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Arthritis and Obesity, a Debilitating Combination

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To the Best of Heath,


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



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

Subscribe to receive the Curt Hendrix Longevity & Disease Prevention BulletinCurt Hendrix, M.S, C.C.N, C.N.S, is the Chief Scientific Officer for Akeso Health Sciences, the manufacturer of the highly successful, comprehensive nutritional migraine supplement “MigreLief® Triple Therapy with Puracol™’.  Multi-patented MigreLief was made available to the public in 1997, and is a 100% drug-free dietary supplement formulated to help maintain normal cerebrovascular tone and function in chronic migraine sufferers.  Curt is dedicated to the research and development of condition-specific natural medicines 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 Alzheimer’s disease.

A Unique Perspective
With a focus 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.  After spending two years in a physical chemistry Ph.D. 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.

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.

His extensive research, knowledge and expertise have also led to the formulation and manufacturing of various condition-specific nutritional supplements.  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.

Researching and developing safer natural medicines and leading-edge solutions to combat disease keep Curt busy but he still finds time to travel throughout the United States, sharing the science behind the success of  MigreLief’s line of nutritional supplements for migraine sufferers.

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 my wife used for migraines, the more rebound headaches she would have, creating a vicious cycle of prescription drug use.  I found that unacceptable, so as a chemist and researcher I learned everything I could about migraines hoping to help my wife avoid a lifetime of merely treating the pain with side-effect prone drugs.

I formulated MigreLief® Triple Therapy with Puracol™ as a result of my research and received two United States patents for a combination of three naturally occurring ingredients that have since helped hundreds of thousands of migraine sufferers for over two decades.

I am thrilled to know that MigreLief was makes a 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 feedback from health care professionals.  It inspires all of us at Akeso Health Sciences, a family-owned company, to work diligently to inform the world of this great nutritional option.

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










Avoid Spring Migraines

The brain of migraineurs likes consistency. Many factors change with the seasons and influence migraines.   Changes in sleep patterns, light, air-pressure, temperature, humidity, and fragrances, can all increase the the frequency and tendency of migraines.

Beware of hotter days. A team of researchers at Harvard found that an increase in temperatures occurred 24 hours before increases in admissions to emergency rooms for treatment of migraines.   There is not much a patient can do to control the weather or avoid warm temperatures or changes in barometric pressure, therefore it is important to be vigilant about managing other triggers such as sleep and diet.  Avoid well known food triggers, and drastic changes in your sleep pattern if you can.  It  is also very important to stay well hydrated and to avoid strenuous outdoor activities or exercise during times of the day when it’s excessively warm or humid.

Spring is allergy season, and for many people sinus or allergy headaches can lead to migraines.

Tips to avoid “Spring” migraines:

1.  To avoid airborne allergens in your home, clean or change A/C filters
2.  If you are allergy prone, make sure your allergy meds are handy.
3.  With higher temperature, dehydration occurs even if we don’t feel dehydrated. Dehydration is a big cause of migraines. Drink lots of water

4. Stick with a sleep schedule, try to got to bed at the same time as much as possible and determine what number of hours is best for you. Both too little and too much sleep can increase migraine risk.

5. Light (photophobia) is a major contributor to migraine risk. Purchase a polarized, high grade pair of sunglasses and wear a hat with a brim to keep out even more light.

6. Be careful of new fragrances that you introduce not only in perfumes but moisturizers as well.

Follow these tips, use your Migrelief daily, keep fast acting MigreLief-NOW on hand for emergencies, and enjoy the fun and beauty of Spring.

To the Best of Health,


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


Related Article – “The Anti-Migraine Diet”

Breaking The Cycle of Rebound Headaches Caused by Excessive Use of Prescription Drugs

Medication Overuse Headache- (MOH) – A big dilemma.

The following comment is from Stephen Silberstein, M.D.,  director of the Jefferson Headache Center and professor of neurology, Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia

“One of the greatest bugaboos we see every day in headache centers is patients with chronic daily or near-daily headache, who are overusing medication. It is our most common problem. These patients have often not responded to treatment and in an attempt to treat themselves, actually make the problem worse. This is not addiction or an attempt to get ‘high’; rather, it is motivated by the patient’s desire to relieve pain and dysfunction. Migraine preventive therapy is grossly underused.”

Do you find yourself taking more and more medications to try to keep your migraines/headaches under control? Do you find that one or two days after taking your medications that your headaches return?  Do you use more than three triptan drugs a week?  Are you taking OTC drugs 15 days or more out of every month?

If your answer to any of the above questions is “YES”, then you may very well be suffering from Medication-Over-Use-Headaches.  The drugs you are taking are actually causing you to experience more headaches, even if they temporarily help the headache at hand.

Triptans, ergot drugs, opiates (morphine, codeine, meperidine (Demerol), oxycodone (Oxycontin) (Butorphanol) and OTC pain pills can all cause medication over-use headaches (MOH). If people use 3 or more triptans a week they will probably get rebounds, the same for opiates and if they are using Excedrin or other OTC pain pills 12-15 days a month or more, they will be at higher risk for rebound headaches as well.



Research has shown that withdrawing (detoxing) from these drugs can in many cases reduce the total number of headaches you experience as well as the intensity of those headaches.  Withdrawal is not easy and the symptoms of withdrawal can be challenging, but the results are definitely worth it for most sufferers.

For triptans, the detox period during which there may be withdrawal symptoms, like continuing headaches, nausea, vomiting, and disrupted sleep will last about 4-5 days on average. 

The symptoms may last up to 8-10 days for withdrawing from opiates, ergots or OTC drugs.

The literature and research states that it is important to start taking a preventive treatment product prior to or at the same time you start the detox program. (see www.MIGRELIEF.COM) We recommend starting MigreLief one week before withdrawing from the drug that is being over-used.

Keep a rescue pain medication available that is different from the medication that has been over-used, for emergency situations, only!


If withdrawing from OTC medications, keep a triptan or opiate drug available for an emergency rescue situation only. 


At the end of 5-10 days, depending upon what medication you are withdrawing from, you should find that your rebound headaches have significantly diminished or disappeared.

Your use of the offending medication should be either eliminated or substantially reduced.  Be sure to keep taking MigreLief daily because preventive products are very important to the success of this program.  Continue to take  MigreLief to maintain the benefits you have achieved.  


To the Best of Health,


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

 WARNING: The above recommendations are based upon review of some literature discussing detoxing or withdrawing from drugs causing Medication-Over-Use-Headaches. It is for education purposes only. It is not a substitute for medical advice. It is necessary to discuss your particular situation with your physician before starting on this kind of program.




Menstrual Migraines in Adolescents

Many adult women who suffer from chronic migraine headaches find that many, if not most of their headaches occur between 2 days before menstruation and 2-3 days after menstruation. These migraines are referred to as “menstrual” or hormonally related migraines.

Recently researchers at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital completed a study analyzing what percentage of adolescent, menstruating young women experienced “menstrual” or “hormonally” related migraines.

It was found that out of the 891 adolescent girls studied, 50% experienced a headache during their first period upon entering puberty and almost 40% of these adolescents continued to experience migraines just before or just after their periods.

These migraines are brought about by both the hormonal shifts that occur during menstruation as well as changes in blood sugar levels. They are often accompanied by PMS symptoms of bloating, breast pain, irritability, cravings, acne, poor sleep and anxiety, as well.

Correcting these imbalances can reduce or eliminate both migraines and many of the symptoms of PMS.

Our own clinical observations indicate that addressing hormonal shifts without also balancing blood sugar levels leads to less comprehensive benefits not only regarding migraine prophylaxis but regarding the afore mentioned symptoms associated with PCOS. Therefore we recommend adding to any proposed regimen, ingredients like chromium picolinate, or other insulin sensitizing ingredients, plus additional dietary fiber to prevent spiking of blood glucose levels that can often lead to the precipitous drops associated with hypoglycemia.

We at MigreLief have created a safe, gentle and natural medicine for adolescent and adult women suffering from both/either menstrual/hormonally related migraines and monthly symptoms of PMS, it is called MigreLief+M. It will be available in 1-2 months. We will announce it’s availability on our Twitter, Face book and MigreLief blog sites.

>To your good health,

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


Many people assume that there is just one single type of migraine
headache. There are actually many different types of migraines. The 2 most
common ones are the classic migraine and the common migraine.

These are also referred to as migraine with aura (classic) and migraine
without aura (common).

The aura associated with classic migraines are visual hallucinations
such as jagged lines or being partially blinded in one or both eyes,
disruptions in sight, smell or touch or even speech.  Aura actually serves as an early warning sign and I have found that for some people taking 200-400 mg of Ibuprofen at this stage can prevent the migraine from progressing.

Menstrual Migraines – 50% or more of women report that attacks coincide
with various points of their menstrual cycle and are referred to as “menstrual-related
migraines (MRM). These attacks usually occur a few days before or after


Exertion Migraine – This is usually a short-lived migraine brought about by
physical exercise and may be worsened by dehydration.

Retinal Migraine – This involves a temporary loss of vision in one eye.

Hemiplegic Migraine – In this version of migraine, a temporary paralysis
on side of the body occurs.

Nocturnal Migraine – These rare migraines occur during sleep and actually
awaken the sufferer.

Basilar Artery Migraine – Usually occurs in adolescent women. A throbbing
at the back of the head which can lead to dizziness and difficulty speaking
occurs in this migraine form.

Abdominal Migraine – Here there is no headache at all. The pain that does
occur happens, usually, in the stomach. The pain usually causes nausea and
vomiting and is most often seen in young children.


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

Types of Migraines

Say “NO” to Osteoporosis Drugs and High Dose Calcium for Preventing Bone Fractures

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Recent studies indicate that  high levels of calcium are potentially dangerous to your cardiovascular system, and increases both calcification of arteries and MI risk.  

There is a much better option for long-term bone health.

Your physician tells you that your Bone Mineral Density (BMD) is low (2.5 standard deviations below average and that you have osteoporosis) and he wants you to go on one of the prescription medications to prevent bone fractures. He or she goes on to tell you that these drugs have been found to reduce your risk of a fracture by 50%. Sounds impressive and necessary…so you get nervous. Just the image of an incapacitating hip fracture, is enough to make you rush out to fill a prescription for bisphosphonate drugs like Fosamax, Boniva or Actonel. Aclasta, Aredia, Bondronat, Didronel, Reclast, Skelid and Zometa.

Being scared sometimes makes people do things too quickly without gathering all of the facts. Also over reliance on their doctors recommendation without independent research of their own, can sometimes lead to uninformed choices.

As you will learn shortly, these drugs can have some very serious side-effect and in addition, many experts are troubled by the quality of bone that these drugs create. In addition the 50% reduction in fracture risk quoted by the manufacturers of these drugs and some physicians, is at best misleading and at worst down right deceptive.

Let’s say that everyone had a 100% risk (a certainty, 100 out of 100 people would all have a fracture sometime after age 65). Then a drug that reduced that risk by half so that only 50 out of 100 people would have a fracture, might be a drug worth taking, assuming it was safe and wasn’t going to hurt you because of serious side-effects. This drug (if one existed, it doesn’t) could legitimately state it reduced fracture risk by 50%

What if your risk was only 2% of having a fracture sometime after age 65? In others words only 2 out of every hundred people will experience a fracture and 98 will never have one. Another way of saying this, is that if you take absolutely NOTHING, the odds are 98% in your favor of never having a fracture. Would you then be in a rush to use this or any other drug?

How do drug manufacturers play with the quoted efficacy percentages to fool you into thinking these drugs work much better than they really do?

Well, they do a study approved by the FDA and show that when you take their drug, instead of 2 people out of 100 people experiencing a fracture, only 1 person out of 100 people experienced a fracture. So they report the drop from 2 out of 100 to 1 out of 100 people as a 50% reduction in fracture rate. And to make matters worse, many physicians quote this misleading 50% drop in fracture rate to their patients.

Another way of putting this into perspective is that for every hundred people who take this drug, 98 of them didn’t need it, but it gets worse. The 98 who didn’t need but took it anyway are now exposed to, what in some cases, can be very serious side-effects.

In addition to the multiple, potential side-effects of these drugs which will be listed shortly, these drugs do not create new healthy bone, instead they create bone that is unnatural and nothing like new bone formed by the body.

Instead of the body’s normal process of breaking down old bone (known as resorption, which is carried out by cells called osteoclasts) and rebuilding new strong bone with other cells known as osteoblasts, these drugs stop the rebuilding of new bone by stopping resorption (turning off the osteoclast activity).

So people wind up with bone that is architecturally very different from new bone created by the body. This bone does allow for minerals to be absorbed which can quickly in the short term reduce fracture risk by the tiny absolute amount described above, but many researchers are concerned about the long-term wisdom of using these drugs to create this “unnatural type of bone”.

In fact, recent research has shown an increase in femur fractures in patients who have taken these drugs for 5 or more years. These drugs have demonstrated no benefit for primary prevention. This means that for men or women who may have below average BMD (bone mineral density) but whom are not diagnosed with osteoporosis, there is no reason to take these drugs, yet the drug companies and some physicians recommend them to these lower risk patients as well. It just doesn’t make sense.

Potential Side-effects:
So, In addition to not giving much absolute protection from fractures, you will also be exposed to the following side-effects, some of which, though low in risk, can be very serious and even life threatening:

•Ulcers of the esophagus

•Esosphageal cancer

•Upper GI irritation

•Irregular heartbeat

•Fractures of the femur

•Low calcium in the blood

•Skin rash

•Joint, bone, and muscle pain

•Jaw bone decay (osteonecrosis)

•Increased parathyroid hormone (PTH)

*Users of some of these drugs can develop osteonecrosis of the jaw which is associated with significant and death of jawbone tissue. The Journal of the American Dental Association reports that osteonecrosis is actually more common than initially thought.

**An article in the New England Journal of Medicine stated that 23 cases of esophageal cancer have been reported due to Fosamax. Then, in an issue of the American Dental Association, were reports that the drug’s jaw die off risk is actually more common than initially thought. The jaw bone die off is actually known as a disease.

*** As reported by the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research

There are Sensible, Effective and Much Safer Options to Reduce Your Fracture Risk

High dose calcium is NOT a needed or even sensible option, no matter what your doctor tells you.

Regarding Calcium and the ubiquitous advice given by so many healthcare professionals to consume anywhere from 1000-1500 mg. for bone health, it is just plain wrong and recent studies indicate that these high levels of calcium are potentially dangerous to your cardiovascular system, increasing both calcification of arteries and MI risk.

Vitamin D & K for Calcium Absorption

The problem is not that most of us don’t get enough calcium but that the calcium we get doesn’t get absorbed efficiently into our bones. This calcium is then free and available to go deposit where we don’t want it, into the insides of our arteries, causing calcification which can lead to decreased arterial function, high blood pressure and cardio-vascular disease.

It might surprise you that the Chinese and Japanese cultures, which historically eat little or no dairy products and therefore get less than half the calcium that is in American diets containing dairy, have substantially lower fracture rates than Americans.

Cultures that consume far less than the 1500 mg of calcium per day recommended by many physicians, experience much lower fracture rates than we do. This is because their diets contain some specific ingredients that help calcium to enter their bones.

These two ingredients are Vitamin D and Vitamin K. In the proper amounts both of the simple vitamins have been shown to be incredibly safe and healthy for many reasons beyond just bone health, and can safely decrease fracture risk in susceptible people.

For professionals who specialize in staying on top of the literature that is published about the benefits of certain herbs and dietary supplements, it is well known that vitamin D, vitamin K and magnesium are KEY players in bone health.

Two recent studies, one examining the fracture reducing potential of bisphosphonate drugs and the second measuring the fracture reducing potential of Vitamin D, demonstrated that Vitamin D is perhaps more effective than the drugs, with none of the inherent risks and side-effects of the drugs.

Interestingly, several studies have shown that both Vitamin K-1 and K-2 have decreased fracture risks in humans without increasing Bone Mineral Density (BMD).

In fact, it is my opinion, that intakes of magnesium (at least 500 mg/day), vitamin D (at least 1000 IU/day) and vitamin K-1 and K-2 (at least 500 mcg/day) with small daily amounts of calcium from dairy or 250-500 mg/day from a supplement, will offer more protection against fractures than these dangerously high doses of 1000-1500 mg of calcium per day that are being recommended, without all of the unwanted health risks.

Cardiologist routinely measure “coronary artery calcium” (CAC) levels because they are known to be a reliable marker for atherosclerosis. Calcium actually can build up in the arteries, a phenomenon known as “arterial calcification”, which can also lead to stroke, heart attack and eye problems.

In fact, a recent study of 24,000 people, done at the University of Zurich, suggests that older Americans taking calcium supplements to reduce fracture risk may be increasing their risk of getting a heart attack. The researchers said this risk came about only in those taking dietary supplements of calcium and not in those getting their calcium from food.

The researchers reported an 86% increase in heart attack risk in people who took regular supplements of calcium versus those who didn’t take any supplements.

The study is somewhat controversial with some experts questioning “why there would be increased heart attack risk with taking dietary supplements of calcium but not with taking foods containing calcium?”

Personally, I don’t know why this surprises these experts because many foods that contain calcium also contain magnesium which is very important for bone health. Other factors in foods like vitamin K may help the calcium to get into the bone and not be absorbed by the arteries which is dangerous.

The bottom line for me is:  If you eat reasonable amounts of dairy products you probably don’t need to supplement calcium at all.  If you don’t eat dairy products at all you can still get sufficient calcium from foods such as:

Salmon 6-8 ounces 440 mg.

Shrimp 6 ounces 300 mg.

Mackerel 6 ounces 600 mg.

Kale, collard greens, broccoli (1 cup) – 200 mg.

Almonds 6 ounces 700mg

Walnuts 6 ounces

I suggest that for normal healthy, men and women no more than 500 mg /day of calcium is necessary. If you have normal digestive function calcium carbonate is fine despite what certain advertisers state. If you do have digestive issues and perhaps are low in stomach acidity, then calcium citrate is a good choice.

Regarding the amounts of Vitamin D to take, I suggest that you start with 2500 IU per day. When you get your blood checked ask your physician to also measure you calcium levels. I believe optimum levels are between 50 ng/ml – 80 ng/ml.

As for the Vitamin K, though both form K-1 and K-2 have been shown to work, a product containing a combination of both K-1 and K-2 in the amounts of 1-2 mg (1000-2000 mcg) and 200 mcg respectively should be adequate.

Knowledge is power. Empower your health,

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




FDA Warning: Anti-Depressants and Migraine Prescription Drugs

FDA Warns on Mixing Antidepressants with Migraine Drugs (First released in 2010)

ROCKVILLE, Md., July 20 — Mixing common migraine drugs with antidepressants can trigger a life-threatening condition called serotonin-syndrome, the FDA has warned.

Serotonin-syndrome is characterized by rapid heart beat, sudden changes in blood pressure, and increased body temperature. Other symptoms include restlessness, hallucinations, loss of coordination, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Options successful at preventing the occurrence of migraines would decrease the risk described above in patients taking anti-depressant and experiencing migraines.  

For warning signs of serotonin syndrome and more info on Anti-depressants and migraine drugs click on the link at the end of this article.  For information on your natural migraine control option recommended by doctors, neurologists and pharmacists, go to

MigreLief is a dietary supplement for the nutritional support of cerebrovascular function in migraine sufferers age 2 years and above.




For most chronic migraine sufferers, trying to control and/or eliminate their almost daily migraines seems like “Mission Impossible”.  But with MigreLief, it’s ‘mission accomplished’ for literally tens of thousands of chronic migraine sufferers.

Living a life of consistently taking pain relievers for you migraines, is tantamount to giving up on the idea of stopping your migraines before they start.  With MigreLief this is now possible, as user after user report both on our site ( and on our Facebook page.

By correcting 3 of the major changes that occur in migraine sufferers and not in people without migraines, MigreLief maintains normal brain function that is necessary to avoid migraines from starting.

MigreLief corrects:

1-      Cellular energy deficiencies that occur in chronic migraine sufferers.

2-      Prevents excessive platelet clumping, which causes arteries to expand and trigger nerve pain.

3-      Keeps arteries from spasming.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to try MigreLief for 90 days and learn that no matter what you have tried in the past MigreLief makes taking control over your migraines…MISSION POSSIBLE.


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



A new study published in the July issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, confirmed the findings of a smaller study published last year that revealed that women diagnosed with migraines had a 26 percent lower risk of breast cancer than women who did not suffer from migraines.

The reduction in breast cancer risk applied pretty much across the board:

  • ·        Whether or not the women were pre or post menopausal
  • ·        Regardless of the medications they took
  • ·        Regardless of the age at which they were diagnosed
  • ·        Regardless of which migraine triggers they tried to avoid

Though it is known that both breast cancer and migraines have hormonal factors that are involved in their etiology, the researchers could not explain why having migraines would decrease the risk of getting breast cancer.


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



Does Smoking Marijuana Make You Skinnier?

A recently published study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that rates of obesity are 33% less in people who smoke marijuana at least three times a week compared to non-smokers of marijuana.

The reporting of this study made me smile.  First of all, don’t people who smoke marijuana get the munchies and wouldn’t that make them susceptible to weight-gain not weight-loss?

In fact, cannabis (marijuana) is given to cancer patients to help to increase their appetites. So, it is unclear as to why frequent smokers of marijuana are less obese than non-smokers.

One theory is that replacing what may be a compulsive habit of eating too much with pot smoking, may be the reason frequent pot smokers tend to be less obese.


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

Is Taking Hormone Replacement Therapy to Manage Menopausal Symptoms Worth the Risk? What Are Your Other Options?

As women approach menopause, some are not plagued with the well know symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, poor sleep, excitability, depression, poor concentration, fatigue, and some are to the point of distraction.

All of the symptoms are caused, at least in part, by the hormonal changes that are occurring during this phase of a woman’s life.

To deal with these problems many women’s physicians suggest going on hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
It is well known that HRT increases the risk of blood clots, strokes, and various cancers like breast, ovarian and uterine. Therefore, there is little to lose and much to gain by first trying natural alternatives that are supported by clinical evidence, before running the risks associated with HRT.

The natural medicines that seem to work best for many women are:

Black Cohosh 20 mg twice per day
Chaste Tree Extract 400 mg/day
Fermented Soy Foods – i.e. Tempeh, Miso, Natto. ( I am not in favor of soymilk, soy protein, or pill forms of soy isoflavones) *
Vitamin E succinate 800 IU per day
Maca – 2000 mg/day

Best of Health,


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

*Read about the possible dangers of consuming non-fermented soy products – Dr. Kaayla Daniel, author of The Whole Soy Story

NOTE:  “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.