Smartphone App To Determine Migraine Triggers – The Balancing Act


(MUSIC) YOU’RE GIVING ME A MIGRAINE. NOW
MOST OF US HAVE HEARD OF THAT BEFORE, BUT FOR MANY MIGRAINE
SUFFERERS, THEY’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT A PERSON CAUSING THE
HEADACHE, THEY’RE ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT CAUSES FIND IN SO
CALLED MIGRAINE TRIGGERS. BIG DIFFERENCE. JOINING US TO
DISCUSS THIS AND FOOD ALLERGIES IN GENERAL IS NUTRITIONIST
VICTORIA BRODSKY OF CONTENT CHECKED INCORPORATED. IT’S A
COMPANY OFFERING PIECE OF MIND BY PUTTING KNOWLEDGE OF HARMFUL
FOOD INGREDIENTS, LITERALLY, IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND. WELCOME
BACK. THANK YOU.
THANKS FOR BEING HERE. OF COURSE.
I’M REALLY GLAD WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THIS THIS MORNING BECAUSE
I KNOW QUITE A FEW PEOPLE THAT SUFFER FROM MIGRAINES. AND YOU
KNOW IT’S A BIG DIFFERENCE FROM A HEADACHE.
UMMHMMM. SOME PEOPLE CAN’T EVEN GET OUT
OF BED FOR THAT MATTER. YES.
SO LET’S TALK ABOUT MIGRAINES, MAYBE WHAT CAUSES THEM AND WHY
PEOPLE ARE JUST SO PARALYZED. SO WHAT EXACTLY CAUSES A
MIGRAINE, THERE’S STILL ALOT UNKNOWN.
SURE. WE DO KNOW THAT YOU KNOW THE
BLOOD VESSELS CONSTRICT AND THE PAIN IS THERE. UMM WE ALSO KNOW
THAT THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS LIKE HORMONES AND STRESS AND
CERTAIN FOODS THAT CAN ACTUALLY TRIGGER THOSE PHYSIOLOGICAL
RESPONSES THAT WILL YOU KNOW CAUSE THAT MIGRAINE.
AND LET’S TALK ABOUT SOME OF THOSE FOODS THAT CAN BE
TRIGGERS. SOME OF THE BIG ONES ARE
CHOCOLATE, RED WINE, BUT THERE’S ALSO ANY KIND OF FERMENTED
FOOD… HMMM.
ANY KIND OF FOOD THAT’S EXCESS IN SALT. UMMM THERE’S ALSO DRIED
FRUITS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. THINGS WITH SULFIDES IN THEM. SO
THERE’S ALOT OF INGREDIENTS THAT PEOPLE MAY NOT EVEN REALIZE CAN
BE A MIGRAINE TRIGGER. I KNOW AND I KNOW ABOUT THE WINE
AND CHOCOLATE BUT ALOT OF PEOPLE LIKE YOU SAID DON’T KNOW. AND
WHAT I LOVE IS YOU’VE CREATED AN APP THAT WILL HELP PEOPLE AND
KIND OF GUIDE THEM. LET’S TALK ABOUT THAT APP AND WHAT YOU’VE
DONE WITH IT. ABSOLUTELY. SO THIS APP IS
WONDERFUL. BASICALLY WHAT WE’VE DONE IS WE HAVE TAKEN ALL THESE
PRODUCTS THAT WE EITHER GET INFORMATION FROM THE
MANUFACTURER OR CONSUMERS CAN ACTUALLY ADD THE PRODUCT TO THE
APP UMM BY SCANNING IT WITH THE BAR CODE. SO BASICALLY WHAT IT
IS IT’S A SCANNER. YOU SCAN THE BAR CODE FOR A FOOD PRODUCT AND
IT’LL TELL WETHER OR NOT ONE OF THOSE INGREDIENTS IS A MIGRAINE
TRIGGER… YOUR KIDDING.
OR A HAS TRACES OF A MIGRAINE TRIGGER EXACTLY.
SHOW ME HOW IT WORKS. OK.
SO LET’S SAY I’M IN THE SUPER MARKET, I’M A MIGRAINE SUFFERER
AND I WANT TO BUY, WHAT, CHOCOLATE?
YES. OR LET’S DO THIS CHOCOLATE RIGHT
HERE. YES, SO HERE YOU GO. YOU JUST
OPEN UP THE APP. IT’S A SCANNER. SO BASICALLY ALL YOU HAVE TO DO
IS JUST HOLD THE CAMERA ON YOUR PHONE UP TO THE BAR CODE AND
THEN HERE, IT WILL TELL YOU RIGHT AWAY. IT HAS ALL THE
INFORMATION, IT’S GOT A PICTURE OF IT. YOU KNOW IT’S RIGHT
THERE. AND LOOK WHAT IT SAYS. SORRY
THIS PRODUCT TRIGGERS MIGRAINES. YES.
SO THAT IS ONE I OR ANYBODY THAT SUFFERS MUST STAY AWAY FROM.
EXACTLY. TELL ME WHAT ELSE IT SHOWS.
SO IT ALSO SHOWS IN BIG BIG VISIBLE LETTERS THE INGREDIENT
LIST SO THAT YOU CAN SAY, OK WILL WHAT IN HERE MAY CAUSE A
MIGRAINE. SO CHOCOLATE IS DEFINITELY A MIGRAINE TRIGGER IN
AND OF ITSELF. SO WHAT’S COOL ABOUT THE APP IS THAT IT SHOWS
ALTERNATIVES. SO SIMILAR PRODUCTS THAT DON’T CONTAIN A
MIGRAINE TRIGGER. OH THAT’S PERFECT.
HOWEVER, BECAUSE CHOCOLATE IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST MIGRAINE
TRIGGERS IT’S GOING TO BE HARD TO FIND AN ALTERNATIVE.
I CAN ONLY IMAGINE ALSO AS A NUTRITIONIST, I WOULD THINK THAT
IF YOUR ABLE TO DO THIS, YOU CAN ALSO FIND MORE VALUE IN MAYBE
WHAT FOODS YOUR GETTING AS WELL. ABSOLUTELY. ABSOLUTELY. SO THE
HUGE LIST OF MIGRAINE TRIGGERS THAT WE HAVE THERE’S ALOT OF
INGREDIENTS THAT I MEAN ANY NUTRITIONIST WOULD WANT YOU TO
AVOID. UM EXCESS SALT, EXCESS SUGAR, UM THINGS THAT CHEMICAL
NAMES THAT ARE PRESERVATIVES, SUGAR ALTERNATIVES AND THINGS
LIKE THAT. SO DEFINITELY IT’S A GREAT START TO SOMEONE WHO WANTS
TO AVOID SOME OF THESE FOODS CAUSE ALOT OF THE FOODS THAT ARE
MARKED AS A MIGRAINE TRIGGER ARE ACTUALLY PROCESS JUNK FOOD. OF
COURSE YOU WANT TO AVOID THAT. WHAT ABOUT, VICTORIA, SOME NEW
PRODUCTS THAT HIT THE MARKET AND YOU KNOW YOU’RE RIGHT THERE AND
YOU WANT TO TRY IT THAT DAY. ARE YOU UP TO DATE?
DEFINITELY. WE ARE DEFINITELY AS UP TO DATE AS WE POSSIBLY CAN.
IF WE DO HAVE THE MANUFACTURER INFORMATION ON THE SHELF THAT
INFORMATION WILL BE RIGHT THERE IN THE PALM OF YOUR HANDS. IF WE
DON’T, THE USER CAN ACTUALLY ADD THE PRODUCT MANUALLY BY SCANNING
THE PRODUCT, IT WILL SAY I’M SORRY THIS PRODUCT DOES NOT
EXIST AND THEY CAN PRESS A GREEN BUTTON, BIG GREEN BUTTON THAT
SAYS ADD THE PRODUCT. IT’LL GO STRAIGHT TO OUR DATABASE FOR
ANALYZATION. AND YOU’LL DO THE WORK FOR THEM.
EXACTLY. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE THAT THIS
COULD BE CHANGING LIVES AND PEOPLES LIVES. I MEAN HAVE YOU
HEARD THAT FROM SOMEONE THAT YOU KNOW?
ABSOLUTELY, I DEFINITELY HAVE A COUPLE FAMILY MEMBERS AS WELL AS
MYSELF WHO I WE HAD NO IDEA THAT CERTAIN FOODS AND CERTAIN
INGREDIENTS WILL ACTUALLY TRIGGER A MIGRAINE. IT’S VERY
EDUCATIONAL AND IT’S ALSO VERY HELPFUL CAUSE IT’S SAVES TIME IN
THE GROCERY STORE AND IT SAVES YOU A BIG HEADACHE.
(LAUGHTER) AND YOU KNOW WHAT, IT COULD SAVE
YOUR FROM POPPING THAT PILL ALSO.
ABSOLUTELY. AND AVOID TAKING THE MEDICATION
BECAUSE YOU WEREN’T AWARE WHAT WAS CAUSING IT.
ABSOLUTELY. ALRIGHT FOR OUR VIEWERS WHO’D
LIKE MORE INFORMATION ON THIS FABULOUS APP WHERE DO THEY GO?
CONTENTCHECKED.COM AND WE ARE ALSO ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA SITES,
FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM. AND THAT’S CONTENTCHECKED WITH
AN “ED”. ED. CORRECT. PAST TENSE. YES.
ALRIGHT, THANK YOU SO MUCH. ABSOLUTELY. THANK YOU.
I REALLY APPRECIATE ALL THE INFORMATION.
GREAT. THIS HAS BEEN BY THE WAY THE
THIRD IN OUR SERIES ON FOOD ALLERGIES. MORE GREAT
INFORMATION ON A FUTURE SHOW AS WELL AS IN THE MEAN TIME CHECK
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