New rules for migraines
It's a stunning admission of failure from the mainstream -- a confession that modern medicine has done zip for millions of migraine patients compared to natural remedies for headaches and migraines.
The American Headache Society is calling on doctors to completely change the way they approach migraine patients -- and to do away with the two things many of them use most: CT scans and narcotic painkillers. Instead, doctors are recommending natural remedies for headaches and migraines.
When a patient first complains of a migraine, doctors routinely order a CT scan. They want to check for a tumor -- but the CT scan packs hundreds of times the radiation of an X-ray and can actually cause the very tumors it's supposed to detect.
When the scan comes back clean -- and it almost always does -- docs then send the patient home with a prescription for powerful narcotic painkillers.
These drugs have more problems than I can list here, so I'll just mention the biggest ones.
First, you can build tolerance to them -- which is why it takes bigger doses to get the same level of relief. That's a recipe for addiction, overdose and death.
Second, the drugs do nothing to correct the underlying causes of migraines -- so the condition will never get better.
And third, many painkillers can actually cause migraines -- so-called "rebound" headaches that strike as the drugs wear off.
The new guidelines recommending natural remedies for headaches rather than pills and scans have many doctors scrambling for answers -- but not me, because I never relied on painkillers or CT scans for my own migraine patients. In fact, you don't even have to visit me or any other doctor for two of the most powerful weapons in the fight against migraine pain.
You already have them, possibly a few inches from where you're sitting right now: a pad and a pen.
Use them to start your own headache journal. Note each headache, what you were doing when it struck, what you were doing beforehand, and everything you ate within the previous 24 hours.
It won't be long before you start to see some patterns -- migraine triggers, from obvious ones such as alcohol to hidden ones such as food additives (MSG and aspartame are two common triggers).
Other triggers can include sounds, colors, lights, smells and even weather changes.
Once you learn the triggers, in most cases you can learn to avoid them.
And for real and immediate pain relief while you work on your headache journal, don't turn to painkillers. Try all-natural butterbur supplements and similar natural remedies for headaches. They're proven to reduce both the number and severity of headaches.