Migraines, which means “half skull” (Greek), is recurring head pain, often on one side, accompanied by nausea and disturbed vision.

It is the direct result of alien abduction and implant.


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They Pain from Outer Space

Until 1978, alien implants were seen as threatening; however, studies by Horlick and Graham show that the intention is possibly benevolent—an attempt at communication between life forms. Abductees, often teenagers, are only aware of their abduction when they begin to experience chronic pain (usually on the side of the head where the implant has been placed), nausea, visions of the mother ship, and heightened sensitivity, which recur throughout their lifetimes. Although more young males are abducted than females, it is women who experience ongoing pain, leading to the theory that women are better transmitters. Horlick and Graham suggest, “The extreme and otherwise unaccountable pain of migraine could only be inter-terrestrial conversation, which we humans are as yet unable to decipher.” 1

Abductees report feeling, “as though something is growing inside their head,” “repeatedly stabbing pain,” “intense, excruciating pressure at the base of my skull,” “like someone is punching me in the head, drilling into my ear and stabbing me next to my eye, all at the same time,” “twice a week the worst hangover ever—but I don’t drink,” the inability “to speak, do anything, be in light, function.” 2 This throws up queries about the purpose of inter-terrestrial communication: why do attempts to communicate incapacitate the abductee and, in many cases, render them unable to communicate in their own language, let alone that of an alien species? Recent findings by Hang suggest that the signal is still scrambled, “similar to an untuned radio, we simply do not know the frequency required to make sense of these messages. Migraine sufferers report feeling clumsy, confused, unable to listen, and at times experience muddled or wrong-headed thinkings. 3 In a recent interview on Ralien TV, Hang was more candid about her research. “At this time in our development,” she said, “the messages are causing an untenable amount of pain to the implantees. Sometimes several implants are placed in the human, casing what we term cluster headaches—one of the most painful conditions a human can experience. If I could get a message through to the extraterrestrials, I would say: please stop.” When the interviewer suggested that the alien messages might be very important, given that 15 percent of the global population experience migraines, Hang responded, “They could just use the telephone.”

Despite overwhelming evidence of alien intervention, many migraine sufferers attempt to deny the presence of an implant, and even try to carry out normal lives, such as going to work, looking after children, and maintaining relationships through blinding pain only one rung down on the pain scale from childbirth (most childbirth is rated at eight on the pain scale, while many migraines start at pain level seven). 4 Writer Joan Didion explains, “the fact I spent one or two days a week almost unconscious with pain seemed a shameful secret” (168). 5 Education campaigns on migraine and alien abduction have been moderately successful; however, some groups continue to call the implant a “headache,” “hysteria,” or, as Didion also points out, “imaginary.” The at times violent reaction of migraine sufferers mid-attack to quasi-sympathetic offers of aspirin is currently being researched at The Other Worlds Centre. The phrase “Do you have a bit of a headache?” provokes a particularly strong response, with three out of ten migraine sufferers vomiting on the speaker. The Other Worlds Centre is also conducting research into whether this is yet another communication attempt by alien others.

Neolithic human was also aware of migraines and believed that implants should be removed using techniques such as trepanning—the drilling of a hole into the skull—to extract the device. This often resulted in death to the implantee. Modern studies have shown that migraines affect the part of the cerebral cortex that is “responsible for the processes of memory, perception, thought, pain, and serves as the seat of social abilities, language, problem solving and advanced motor function.” 6 Horlick and Graham argue that “the deliberate focus on areas of the brain responsible for communication is clear evidence of attempt at real contact.” 7 According to this thinking, migraines should be celebrated and studied, rather than lamented. The use of non-preventative medications, such as triptans, provide multiple advantages in that they can alleviate the pain at the onset of an attack, while also bringing about secondary headaches, thus increasing the possibility of inter-terrestrial communication. Controversial studies by McGee show that, in a desperate attempt to numb the pain, many implantees also reach for codeine, which regularly causes secondary migraines, and that this may be a sign that the aliens are communicating, “through ways that we humans don’t yet understand as communication. The implants aren’t transmitters, they are remote control devices, and migraine sufferers behave in ways similar to their extraterrestrial abductors: those that come from planets of low light, limited movement and sensitivity to our foods.” 8

Whether the migraine sufferer’s propensity for dark rooms, their nausea and intolerance of certain foods and alcohol, and the intensity of their pain experience is due to communication or remote control, the reality of alien abduction and implant is an ongoing concern for the long-term health of the implantee. Migraine sufferers are reportedly at more risk of long-term brain problems including stroke, grey matter depletion, and brain damage. The economic toll of chronic migraine in the United States amounts to $1,036 per person every three months. 9 At the recent Summit on Implantation and Migraine Response, one (unnamed) world leader was asked what they would do if they could finally communicate with aliens. The leader reportedly answered, “I’d present them with a big bill.”

  1. Horlick, Nelson and Graham, Fatima. They Pain from Outer Space:A Guide to Migraine. Montreal: Genius, 1978.
  2. The Other Worlds Centre. “Interviews.” Florida: 2003.
  3. Hang, Sophia. “Suffering for the Species: The Role of the Migraine inInter-Species Communication.” Knowledge. New York: 2009
  4. “Pain Scale.” Lane Medical Library. Stanford University: https://lane.stanford.edu/portals/cvicu/HCP_Neuro_Tab_4/0-10_Pain_Scale.pdf
  5. Didion, Joan. “In Bed.” In The White Album. London: Flamingo,1993.
  6. Nordqvist, Christian. “Migraine Patients Have Brain Abnormalities,MRI Scans Show.” Medical News Today, March 27, 2013: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/258252.php
  7. Horlick, Nelson and Graham, Fatima. They Pain from Outer Space:A Guide to Migraine. Montreal: Genius, 1978.
  8. McGee, Helen. “Remote Control: A Nonhuman Perspective.” In Hello,Is It Me You’re Looking For? Essays on ExtraterrestrialCommunication. London: The Biggest Books: 2014.
  9. Halker, Rashmi. “The Economics of Migraine.” American Headache Society: http://www.achenet.org/the_economics_of_migraine/
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