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Fourth of July – Healthy Cake Recipes with Summertime Berries

July 3rd, 2017

Summertime is berry time.  When the hot days of summer hit, these small bites of juicy sweetness are a perfect pick-me-up.  Work fresh berries into your 4th of July celebration with one of the cake recipes below and have a happy 4th of July!

Berry tip:  Do not wash berries until you’re ready to use them. Wash strawberries with the hull on, then hull and slice them.

Angel Food Cake Stuffed with Whipped Cream and Berries

Note – for those of you who do not like to cook, you can purchase the whip cream and angel food cake pre-made (or use box mix)

See below for tastiest version from Recipes.com

This summery sweet takes three basics–cake, whipped cream, and berries–and elevates them to showstopper status with a few neat tricks. Ginger and orange juice brighten the light, spongy angel food cake, while vanilla bean seeds perfume the whipped cream. The berries are stashed inside the cake itself, their bright color offering a visual surprise with every slice.

 

 Ingredients

  • Berries:
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries $
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blackberries $
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries $
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar $
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice $
  • Cake:
  • 1 cup cake flour (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar $
  • 12 large egg whites $
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice $
  • Whipped cream:
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream, chilled
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Remaining ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • Grated orange rind (optional)

Preparation

  1. To prepare berries, combine first 5 ingredients; toss to combine. Cover and chill 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°.
  3. To prepare cake, place a rack in the lower third of oven. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Sift together flour, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and ginger in a medium bowl. Sift together remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 3/4 cup granulated sugar in another bowl. Place egg whites in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar and salt; beat until soft peaks form. Add powdered and granulated sugar mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Sift flour mixture over egg white mixture, 1/4 cup at a time; fold in. Fold in 2 tablespoons juice.
  4. Spoon batter into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan, spreading evenly. Break air pockets by cutting through batter with a knife. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Invert pan; cool completely. Loosen cake from sides of pan using a narrow metal spatula. Invert the cake onto a plate.
  5. Cut 1 inch off top of cake using a serrated knife; set top of cake aside. Hollow out bottom of cake using a small knife, leaving a 1-inch-thick shell; reserve torn cake for another use.
  6. To prepare whipped cream, place cream in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until soft peaks form. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean into bowl; discard pod. Gradually add 3/4 cup powdered sugar, beating at high speed until stiff peaks form.
  7. Spoon all but 1 cup of berry mixture into cake shell; top with whipped cream. Replace top of cake; sprinkle with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar. Serve immediately with additional berry mixture; garnish with orange rind, if desired.
Note:  For perfect whipped cream, use a bowl that’s large enough to allow the cream to double in volume. Refrigerate the bowl and beaters for at least half an hour, or place them in the freezer for 15 minutes, and make sure the cream is very cold. Use the freshest whipping cream available, and add sugar, vanilla, or any other ingredients near the end of whipping; adding them too soon in the process will decrease the amount of volume.

MORE GREAT BERRY 4TH OF JULY CAKES

Angel Food Cake – Whip Cream & Berries
If you are really in a hurry, you can bake or buy a plain Angel Food cake, slap on whip cream and top with berries for simple refreshing desert.

 

Angel Food -Berry Skewers

Even more simple, and fun to eat are skewers with alternating berries and slices of Angel Food cake.
You can also, take out much of the preparation time if you just serve a plain angelfood cake, with sides o
berries and whipcream so your guests can help themselves.

Easy Fourth of July Cake – (white cake- blueberries and strawberries)

2 pints of strawberries
1 box white or yellow cake
1 1/3 C of blueberries
1 tub of whipped topping

  1. Mix up and bake your cake according to the box’s directions.
  2. Slice 1 cup of strawberries, set aside. Halve remaining strawberries, set aside.
  3. Top cake (in pan) with 1 cup sliced strawberries, 1 cup blueberries and all of the whipped topping. Arrange remaining strawberry halves and blueberries on whipped topping to create a flag design.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Fourth of July Flag Cake – Chocolate with Cream Cheese Frosting – Blueberries and Raspberries
– from Epicurious
Fourth of July Cake Recipe

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional flour for dusting pan
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, softened, plus additional butter for greasing pan
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs

For the frosting:

  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

For the decorations:

  • 1 1/2 pints raspberries (about 3 cups total)
  • 1/2 pint blueberries (about 1 cup total)
  • Equipment: 13- by 9-inch metal baking pan, stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, pastry bag, star-shaped pastry tip (such as Wilton #2110)

Preparation

Make the cake:
Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350°F.

Butter the bottom and sides of a 13- by 9-inch metal baking pan and line the bottom with wax or parchment paper. Butter the paper and dust the pan with flour, knocking out any excess.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the boiling water, cocoa powder, and instant coffee granules until smooth. Whisk in the milk and vanilla.

In a second medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars and beat on medium until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat on medium until fully incorporated. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour and cocoa powder mixtures in batches, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. (The batter may look curdled.) Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top, and bake the cake until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan, 35 to 40 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes, then invert the cake onto the rack, remove the wax or parchment paper, and let it cool completely. DO AHEAD: The unfrosted cake, can be cooled, wrapped securely in plastic wrap, and stored at room temperature up to 24 hours, before assembling and serving.

Make the frosting:
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the cream cheese and butter and beat until creamy and smooth, 3 to 5 minutes. Beat in the vanilla extract. With the mixer on low, add the sifted confectioners’ sugar in three batches, mixing until fully incorporated. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until the frosting is smooth. Chill the frosting in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before assembling the cake.

Assemble and serve the cake:
Frost the top and sides of the cake with 2 1/2 cups of the frosting. Transfer the remaining frosting to a pastry bag fitted with the star tip.

Using a toothpick or small knife, outline a 4 1/2-inch-long by 3 1/2-inch-wide rectangle in the top left corner of the cake. This area will be reserved for blueberries.

Starting with the longer side of the cake that is closest to you, pipe a line of frosting along the top edge of the cake then arrange two horizontal rows of raspberries directly above the line of frosting. Pipe a second line of frosting above the raspberries and arrange two more horizontal rows of raspberries directly above the frosting. Repeat this process two more times, making sure to exclude the top left corner that is reserved for the blueberries. Arrange the blueberries in horizontal rows in the top left corner of the cake.

Slice and serve the cake immediately or store it, covered securely in plastic wrap, in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

4th of July tip for migraineurs…
Avoid your migraine triggers if you can and stay well hydrated.
In case you do run into a migraine trigger or two, keep your MigreLief-NOW on hand at all times and take at the first sign of discomfort.
Have a wonderful holiday.
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KIDS, MIGRAINES AND SCHOOL

June 18th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

To the Best of Health,

 

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

 

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Vestibular Disorder or Migraine with Vestibular Symptoms?

January 6th, 2017

The term “vestibular migraine” is not a real medical classification. A more accurate description would be a migraine with vestibular symptoms.

The vestibular system in the inner ear, is one that maintains balance and equilibrium. Therefore vestibular symptoms are dizziness, vertigo (a sense of spinning or motion when at rest), or loss of balance and disequilibrium.

Basilar migraines can also present with vertigo and tinnitus. Menieres disease (a condition with similar symptoms) is often diagnosed when in fact the patient my be experiencing migraines with symptoms of vestibular disorder. It is known that people with migraines are more apt to experience Menieres and vice versa.

Patients with migraines with these symptoms can experience just vestibular symptoms or the symptoms along with migraine head pain. The MRI brain scans of these patients are usually normal.

Though there have been NO control trials demonstrating efficacy for migraines with vestibular symptoms, the following drugs are used by physicians. For frequent or chronic vestibular migraines, daily calcium channel blockers (a blood pressure medication), SSRI’s (a type of anti-depressant), and anti epileptic drugs. Also triptan drugs are used for acute attacks but once again there are no trials showing that they help with the vestibular symptoms.

Though there have been organized clinical trials demonstrating the prophylactic efficacy of high-dose riboflavin and magnesium for treating chronic migraines, there are NO trials showing these ingredients, either alone or in combination reduce or eliminate vestibular symptoms.

Many chronic migraine patients with the symptoms of vestibular disorder who were using MigreLief, report a decrease in these symptoms and an increase in the time they felt their balance and equilibrium were closer to normal.

If additional patients report these benefits a clinical trial of this combination may be warranted.

 

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

 

 

Age Old Advice Not to Consume Saturated Fat Has No Basis in Fact or Science

September 21st, 2014

saturated fatI read reams of newly published scientific and medical studies published in peer-reviewed journals every month.

It seems that barely a week goes by where I don’t read an article or blog where some physician or registered dietician talks about the dangers and health risks of consuming saturated fats.

If the most recent research disproving this is brand spanking new, then I can understand how authors may not have “caught up” yet but when its years old………..there’s no explanation other than they haven’t done their homework.

A small percentage of what we think we know about science, medicine and health is irrefutable and the vast percentage of our knowledge is subject to change, or be revised completely.

This has happened innumerable times and will continue to happen as new research surfaces. In the past few decades we have seen the almost unquestionable health benefits of HRT (hormone replacement therapy) challenged and somewhat reversed.

Everyone knows that higher levels of HDL cholesterol are healthy and protective……right?  Now some cardiologists and researchers are challenging this “irrefutable” fact.

Everyone from your physician to your best friend “knows” that consumption of saturated fats causes heart disease.  Well,  based upon all of the most recently published studies that just doesn’t seem to be true.

A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, (Mar. 2010) analyzing over 20 studies on the risks of consuming saturated fat found:

“… there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD [coronary heart disease] or CVD [stroke and cardiovascular disease].”

And now a brand new study just recently completed confirms this and adds a really interesting twist to this whole “saturated fats are dangerous” topic.

An article published this month, in the journal PLOS-1 – found that increased dietary intake of saturated fats did not cause a rise in the blood plasma level of saturated fats.  But the very interesting take-away from this study was that increasing the percentage of daily dietary intake of carbohydrates did in fact raise plasma saturated fat levels, which when elevated are known to increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Let’s sum up what we have learned and what you should do regarding dietary saturated fats:

1-Consumption of foods containing saturated fats does not increase the risk of heart disease or diabetes because for unexplained metabolic reasons dietary consumption of saturated fats does not raise blood plasma levels of saturated fat which when elevated are thought to increase the risk of developing diabetes and/or heart disease.

2-Consumption of foods containing high levels of carbohydrates does raise plasma levels of saturated fats, thereby increasing your risk of developing diabetes or heart disease.

According to one of the lead researchers involved in the study “Dietary guidelines that recommend restricted consumption of saturated fats are not smart or scientific.”

If you would like to reduce the risk to yourself and loved ones of developing diabetes and/or heart disease………….REDUCE YOUR TOTAL DAILY CONSUMPTION OF CARBOHYDRATES AND REPLACE THEM WITH  HEALTHY FATS (FISH, AVOCADO, OLIVE OIL, NUTS, ALMOND BUTTER, SUNFLOWER SEED SPREAD) AND QUALITY GRASS-FED OR FREE RANGE PROTEIN SOURCES.

My personal diet provides about 65% of my calories from fats, about 25% from protein sources and 10% from carbohydrates.  This is a far cry from the age old pyramid recommendations to get 50-60% of your daily calories from carbohydrates.

While I do weight lift, I do very little aerobic exercise except for walking and my body fat percentage stays around 16-17%. (I include this information for those of you who are worried about higher fat consumption causing you to gain weight or body fat).

My total daily caloric intake ranges between 2500-3000 calories.  Women, depending upon their level of activity should generally be in the 1700-2000 calories per day range if they desire to maintain their current weight.

Metabolically and physiologically……………SUGAR FROM CARBOHYDRATES IS THE ENEMY NOT FATS!

I also believe there is enough published quality science indicating that reducing your intake of carbohydrates my also lead to decreased risks of developing cancer, dementia/Alzheimer’s, vision and hearing loss.  But this will be addressed in another article.

To the Best of Health,

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

MigreLief Reviews and Feedback 2014

July 30th, 2014

 

All I can say Is THANK YOU MigreLief~! I have been using your regular Migrelief for approximately 9 months now & the MigreLief -M for about 2 months I use both in combination (Approved by my Neurologist) & working with your advisers and it has been such a help along with my prescribed medication. I had Major surgery approx 2 months ago & had to stop all my Herbal medication & supplements< this included your product, 1 week before my surgery- WOW! all I can say Is I wanted to BASH my head into a brick wall or Take a Vice grip & squeeze my head until it popped… I was miserable, my migraines were horrible and there was nothing I could do, I couldn’t wait until my surgery was over so that I could take My MigreLief Tab… I took them with me to the hospital and as soon as I was allowed to have something to drink, I took them. I was so happy for the relief! Again, I say Thank YOU~!

Clearly Safer and Superior Natural Ingredients Providing Relief for Headache, Migraine, Menstrual, Muscle and Joint Pain

April 11th, 2014

How many of your patients or customers (If you are a pharmacist) chronically administer either NSAIDs or prescription options in attempt to control their pain?

The business of pills for pain, whether over the counter or prescription is staggeringly large.

Millions of patients and sufferers deal chronically with  joint pain or headache pain.

The chronic use of analgesics is accompanied by a host of well Known and described health risks and side-effects.

Chronic use of NSAIDs can cause bleeding, ulcers, increased risk of coronary events, liver failure, kidney failure, hemorrhagic stroke and in the case of headaches/migraines, over-use of NSAIDs and prescription acute drugs, an increase in the frequency of headaches referred to as MOH (medication over-use headaches).

Certain of the prescription drugs available to treat migraine pain work by agonizing serotonin receptors and narrowing blood vessels. This mechanism is potentially dangerous to people with coronary artery disease or angina.  Unfortunately, so much of CAD is undiagnosed, making it difficult to measure who truly is at risk.

THE INGREDIENTS:  Ginger, Boswellia, Feverfew, Magnesium

Ginger  

A side by side clinical study, published in the Journal of Phytotherapy Research (May 2013) comparing the efficacy and side-effects of the ginger phytochemical component to a popular triptan drug for ablative treatment in chronic migraines sufferers, demonstrated that the  phytochemical was equally as effective in pain reduction or elimination within 2 hours of administration, as the triptan but with little or no side-effects.

Furthermore, the ginger phytochemical demonstrated  a P2Y12 anti-platelet mechanism  with no reported bleeding risk as well as  Cox-1/Cox-2/ 5 Lipooxygenase inhibition  anti-inflammatory mechanisms of action, which distinguished it from NSAIDs. Dual inhibitors of cyclooxygenase and 5-lipoxygenase may have a better therapeutic profile and have fewer side effects than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

In regards to arthritic knee pain, the ginger phytochemical, as a monotherapy, in a randomized clinical trial published in the Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatism Nov. 2001 of 247 arthritis patients with knee pain was found to reduce knee pain in a statistically significant manner. Both knee pain on standing and secondary efficacy variable showed a consistently greater response in the active group. Decreases in the Western Ontario and Mcmaster Universities composite index of approximately 30% were recorded, as did the use of rescue medication in the active ginger group. Mild and transient GI side-effects were higher in the active group.

Finally, in addition to the analgesic benefits of the ginger phytochemical,  a clinical study of Type-2 diabetics, published in THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF FOOD SCIENCES AND NUTRITION (Feb. 14, 2013)  demonstrated broad and  substantial glycemic control benefits in type 2 diabetics. Clinically and statistically significant reductions of several markers were reported:

1-     HBa1C (glycated hemoglobin)

2-     Fasting plasma glucose

3-     Insulin levels

4-     Triglycerides

5-     C-reactive protein (an inflammatory marker)

6-     Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2 an inflammatory marker)

 

Special Aflapin Boswellia Serrata Extract – The Second Antiinflammatory/ Analgesic Phytochemical

Indian frankincense (Boswellia serrate) has been used for centuries to treat arthritis. Some clinical studies support its use in chronic inflammatory diseases likeCrohn’s, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis and bronchial asthma. Boswellia is an excellent alternative to NSAIDs.

The active ingredients are referred to as boswellic acids, with beta boswellic acid being the major component. The absorption of boswellic acids is less than ideal, thereby necessitating processing regimens that enhance their absorption.

Until the advent of Aflapin due to poor absorption of the active boswellic acids, doses of 500-1,500 mg/day were necessary to achieve sufficient analgesic relief.  Because of the patented processing of Aflapin the therapeutic dose is down to 100-200 mg/day.

A randomized, clinical trial examining the efficacy of Aflapin in patients with knee pain, was published in the Int. J. Med. Sci. 2011;8(7):615-22. Epub 2011 Oct 12. .” The subjects received either 100 mg (n=30) of Aflapin(®) or placebo (n=30) daily for 30 days. Each subject was evaluated for pain and physical functions by using the standard tools (visual analog scale, Lequesne’s Functional Index, and Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index) at the baseline (day 0), and at days 5, 15 and 30. A series of biochemical tests in serum, urine and hematological parameters established the safety of Aflapin. The observations suggest that Aflapin conferred clinically and statistically significant improvements in pain scores and physical function scores in OA subjects. Aflapin provided significant improvements in pain score and functional ability in as early as 5 days of treatment. In conclusion, our observations suggest that Aflapin is a safe, fast acting and effective alternative intervention in the management of OA.” (A quote from the published paper).

Aflapin provides more potential benefits than other non-enhanced boswellic acid products in recovering articular cartilage damage or protection from proteolytic degradation which occurs in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Combining the Cox-1, Cox-2 inhibition mechanisms of action in the ginger phytochemcical with the 5 lipo-oxygenase inhibition of  Aflapin, creates a unique, and broad acting anti-inflammatory/analgesic, with little side-effects.

 

Special Super Critical CO2 Feverfew Extract

This specific type of feverfew extract is identified in the American Academy of Neurology’s evidenced-based guideline for migraine prevention.  So what is it doing in a pain/analgesic pill?

The addition of this special feverfew extract adds yet another mechanism of action to the broad therapeutic actions of the new pill. The concept of regulating arthritis at the transcriptional factor level NFkappaB) of gene expression may be more effective than monotherapy at preventing joint cell destruction.

Animal and human ex-vivo studies demonstrate marked suppression of joint destruction in synovial cells of rheumatoid arthritis patients  when parthenolide, one of the active lactones in feverfew was added.. Feverfew robustly inhibited NFkappaB activation and joint destruction in pre-clinical models.

We normally do not add ingredients that don’t yet have clinical data supporting them.  But in the case of parthenolide (feverfew) when coupling the clinical data showing prophylactic efficacy with the potential benefits of NFkappaB inhibition, we decided we needed to include this exciting active ingredient.

 

Magnesium

Magnesium is perhaps the most essential mineral needed to control inflammation in the body.  It is known that magnesium deficiency leads to increases in inflammatory prostaglandins as well as C-reactive protein and inflammatory conditions deplete magnesium.

Additionally, magnesium antagonizes the NMDA (N-methyl d-aspartate) receptor which is directly involved in the transmission of pain.

Researchers have documented that consumption of less than 50% of the RDA for magnesium doubles the risk of blood vessel, inflammatory damage.

Low magnesium can cause problems with your skeletal muscles, sore muscles, back neck and shoulder pain and headaches. Osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis sufferers are often magnesium deficient.

It is difficult to imagine a broad functioning  analgesic that shouldn’t include magnesium.

The evidence is compelling, for patients and pharmacy customers who are chronically consuming either OTC or prescription pain meds, it’s time to try something healthier.

 Ginger Feverfew Boswellia Magnesium - MigreLief-NOW

 

 

To the Best of Health,

 

Curt Hendrix,  M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.

 

 

Vitex Agnus Castus (Chaste Tree Extract) May Benefit Suffers of Both PMS and Migraines

March 27th, 2014

Chaste Berry - Chaste Tree in MigreLief+M OTC SupplementIt is well-known and documented that a significant percentage of women, who suffer from migraines, have attacks that are related to the hormonal fluctuations that occur with menstruation.

Many of these women also suffer from the symptoms of PMS (premenstrual syndrome), which is also thought to be triggered by the same hormonal fluctuation.  These symptoms often include, cramping, tender breasts, cravings, depression, anger, anxiety, mood swings and bloating.

MigreLief+M contains ingredients that help migraine sufferers to maintain healthy cerebrovascular function and to normalize hormonal fluctuations associated with the advent of menstruation and/or its cessation.

One of the several ingredients in MigreLief+M that contributes to these benefits is Vitex Agnus Castus (also known as chaste berry or chaste tree extract).

Several studies have demonstrated the ability of Vitex to modulate hormonal fluctuations and attenuate many of the symptoms of PMS.

Now a new open-label study, published in the peer-reviewed journal, Acta Neurology Belg. 2013 Mar 113(1):25-9 explored if Vitex also helped women with PMS with their migraines as well.

Of the 100 women who had both PMS and migraines that completed the 3 month study, 66 reported a dramatic reduction of PMS symptoms, 26 a mild reduction and 8 reported no effect.

Regarding migraines, 42% of the patients experienced a reduction in monthly attacks of greater than 50% and 57% of patients reported a reduction in monthly headache days greater than 50%.  No patients reported remarkable side-effects.

Though not addressed in this study, is the possibility that Vitex could help women whose migraines either develop or worsen upon approaching menopause. It has been shown that Vitex helps with several perimenopausal symptoms most probably because of its same ability to modulate hormonal fluctuations.

To the best of health,

 

Curt Hendrix M.S.  C.C.N.  C.N.S.

 

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Migraine Relief Drink Recipe – Go Green!

March 15th, 2014

IngredientsMigraine Relief Recipe Green Juice

  • 16oz filtered water or coconut water
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 cup kale (3-4 leaves)
  • 1 stalk celery
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 cup cucumber (about ½ a large cucumber)
  • ½ inch ginger root
  • 1 1/2 cups Ice

Instructions

Place all ingredients into the blender.
Secure lid and blend well for at least 60 seconds.

Note: You can omit the water and ice and extract the ingredients
with a juicer, or leave it as is for a whole food juice by keeping the fiber.

Enjoy!  (Makes 2 drinks)

Migraine Relief Green JuiceThe ingredients in this drink are very healthy and may help with headache, nausea and stomach upset. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, and is a potent herb that has been known to help with any type of pain or swelling of the tissues. Fresh pineapple contains bromelain, a natural enzyme that has been known to be a form of natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory as well.  Cucumber is 95% water and can help with dehydration.  It is thought that the chemicals in celery act to cause sleepiness, increase urine to decrease fluid retention,  decrease blood pressure, decrease blood sugar, decrease blood clotting, and increase muscle relaxation.

 

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HPV Vaccine Danger

March 1st, 2014

hpv vaccineThe HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccine is routinely recommended for girls 11 and 12 years of age. Doctors may give it to girls as young as 9,  It has also been recommended for boys age 9-26 and for women 13-26 years of age who did not receive it when they were younger.

 If you are considering having your children obtain the this vaccine, please read this very informative article on the vaccine first.  

Study Reveals Unavoidable Dangers of HPV Vaccine.

To the best of health,

 

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

Migraines and Behavior in Children

March 1st, 2014

Migraines and Behavior in Children

Is There a Link?

By Colleen Doherty, MD

Migraines and Behavior in Children
It’s hard to imagine your child lying in a dark room with a cold, wet cloth over her head, trying to nap away her migraine. Yet this situation is not as uncommon as you may think. Migraines occur in about 11% of children, according to a study involving over 1,700 schoolchildren in Aberdeen, Scotland, and this number only increases during adolescence. As a parent, it’s important to understand the emotional impact of your child’s migraines in addition to her physical symptoms. In fact, a recent study suggests that there may be a link between migraines and your child’s emotional health and behavior.
Like adults, some children may be genetically predisposed to migraines. The diagnosis of migraines in childhood can be tricky, as children may have a hard time verbalizing their symptoms. If your child suffers from headaches, here is what your pediatrician will likely ask you based on criteria from the International Classification of Headache Disorder (ICHD-II):

Frequency: How many headache attacks has your child had? (Five are required for a diagnosis of migraine without aura, the most common form of migraine in children).

Duration: How long do your child’s headaches last? In children, migraines may last from 1-72 hours.

Characteristics: How would your child describe her headache?

• Location: Is the headache unilateral or bilateral (bilateral is more common in young children)?

• Quality: Is the pain pulsating or throbbing?

• Intensity: How severe is the pain? Your pediatrician may use a picture pain scale.

Associated Symptoms: Does your child have any associated symptoms?

• Nausea/Vomiting

• Photophobia or phonophobia:  This can be inferred by the child’s behavior such as choosing to stay in a dark, quiet room.

Rule Out Other Causes: Your doctor will want to make sure that your child’s symptoms are not explained by another medical condition.

Is There a Link Between Migraines in Children and Behavior?

A study of over 1,800 Brazilian children ages 5 to 11 found that children who suffer from headaches are more likely to also have behavioral issues such as problems with attention, socialization, depression, and anxiety.  In this study, mothers of the children completed a 14-question module which assessed whether their child met the criteria for having headaches (either migraine o tension-type headache) according to the classification criteria of the second edition of the International Classification of Headache Disorder (ICHD-II).

Mothers also filled out a questionnaire called the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL), which rates a child on various behavioral and emotional issues. Eight symptom scales were examined, including:

• Withdrawn

• Somatic complaints (physical complaints without medical explanation)

• Anxious/Depressed

• Social problems

• Thought problems

• Attention problems

• Rule-breaking behavior

• Aggressive behavior

Results showed that children with headache, both migraines and tension-type headaches, were more likely than their peers without headaches to have problems with attention, socialization, and anxiety/depression. In addition, children with headaches had more somatic complaints and engaged in more internalizing behaviors or behaviors directed towards themselves than children without headaches. Overall, children with tension-type headaches were less severely impacted than their peers with migraines.

What Do These Results Mean?

Remember that a link between psychological or behavioral issues and headaches does not mean that one causes the other. The big picture to take away from this study is that headaches in children can negatively impact their daily functioning.

What Can I Do?

If you suspect that your child is suffering from headaches, discuss your concerns with your pediatrician. If your child continues to have headaches despite medical therapy, seeing a pediatric neurologist may be helpful. Being aware of the association between your child’s headaches and her emotional health will only make you a more informed and proactive parent.

Sources:

Abu-Arefeh I, Russell G. “Prevalence of headache and migraine in schoolchildren.” BMJ. 1994 Sep 24;309(6957):765-9.

Arruda MA, Bigal ME. “Behavioral and emotional symptoms and primary headaches in children: a population-based study.” Cephalalgia. 2012 Nov;32(15):1093-100.

Barnes NP. Migraine headache in children. Clin Evid (Online). Apr 11;2011:0318.

Headache Classification Subcommittee of the International Headache Society. “The International Classification of Headache Disorders: 2nd Edition”. Cephalalgia 2004;24 Suppl 1:9-160.

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