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Good morning, Migraine sufferers and other readers!

I recently told you about Dr. D.  and referred you to a blog where Nancy Bonk had written about her “cure.” (See Dr. D. and His Migraine “Cure.”)

This morning, I notice that Dr. D. has found Nancy’s blog and posted a comment. In that comment, she claims that the reason people keep suffering from “headaches” is “because they were not evaluated properly.”  She also scolds Nancy for being sarcastic.

Seriously?! Instead of scolding about sarcasm, she should be glad Nancy didn’t really cut loose on her.

We have a chance now to speak to Dr. D. and what she says about Migraines. On her blog, she doesn’t accept all comments. I know of some people who posted comments that were never published. Teri Robert posted a comment after that and ended it by saying, “I know that you’ve declined to post other comments. Be brave and truthful, and post this one, please.” She postsed her comment, but of course she used it too. She replied to her, and parts of her reply are down-right insulting to Migraineurs. Here’s part of her reply to Teri:

From that I have learned that people stop trying and keep on suffering once they are told they have a “genetic” problem. In fact many cases of migraines are not genetic at all. I believe if we stop feeding people with the word “genetic” and keep on telling them there is no cure and there is nothing they can do, we will end up with a much healthier and happier population. I wish I can contribute to it.

What? “People stop trying and keep on suffering once they are told they have a “genetic” problem? She’s so full of it! And, what would she have doctors do? Lie to us? I, for one, question what she’s learned if that’s what she got from it.

Instead of continuing my rant, I’m going to ask you to do something. PLEASE go to the comments on Nancy’s blog and reply to Dr. D. Tell her that we do NOT stop trying and anything else you want to say to her.

Will you do that? I hope so. Go to Doubtful “Cure” for Migraines Forever and click the Reply button under Dr. D.’s comment.

Best,
Arabella

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“Yes, Migraines are curable.” Well, we know better, but that’s the first sentence of a blog that Nancy Bonk wrote about today on MyMigraineConnection.

Dr. D. is an ND, a naturopathic doctor. From looking at her site, it would seem that Dr. D. considers herself an expert on a number of topics ranging from “Digestion and Elimination” to “Aging and Antioxidants” to “Everything Else.” Okey dokey. I’ll not comment further on that.

Anyway, Dr. D. disagrees with the really great doctors who have devoted entire careers to treating and/or researching Migraine disease. She says Migraines are not genetic, that they are curable.

I’m not going to steal Nancy’s thunder here. So, please go read what Nancy wrote in Doubtful “Cure” for Migraines Forever.

Oh, and… Go, Nancy!

Best,
Arabella

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Roberta posted a comment on my post, Dr. Seymour Diamond Comments on Sultaneh’s Migraine “Cure,” asking why I won’t publish comments that Sultaneh submits to my blog. Since there may be others who have the same question, I’ll answer it here.

Dear Roberta,

If Sultaneh submitted comments that were constructive and polite, I’d publish them to my blog. His posts though are usually rants about how he was wronged, spam with links to promote his “cure,” or quite nasty comments about other people. His comments about other people go beyond nasty. Some of them are defamatory and potentially libelous.  Therefore, I refuse to publish his comments because that gives him another platform to continue his malicious and unproductive behavior. Earlier today, he posted a comment calling me a “liar.” Why would I publish such a comment. Why would any blogger? Not only that, he attempts to post comment after comment. He’s posted three so far today.

No, since Sultaneh seems to be incapable of being polite, his comments will not be posted on my blog.

Best,
Arabella

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If you’ve read many Migraine blogs or participated in some of the online Migraine forums, you’re bound to have heard of Dr. Ali Sultaneh. Sultaneh is a Syrian surgeon who has been claiming to be able to permanently cure Migraines with a surgical technique he developed.

Sadly, Sultaneh is probably better known for his vitriolic rhetoric than any contribution to Migraine research and treatment. He has been repeatedly asked to leave forum not only for spamming, but also for his vicious and defamatory attacks on people who dare disagree with him. He’s also become well known for complaining that other doctors have “stolen” his surgical technique, a technique that he didn’t bother to patent.

Interestingly, while doing a Google search for Migraine surgery, I came across a 2002 article about Sultaneh and his procedure on WebMD. For the article, reporter Salynn Boyles talked with both Sultaneh and Dr. Seymour Diamond, Founder of the Diamond Headache Center in Chicago. Now retired, Dr. Diamond is well knows for his expert treatment of headache disorders including Migraine, research, and authoring many research papers and books in the field of headache disorders. In the article, Diamond is quoted as saying:

We have learned in recent years that migraines occur in the deep blood vessels that surround the brain and within the brain, not on the superficial scalp arteries that [Sultaneh] is talking about. This dubious surgical approach just doesn’t match what we know happens with these headaches.

Sultaneh has written me several times, mostly to defame health care professionals and lay experts in the field. I admit to having been more than a bit sarcastic about him. It’s hard not to when rather than doing something useful, he has been whining, griping, and lashing out at people who have done nothing to him.

Still, I seriously find myself feeling sorry for him. I think we all hope that, at the end of our lives, we’ll have accomplished something, left behind something that’s of significance. Unless Sultaneh stops making defamatory and libelous comments about others and gets back to the business of practicing medicine, his legacy is likely to be of no significance at all. It’s truly sad.

Best,
Arabella

Source: Boyles, Salynn. “Experimental Surgery Being Used to Treat Migraines.” WebMD. March 19, 2002.

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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.

Best,
Arabella

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OK, it was worth about $4.00 for the laugh this so-called book gave me. I think I’ll not-so-affectionately call this guy Dr. KaKa.

A friend of mine who saw my new blog sent me a link to this self-published book on LuLu, “Dr. Karkar’s Miracle Natural Migraine Cure.” You can download it for $3.83 or buy the paperback for $8.47. Don’t bother! It’s seven pages, including the title page, with one or two short paragraphs per page.

His “cure?” A particular vitamin supplement and reducing your caffine intake. The page on LuLu lists Karen Peebles as the publisher. I have to give them credit for one thing — having the chutzpah to put that up there, much less charge people for it.

So, want to make a few bucks? Choose a dietary supplent. Any harmless one will do. Proclaim it to be a cure. Then go publish a little book online and charge such a low price that some will buy it because they’re desperated for relief and others, like me, will buy it to get a good laugh. NOT!

Best wishes,
Arabella
PS: I post this with sincere apologies to the cute little “quacker” whose photo I used. 😛

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Today I’m looking at the site of the Women’s Health Institute of Texas, the site of Dr. Andrew Jones.

One of the most disturbing things about this site is that it belongs to a doctor! Dr. Andrew Jones boldly states “There IS A CURE For Your Migraines.”

What’s his secret? It’s all hormones!

For the record, I HAVE read his ebook. Start to finish. And I’ve discussed it with a couple of doctors whose opinions I value. It’s not total crap; it’s just not what it’s hyped to be. Dr. Jones’s program looks to be a reasonable prevention regimen for anyone with hormonally triggered Migraines. BUT not everyone has hormonal triggers, AND it does not cure the disease.

So, Dr. Jones, why not market this without all the “CURE” hype?

Best wishes,
Arabella

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