Why continue to suffer when there is a Natural effective solution
Migraines are nasty, intense throbbing pains in your head commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. A World Health Organization report described migraine as one of the four most disabling chronic medical disorders. Migraines are disabling but they can also take everything from you, your work, family life and even your own life. Individuals who suffer migraines are 2 to 3 times more likely to suffer a stroke or heart attack, a review of 21 different studies published in the American Journal of Medicine now confirms this connection.
Most individuals do not see migraines as the serious systemic disorder that they are. Most sufferers and doctors focus only on symptomatic relief of the headaches; however the headache is just one manifestation of this serious brain health problem. It is vital that individuals who suffer from migraines find a doctor who understands and treats the underlying brain health issues and not just suppress the pain with drugs.
Recent studies have established the underlying cause of these disabling conditions; scientists call it glutamate mediated neuronal excitoxicity. Simply this means that a neurotransmitter or brain messenger called glutamate is at high enough levels to be toxic to the neurons in your brain. This causes too much excitement in the wrong place at the wrong time, leading to a migraine attack. Therefore, the symptoms we refer to as a migraine headache are the signs that the brain is suffering from this excitoxicity.
Here's what happens inside your brain during a migraine attack. Neurons experience low levels of ionic magnesium along with high levels of glutamate in the synapse causing them to become very excited. Just as in many other chronic brain health issues there is also a reduced production of energy in the nerve cell. This all leads to an uncontrolled spreading wave of brain hyperactivity causing flashing lights, arterial dilation, pain, nausea and other symptoms. Interestingly, this exact same mechanism occurs in many other neurological disorders. This is why migraine sufferers are also more prone to anxiety, panic attacks, depression, seizures, Parkinson's and Alzheimer’s.
The good news is that there are simple natural solutions to these killer headaches. You can not only prevent and stop migraines, but you can greatly reduce your risks for these other serious disorders as well. These natural solutions can also reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke!
First understand that the devastating symptoms of a migraine are like the red check engine light on your dashboard telling you something’s wrong with your engine. Disconnecting or covering up the light with a piece of black tape will do nothing to determine the underlying reason the light is on. Neither are pain reducing drugs with their dangerous side-effects a good approach to curing or reducing these brain health issues.
So what’s to be done?
First you will need to determine your cellular levels of magnesium. Having a lab test known as a red blood cell magnesium done is the best way to determine if you have a magnesium deficiency at the cell level. Different factors can affect brain levels of magnesium such as diets high in sugar and low in magnesium. Intestinal mal-absorption can also affect levels of this and other vital minerals for your body’s health. In dealing with magnesium deficiency it is important to know that many individuals are sensitive to magnesium, and thus can develop digestive symptoms from it. Therefore just taking over the counter magnesium supplement may not be enough. These persons they may need to use a specialized form of magnesium to optimize absorption and thus, uptake into the brain cell.
Next you then need to greatly reduce your blood levels of glutamates along with reducing inflammation. Again, avoiding harsh drugs can also avoid harmful long-term side effects. Equally important is that any hidden food allergies should be identified through proper laboratory tests. Food allergies can lead to increased inflammation and glutamate levels.
About Dr. Greg Fors
Dr. Greg Fors, D.C. is a Board-certified Neurologist (IBCN), certified in Applied Herbal Sciences (NWHSU) and acupuncture. As the clinic director of the Pain and Brain Healing Center in Blaine Minnesota he specializes in a functional medicine approach to fibromyalgia, fatigue, brain fog, digestive disorders, depression and anxiety. He is a sought after international lecturer for various post-graduate departments and state associations. Dr. Fors is the author of the highly acclaimed book, “Why We Hurt” available through booksellers everywhere.