Dr Elizabeth Mumper will be presenting at the 2019 Mindd Forum on a series of topics including Migraines.

Mindd International Forum, 23-24 March (Live in Sydney, Australia and Livestreaming globally)
Certified practitioners who pass the assessment will be listed at mindd.org. A certificate of completion will be provided for CPD applications.

Dr Mumper is president and CEO of The RIMLAND Center, a practice devoted to the care of children with neurodevelopmental problems. As the Medical Director of the Autism Research Institute for five years, an international lecturer, mentor, author and academic publisher of five peer-reviewed articles in medical literature, she is an expert and well researched on childhood neurology.

Dr Mumper’s MasterClass at the Mindd Forum 2019 will focus on  “How ages and stages affect migraines.”

Migraine Incidence

Migraines are a common neurological problem that Dr Mumper sees not only in adults but her child patients too. In America, migraine headaches affect up to 12% of the general population. In Australia, 6% of the population (1.2 million people)  reported suffering from migraines.
Children and adolescent boys are affected more commonly before puberty, whereas girls are affected more commonly after. Migraine headaches are a substantial global burden for children and adolescents as they lead to many days absent from school and reduced academic performance.

Symptoms of a Migraine

Common symptoms of a migraine are a throbbing headache, usually on just one side of the head, impaired eyesight, nausea and extreme sensitivity to light. While migraines are not a life-threatening condition, the pain is often described as severe and commonly ends in a need for strong pain relief.

Migraine Triggers

The impact of migraines on day-to-day functioning is substantial, hence the need for effective treatment and understanding of how to identify triggers. Dr Mumper will review some of the less common triggers. A better understanding of triggers, treatment and the genes associated with migraine development may help reduce the severity of symptoms as well as the frequency,  Dr Mumper will be examining the genes associated with migraine development in depth.

Typical and Atypical Migraine Triggers

There are some common triggers of migraines:

  • stress
  • heat
  • dehydration
  • fatigue and
  • caffeine

However,  a large percentage of the people suffering from migraines are not able to detect a pattern in their cause and, therefore, there is a need to uncover specific causations.
Some less common triggers include:

  • over-exertion
  • skipping meals
  • alcohol
  • humidity
  • motion sickness
  • strong smells
  • food sensitivities
  • hormonal triggers or
  • environmental weather triggers

Dr  Mumper will be exploring how to effectively diagnose more of the atypical triggers of migraines in her MasterClass.

Treating Migraines with Functional Medicine

Although there is a strong genetic component to the cause of migraine headaches, there are still certain lifestyle and dietary choices that can significantly impact the duration, severity, and frequency of an attack.

Ensuring that treatment is holistic and individualized is a crucial consideration when treating migraine headaches. For some people, their trigger may be hormonal (e.g. menstruation) and for others, it may be their diet.

There are multiple ways in which natural therapies have been shown to be effective:

  • Increasing essential fatty acids in the diet
  • Increasing overall intake of fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Increasing magnesium-rich foods and
  • Eliminating foods that may contribute to inflammation

Dr Elizabeth Mumper will be covering how Functional Medicine can effectively incorporate dietary and lifestyle interventions in great detail, as well as discussing preventative measures.

Learning Objectives for Dr Mumper’s MasterClass “How Ages and Stages Affect Migraines”:

  • How children’s ages and their stage of development modify the way migraines present
  • The genes associated with migraine development
  • Recognizing the atypical ways migraines may present in infants, children and adults
  • Identifying potential migraine triggers
  • Choosing effective strategies to abort migraine headaches
  • Developing strategies for decision making about migraine prophylaxis

For more information on the Forum or to register (Live or Livestream) visit the Speakers and Program page…

Dr Mumper’s other Masterclass lectures include:

  • Alopecia, Vitiligo & Cutaneous Mastocytosis
  • Unlocking the Allergic Triad (Allergic Rhinitis, Asthma, Eczema)
  • Why Cerebral Folate Deficiency & Folate Antibodies are Important
  • ASIA (Autoimmunity Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants)
  • Autoimmunity

References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5496823/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11554952
  3. Year Book Australia 2012. Statistics ABo. Canberra, Australia 2012
  4. https://migraineresearchfoundation.org/about-migraine/migraine-triggers/
  5. https://draxe.com/how-to-get-rid-of-a-migraine/
  6. https://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2015/june/managing-childhood-migraine/