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  • Thor { I’m confident that Dr. Novella’s take will be the same as it’s always been and which is held by every contributor (and most regular commenters)… } – Jan 28, 1:31 PM
  • Jeff { What does Dr. Novella think of Butterbur extract as a migraine preventive? Two clinical trials show it to be effective: 1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15623680 2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11020030 The… } – Jan 28, 1:30 PM
  • qetzal { Thanks, Steve. I was just going from memory when I made my previous comment, but having now had a chance to query PubMed, it seems… } – Jan 28, 1:22 PM
  • Alia { I have a conditioned response to raspberries. In ole communist times my parents had a plot of land and made their own preserves. Including raspberry… } – Jan 28, 1:19 PM
  • mouse { This is why you are supposed to drink awful stuff like sloe gin and Boone’s Farm when you are young and foolish. Then you don’t… } – Jan 28, 1:19 PM
  • anon { Hey Chris. You certainly are fond of making unwarranted assumptions. Occasionally you mention something interesting, if one can spot it while skimming over the blather… } – Jan 28, 1:19 PM
  • Public Health RN (Scott) { Do you think that Dr. SSR will use that as anecdotal evidence? } – Jan 28, 1:17 PM
  • Public Health RN (Scott) { I still react that way to Tequila! The liquor not the song :-). } – Jan 28, 1:16 PM
  • Thor { So in your case “not now, honey, I have a headache” never applies ;-) } – Jan 28, 1:13 PM
  • Thor { Hilarious! } – Jan 28, 1:08 PM
  • Nell on Wheels { I got really sick after overindulging on bourbon Old Fashions back when I was young and foolish. For years, the faintest whiff of bourbon made… } – Jan 28, 1:04 PM
  • Linda { I used to get headaches all the time. And I got really bad migraines at least once or twice a month. Being in the sun… } – Jan 28, 12:58 PM
  • Alia { I hate my auras. Maybe if I could just relax and watch the light show – but it’s hard to run a class and check… } – Jan 28, 12:57 PM
  • Nell on Wheels { True, but I was responding specifically to Young CC Prof’s comment that “There has GOT to be a way to get medical instructions in writing… } – Jan 28, 12:55 PM
  • Alia { I had to switch to a different type of oral contraceptive, because the first one I got gave me migraine almost every month – always… } – Jan 28, 12:53 PM
  • Windriven { His peers? You mean like Larry Fine and Moe Howard? } – Jan 28, 12:51 PM
  • mouse { @DW – Oh, that is so sad. :( } – Jan 28, 12:51 PM
  • Windriven { True enough simba, but I believe that is mostly in the form of glutamic acid. I’m not sure if and how the salt might form… } – Jan 28, 12:50 PM
  • Nell on Wheels { They are indeed weird. My first officially diagnosed migraine was a scintillating scotoma aura and it terrified me — I thought I was having a… } – Jan 28, 12:50 PM
  • Elizabeth Kilmarx { I have been haunted lately by this case and by the other recent case of the 17-year-old Connecticut Hodgkin’s patient. I wanted to express my… } – Jan 28, 12:50 PM
  • TD { What is the different between tribal and religious interests? “In a more recent (1995) Canadian case, B(R) v. Children’s Aid Society of Metropolitan Toronto, Jehovah’s… } – Jan 28, 12:50 PM
  • DW { Just to say thanks Mouse – yes I’m still reading. The OCD comparison is interesting. I had a cousin who essentially died from it. (Not… } – Jan 28, 12:46 PM
  • Graham { Yes I copied and pasted it leaving all the typos intact. } – Jan 28, 12:45 PM
  • DW { More proofreading tips: change the font (preferably to one that is quite dissimilar to the original) or change the color of the font, or the… } – Jan 28, 12:42 PM
  • Graham { I chose the latest, but current opinion in urology 2014 says the same as do any number of papers after 2009. So why does Harriet… } – Jan 28, 12:39 PM
  • Graham9 { ‘irrespnsible recommendations of the physicians involved’ So, it’s a case of what was actually said versus his memory of what was said versus his ‘report’… } – Jan 28, 12:38 PM
  • lilady { I’m sorry that your child had seizure onset at a young age and within close proximity to a vaccination. Did you make a claim on… } – Jan 28, 12:36 PM
  • DW { But that is not the whole answer – consider the many people who can’t read, or can’t read English. } – Jan 28, 12:34 PM
  • Graham { Which is why I said she must have misremembered it, and got insulted for pointing out that the level was simply not compatible with life. } – Jan 28, 12:31 PM
  • tbizz { Great read. I’m interested in headaches and migraines since it is something chiropractors claim to be able to treat. Looking forward to part 2 where… } – Jan 28, 12:29 PM
  • ScienceMonkey { And these are the ads I see below the post: #1 Worst Health Drink Causes Weight Gain & Wrinkles Shocking Weight Loss Trick Explained The… } – Jan 28, 12:24 PM
  • EBMOD { Any thoughts on Excedrin Migraine which intentionally includes caffeine as part of the treatment? } – Jan 28, 12:24 PM
  • Nell on Wheels { Which is why for any important writing I always have to do my final edit after having not looked at the document for a good… } – Jan 28, 12:24 PM
  • EBMOD { I would like to chime in, that us optometrists help with management and prevention of HA and migraine. Our most common chief complaint is headache…. } – Jan 28, 12:21 PM
  • mouse { @KayMarie – On conditioned response. I have an observation on physical reactions to improbably triggers, which makes me tend to agree with you. In my… } – Jan 28, 12:18 PM
  • Harriet Hall { Migraines are weird! I used to get migraines without aura, but as I got older the headaches went away and I started experiencing the classic… } – Jan 28, 12:11 PM
  • Calli Arcale { “About 60% of women with migraines are responsive to changes in their hormonal status. It may be possible to manage migraines by targeting prevention at… } – Jan 28, 12:03 PM
  • Maria { There’s an OTC triptan available in the UK. It isn’t cheap but at least you don’t have to pay the doctor visit fee as well…. } – Jan 28, 11:57 AM
  • KayMarie { *facepalm* Nell, would you believe that was not on purpose? And the mechanism in my brain that filters what I wrote and turns it into… } – Jan 28, 11:49 AM
  • weing { Maybe stan stands outside a public restroom and asks the peers to review the book? } – Jan 28, 11:48 AM
  • Harriet Hall { Even if it is just a conditioned response, that’s a reason to avoid it. Glutamate is also present in many foods, including tomatoes, mushrooms, corn,… } – Jan 28, 11:45 AM
  • AJB { Stan always offers peer reviewed work, but his peers are not your peers. } – Jan 28, 11:43 AM
  • Nell on Wheels { Not much you can do about the weather – but you can be prepared for a possible migraine. FWIW, I just recently discovered that AccuwWeather.com… } – Jan 28, 11:41 AM
  • simba { Cheese naturally contains glutamate. So do tomatoes and mushrooms, yes, even if you grow them yourself. Which is why you should get all of your… } – Jan 28, 11:41 AM
  • jacobv { And most all tribal social workers have seen more than enough medical neglect related to other typical parenting deficiencies and challenges associated with poverty, isolation,… } – Jan 28, 11:40 AM
  • Windriven { stan, do you ever offer peer reviewed work? Are you able to differentiate between a compelling scientific argument and fear-mongering? For instance the msgtruth site… } – Jan 28, 11:26 AM
  • MadisonMD { Did they mention the very strong observational evidence that no porcupine has ever been found to have headache? } – Jan 28, 11:20 AM
  • mouse { Got it. Thanks! } – Jan 28, 11:18 AM
  • Mark { Two questions- I’m bipolar and have heard people with mood disorders are more likely to have migraines. Is that true? Also, I had a migraine… } – Jan 28, 11:18 AM
  • Windriven { I’m thankful when one of my comments is readable by anyone but a Serbo-Croation dyslexic. } – Jan 28, 11:18 AM
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