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Can Weather Changes Trigger Migraines?

November 19th, 2019


Maybe it’s the delicious food, the joy of sharing a dinner with close friends and family, or the beautiful foliage decorating the trees, but something about fall makes it a favorite season for many. Unfortunately, for many migraineurs, seasonal changes can also mean painful migraine attacks.

Can Weather Trigger Migraines?

You probably know that many factors can trigger a migraine. Certain types of foods, strong smells, bright lights, and stress are among the most common migraine triggers in adults. But many people with migraines report that different weather patterns like extreme heat, cold temperatures, storms and even high winds are also frequent triggers.

Several research studies have investigated the relationship between migraines and the weather, but with many of the findings contradicting one another, it has been hard for experts to determine if such connection does exist. For example, in a study published in 1980, researchers asked 75 individuals with frequent headaches to keep a daily log with their headache triggers, severity, and other factors.  After one month of data, their results suggested that neither weather or barometric changes were associated with the onset or severity of a headache.

Conversely, a study published in the Journal of Head and Face Pain in 2004 investigated the correlations between several weather-related factors, including temperature, barometric pressure changes, wind, snow, humidity, rain, clouds, and others. The authors found that there were significant correlations between several weather variables and headaches, especially to temperature and humidity changes. In regard to what type of weather might trigger a migraine, they pointed out that “…with the gamut of known possible migraine triggers, patients might be susceptible to weather in their own ways.”

Which kind of weather triggers migraines?

Pinpointing a specific weather event or temperature that triggers a migraine can be complicated. Migraine triggers have been shown to vary from person to person, so what sets off a headache in one individual might not be an issue for another one. Such variations also make it difficult for researchers to study these connections successfully.

According to the American Academy of Neurology, these are some of the weather-specific triggers migraineurs have reported:

  • High humidity
  • High winds
  • Sunlight 
  • Barometric pressure changes
  • Temperature changes (excessive heat or excessive cold)
  • Lightning (stormy weather)

For some people, weather changes may cause imbalances in brain chemicals, including serotonin, which can prompt a migraine.  Weather-related triggers also may worsen a headache caused by other triggers.


Barometric Pressure Migraines and Headaches

Air pressure is closely related to the weather. Barometric changes are a key trigger for many migraine sufferers.  For some people, it’s a sudden drop in pressure and for others, it’s a rise in pressure. Barometric pressure refers to the pressure in the air or the amount of force that is being applied to your body from the air. For example, when the outside air pressure drops, it creates a pressure difference between the air in our sinuses and outside and can cause head pain. This is similar to what some people experience when flying on an airplane.

Barometric pressure does not have to change drastically to cause a migraine or headache.  If you suffer barometric pressure migraines, consider buying a barometer to help you prepare for and predict the barometric pressure changes that affect you the most. A good barometer is the Ambient Weather WX-228TBH or B10225C.

How can you control and prevent weather-related migraines?

Some triggers – like food choices and certain lifestyle factors – can be easier to avoid than others. Unfortunately, the weather is one of those factors that’s impossible to control. If you think that particular weather or temperature changes might cause you to have more migraines than usual, it’s essential to learn to recognize them.

If you already keep a trigger tracker, add information about the weather, like temperature, cloud coverage (sunny, cloudy, etc.), rain, snow, etc.  If you don’t keep one, consider starting one to understand more about your own triggers. Knowing your triggers and being prepared is the most important step to control your migraines… so they don’t control you.

More tips to keep the next storm from taking over your head:

Stay Indoors – You can’t control the temperature outside, but if extreme temps always set off an attack, stay indoors where you can keep an eye on the thermostat. If you need to go out, make sure to bundle up if it’s too cold or wear light fabrics if it’s hot.

Keep Your Medications Nearby – Weather changes can occur rapidly and without warning, so don’t be caught off-guard by a storm, or a heatwave or pressure change.  Consider leaving extra meds wherever you spend the most time (i.e., your desk at work or your car). 

Keep MigreLief-NOW on Hand at All Times – Consider this fast-acting nutritional formula for on-the-spot neurological comfort when you need it the most.  MigreLief-NOW is a combination of Magnesium, Cerevasc Ginger, and the herbs Boswellia and Puracol Feverfew.

Drink Plenty of Water – Drink a minimum of eight glasses of water per day to stay well hydrated.

Get Plenty of Sleep – 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep is key to health and longevity and has great benefits for headache or migraine sufferers.  Deep sleep is where all the healing and rejuvenating occurs in our body.

Monitor the Weather Frequently –The best way of being prepared for any kind of weather is by checking the forecast often. There are hundreds of free and paid apps that range from your run-of-the-mill temperature readings to interactive maps, allergy and pollen information, air quality, and more. Knowing what the day’s going to be like allows you to plan ahead, take your preventive medication, wear more appropriate clothing, or ultimately decide to stay indoors.


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.

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.

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.


July 11th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Curt Hendrix M.S. C.C.N.  C.N.S.

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MigreLief Starter Kits – Everything a Migraine Suffer Needs to Get Started

November 14th, 2016

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Although some patients have experienced positive benefits in a much shorter time, we recommend taking MigreLief daily for at least 3 months for maximum therapeutic results.

Each regular sized bottle contains a one month supply of MigreLief(One starter kit per customer.  Must contain 3 bottles of the same formula.)


Which MigreLief is right for you?

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If you answer ‘Yes’ to any 2 of these questions, we recommend MigreLief Original Formula.

Do you suffer from headaches that:

Present with pain on one side of the head
Pulsate or throb
Are aggravated by routine physical activity
Prevent normal activity
Are accompanied by nausea or vomiting
Are sensitive to light and sound
Are accompanied by visual or speech disturbances

If you answer ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, we recommend you choose MigreLief+M.

Do your migraines mostly occur just before during or after your period?

Do you consistently suffer from symptoms of PMS like cravings, bloating, breast pain, anxiety, tension, irritability/anger, difficulty concentrating or sleeping, depression, each month?

Have you been told that you suffer from bouts of low blood sugar, that leave you feeling tired, sleepy or dizzy in addition to your migraines?

In addition to your migraines, do you experience irregular menstrual cycles?

In addition to your migraines, have you been told that you suffer from PCOS? (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) accompanied by one or more of: ovarian cysts, irregular menstrual cycles, hair loss or thinning on the head, hair growth on the face, back or arms and/or acne?
For young migraine sufferers age 2 years or older this is the formula for you.  It contains all of the safe and nutritional ingredients contained in MigreLief original formula but in smaller capsules and smaller doses.

For men women and children age 2+, “NOW” is MigreLief’s rescue formula to be taken “as needed.”


MigreLief is formulated to address dysfunctional brain processes and maintain proper cerebral function by addressing the underlying nutritional deficiencies and imbalances that many migraine sufferers have in common.  MigreLief’s ingredients are aimed at maintaining normal platelet aggregation levels, normal mitochondrial energy levels, and normal inflammatory response.  The three ingredients in MigreLief’s daily maintenance formulas are listed in “The American Academy of Neurology’s Evidence-Based Guidelines for Migraine Prophylaxis (prevention).”


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January 19th, 2012

In previous articles I mentioned that chronic migraine sufferers accumulate tiny lesions in their brains over time. Initially when this research came out, there was no wayof knowing if these lesions had any negative effects on brain function.

 The good news is that a second study done by researchers at the Harvard Medical School confirmed the results of the first study done in Paris, that in fact, over time the lesions did not lead to any increase in cognitive decline when comparing migraine sufferers to people without migraines.  THIS IS REALLY GOOD NEWS!

In fact, one of the several cognition tests that were used to measure cognitive decline, indicated that migraine sufferers had less cognitive decline than non-sufferers.


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


If you suffer from 1 or more migraines a week, you are a good candidate for pursuing options that prevent your migraines, instead of constantly taking pain medications after the migraine starts. To learn about a very successful option, please go to www.MigreLief.com




November 18th, 2011


We just wanted to remind you about some helpful hints that can reduce your chances of developing a migraine:

    1. Stay well hydrated. An 8 ounce glass of water every couple of hours.
    2. Scents and odors can trigger migraines. Don’t hang around people who smoke and ask your fellow employees to go easy on the cologne of perfume.
    3. Bright or flickering lights can also trigger migraines.  If you work a lot on a computer use an anti-glare screen/filter.
    4. Healthy snacks every hour or so can prevent drops in blood sugar than can also serve as triggers to migraines.
    5. Pay attention to prodromal symptoms (symptoms like dizziness, visual or speech impairments) which occur prior to the pain of the migraine striking. Sometimes taking an ibuprofen during this period can prevent the full migraine from occurring.
    6. Small amounts of caffeine may help with migraine pain, but large amounts will cause more migraines to occur.
    7. If you suffer from several migraines a month, or have 15 or more headache days a month, you are a good candidate for preventive therapies. The best all-natural and proven one is MigreLief.   www.MigreLief.com


Migraines and Lupus

September 8th, 2011

In the United States alone, over 1 million people, mostly women, suffer from systemic lupus erythematosus  (SLE).  SLE is an autoimmune disease (the body attacks itself) which causes very significant levels of inflammation and pain.

Some of the most common symptoms are:

  • Extreme fatigue that doesn’t go away with rest
  • Joint pain, stiffness, and swelling
  • Fever over 100°F
  • Muscle pain
  • Hair loss
  • Skin sores and rashes (may occur in a butterfly pattern across
    the cheeks and nose)
  • Nose or mouth sores (usually painless)
  • Discolored, painful, or numb fingers and toes brought on by cold
    or stress (also called Raynaud Syndrome)
  • Skin rashes with or without sun exposure
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Memory loss

For decades physicians have believed that migraine headaches are a neurological symptom of lupus.

Researchers in Greece, from the Athens Naval Hospital, have found that migraines in lupus patients do not occur because of the condition and should be treated as a separate condition.

The investigators stated that migraines are not part of the disease but rather the result from the stress of the disease.

COMMENT: Since lupus patients may already be on one or more medications to fight the pain and inflammation of the disease, for those with the disease, who also experience migraines, prevention may be the best option.

To learn about a simple safe migraine prevention option, please read the information provided at www.migrelief.com.

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




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