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From Dr. Joel Fehrman, M.D.

Conventional Care

The general medical viewpoint is that migraines cannot be cured, but merely suppressed with drugs. Physicians generally don’t hesitate to prescribe medication for a person to take for the rest of his or her life. The common medical practice of giving drugs (which are all toxic) to treat the ill effects of retained toxins, without attempting to determine and remove causative factors, is a misguided approach illustrative of the overall inadequacy of today’s health care system.

Besides contributing to the body’s toxic overload and leading to overall deterioration in health, it is well recognized that the medications used to treat migraines are a crucially important factor in perpetuating future headache attacks. Drugs that are used for headaches – such as aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol®), barbiturates, codeine, and ergotamine – all cause headaches to recur on a rebound basis as these toxins begin to wash out of the nervous system. Then, in order to temporarily lessen the pain, headache sufferers take more of these tissue poisons, only to excite another attack in the near future, thus maintaining the patient on a drugging merry-go-round.

Just as we can “cure” the coffee drinker’s headache by giving him or her more coffee to stop the withdrawal or elimination of the toxins, so, too, can we “cure” the heroin addict’s withdrawal symptoms by giving him or her more heroin. By prescribing the headache patient Esgic®, Ergostat®, Bellargal®, Cafergot®, Excedrin®, Fiorinal®, Vanquish®, or Wigaine®, which contain caffeine, ergotamine, or barbiturates, we do not remove the cause. In fact, we perpetuate the problem. Many other medications also cause headaches; both the garden-variety tension headache as well as migraines. These drugs include those used for angina and high blood pressure, as well as estrogen-containing birth control pills and estrogen hormone replacement therapy, often prescribed after menopause.

Medications may make you temporarily feel better, but they halt the detoxification process, thus allowing the storage of tissue irritants. Inevitably, when the body has the chance, it will attempt to mobilize and remove these irritants, initiating another round of pain. You will be trapped with rebound headaches in a vicious cycle of pain the rest of your life.

Most people mistake feeling good for health. Often, in order to recover your health you may have to temporarily feel bad so your body can cleanse itself of an offensive substance, to enable a more permanent recovery.

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