Neuroscience

Migraine Myths and Reality

Myth #1:
Migraines are easily recognized and diagnosed by doctors.

Reality:
Migraines are among the least properly diagnosed and most mistreated of all illnesses.

Up to 70% of migraine sufferers have never been properly diagnosed with having the illness. Migraines remain seriously underestimated and misunderstood, even among doctors treating the problem.

Myth #2:
Migraines are annoying and uncomfortable, but there’s nothing life-threatening about them.

Reality:
Migraines can induce several life-threatening conditions such as stroke, aneurysms and coma.

27% of all strokes experienced by those under the age of 45 are preceded by a severe migraine headache. 25% of all cerebral infarctions are associated with migraines. In addition, studies have also found links between migraines and epileptic seizures.

Myth #3:
Migraines are nothing more than really bad headaches.

Reality:

Aspartame and Migraines

When it comes to migraines, better to put on pounds than drink diet sodas. Diet sodas sweetened with aspartame, at any rate. In case you that word doesn’t ring a bell, how about NutraSweet? Equal? Little blue packages in the sugar bowl on restaurant tables?

If you were to go solely by the information about aspartame that you can find on the Internet, you might every well think this product was created by the devil himself. Truly, the amount of web space devoted to attacking aspartame and its brand name NutraSweet is phenomenal. The product has been vilified like almost no other product on the market, blamed for everything from memory loss to schizophrenia. Although the jury is still out on aspartame’s culpability in relation to many dangers, there is no getting around the fact that aspartame has been linked to migraines in many studies.

Ways to Avoid Migraines

The problem with migraine prevention is that there isn’t just one cause for the headaches. There are very many triggers for migraines, in fact, and trying to avoid them all would be an exercise in solitude. Who wants to spend the rest of their life living in a hermitage just to avoid headaches? That being said, there are a few things you can do to avoid migraines and here are the top ten.

1) Cut out caffeine. Among the multitude of products linked to migraines is caffeine. Taking in too much can lead to a headache of monstrous proportions. Unfortunately, it’s not only too much caffeine that lead to a headache, it’s caffeine withdrawal if you’re used to taking in a lot. Best to cut back slowly.

What is a Migraine?

We’ve all heard the term before, but what exactly is a migraine headache? And how does it differ from other headache types?

One way to tell it’s a migraine is by the length of time it lasts. A migraine isn’t going to go away in a half-hour. Unless you are very, very, very lucky. Chances are your headache, if it truly is a migraine, is going to last anywhere from four to seventy-two hours. Yes, that’s right. Seventy or more hours is not common, but neither is unheard-of. Should your headache last that long, of course, you should be in the emergency room. Don’t wait nearly that long to seek medical attention.

Lung cancer

Pulmonary vessels, seen in a dorsal view of the heart and lungs.Most lung cancer starts in the cells lining the main air passages, or bronchi. In their cancerous state, these cells lack cilia which are tiny hair like substances which normally catch and remove foreign particles inhaled into the lungs.

Mucous in the lungs which is usually cleared by bronchial cilia then becomes trapped, blocking air passages and causing respiratory problems.

There are several different types of cancer affecting the lungs; the principal cancers are described below.

The first three types of cancer start in the lining membrane of the airway in the areas more exposed to inhaled pollutants.

Squamous cell cancer represents the leading number of lung cancers (approximately 40%-45%).

Small cell cancers account for 15%-20% of all lung cancer. This is because it spreads rapidly from its characteristically central location.

Large cell undifferentiated cancer is discovered in about 5%-10% of lung cancer cases.

Cancers

Michael Binding SatanThe body is made up of many types of cells. Normally these cells grow, divide, and produce more cells as needed to keep the body healthy and functioning properly.

Normal cells constantly reproduce themselves throughout a person’s life, but they do so in a systematic and controlled manner. Usually normal cell growth occurs, so worn out tissues can be replaced and wounds repaired.

Sometimes, however, this process goes off track and cells start to grow out of control. They form a mass, and this mass is called a tumour. Tumours can be either benign or malignant.

Causes Of Hypertension

There is little doubt that there are probably thousands of people walking the streets today who have a dangerously high blood pressure, yet they are completely unaware of it.

Uncontrolled high blood pressure leads to many different medical problems such as

    Stroke
    Coronary Disease
    Kidney disease

Different factors for causing high blood pressure include

    Excess alcohol
    Excess salt
    Excess sodium
    Stress (Up to a point)

The problem with high blood pressure (or hypertension, to give it it’s proper name) is that very often people are unaware they are suffering from it until they start suffering the side effects. This is one of the reasons why it is called the “silent killer”

There is little doubt that salt intake has a direct effect on blood pressure. Both this and the ingestion of dietary potassium have been found to have adverse effects on a person’s health.
Obesity
is another major problem. Overweight people are more liable to have a higher blood pressure than their slim counterpart. The heart and other vital organs have to work harder which leads to added strain.

Alcohol also plays a direct part in hypertension. It has been found in several studies, that the higher the alcohol consumption, the higher the blood pressure. However similar studies have also shown that moderate drinkers appear to have a lower blood pressure than non drinkers. This probably bears out the old assumption a little of what you fancy does you good!

Curing Insomnia with Behavior Modification

The amount of sleep a person needs actually depends on the age and amount of physical and mental activity a person engages to. For example, an infant who does not perform any strenuous task and undergoing a period of rapid growth needs 16 to 18 hours of sleep.

The same thing applies to teenagers who are experiencing the biological challenges of puberty. More often than not they require at least 9 hours of sleep every night for that matter.

Adults, on the other hand, requires 7 to 8 hours of sleep a day but changes if one engages to a vigorous activity which requires too much bodily strength. From this figures alone, we can see that sleep requirement varies from person to person.

Moreover, older individuals in their 60s above usually sleep a bit shorter due to some physical factors researchers are trying to find out. One study even shows as the body grows older the amount of melatonin, the chemical which induces sleep, a body produces diminishes and becomes irregular.

It doesn’t take to be a rocket scientist to understand the benefits of sleeping. But in some ways, to practically appreciate the benefits of a thing, we sometimes need to experience the consequences it creates when it’s omitted.