This feature, "Migraine Pearls or Onions?," highlights both the Migraine Pearls I come across online and the stinky Migraine Onions.
So, first up...today's Migraine Pearl... the American Heart Association and their Go Red for Women campaign. At first thought, this might not seem related to Migraine, but it is. When we look at effective Migraine management, we can't underestimate the importance of good overall health, and heart health is very important in that context. Additionally, having Migraine disease increase our risk of developing cardiovascular disease or having a cardiovascular event. One of the best things we can do for our overall heatlh as well as Migraine health is to have a heart-to-heart (pun fully intended) conversation with our doctors about our risk factors for cardiovascular disease, and what we can do to reduce our modifiable risk factors.
For more about this, please take a few minutes to read Migraines and Our Hearts - Are You Wearing Red Today? Wear Red day may be over, but this is still National Heart Month, and this is always an important topic.
Now, on to today's Migraine Onion. Dr. Andrew Jones of the Women's Health Institute. Sigh. Jones's web site used to actually guarantee a Migraine "CURE." He doesn't use "the C word" these days, but his web site does promise...
"This ALL NATURAL TREATMENT Means the End To Migraine Pain Forever."
Uh huh. Give me a break. Anyone who says that has no respect for Migraineur. This man either things we're fools, or he's counting on our being desperate enough to try anything. The bottom line is that there is NOTHING that can end Migraine forever. NOTHING. What makes this more reprehensible is that Jones is actually a doctor. I checked. The man does have a valid medical license.
I'm not going to even say anything more about Jones or the "treatments" he sells. The bottom line is that when someone says they can "cure" Migraines or "end Migraine pain forever," walk away, click away from their web site, delete the email, whatever. It's simply not true. Don't reward these poeple by buying products that can't possibly totally eliminate or cure a disease for which, at this time, there is no cure. Instead, find a good Migraine specialist to work with and explore the real treatments that are available.
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Migraine Pearl or a Migraine Onion,
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© Teri Robert, 2011
Last updated February 23, 2011