Keep a Headache Diary to Figure Out Your Headache Triggers

A headache diary can be valuable in helping you and your doctor diagnose and treat your headaches. You can use it to map out the characteristics of your headaches, including their frequency, duration, and intensity. A diary can also help identify possible triggers and related symptoms, as well as track the dosage and effectiveness of any medications you’re taking.

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This would be a good template to follow for any chronic symptom like stomach issues, migraines, or inflammation.

I’ve met people who complain about things like recurring nausea or dizziness, yet refuse to take steps to track events leading up to these symptoms. Yeah, it can be a pain sometimes, but that data can go a long way with regards to making lifestyle choices, and it can certainly help your physician determine a better treatment plan if comes to that.

Sleepwalkers Have Painful Lives by Day, Painless Misadventures by Night

Many sleepwalkers suffer an enigmatic existence. Their waking hours are plagued by pain that can dull their physical activity levels. Yet their lively nocturnal adventures can cause pain-free injury.

That’s the conclusion of a new study published in the journal Sleep by a group of French researchers. The team studied 100 patients who sleepwalk at least once a year but have no other sleep disorders. Compared to 100 non-sleepwalking participants, the sleepwalkers were more likely to suffer headaches, migraines, and chronic pain, as well as symptoms of depression and insomnia. But, of the 47 participants that reported being injured at one point during a sleep-like stupor, nearly 80 percent said the trauma was painless.

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These results make me wonder if the partial arousal state associated with sleepwalking can be picked up by any wearable sleep monitors, or even any of the fitness trackers with sleep tracking functionality. If so, it would be then be theoretically possible to trigger a mitigation response of some sort, whether that be by waking up the person or some other mechanism that could protect the person from harmful actions.

8 Things That Happen When You Finally Stop Drinking Diet Soda

You’ve decided to give up diet soda—good idea! Maybe you weren’t hitting your weight-loss goals or couldn’t stomach that long list of ingredients anymore. Or perhaps you heard one too many times that it’s just not good for you.

Whatever the reason, eliminating diet soda from your diet will improve your health from head to toe. Research on diet soda is still in its infancy, but there’s enough out there to identify what you can look forward to when you put down the can and cool down with an unsweetened iced tea instead.

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Sorry, but soda/pop is one place I will not consider the diet alternative.  Simply due to taste – most just prompted me to drink water instead (for the best anyway, but not for Big Soda/Pop).

The aspect of weight loss because of coming off diet soda/pop isn’t that surprising.  It’s often suggested that we consume more because we’re under the impression the food/beverage is healthier so we can consume more. As the joke goes: I’ll have the extra large burger, extra large fries, and …a diet soft drink.

Psychedelic Drug Could Have Promising Future In Treatment Of Asthma

…DOI treatment prevented the majority of the asthma-like symptoms wrought by ovalbumin exposure. DOI-treated asthmatic mice could breathe normally, and did not show the expected increase in mucus production and inflammation that one would expect in this model of asthma.

Furthermore, the researchers could ameliorate this type of asthma with a dosage of DOI that was 100 times lower than the dosage required to elicit behavioral symptoms – raising the possibility that low doses of DOI might be able to treat human asthma without causing a psychedelic experience.

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There could be a lot more benefit.  Serotonin is believed to be involved in migraines. The theory has not been proven to date, but potentially this could treat migraines as well.

That said, it’d be only a matter of time before people stockpile DOI in hopes of getting the psychedelic experience.