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  • Migraine and Food

    Dietary advice is often given to migraine sufferers. The most popular idea is to avoid tyramines, amino acid-like chemicals present in a number of foods, especially red wines and cheddar cheese. Other amines include the drug phenylethylamine which is found in chocolate. Experiments using tyramine alone have failed to substantiate its primary role in causing migraine headaches. The problem with many food-headache studies has been an overly simplistic view of the pain-causing sequence. In general, any food that has the property of imitating or releasing mediator substances in the bloodstream may produce pain. Any food that is capable of producing an internal allergic response can cause headache.

    The solution to a headache problem involves complete diet revision and not simply the exclusion of one or two substances. Migraine headaches are caused by food allergy. In an English headache study[i], the authors state: "The diagnosis of migraine is based on clinical criteria and should not depend on mechanism. Migraine is a multifactorial disease which may be induced through the ingestion of large amounts of chemical mediators in some individuals, or through an allergic reaction to foods in others. In the latter group, the exact mechanism by which foods cause the migrainous attacks is not clear. Some food-allergic reactions arise through an immune-complex-mediated mechanism - that is, a form of serum sickness triggered by a type-I hypersensitivity reaction in the gut. In these circumstances, the composition of the immune complex or the mediators released govern the damaging capacity."

    A century of reports of the food-migraine connection often go ignored in the medical management of migraine.[ii] [iii] In a study of children with migraine, excellent results were produced by dietary therapy:[iv] "...93% of 88 children with severe frequent migraine recovered on oligoantigenic diets; the causative foods were identified...by a double-blind controlled trial in 40 of the children. Most patients responded to several foods. Many foods were involved, suggesting an allergic rather than an idiosyncratic (metabolic) pathogenesis. Associated symptoms which improved in addition to headache included abdominal pain, behavior disorder, fits, asthma, and eczema. In most of the patients in whom migraine was provoked by non-specific factors, such as blows to the head, exercise, and flashing lights, this provocation no longer occurred while they were on the diet.

    [i] Monro, J.; Carini, C.; Brostoff, J. Migraine is a Food-Allergic Disease. Lancet. Sep 29, 1984. Vol. II. pp 719-721.]
    [ii]Monro J, Brostoff J, Carini C, Zilkha K. Food allergy in migraine: A study of dietary exclusion and RAST. Lancet 1980; ii: 1-4.
    Munro J. Food-induced Migraine. Food Allergy and Intolerance. Balliere Tindall 1987:633-665
    [iii]Mansfield L.E. The role of food allergy in migraine: a review. Ann Allergy 1987; 58: 313-318
    [iv] Egger,J., Carter, C., Wilson, J.,Turner, M. W.; Soothill, J. F. Is Migraine Food Allergy? A Double-blind Controlled Trial of Oligoantigenic Diet Treatment. Lancet.1983.Vol.II. 866-869.

    Headache Rescue with the Alpha Nutrition Program

    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.

    Four important goals

    • Remove all the problems in your existing food supply
    • Add all the nutrients your body needs
    • Reintroduce the best, nourishing foods available, establish a new healthier diet, and learn how to take better care of yourself in the long-term.

    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. While fasting (removing the food problems) has helped many people improve, the penalties of no nutrients coming in are often too great. We, therefore, recommend Alpha ENF use to insure complete nutrition. You order Alpha ENF, plan a health-seeking retreat, and spend 10 days on Alpha ENF alone. See the Alpha Nutrition Program Manual for complete instructions. The best way to begin is to order the Nutritional Rescue Starter Pack.

    Severity Of Headaches >> Alpha Nutrition Track

    Level 1 Headache less than 4 days/month >>Fast Track Alpha Nutrition Program

    Level 2 Mixed pattern - migraines 4-10 days/per month; tension headaches in between

    Medium track: Alpha ENF Meal replacement

    Level 3 Daily pain; disabling attacks; other symptoms

    7-10 day Food Holiday; then slow track food reintroduction

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    • 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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