Common sense doesn't always prevail, especially when it comes to drug approvals. So it was a breath of fresh air the other day to see health officials use a little of it when they rejected Botox as a potential treatment for migraines.
They said there's just not enough evidence that this toxin -- famously used to straighten wrinkles and freeze smiles in place -- actually works when it comes to headaches.
And they're absolutely right.
But if you're thinking, "That sure doesn't sound like the FDA I know," you're absolutely right as well -- because it wasn't the FDA. It was the Brits.
The FDA, of course, went full-speed ahead and actually approved Botox for migraines back in 2010 based on some of the weakest evidence I've ever seen -- including a study that found no actual reduction in the number of headaches per month.
The Brits, on the other hand, haven't swallowed the same crazy pills as the FDA (not yet anyway). They've told the poison's maker that if they want to win approval for migraines, they'll have to come up with better evidence than what they've shown so far...and they'll have to do it by June.
But even if that evidence magically appears in the next three months, Botox would still be a terrible idea for headaches.
Botox is the snappy trademarked name for botulinum toxin, one of the most toxic proteins on the planet. The frightening list of potential side effects includes everything from flulike symptoms to paralysis.
It's easy to see how even a single shot can go badly wrong. But if you turn to Botox for migraines, you don't get a single shot. You get 31 shots in a single treatment -- and you have to keep getting those treatments every 12 weeks.
Do you really want to play the odds you won't suffer a Botox reaction 124 times a year?
Fortunately, you don't have to turn to Botox, antidepressants or any other repackaged mainstream migraine treatment -- because there are natural answers that can help chase the pain away starting tomorrow.
And in some cases, you don't have to take a thing.
Migraines are often triggered by something -- anything from a food sensitivity to an environmental allergy. If you can find that trigger, you can learn to avoid it.
If you've tried that with no luck, try one of the natural treatments I've told you about over the years. And you can start by reading these free articles in my online archives: