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Migraine Pearls or Onions? 1/26/11

Migraine Pearls or Onions? 1/20/11

PearlsOrOnions150x100 When it comes to online Migraine information, the quality of what we find has quite a wide range. It can be bright, polished, and valuable, or it can be... well, rough and stinky.

Today marks the beginning of a new feature here on Putting Our Heads Together, Migraine Pearls or Onions? This feature will highlight both the Migraine Pealrs I come across online and the stinky Migraine Onions.

So, first up... Yesterday, I came across a so-called article on a site name Allvoices. The article, by Debbie Nicholson, is entitled Headaches, Migraines Easily Handled. Obviously, the title itself is the first problem. "Easily handled?" Uh huh.

Nicholson states:

"The weather can cause those who endure migraines to suffer more when the weather is hotter. Do your best to avoid hot weather by using fans, air conditioning, going out when it is cooler and the sun is coming down"

Really? Where did she get that information? Can't tell since she cites absolutely no sources for her information. Many of us would disagree with her. Some would tell her that extreme cold is more difficult for us, some would tell her that weather changes are the worst problem, whether the weather is hot or cold. (Oh, and she left the period off the end of the sentence, not I.)

"...Blood vessels in the brain dilate and activate the trigeminal nerve, the main nerve involved with migraines."

Hmmmmmm. Guess she hasn't read the newer research that shows Migraine can occur with NO vasodilation.

There's really no point in listing more factual errors. The bigger point is that she writes as if Migraines really were "just headaches." The only treatments she even mentions are alternative treatments -- biofeedback, chiropractic, acupuncture, and herbs. These are viable treatments, but hardly the only treatments. Add to that the poor grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure, and a grade school child wouldn't even get a good grade if submitting this as a science or health report.

Thus, Nicholson and her article are hereby awarded my first Migraine Onion!

Now for today's Migraine Pearls... Today, my Migraine Pearls are my Facebook friends who, when I posted a link to NIcholson's article, went to the site and posted comments to let her know that the article wasn't just bad, it was unacceptable. To all of you who took part, you're the best!

If you'd like to make a suggestion for a Migraine Pearl or a Migraine Onion, please leave me a comment!

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Last updated January 20, 2011

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