew phytochemicals that Akeso has identified is what really makes the difference.

Scientific studies show feverfew inhibits platelet aggregation and the release of serotonin from platelets and polymorphonuclear leukocyte granules. Feverfew also inhibits pro-inflammatory prostaglandin synthesis and the release of arachadonic acid.

MigreLief Triple Therapy with Puracol™
Migrelief for Migraine Relief

The unique MigreLief ‘Triple Therapy’ formulation received 2 U.S. patents with a third patent pending. The world class efficacy of MigreLief is, for the most part, a result of the research and investment in feverfew chemistry that Akeso Health Sciences pioneered leading to the development of Puracol™ feverfew. The unique profile of the phyto chemicals present in Puracol™ feverfew go beyond industry standards and give MigreLief users a significant advantage in achieving the results they seek.

4 Nutritional Options
Migraine Relief

Recommended by neurologists and headache specialists for two decades, Akeso’s line of MigreLief supplements include four nutritional options: Three daily maintenance formulas for chronic migraine sufferers; MigreLief Original, Children’s MigreLief (age 2-12) and MigreLief+M (menstrual migraine) PLUS an “as needed” on-the-spot formula, MigreLief-NOW.

All of Akeso Health Sciences’ condition-specific dietary supplements are formulated by Chief Scientific Officer, Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S. an authority on natural remedies. He has been a principal scientific investigator for multiple National Institutes of Health studies researching the effects of nutritional supplements on Alzheimer’s disease.

For more information visit MigreLief.com or email HealthAdvisor@MigreLief.com

 

References: The Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association. Vol; 6, No. 4, Fall 2003. Magnesium, Feverfew, and Riboflavin: Therapeutic Use in Migraine Prevention.
Andrea Cohen, M.D., Lisa Colodny, Pharm D, Nordia Bryan, PharmD, Samantha Luong, PharmD, Jennifer Rooney, PharmD.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

2018 Amazing Wellness Awards – MigreLief-NOW

November 27th, 2018

And the winners are….

From the editors of Amazing Wellness Magazine, MigreLief-NOW was selected “Best New Herbal Remedy 2018.”

MigreLief-NOW, Akeso’s Health Sciences’ fast acting, “as-needed formula”  is an effective nutritional option for migraine and headache sufferers age 2+.  Not just for migraines and headaches, MigreLief-NOW can be taken daily for joint health and comfort.

Both MigreLief-NOW and MigreLief Original (daily maintenance formula) are sold in Vitamin Shoppes and Meijer stores nationwide.

Visit MigreLief.US store-finder for a store near you. 

 

 

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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Amazing Wellness Award 2018… MigreLief-NOW

Preventive and Acute Migraine Treatments

June 17th, 2018

Migraine HelpDebilitating migraines should not be a way of life but for many men, women and children suffering chronic migraines (many migraine days each month)… they, unfortunately, are.

Migraine treatments can be PREVENTIVE with the goal of stopping migraines before they start or ACUTE, treating the pain once it starts.

Often migraine sufferers find themselves running the gambit of preventive and acute treatments in search of migraine relief which can include, side-effect prone prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications. This can be gruelling, especially if the migraine medications you turn to, turn on you which can be the case with the chronic use of prescription and over-the-counter pain-killers including acetaminophen and NSAIDS such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen. Not only can chronic overuse lead to “rebound” or medication overuse headaches, but it can also lead to kidney or liver damage, bleeding and an increase in cardiovascular risk.

NUTRITIONAL OPTIONS – A GREAT PLACE TO START

There are many nutritional options that are known to have benefits for migraine sufferers. Three of the most effective are: RiboflavinMagnesium, and Feverfew.  This vitamin, mineral and herb are listed in the American Academy of Neurology’s Guidelines for Migraine Prevention.

Magnesium, Riboflavin (B-2) and Feverfew are combined into one dietary supplement:  MIGRELIEF® – TRIPLE THERAPY WITH PURACOL™.  (Online coupon Code:  MIGFREE4 for $4 off any migraine formula at MigreLief.com during Migraine Awareness month June 2018)

Providing THREE MECHANISMS OF ACTION TO HELP MAINTAIN NORMAL NEUROLOGICAL FUNCTION… MigreLief Original Formula, Children’s MigreLief (age 2-11) and MigreLief+M/menstrual were formulated to help migraineurs maintain normal cerebrovascular (blood vessels that supply the brain) tone and function by addressing the underlying nutritional deficiencies and imbalances that are common to many migraine sufferers. These deficiencies may lead to many dysfunctional processes in the brain.

Dysfunctional brain processes that can affect normal cerebrovascular tone and function include:  

  • Decreases in the Brains Cellular Energy Reserves.  Cells lose their energy production ability when the powerhouses of the cells (the mitochondria) become dysfunctional due to nutritional deficiency.
  • Excessive Platelet Aggregation – The clumping together of blood cells in the brain result in blood vessel changes (vasoconstriction and vasodilation)
  • Vasospasms (the contraction and dilation of blood vessels in the brain which occurs during migraines).

The combination of ingredients in MigreLief’s daily formulas; Original MigreLief, Children’s MigreLief and MigreLief+M (menstrual migraines)  help to maintain normal cerebrovascular tone and function.

MigreLief and MigreLief-NOWTHE MIGRELIEF NUTRITIONAL MIGRAINE REGIMEN
“DAILY MAINTENANCE” & “AS-NEEDED” MIGRELIEF OPTIONS

Action Step 1:  Chronic Migraine Sufferers – Choose a Daily Maintenance Formula and Take Daily

MigreLief Original – Age 12-Adult use daily
Children’s MigreLief – Age 2-Adult use daily
MigreLief+M – Women with Menstrual Hormonal Migraines use daily

Action Step 2:  Take MigreLief’s “As-Needed” Migraine Formula On-The-Spot

MigreLief-NOW – Age 12-Adult, use as needed (dose for children is 1/2 adult dose stated on the label)

Important Reminder:   MigreLief daily formulas for chronic migraine sufferers may take 3 weeks to 3 months to build blood levels for maximum benefits so don’t stop taking it for at least 90 days. It will grow in effectiveness.  In the meantime, take your MigreLief-NOW as needed.

Money Back Guarantee – If purchased online at MigreLief.com or by calling 1-800-758-8746, Akeso Health Sciences (creator of MigreLief) offers a Risk-FREE money back guarantee if you try MigreLief for 3 months, sufficient time for maximum benefits.

WHERE TO BUY MIGRELIEF:  Store locator:  Visit MigreLief.US and type in your zip code for a store near you.  Independent pharmacies, Meijer, Vitmain Shoppe (Sept 2018), Medicine Shoppe, many Walgreens and hundreds of other stores sell MigreLief.  Visit MigreLief.com or call 1-800-758-8746

AMAZING FEEDBACK:  Visit MigreLief’s Facebook page for amazing unsolicited feedback by “MigreLief Fans” or ask questions.

Remember… It’s never too late to get your life back and to start living the life you love!

 

Butterbur (Petasites) for Migraine Headaches – Risks & Benefit Update

April 2nd, 2018

Butterbur for Migraines Risks vs. BenefitsIf you’re a Healthcare Professional recommending Butterbur (Petasites) to your patients, it’s important that you stay up-to-date on the latest information (see links at the end of this post).

As a chemist, medical researcher, and drug developer, four of the multitudinous questions you ask yourself when trying to decide if you should invest time and money into developing, using or recommending a particular compound are:

1.) How likely is it to be effective for the specific condition it’s being considered to treat?
2.) Are there any known or potential side effects or adverse events that could hypothetically occur?
3.) How do the answers to question #2 impact the risk/reward profile of the compound.
4.) Are there any other competing compounds that seem to have similar benefits with lower risk?

Over 15 years ago when we received multiple patents describing the use of a combination of two magnesium sources, high dose riboflavin, and special extracts of feverfew for prophylaxis of migraines, butterbur had not yet been shown in a randomized clinical trial to be effective for migraine prophylaxis.  Of course back in 2002, when the study by Lipton et al was published showing efficacy, I paid a lot of attention to butterbur and strongly considered creating an additional formula or adding it to our existing patented combination (now known as Akeso’s MigreLief with Puracol™).  Since the release of our Original MigreLief with Puracol™ we have formulated new products with additional ingredients, for example MigreLief+M for menstrual/hormonal migraines and MigreLief-NOW a fast-acting “as needed” formula, yet none of our products contain butterbur.

It was clear that the response to butterbur was favorable and by not offering it in one of our products we would be losing out on the additional revenue it was sure to generate. Nevertheless we decided never to use butterbur in any of our products. We could never get comfortable with the fact that we had to rely on a manufacturing process to consistently remove the Hepato-toxic and carcinogenic pyrolizidine alkaloids that are found in unprocessed butterbur.   Of course this was just our company’s decision and many companies and healthcare professionals used or recommended butterbur.  In fact, the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society supported butterbur.

As healthcare professionals we all try to stay current on as much of the medical literature and reporting as possible.
In the last few years, much new information has surfaced regarding butterbur and we are providing you with links to that third party information to enable you to make the best decisions for your patients (see below).

To the Best of Health,

Curt Hendrix
Chief Scientific Officer,  Akeso Health Sciences

 

RESOURCE LINKS FOR BUTTERBUR:

Michigan University of Medicine – Warning

Decemer 2017 – “Caution: Due to reports of liver toxicity, butterbur products are being voluntarily withdrawn from markets in the United Kingdom. Based on these reports, butterbur should not be used unless a doctor determines that the potential benefits outweigh the risks. People taking butterbur should be monitored by the doctor for adverse effects.”

Update on the efficacy and safety of Petadolex®, a butterbur extract for migraine prophylaxis – Dr. Joseph M. Prietto.
DovePress March 10, 2014

Migrane Preventative Butterbur Has Safety Concerns
NEUROLOGY TIMES – JANUARY 28, 2015

“…Despite butterbur’s potential efficacy, doubts are increasing about the long-term safety of this supplement given the risk of liver damage and the lack of an actively regulated preparation. Due to the mounting concerns, the American Headache Society is currently evaluating a position statement cautioning against its use.” Migraine Preventative Butterbur Has Safety Concerns

Addressing the Long-Term Safety Aspects of Butterbur Therapy- A Call for Immediate Action
Andreas Schapowal, MD, PhD, DSc, Hon

 

MigreLief’s Super Blue Blood Moon Special – $4 OFF

January 30th, 2018

Visable before sunrise,  Wednesday, January 31st – Witness a Rare Lunar Phenomenon
If you live in the western part of North America, Alaska or the Hawaiian islands, set your alarm for early Wednesday morning on Jan 31st to witness 3 lunar phenomenons that have not happened simultaneously for 150 years:  A Supermoon, a Blue Moon and a Blood Moon.

A Blue Moon is the second full moon in a month with two full moons. The first full moon this month was on January 1st.

A Blood Moon is a totally eclipsed moon and usually looks red because the earth passes between the moon and the sun, and while the moon crosses through the shadow of the Earth it reflects all of Earth’s sunrises and sunsets.

If that isn’t enough… it is also a Supermoon which is when the moon is at its closest point to earth and appears to be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than normal.

This rare phenomenon is called a “Super Blue Blood Moon” and the last time all of these events happened at once was in 1866. That is the year Andrew Johnson was president, the second dome on the U.S. Capitol building was completed, the U.S. Congress passed the Civil Rights Act and approved the minting of a nickel 5-cent coin to replace the half-dime, and the year that the first bank robbery in U.S. history took place in daylight, which is also considered to be the first robbery by Jesse James and his gang.

So take advantage of this rare predawn vision.  Depending upon where you live, your viewing time and experiences will be different.  It will be easier to see in the west and more of a challenge to see in the east.  The eclipse begins 5:51 a.m. eastern time.  NASA will show a live link beginning at 5:30 a.m. eastern time.

And for MigreLief fans, we are offering a lunar special…

$4 OFF and any MigreLief formula or Calm & Clever memory/stress supplement.
Coupon Code;  LUNAR  Redeem at MigreLief.com or call 1-800-758-8746.

(Expires 2-4-18 (One per customer – may not combine specials)

 

NEW BLOOD PRESSURE GUIDELINES – WHO ARE THEY HELPING?

December 25th, 2017

Blood Pressure Guidelines In November 2017, the American Heart Association redefined high blood pressure. Originally high blood pressure was defined as 140/90 or higher and if people could not get below those numbers through lifestyle changes, blood pressure medication was recommended.  The new definition of high blood pressure/hypertension has been lowered to 130/80 or above, thus by the stroke of a pen, the American Heart Association has declared that almost 50% of adults living in the United States are hypertensive.  This means that millions of people, who are not taking drugs for hypertension, may very likely be told by their doctors to start taking blood pressure medications.  The question is who are these new guidelines helping?

The drug companies will be laughing all the way to the bank with this new high blood pressure definition.  This is similar to what the drug companies convinced the doctors to do by reducing cholesterol guidelines so more people would be prescribed cholesterol drugs.  In my opinion, healthy people who don’t have any cardiovascular risk should totally stay away from these cholesterol drugs and should equally cautious about taking blood pressure medications, indicated by these new guidelines.

For sure the drug companies will benefit financially but what do these new tightened blood pressure goals mean to you the patient.  The study led to the change in guidelines was called the Sprint study and it looked at over 9,000 people who had blood pressure of 130/80 or higher.  Half of the 9,000 participants were given medication to lower their blood pressure to 120/80 or below.  The other half were given medication but less intensively to lower their blood pressure to 140/90 or below.  To determine the benefit of the more intensive treatment vs. the less intensive treatment, the outcomes of heart attack, or other acute coronary syndromes, stroke, heart failure or cardiovascular death were measured.  The study concluded that, 6.8% of the people whose blood pressure was lowered to 140/90 with the less intensive treatment suffered one of these cardiovascular events and 5.2% of the people whose blood pressure was lowered to 120/80 with higher doses of drugs or a combination of drugs suffered one of these cardiovascular events.

This amounts to an absolute difference of 1.6% between the 2 test groups.  What does this 1.6% difference mean in real life?   In effect it says…  If 62 new people are put on the more intensive medication to get to 120/80 or below as opposed to 140/90 or below, only 1 person out of 62 would be spared a cardiovascular event.  The other 61 people would get absolutely no benefit.  Even worse, while receiving no benefit, they would running the risk of side-effects and adverse events associated with these drugs such as dizziness, cough, erectile dysfunction, skin rash, loss of taste,  skin rash, fatigue, depression, insomnia etc.

The bottom line… If you are at high risk for a cardiovascular event, or have already had one or have angina, or atrial fibrillation or have a high familial risk, follow your doctor’s guidelines after you try lifestyle changes to get your blood pressure to wherever he or she suggests it be.  BUT if you are healthy and have not had a heart attack and do not have cardiovascular or familial risk factors and your blood pressure is above 120/80 but below 140/90, think twice about  taking any blood pressure medications if your physician suggests them  because of these new guidelines.   Instead, try losing some weight, reducing sugar intake, adding some additional moderate exercise and perhaps take an extra 400 mg/day of magnesium and these changes will more than likely get you where you want to be with no drugs required.

To the Best of Health,

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