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Migraine Update: Ear Piercing Cure

chart_ear-acupointsI was chatting with the woman making my doppio the other morning and we got to talking about migraines.  She told me a very interesting story and after getting her permission, I have elected to post it here in the hope that it offers hope and a possible solution for those who suffer from them

She explained that in high school she used to suffer terrible migraines.  She would get dots swimming before her eyes and that terrible pounding.

Two years ago, she got her right ear pierced and from that day onward has never experienced a migraine.

She’s been trying to convince her mom, who still gets them, to do what she did.

Needles and needles.  I believe this has to do with acupuncture points and though I saw where the piercing was ( higher up and more to the inside),  I could not tell you which acupuncture point was tapped.

It may be worth seeking out an acupuncturist to discuss various options.

My acupuncturist in San Francisco explained that leaving a needle in the ear in a specific spot would go far to reduce the headaches I was experiencing.  I went the herbal route for fear of bumping into something with a needle in my ear.

No needles needed.  In my own experience I’ve figured out that depending on the location of the migraine I can address it with mineral supplements.

  • On the left side temple – potassium deficiency.

As I’ve written previously, potassium has been found to be as effective at relieving migraines as Imitrex in clinical trials.

  • On the right side temple and sinus and tooth area – sodium deficiency.

The give away is a stuffy nose.  That is sodium deficiency and taking potassium will make the symptoms worse.

I hope this information helps those affected by migraines, providing hope, something to consider, and perhaps try.

Note:  Food triggers may cause issues by lowering crucial minerals.

When I drank diet colas I lost potassium which triggered potassium deficiency migraines.

What About Stress?  If you are constantly experiencing potassium deficiency migraines and food  triggers aren’t your culprit, it would be wise to consider a toxic environment – either work or personal.  Potassium is the adrenal mineral and if your system is in constant fight or flee mode, it’s like keeping your foot on the gas even when you have the nozzle in the tank.



The Gift that Keeps on Giving: The Health Protocol

freegreatpictureThanks to a brain hemorrhage when I was a kid, I have faced the challenges of having been blind, paralyzed, and in a coma.

Oh yeah, and I died three times in three days.

Though I recovered and went on to live a “normal life,” I continued to experience minor reminders of that time.  Specifically, when I got tired, my left leg would drag.

People would ask, “Did you hurt your leg?”  To which I replied, “No, I’m just tired.”  Fun to watch them try to connect the dots.

One of the more annoying fallouts from that little reminder was that it was incredibly hard on my shoes.

Or the left one at any rate.

I would scuff up the toes of boots and there was uneven wear on the soles of my tennis shoes that necessitated replacing my shoes more frequently than what I would have otherwise.

Another related symptom was small areas on my left leg, foot, and pads of my fingers on the left hand that were semi-numb or numb altogether.

While annoying, this didn’t negatively impact my life. 

After All These Years.  Beginning shortly after starting the protocol wherein I detoxified the heavy metals and set out to replenish depleted minerals, I noticed that I could feel some of those numb areas on my leg and foot.

I didn’t even notice anything about the pads of my fingers.  At first…

I also noticed I was able to move my left toes better.

Curling them further than I’d been able to when I couldn’t feel certain areas.

Time went on and I continued the protocol.

I was healing myself of EMF Sensitivity.  That was the priority and the lens through which I filtered symptoms and progress.

Fast forward.  The other day I realized it has been years since anyone has asked me if I hurt my leg.  More significantly, my tennis shoes, which normally would have been up for replacement, didn’t need it.

I checked the soles. No uneven wear – at all.  None.

I recently purchased boots and upon thinking, realized that I have not tripped and caught the toe of the left foot.

Not once.

Residual Progress. About three months ago I mentioned to Aaron that the feeling on the pads of my left fingers is now completely normal.

I have no idea when this changed but I’m pretty happy about it.  It used to feel as if there was water in the pads of the fingers, like a blister after a burn.

Set up for Failure. I remember writing some time back about how the lack of sufficient potassium can negatively impact cell signaling and muscle control.

I pointed out this would be particularly problematic for those going through physical and/or occupational therapy after a stroke or injury.

Many medications deplete potassium which potentially sets up those recovering from stroke or other paralytic conditions for one hell of a rough ride when trying to regain mobility.

I couldn’t help but think of my own experience and how I felt I’d been set up for failure because no one told us the medication I was on depleted potassium, critical to muscle function.

It’s difficult to quantify just how important having proper mineral balance is for our well-being.

Especially, the electrolytes.

It is definitely nice to think that like my neurosurgeon promised when I was seventeen, we continue to get better for the rest of our lives.

He just probably didn’t realize proper nutrient balance was equally as important as continued physical activity in that endeavor.

Such as sports, hiking, etc.

Hopefully sharing my experience will give hope to others who may be struggling to regain mobility and muscle function after injuries or illness.

It would be worth looking into electrolyte balance.

Be well!