Migraine is a severe pain and is usually felt in one
side of the head. You may also get other unpleasant symptoms such as
nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, and cold hands and feet. Migraine does involve a degree of depressed blood flow to the brain which
can be severe.
Migraine headaches alter a person's normal
functioning in school, at work and with family and social
relationships due to the extreme pain that they cause.
There are two types of migraine, common and classic.
The common migraine occurs slowly, producing a throbbing pain that might
last for two to seventy-two hours. The pain is severe and is often
centered at the temple or behind one ear. Alternatively, it can begin at
the back of the neck and spread to one entire side of the head (the word
"migraine" comes from the Greek hemikrania, which means
"half a skull"). It is usually accompanied by nausea, vomiting,
blurred vision, and tingling and numbness in the limbs that can last up to
A classic migraine is similar to a common migraine, but
it is preceded by a set of symptoms referred to as an aura, which can
consist of speech disorders, weakness and disturbances in the senses of
vision and/or smell. It often starts an hour or two before the headache
starts. And aura can also consist of brilliant stars, sparks, flashes, or
simple geometric forms passing across the visual field. The most common
symptom is an inability to see clearly. Visual disturbances may last only
a few seconds or may persist for hours, then disappear.
Migraines are fairly common - about 11 to 18 million
Americans or up to 10% of the population. An estimated 8.7 percent are
women and 2.6 percent of the males in the United States suffer from
migraines. The may occur anywhere from once a week to once or twice a
year, and they often run in families but not necessiarily.
What causes migraines?
The constriction of blood vessels in the head. But what pulls the
Any number of things can trigger a migraine in a
susceptible individual, including allergies; constipation, emotional
changes, hormonal changes, sun glare, flashing lights, lack of exercise,
and changes in barometric pressure.
Low blood sugar is frequently
associated with migraine; studies have shown that blood sugar levels are
low during a migraine attack, and the lower the blood sugar level, the
more severe the headache. A study involving 35 migraine sufferers showed
that when a high protein, sugar-free regime was substituted for the
previous heavy-in-refined-carbohydrate diet, they all were delivered of
their migraines. Another study had 118 sufferers on a high-protein,
low-carbohydrate diet distributed over six feedings, rather than
three to keep their sugar level properly elevated. 90 days
later, 85 of the sufferers were improved by at least 75 percent
Smoking can cause an attack because the nicotine
and carbon monoxide cigarette smoke contains affects the blood vessels -
the nicotine constricts them while the carbon monoxide tends to expand
Many different foods may precipitate an attack
especially those which contain tyramine. Some of the most
common offenders are chocolate, banana, beef and chicken livers, pickled
herring, soy sauce, sour cream, cured meats such as ham, hot dogs, salami
and beer, citrus fruits, alcohol (especially red wine and certain
champagnes), and any food that is aged, cured, pickled, soured, yeasty, or
fermented. Some food additives - monosodium glutamate (MSG)
and nitrate used to preserve bacon, ham, hot dogs, salami and
various other types of sausage - are also activators of migraine,
particularly when in tyramine-containing foods.
Once factor behind the higher incidence of migraine in
women may be the fluctuations in the level of the hormone estrogen.
Migraines are 2-3 times more common in women than in men
and the gender difference begins at puberty and often ends after
menopause. Many hormone-related events exclusive to women, such as
pregnancy, menopause, and the cycles of menstruation can trigger the onset
Scientists are fairly certain that changing levels of
female hormones contribute to migraine; however, exactly how these
hormones work is still a mystery.
Approximately 60% of women who chart their migraine
attacks will note that their headaches are partly or wholly synchronized
with the menstrual cycle. The medical community divides these hormonal
migraines into two categories.
1. True Menstrual Migraine- attacks that occur
two days prior, during and up to three days after the menstrual period
and at no other time.
2. Menstrual Related - attacks that occur during
mid-cycle or around the time of ovulation. Many women with migraines who
suffer from PMS believe their headaches are just another part of PMS.
The frequent use of over-the-counter painkillers may
actually increase the likelihood of migraine attacks.
A study reported in the British medical journal The
Lancet© ound that when allergic foods were eliminated from the diets
of migraine sufferers, as many as 93 percent of them found relief.
What can help to get rid of a migraine?
The prescription drugs available for migraines have a long
list of side effects, some linked directly to angina
(pressure, tightness or pain in the chest) heart attacks,
strokes and even sudden death. Yet, some
people to escape migraine pain will take drugs like these. In 2004 the Journal of the American Medical
Association published an article that states: "even
amount patients who are treated, less than one third report
consistently effective results with their current
The Solution due to the New Research
Have you considered supplementing with magnesium for migraines? Scientists in Turkey are convinced that toxic levels of heavy metals may be the root cause for these headaches.
The authors of the study from Yuzuncu Yill University looked at participant blood composition. They were searching for abnormal levels of heavy metals or glaring vitamin deficiencies and they found it. None of the 50 patients were on any sort of vitamin regimen, were all non-smokers, and in reasonably good health (no history of diabetes, heart disease, etc. Half of the patients suffered from chronic migraines.
The migraine sufferers tested with much higher counts of heavy metals (cadmium, lead and iron) and much lower counts of important minerals (magnesium, zinc and copper). It's easy to diagnose acute toxicity (poisoning) from heavy metals = the signs are impossible to miss. It's much harder to diagnose chronic toxicity since the singes are common across several conditions.
The use of Magnesium for migraines is a fairly new discovery. This mineral is readily available in several food sources that can provide more than enough for health.
Long term studies show that the amount of magnesium in the
diet is only a small fraction of what it used to be. It
has been known for a long time that magnesium is vital to have
a health heart and artery system. Insufficient magnesium has
been shown to cause the blood vessels in the had to spasm
(constrict), which is often the direct cause of migraine
As the amount of magnesium in the diet has dropped over the
years, the number of people with heart, artery and migraine
problems has continued to increase. In fact, there are now
over 30 Million people in the US that experience migraine
Not all forms of magnesium are equal or effective in
dealing with migraine headaches. Most forms of chemically
isolated magnesium, normally available tin health food stores
and drug stores (magnesium oxide, magnesium chloride,
magnesium gluconate, magnesium lactate, magnesium aspartate,
magnesium hydroxide, magnesium sulfate and magnesium citrate) cannot be readily absorbed by the body.
In order to get even a small amount of chemically isolated
magnesium absorbed in the body, you would have to take
far more than your body can readily deal with and that usually
results in severe diarrhea.
Pumpkin seeds, sunflower sides, spinach, navy beans, black beans, quinoa and cashews are packed with magnesium (as well as delicious) With just a few servings of these common food, you can get the magnesium you need in your diet.
Magnesium is good for muscle health, flexibility, and strong bones (and teeth). Helps you achieve quality sleep. Balances pH, keeps the body hydrated through electrolyte production, Lowers lactic acid and buildup that comes after a workout, Helps your body metabolize sugar more efficiently, helps the central nervous system, regulates bowel movements and improves proper enzyme function.
To actually find the cause of migraines is why the Turkey study is so important.
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Dr. Berg's Raw Wheat Grass Juice Powder
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