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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”

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  www.MigreLief.com

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

RELATED ARTICLE:  ANTI-DEPRESSANTS AND MIGRAINES – A POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS COMBINATION!   Symptoms of Serotonin Syndrome etc…

 

Lifetime Television “The Balancing Act” Interviews Curt Hendrix, Creator of MigreLief, Regarding Migraine Headache Relief

Curt Hendrix, creator of MigreLief, is interviewed on Lifetime’s Balancing Act.

Mr. Hendrix discusses causes and treatment of migraines, especially as related to women who suffer from migraine headaches.

More than 30 million people in the US suffer from migraines, and more than three-quarters are women. The key is not to treat the symptoms, but prevent the severe headaches from ever forming. We’ll show you how to do it naturally.  Watch The Balancing Act interview below.

 

At Last! Nutritional Support For Children’s Migraines – The First Natural Migraine Supplement Just for Kids

At Last! Nutritional Support for Children’s Migraines!
The First Natural Migraine Supplement Just for Kids – Children’s MigreLief

 

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — MigreLief, the first name in migraine support, releases a safe and proven effective supplement for children of all ages:

 

One of the hardest things for a parent to do is to see their child in pain.  Yet every day millions of parents must watch helplessly as their children suffer from debilitating attacks.  About one out of every ten kids, or nearly 8 million children in the United States alone, are plagued by what has become the most common acute and recurrent headache pattern experienced by children today.

“Be it supplement, OTC drug or prescription drug, Children’s MigreLief is the first and only therapy developed specifically for children suffering from migraine headaches,” explains Curt Hendrix M.S. C.C.N, C.N.S., scientist and creator of Children’s MigreLief.  These often incapacitating experiences strike suddenly and often with accompanying symptoms of nausea, abdominal pain and vomiting. Until now, the only option available was the use of side-effect prone prescription medications actually causing more migraines, known as rebound headaches. But Children’s MigreLief offers parents of children suffering migraines a safe nutritional option, with none of the potentially disruptive side-effects of prescription drugs.

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

MigreLief contains a patented “Triple Therapy” approach to reestablishing normal cerebrovascular tone and function that is disrupted in children who have migraines.  Nutritional deficiencies, inflammation, and vasospasm can independently and together contribute to migraine occurrence, frequency and intensity.  Children’s MigreLief contains the same “Triple Therapy” ingredients as MigreLief but with dosages and pill sizes adjusted to meet the needs of children.

MigreLief’s ingredients; Puracol, a proprietary blend of two unique Feverfew sources, Magnesium from two sources and high dose, highly absorbable Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2) have all independently been shown to be of significant benefit to migraine sufferers.

All MigreLief products are available in select pharmacies and online at MigreLief.com. For more information and product samples contact sales@akesohealth.com.

About Akeso Health Sciences

Founded by Curt Hendrix in 1992, the company now Akeso L.L.C. is a family company dedicated to continuing research and breakthrough technologies for the development of patented supplements. Akeso has helped tens of thousands control their migraines to find new joy and peace in life and consistently delivers innovative, leading edge solutions for migraineurs worldwide.

Contact: Steve Hendrix sales@akesohealth.com USA (800) 758-8746

DISCLAIMER: (MigreLief) is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness.  Please consult your licensed medical practitioner if you have, or suspect you may have, a health problem.

SOURCE Akeso Health Sciences and PRNewswire.com

 

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REBOUND HEADACHES: Can Some Migraine Medications Increase The Number and Frequency of Migraines?

Rebound headaches from prescription and over-the-counter migraine headache medications – what you need to know!

Many chronic migraine sufferers resort to taking prescription medicines named triptans when a migraine gets out of control. These medicines are used “acutely.”  This means you take them when you already have a migraine you want to try to stop.  These drugs do not prevent migraines from occurring.

In fact, not only do they not prevent migraines, the general consensus amongst researchers and clinicians is that on-going regular use of triptan drugs like Imitrex or Zomig actually increase the total number of migraines that many users of the drugs have. This phenomenon is known as “Rebound Headache.”

Some readers of this article may recognize this pattern in their own lives. A migraine develops that won’t go away and one of these drugs is administered. The current migraine either goes away or decreases in intensity to the point where it is manageable but a day or two later, another migraine occurs:  “The Rebound Headache.”

If users are not careful this can lead to increasing drug use and a cycle of reoccurring migraines. This rebound cycle occurs not only with triptan drugs but with caffeine-containing over-the-counter medicines like Excedrin.

Caffeine can help reduce the pain of headaches and migraines in some sufferers. But unfortunately it is caffeine that causes many headaches and contributes to the development of migraines in many, if not most sufferers.

In fact, several well known neurologists who specialize in treating migraine sufferers have stated that one of the most powerful ways to reduce the number of migraines that sufferers experience is to remove caffeine from their diets.

Unfortunately, this is easier said than done, because caffeine is addictive and many sufferers when they try to ween off of it actually go through withdrawal-like symptoms and experience a temporary, short increase in their headaches or migraines. Fortunately, this will last only a short time, perhaps several days and then a significant decrease in the frequency and intensity of migraines should occur.

The above information highlights why preventing migraines from occurring is a much safer and desirable short and long-term choice in dealing with the effect of migraines on your life.

MigreLief  has proven time and time again, to be the easiest and most effective prevention solution for literally hundreds of thousands of migraine sufferers. In fact, the biggest percentage of chronic migraines sufferers who use MigreLief, comes from the referrals of the country-wide network of neurologists, internists and general practitioners who have relied upon MigreLief for well over a decade.

Lifestyle Changes Can Decrease the Risk of Chronic Migraines in Teens

I have written many articles about why preventing chronic migraines is a more logical and healthier option than a life-time of treating them with pain-killing OTC or prescription drugs.

Rebound headaches from over-using the pain-killing option are a known fact and the extra migraines caused by this over-use are now referred to a “Medication Over-Use Headaches (MOH).

So while I have written about natural options that have been clinically shown to prevent a percentage of migraines from occurring and also reduce the intensity of those migraines that do occur, according to a study just recently completed in Norway, there are lifestyle changes, that at least for teenagers (and I wouldn’t be surprised if they also worked for adults) can help to prevent migraines as well.

The study examined, interviewed and had nearly 6000 teenagers fill out lifestyle questionnaires.
Analysis of the data yielded some interesting, and perhaps, not surprising results:

  • Smoking increased the risk of chronic headaches like migraines by 50%
  • Being over-weight increased the risk by 40%
  • Being physically inactive increased the risk by 20%

The authors found that as the presence of unhealthy lifestyle choices and factors increased, the risk to teenagers of chronic headaches increased substantially.

I would not be at all surprised that if the authors expanded this study to include adults………the findings would apply to them as well.

This study highlights the potential preventive benefits of life-style changes for teenage chronic migraine sufferers.

To your good health,

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

Wow…What a Great Migrelief Success Story!

We recently received a post on our MigreLief Facebook page that simply said, “MigreLief saved my life!” We contacted this MigreLief fan to discover a great success story worth sharing:

Dear Makers of MigreLief,

Yes, I would love to share my story! I’ve attached it because I couldn’t get it to fit in facebook.

After I had our youngest, who is now 8, I began to have horrible headaches and eventually migraines. I was experiencing aura, tunnel vision and major nausea. I suffered for about 5 years with a migraine at least once(usually twice) a week that lasted at least 2 days. My doctor prescribed Imitrex, and it sometimes worked but left me feeling horrible too.

About 3 years ago, a customer came in to my office one day and could tell by my eyes that I was migraining. She told me I had to read about Migrelief and give it a try. She was a sufferer too, and raved about how Migrelief changed her life. I went straight to Super Supplements and began taking it that day. I noticed a change within a week…I was no longer having cluster headaches and realized that I had NOT had a headache just about every day since I was a teenager. I was just so used to having headaches, I didn’t know what it felt like to not have one! After about 3 weeks of taking Migrelief, I stopped having headaches and migraines all together. In the last 3 years, I have only had 2 migraines, and they didn’t last very long. I was able to take Ibuprofen to get rid of them.

I still take one Migrelief tablet every day. I will never stop taking it! Recently, our local Super Supplements was sold out and I called all over the Seattle area to find some more. I ended up driving 20 miles to the only store that had it in stock and bought the last 3 bottles they had on their shelf. I have told many others about your product and they too have become believers!

I always say Migrelief saved my life because it’s true. I was not the mom, wife or friend I needed to be because of my health. I couldn’t make plans and missed out on so many events with my children because I had a migraine.

Thank you for making a product that is changing lives!

Nancy

Why Wait To Treat The Pain When You Can Prevent Migraines Before They Start

Dr. Stephen Silberstein is one of the most published migraine neurologists in the country. I follow much of his research and articles. His comments in this article are honest and very important for chronic migraine sufferers to understand and points that all of my readers need pay attention to.

Chronic migraines sufferers “over medicate” with either prescription pain relieving medications or over the counter medications containing an OTC pain killer with added caffeine. Over-use of the medications cause additional “rebound” headaches and actually worsen migraine frequency. Many sufferers will use the medication to eliminate or reduce the pain of a current migraine only to have another occur in the next day or two.

Dr. Silberstein then goes on to say that migraine prevention products are grossly under-used. The most popular of the prescription migraine prevention medicines is associated with significant side effects such as temporary memory dysfunction and slurring of speech which cause many people to discontinue its use. The clinically proven ingredients in MigreLief are very effective, with no such side-effects. ~ Curt Hendrix,

Preventing Migraines Better Than Treatment

United Press International

(United Press International via COMTEX) — A migraine expert said Thursday…Therapy to prevent migraines can be more effective than attempting to treat the pain.

Dr. Stephen Silberstein, director of the Jefferson Headache Center and professor of neurology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, made the statement during an American Medical Association briefing in New York.

Silberstein said migraine treatment has come a long way during the past five years, with a key treatment factor being the development of triptans — drugs capable of combining with neuronal receptors in the brain to initiate drug actions.

Said Silberstein: “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.”

He added, “Migraine preventive therapy is grossly underused.”

About 25 to 30 million Americans experience migraine headaches and many more are undiagnosed.

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Belly Fat and Migraine Risk

Belly Fat and Migraine Risk – Curt Hendrix M.S. C.C.N. C.N.S.

In a paper presented at the American Academy of Neurology, it was suggested that patients between the ages of 20-55 ( both men and women but especially women) who had bigger waistline, particularly with excess fat around the stomach, were at increased risk of experiencing migraines.

The fat cells can release inflammatory proteins called cytokines, which may play a role in causing migraines. Gentle, but consistent aerobic exercise with moderate calorie reduction can help reduce abdominal fat and help chronic migraineurs.

If monthly or more frequent migraines are something you struggle with learn about MigreLief at www.migrelief.com.

Migraines and Increased Risk of Heart Disease & Heart Attacks

WOMEN WHOSE MIGRAINES ARE PRECEDED BY VISUAL OR VERBAL DISTRUBANCES (AURAS) ARE AT INCREASED RISK OF HEART DISEASE AND HEART ATTACK – JAMA 2006; 296, No. 3: 283-291.

Women with migraines and no auras (by far the larger group) are not subjected to increased cardiovascular disease, heart attack and strokes…, but women who do experiences these auras need to decrease risk factors like obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking. I strongly suggest that women in this category consider supplementing with Omega-3 fatty acids, which are cardioprotective and have been shown to decrease the risk of sudden death due to carfiovascular events. I would also suggest eating a diet high in antioxidants (green and yellow vegetables, fruits) which can protect the arteries against oxidative damage. Reducing the number of auras and actual migraines that occur is certainly desirable.

Prevention May be the Key to Avoiding Brain Damage Caused by Migraines

The University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine reported that middle-aged women who suffered migraines accompanied by either visual or speaking difficulties, known as aura, had higher risk of brain lesions in later life.

This study seems to indicate that migraines are NOT benign and could be a progressive, brain damaging condition.

In another study, Dutch researchers found that patients who had migraines accompanied by aura were at 13X the risk for having a cerebral blood clot (infarction) resulting in brain cell death, compared with non-migraineurs.

The risk for cerebral infarction was 7X higher for migraineurs without aura versus non-migraineurs.

Both studies indicated the risk of damage increased with the number of migraines experienced.

Previously published data demonstrated that repetitive migraines increased the risk of stroke and coronary artery disease.

Avoiding migraines from the start rather than trying to treat the pain after the migraine has occurred, is clearly the preferred choice.

Nutrition Expert Joy Bauer (FOOD CURES) Recommends MigreLief for Persistent Migraines.

Nutrition Expert Joy Bauer, MS, RD, CDN, often appears on NBC’s Today Show, CBNTV: The Joy 700 Club as well as Inside Edition and LXTV/NBC and is recognized nationally as a leading authority on health and nutrition. Joy is responsible for building one of the largest nutrition-counseling practices in the country. Located in both New York City and Westchester, Joy Bauer Nutrition provides medically sound dietary evaluations and interventions for adults and children for a wide range of diet and health issues.

Excerpt from “FOOD CURES” —

Migraines and Supplements
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Wondering about which supplements might help prevent or relieve migraines? Today show nutritionist Joy Bauer has information on three supplements shown to work for migraines. Visit Joy Bauer’s FoodCures.com today – http://www.joybauer.com/migraines/migraines-and-supplements.aspx

  • MigreLief. This supplement is a patented formulation designed specifically for people with migraines. Just two capsules a day — one in the morning and one at night — contain 360 mg of magnesium, 400 mg of riboflavin, and 100 mg of a specific form of the herb feverfew, which has been used for centuries to treat headaches. You should note that this supplement may cause diarrhea in some people. MigreLief should not be taken by anyone taking potassium-sparing diuretics, by anyone with renal failure, or by women who are pregnant or nursing. Just to prevent an unexpected shock: At these dosages, riboflavin will turn urine a bright fluorescent yellow. (But it isn’t dangerous, just colorful!)