In 2002, I was practicing neurology in a clinic in Orange County, New York. Over the course of my time there, I had the pleasure of meeting and helping many people who suffered with a variety of ailments. A very large percentage of these people had migraine headaches.
What struck me most was the frequent headaches were literally robbing people of their lives – it affected their ability to go to work; to perform in school; relationships with their husbands, wives, boyfriends or girlfriends; taking care of their children; and the list goes on. These people were suffering, not only physically, but also emotionally from the toll this took on their lives. Often, people responded to the prescription medications and, well, things improved for them. Unfortunately, there was a large portion of the patients who either did not improve with the medications, or they could not tolerate the side effects, or honestly just did not want to take prescription medications. Honestly, at this point in my career, I was not really sure what to do. I was a little more than a year out of my neurology training, and even though I had trained at one of the greatest hospitals on the planet, they did not really teach what to do when traditional treatments failed.
That changed one day in March of 2003. I walked into my examination room to see a new patient and there sat Linda. Linda was a very sweet and pleasant woman in her early forties who worked at the reception desk downstairs. Other than a friendly good morning or good evening, though, I had never really spoken to her. She told that me that she had horrible headaches that had really taken a toll on her. She had seen other neurologists in the past and had tried many of the standard treatments, but either had no relief or intolerable side effects. She asked me if there was anything that we could try that was natural. I told her that honestly, I wasn’t sure and I would need to investigate this.
I started to do some research and found some interesting information. There were a number of herbs and supplements over the years that had been tried for headaches, but at the time not many had much research. However, I found one study that fascinated me. Riboflavin, or vitamin B2, had amazing and surprisingly good results with close to 60% reduction in headaches. Even at the doses in the study, only minimal side effects were noted. I figured that it was worth a try. I called Linda the next day and we discussed it. I put her on 400mg a day of riboflavin(same as in the study). We spoke a month later in the office; her headaches had reduced by more than half! Her only side effect was bright yellow urine, and she was okay with that.
Over the next several months, I pursued additional information looking for other supplements or vitamins that appeared successful and was extremely well tolerated. I prescribed different ones to my patients; I found which ones worked and which ones didn’t. Over the years, I have added quite a few arrows to my quiver of weapons to treat migraines. However, it was not always easy for people to find the doses that I suggested or in formulations that were most effective. Hence, I decided to create Lifeback – a combination of effective supplements and vitamins that could provide a natural relief for headache sufferers.