Could Caffeine be the Solution for Your Migraines?

Caffeine as a SOLUTION?

I was going through websites one night and found one that advocated using caffeine to cure migraines. The site displayed a picture of a male and female doctor at the top. I started reading some of the material and was astounded to find the author claiming that the best way to treat a migraine is obviously through painkillers.  First of all, there is nothing obvious about that. Secondly, painkillers should rarely be used to treat a migraine. The article then went on to discuss specific painkillers that incorporate caffeine.

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Hypochlorhydria, low stomach acid, could be causing your migraines

Hypochlorhydria, low stomach acid, could be causing your migraines

What is Hypochlorhydria?

Hypochlorhydria means that you have low stomach acid. In many cases, this can cause you to suffer from poor digestion of various foods. If certain foods are unable to properly get digested, they can find their way into the bloodstream.  This is known as “leaky gut” and you can find more information on this condition here. There are numerous issues that can result because of hypochlorhydria but the main problem is a weak intestinal function.

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Watermelon

Watermelons, Cucurbita, Histamines, & Migraines

The first thing to understand about watermelon is that it is both a fruit and a vegetable. Not only does it have seeds but it also is harvested from the field. It is part of the Cucurbitaceae family that includes cucumbers, pumpkins, and squash. The reason this is important for migraine sufferors is that if you have intolerances to one or more members of this particular plant family, you are more than likely to have intolerances to many or all members of the Cucurbitaceae group.

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Research finds dairy, red meat, and alcohol increase cancer risk

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Your risk for cancer increases based on what you consume

For a long time I have been saying that, to the extent you suffer from migraines, dairy products should be avoided at all costs. Well, on June 9th, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a non-profit health organization, released research showing that certain foods and drinks, including dairy, increase cancer risks markedly.

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California State Senate rejects GMO labeling again

Stop GMO

Is it a surprise to anyone that this bill failed, when you have the likes of Monsanto and Dow Chemical buying the votes of politicians for sometimes as little as just a steak dinner? It is completely outrageous that Californians are not able to know whether or not food contains GMOs by looking at a label on the product. But of course, anyone who knows anything about the prevalence of GMOs in our food supply is aware that GMOs are found in 95% or more of everything that we consume. Why then are organizations and companies fighting so hard to not label GMOs? What harm could come from consumers simply knowing what we are consuming? And, what should we do about it?

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NO GMO!

GMO producers to be punished as terrorists

Russian lawmakers have introduced draft legislation that would seek to punish GMO producers in the same way that terrorists are punished. The proposed law would provide for disciplinary action against individuals and firms, which produce or distribute harmful biotech products and government officials who fail to properly control them (1).

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Do you suffer from migraines? You may have leaky gut

Stomach pain with gasWhenever I hear the term “leaky gut”, it makes me cringe. After all, who wants their guts leaking out? The vast majority of migraineurs are not aware of the close link between their stomachs and migraine episodes. Most migraines, in my opinion, develop as a result of what goes on in our digestive system. If you have an unhealthy digestive system, you are likely to suffer from a variety of ailments, not the least of which is repeated migraine attacks. Therefore it is important to understand whether a “leaky gut” could be the cause of migraines in your case.

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Migraine Trigger Close-up: Watermelon

Watermelon is wonderful this time of year – sweet, juicy, and crunchy. If you can get watermelon that is cold, it is even better. Consuming watermelon is also great from a health standpoint. The vegetable contains lycopene which is said to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.

Unfortunately, migraine sufferers will likely experience increased migraine episodes, the riper the watermelon is.

After a certain period of time, sugars are broken down into alcohol and CO2. This process of decay also produces tyramine, a migraine sufferer’s worst nightmare. Several health websites, including those of some prominent Universities, state that watermelon is safe to eat for those of us with migraines. This is only true under certain conditions as the watermelon cannot be too ripe or unripe – it has to be perfect.

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Wall Street Journal “Hunt for a Migraines Cure”

On August 7, 2012, Shirley Wang wrote in the Wall Street Journal about recent advancements in the research for a migraine cure. In particular, she wrote that researchers have isolated a brain chemical, known as calcitonin gene-related peptide transmitter (“CGRP”) to be responsible for the transmission of migraine pain. She further wrote that researchers are in the process of coming up with medicines that would block CGRP from forming and thus prohibit any migraine pain from occurring. Several doctors were quoted in the article and one of the so-called experts stated that there was an immediate need to develop drugs that would stop any pain from being felt by migraine sufferers.

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