On his blog, Dr. Brad Shook is proclaiming “Migraines are Curable!” He based this blog entry on a new research paper by Migraine expert Dr. R. Allan Purdy.
Although the title of Dr. Purdy’s article is “Migraine us curable,” Dr. Purdy is not saying that the disease is curable at this time. In fact, he states:
“At present there is no evidence that migraine is a curable disorder or disease and any thoughts in that direction have proven futile to date. Given that migraine clinically and pathophysiologically is a complex neurovascular phenomenon, it is of interest to explore its potential curability.”
To his credit, when I pointed this out to Shook by commenting on his blog, he did respond. However, he still states,
“This means the cause of you migraines may be from the loss of regulation of nerves around blood vessels in your head, which are regulated by your brain and brain stem! So if this proposed cause holds true, if you fix your brain you fix your migraine! I have observed in practice, that this, “brain problem” is in fact the cause of many migraines. There are other causes that have to be considered, and sometimes there is not an answer.”
He would also like readers of his blog to visit him to find their “cure.”
Truthfully, I don’t have a strong enough background in reading journal articles to really understand all of Dr. Purdy’s paper. I also don’t have the contacts in the Migraine medical community to ask for help. So, I have asked your friend and mine, Teri Robert, to take a look at Dr. Purdy’s paper, reach out to some of her contacts (if necessary), and comment on it. Teri’s mother (also a Migraineur) passed away last weekend, so her plate is quite full at the moment. She told me that she will, as soon as she can, take a look at Dr. Purdy’s paper and Dr. Shook’s blog and get back to me. I will definitely let you know what she says and post a link if she should decide to write about this issue herself.
In the meantime, I have to say that Dr. Shook’s blog title is misleading at best. Were he truly concerned about the health of his patients and potential patients, he wouldn’t be proclaiming that “Migraines are Curable!” when this disease is definitely NOT curable at this time.