headaches

  1. Chronic headaches linked to low thyroid

    What your headaches may be telling you

    Another day... another headache.

    Whether it's the pressure in the front or the tightening in the back... throbbing temples, shooting pain, or a pounding skull... no matter how often you get headaches, you never seem to get used to them.

    And that's especially true if you experience a severe form of headache known as a migraine.

    As bad as the pain and inconvenience already are, the latest science suggests that your headaches may be an early indicator of something else going on in your body: hypothyroidism.

    Your thyroid is a gland in your neck that helps regulate your metabolism. A sluggish thyroid can cause a number of health problems, including fatigue, weight gain, depression, sexual dysfunction, and hair loss. If untreated, it can even lead to heart problems and chronic joint pain.

    According to a new study, people with frequent headaches are 21 percent more likely to develop low thyroid function later.

    And for migraine sufferers, the danger is twice that, at a 41 percent increased risk.

    While this was a large study of data from over 8,400 patients over the course of 20 years, it only shows that there's a correlation between headaches and low thyroid function -- not why.

    We don't even know if one causes the other.

    But we do know that migraines are serious business. In addition to this newly-discovered link to hypothyroidism, they've previously been associated with an increased risk of both cardiovascular disease and stroke.

    And ladies, you're three times more likely to have migraines than men.

    When one of my patients feels like their head is being split open a little too frequently, that tells me two things:

    1. It's time to start looking at their thyroid function, even if they don't show any other signs of hypothyroidism. Boosting thyroid function (with supplements or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy) is worth a try to ease headache pain.
    2. We need to find out the root cause of the headaches so we can ease the pain at its source, rather than covering it up with medication.

    Mainstream doctors will often prescribe opioid painkillers for patients with persistent migraines -- mostly because they don't know what else to do. However, those drugs can have serious side effects, are highly addictive, and actually can worsen your pain.

    There are a number of supplements that will reduce the severity and frequency of migraines. Feverfew, magnesium, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), and curcumin are all good choices.

    Finally, research has shown the ancient therapy of acupuncture to be a natural and effective way not only to manage pain but also to stimulate the production of TSH (Thyroid-stimulating hormone).

    I recommend finding a medical acupuncturist by visiting the website of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.

     

    Sources:
    Headache Tied to Hypothyroid Risk
    (medpagetoday.com)

    Headache Disorders May Be a Risk Factor for the Development of New Onset Hypothyroidism
    (onlinelibrary.wiley.com)

    Why Women Suffer More Migraines than Men
    (npr.org)

    Hypothyroidism (Underactive thyroid)
    (webmd.com)

  2. Coke to pull flame retardant from ingredients list

    Coke customers (literally) drinking from the fire hose

    With my clumsy cooking skills, things in my kitchen can turn from "Peking duck" to "duck and cover" in a hurry. I've kept a fire extinguisher next to my refrigerator for years -- and I'm proud to say I've never confused the two.

    And if that just makes good sense to you... if you've never had the hankering to wrap your lips around your fire extinguisher hose and fill your belly with flame retardant... I have one simple question for you.

    Got any Coca-Cola products in the house?

    Those sugary soda-pop slingers have been coating your insides in dangerous flame retardant for years. Now they say they're ready to stop -- but that's only half the story.

    Coca-Cola has just announced that it plans to pull brominated vegetable oil from its Powerade, Fanta and Fresca products. BVO keeps ingredients in citrus beverages from separating -- but that's the least of its talents. It's a patented flame retardant that's been linked to everything from headaches to memory loss, and it's been banned for years in Europe and Japan.

    Coca-Cola is only pulling BVO now because of pressure from an online petition -- but you'd better believe they're not done poisoning us. In fact, one of Coke's top-selling diet sodas is sweetened with rat poison! Don't believe me? Check out all the details here.

    Whether it's through their sickening sugars or dangerous additives, Coke has turned poisoning us into a billion-dollar business -- and they're not about to stop.

    If you need a pick me up, give a strong pot of coffee a try. A little more coffee won't just cut your disease risk -- it'll keep those crooks at Coke from putting out that fire in your belly for good.

  3. How your doctor can give you a brain tumor

    Most headaches and migraines don't need CT scans -- but docs are ordering them by the millions anyway.
  4. The most dangerous way to lose weight

    The drug Contrave has been linked to increased blood pressure levels and pulse rates -- which is why the FDA actually REJECTED it earlier this year. (Trust me, I was as surprised as you are.)
  5. More pain, no gain

    The feds say 116 million American adults -- or 40 percent of us -- are suffering from chronic pain... and it's costing us a ridiculous amount of money.
  6. Diet soda in new disease link

    And they have the nerve to call it "diet" soda? It must be a diet straight out of you-know-where -- because new studies find yet again that guzzling this junk will cause your belly bulge and send you hurtling down the path towards diabetes. But that's not CO2 in your growing gut -- that's plain old fat, and it's being...
  7. Shocking cell phone research

    A new study makes the ridiculous claim that mobile phones are perfectly safe after all -- so keep right on yapping, and ignore that little headache that won't go away when it pops up in a few years.
  8. Cellular damage

    You don't need to see research to know that cellphones alter the brain.

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