Disclaimer: I Am a Nag – NOT a Doctor

I never went to medical school. What I am is a very lucky migraine patient who was properly diagnosed by a licensed, competent medical doctor. I sometimes quip that once you know what ailment you are dealing with, there is a long list of medical "How To…" procedures to pick...

Food Is Mood

What you eat and drink can be mood-altering. One easy way to demonstrate the connection is to remember what happens to normally lively children with steady emotions after the various holiday periods and Hallowe'en: the sudden intake of more sugary treats causes them to become noticeably more excitable. It...

Here Comes the Cavalry Over the Hill

You're in excruciating pain; all you want is relief as quickly and as effortlessly as possible. Here comes the cavalry over the hill - the pharmaceutical industry with its magical miniature solutions. Let's agree that pharmaceutical firms' primary goal is to cure humankind's diseases. For that, they have a right...

Exercise Made Irresistible!

The migraine condition will take over your timetable. It's nearly impossible to keep a regular schedule because the pain from a migraine can be so debilitating that you barely have enough strength to take to your bed for an attack that lasts a few hours, a day, or a...

Gentlemen, Have a Care… Of Yourselves! 

This column is dedicated to Gil, a middle-aged former municipal bus driver, who wants me to urge you to get a medical checkup on a regular basis. He did not undergo regular checkups and literally woke up one morning blind. His retinas had detached, and corrective surgery was unsuccessful.  In...

Get a PhD in Jocularity

"Laughter Is The Best Medicine." No kidding. Migraines - whether it be their chronic pain or their repetitiveness - are your own personal bully. You never know when they'll show up yet again to pummel you and beat you down, nor when they will let up. All you know is...

Massage: An Ancient Cultural Experience

A civilization famous for its spa culture is that of the ancient Romans, a sophisticated, essential part of their health and social interaction.  A critical element of a spa experience is massage therapy. Advise your massage therapist that you suffer from migraines. They will tailor the session, focusing on...

The Eyes Have It!

Today's migraine Trigger du Jour is eye strain. The more you eliminate eye strain, the better you'll feel overall. And that's reason enough to do something about it.  An effective CEO knows how to delegate. Time for you to make things easier on your eyes and delegate as many tasks as...

Garden Therapy

This is an excerpt from an article of mine published in El Papellillo/The Leaflet, the Vallarta Botanical Garden's free online monthly newsletter.  "Exposure to a natural environment such as a botanical garden is not just a pleasant experience by refreshing the spirit and pleasing the senses; it has a proven healing...

Is Your Family Member or Friend a Migraine Sufferer?

'They' said it was impossible. 'They' said it couldn't be done. Yet smallpox was eliminated, guinea worms are on their way out, and the Black Plague is history—step by step. The UN estimates a world population of around 8 billion. The World Health Organization estimates around 10 - 15% of...

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