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Switching to a Plant-based Diet Can Help With Chronic Migraines




By Robert Preidt and Ernie Mundell
HealthDay Reporters Thursday, November 19, 2021 (HealthDay news) – Chronic migraine sufferers experience intense throbbing, pulsing and sensitivity to light, sound, nausea, and vomiting. These chronic symptoms could be alleviated by a plant-based diet. This diet is credited with many positive health effects. It could. New York researchers published a case study about a man suffering from severe chronic migraines. He had tried everything to stop them and then switched to a plant-based diet, which includes a lot dark green leafy vegetables. Doctors reported that he experienced significant relief from his headaches within a short time. “This report suggests that a whole-food plant-based diet may offer an effective, safe and permanent treatment for chronic migraine,” said Dr. David Dunaief. He is a nutritionist and has a private practice near East Setauket. A migraine expert who was not involved in the study was cautiously optimistic about its findings. Dr. Noah Rosen said that although it is difficult to draw conclusions from one case report, “it does highlight the importance of all these non-pharmacological and evidence-based treatments.” He is the director of Northwell Health’s Headache Center, Great Neck, N.Y. Migraines are a condition that can cause one-sided, pulsating headaches. Sometimes, they can be accompanied by a variety other symptoms. They can last anywhere from four to 72 hours. Some migraines are episodic. This means they occur less than 15 days per year. Others are chronic and can last for up to 15 days per month. They also have migraine symptoms on as many as eight days per calendar month. Migraine treatment must reduce the frequency and duration of migraine attacks by half or improve symptoms to be considered successful. The 60-year old man whose stories are described in the report had suffered from severe migraine headaches for 12 years without aura. Six months prior to his referral to the clinic, his migraines became chronic and lasted anywhere from 18 to 24 hours each month. He also eliminated potential trigger foods like chocolate, cheese, caffeine, and dried fruits. The man tried yoga and meditation to stop the attacks. Continued The man said that the pain was intense and sudden and started in his forehead and temple on the left side. His migraines lasted for 72 hours, and included sensitivity to light, sound, nausea, and vomiting. His pain severity ranged from 10 to 12, on a scale of 10. He didn’t have any systemic inflammation, but he had normal levels of beta carotene. This could be due to the fact that he ate sweet potatoes every day. The authors explained that sweet potatoes have low levels of carotenoids, which are food nutrients that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. However, leafy greens like spinach, kale, and watercress contain high amounts of carotenoids. Rosen’s team recommended that the man adopt the Low Inflammatory foods Everyday (LIFE), diet. It is a whole food, plant-based, nutrient-dense diet. The diet recommends eating at least five ounces of raw or cooked dark green leafy vegetable every day and drinking one 32-ounce green LIFE smoothie per day. It also limits intake of animal protein, starchy vegetables, oils, dairy, and meat. His blood tests revealed a significant increase in beta-carotene. The man stopped taking his migraine medication soon. After three months, his migraines stopped completely. They haven’t been back in 7 1/2 years. The man was allergic to some medications. Previous research has suggested that better allergy control may lead to fewer migraine headaches. The man’s allergy symptoms improved to the point where he no longer required seasonal medication. He was also HIV-positive, which has been linked with a higher risk of developing migraines. The authors speculate that the man’s HIV status or use of antiretroviral medications may have contributed to his symptoms. However, it was impossible to investigate this further without stopping antiretroviral treatment. Dunaief said that while this report is about a patient who was very strict, the LIFE diet had reduced migraine frequency in three months in several other patients. Continued Rosen, for his part, stated that there have been a few studies showing the benefits of proper diet in reducing migraines. He said that proper hydration, eating a low-glycemic diet, and taking in lots of omega-3 fatty acids (such like those found in oily fish) all have a positive effect on migraines. Rosen stated that other than food, regular exercise, and psychological interventions like “cognitive behavior therapy, mindfulness, and progressive muscle relaxation” may be helpful. More information Visit the American Migraine Foundation to learn more about migraines. SOURCE: BMJ Case Reports, news release, Nov. 18, 20,21 WebMD News from HealthDay Copyright – (C) 2013-2020 HealthDay All rights reserved.

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New GR Pharmacy to Serve Spanish-speaking Patients




GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — By the end of the year, Grand Rapids’ Roosevelt Park neighborhood will have a new pharmacy.

Trinity Health Clinica Santa Maria began construction Monday morning on the $1.5 million project. The new pharmacy will include both walk-up and drive-thru services.

Trinity Health Clinica Santa Maria practice leader Kameron Selleck it will offer convenience in a neighborhood that doesn’t have a pharmacy close in proximity, making it challenging for patients to get their prescriptions in a timely manner.

“A lot of our patients do encounter a lot of social barriers in their lives,” Selleck said.

He added that a language barrier can make it difficult patients to get their prescriptions. He said nearly every employee at Clinica Santa Maria is bilingual in Spanish and the plan is for that trend to carry over to new pharmacy and pharmacy tech hires.

“I think this project was announced almost five years ago, so it’s here,” Selleck said. “I just really encourage the community to be as excited as we are.

The pharmacy is at 730 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. SW (formerly Grandville Avenue) at Martin Luther King Jr. Street (formerly Franklin Street) in Grand Rapids. It will be the seventh Trinity Health pharmacy in the Grand Rapids area, with the other locations being Cathedral Square, the Wege Building at Trinity Heath Saint Mary’s, Hudsonville, Rockford, Byron Center and Southeast Grand Rapids.

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Tulip Time Crowds Encouraging for Returning Festivals




HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Tulip Time saw big crowds this year as it returned to a more regular schedule.

The event was cancelled in 2020 and scaled back last year because of the pandemic.

Hot temperatures caused damage to some of Holland’s tulips, Tulip Time organizers say.

The heat caused challenges for the 2022 festival. The Tulip Immersion Garden, a new attraction, had to close early because the hot temperatures caused too much damage to the flowers, Tulip Time Executive Director Gwen Auwerda said.

“They don’t like 80 degree, 90 degree weather. Tulips prefer it to be about 40 at night, 60 to 70, maybe 80 during the day,” Auwerda said.

Heat closes down Tulip Time Immersion Garden early

The organization is working on final numbers but saw attendance return to pre-pandemic levels.

“I do know that the carnival exceeded 2019 by 25 to 30%, so that was fabulous for them and it was packed everywhere in town,” Auwerda said.

Kevin Knight, the owner of Market Zero, said the festival definitely provided a boost as they worked to keep up with demand. 

“It’s a huge kick off to your summer season,” Knight said. “Our fridges were completely full and got completely empty and completely full and completely empty, so it was about everything we could handle.”

Market Zero in downtown Holland on May 16, 2022. Inside Market Zero in downtown Holland on May 16, 2022.

The return of crowds could be good sign for other events coming back this summer, like the Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids. Mark Azkoul, an organizer for the event that began in 1970, sees the success of Tulip Time as encouraging.

Tulip Time has record-breaking opening weekend

“We’ve been out for two years so this is a big thing for us and for the city to get Festival back up and going,” Azkoul said.

Organizers created the Plein Air event for 2021, which combined outdoor art and music.

The 2022 event runs June 3 through June 5. After taking a break because of the pandemic the festival needs extra help.    

“A lot of people still don’t know yet festival is coming back, so we really want to get the word out. We need more volunteers,” Azkoul said.

People interested in volunteering can sign up on the Festival of the Arts website.


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Mom Does ‘small Part’ to Help Parents Who Need Formula




HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Though there appears to an end of the baby formula shortage in sight, it’s still causing problems for parents, so a mother in Holland did what she could to help.

Abbott Nutrition has announced its entered into an agreement with the federal Food and Drug Administration to restart its Sturgis plant within two weeks. The closure of that plant has been a huge contributing factor to the shortage. The company expects its products to ship to stores eight weeks after production resumes.

But for now, many parents can’t find the formula they need. The low supply has some stores limiting the number of formulas customers can purchase, adding that they are in “extraordinary high” demand.

The baby formula shelves at a Meijer in Holland.

So Caitlin Dampier, a mother of two whose youngest is a 3-month-old girl, stepped up to help where she could.

“I really wish I could help out more, but this is just my small part,” Dampier said.

She got a box of Enfamil formulas that she’s not using because she’s breastfeeding.

“When you’re pregnant, you get free samples and so I thought I would just offer mine for free for mothers who need them,” Dampier said. “I kept it around in case I wasn’t able to breastfeed.”

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Dampier made a post on Facebook this week directed at parents who can’t find formula. The box she received included three cans of Enfamil formulas and two ready-made formulas.

Two mothers reached out to her, including Kourtney Hann, another Holland resident. She’s one of thousands of mothers across the country who have had to go to great lengths to find food for their baby.

“I have had to go to stores maybe 45 minutes away just to even try to get formula,” she said. “It’s very hard to find them where I’m at right now. I went to Walmart yesterday and all they had was Similac and my daughter has a really bad reaction to Similac.”

Hann was able to connect with Dampier and picked up a can of Enfamil. Dampier left the box on her front porch with the message, “Please take only the formula you chose and tear out some coupons for yourself. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.”

The box of Enfamil products Caitlin Dampier left at her door for mothers to pick up.

Hann said she was down to her last can of baby formula which lasts her about five days. Now that she has received another can from Dampier, she’ll be able to feed her 9-month-old for the next two weeks.

“Being a mom is hard enough as it is. You have so many other struggles and to be afraid to know if you’re going to be able to feed your baby or not is a struggle,” Dampier said. “You want to do everything for your kids so when you’re not able to it’s hard. It’s just the worst feeling in the world.”


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