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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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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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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

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On his blog, No More Headaches, Glenn Stewart Coles boldly states:

Welcome to my blog, written by Glenn Stewart Coles. Here you can discover articles that discuss the elimination of migraines and repetitive headaches without the use of medications. For twenty-two years I suffered from migraines and cluster headaches. Now I don’t. I do not require any medications or special treatments. I have simply eliminated migraines from my life.

There are a few problems with Coles and his writings, mainly that his theory is totally unproven and makes no sense. The bigger problem, however, is his total contempt and lack of respect for anyone who writes about Migraines and dares subscribe to beliefs other than his or — heaven forbid! — actually dare to write about any “traditional” or even many complementary treatments. He also has a huge problem with anyone who dares to actually have any type of paying job that offers information or support for sufferers of Migraines or other headache disorders.

His victim yesterday was Megan Oltman of Free My Brain. The title for this poor excuse for a blog post (which he calls an article) was “Mind Games.” He calls Oltman the “self-proclaimed Ann Landers of Migraines.” Now, Oltman has never proclaimed any such thing. Maybe Coles thinks he’s witty, but his attempts at wit fall as flat as his “cure” for Migraines and headaches.

Coles also has a web site, modestly named after himself. On that site, he claims:

I have learned that while headaches have an obvious physical outcome, there are other aspects that contribute to repetitive headaches. If these other aspects are identified and changed, the outcome can change as well. Basically it is possible to learn how to not have headaches.

Oh, right. Give me a freakin’ break. If it were that easy, someone other than Coles would have discovered this long ago. Oh, wait. That’s right. Nobody was enlightened or smart enough to realize this until Coles came along. He’s the messiah of Migraine and headache sufferers. Well, that IS the attitude he projects, and believe me, he tries to project it — A LOT.

Coles is another of those people who can’t resist posting comments on the blogs of others. Comments that are arrogant, rude, and derisive. But he can’t let it go at that. He then just can’t resist running to blog about some of these people to criticize them. Does it make him feel like a big man? Maybe. Of course, maybe it will get him sued for libel someday.

To Megan Oltman — Keep up the good work! Being attacked by G.S. Coles puts you in good company!

Oh, and something else about Coles. He’s a time traveler. Yep! HE says so. In July, he wrote an article called “Time Travel.” In that article, he states:

I have learned how to travel through time without requiring a device. Once I get there I can influence the outcome. Traveling to the past and making changes alters my present day status. Much like the Butterfly Effect, small changes to your past can have great influence on your future.

Time travel can be achieved through focused intention. Instead of traveling physically to another time, I get there through meditation…

So, why is it I think I hear the them from The Twilight Zone?

Best,
Arabella

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On November 2, I wrote A Migraine Cure in a Bottle – Complete with Video! As I told you, a young woman named Jessica was proclaiming that MonaVie had cured her Migraines.

It turns out that the web site referred to in the video belongs to Jessica and Daryl Woods, and I began getting daily emails from them trying to sell me MonaVie. After a few days of this, I replied to their email, pointing them to my blog post with their video and telling me to remove me from their mailing list. Daryl replied almost immediately saying,

Go **** yourself!

I’m sure you can fill the blank. How very eloquent and professional. Just the kind of person we’d all love to do business with. NOT! That kind of comment is generally the defense of a person lacking the intellect to say anything worthwhile.

I found the web site for the company that franchises the MonaVie distributorship that Jessica and Daryl have and filed a complaint. Someone I know who manages a Migraine web site that has been spammed by them multiple times also filed a complaint. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that neither of us received a reply.

Well, coincidence or not, that video is no longer avialable on YouTube. BUT, there are plenty of other Jessica videos there. Some, if I remember correctly, are the exact same video. Some send you to the same URL as the video that was taken down; some to another URL. My guess would be that they’re for the same product, but I have no way of knowing with certainty because they’re sites where you register to receive information.

Was that video taken down because of my little exchange with Daryl? I doubt it. But, for anyone who might be missing Jessica in all her drama and pathos, here are a couple of her others:

Judging by their blog, which I found HERE, I’d guess there might be big money in selling “cures.”

Enjoy her pretty, smiling face, but remember — There is NO cure for Migraines!

Best,
Arabella

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A couple of days ago, I came across a blog that, at first glance seems to be fairly reasonable. The blog is titled High Blood Pressure Information, and the particular entry is Common Questions About Migraine, posted by someone named Ted.

As I read on through the post, I found myself hoping that, given the name of the blog, Ted knows more about high blood pressure than he does about Migraine. Here’s a question and answer from this little gem that had me sighing and rolling my eyes:

Migraine is difficult to cure?

Migraine is very much a curable disease as any other disease.

When you read to the bottom — IF you can stand to read to the bottom, you find that this is yet another article from one of the sites that offers free articles that you can use on your blog or web site. This particular one is from isnare.com.

When I read this blog entry, I did post a comment about the absurd statement about Migraine being curable. As is fairly common on such blogs, it is still not appearing. When I mentioned this to a friend, she looked up the original article on isnare.com and wrote to them about it. We’ll see if she gets a reply.

Best,
Arabella

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carrots150“Vegetable juices have proved to be beneficial in curing Migraine.”

Well, that’s what a home remedies page on ILoveIndia.com would have us believe. They state:

Vegetable juices have proved to be beneficial in curing Migraine. Carrot juice can be had in combination with spinach and likewise beet and cucumber juices can be consumed.

Sure, they can be consumed, but we all know they cannot cure Migraines. Other absurd statements they make include that grape juice consumed in small doses several times a day is a good treatment for Migraines. Oh, and here’s one you’ll love:

Crush a few leaves of cabbage and place it in a cloth. Bind it on the forehead while lying in bed.

Truly, I’m quite enjoying this blog in a way. I don’t know when I last found web sites so laughable and entertaining!

Best,
Arabella

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