reply to post by Denco
Unless there's a big missing piece in your story, I would recommend getting a different doctor. That is an extreme and dangerous solution, definitely
not a first line treatment, IMO. Take my advice for what it costs and considering that this is not a medical opinion.
I'm a believer of natural healing by nutrition plus old wisdom and experience combined with new science and research, such as epigenetics and natural
receptor-modulating substances. I've found this approach incredibly effective and generally avoid anything with toxicities or dangerous side-effects,
especially if they are prescription pharmaceuticals. I'm not opposed to presciption medications in some cases, but I tend to do a lot of research
before taking them and when doctors nonchalantly prescribe dangerous medicine to children, I get leary.
Here would be my basic nutritional and herbal support for an 8 year old with a generally decent diet and no other major issues... I've also included
some research papers and reasoning along with each herbal recommendation. Please understand that this is not medical advice and only a laypersons
Supplemental nutrition over diet:
1. A great kids vitamin, such as those made by Garden of Life for kids... Consider those the standard...
2. Often underestimated greens mix: I'd also consider something like a vegetable greens drink to give her more than the usual high-potency greens
intake. A good one is "Amazing Grass, Green Superfood Chocolate Drink Powder", I know a number of kids who hate vegetables and love it.
3. Kids brain development support: Fish oil (best one I know for a number of reasons is Wholemega 500mg by Natural Chapter), Lecithin mixed into the
chocolate greens (might want to mix a tiny bit of Nestle Quick as well, but don't defeat the purpose
).. best lecithin for this purpose would be
the Now Foods, GMO free granules.
4. Brain development herb, not migraine specific: Bacopa Monnieri (best I've found is Tattva's herbs, but something called Bacopa Enlighten is also
good. Whatever brand, look for 50% baccosides and 200-400mg for children. This has been shown time and again to have positive and lasting effects on
general brain function and performance in children to the elderly and is believed to work as a neuroprotective substance. No serious side effects have
ever been reported in thousands of years of use that I know of. All studies show it requires about 3 months of daily use to show lasting benefits.
To generally improve the condition of migraines over time, I'd recommend to add feverfew to the foundation above, as it has been shown in double
blind studies to help with migraines and also has not been shown to have any negative side effects beyond upset stomach at times, which should be no
issue if taken with food:
Ginko biloba, a well known herb used to imrpove mental function after stroke, generally improves brain circulation and is not known to be anything but
beneficial has also been show to reduce migraines in children. Though large studies are lacking, it makes sense from an herbal perspective, as
migraines are sometimes considered a vascular disorder in the brain, which is one thing improved with use of ginko.
If you want to cap this off with a prescription medicine that seems to work in children and has been shown to be fairly safe, a nasal dose of
sumatriptan has been shown effective and relatively side-effect free in children. Since they are children after all, I'd still limit this kind of
thing to when it's really needed:
I hope you get all this figured out. The good thing about an approach like the above is that it will also generally contribute to improved mental
development and health. If you decide to take any of the pointers, I'd love to hear back on your experience.