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I just did a Google search for migraine +cure and in a split second I got 268,000 hits. It boggles my mind to think there are that many people hawking a cure for what is known to be a manageable, neurological, genetic disease with NO known cure. Now only that, but the articles contain outdated information, unsubstantiated claims, and downright lies.
Take this one, for example. Thomas Coffman’s article was published on November 5th in Albert Lea Tribune.com. The title, You Might Discover Your Own Migraine Cure, is a bit refreshing only because he isn’t trying to sell me something. However, he should brush up on his statistics and the latest Migraine research.
Let’s take him on step, by painful step:
  1. “an episodic, paroxysmal, headache with debilitating pain” Migraines are NOT headaches. Headache does not define Migraine. Migraines are not always episodic. Migraines are not always sudden; mine creep up on me. Yes, the pain can be and usually is debilitating. OK he got one out of four.
  2. “They may be the result of tension, or stretching of the membranes around the brain and of the blood vessels and muscles of the scalp” Migraines are not vascular in origin as once thought. This idea is at least 10 years behind current research.
  3. “23 million Americans… suffer from m [M]igraines…” old stats. Magnum cites 32 million Americans with Migraine. The American Headache Foundation cites 29.5 million.
  4. “there are some common trigger factors associated with behavior, which gives us a psychosomatic origin. ” I almost lost my dinner after reading this. Patent lie. This needs no comment.
  5. “Of all the things that affect the migraine patient, I try to identify what the patient may be doing to them selves first.” OK. Blame the patient.

The article goes from bad to worse. I think I have made my point. Thomas, get your facts straight.

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