— By BRIAN SMITH
Members of one out of four households, including one out of 10 children in America suffer from migraines. A Weatherford dentist says there’s a way to get complete relief without medicine.
Dr. Fred Potter, with Bowie Drive Dental Care, is offering a free seminar “Relieving migraines without medicine” from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Central Christian Church on South Main Street in Weatherford.
Potter, a Weatherford High graduate, said that taking medicines may actually exacerbate the problem.
“People will take Advil or another type of pain reliever and they will get some relief temporarily,” Potter said. “It won’t completely solve the problem and can actually lead to rebound headaches which are worse than the actual migraines themselves. People take more medication which becomes less and less effective.”
More than $2.5 billion is spent in treating migraines every year in the U.S. If you add in the indirect cost of missed time at work or “just getting through the day,” the cost can rise to as much as $13.5 billion in lost revenue to employers, Potter said.
It’s no wonder the World Health Organization lists migraines as one of the top 20 debilitating health conditions in the world, Potter said. Women are three times as likely as men to have migraines. Women between the ages of 45-50 who have migraines along with a visual aura, or a blinding flash of light, are almost four times as likely to have a stroke.
Potter, who has suffered from migraines in the past, has done extensive research on the subject and found there are more than 100 medications that supposedly relieve migraines in children but none of them have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
While researching how widespread the problem is, he found a hospital in Arizona that is treating migraines in children with Botox. He said there are no studies on the long-term effects of Botox in kids.
Migraines have also been linked to epilepsy and depression, Potter said. Treatment of the problem can begin with working on the trigeminal nerve which controls the jaw itself. Using microcurrents, a gentle pulse, to painlessly rehab the nerve will cause the migraines to cease.
'Extreme Mouth Makeover'
Potter is also trying to give back to the community in another way; offering an “Extreme Mouth Makeover” valued at $15,000 to a Parker county family. Persons interested can simply upload a video to YouTube before June 10 on why their family should win. After the video is uploaded, contact the office at 817-594-8761 to discuss the entry.
The winner will be announced at a party from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 19 at the office, 601 S. Bowie Drive.
Door prizes, refreshments, and before and after photos of guests with new smiles after the treatment. For more information on the seminar or makeover contest, call 817-594-8761 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.