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Headaches and Migraines: Knock Them Out

Headaches are just awful. They can ruin your day before it even gets started. One of the pluses of Eating to Live is you hardly ever get a headache. At least I don’t. How about you? And here’s a good reason to stay headache-free. Apparently migraines are being linked to brain damage. Maggie Fox of Reuters reports:
People with migraines also may be suffering from some brain damage as brain cells swell and become starved of oxygen -- a finding that may help explain why migraine sufferers have a higher risk of stroke, researchers reported on Sunday.


Similar brain damage can occur with concussions and after strokes, the researchers said in this week's issue of the journal Nature Neuroscience.

They said their findings suggest that migraine sufferers should not simply get pain relief but should take drugs that prevent the migraine, which is often preceded by "aura" -- a series of visual disturbances that can include flashes of light or black spots.
Now, for years I thought headaches were just one of those things. Don’t know what causes them, just got to deal with them. Not so, according to Dr. Fuhrman. He’ll tell you, nutrition excellence knocks headaches and migraines right out of the box. From Eat to Live:
Recurrent headaches are not much different. They are almost always the result of nutritional folly and, like other reasons that keep doctors' offices busy, are completely avoidable.

The relationship between food triggers and migraines has been the subject of much debate, with varying results from medical researchers. Headache specialists such as Seymour Diamond, director of the Diamond Headache Clinic of Columbus Hospital, report that about 30 percent of patients can identify food triggers.1

My experience in treating migraine and severe-headache patients with a more comprehensive nutritional approach has shown that 90 to 95 percent of patients are able to remain headache-free after the first three-month period. These patients avoid common migraine triggers, but also in the healing phase they adhere to a strict natural-food vegan diet of primarily fruits and vegetables rich in natural starches like potatoes and brown rice. These patients must avoid all packaged and processed foods, which are notorious for containing hidden food additives, even though they are not disclosed on the labels. They also avoid all added salt.
I don’t know about you, but, I’d rather eat lots wholesome natural food instead of popping handfuls of high-dose ibuprofens any day of the week. Now, Dr. Fuhrman has had a lot of success treating headache and migraine suffers with nutritional excellence. Here are couple stories:
Still want to know more? Back in January Dr. Fuhrman discussed banishing your headaches on his radio show Nutritional Wisdom. Here’s the show summary:
You can travel to one headache specialist after another and try a hundred different remedies. But if you want to understand why you get headaches and how to beat them forever listen in to this fascinating show! Dr. Fuhrman explains how eating a high-nutrient diet can alleviate headaches, which are usually associated with other health-related problems.
1. Diamond, S. 1995. Migraine headache: recognizing its pecularities, precipitants and prodomes. Consultant, August, 1190-95.
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Jenjen - August 5, 2007 8:37 AM

This is interesting info. However, what about those of us with blood sugar issues and sensitivities to salicylates? If I ate a lot of brown rice and potatoes, I'd be so hypoglycemic I wouldn't be able to get out of bed, and if I eat a lot of veggies and fruits, except for Brussels sprouts, iceberg lettuce, peeled pears, and cabbage, I get sick.

Dolores - March 30, 2008 6:11 PM

Headaches and migraines are two very VERY different things. You shouldn't make them synonymous. Normal headaches don't cause brain damage. So you are scaring people unnecessarily.

Diet can help tension headaches. But migraines are a whole different ball field. Migraines are a neurological disease caused by gene mutations in the calcium channel receptors of the nerves and by deformations of the circulatory system, like the heart or arteries.

Food, stress, lack of sleep, etc. Do NOT cause migraines. If that were true everyone would get them.

The misinformation all over the net, TV and even "medical" magazines makes it more difficult for people with true migraines to get diagnosed and get the proper help they need for a very debilitating disease.

People with Tension headaches get misdiagnosed with migraine, while people with migraine get misdiagnosed with seizure disorders, and MS. If someone is told they have "migraines" they need to get diagnosed by a neurologist, and not a family doctor who doesn't have the capability to diagnose neurological disorders properly. Its important for true migraines to get diagnosed properly, because they are indeed life threatening.

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