The point of this scientific babble for clusterheads is...

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Posted by Jack ( on August 14, 2000 at 11:27:02:

In Reply to: New comprehensive scientific article... posted by Paco on August 14, 2000 at 10:00:07:

simply this:

"that there is activation of a brain
stem reflex, the afferent arc of which is the trigeminal nerve, and the efferent arc, the cranial parasympathetic outflow from cranial nerve VII (Figure 2). "

The sympathetic nervous system, or autonomous nervous system or the parasympathetic nervous system are those things that are involuntary and control the most basic of human functions. The point is that clusters are "DEEP" - deep in the bowels of our hypothalamus - that is why they do not respond easily to meds or why you biofeedback doesn't work or why one can't relax one's way out of a cluster or why avoiding ceratin dietary stuff doesn't work and on and on .

Deep, primeval, primordial, basic, hypothalamic, brain stem.

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