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Headache and migraine

 Dr Damien Downing writes;

This is a summary of the conclusions in a chapter that I co-authored recently on migraine in

Advancing Medicine with Food and Nutrients, 2nd edition;

  • Migraine is multifactorial; most sufferers report multiple triggers
  • Stress is a trigger for most sufferers
  • Amines such as tyramine cannot be more than minor triggers
  • Food intolerances are proven to be potential triggers
  • Absent controlled trials, ? of migraineurs (and more of child sufferers) respond to elimination diets
  • Hunger or low blood sugar is a trigger in at least ½ of sufferers
  • ? of sufferers benefit from high-dose B2 (riboflavin) supplements
  • At least ½ benefit from vitamin B12 (cobalamin), usually by injections
  • Nearly ½ respond to prophylactic Butterbur
Now, we were only looking at nutritional aspects, so there is no conflict with other approaches such as acupuncture or massage. And given the importance of stress and blood sugar, many forms of relaxation and stress-management may help. And if there is a joint problem, particularly in the neck and upper spine, you should get it fixed.

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Stephanie, Teddington

We came to see Dr Downing when our son Matthew was seriously unwell aged 10 with an unspecified post viral fatigue syndrome. Our GP had not been able to reassure us or provide us with anything other than advice to rest and it would pass. We were desperate when Matthew was unable to get out of bed and seemed to be going downhill. Dr Downing reacted immediately with a series of blood tests and vitamin infusions . It took two sessions but Matthew stabilised and started to eat and drink. Over the next two months, his condition improved and he was able to go back to school. It has been nearly three years since those dark months and Matthew has grown into a very tall, handsome 14 year old who has not been ill once - not even a cold!.

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