Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Migraine Diet

"What exactly is the migraine diet?"

After Hubbie had suffered from migraines for well over 6 months with failed medical help, we decided to take it into our own hands. We had been to regular doctors, neurologists, allergists, and massage therapist. None of the different medicines or treatments he tried worked, and the doctors could give us no alternative except "lets try this other drug, it might make it so you can't remember anything, but at least your head won't hurt *as* much".

We didn't like all the medicines he was having to take that weren't working, and we knew something had to be causing the headaches. It just isn't normal for someone to get a migraine everyday with no explanation. He wasn't stressed, unhappy, or discontent with his life. He has a good job that he loves, and a supportive wife :-). There weren't any every day stresses that should cause migraines. We actually had the neurologist jokingly tell us that Hubbie should quit his job and leave his wife. He said that got rid of migraines for a lot of people. Even though it was said in joke, that statement made me not trust the doctor very much.

We decided to start researching other methods of migraine treatment and prevention that didn't involve being on medicines for the rest of Hubbies life. The first resource we found was a book called "Eat to Live" by Dr. Fuhrman. His book mainly focuses on weight loss through a vegan, reduced calorie diet, but it also contains information for migraine sufferers. His approach is an all in approach. You have to be committed for his diet to work.

Another book that we found useful was "Heal Your Headache" by Dr. David Buchinolz. This book is very informative, and tells you what a migraine is, explains why some people get migraines and others don't, and how to work at preventing migraines.

We found both books very informative and very helpful. We ended up combining a lot of different resources and pulling information for many different sources.

Stop by tomorrow for the second instalment of "The Migraine Diet" where I will go into detail about what exactly we can and can't eat!

More information about Dr. Fuhrman and his book "Eat to Live" can be found at his website.

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