Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘“Natural” Cures’ Category

When it comes to Migraine truth, nobody tells it better than patient advocate Teri Robert. On her blog at www.PuttingOurHeadsTogether.com, she’s started a new series that I absolutely love – Migraine Pearls or Onions?

She started this feature in late January, and it’s quickly become one I watch for. Here are her “Pearls” and “Onions” so far:

Go, Teri!

‘Nuff said.

Best,
Arabella

Read Full Post »

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

Read Full Post »

Greetings, dear readers!

Today, I get to report what I consider to be yet another “cure” scam without doing much work. Over on MyMigraineConnection.com, Teri Robert is reporting on “No More Migraine,” yet another cure e-book, from SufferingFromMigraine.com.

It seems that John Benak claims that taking a certain brand of a certain vitamin complex has cured his Migraines. It also seems that he’s so all-knowing that he says it’s safe for everyone, including children. It also seems that he feels that being down on his luck and out of a job entitles him to scam people. What a creep!

But, rather than go into more detail here, I’ll send you to the truth as written by Ms. Robert. Please take a look at her review of “No More Migraine.”

Best,
Arabella

Read Full Post »

squidooAnother friend of mine and I took a bit of a vacation last week to visit another friend. We’re all very like-minded in that we hate all of those sites that claim to have “cures” for Migraines. Whenever we get together, one of the things we do is surf the net. Another thing we’d done in the past and did again was visit Squidoo. We all have our own accounts, but since we were together, we took turns using the same computer.  One of my friends has created “lenses”  on Squidoo to share good Migraine info and tell people that there’s no cure yet. My other friend and I don’t really have the knowledge or talents to create lenses, so we sign on, read, and “rate” the lenses.

A couple of days later, all three of us received an email from Squidoo. It started out:

Yikes! We’ve noticed that you have done something that violates our Squidoo Terms of Service. http://www.squidoo.com/pages/tos.

Your entire account has been terminated and its lenses deleted.

The top 5+ reasons an account could get shut down can all be viewed here: http://www.squidoo.com/squidgone

Specifically, your account was flagged for deletion because you employed malicious means or intent to fake people out on your lenses. Our records show that your account has engaged in a significant effort to manipulate star ratings, and therein the LensRank of various lenses.  This usually means creating multiple accounts to cross rate and boost your own lenses and/or lower the rank of others.

What the hell? Then it hit me. Because we’d all used the same computer, they ASSUMED that it was one person violating their rules about multiple accounts and manipulating the ratings.

Now, two of us — the two who haven’t created lenses — wouldn’t like having our accounts deleted, but we would HATE it if our using her computer caused our other friend to lose her account. The lenses she has created (over a period of a few years) are good ones, and they need to be there.

Here’s one reason they need to be there:

For all their bitching us out and deleting our accounts, Squidoo is an absolute mecca for spammers and scammers. Lenses touting things like The Migraine Relief Guide and The Migraine Solution abound! Now, come on! People don’t create lenses about those to help or enlighten anyone. They create them to SELL those products and MAKE MONEY!

So what are they thinking at Squidoo?

I haven’t a clue what they’re really thinking or if they’re really thinking at all. They “lock” lenses and ask questions later, yet their site is overrun with spammer and scammers who are allowed to make multiple lenses about worthless products just to make money. See for yourself. Go to www.squidoo.com and search for lenses about Migraine or Migraines. The majority of the lenses that come up (And I’m not exaggerating, it really is the majority.) are selling worthless products and services.

Squidoo COULD be a good site. It could be if the people who run it would just think. Instead of doing things the easy way and locking the lenses and accounts of people who make the simple mistake of logging on from the same computer, they need to be looking at the CONTENT of the lenses THEY HOST. They make money from the ads on lenses, so really, they’re just pimping the scammers and spammers, making $$ from the crap they put on lense after lense.

Best,
Arabella

Read Full Post »

I was in the mood for two things today:

  • “busting” a Migraine cure
  • a good laugh

So, off to YouTube I went. It didn’t take long to find this…

Ummmmmmmmmmm, yeah. A really good laugh. Does this guy think we’re like Pavlov’s dogs? He’s going to sound a buzzer and shout, “Disconnect!” and our Migraines will be cured?

Would someone please tell me why I keep hearing a strange song in my head? Wait. What IS that song? Is it the theme song from an old television series? Help!

Best,
Arabella♥

Read Full Post »

The title of a video I came across on YouTube is “Headache Stay Gone Cures and Prevents Migraines.” After I watched the video, I visited their web site.

Their web site brazenly promises:

  • “Headache Stay Gone will cure your headaches; even migraines and end your nightmare.”
  • “Headache Stay Gone is formulated using all-natural herbs and vitamins. To date; we know of no side effects after thousands have taken Headache Stay Gone.
  • “Headache Stay Gone has been on the market since May 2006 and was used by people who chose to try it even before that; for a couple of years. We have NEVER heard of even one Headache Stay Gone customer having a problem taking Headache Stay Gone when he or she was taking prescription drugs.”
  • “Even migraines are cured. After you have been headache free for 3 months, you can stop taking Headache Stay Gone and still be headache free. “

Pretty bold statements, and there’s nothing on their site other than “testimonials” to back their claims. No study results or anything like that.

A glance at the ingredients makes me wish this was believable:

  • rosemary
  • peppermint
  • ginger mint
  • blue vervain
  • slippery elm
  • nettles
  • meadowsweet
  • basil
  • hops
  • white willow bark

Those ingredients look so “natural,” so “safe.” And that’s a problem. These “natural” substances are durgs, but since this type of prroduct is so looselly regulated by the FDA, they can get away with making these claims.

I didn’t take time to look up all the ingredients, but here’s what I found out about a few of them:

White willow bark:

“Because willow bark contains salicin, people who are allergic or sensitive to salicylates (such as aspirin) should not use willow bark. Some researchers suggest that people with asthma, diabetes, gout, gastritis, hemophilia, and stomach ulcers should also avoid willow bark. If you have any of these conditions, take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) regularly or blood-thinning medication, be sure to consult your health care provider before taking willow bark. Willow bark should not given to children under the age of 16.”

Side Effects
“Side effects tend to be mild. However, gastrointestinal irritation and ulcers are potentially associated with all compounds containing salicylates. Overdoses of willow bark may cause skin rash, stomach inflammation/irritation, nausea, vomiting, kidney inflammation, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).”

“Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Salicylates are not recommended during pregnancy, so pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take willow bark.”

“Interactions and Depletions
Because willow bark contains salicylates, it has the potential to interact with a number of drugs and herbs. Talk to your doctor before taking willow bark if you take any other medications, herbs, or supplements.”

“Willow bark may interact with any of the following:

  • Anticoagulants (blood-thinning medications) — Willow bark may strengthen the effects of drugs and herbs with blood-thinning properties.
  • Beta blockers — including Atenolol (Tenormin), Metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol-XL), Propranolol (Inderal, Inderal LA). Willow bark may reduce the effectiveness of these drugs.
  • Diuretics (water pills) — Willow bark may reduce the effectiveness of these drugs.
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs — including ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve). Taking willow bark with these drugs may increase risk of stomach bleeding.
  • Methotrexate and phenytoin (Dilantin) — Willow may increase levels of these drugs in the body, resulting in toxic levels.
    (Drugdigest.org)”

Hops:

“Although Hops has sedative effects it is not recommended for administration to infants and children. Individuals who suffer from major depression or who use medication for insomnia or anxiety such as: carbamazepine, phenytoin, phenobarbital, alprazolam, diazepam, Ambien, diphenhydramine, doxepin and nortriptyline are advised to avoid taking hops due to it sedative properties as well.”

“Because Hops has diuretic properties which may affect certain enzymes in the liver, individuals using prescription drugs such as Allegra, Sporanox and Nizoral, etoposide, paclitaxel, vinblastine , lovastatin and oral contraceptives should contact their health care provider before start using Hops. Combining Hops with other sedative herbs such as: Catnip, St. John’s Wort, Valerian, or Kava Kava may result in excessive sedation.”
(University of Maryland Medical Center)

Meadowsweet:

“When should I be careful taking it?
Meadowsweet has been shown to cause tightening of the air passages in the lungs. Such tightening–known as a bronchospasm–can cause or worsen an asthma attack. Therefore, individuals with asthma should avoid using meadowsweet.”

“Because of its aspirin-like component, meadowsweet should not be given to children. Although no cases involving meadowsweet have been reported, aspirin may cause a rare but potentially dangerous condition called Reye’s syndrome in children. Reye’s syndrome usually develops as a patient is recovering from a viral illness such as flu or chickenpox. The first signs of Reye’s syndrome include intense vomiting and drowsiness. Behavior changes, confusion, seizures, and coma may follow.”

“Individuals with allergies to aspirin or sulfites should also avoid taking meadowsweet due to its similarities to aspirin.”

“In animal studies, meadowsweet showed a slight possibility of causing uterine contractions, therefore women who are pregnant should avoid taking meadowsweet.”

“Some laboratory studies appear to show that meadowsweet flowers and seeds (which not usually included in medicine) contain a chemical similar to heparin, a drug used to prevent blood clotting. The salicylate component found in meadowsweet may also have some inhibiting effect on blood clotting. Individuals with disorders of blood clotting should avoid using meadowsweet.”
(Drugdigest.org)

So…

  • There’s no proof that Headahe Stay Gone can “cure” headaches and Migraines.
  • They claim not to know of any side effects,  yet there are clearly possible side effects for some if not all of the ingredients.
  • They claim not to have heard of even one drug interaction, yet there are clearly possible interactions.

Shouldn’t they have to reveal possible side effects and interactions. I certainly think so. How do they get away with not doing it? Well, that’s a question for the FDA.

Best,
Arabella

Read Full Post »

%d bloggers like this: