Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Causes of Headaches

I know you see the headache commercials daily on television if you watch them. They all promise you fast relief from the pain, but they tell you nothing about what may have caused the headache and what you can do about not having them return. They lead you to believe that your body is completely incapable of handling the headache on its own. That your body has no innate ability to deal with pain so you must reach for something to make the pain go away. This then creates dependency on that advertised pain medication. Because since you do not know what caused your headache, you will reach for another pain pill to make the pain go away. What they really want you to believe is that your headache is really due to lack pain killers. I assure you it is not.

Many pain killers have really bad side effects. Aspirin causes the following common reactions; upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, rash, ringing in the ears, dizziness, increased uric acid in the blood, bleeding, bruising, constipation, and diarrhea. It also has serious reactions, but why risk it? Acetaminophen causes the common reactions of; nausea, hives, rash, with serious reactions of liver toxicity, jaundice, anemia, leukopenia, neutropenia, and anaphylaxis reaction. Ibuprofen causes the common reactions of upset stomach, nausea, abdominal pain, headaches, dizziness, rash, elevated liver enzymes, edema, ringing in the ears, bruising, with serious reactions of GI bleeding, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, blood clots, heart failure, kidney toxicity and many others.

I want to see a commercial someday for headaches that is more like a public service announcement. It will start out like a typical headache commercial, then the person with the headache will ask themselves the following questions;
Have I had enough water to drink today?
Did I eat something I could be allergic to?
Is it because of the argument I had today with my spouse/significant other/family member?
Did I get enough sleep?
Are my sinuses congested?
Are my muscles tense for some reason?

As soon as they realize the cause of the headache, they will go about correcting that then the headache will shortly subside. If they have not had enough water, then most likely drinking a big glass of water will ease the pain. If they were allergic to something they ate then drinking water and taking a natural antihistamine supplement like D-Hist will help. Then to avoid the headache again, they will avoid that food. If an argument is the reason for the headache, then practicing forgiveness of yourself and others will ease the headache. If lack of sleep is the reason then taking a nap will most likely ease the headache. If sinus congestion is the reason, then drinking lots of water, taking enzymes, and respiratory herbs will help. If you muscles are tense, then having someone massage you or taking a hot bath to relax will ease the pain. These remedies carry no side effects, especially water.

When a headache is persistent or recurrent and the above solutions do not help, you need to come in for a visit. By taking a history of the symptoms I can help discover the cause of your headaches. I have many modalities that I use to help your body heal itself.

in Health and Service,

David Hogg, ND
Naturopathic Wisdom
1101 South Winchester Blvd.
Suite E157
San Jose, CA 95128


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