ZIRA BLOG | OCTOBER 2016

October 6, 2016 - Why do we suffer? After treating patients with migraines for over a decade, I have concluded that pain has a purpose. Those who experience pain, especially from migraine headaches, are actually being given a lesson. If this lesson can be mastered, then the purpose of living will become all the more clear, leading to greater happiness and wisdom. Migraine headaches, as classified by the World Health Organization, have been determined to be one of the most disabling cond [...]

October 6, 2016 - As a neurologist who specializes in chronic migraines, some of my patients struggle for decades before they come to see me. They’re often surprised when I zero in on their diet. I personally didn’t give food allergies much thought, until a fateful run-in with a former patient and her mother. It sparked my curiosity when they told me that eliminating gluten was the missing link in her treatment plan. I decided to experiment a little myself, and the results we [...]

October 6, 2016 - Stress is one of the biggest threats to good health. We often think of stress in its more obvious manifestations – during busy times at work, large life transitions, relationship troubles or illness, to name a few. However, stress is a complex and constant factor, and it plays into our daily lives more than we realize. If not properly managed, stress can wreak havoc on the body and mind.  In fact, mismanaged stress can lead to a common condition called adrenal [...]

October 6, 2016 - There is a strong link between the brain and the gut and the key to healing the body is by working on digestion. John Hopkins Medicine has explained the link between bowel problems and anxiety and depression. Within your stomach there is a second brain, the enteric nervous system (ENS)- it’s actually two thin layers that are lining the gastrointestinal tract from the rectum to the oesophagus, those layers are made up of more than 100 million nerve cells. It contr [...]

October 6, 2016 - For those of you who know me, or anything about what I represent, I have neverbeen one to promote intense, vigorous exercise for prolonged periods of time. Why? It is because most of my life has been spent in “fight or flight” mode as I have run from the proverbial bear in every aspect of my existence. From escaping Africa at the tender age of 9 months to surviving medical school while suffering with chronic insomnia, I have always lived in a frenetic st [...]