1. Migraines linked to hypothyroidism

    What your headaches are REALLY telling you

    Headaches are no picnic no matter what's causing them, especially if you're among the 37 million Americans living with the nightmare of migraines.

    But ladies, those headaches might be only the beginning of your troubles.

    Because new research reveals that migraines are a major risk factor for another condition -- one that could have a devastating impact on your day-to-day life.

    And if you suffer from them yourself... if there are times when you struggle to make it through the day because of those headaches... you could be facing a higher risk of poor thyroid function.

    That's better-known as hypothyroidism, and it leads to a long list of chronic health problems including fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, moodiness, sex problems, memory loss, and more.

    Believe me, you want nothing to do with it.

    But if you struggle with headaches, you could be getting a firsthand lesson in all that misery soon enough!

    Even recurring headaches in general, including tension and cluster headaches, will cause your risk of hypothyroidism to jump by 21 percent.

    But migraines are in a category of their own.

    They're worse in every way, but they're especially worse when it comes to thyroid risk -- because migraines will increase your odds of hypothyroidism by a whopping 41 percent.

    It's not entirely clear which one's causing the other. Odds are they're feeding off each other at least to some extent, leading to a vicious cycle of misery.

    But it's a cycle you can break. You can END the pain and PROTECT your thyroid.

    Since the migraines appear to be arriving BEFORE the hypothyroidism -- or at least before the hypothyroidism is diagnosed -- your best bet is to get control over those headaches first.

    There's no single fail-proof cure for migraines because there's no single cause, but in many cases poor nutrition or deficiencies in specific nutrients can trigger or worsen the headaches.

    One study earlier this year found migraine patients are often low in vitamin D, the B vitamin riboflavin, and coenzyme Q10. I've also found that many lack magnesium.

    If you're not getting enough of these essentials from diet, consider a supplement and see if it makes a difference.

    But not every migraine patient is suffering from a nutritional problem.

    In other cases, the headaches have a trigger -- including food additives such as MSG or aspartame, as well as alcohol.

    They can even be triggered by hormonal imbalances.

    Work closely with a holistic medical doctor who can work with you to discover the true cause of your headaches and then help to correct it naturally.

  2. Migraines often caused by nutritional problems

    Beat migraines without meds

    Your doc might not look like he has any trouble seeing... but odds are, he's blind as a bat!

    Most mainstream docs can't see what's right in front of them and fail to notice the often very obvious causes of common conditions.

    Take migraines, for example.

    New research shows how mainstream docs have completely missed one of the most obvious and common causes of these painful headaches.

    And treating it can ease -- and, in some cases, end -- the suffering.

    Yet most docs don't treat this classic textbook cause of migraines... and not only that, but they don't even TEST for it!

    Migraines are often caused or worsened by nutritional deficiencies, especially problems with the nutrients that give your cells energy.

    And, sure enough, the new study finds that migraine patients are often missing out on the nutrients needed by the mitochondria, which is essentially the power supply in each cell.

    This isn't cutting-edge science. This is literally in the textbooks... so if your doc doesn't know this, he's either blind or illiterate.

    Or maybe he just skipped a whole bunch of classes in med school.

    Yet this new study is being hailed by the mainstream as some kind of stunning new revelation. Some are even "wondering" if supplements can help ease or cure migraines and are calling for more studies.

    Why wonder -- and why wait for more studies? If folks are low in essential nutrients, they should darn well be getting them -- and in this case, supplements most definitely CAN help migraine patients.

    The new study focuses on three in particular, finding that migraine patients are often low in vitamin D, the B vitamin riboflavin, and coenzyme Q10.

    And those are excellent places to start. In fact, I often recommend vitamin D and CoQ10 supplements even to people without migraines, as most folks are missing out on those two.

    The study didn't look at magnesium, but it's absolutely critical to mitochondria function -- and not only do many folks fall short when it comes to this mineral, but migraine patients in particular tend to have low levels.

    So get back to basics. If you're suffering from headaches, especially migraines, start with plain old good nutrition.

    This approach won't work for everyone. There's no single cause of migraines, so there's no single cure... but supplements can certainly help many.

    In addition, migraines often have "triggers" such as booze, food, or food additives -- especially aspartame and MSG.

    Switching to a diet of all-natural foods can often work wonders.

    Be sure to work with a doctor who can find and treat any internal problems such as neurotransmitter and/or hormone imbalances, which can also play a role in triggering headaches.

    If you're in the San Diego area, I can help. Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Not in Southern California? Not a problem -- I can also offer advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

  3. Cefaly migraine failure

    A new device approved for migraines can supposedly make the condition better, but it doesn't work for most people.
  4. Bisphenol A can induce migraines

    BPA, a hormone-like chemical used in plastic, can trigger migraines, according to the latest research.
  5. Seasonal allergies can cause headaches

    Having seasonal allergies can boost your odds of migraines by a third, according to new research.
  6. Taking magnesium can reduce your heart risk by a third

    The mineral magnesium can decrease your risk of heart disease by 30 percent, according to new research.
  7. Why migraine meds don't work

    Up to 80 percent of all migraine patients get little to no relief from medication.
  8. New risks linked to migraine with aura

    Women who suffer from migraine with aura have a much higher risk of serious heart problems.
  9. Low magnesium levels can boost your heart risk

    Low levels of the essential mineral magnesium can double your risk of death by heart disease -- and you probably have low levels.
  10. A bad idea for migraines

    Botox, the infamous poison used by aging celebrities to freeze their smiles into place, is getting a second life -- this time as a migraine treatment.
  11. The true risks of soda

    Sugar is probably the most dangerous ingredient in most sodas -- but I have to say "probably" here, because it's got some pretty tough competition. Most sodas aren't drinks so much as water mixed with a collection of ingredients that seem like they belong in chemistry kits instead of food and beverages.
  12. Don't try to poison your migraines away

    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.
  13. Migraine relief

    I recently came across a new remedy for migraine relief. It involves putting tiny amounts of feverfew and ginger into a little pouch, and then putting it under your tongue.

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