Gum-chewing linked to migraines in kids

Natural Health News -. Teenagers are big consumers of gum

may seem a harmless habit, but new research has found that could be the source of headaches, both teenagers and younger children too.

In a small study published in the journal Pediatric Neurology , Dr. Nathan Watemberg affiliated with the University of Tel Aviv Meir Medical Center suggests that leaving the rubber it could help treat countless cases of migraine and tension headaches in adolescents without the need for additional tests or medication.

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The headaches are common in childhood and become more common and frequent during adolescence, especially among girls. Typical triggers include stress, fatigue, lack of sleep, heat, video games, noise, sunlight, smoking, missed meals and menstruation.

In his own practice, Dr. Watemberg noticed that many patients reported headaches were chewing gum daily. The adolescent patients were particularly avid chewers – a conclusion supported by previous dental studies . Dr. Watemberg found that in many cases when patients stopped chewing gum at his suggestion, got substantially better.

Taking a more statistical approach, Dr. Watemberg asked 30 patients aged between six and 19 years old who had migraine headaches or chronic tension and chew gum daily to stop chewing gum during one month.

They had chewed gum for at least one hour to more than six hours per day. After a month without gum, 19 of the 30 patients reported that their headaches were completely and 7 reported a decrease in the frequency and intensity of headaches.That means that 86% of those tested found relief by simply give rubbery.

To test the results, 26 of them agreed to resume chewing gum for two weeks. They reported a return of symptoms within days.

Other studies have linked gum for headaches that suggests that either stress to (or ATM, where the jaw meets the skull) or aspartame , the artificial sweetener temporomandibular joint used in many popular chewing gums could be the culprit.

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Dr. Watemberg favors the explanation of the ATM. People chew gum well after the flavor is gone, putting a significant burden on the ATM, which is already the most used joint in the body, he says.

“Every physician knows that overuse of TMJ cause headaches,” said Dr. Watemberg. “I think this is what happens when children and adolescents chewing gum excessively.”

Of course, there is no reason that the cause must be an either / or proposition. aspartame-sensitive individuals , or other sweeteners like sucralose , you may find that regular small doses, as shown in chewing gums, you can trigger a reaction. In addition, gum contains a number of other toxic substances that are disturbing.

Dr. Watemberg said that their findings can be put to immediate use. To warn teenagers with chronic headaches simply stop chewing gum, doctors can provide many of them with a quick and effective treatment without the need for expensive diagnostic tests or medicines.

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