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Migraines: Yes, We Can!

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As I watched the inauguration of President Barack Obama yesterday (and I promise you that this podcast is NOT going to be political), I thought of a slogan he used often during the campaign and during his acceptance speech, "Yes, we can!"

My thoughts about that slogan focused on our country, but only for a few moments; because, as usual, my thoughts quickly moved on to the millions and millions of people in the world living with Migraine disease - 36 million in the United States alone.

Migraine can be a pernicious and debilitating disease. For some of us, it can take over our lives, if we let it. And that's where "Yes, we can!" comes in.

We've learned that Migraine is a genetic neurological disease caused by genetics and overactive neurons in the brain. At this point, there is no cure for the disease. BUT, Migraine specialists and researchers tell me that they can find effective preventive regimens for 95% of Migraineurs. That means that the odds of our controlling this disease are excellent.

Ready for our newest podcast? Here it is! Download Migraines_Yes_We_Can.mp3 (7857.4K) . In some browsers, podcasts can be a bit slow to load, so please be patient if it doesn't load immediately. (In my experience, podcasts load and play fastest in Firefox.)

While you're here, please take a look to your right on the page where you'll see a variety of ways you can subscribe to our podcast.

Until next time, Live Well!


Migraine Risks - Some Perspective

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Over the last few years, we've seen research statistics demonstrating that having Migraine disease increases our risks of other health problems such as stroke, cardiovascular disease, and brain damage. The mainstream news media and some bloggers have reported these findings with sensationalized headlines that had people in a panic running to their doctors in fear. You're bound to have seen headlines such as "Stroke Risk Doubles for Migraine Sufferers."

On the other end of the spectrum, on the rare occasions when Migraine sufferers are shown to possibly have a lower risk for another health issue, the media and those bloggers come up with headlines that sound as if having Migraines will save our lives or are really a good thing - headlines such as "Migraine's Silver Lining" or "Migraines Prevent Breast cancer!"

I think not!

So, where does the truth lie? Usually somewhere between "The Sky Is Falling" and "Enduring World Peace Achieved."

Let's take a look at some of these reported risks and supposed benefits of having Migraine disease and put them in perspective...

Ready for our newest podcast? Here it is! Download Perspective_On_Migraine_Risks.mp3 (13796.2K). In some browsers, podcasts can be a bit slow to load, so please be patient if it doesn't load immediately. (In my experience, podcasts load and play fastest in Firefox.)

While you're here, please take a look to your right on the page where you'll see a variety of ways you can subscribe to our podcast.

Until next time, Live Well!


Living Well In 2009 Despite Migraines and Headaches

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Welcome to MigraineCast the podcast brought to you by MyMigraineConnection.com and the HealthCentral Network.

Another year gone by. 2008 was a good year for some of us who found the right doctor, the right treatment regimen for us, great support, and a reduction in Migraines. To those of you in that group, congratulations!

For some of us, however, 2008 wasn't so kind, and Migraines and headaches continue to plague us, compromising our lives in countless ways... pain, decreased quality of life, problems in jobs and careers, issues in our personal relationships, and more.

Now that the rush of the big winter holidays is over, it's time to focus on 2009 and what we can do to make it better than 2008. If there's anything positive I can say about Migraine disease, it's that although it can take time to find the right treatment regimen, there actually are many treatments that can help us manage this disease and recover the lives we once had and want to have again.
To get to the point, here are some tips for living well all year, despite Migraines, and having a better 2009...

Ready for our first podcast of 2009? Here it is! Download Live_Well_In_2009.mp3 (14218.3K). In some browsers, podcasts can be a bit slow to load, so please be patient if it doesn't load immediately. (In my experience, podcasts load and play fastest in Firefox.)

While you're here, please take a look to your right on the page where you'll see a variety of ways you can subscribe to our podcast.

Until next time, Live Well!