Posts Tagged ‘Migraine’

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.


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Hello, readers!

Today, I want to do something a bit different. Today, let’s get YOUR opinion on something. To do that, let’s use a poll.

Please answer this poll:

Thank you for participating!

Arabella ♥

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One of the people I trust for the truth is author and patient advocate Teri Robert. You can find her work at MyMigraineConnection.com, HelpForHeadaches.com, and in her book Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. She’s also started a new blog, from Teri’s Keyboard.

Now, here’s someone who goes the extra step for us. One of her readers asked about a “Migraine Relief Guide” being sold at www.TheMigraineRelief.com. I would have said that Elizabeth Hayden, the owner of the site, was making promises that were just too big and to stay away from it. Teri, on the other hand, didn’t do that. She decided to check it out for herself. When I asked her why, she said, “With my work, I don’t feel that I can just state my opinion based on my reaction to a site. I feel that I have to have some kind of proof to back what I say.” OK, fair enough.

Anyway, Teri paid $37 to buy their downloadable “Migraine Relief Guide.” She reports that it’s 65 pages of material that contained nothing new to her. Nothing that was of any help to her. She points out that Hayden’s web site selling the “Guide” contains this section about her guarantee:

Teri reports that she has now requested a refund, TWICE. Helloooooo? Elizabeth Hayden! What about your promise? Your guarantee? Gotta tell ya, lady. This makes you look just like any other snake oil salesman.

But, back to this so-called “Migraine Relief Guide.” $37 for a 65-page downloadable book?! How absurd it that?

Tell you what. I’m going to say something Teri won’t say: If you want to buy a book, go to Amazon.com and buy a copy of Teri’s book, Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. It’s 336 pages of great information — already printed!

I really hope Teri gets her money back. It shouldn’t cost her hard-earned dollars to debunk things for us, but I’m grateful that she’s out there looking out for us. Thanks, Teri!

Arabella ♥

PS: I went to the site and found an email address for these people. I’m going to email them about giving Teri her refund. The email address is support@themigrainerelief.com.

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This blogger evidently thinks he/she is clever. In truth, he or she is a scammer. The name of the article is “Some Insiders Guide To Migraine Headaches.” The name of the blog is “Planet of Medical Innovations.” Here’s the first paragraph of the blog entry:

“It used to be that choosing toothpaste was a simple matter of going to your local market and picking between two or three popular brands. You may have had a choice of brands and varying flavors, but all in all, the toothpaste was made the same. It was to clean your teeth and to fight off tooth decay. However, these days, it is much different. One trip down the toothpaste isle will tell you that you have many choices in the toothpaste world. There are all sorts of brands, flavors, scents and colors. Some fight gum disease, some makes your teeth whiter and some claim to do it all.”

At first, I thought someone had just put the wrong title on their entry. Then I followed the “migraine pain relief” link at the bottom of the entry. Aha! Lo and behold, the link is an affiliate to an illegal online pharmacy. Why is the pharmacy illegal? Because they’re selling prescription medications without a prescription from your doctor.

They DO ask a few questions about your health on their order form. They may have a doctor who writes prescriptions based on those questions. Don’t be fooled. That is illegal. There are doctors in prison right now for writing prescriptions for such online pharmacy sites.

So, here’s another category of Migraine lies — totally bogus blog entries with the goal of luring you to an illegal online pharmacy. Beware!


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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.


“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)


“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.”


  • 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.


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Here’s hoping you’re enjoying a beautiful fall Saturday free of Migraines!

You may be surprised at one of the comments I allowed to show on my last post. Normally, I wouldn’t let name calling, let alone such language stand. I let it stand as an example of one type of person who tends to comment. This is a person who may well have some theory of their own that they can’t get others to readily accept. Or, they may just be some crackpot. Still, there’s some reason they came to a blog about Migraines.

People who post this kind of comment are relatively easy to ignore because their comment shows such a deplorable lack of intelligence, humanity, and good sense. If they really had anything of worth to say, they wouldn’t resort to name calling and profanity.

Realist, if you have something of worth to say, you’re welcome to comment here any time. However, you’ve had your one free pass to post an idiotic, worthless comment. Now, be a good little person and go play. Somewhere else.


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When I wrote about Coles yesterday, I had intended to write a second part in defense of some other writers he has attacked with no reasonable foundation.

At this point, I’ve changed my mind. As I read a bit more of his writings and his attacks on others, I began to pity him too much to write more. The people he goes after are well respected, revered, and loved by their readers. In three lifetimes, Coles couldn’t understand why, nor could he gain a fraction of the respect paid to these other writers.

The point of this blog is to point out misconceptions, misunderstandings, lies, theories with no foundation, frauds, unproven theories, etc. Yesterday’s post should serve the purpose of letting you know that his theory is unproven and that he is so insecure in it that he feels the need to attack others rather than focusing on himself and his “work.”

“Nuff said.


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