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Acupuncture More Effective than Topiramate in Reducing Number of Migraine Headaches, the Consumer Justice Foundation Reports

October 11, 2012

By Health CMI

The Consumer Justice Foundation, a for-profit corporation whose team of professional consumer advocates provides continuous updates regarding free online information relating to the potential dangers of using certain prescription medications, has a Web site URL that is located at The CJF hereby reports that a study published by researchers in Taiwan concluded that the use of acupuncture by people suffering from migraine headaches reduced the episodes of those headaches by a larger degree than the patients who used topiramate, which is the active ingredient in Topamax.

(PRWEB) October 10, 2012

The Consumer Justice Foundation, a for-profit corporation whose mission is to provide the public with free online informational resources regarding the potential dangers of using certain prescription medications, hereby alerts the public to the results of a study conducted in Taiwan concerning the use of acupuncture versus topiramate by patients suffering from migraine headaches. The study concluded that the patients who were given acupuncture treatments saw a greater decrease in the number of migraine headaches suffered as well as a lower rate for adverse responses to the respective treatments. Topiramate is the active ingredient in the migraine medication known as Topamax.

The study, which was entitled, “Acupuncture Versus Topiramate in Chronic Migraine Prophylaxis: A Randomized Clinical Trial” that was conducted in Taiwan by Dr. Hen-Hong CHANG at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, broke people who suffered from regular migraine headaches into two groups: one group used topiramate to treat their migraine headaches and the other group was administered regular acupuncture treatments of 30 minutes each at twice per week over 12 weeks.

The results revealed that the acupuncture group showed a drop in the average monthly number of migraine headaches from 20.2 to 9.8 as compared to the topiramate group, which showed a drop from 19.8 to 12.0. In addition, the rate of adverse responses to the acupuncture treatments registered at 6 percent as compared to 66 percent for those who used topiramate. The study stated with regards to its conclusion that acupuncture led to “a significantly larger decrease in the mean monthly number of moderate/severe headache days.”

Topiramate is the active ingredient in the prescription medication known as Topamax, and Topamax is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. It was approved for the treatment of migraine headaches in 2004 by the FDA, but the drug has been changed in terms of its pregnancy category by the FDA from C to D because of alleged links to birth defects in children whose mothers took Topamax during the early stages of pregnancy.

About the Consumer Justice Foundation

The Consumer Justice Foundation, whose Web site can be found at, is a for-profit organization that serves two purposes for consumers: (1) to provide educational information regarding the policies and procedures of large corporations and how they affect the average consumer; and (2) to provide news updates and resources that continue to update consumers regarding developments taken by corporations that include pharmaceutical drug companies, auto manufacturers and insurance companies so that consumers who have been harmed can use these informational resources to connect to an experienced professional who can help them. The team at the Consumer Justice Foundation is staffed by experienced and passionate consumer advocates whose mission is to raise the awareness of issues that could pose a risk of harm to those who may not otherwise be aware of the dangers they face.

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Easy Healthy Blueberry Dessert

Easy 6 ingredient healthy blueberry dessert

Here is an easy healthy blueberry dessert to celebrate the summer!  The Summer Solstice is technically 11 days away, but I’m declaring it summer right now anyway.  Even though it rained 2 days ago, it’s been pretty sunny and warm in Seattle and Anacortes.  I even felt ashamed running inside on the treadmill and wasting that fresh air and healthy sunlight.

Whole foods on Westlake had a screaming deal on organic blueberries so I thought I’d share this  recipe (if you want to call it that-it’s more of a throw in a bowl dessert).  You’ve probably heard that blueberries are full of antioxidants, and great for your skin, but these are also full of rich summer flavor.  (I was actually lured to the display by the balmy scent…that is my rule, I must smell berries before I see them or I won’t buy them).

Items needed: Organic if possible.

  • Pint of blueberries
  • Nectarine or honey mango is a nice option
  • Banana
  • Walnuts
  • Greek Yogurt-Plain, unsweetened
  • Coconut Milk-Organic regular-NOT low fat (Why? See note below)

I’m not big on measuring when cooking as its kind of constraining so I’ll leave the proportions up to your liking.  Cut up the banana and nectarine and toss in a bowl with the berries.  Put a scoop or so of the Greek yogurt and drizzle I mean pour coconut milk over the top and sprinkle with walnuts.  That’s it, you’re done.  You can break up the walnuts with your fingers-no need for fancy tools or grinder.  If you are entertaining a vegan or a non-dairy diner, be kind and omit the yogurt.  They will appreciate your thoughtfulness.  This dessert is also gluten-free, BTW.  (I’m not a vegan myself but feel its important to be aware of others eating preferences.)  I prefer to eat the fruit at room temperature (its an Acupuncturist thing-don’t want to put out the digestive fire) but feel free to serve chilled if you like.  The berries are a nice flavor contrast to the creaminess of the banana and the floral note of the nectarine.  The walnuts and yogurt add protein and healthy fat, and the banana texture gets along really well with the walnuts.  The color palette is quite appetizing too.  Hope I don’t sound like a snob here but these things matter.

Easy 6 ingredient healthy blueberry dessert

Thai Kitchen is my favorite organic coconut milk.  It’s thicker and more creamy than the 365 Whole Foods brand, and readily available at most grocery stores.  The reduced or low fat version just has more water, so if you really want have less fat you can buy this and water it down.  I would keep the fat content so your brain is satiated, and you won’t crave more sugar or something else to make up for it.  I still haven’t found coconut milk in a lined can to protect from the aluminum, so if anyone knows of a brand let me know and I’ll post it.  Anyone who’s been around me knows I love coconut milk and use this in place of cream in coffee, hot chocolate and in soups like clam/seafood chowder or other “cream” based broths.  Coconut milk is non-dairy and also vegan friendly.



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Movement is Essential to Health

Please do not be discouraged by Scott Hensley’s NPR article, Fighting Fat in Middle Age Takes Hard Work. The article cites a study that concluded people need to exercise an hour a day to prevent weight gain.

While I don’t dispute the validity of the study, people need to move their bodies anyway, so please don’t be intimidated by the daily hour commitment. Exercise and physical movement are essential to your health and wellness. Moving your body is another way to circulate Qi through your meridians and improve your health. Even plants stuck in the ground or in pots do a form of yoga or tai chi daily.  Yesterday, I caught my african mask plant changing leaf positions throughout the day. 

Even if you have a long way to go in restoring your health, you can start with deep breathing, gentle stretching and walking.  Acupuncture can also give you a boost by gently stimulating your metabolism, increasing your energy level and balancing out your cravings and moods.