The prevailing medical "wisdom" is that migraines are a disease or a sickness condition where the body is doing something it is not supposed to do, and where mitigating pain killers and dangerous surgeries are the only treatments possible.
I have found it is just not true. Migraines are a defensive mechanism, a painful symptom that happens as a result of a chain of biochemical events in a body with specific genetic, metabolic and neurological situations. Such line up to create the perfect biological storm that produces the migraines.
Even though, there are different underlying causes triggering the migraine events, we have found that the great majority of these individuals have very similar traits in terms of their specific genetics, epigenetics, and even anatomical. Actually, the migraine sufferers, I discovered, have some unique differences genetically and they are NOT working under the same rules as non-migraine sufferers.
These genetic differences require the migraine sufferer observe some different boundaries and when those boundaries are crossed the body undergoes a chain reaction of events that produces a migraine. When these boundaries are observed and properly realigned and corrected, we are able to dismantle the chain reaction and the body no longer gets triggered to produce a migraine.
We have learned to identify very specifically these underlying causes or boundaries. In learning YOUR body's specific boundaries you can choose how many migraines you want to have (laugh) ...and people choose zero. I have yet to have a patient say to me, "Dr. Arroyo, I really want to keep at least one migraine a week because I really enjoy them."
I can give you an illustration of how these boundaries differ in migraine sufferers and non-migraine sufferers. Think about a large event at the Astros Stadium – or a Texans Football game at the Reliant Stadium. The event is fun as long as everyone is inside the stadium but what if the only way all those people could leave required them to drive down one residential street? You would have 100,000 people trying to go home on a residential street.
That would take forever and we would see new levels of road rage, right? When we build giant stadiums we make sure there is access to large roads, many lanes, faster speeds, etc. so that everyone who enjoyed the event can get home in a reasonable amount of time.
You see, in our bodies, we all have pathways that are like roads. Instead of cars we have bio-chemicals processes and enzymes, billions of them every minute. Consider these bio-processes and enzymes the metabolic body highways. Non-migraine sufferers have broad highways with many lanes and quick speeds that allow adjusting, regulating and detoxifying effectively, without incidents. Migraine sufferers lack these broad multi-lane pathways - they lack the interstate.
They are dealing more with a residential street or two. Now, think of the stadium as a stomach and the people as representing the food ingredients and micronutrients. All the enzymes from every single ingredient in every food you ate is trying to go somewhere else in the body so it can be used to give you energy, give you a good mood, give you good sleep, give you mental focus, support your heart or your immune system, etc. But there is a giant chemical traffic jam.
The stadium only has one residential street for EVERYONE to use. The body produces its own version of road rage: inflammation. Migraine sufferers have never known this before. We've chased food sensitivities or food allergies in hopes of figuring out the food connection, but with very limited success. That's because the issue lies at the epigenetic and bioenergetic level, not just the digestive level. Migraine sufferers exposed to the wrong substances and life habits are unknowingly clogging up their one residential road out of the stadium.
For instance, THIS CAN HAPPEN EVERY TIME THEY EAT SOMETHING, although there are other factors firing up the chain of events that trigger the migraines! In this dynamic, an imbalance of the autonomic nervous system plays a very significant part as these individuals tend to be in a ‘sympathetic lock’ or a hyper-stressed state. When this happens it literally holds the muscles and tissues in a different state, think: clinched fist versus relaxed hand.
The autonomic nervous system being hijacked, and the constant inflammation work together to form a hair-trigger because the body is in an overloaded state. The body wants the inflammation to come down. It wants the clinched state deep within the body to relax. But it is living in a red zone of near overload. The migraine is nothing more than a tipping point, the body is crying "uncle" and needing relief from the load it is being forced to carry.
You could say migraines are the body’s response to hostile inflammation; in our example, the cascade of events is started by the show at the stadium where the exit streets and narrow and faulty. In short, migraines are the result of localized inflammation, reduced production of cellular energy and an imbalance of the autonomic nervous system. Following up with our example, the migraine sufferer just wants the pain to end but the body wants the roads opened up and to have more than a residential street to work with when the stadium empties.
When we teach people how to discover their own epigenetic code and how to reset, realign and rebalance their autonomic nervous system, the migraines stop - they just stop. Migraines are a defense mechanism, not a disease or a condition. When we stop the threat there is no need for the body to launch a defense response.
We perform assessments and tests to determine a person's unique epigenetic code. Going back to the stadium analogy, this allows us to map each person's departure routes from the stadium, promoting more effective pathways, just like a road map shows an interstate or boulevard or a residential street.
Every person has their own unique code or blueprint. Once we know the person's code we use a holistic, non-invasive very specific sequential protocol that purportedly disrupts the underlying cascade of events that trigger the patient’s migraines. We teach the patient how to use their own blue-print as a simple prevention plan. What's really exciting to our patients is that we now have tools and strategies to influence their own biological migraine-related shortcomings; we are able to open up the pathways, essentially allowing us to widen the residential road to be more of a highway.
It dramatically improves how they feel. At the same time we do this we show the patient how to reset their autonomic nervous system and get it back to a non-triggered state. When we teach people their simple plan to make the right choices, giving them specific tools to make their bodies more capable of processing substances they are genetically less able to process, and we simultaneously show them how to reset and realign their autonomic nervous system, we find migraine patients have a very predictable experience:
For many patients, the relief is near-instant. For others, it takes several weeks of declining frequency for the body to adjust. For more than 95% of the people I've seen in my practice, they are no longer having migraines within 12 weeks(90 days).
There is a small percentage of people who have this genetic chain reaction because they were exposed to a bio-toxin that we believe altered their genetic code and they were not born with the genetics that drive the problem.
For that small %, it can take a little longer than 90 days because the underlying toxin has to be addressed along with the genetics. But for 95% of the people we've seen in our practice, it is a 90 day process.
MigrainesNoMoreTM is a program where migraine sufferers discover for the first time how to teach their body to no longer produce migraines. We ask our patients, "If you could choose how many migraines you have, how many would you choose?"
Of course, the answer is a resounding, "ZERO! I would NEVER CHOOSE to have a migraine!" Our patients learn they actually do have the power to choose and that's what we help them discover and take control of in their own life.