January 20, 2017

The Food and Migraine Connection

Separating the Good the Bad and the Ugly

Migraine pain is often describes as an intense and debilitating pain in one area of the head and is usually accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound.

Migraine symptoms will vary in intensity and from person to person. Some individuals may even experience auras, such as flashes of light, blind spots, or even a temporary loss of vision.

Although there is no solid end-all cure for migraines, it can be controlled and managed by the foods you eat or the Good, the Bad and the Ugly Foods (no relation to the movie of the same name starring the famous Clint Eastwood).

The Migraine Elimination Diet

In 1983, researchers at the Hospital for Sick Children in London reported their results for 88 children with severe, frequent migraines who began an elimination diet. Of this group, 78 recovered completely, and 4 improved greatly.

In addition, some children who also had seizures found that their seizures stopped. The researchers then reintroduced various foods and found that they sparked migraine recurrences in all but eight.

In subsequent tests using disguised foods, the vast majority of children again became migraine symptom-free when trigger foodswere avoided. Migraines returned when trigger foods were added to the diet.1

In adults, anywhere between 20 and 50 percent have a reduction or elimination of their headaches when common trigger foods are avoided.

The Foods and Migraine connection will be a starting point for the Migraine Elimination Diet.

The Good

The Good foods are those that DO NOT cause migraine pain and have virtually never contributed to migraines or any other pains.

The Good Foods:

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Pollution and Poor Nutrition Causing Migraines

Learn How You Can Spontaneously Transform Your Life
To Be 100% Migraine Pain Free

Did you know at least 45,000,000 Americans report that they suffer from headaches? Personally, I’ve never reported a headache, have you? Just imagine how big the actual numbers of headache sufferers there really are. Sadly, popping all that headache medication isn’t preventing or curing the epidemic migraine syndrome sweeping America. But, it may be actually causing many of them.

It’s called “rebound headaches,” “analgesic rebound headaches” or “medication overuse headaches” (MOH). If you’re having headaches for 7 to 15 days of the month, you may be one of millions of people addicted to anti-migraine or analgesic medications. Considering in the US, 10 to 20,000 tons of aspirin are consumed every year, which only scratches the surface of the total amount of headache medications Americans are swallowing.

There are many types of headache pain along with complications that come with them; the most common type is a migraine. By definition, a migraine is a “one-sided” throbbing pain, hammering away inside your head and robbing you of daily energy.

Migraines are still uncharted territory scientifically speaking, but we do know that migraines are triggered by changes of blood flow within in the brain. When blood vessels in the brain repeatedly contract and expand, nerve endings within these vessels respond by sending out pain signals.

Here are 5 common complications that can come with a migraine:

  1. Light sensitivity
  2. Noise sensitivity
  3. Numbness of limbs
  4. Nausea and vomiting
  5. Hallucinations

Now, common sense will tell you if any Over-The-Counter (OTC) or prescription cure were available, 45,000,000 people wouldn’t be reporting migraines and their dangerous complications, would they?

The good news is there are little known “proven remedies” for chronic migraines and headache pain.

As with any health issues, the solution can be found within the problem. Or, in other words, understanding the cause and undoing it can find the cure.

Rebound Headaches Are Aggravated by Nutritional Deficiencies

The last thing Big Pharma wants you to know is your general health issues, including migraine syndromes, are NOT drug deficiencies. In fact, an overwhelming amount of evidence reveals missing “key nutrients and minerals” cause a lot of human pain and suffering. Your migraines are no exception.

Yet, despite overwhelming evidence bearing against the effectiveness of pharmaceutical drugs these days, millions of people still take them regardless of any real benefits and harmful reactions.

To help make my point, let’s take a quick peek at some other examples of serious problems triggered from specific nutritional deficiencies. As you’ll see, following good old fashion common sense can solve many of your health challenges. Of course, common sense really isn’t so common anymore, is it?

For starters, we know some problems are caused by over eating. Take obesity, heart disease and diabetes, these are generally caused from eating too many “empty calories” and not getting enough exercise. Thanks to plenty of fast “junk” food, most Americans over eat and still suffer from “under nutrition,” simply because THEY’RE NOT GETTING ANY REAL NUTRITION.

Isn’t it ironic that over-eating is a main cause of under-nutrition in America?

Read on . . .

Here Are Some Classic Examples Of Dis-Ease Caused From Lack Of Nutrition:

  • Calcium deficiency causes osteoporosis and rickets
  • Iodine deficiency causes goiter
  • Selenium deficiency causes Keshan disease
  • Iron deficiency causes anemia
  • Zinc deficiency causes growth retardation
  • Thiamine (B1) deficiency causes Beriberi
  • Niacin deficiency (b2 or B3) causes Pellagra
  • Vitamin C deficiency causes scurvy and heart disease
  • Vitamin D deficiency causes osteoporosis and rickets

Considering this it should be no surprise to learn migraine headache syndrome may be linked to certain deficiencies, as well. Actually, that’s really good news for millions of headache sufferers; perhaps all they need to do is find their own “missing linkto optimum health.

5 Nutritional Deficiencies Related To Migraines:

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Fear, Guilt and Anxiety Manifesting In Migraines

Don’t let fear, guilt and anxiety weigh down your body and your mind with migraines: 5 steps to being migraine free without medication.

At least a couple times a week, severe migraines would result in me not being able to function. Some of you know the routine, you sense a migraine coming on and you know you better get home quick because before long any light and noise will be unbearable. Perhaps you noticed the first sentence above is written in the past tense and that’s because I have not had a migraine for a dozen years.  You can be free of them, too — and without any medication!

Admittedly, my testimony with regard to migraines is a testimony of a miraculous healing. One evening I was at church and I felt a migraine coming on. We had some guests in town from Texas for a worship and prayer conference and the keyboard player was a man named Rueben. To this day, I don’t know his last name. Rueben noticed I was not feeling well and he came to the back of the sanctuary and asked if he could pray for me.  I had told him I felt another bad migraine headache was coming on.  He gathered a few other people around me to pray.  I really don’t remember what exactly he prayed except I started to feel hot and I started to sob. I’m not one to cry. The fact that I was sobbing quickly caught my wife’s attention, indicating to her and others that something was indeed happening.

At some point in his prayer for me, Rueben hit me hard in the forehead with the heel of his hand while saying in a loud voice, “In Jesus Name… spirit of infirmity, be GONE!”  A couple things about this:

  • First, those of you who suffer from migraines know that even your hair hurts and you don’t want to be touched, let alone hit in the head.
  • Second, even today we do not allow our prayer team to do such things.  But, that’s what he did to me.

Here’s what I can’t deny: the pain immediately left and I have not had a migraine since.

At that time I was taking Zomig (Zolmitriptan was about $10 a pill at that time) and I was getting free samples from a doctor who attended our church. About two months later, the doctor asked me why I had not come in for more Zomig samples.  I looked both ways and then whispered to him, “Doc, I don’t want to jinx anything but I think I’ve been healed.”  Later that day I felt a very strong impression (that I attribute to God) that if I didn’t start giving Him glory for healing me of migraines, I’d get the migraines back.  Since that day, I’ve been sharing that testimony of God healing me of migraines.  Also since that day, God seems to have given me a grace to successfully pray for and minister to others who suffer from migraines.

In the last 12 years since that all happened, I’ve learned a few things about migraines and how to minister to people with migraines. A migraine is a type of pain known as “psychogenic pain,” which means it is not caused by any known organic reason but is associated instead with psychological factors. In this article, and other articles here in my column on the Spiritual Dimensions of Health and Wellness, I have written from the vantage point that many ailments have spiritual roots, especially those with no other known cause, such as migraines. If migraines are caused by non-organic factors, treating them chemically only treats the symptoms.  In other words, they’ll come back again tomorrow and the next day or as long as the root causes are unidentified and ignored.

The medicines available to treat migraine symptoms do two things simultaneously.

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