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headaches are sometimes called ‘Suicide Headaches’ because the pain is so
intense and difficult to resolve,” said Steve Young of Ew Publishing; “I’ve had
cluster headaches, and I can't think of a pain that is more intense.”
“It should be a relief to everyone who
suffers from cluster headaches, or migraines, that medical research is pointing
to some relief and it’s based on the serotonin system,” he added.
(5-HT, 5-hydroxytryptamine) is a ubiquitous biochemical found in animals and
plants. Mammals use it as a neurotransmitter in the central and peripheral nervous
systems and also as a local hormone in other systems ~ such as the digestive,
heart and immune.
In Homeostasis: Equinox Serotonin (5HT) Headache Stories ~ New on the Bryan William Brickner
Blog, serotonergic health is highlighted. The post focuses on new research from
the National Institutes of Health (PubMed) to tell five serotonin brain tales
regarding: pro-cognitive 5-HT4 receptors, mitigating medication overuse,
abnormal headache chronicity, (red) wine interference mechanisms, and new
cluster headache horizons.
pro-cognitive research also involves nicotine,” Young signaled, “as the
serotonin system’s 5HT-4 receptors enhance
acetylcholine release; acetylcholine is the endo-neurotransmitter that is also
“While science has tried to understand
the relationship of serotonin to mood, serotonin does so much more, whether you
suffer from headaches or not,” noted Young, "The serotonin system
modulates our life.”
“And since we are discussing legal
recreational drugs, new research on the serotonin system might explain why red
wine gives people headaches,” explained Young.
“Dealing with headaches can make some
people desperate, and they take so much conventional medication that it can
actually make the headaches worse,” Young offered. “More research on serotonin
should help to stop that problem too.”
Young is the author of Maximizing
Harm: Losers and Winners in the Drug War (2000), How to Inhale the Universe without Wheezing (2008), and
part of Publius and The Cannabis Papers (2011). In 2009 he produced the hemp
documentary, Government Grown: How Polo Illinois Helped Win the War, and is
currently writing a booklet on serotonin and a cluster headache journey.
The Bryan William Brickner Blog is a collection of published works and press coverage
and an ongoing resource for the political science of constitutions and the biological
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