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We began this archive as a means of assisting our visitors in answering many of their health and diet questions, and in encouraging them to take a pro-active part in their own health. We believe the articles and information contained herein are true, but are not presenting them as advice. We, personally, have found that a whole food vegan diet has helped our own health, and simply wish to share with others the things we have found. Each of us must make our own decisions, for it's our own body. If you have a health problem, see your own physician.
Dr. Joel Fehrman, M.D. http://drfuhrman.com
Headaches and Migraines
The Solution is Usually Dietary
A basic plan to rid one’s life of headaches, as outlined in my book, Eat To Live, is to start a low-protein, plant-based diet specifically designed to avoid offending foods, as well as all caffeine-containing products. To start, headache sufferers should withhold all medication, including oral contraceptive pills (utilizing another birth control method). All herbal preparations, food supplements, teas, soft drinks, coffee, and caffeinated beverages should be omitted, as well.
Since the use of medication, even in low quantities, can be the cause of headaches, the best thing a physician caring for headache patients can do is to withdraw their medication. Drugs to relieve pain are rarely necessary if headache sufferers are allowed to detoxify at the first sign of headache symptoms. Patients trying to detoxify and eliminate dependency on medication often find it useful to retire to a dark room and use ice compresses or a tight ice wrap around the head to reduce pain. An alternative can be to stand in a hot shower with hot water beating on the painful area.
Fortunately, I can successfully wean patients off these drugs when they adopt a healthful diet as outlined in my book, Eat To Live. Dietary modification alone results in a complete recovery more than ninety percent of the time.
Sometimes headaches continue for a few days while the body is still eliminating retained wastes, but usually this diet approach results in the quick elimination of the patient’s problems. Once a definite recovery has been achieved and the patient is free of headaches for one month, some healthful natural foods that were prohibited in the first phase may be added back to the diet. .
Taking care of patients with recurrent headaches or migraines is probably the most rewarding interaction I experience on a daily basis. These patients typically recover very quickly and most usually never return. They have learned the cause of their headache—a poor diet, and they let nutritional excellence protect their valuable health.
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