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This one is a bit tricky, so let’s tackle the “article” first. It’s titled “Vital Cluster Migraine Information,” and it’s brimming with MISinformation…

This kind of migraine is felt in different chambers of your head…

Hearts have chambers, heads do not. Brains do have lobes.

Cluster migraine is more common among the men than women…

This is a clue that he’s probably talking about cluster headaches. Cluster headaches are NOT a form of Migraine. They are two very, very different disorders.

When you are having a Cluster form of migraine attack, go to a quiet and dark room with favorable temperature and lay down.

Again, there’s no such thing as a cluster Migraine. If he is indeed talking about cluster headaches, this isn’t going to work. Most cluster headache sufferers have trouble staying still and feel worse if they lie down.

The treatments usually include anything from avoiding a certain kind of food (aged cheese, wine) to the intake of other drugs.

All in all, it looks as if the author has made up a headache disorder by combining cluster headaches and some form of Migraine. The question is, “Why?”

Ahhhhhhhhhhh. There are a couple of possible answers to the “Why?” question:

  1. The page has Google ads above and below the article. The author earns $$ every time anyone clicks on the ads.
  2. If you go back to the home page of headache-migraine-release.com, you hit the jackpot — “How To Cure Your Headache.”

It appears that the real purpose of the site is to push a five-day e-course, “How To Cure Your Headache,” by Jan Heering. Out of curiosity, I subscribed to the e-course, and I have to admit to being glad I did. So far, I’ve received two lessons, and they’ve been the funniest things in my email for ages.

Maybe Heering believes what he’s saying. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he’s just misguided. Just realize that his articles aren’t of any benefit other than possibly entertainment.

Best,
Arabella♥

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It's about timeIt’s about time we had better Migraine treatments. Right? Right!

Most of the time, I post about Migraine sites and blogs that are disappointing, questionable, or wrong.  Today, I want to post about SOMETHING that’s wrong while posting about some sites and people who are great!

One of the reasons we don’t have better treatments is that the burden of research is left on the shoulders of the pharmaceutical companies. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) who should be funding the kind of research that reveals more about the causes of Migraine disease and how Migraines actually work in our brains, funds very, very little research for Migraine diseae or other headache disorders.

ahdalogo1601According to the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy (the AHDA), the NIH expended less than $10 millong in 2006 towards all research on headache disorders, comprising less than one-half of one percent of their budget. The AHDA grew out of a 2007 event called Headache on the Hill. During Headache on the Hill, a group of doctors, researchers, and patient advocates traveled to Washington, DC, to speak to their congress members about NIH funding for Migraine and headache research.

Their work didn’t stop there. The AHDA kept at it, calling on everyone to send emails to their congressmen to get their backing. They also made it really easy! The emails were pre-written, and it only took a few minutes to go to their site and send them.

capitoldome150Later this month, Headache on the Hill will be going on again. As these dedicated people are preparing to brave this cold winter and travel to DC again, they’re also anticipating that they may need to enlist our help soon to send emails to congress again.

Soooooooooo, to get read for that, we all need to be sure we’re signed up to get their email alerts when our help is needed.

Let’s put our fingers where our mouths so often are and register for the AHDA mailing list. To do so, simply CLICK HERE.

Please, register for their mailing list AND ask all of your family and friends to do the same.

To keep up with all the AHDA is doing, as well as other important issues, keep an eye on MyMigraineConnection.com, where author and patient advocate Teri Robert always keeps us up-to-date.

Best,
Arabella♥

Images courtesy of Teri Robert and the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy

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What’s with people anyway? Why don’t they write about what they know about or at least do some recent research?

My gripe today is with a blog called “Skin Care” and today’s blog entry “What Do We Mean When We Talk About A Migraine Headache?” Beyond the fact that “A” in the title shouldn’t be capitalized, the writer hasn’t really done much, if any, research. The material in this blog is old, old, old, much like the one I griped about yesterday.

I’ll keep today’s post shorter. Here are my problems with this blog entry…

Migraines are fairly common and affect about one in ten people in America, or over 28 million Americans.

It’s actualy 12% of Americans, not 10%. AND that 28 million figure is very old. If you use CURRENT statistics from the Census Bureau, the correct number is 36 million American Migraineurs.

There are in fact two types of migraine, the first of which is called ‘classical migraine’, which is characterized by an associated ‘aura’. Here the term ‘aura’ is used to refer to visual light effects which are experienced just before the start of a headache including things like flashing lights and bright light spots. In a few cases a complete loss of vision may be experienced for some minutes before the onset of the headache.

The second type of migraine is a migraine without the prior symptoms of an ‘aura’…

Okaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay. Classic and common Migraine are old terms. The current terms are Migraine with aura and Migraine without aura. Aura can have symptoms other than the visual symptoms. TWO types of Migraines? Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. Methinks this person doesn’t know about Basilar-Type, Hemiplegic, Retinal, and Abdominal Migraine?

I really think this person should stick to the topic of their blog – skin care. Then too, the blog doesn’t look like it’s really being written for information. It looks like it’s being written as a platform for advertising. But then, I could be mistaken.

Anyway, don’t waste your time on this blog.

Best,
Arabella♥

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From a Google Blog Alert today, I came across a blog I hadn’t seen before, “Health Blog | Mind, Body and Soul.” Their About page states:

This Blog used for sharing knowledge about how to make a better life. Some post are original and some are copied with related information about the author from other resources such as book or article on a website. Enjoy…

Sounds good, doesn’t it? Yes, but…

Today, they posted an article titled “What You Need to Know About The Types of Migraine Headaches.” We DO need to know about the different types of Migraine ATTACKS, but this is NOT the article to learn from. Here are some problematic quotes from their article:

Migraines belong to a group called vascular headaches, probably caused by problems with blood vessels in the brain.

Old, old, old theory. Migraines are not longer considered vascular headaches, and we now know that what happens with the blood vessels in the brain during a Migraine attack is neither the cause of Migraine attacks nor the first thing that happens in the brain during a Migraine attack.

Young women with basilar artery migraines may suffer from a hormonal imbalance associated with their menstrual cycle.

Basilar artery Migraines have been called Basilar-TYPE Migraines for years now. Also, any type of Migraine can be triggered by the hormonal fluctuations that occur during the menstrual cycle. It depends on whether hormonal fluctuations are a trigger for the individual woman, not the type of Migraine they have.

Several types of migraine headaches focus on the eyes, including ophthalmoplegic or ocular migraines… Also referred to as retinal migraines, ocular migraines…

This part, I’m not really sure whether to categorize as old information or flat-out wrong. In either case, it’s incorrect. Sadly, incorrect information about “eye Migraines” isn’t uncommon online, and it’s really confusing. Author and patient advocate Teri Robert has explained this better than I ever could in her article Ocular, Optical, and Opthalmic Migraines.

Outdated information is selom helpful. I wish I could say that even though I just ran across this today, it’s an old article. But, it doesn’t seem to be; the blog entry is dated today.  So, thumbs DOWN from me!

Best,
Arabella♥

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