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May 2010

Time to move beyond salt ?

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April 2010

Salt studies: the latest score

From Dahl to INTERSALT

Salt hypothesis' story

March 2010

Salt war

Do bone drugs work?

Diabetes vs. drugs, 3:0?

February 2010

The MMR vaccine war: Wakefield vs. ?

Wakefield proceedings: an exception?

Who's afraid of a littl' 1998 study?

January 2010

Antibiotic children

Physical activity benefits late-life health

Healthier life for New Year's resolution


December 2009

Autism epidemic worsening: CDC report

Rosuvastatin indication broadened

High-protein diet effects


November 2009

Folic acid cancer risk

Folic acid studies: message in a bottle?

Sweet, short life on a sugary diet


October 2009

Smoking health hazards: no dose-response

C. difficile warning

Asthma risk and waist size in women


September 2009

Antioxidants' melanoma risk: 4-fold or none?

Murky waters of vitamin D status

Is vitamin D deficiency hurting you?


August 2009

Pill-crushing children

New gut test for children and adults

Unhealthy habits - whistling past the graveyard?


July 2009

Asthma solution - between two opposites that don't attract

Light wave therapy - how does it actually work?

Hodgkin's lymphoma in children: better alternatives


June 2009

Hodgkin's, kids, and the abuse of power

Efficacy and safety of the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's:
behind the hype

Long-term mortality and morbidity after conventional treatments for pediatric Hodgkin's


May 2009

Late health effects of the toxicity of the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's

Daniel's true 5-year chances with the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's

Daniel Hauser Hodgkin's case: child protection or medical oppression?

April 2009

Protection from EMF: you're on your own

EMF pollution battle: same old...

EMF health threat and the politics of status quo

March 2009

Electromagnetic danger? No such thing, in our view...

EMF safety standards: are they safe?

Power-frequency field exposure

February 2009

Electricity and health

Electromagnetic spectrum: health connection

Is power pollution making you sick?

January 2009

Pneumococcal vaccine for adults useless?

DHA in brain development study - why not boys?

HRT shrinks brains


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December 2007

Migraine study

Can migraine study give you a migraine? Perhaps, if something about it had you upset, causing your blood vessel to constrict, raising your blood pressure and lowering your brain blood supply; if you happened to be, say, low on magnesium, that could trigger cerebral vascular spasms and - voila! - there you have it: if it looks, walks and talks like migraine headache, it's got to be a migraine headache...

Now, that would make it a real "migraine study", wouldn't it?

A recent French study, using novel technique - positron emission topography - has found that a common form of migraine is likely associated with activation of hypothalamus - a lower middle part of the brain functionally connecting body's nervous and endocrine (hormonal) systems. The conclusion is that "the hypothalamus may play a role in the start of the migraine attack".

And what if it does? Study conclusion stops short of stating that possible treatment for migraine could be drugging a specific area of hypothalamus to oblivion. But whether such intention is in the cards or not, it appears to be a "logical" direction. The good old allopathic cliché at work. Blame the body for malfunction, and solve the problem by blocking the signal of malfunctioning. Keep killing the messenger, instead of simply asking:

what is it that causes body to malfunction in the first place?

When will this kind of medical mentality give up? Is it wonder that hypothalamus, whose many functions include control of the reaction to stress, and whose proper functioning is directly dependant on the level of endorphins (body's mood-elevating and pain-relieving compounds), gets involved in the chain of reactions related to a neurological symptom such as migraine? It is known that endorphins are lowered by stress, and that are generally low in those lacking physical activity.

The two combined - prolonged stress and little or no physical activity - can and

will affect much more than just hypothalamus function itself

(one out of many possible consequences is estrogen-to-progesterone imbalance, leading to PMS).

Are these facts of life too plain-looking for hi-tech doctors to bother with? Are they expecting from hi-tech toys like positron emission topography to be Deus ex machina we waited for so long to give us all the answers? No technology can replace or override the reality - a simple (or not so simple) cause-effect relationship.

Beside magnesium deficiency (or magnesium-calcium imbalance), stress and low endorphins, there is a number of other possible factors that, alone or, most often, combined, can cause migraine headache. They include volatile organic compounds (VOC), like phenols, tuolene and other hydrocarbons, that are literally everywhere, heavy metals like cadmium, food sensitivities and allergies (often accompanied with leaky gut, which only makes it worse), and so on.

You may suffer persistent migraine from consuming bio-active amine like tyramine, a vaso(blood vessel)-constrictor highest in some cheeses, chocolate, yeast concentrates, sausage and pickled herring, because your body lacks MAO (monoamine oxidase) enzyme needed to metabolize it. Or because your MAO enzyme was blocked by MAO-inhibitor drug, like some anti-depressants, that you are taking.

Just a few out of many possibilities.

With so many toxic chemicals in and around us, it is very important how efficient is your detox system. There are two main reasons why it can be inefficient: genetic deficiency in detox enzymes, and nutritional deficiencies. It's been found out that

individual detox capabilities for specific toxic substances
can vary up to 500 times,

probably even more. If you are on the sensitive side for a particular agent you're exposed to, you'll feel the consequences in some form, one of many possible being migraine headache. And, of course, even those with everything functioning satisfactorily have their limit as to how large toxic load they can handle.

As anything else, action of the hypothalamus could be a part of the problem in some migraine cases but, if it is, it is only a symptom of some underlying internal deficiency, likely aggravated by specific external factors. We need a migraine study that will systemically

track down these underlying deficiencies,
and those aggravating external factors,

not play around with hi-tech gadgets to blame some body part for its participation in producing a symptom. Anyone pretending to be a doctor these days should know better than that.  R