For those who are unaware, melatonin is a hormone produced deep in the brain (the pineal gland) and helps to regulate our sleep / wake cycle, among other things. Sunlight hitting the back of the retina shuts down the production of melatonin, while the onset of nighttime will allow the body to release more melatonin. So what does this have to do with depression?
As “beat up on vitamins” month continues, one of the current scares centers around the risk of prostate cancer and the use of vitamin E. Several years ago concern was raised over vitamin E increasing the risk of heart attacks, so it’s nice to see that “they” have shifted their focus. So, does vitamin E cause prostate cancer?
I’ve been a strong opponent of the way we treat migraines in this healthcare system. In general, we keep trying different medications until the doctor finds a medication that reduces or stops the headaches. Then we all jump up and down and pat each other on the back and call the process a success. If this is the approach your doctor has taken, then there ARE times when an everyday headache can be dangerous to your long term health.
For many, at first thought, the idea of adopting a healthier lifestyle seems almost painful and certainly not worth it. Many have tried and did not see results in what they thought was a reasonable time frame. Many think they have made healthy changes, but in reality their choices were the wrong ones.
There is no longer any question that the rates of neurological conditions like dementia, Alzheimer’s, migraines and epilepsy are going up. Our lifestyles are just too toxic for our brains. But there is much you can do, including adding some simple foods.
The relationship between toxins and development of neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, migraines and seizures, is strong. As spring rolls around, you may want to reconsider spraying for weeds and insects.
A recurrent headache in a child is never, ever acceptable. It may be something as simple as simple musculoskeletal stress that can be fixed in one visit with some soft tissue work and an adjustment, or it could be that their physiology is “not happy.”
Can we all agree that more blood flow to the brain is a good thing? I’m sure anyone experiencing a blood choke in ju-jitsu would agree-it’s NOT the best feeling in the world.
There is no doubt that some new, fancy and expensive anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) have been developed and marketed. It seems like neurologists actually prefer to use these new drugs over the older drugs that have had decades of use.
In those who suffer from migraine headaches and seizures, anything that can help to reduce the number of attacks they have is a welcome addition. Clearly lifestyle and supplementation play a strong (if not stronger) role in the management of both migraine headaches and seizures along with the mainstream medical approach of pharmacological management. For many sufferers, this information is rarely shared by their physicians.