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Migraines and Headaches: Are weather changes the cause?

In May 2012, a woman walked into my office. Her face was tight, and she had a permanently pained expression. She had been referred to me by one of our Naturopathic Doctors, who had not been able to help her. This particular ND had a habit of sending me her tough cases and this on first glance this looked very tricky. The women suffered from headaches and migraines. One headache had been with her permanently for 18 months! Having treated many people for headaches and migraines, I knew that the usual triggers were from foods and the environment, in particular from weather conditions.

Research into Migraines

Studies have a shown links between migraines and different weather conditions including lower temperatures, higher humidity, changes in temperature, and barometric changes.

Testing

To help me unravel people’s health issues I use Applied Kinesiology (AK) or muscle testing. AK is often ridiculed by commentators on the internet, but it has been key to me helping 1000’s of patients since 1997.

From my initial testing, I identified the trigger for her headaches and migraines were due to sensitivities. I then tested her using my sensitivity test kit for different food, environmental and atmospheric (weather) sensitivities. Once identified, I began treatment for the sensitivities using a system of acupressure that I adapted from an allergy treatment called NAET.

Treatment

The initial treatments were for the food sensitivities. After the completion of the foods, the client said she felt I was helping her, but a permanent headache remained. On the fourth session, I treated the weather triggers that included hot, precipitation, condensation, positively charged air, electrical storms and low pressure.

Two months passed without the client returning for another follow-up, so I was considering contacting her to see how she was doing. That same week I noticed she had booked an appointment for the following week. When the meeting came, and I walked out to the waiting room to greet her, I could see there was something different about her. Her pained expression had gone, her eyes were brighter, and she had a lighter air about her. Since her last treatment her permanent headache, she had for 18 months, had gone. She had suffered from a couple of migraines which she managed with medication, but she felt those were triggered by changes in the weather. True enough when I tested her she reacted to changes in barometric pressure and temperature. She also mentioned that for the first time in her life she did not respond to electrical storms. On her last visit, she reported she was a migraine and headache free since the last treatment.

Ottawa is a city that experiences massive changes in weather over very short periods of time and during my four years here I have treated many clients that react to these. I did find one study that was carried out in Ottawa, which looked at weather triggers and headaches that strangely could not find any correlation. For this client, it was the primary contributing factor.

Disclaimer

This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

c-section baby

C-section deliveries and long-term health consequences

Caesarian section (C-section) deliveries are among the most frequent operations conducted on women of child-bearing age. Canada’s C-section rate has risen dramatically in the past 25 years. The C-section rate in Canada has grown from 17% of all births in 1995 to nearly 27% in 2010. In Ontario, approximately 29% of births in 2011 were by C-section, with a similar rate in Alberta of 28% in 2009. While C-sections are often the best approach to ensuring healthy outcomes for both mother and baby in high-risk pregnancies or complicated deliveries, rates are rising among women with low-risk pregnancies. Recent research has uncovered that C-section newborns have an increased chance of some chronic health problems later in life.

Research

The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that C-section infants are more prone to develop obesity, asthma, and type 1 diabetes in later life. Other studies have found an increased risk of other autoimmune diseases including Crohns Disease and MS as well as other allergic conditions such as allergic rhinitis, and atopic dermatitis.

Scientists speculate that the reason c-section babies are more prone to future illness lies in the health of their friendly bacteria. While in the mother’s womb, the unborn fetus’s intestines is completely sterile and contains no friendly bacteria (known as the microbiota). When a baby is born naturally through the vagina, it is exposed to the vaginal fluid, which contains bacteria from the microbiota of the mother. During c-sections, newborn are taken from the sterile womb to the operating room which although partially pure will still contain microbes from the attending doctors and nurses. The difference between a vaginal birth and a c-section concerning the microbiota is biodiversity. C-section babies have been shown to have a low biological diversity, and substantial evidence suggests that the first composition of the microbiota of newborn plays a significant role in the early development of the immune system.

Restoring c-section microbiota

Before writing this blog, I considered a possible solution to this problem might be for the surgeon to expose the c-section baby manually to the mother’s vaginal fluid. In fact, early this year, researchers presented preliminary data showing that the microbiota of newborn could be partially restored when they were swabbed with a sample of their mother’s vaginal fluid immediately after birth. The initial findings of this study are encouraging, but the effectiveness of this approach needs much more study for it to be standard medical practice.

Practical Considerations

If a c-section is not a medical necessity to ensure the life of the baby and mum, then the research indicates avoidance. If a c-section is necessary then consider the following tips to help maximise the baby’s gut health:

  1. Breastfeed as soon as possible after birth.
  2. Avoid weaning onto solids as long as possible to ensure the readiness of the baby’s gut.
  3. Avoid antibiotics unless medically necessary. Antibiotics unbalance the microbiota. If antibiotics are necessary, consider using a probiotic in conjunction with the drug treatment to help maintain gut integrity.

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Disclaimer

This article in not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.