Migraine Magic: Self-help Method

Migraine Magic: Self-help Method #40

this is not to be used a medical advise.
by
Willis S. Langford

Hi everyone this was sent to me by a nice fellow I was
Talking to just the other day.
Some of this you may have heard before i know but its easy to read and if you scroll down the page there is some good advice on vits and other alternative methods for relieving migraines ect…
Also explanations about migraine in words we can all understand.
jen :smiley:

Migraine “mysteriously” increased 60% between 1980 and 1989! This is obviously driven by Environmental considerations and the declining health of the American public. In 1981, one Researcher established a “baseline” of Immune function. That’s not to say this was the optimal year. In 1991, the study was repeated and there was observed to have been a 10% drop in immune function. Dr. Darryl See, MD did the study again in 1996 and reported there had been an accelerated loss of immune function, then standing at 26% below 1981! Today, if this decline has continued, we are about 50% below 1981! Is it any wonder we have increased chronic disease and previously unknown viral attacks? These are not new, but we have lost capacity to resist these onslaughts.
Anyway, migraine is often the result of allergies that have also been increasing in number and intensity over this same period. This has been tied to the increasing numbers of vaccines being administered to several generations. Vaccines shift the immune function from a balanced Th1/Th2 response to a predominantly Th2 (antibody) response that is allergy prone.

Chronic migraine headaches are classified either as “common” or “classical”. Manifestations of the common migraine headache include nausea, dizziness, fever, and general malaise. The classical migraine headache is most noted for an aura that immediately precedes the headache. The aura represents the vasoconstrictive phase. In addition, the classical migraine headache is characterized by a relatively short duration (12 hours or less) compared with the common migraine headache (up to 4 days). Although epidemiologic and clinical studies have not clearly defined the etiology of chronic migraine headaches, potential risk factors include diet, allergy, air quality, and stress. Additionally, the “Immediate Cause” has been identified by Transcranial Artery Doppler as an arterial spasm that shuts down blood flow to the brain. This leads to “downstream” dilation with resulting pain —W. Hammesfahr, MD.

Migraine and Other Chronic Headache

When is a headache not a headache? When it’s a migraine. Many people think of a migraine as a generic term for the worst kind of headache. In fact, a migraine is just one symptom of a larger disorder - a neurological and vascular disease whose other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, limb numbness, and speech impairment. Untreated, migraines can lead to serious physical conditions, including strokes, aneurysms (suggesting a copper deficiency), permanent visual loss, coma, and even death. So, it’s much more serious than most of us have been led to believe. And that’s why migraine treatment must go far beyond addressing the pain of the headache.
Every year Americans spend more than $4 billion on non-prescription headache drugs, however, relieving pain is one thing, but treating the root cause of migraine headaches is something entirely different. Narcotic analgesics like Demerol, Percodan, and Codeine are used to control severe migraines by acting on the central nervous system to alter the pain perception in the body. These prescription drugs, however, don’t prevent the incidence of migraines, and they can cause intense physical dependency. Side effects range from depression and disorientation to severe vomiting and constipation.
Non-narcotic analgesics work by constricting the dilated arteries in your brain. But, again, they do nothing to prevent migraines, the side effects are extreme, and you need a prescription to get them. Over-the-counter drugs, like aspirin and ibuprofen, can be used to relieve mild migraine pain, but routine use can actually cause rebound headaches and are extremely damaging to the liver, causing a large percentage of liver transplants and other gastric conditions.
There is at least one name-brand aspirin manufacturer that offers a product they claim is designed especially for migraines, even though the dosage of the active ingredient in that formula is identical to the dosage of the same active ingredient in that company’s standard “extra strength” product. In other words, it’s not a special formula at all, which perfectly illustrates the marketing and the mask-the-symptom mindset of typical migraine-relief product makers.

Serotonin is believed to have a major role in causing migraine headache, cluster headache, and possibly tension headache. In persons who are prone to migraine, there is thought to be a defect in a specific type of Serotonin receptor that normally causes blood vessels to constrict. Because of this defect, different irritating triggers can cause vessels supplying blood to the brain to expand (dilate), putting pressure on surrounding tissues and causing pain and tenderness.
Some think that migraines seem to be triggered by the body’s release of abnormal amounts of Serotonin, which constricts arteries in the head. This is followed by a rebound dilation that causes severe pain. The Transcranial Artery Doppler shows that the cause of the migraine is a spasm of the artery to the brain and that the “downstream” dilation is a compensating effort by the body to keep a supply of blood available to the brain. While the immediate cause of a migraine is excessive expansion of blood vessels in the head, there are precipitating factors.
Identifying and eliminating these factors is the only sure way to end the suffering. Common triggers are food allergies, eyestrain, muscle tension, poor posture, and inadequate or excessive sleep. In women, who suffer migraine in highest numbers, the onset of a migraine is often associated with hormonal changes, such as menstruation, ovulation, or the use of birth-control pills (which deplete vitamin B6, zinc, and magnesium, and elevates copper levels). This letter is typical of those who have migraine from taking the pill when they use Progest50 and follow Dr. Andrew P. Jones’, M.D. program (Medical Director for the Women’s Health Institute of Texas. He is medical consultant for PROGEST50, an oral progesterone manufacturer. See the e-book by Dr. Andrew Jones of pmscure.com.
“Hello Dr. Jones. Just a note to thank you for your book, though I was a bit worried trying something from the web, I was desperate as I was suffering with migraine 3-weeks out of 4. I am delighted to say that I am much better now after following your programme for the last 4-months and if I do get a headache it is not so severe or debilitating. I am much happier and like my old self again. I am 57 and in the menopause, but I have had migraine since my 20’s when I took the pill for a year. As your book suggests, after that it was downhill for me. I have 5 sisters only two of us get migraine. We both took the pill for a short time. The other sisters did not! But of course, doctors just laugh. Thank you again.” - Sally J. Kent, United Kingdom.
In general, low Serotonin levels in the brain are associated with increased sensitivity to pain, and chronic pain sufferers appear to have reduced Serotonin functioning. Serotonin is known to have an effect on pain awareness, in part by controlling the release of a pain-signaling, brain chemical called Substance P.
Antidepressants are often, but not always, effective in preventing these headaches. Some people will find that their migraines will miraculously go away if they take Prozac, while others will get the worst migraines they’ve ever had.
By holding available Serotonin in synapse longer, the “defective” receptor is forced to respond, constricting veins as well as reducing sensitivity to pain. The use of SAMe should have similar benefits without the side effects, improving methylation throughout the body.

Two or three additional things will give better serotonin supply. First, use a supplement of magnesium taurate (400-500 mg). Fifty to 60% of migraines are magnesium linked. In fact, in juveniles, up to 90% were normalized! If supplementing calcium, keep it at 1000 mg divided into a night and morning serving, and use as much magnesium as calcium (high calcium supplementation depletes magnesium contributing to possibility of migraines). In addition to its hundreds of other actions, magnesium acts essentially the same as Prozac™, or more correctly like an MOA Inhibitor. It keeps more serotonin in the synapse longer by reducing its breakdown and loss. This avoids the damaging side effects of Prozac™.
To enable utilization of magnesium, take 100 mg of vitamin B6 with each meal in addition to a good Coenzyme B-complex and a multivitamin/mineral supplement. High intake of vitamin B6 requires increased intake of vitamin B2. Migraine headaches respond to Vitamin B2. A daily dose of 400 mg reduced attacks by 67%. This is best divided into twice or three times a day servings. Taking two or three 2000 mg, sublingual lozenges of vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin) help many.
Dr. Hammesfahr’s long experience with treatment of migraine indicates several factors of interest. First, there is a spasm in the artery at the base of the brain. As in Angina, blood vessels downstream from this partial blockage dilate as one of the body’s most important mechanism to compensate for a decrease in blood flow. As such, this dilation helps to preserve blood flow to the tissue, but this dilation stretches the nerve fibers in the walls of the arteries, which results in pain. This represents one of the body’s compensatory mechanisms used to increase blood flow in response to the blockage.
Vasoconstrictive medicines will relieve the headache presumably through a similar mechanism as a vasoconstrictive medication relieves coronary artery disease. It would relieve it by decreasing the vasodilation that occurs downstream from the spasm. Unfortunately, this defeats the body’s attempt to supply adequate blood flow to the brain, and exacts a high price of reduced blood flow throughout the body.
Dr. Hammesfahr reports, “In my patient population all medications which resulted in vasoconstriction relieved the headache, but caused neurological deterioration. As the medication wore off, as documented by the patient’s clinical symptoms and sonography data, the patient’s neurological abnormalities improved. Similarly, those medicines which resulted in direct vasodilation such as Hydralazine (Apresoline), Nitroglycerin (that increases nitric oxide), all resulted in improvement in the patient’s headache, but also resulted in improvement of any other neurological abnormalities including balance disorders, gait disorders, hemiparesis, abnormal Babinski’s, and abnormal reflexes.” This doctor favors use of drugs that relieve the initial spasm, thus removing the cause of the dilation within the brain—To a New Understanding of Personality, Behavior, and Neurological Disease, W. Hammesfahr, M.D., D. Adkins, REEG.T, Hammesfahr Neurological Institute, copyright © 1997 MedForum.
In analyzing the problem, we need to realize that blood vessels constrict across the day in response to sympathetic nervous system variability, internal steroid release, physiological and psychological stress, including the physiological stress of photic stimulation, driving, trauma, including chronic pain and inflammation, etc (that is, the real cause). For example, when TMJ is severe, Dr Hammesfahr frequently cannot get significant resolution of the headache using only vasodilator approaches unless the TMJ syndrome is itself successfully treated. In the respect that a severe injury can overwhelm our abilities to control the vasospasm, TMJ is no different from other severe injuries such as disk or joint injuries which may result in such severe sympathetic nervous system response that we cannot control the secondary vasospasm. There are alternative mechanisms of decreasing sympathetic nervous system activity from cervical manipulation that decrease autonomic nervous system activity in the neck, to biofeedback, to treating other causes of sympathetic nervous system hyperactivity, such as chronic pain syndromes—all have their role in specific patients.
Reserpine has been extensively used. It can be very effective. Its initial effect is parasympathomimetic (improves parasympathetic activity). A later effect is sympatholytic (suppresses sympathetic activity). From this we see that migraine is in measure a flight-or-fight reaction to stress. We also see why magnesium is so effective. It stops the sympathetic reaction. Aiding in the benefit would be a potassium supplement that would strengthen the parasympathic function restoring balance in the same manner as the drug, without its very significant side effects.
Dr. Hammesfahr finds that low doses of nitric oxide (NO) drugs are beneficial long term, but for most patients, standard doses of nitrates in any form will aggravate the vasospasm. These are patients who should not be treated initially with Nitroglycerin or other potent medications, but should first have other medications that are direct vasodilators instituted at low doses and slowly advanced as the patient is able to tolerate it. This institution with alternative vasodilators tends to decrease the incidence of a potentially dangerous nitric-oxide sensitivity reaction. We see then that a small increase in vasodilation by NO foods and drugs are beneficial long term, but in larger amounts, they can aggravate the initial spasm. Below is a study on NO that will assist in avoiding some NO problems while suggesting ways to dilate blood vessels day to day for improved blood flow.
Since reduced blood flow is the trigger for migraine, it is of value to know how to keep the blood flowing freely within our veins at all times. These paragraphs from my paper, “A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Autism” are invaluable:

Now, everyone “knows” that saturated oil raises cholesterol; but if you add just a little Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), it doesn’t work like that. If you use the natural coconut oil, then it will raise low cholesterol, but lower high cholesterol. Additionally, saturated fat reduces children’s allergies while trans-fats increase them, according to a team of researchers from Finland. The body needs saturated fats in order to properly utilize EFAs. Saturated fats also lower the blood levels of the artery-damaging lipoprotein (a) [Lp(a)], but recent research has found that NAC is the most effective nutrient known to lower Lp(a) levels. NAC reduces Lp(a) by almost 70%. Vitamin C replaces LP(a) in the vessel wall preventing Atherosclerosis (Matthias Rath)! Niacin, or inositol hexanicotinate, is beneficial in lowering LP(a) as well. High doses of vitamin C, and the amino acids lysine and proline also aid in the control of LP(a).
Hypercoagulability: Chronic illnesses have a demonstrable basis in the blood coagulation system. Hypercoagulation reduces blood flow to certain parts of the brain, especially the speech centers, causing many of the problems of autism. This study was published in the international journal Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis, 1999, 10:435-438. The blood is not only sludged, but the vessels become coated with fibrin. Fortunately, there are supplements that can unsludge the blood, dissolve free fibrin, and clean fibrin off artery walls. One can lower blood viscosity and remove fibrin with vitamin C and enzymes such as Bromelain, Vitalzym™, and Wobenzym N™. Nimotop™ or Trental ™ are not required! (Nimotop™ is a calcium channel blocker. Magnesium and manganese are Nature’s calcium channel blockers! Use them.) Lp(a) and ascorbate deficiency are involved in cancer, inflammatory disease, cardiovascular, and other diseases, including the process of aging.
To prevent platelet clumping and thus prevent stroke or heart attack use 400 I.U., or more, of vitamin E. Vitamin E, ginger, bromelain, and a citrus bioflavonoid supplement are most effective in preventing platelet clumping. Use of niacin, vitamin E, bromelain, and ginger (in cooking, or by drinking ginger tea) would certainly be wise if you have suffered “mini–strokes”. Vitamin E greatly aids those with circulatory problems. Patients receiving vitamin E required far fewer amputations than those receiving other blood thinners. It may take a while to see results.
Blood grows thick when there is a lack of water. Many are dehydrated; so, drinking more water will have immediate results! According to a study of 34,000 Seventh Day Adventists, those who drank a minimum of five glasses of water a day had half the risk of heart attack and stroke as those who drank only two glasses daily. The researchers reported that adequate hydration decreased the viscosity, or stickiness, of the blood and improved blood flow. The anionic substances with higher valence, like 1:2 and 1:3, have a greater dispersing effect. So, if one were to take a proper amount of something like potassium citrate which is a 1:3 electrolyte and mix it in pure water and drink it up, that would act like a dispersing agent for the blood stream.
The introduction of any bacteria or bacterial filtrate, alive or dead (vaccine), causes a reaction of the body that results in blood clots from intense microbial action. These clots may be small adhesions that attach to the blood vessels or organs impairing their function or complete obstructions resulting in organ death. They are particularly common in kidney, lung, liver, and brain. This intravascular coagulation from vaccines is readily apparent in an examination of the blood vessels in the sclera (whites) of the eyes. This is known as the Sarannelli/Schwartzman phenomena. There are several hundred references to its occurrence in the National Library of Medicine. Dr. Robert Rowan, MD, says that Fibromyalgia is caused by a minor clotting disorder that impedes circulation. Probably the most effective clot buster and preventive is Nattokinase, an extract of fermented soybeans. It will dissolve blood clots, and it remains active for a remarkable 2 to 8 hours. One or two perls should do it. >>>
Additionally, omit foods to which you are intolerant or allergic (reduced migraine symptoms 90%). To aid you in eliminating allergens that make your life miserable, obtain “The Pulse Test”, by Dr. Arthur Coca, MD. Amazon.com will find it for you though it is out of print. Milk is a chief offender. A study in Portugal found that 50% of sufferers were sensitive to the spike of nitric oxide (NO) following vigorous exercise, even of short duration. This brought on an attack 4-1/2 to 5-1/2 hours after the exercise.
Since migraine pain is from expanded arteries in the brain and related to excessive nitric oxide, these producers of nitric oxide should likely be avoided or used cautiously during times of headache, but using some of them should prove preventive of the spasm that triggers the headache. This from my paper “A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Autism”:
In those who show the dilated eyes, and other signs of loss of smooth muscle tone, avoid these foods, herbs, and drugs that relax smooth muscles: Most increase nitric oxide (NO)—the gas that relaxes the smooth muscles in blood vessels contributing to better blood flow. The results are essentially the same as for calcium and beta channel blockers (prescription drugs) that should be avoided also (though in migraine treatment, these are used to relax the spasm that is causing dilation). A supplement of manganese will likely help to degrade arginine, preventing excessive levels, and zinc inhibits nitric-oxide formation. Be aware that stress increases nitric oxide production, and that excess NO inhibits the mitochondrial function, especially in Complexes I to III, and that it depletes intracellular Glutathione. The detriment can be reversed by high intensity light or by replenishment of intracellular reduced Glutathione (supplements are available for this purpose).

Oleuropein (Olive Leaf Extract) Hawthorne
Garlic (allicin) Niacin
Arginine (amino acid), and high Arginine Ginkgo Biloba, increases blood flow
foods. Increases growth hormone and NO. to brain, increasing oxygen and
increasing nutrients to the brain.
Increases nitric oxide synthase &
increases NO. It has other negative
effects on Phase I liver detox
pathways that contraindicate
its long-term use.
Choline Inositol
Ginger Yohimbine increases NO
Nitroglycerine increases NO. Fluvastatin (cholesterol lowering
drug),
Nitrates increase NO. Chocolate
Viagra™ increases NO (should not be Forskolin
used with these other nitric oxide donors.) Schizandra increases NO
Sumatripan (antimigraine drug) Ginseng increases NO by blocking
Cyclic GMP (Chen 1995).
Hypoglycemic persons should not use
it.
Aspirin/salicylate/Cox Inhibitors enhances NO synthase (NOS-1), increases NO.

Additionally, organic solvents and pesticides, whose exposure is reported to precede and presumably induce multiple-chemical sensitivities, are also reported to induce excessive, nitric-oxide synthesis. Such chemicals are also reported to induce increased synthesis of inflammatory cytokines (growth hormones) that, in turn, increases the inducible nitric oxide synthase (leading to increased synthesis of nitric oxide). All excitotoxin damage (primarily glutamine and MSG) generates high levels of nitric oxide that has been shown to inhibit sulfation of GAGS.
A recent study of Fibromyalgia implicates elevated nitric oxide, and also elevated NMDA stimulation, which stimulation (primarily by glutamate) is known to increase nitric oxide synthesis. Infection and other stress that often precedes CFS may produce CFS. The theory predicts that each of these can lead into this mechanism by inducing excessive nitric oxide. Infection is not the only stress that may be involved in this way; both physical trauma and severe psychological trauma can produce excessive nitric oxide synthesis. In addition, tissue hypoxia may induce this cycle by increasing levels of Superoxide (present in Down’s) (the other precursor of peroxynitrite).
In animal models of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), there is convincing evidence for an essential role for both excessive NMDA activity (where such activity is known to induce excessive nitric oxide) and for excessive nitric oxide synthesis itself. If one blocks the excessive nitric oxide synthesis in these animal models, the characteristic biological response is also blocked.
An increased production of nitric oxide and of various inflammatory peptides—such as substance P (pain registering substance), CGRP (calcitonin-gene related peptide), and VIP (Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide; and Secretin (a 27 amino acid peptide), one of a family of neuropeptides that include VIP and glucagon)—is observed in magnesium deficient rats, so I suggest that a high intake of vitamin B6 and magnesium (5-10 mg/kg/day) and an equal amount of calcium can benefit these low-muscle-tone kids, including, of course, the ones with weak peristalsis. (A distinct new family of G-protein-coupled receptors includes VIP, PACAP, glucagon, parathyroid hormone, and calcitonin.) Dopamine, a neurotransmitter, and the amino acid tyramine (formed from tyrosine metabolism that produces dopamine) are phenolic compounds that are strongly vasodilative, and they lower the pressure (in the gut) at which peristalsis begins. It seems then that a supplement of tyrosine would help with these kids with poor peristalsis. Furthermore, since Serotonin induces a stronger peristalsis, a cautious use of 5-HTP should benefit the low, smooth-muscle-tone condition. >>>
You may want to look at the side effects list on each drug being used. They may be causing the headaches! Ginkgo Biloba and Milk Thistle can drain one of many needed nutrients and make any drugs less effective, and Ginkgo can cause headache and skin problems after long-term use.
Inflammation, from overproduction of Prostaglandin E2 (PgE2), may be another contributing cause. The typical, high-carbohydrate diet (eating according to the Pyramid Plan) will produce high-insulin levels that, coupled with various deficiencies, disrupt the fatty-acid cascade and imbalances the production of Prostaglandins. Use of Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) is a good idea that will assist in reducing this inflammation. After six weeks using EPO, begin cod-liver oil to provide the Omega-3/EPA/DHA to balance the Omega 6 oils and reduce PgE2. The Vitamin A and D from the CLO is most helpful too. See my paper Mastering Autism for how to most effectively introduce these oils.
CoQ10 is vital to mitochondrial function, and it is a powerful antioxidant protecting the cells from the high rate of free radicals generated during energy production. A recent study found 1/3 of migraine sufferers were short of CoQ10. CoQ10 cut headache frequency in half. Another clinical trial using 150 mg dosage found a reduction of migraine attacks of 42% in 3 months usage with the number of days suffered reduced 60%. Additional amounts may be helpful for some. One hundred milligrams three times a day showed a 50% reduction in frequency of monthly headaches. There are several other places in this chain of energy production that might need a boost. Tyrosine, magnesium and vitamin B6 are needed to produce CoQ10.
Carnitine and Alpha Lipoic Acid pump fuels into the mitochondria, while niacin produces NADH for Complex I handoff of an electron to Complex II that requires Vitamin B2 to produce FAD. NADH (ENADA™) supports Complex I, and CoQ10 is found at Complex III. Ensuring adequate amounts of these three vital nutrients may be even more effective than CoQ10 alone.
This abstract gives the details:
Schoenen J, Jacquy J, Lenaerts M, “Effectiveness of high-dose riboflavin in migraine prophylaxis. A randomized controlled trial” Neurology, v50, n2, Feb 1998, pp 466-70.
A deficit of mitochondrial energy metabolism may play a role in migraine pathogenesis. We found in a previous open study that high-dose riboflavin (vitamin B2 at 400 mg) and placebo in 55 patients with migraine in a randomized trial of 3-months duration. Using an intention-to treat analysis, riboflavin was superior to placebo in reducing attack frequency (p=0.005) and headache days (p=0.012). Regarding the latter, the proportion of patients who improved by at least 50%, i.e., “responders”, was 15% for placebo and 59% for riboflavin (p=0.002) and the number-needed-to-treat for effectiveness was 2.3. Three minor adverse events occurred, two in the riboflavin group (diarrhea and polyuria—frequent urination) and one in the placebo group (abdominal cramps). None was serious. Because of its high efficacy, excellent tolerability, and low cost, riboflavin is an interesting option for migraine prophylaxis….
Other aids have been found helpful:

Sulfate is a ubiquitous substance that has biochemical significance in every cell of the body. When its quantity, quality, or varieties were in any way compromised, the effects manifest in a pervasive manner in all systems of the body. Sulfate, like no other single metabolic agent, has the potential to effect a degenerative cascade of dysfunction that significantly disrupts and alters digestive, immune, circulatory, detoxification, endocrine, and neurological functions. Sulfate is needed to detoxify amines and phenols. Sulfate deficiencies have been reported in people with migraine, rheumatoid arthritis, jaundice, and other allergic conditions. Use of MSM is a good way for most to ensure adequate sulfates and Epsom salts baths provide both magnesium and sulfate.
Glucosamine sulfate at 1500 mg or higher (for some), believed to help by acting as a mild anticoagulant and detoxicant of amines and phenols, showed an ability to prevent the attacks.
Picamilon, a niacin analog bonded to GABA, readily enters the brain and enhances circulation, exerting a pronounced effect on headaches affecting one side of the head. It reduces intensity and mitigates or stops accompanying symptoms.
Melatonin has been helpful in aiding sleep (take 30 minutes before bedtime), in reducing the number of attacks, and as a treatment for migraine. Three hundred micrograms to 10 mg has been used, but researchers found 3 mg to be effective. Take it 5 days and skip 2 to retain receptor sensitivity and effectiveness. Tests showed 50% to 100% drop in frequency and significant pain relief by the end of the third month.
Two herbs have been successful in relieving migraines, Feverfew and Butterbur. Feverfew is said to reduce the release of Serotonin and inflammatory prostaglandins. I find conflicting advice as to dosage. One recommends 25 mg twice a day, but Dr. Jonathan Wright, MD; longtime, comprehensive doctor suggests 3-100 mg tablets twice a day. Dr. Mauskop recommends a supplement of 400 mg magnesium, 400 mg of riboflavin, and 200 mg feverfew (Migra-lieve™) as effective in reducing the onset of migraines.
Butterbur dosage is said to be 50 mg twice a day. Butterbur has been shown to relieve asthma and other inflammatory conditions. The best-studied butterbur extract is Petadolex™, available in health food stores.
High insulin levels, caused by the high-carbohydrate intake of today’s diet, interfere with an enzyme that controls calcium entry into cells. The insulin opens the gates to calcium, and it floods in creating spasms and constriction of arteries and vessels. A supplement of magnesium and manganese prevents this action of insulin. They act as doorkeepers to the calcium channels (calcium channel blockers) and prevent this negative effect of excess calcium in the cells. Use supplements of these two minerals, and kiss calcium-channel-blocking drugs with their side effects goodbye.
Allergy or intolerance to foods is a frequent cause of migraines in the percentages shown: oranges (65%), cheese, alcohol (esp. red wine), wheat (78%), eggs (45%), coffee and tea (40%), cola, chocolate, and milk (39%), beef (35%), corn, cane sugar, and yeast (33%), pickled fish, and cured meat (Grant, EC, Lancet, 1979). In fact, all foods containing the amino acid tyramine should be avoided (80% reacted to these): aged cheeses, pickled herring, chicken livers, canned figs, fresh baked goods made with yeast, red wine, lima beans, Italian beans, lentils, snow peas, navy beans, pinto beans, peanuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds. Children seem especially sensitive to Benzoic acid, tartrazine (yellow dye), cow’s milk, and cheese. Additionally, watch for problems with Phenylalanine, phenolic flavonoids, alcohol, caffeine, aspartame, and gelatin in capsules! Aerobic exercise is helpful in reducing some headaches, or possibly relieving them.
Many migraine headaches can be precipitated by hypoglycemic or other blood-sugar problems. Additionally, glutamine levels were higher in the plasma and normal in platelets of those with migraine without aura, but reversed in those with aura! (Conanzi, 1995). Neuroexcitotory amino acids glutamic acid, glutamine, glycine, and tryptophan were high only in those without aura (Alam 1998).
Patients without aura had lower levels of Phenol-sulfotransferase enzymes in platelets, with the P-forms being more severely involved. This, coupled with a lack of sulfates, will create toxic levels of phenols and amines, and heavy metals, in particular. This may necessitate avoidance of high-content, amine foods to enable the body to keep amines within limits in order to avoid headache and other symptoms. One should first “unload the donkey” and then supplement sulfates before avoiding amines or phenols in foods. See, my paper “A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Autism” for a detailed study of “unloading the donkey” and managing the PST problem so as not to have to eliminate necessary food. See Mastering Autism for a list of foods to avoid that are high in phenols.
Should foods need to be eliminated to lower amines enough to eliminate headache, these foods are very high in amines: sauerkraut, spinach, butternut, any dried, pickled, salted, or smoked fish or meat, anchovies, beef liver, fish roe, pies and pastries, processed fish products (fingers, cakes, and pastes), salmon, sausage, canned tuna, virtually all cheeses, dark chocolate, hydrolyzed protein, miso, tempeh, yeast extracts, chocolate drinks, colas, orange juice, tomato juice, and all vegetable juices.
These foods are high in amines: avocado, banana, fig, grapes, lemon, pineapple, plum, raspberry, aubergine, gherkin, mushroom, tomato, pecan, walnut, bacon, hotdog, frozen fish, gravy, ham, canned mackerel, meat juices, meat loaf, offal, pork, canned sardines, milk, cheeses, meat extracts, soy sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, cocoa, milk chocolate, white chocolate, and all fruit juices.
Histamine is a biogenic amine found in many foods often in form of the amino acid, histidine. If the body doesn’t clear it efficiently, problems can arise. This can happen when there is a deficiency of the enzyme diamine oxidase needed to metabolize histamine and tyramine. Alcohol and many, many drugs inhibit this essential enzyme leading to a build up of histamine in the system. Should this enzyme be inhibited, in addition to migraine, one may become suicidally depressed. It may be necessary to restrict certain foods containing histamine and tyramine. Histamine sensitivity can produce allergy-type reactions that no test will detect. One form of Schizophrenia is marked by high histamine, and it too can be benefited by avoiding these foods: all cheeses, especially blue, camembert, cheddar, emementhal, gouda, harzer, mozzarella, parmesan, provolone, Roquefort, Swiss, and tilsiter, anchovy, herring, mackerel, sardine, tuna, all dried or cured meats, aubergine, pickled cabbage, spinach, tomatoes, beer, champagne, red and white wines, sparkling wine, tamari, and soy sauce.
The above foods vary widely as to content of histamine, and some may be tolerated dependent upon the content and your individual tolerance. Additionally, egg whites, crustaceans, chocolate, strawberries, tomatoes, and citrus fruit don’t contain significant amounts of histamine, but are reported to trigger a histamine release.
It is vital to remember that water, lots of water, is the best antihistamine known to man, with no side effects. Further, calcium triggers mast cells to release histamine, so the problem may relate to a lack of magnesium to balance the calcium and guard the calcium channels into the cells. Vitamins B5, B6, zinc benefit the mast cells also. Methionine (amino acid) methylates histamine and removes it from the body. This should be supplied by an adequate intake of protein rather than by a single amino acid supplement unless supervised by a knowledgeable, natural practitioner. There are some potential dangers in single amino acid therapy.
Life Extension Foundation reported a protocol in their September 2004 edition of their magazine that was 100% successful in preventing further attacks! The article can be found at www.lef.org. Essentially, they determined migraine to involve several documented abnormalities involving neurohormonal and metabolic integrity requiring a multi-faceted approach to prevention and cure. Briefly, their treatment involved balancing estrogen/progesterone levels (using only natural hormones), restoring them to youthful levels, supplementing 420 mg magnesium citrate, 3-6 mg melatonin, 100-250 mg Kava Kava, and 5 strains of lactobacillus intestinal flora. Not only was the program 100% successful in all patients, but all symptoms of fibromyalgia, insomnia, depression, and fatigue were resolved entirely! If you do not want to get tested and prescription hormones, you might try the precursor, Pregnenolone. Mannatech’s PLUS would likely be beneficial as it is precursor to all the steroid hormones.
Oxygen Therapy for Migraine Headaches

Two types of oxygen therapy may offer relief to people who suffer from disabling migraine and cluster headaches.
A review of a number of studies evaluated normobaric oxygen therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the treatment of migraines and cluster headaches. Normobaric therapy consists of patients inhaling pure oxygen at normal room pressure, and hyperbaric therapy involves patients breathing oxygen at higher pressure in a specially designed chamber.
A third method may be the best: EWOT, (exercise with Oxygen therapy) combines Normobaric therapy with exercise (walker). This can be readily done at home and at little cost, providing instant availability when a migraine is sensed. - Willis
Three studies reported a significant increase in the proportion of patients who had relief with hyperbaric oxygen compared to sham therapy. For cluster headaches, two studies found that a significantly greater proportion of patients had relief of their headaches after 15 minutes of normobaric therapy compared to sham therapy.
Sources: Science Blog July 16, 2008 Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews July 16, 2008, Issue 3.

There is a type of headache that might be mistaken for migraine: Aniseikonia–where the eyes see two distinct but displaced images. The brain, in trying to focus the images, creates the headaches. Probably, only a few ophthalmologists can make the special glasses needed to treat this condition.
While working to eliminate the cause of the pain and disability, try smelling of the scent of green apples. It is reported to greatly relieve the pain. Ask your Health Store clerk about this aromatherapy.
One young girl found her own answer to migraines was “winter squash & vitamin E, lots of both. Recently, read the body will use vitamin E in lieu of vitamin A. The very first thing we still do, for migraine is pull out the squash.”
This report concerns a line of products that alkalize the body:

JUDY’S STORY

A cousin called me with a severe migraine. I asked her to come over. Her husband had to help her into the house for she could not open her eyes or stand up straight! I gave her about 1-1/2 oz. of the triple-strength Neutralizer™ and put her in the tub with 1 oz. of Miracle II Moisturizing soap and 1 oz. of Neutralizer™ in the bath water. In about 15 minutes, the migraine pain was gone!

MICHAEL’S STORY

A Sauna group friend named “Baldi” said she was having 2 or 3 migraines per week. When she heard about the Miracle products, she wanted to try them, so I gave her some sample-size bottles of the Neutralizer™ and Miracle II™ soap. The next week at the sauna, Baldi eagerly told me that her several weekly migraine headaches had vanished within 10 minutes of taking 7 drops of Neutralizer™ in a glass of water (take a minimum of 7 drops daily).

Johnnie’s Story

My 11-year old son, Johnnie, who was sleeping in bed with my wife and me this particular night, awoke crying that he had a terrible headache. I jumped out of bed and counted out 7 drops of Neutralizer™ in a small glass of water and gave it to Johnnie, telling him he needed to drink it. Johnnie stopped crying long enough to down the glass of water, and then lay back down to sleep. A few minutes later, my wife and I heard this small voice saying, “My headache is gone.”
If you wish information on the Miracle Products, this is the link www.globallight.net. I am in no way associated with this company, though I do use the soap.
Another approach:
Tom Staverosky has developed a formulation that Linda Strowbridge reported in HSI Newsletter. He designed it to address the bodily malfunctions that he believes are the cause of migraines. Using a combination of fish protein and other ingredients that may provide antioxidants and detoxifying agents, Staverosky claims that his formulas accomplish two things: restored digestive functions so that essential nutrients are better absorbed, and improved kidney and liver functions that promote elimination of toxins, wastes, and other harmful substances.
Mr. Staverosky’s formulas were tested in a formal clinical trial with 40 volunteers who had suffered from migraines for at least one year, and had experienced a minimum of two episodes each month. The subjects participated for a period of three months, during which time they were asked to not make any other changes in their daily routines. They
continued to take other medications as usual, and eat their regular diets.
After the 90-day test period, participants completed a 14-item questionnaire originally developed by pharmaceutical giant, Glaxo-Wellcome. The combined quality-of-life score for the group rose from 38 at the beginning of the study to 76 by the end. (It hit 66 by the end of the first 30 days.) Sixty percent of the participants reported almost total relief from
migraine attacks. Another 20 percent experienced some relief from the severity and frequency of their attacks. The remaining 20 percent experienced no benefit.
There are many more encouraging details about this treatment of migraine that I haven’t even begun to touch on here. In the October HSI Members Alert, Linda Strowbridge does a remarkable job of telling the full story of the development of the Staverosky formulas, outlining the additional complications created by hormone related migraines, and examining the other health problems (including blood sugar control) that the formulas may also effectively address.
If you suffer from migraines, or if you know someone who does, this is an article that you can’t afford to miss. If you’re not yet a member of HSI, this would be a perfect time to begin reaping the benefits of this sort of in-depth research on breakthrough treatments that are being uncovered every day in alternative medicine.
For more information on member benefits and how to join HSI, click over to the web site at www.hsibaltimore.com.
A number of Mannatech™ users will gladly tell how Mannatech™ products have relieved, even banished, migraines, and other lifelong headaches. I can arrange for you to do a three-way phone call with one or more of them. I assure you, these products will make a vast difference in your brain function and Immune System functions. Call me at (760) 439-7884.

8/14/08

Thanks for posting this Jen. I have printed it off and will read it in bed tonight. Ooh, the exciting life I lead!

Becky,

I was thinking the exact same thing, this is going to be my night-time winding down reading - oh boy!!!

Julie

Sorry it’s a bit messy.
I probably should have spaced it out better when I cut and paste it onto the site.
But I suppose you can do that.
I’m also not sure of this dudes intentions sending me all this info,
But he did seem very genuine in wanting to help.
Some of the links down the bottom are about that Dr the one that does the Hormone therapy I told you all about before, the guy from TEXAS I believe. Remember???
Any way, happy reading.
jen

Jen

Yes, I read about the hormone guy from Texas in this article and remembered the post you put on earlier. I did think about doing it but was very wary about using hormones I had bought online, so have left it for now.

Becky

Jen,

this article is filled with a lot of information, summarizing some of the triggers for us, which is good, along with some out-of-date information regarding the bio-neuro-chemistry of a migraine (see Hain’s ppt slides). What i don’t like is what follows, at the end, is a lot of marketing.

The first website he links is life extension (leq.com). I buy supplements from this outfit - my first homeopath guided me there :evil: I’m only mentioning this because you wondered about his intensions. the other two sites he links i’m not familiar with but Life Extension is HUGE outfit and does a ton of research and marketing. and as far as I know, is anybody accountable for the research and marketing done on supplements?

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For more information on member benefits and how to join HSI, click over to the web site at www.hsibaltimore.com.
A number of Mannatech™ users will gladly tell how Mannatech™ products have relieved, even banished, migraines, and other lifelong headaches. I can arrange for you to do a three-way phone call with one or more of them. I assure you, these products will make a vast difference in your brain function and Immune System functions. Call me at (760) 439-7884.

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This last paragraph is very suspicious, for the same reason. It really sounds like he has a stake in this, doesn’t it?

Just my take on it. But i will tease out the good information, so thanks Jen.

Julie

yea julie figured as much.
some good info on some vits and supliments on there any way.
when I was first looking for sups and vits I had no idea what to look for.
xxx
jen. :smiley: