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Migraines and Asthma

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 19, 2016 5:00:00 AM / by Winter Ninivaggi

Who knew migraines and asthma were related?How much do you know about the prevalence of migraine and asthma, find out with this quiz game?


1. The estimated prevalence in the US for migraine is approximately _____ and for asthma is approximately _____.

A. 7.5%; 11.6%
B. 9.8%; 9.8%
C. 11.6%; 7.5%

2. Which of the following factors is/are capable of causing attacks in either migraine or asthma?

A. Allergies
B. Cigarette smoke
C. Menstrual periods
D. A and B
E. All of the above

3. True or False. Migraine is a condition predominant in women, but asthma is predominant in men.

A. True
B. False

4. Asthma occurs __________ times more frequently in persons with migraine.

A. 1.1 to 1.6
B. 2.5 to 2.9
C. 3.7 to 4.4

5. True or False. Parasympathetic hyperactivity is evident in both asthma and chronic migraine.

A. True
B. False

For Asthma - I test children and adults with asthma for elevated lead in the blood and urine.  Chelation effectively removes lead in blood and tissue storage.  Effective chelation reverses asthma. We test for immediate, hidden food allergies and environmental allergies.  Labcorp and Quest cover the immediate IgE food and environmental allergies.  I use ALCAT, Elisa/ACT and Genova for hidden food allergies. I run comprehensive stool profiles to identify derranged gut flora to make pinpoint corrections. 

For Migraine -Medical marijuana also offers a promising way to manage chronic migraines. Researchers found that the monthly occurrence of migraine headaches significantly decreased with medical marijuana use. Further studies will be conducted to narrow down which strains and doses are best to alleviate migraine headache frequency.

Medical Marijuana vaporization is legal in New York and smoking is not. 

Keep up with our recent blogs about Medical Marijuana to learn more about the process of being referred. Call 845 680-6600 or 845 358-8385 or email 


Answer Key:

1. C. 11.6%; 7.5% - According to estimate data cited in Headache, the one-year period prevalence in the US for migraine is approximately 11.6% and for asthma is approximately 7.5%.

2. E. All of the above - According to information cited in Headache, air pollution, allergies, cigarette smoke, menstrual periods, stress, and weather have all been documented as causing attacks of either migraine or asthma.

3. B. False - Both migraine and asthma are predominant in women compared to men, according to information cited in Headache.

4. A. 1.1 to 1.6 -According to cross-sectional studies data cited in Headache, asthma occurs 1.1 to 1.6 times more frequently in persons with migraine.

5. A. True - According to a prospective longitudinal cohort study published in Headache, “[a] unidirectional causal relationship between asthma and chronic migraine is plausible as a result of shared biological mechanisms. Atopy, parasympathetic hyperactivity, and enhanced neuropeptide release represent examples of shared biological mechanisms.”





For complete information, see:

Martin VT, Fanning KM, Serrano D, Buse DC, Reed ML, Lipton RB. Asthma is a risk factor for new onset chronic migraine: Results from the American migraine prevalence and prevention study. Headache. 2016;56(1):118-131.

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Winter Ninivaggi

Written by Winter Ninivaggi

Isadora Guggenheim, ND, RN, MS, CNS LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
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