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     We changed the name of our newsletter to Natural Brain Health Report. By expanding our focus beyond just pain and headaches, we hope to give you even more ways to take control of your life - and your health.

     This month, we look at what magnesium (and lack of it) mean for your body and your brain. Plus, could neck pain be triggering your head pain?

     As always, we enjoy hearing from you. Just click at the bottom to share your thoughts with us.

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Madeline Abdo
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Sniffing Out Pain

A change in your sense of smell can be one of the first signals of neurological discomfort. But did you know that some scents may actually trigger these attacks?

While we usually think of spring and fall as allergy season, winter is filled with allergens that trigger a histamine response. In addition to attacking the nose, sinuses and eyes, histamine affects brain tissues, triggering a painful inflammatory response and making it difficult to concentrate.

Where are these winter culprits lurking?

Beware pine and cinnamon. If you suffer from neurological discomfort, avoid having cinnamon and pine-scented candles, incense, air fresheners and even Christmas trees in your home. In public places, carry a handkerchief moistened in water (stash it in a plastic bag in your purse or pocket). Breathing into the handkerchief for a few moments can temporarily diffuse the intensity of the scent and your reaction to it.

Crack open a window. Yes, it may be cold outside, but in a closed car or stuffy room even a little cologne can become overpowering to your nose - and your brain. A little fresh air can help disperse fragrances before they cause trouble.

Be careful with your fireplace.
Wood smoke is a prime trigger. If you must have a roaring fire, keep your chimney well cleaned. Use glass fireplace doors and burn only dry, clean wood that is properly seasoned. Also, make sure the room is well-ventilated when you're starting your fire and close the damper when the wood is well charred.

Can you get ahead of the problem?

One of the best front line defenses is to minimize the histamine response. This means maintaining proper blood flow in the brain itself. Petadolex brand butterbur is proven to do this very efficiently (and safely), while also helping to address inflammation and spasms in cerebral blood vessels. Keeping your circulation strong and healthy goes a long way toward helping your brain keep winter triggers from setting off major problems.

To learn about more winter triggers, read our guide:
Winter's Naughty List

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Use Aromatherapy to Ease Tension

Combining massage with aromatherapy can go a long way toward defusing tension before it ruins your day. Try massaging your neck with a mixture of 3 drops of Roman chamomile, 3 drops neroli and 5 drops marjoram shaken in a 1 ounce bottle filled about 1/3 full with jojoba oil. Tilt your head and, with your fingertips, stroke down your neck and away from your head. Tilt your head from side to side as you massage and breathe deeply to inhale the essential oils.

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Winter's Naughty ListTry This:

What hidden triggers should you avoid? Take a look at our guide,
Winter's Naughty List.


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Butterbur cited by American Association of Neurologists guidelines as the #1 OTC option for maintaining neurological health.

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