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HEADACHE AND MIGRAINE FACEBOOK SERIES

Saturday, 10 May 2014, 21:49   |   Written by 
Maxim Mironenko

HEADACHE AND MIGRAINE FACEBOOK SERIES

Welcome to our Headache and Migraine series. This is a summary of a series of posts that we introduced on Facebook from December 2013 - January 2014.

Rather than simply presenting findings and results from our Research department, we wanted first of all to share some other interesting information about headaches and migraines. One of the issues around headaches and migraines relates to misinformation, as well as a lack of acknowledgement of these serious and very real disorders. So this was the purpose of this initial phase; to educate people with more general information.

The second and third phases and their purposes are introduced in more detail below. In the second phase we are inviting you to join us on a journey of sharing our own experiences of using coMra-Therapy for treating headaches. In the third phase, we suggest a holistic approach towards healing primary headaches and illustrate this through our experience of using coMra-Therapy for headaches in a case series.

PART I

Primary type headache disorders are rampant and disabling; yet they remain poorly understood, on the outskirts of medical interest, and largely untreated. Treatment is focussed mainly on symptom suppression. Follow this series to understand common causes of migraines and headaches and discover a practical approach to treat them.

Every day, at least 21 million people experience a headache attack, and 12 million people suffer this pain for 15 days each month. Can we identify an underlying pattern of behaviour common to most headache sufferers – one that points to the real cause of their pain?

Primary ‪headache‬ disorders rank as the most common, but most poorly understood neurological conditions, and yet these remain on the outskirts of medical interest and education. Surprisingly, throughout the world today, only 4 hours are committed to headache disorders in 4-6 years of formal undergraduate medical training and only 10 hours in specialist (neurologist) training. There is little doubt that a limited understanding of headaches and their causes has led to a focus on symptom relief only.

Primary headaches rank as the most common neurological condition, yet their treatment remains out-dated, focussing primarily on symptom suppression. Paracetamol, followed by aspirin are still the leading, preferred drugs for treatment of migraine and tension type headaches in all regions and income categories. More than 60% of sufferers prefer them. How can we approach headache treatment so as to achieve 21st century relief?

Migraines‬, tension type ‎headaches‬, and medication over-use headaches make up more than 80% of ‎headache‬ disorders worldwide. Often, excessive and long-term use of medication for migraine and tension type headache relief leads to additional medication over-use headache. Is it possible to cure a disorder without causing additional damage to the human organism?

Although they may be desperate for something to treat their ‎pain‬, many ‪‎migraine‬ sufferers avoid or stop taking medications, due to the many different types of debilitating side-effects.

Challenges with memory and concentration, rebound ‪‎headaches‬, nausea, weight gain, fatigue and heart issues count as only a few examples of these. There is a clear need for a treatment that can support the body’s own healing abilities, rather than causing more damage and weakening the body further.

An important statistic tells us that the risk of developing migraines is higher in someone who is depressed. Could there be a correlation in underlying mental behaviour between individuals who suffer from migraines and individuals who suffer from depression?

Headache disorders are sometimes referred to as burdensome. What could be the possible effect of a change in perception that takes one from feeling burdened and therefore powerless, to believing that the body is expressing something that requires attention, and therefore feeling empowered?

Pharmacological options are not always effective for many‪ headache‬ sufferers, both for symptom relief and for prevention. There are many integrative therapies available for symptom relief and prevention as well, but headaches are still ubiquitous. Could poor compliance with preventative migraine programs undermine their potential efficacy?

PART II

We invite you to join us as we share with you steps in our own journey of why people have‪ ‎headaches‬, how they are manifested at a sub-cellular level, and what can be done to heal them. We are presenting the results of our own experiences of using coMra-Therapy for headaches; observations from individuals with chronic headaches who successfully treated their condition with the Delta Laser; research into understanding how coMra-Therapy works; literature published on the biological processes involved in headaches at cellular/sub-cellular levels; and working with healers and medical doctors who openly shared with us their observations.

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Pain as we encounter it in daily life informs us about damage that is happening to the body. Specialised sensory nerves send signals from areas of damage in the body to the brain, which then informs us that something is going wrong. In other words, ‪‎pain‬ has a clear life-preserving function, because once we learn about pain and its cause, we can take corrective action to avoid that which is quite literally destroying the body. But what about pain in primary‪ ‎headaches, ‬such as ‪‎migraine‬ and tension-type headaches?

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HEADACHES ARE NOT A MEANINGLESS MISTAKE OF NATURE

The Research Team of Radiant Life Technologies, headed by Dr Arzhan Surazakov PhD, started looking into several remarkable‪ ‎healing‬ results after coMra-Therapy had been applied to ‪‎headaches‬. They also studied intuitive insights into the different types of mindset surrounding headaches, as well as the biological evidence that shows the pattern of energy deficit in a migrainous brain. The Team then began to realise that headaches are not a meaningless mistake of nature, but a biological alarm. This alarm signals a self-destructive behavioural pattern that results in an acute energetic depletion in the brain. This evidence paints a profoundly different view of the cause of headaches to that accepted amongst the general public today, as to how headaches are expressed in the cells, and what causes the sensation of ‪‎pain‬. The most important conclusion is that the individual’s behaviour causes the headache, and that there are tools to ‪‎heal‬ even the most debilitating headache.

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USING COMRA-THERAPY TO SUCCESSFULLY TREAT A SEVERE HIGH-ALTITUDE HEADACHE

Dr Arzhan Surazakov, PhD is Director of R&D at RLT. His own journey, which inspired him to start working with headaches, began when he used coMra-Therapy to successfully treat a severe high-altitude ‪‎headache‬ when he was on a working trip in the Andes Mountains in Chile. To quote Dr Surazakov about his experience:

This personal experience of the most drastic ‪‎pain‬ relief was very unusual. In my 19 years of climbing and working in the mountains I had never experienced or heard of how a serious metabolic disorder, a cerebral hypoxia and resulting pain were almost completely removed in a manner of minutes, without getting an oxygen mask or strong pain medication.

This personal experience of the most drastic pain relief made him extremely curious and so he started with his research into the bioenergetics of headaches to discover something most amazing.

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HEADACHES ARE A SIGNAL OF HYPOXIA AND RESULTING ENERGY DEFICIT IN THE BRAIN

‪Headaches‬ are a feature in high altitudes, because the brain is extremely sensitive to hypoxia, a condition caused by low oxygen levels. Oxygen is vital for building stores of the universal cellular fuel (the molecule ATP), which is constantly being used to maintain electrical activity and the internal environment in neurons. Lack of oxygen or hypoxia leads to a slowing of ATP production in cells, and the resulting energy deficit is often expressed as a sensation of pain. If the energy deficit progresses, neurons become less functional, and in extreme cases the cells become permanently damaged. In addition to headaches, the energy deficit at high altitudes can also be expressed as muscle fatigue, nausea and dizziness.

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Somoni Peak in Tajikistan. Photo by Arzhan Surazakov.

ENERGY DEFICIT IN MIGRAINE

A ‪‎migraine‬ attack can be seen as the lowering of cellular energy stores beneath a critical threshold.

Symptoms of high-altitude ‪‎headaches are not too different from the classic signs of a migraine attack. Indeed, biochemical evidence shows that migraines are associated with impaired energy metabolism. Non-invasive measurements have confirmed that in the brains of people with migraines and cluster headaches, the cellular energy stores are significantly lower than in healthy volunteers. Most notably, the more energy that is stored in cells between attacks, the less the severity of symptoms during attacks (Lodi et al 2001). In addition, during a phenomenon known as cortical spreading depression neurons experience a sudden and severe hypoxia (oxygen levels drop to 14% of normal levels) in the absence of reduction in cerebral blood flow, but under conditions of high energy demand (Takano et al 2007). Cortical spreading depression is involved in the mechanism of migraine, stroke, subarachnoid haemorrhage and traumatic brain injury, and represents a slowly propagating wave of “silence” of electrical activity and swelling of neurons. Therefore, it is possible that in a person with already low energy stores any common disturbance such as lack of sleep, dehydration, certain foods, smell, sound or menstrual period may create acute energy deficit and a sensation of pain.

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CAN EXCESSIVE AND PROLONGED ENERGY EXPENDITURE ON BRAIN ACTIVITY CAUSE HEADACHES?

Could it be that in primary headaches the energy deficit is caused by a particular emotional/mental mindset that is expressed as nonstop neuronal activity in “overdrive”? Neurons consume vast amounts of energy during normal functioning. Of the total amount of energy used by the brain, about 80% is used for the generation of electrical signals that travel across neuronal networks (Hyder et al 2013). In comparative terms, neurons spend as much energy on sending signals as do muscle cells in the human leg running a marathon (Attwell et al 2001)! This is a very important point, because even if we are not performing any specific tasks, the brain still “runs its marathon” in the background. Just as legs can experience very painful cramps after an exhausting marathon, the brain can experience an acute headache attack when it does not have a chance to rest and recover from elevated energy demand due to stress.

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EMOTIONAL ROOTS OF HEADACHES

From our daily life experiences we know that anyone can get a‪ ‎headache‬ after a long day at work or when something really upsets us. We say, “Here comes a headache!” when a problem appears with no hope of resolution. So imagine if such a sad state of affairs continues day after day, year after year? The original event that initiated the emotional/mental behaviour pattern can occur in childhood or later in life if the event had a very strong and lasting impact. Perceived inability to deal with a challenge leads to suppression, frustration and a feeling of being bad in some way.

EPISODIC MIGRAINE ATTACK

One of the ways in which episodic migraine attacks can occur is when the emotional pattern of feeling bad about oneself is repeatedly reactivated later in life. For example, the drive to overcome a challenge urges one to outperform as a student, worker, mother, provider of income and so on. Alternatively, depending on the personality, a person may respond to a challenge by withdrawing and suppressing anger. In either event, the person inevitably defaults into an intense negative state of mind.

Prolonged stress without a period of recovery gradually leads to lower energy stores in cells, until, after a particularly stressful day or a conflict, the energy resources drop beyond a critical point. Neurons start to malfunction temporarily (migraine aura) and respond to the acute energy deficit through the sensation of pain.

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CHRONIC HEADACHES AND MIGRAINE

Chronification of headaches may happen when the energy metabolism in cells becomes seriously compromised due to an exceedingly high energy demand over many years (damage to mitochondria, loss of Mg, etc.). In circumstances such as these, the energetic buffer of stored resources in cells is near critical levels at all times. At this point, migraine attacks can be triggered by any type of stress, such as certain foods, lack of sleep, dehydration, menstruation, smells, etc. Excessive use of painkillers can also become a source of pain in itself.

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PART III

HOLISTIC APPROACH TO HEALING PRIMARY HEADACHES

In our previous series of posts we presented, for the first time, a‪ ‎holistic‬ view of primary ‪‎headaches‬ - a biological alarm signalling an intense negative mindset and the resulting energetic deficit. This view suggests that merely blocking ‪‎pain‬ with medication will not lead to healing. The dual emotional/physical nature of primary headaches calls for a holistic healing approach:

  • To resolve the underlying cause in mindset and behaviour, and
  • To restore chronically-impaired energy metabolism.

Making a decision to start taking responsibility for one’s own state of being and health is the first step! And although a truly unconditional love for oneself is the most tall order for any human being, there are a number of tools to get started. For example, behavioural therapies for ‪‎migraine‬ and other headaches have Level I clinical evidence and have been endorsed by the World Health Organization (Buse et al 2009).

And now, with ‪coMra‬-Therapy, we are entering into a new era of non-invasive medicine that directly addresses the impaired energy metabolism. In cases of very debilitating headaches and especially chronic migraine, the long-term damage to energy metabolism becomes a culprit on its own and requires an effective treatment.

COMRA-THERAPY FOR HEADACHES

coMra-Therapy offers an easy and completely safe treatment of headaches that accords with the latest scientific research into the bioenergetic nature of headaches. Clinical trials have confirmed the preventative efficacy of several supplements aimed at enhancing impaired energy metabolism (mitochondrial dysfunction), such as riboflavin and coenzyme Q10, but very little ‪‎headache‬ research has been done with other ways of enhancing energy metabolism.

coMra-Therapy builds on more than 40 years of successful clinical research with Low-Level Laser Therapy and Magneto-Infrared Laser Therapy. This novel therapy synergistically combines four non-invasive radiances: near infrared laser, a magnetic field, colour LEDs and ultrasound. The low-level radiances provide a versatile and effective healing stimulus which meets the fundamental needs of any diseased cell:

  • by stimulating energy production,
  • by providing a regenerative message, and
  • by increasing the speed of enzymatic metabolism;

(read more). For example, low-level near infrared laser has been shown to save neurons from dying in a hypoxic brain, pointing to a great potential for treatment of stroke, traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative diseases (Naeser et al 2011).

We now share several case reports of people with the most debilitating headaches who used coMra-Therapy.

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A 42-YEAR-OLD FEMALE WITH MIGRAINE FOR 20 YEARS: CASE REPORT

Before finding coMra-Therapy I had suffered from migraines for 20 years and had tried everything from therapies to medication. I was in pain almost every day with very strong attacks about twice a week. I was taking pain medication every day. After two months of 8-minute treatments, twice a day, of coMra-Therapy, I am now pain free. I am enjoying life and laughing again.

A 42-year-old female had migraines for about 20 years. Before starting coMra-Therapy she was in a very bad state and was on the point of being hospitalized for addiction to medication (triptans), which she took nearly every other day. She had 1 to 2 attacks a week with very severe pain, each lasting 1-3 days but also moderate to severe pain on most other days. Pain free days were scarce.

She reported nearly all the typical symptoms of migraine: sensitivity to lights and sound, nausea, vomiting, headache on one side (but also often on both sides for the year before treatment with coMra-Therapy began), pulsating headaches, steady headaches, worsening with movement, visual aura, neurological aura, and attacks were sometimes associated with menstrual periods.

She used the 980nm Delta Laser for 7 weeks of daily treatments and kept daily records of her condition for four and a half months (June – October, 2013). She also recorded different aspects of her health and well-being with monthly questionnaires.

Already at the end of the first two weeks of daily coMra-Therapy the participant started to notice improvements in her daily pain levels. From the 7th week onwards she was essentially pain free. She stopped taking abortive headache medication (triptans) and there was no need any more to go to the hospital for medication addiction. She also shared that she had a big improvement in her family circumstances around that time, possibly resolving the emotional component of the disease. Patient-Reported Outcome Measures showed a major improvement in pain interference, as well as improvements in physical function, depressive symptoms/sadness and anxiety/fear.

At the end of November, 4 months after she stopped treating herself, she was still pain free.

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A 66-YEAR-OLD FEMALE WITH MIGRAINE FOR 42 YEARS: CASE REPORT

coMra-Therapy has made me conscious of my way of dealing with my migraine and has therefore in my conviction led to improvement. Going from two (attacks) a week to one in four weeks can rightly be called spectacular.

A 66-year-old female had migraine for about 42 years. Before starting coMra-Therapy she had 1-2 attacks per week with pain level up to 10 (0 = no pain, 10 = worst imaginable pain) with visual aura, numbness of the right side of her face, cramps in the neck, tiredness, sensitivity to light and sound and nausea. She used abortive headache medication for attacks but still lost 2-3 days per week due to feeling very tired.

The participant used the 980nm Delta Laser for daily treatments and kept daily records of her condition for four months (May - August, 2013). She also recorded different aspects of her health and well-being on monthly questionnaires.

There were no improvements during the first nine weeks of treatments with the Universal 1 program (treatment of head only). But after switching from Universal 1 to Cardiology 3 (adding treatment of neck and shoulders), the participant started to feel significant improvements in the number of days with headaches and also levels of pain. During the last 29 days of daily treatments (August 2013) she had no days with severe to very severe pain (level 6-10) and no headache medication was used. Patient-Reported Outcome Measures showed major improvements in physical function, fatigue and pain interference.

The participant decided to continue irregular treatments for two more months and was able to maintain the improvements. At a 2-month follow-up after stopping coMra-Therapy she shared that she now has only one attack per month.

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53-YEAR-OLD MALE WITH CHRONIC MIGRAINE AND LIFE-LONG HISTORY OF THE CONDITION: CASE REPORT

In general, I am in a better mood, happier and my quality of life has improved a lot. My relationships with relatives have improved. It is more pleasant to engage in conversations and to listen, because I am not annoyed by headaches. I feel no longer limited in thinking and taking decisions. I feel more free.

A 53-year-old male had migraine for as long as he remembers. His parents noted that from the age of about three years he often held his head with both hands and looked discouraged. In recent years, moderate to very severe headaches were present during five days per week. The most severe migraine attacks lasted for three days in a row, with pain level 10 (0 = no pain, 10 = worst imaginable pain). During the past four years he had to stop using all medication, due to serious liver damage caused by the negative side-effects of drugs. Because of the migraine he remained unemployed full-time, with only a part-time job.

The participant treated himself according to the Universal 1 treatment protocol twice daily and kept daily records of his condition for three months. He alternated three periods with treatments and three rest periods without treatments during the first 9 weeks. During the next 5 weeks he did daily treatments without taking breaks.

During the first week of twice-daily treatments and the following nine rest days the participant did not notice significant changes in his level of pain. Most of the days were with severe to very severe pain (level 6-10). However, three days after he resumed daily treatments his condition improved drastically and he was nearly pain-free for 11 days in a row. Later the pain returned, but by the ninth week the condition of the participant stabilised, with practically all days being pain-free or with mild pain only. Comparing the first month of coMra-Therapy treatments with the last month there is a decrease of days with severe to very severe pain by 100%; an increase of pain free days by 38% and a decrease of the average of his maximum daily pain level by 71%.

At a six and a half month follow-up, the participant noted that now he has one or two minor headache events per month. The pain is mild (up to level 4) and of short duration.

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A JOURNEY WITH COMRA-THERAPY

Thank you for sharing in our journey with coMra-Therapy. Much work remains to be done to see coMra-Therapy's full potential, but we believe that we are standing on the threshold of a major breakthrough in headache medicine. We started with a question: “If headaches signal critically low energy in the brain, then surely constant suppression of the signal should be replaced with First Aid – a gentle and non-invasive energetic support for the cells?” Once the immediate needs are addressed, we can turn to the question of why energy deficit appeared in the first place. If intense negative mindset was the origin, then we need to look into the emotional roots of headaches and start the journey of adjusting and correcting our perception and behaviour.

And what is the healing of a chronic disease if not a conscious and methodical work in trying to understand the disease and finding ways to correct the underlying imbalance in biology and in mindset? What we have shared may sound very different to the currently-accepted view that primary headaches do not have an underlying disease and that suppression/management of pain is the only thing to do. For this reason we chose to share our findings, experience and research with you in the belief that you will do your own research. You can also simply observe your emotional, mental and physical state before, during and after an acute attack and see for yourself if what we have shared makes sense.

It is our strongest wish that you will find the joy of a full and healthy life. We encourage you to lift up your spirit from apathy and helplessness - even if you have suffered migraine for 5 or 10 years or perhaps your whole life! We find our inspiration in these words that a coMra-Therapy user shared with us:

I feel no longer limited in thinking and taking decisions. I feel more free.

For more scientific information, please visit Journal of Comra Therapy.


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Ever since I began consciously to explore the world around me, human beings and human nature became for me the most fascinating of subjects. As a young man I was initially drawn to animals and the veterinary profession. Later, I chose a different education and career path. Yet my search into the mysteries of human nature never stopped, and over time my search led me to join and communicate with people who have similar interests. Many of these people are now part of RLT, and are also involved in this truly global venture. My role as a Representative of RLT has given me the opportunity to contribute practically to the well-being of human beings in co-operation with people I trust and respect.