The drug bias is so strong among MDs that most news reports
regarding migraine announce yet another new drug claim - better than the last
for reducing headaches. The drug approach to migraine has varied from the
atrocious to the interesting. A better idea is to remove the food and
environmental causes of headache
The Problem - Throbbing, "sick" headaches
The Solution - Diet revision using Alpha Nutrition; relaxation,
massage, gentle exercise
The atrocious side of drug treatment is the over-prescription of
narcotic pain-relievers, sedatives, tranquilizers and muscle relaxants.
Continuous analgesic medication tends to compound the problem, not reduce
the headache. Narcotic dependency (addiction) can become a greater problem
than the original headache. Drugs with little or nothing to offer but side
effects and the risk of dependency include sedative drugs, barbiturates
and muscle relaxants.
A wide variety of drugs may reduce the severity of migraine; the
diverse mechanisms by which these drugs act point to the multistage,
complex mediator pattern of migraine. For years, ergotamine was prescribed
to abort the headache in its early stages, especially during the aura,
before the pain had begun. Other ergot derivatives were prescribed daily
as migraine prophylaxis. Sandomigran had some success but also offered
very serious adverse effects. When the headache is hours-long and severe,
oral prednisone can be helpful.
Aspirin or ASA remains an effective pain-relieving drug if taken in the
first few minutes of an attack. Related anti-inflammatory drugs such as
naproxen and ibuprofen work by the same ASA mechanism, blocking the
production of prostaglandins, mediators generated in the first stage of a
migraine response. Later, blood platelets release serotonin, and other
blood components come into play. ASA, naproxen, ibuprofen or acetaminophen
are suitable pain-relievers for children with migraine - they should not
receive ergotamine nor sumatriptan.
Codeine can be added to aspirin to enhance the pain-relieving effect.
For years aspirin, codeine and caffeine combination pills were common
prescriptions for migraine - AC& C 1/2, Frosst 292s and Fiorinal C1/2.
Fiorinal C1/2 be came popular street drugs; addicts and dealers
solicited MD's for prescriptions, usually with migraine complaints, and
sold the drug on the streets. Narcotic analgesics are also commonly used -
a visit to the MD or hospital for a "shot of Demerol" often with gravol
for a "bad migraine" is common practice.
Sumatripan, is serotonin receptor agonist and is considered a useful
drug to stop an acute migraine attack. Injected Sumatripan was said to
relieve migraine headache in up to 70% of patients. The drug
constricts blood vessel and like ergotamine may reduce blood flow to the
heart or brain. The use of the drug is contraindicated in any history of
heart disease, hypertension, stroke or threatened stroke. The use of the
drug is unwise with many antidepressants, especially the MAO inhibitors
and the very popular serotonin re-uptake inhibitors ( Prozac, paroxetine,
fluvoxamine, sertaline). A me-too drug, zolmitriptan (ZOMIG) has similar
benefits and contraindications. In qualifying studies the minimum dose of
zolmitriptan of 1.0 mg was little different from placebo; a dose of 2.5 mg
appeared to optimal and double dose of 5.0 mg did not improve results
Drugs used to lower blood pressure; beta blockers (BB) and calcium
channel blockers (CCB) are also sometimes useful if taken daily in
reducing the frequency and severity of headaches.
- BB: can cause rebound headaches if withdrawn abruptly
- CCB: Verapamil is slow to act - allow two months to be effective.
- Antidepressants are seldom helpful; e.g. amitriptyline 10 to 50 mg/
- Sodium Valproate, last choice - serious side effects
Better than drugs... why not remove the original food causes of
Headache Solution = Remove the Cause: The Alpha Nutrition Program is a
standard method of diet revision that can resolve chronic headaches. The
first phase of the program is an attempt to clear symptoms. This is home
science. You start with the hypothesis that your food intake is causing or
contributing to your illness and you do an experiment to find out if it is true.
When you read Alpha Nutrition Program instructions, you will realize that there
are three tracks through the program - fast, medium and slow. You need to decide
the best track for you. To help you decide what strategy is best for you, we
suggest rating the severity of your existing illness: You can retreat to Phase 1
foods and replace one or two meals per day with Alpha ENF. This is the medium
track on Alpha Nutrition- rehearsal mode. If the problem is prolonged headaches,
especially a mixed pattern with daily pain punctuated by attacks of migraine,
recovery involves a period of reduced food intake or fasting. The most
definitive experiment is to take a
food holiday. We recommend Alpha ENF to replace food. The best way to begin
is to order the Rescue Starter Pack that includes the Program book and a 500
gram jar of Alpha ENF to try.
The Allergy Center is devoted to explaining a complicated subject. We
offer rich resource online and encourage our readers to further pursue their
interest by reading our books. Managing Food Allergy written by
Stephen Gislason MD describes in detail this import topic with discussions of
chronic ill-defined diseases, autoimmune diseases and gluten allergy. The book,
Gluten Problems and Solutions describes the best know pattern of food
allergy triggered by the proteins in cereal grains. The book, Air and
Breathing discusses airborne and food allergy as causes of respiratory
disease. Immunology Notes explains in more detail how the immune system
works and how immune mediated diseases develop. Many Alpha Education books refer
to the Alpha Nutrition Program, a standard
method of diet revision originally designed to solve the problems of food
allergy. Starter Packs bundle the Alpha Nutrition Program, other books and
formulas to help you get started solving your medical problems.
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