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THE SYMPTOMS OF FOOD INTOLERANCE: MIGRAINE AND BLOOD VESSELS

by admin - April 20th, 2009.
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Although the blood vessels play an important part in migraines, many doctors believe that they are not the whole story. Some things are difficult to explain on the basis of blood vessels alone – why the pain is usually on one side of the head, for example, or why bright lights should trigger migraine off. These facts suggest that the nervous system is involved as well, but exactly how is not known.

The conventional view of migraine is that it cannot be cured, except in rare instances where a misaligned vertebra, usually in the neck, is at the root of the problem – and this may not be true migraine anyway. For such patients, treatment by an osteopath may be effective. (How a misaligned vertebra might cause migraine in the first place is something of a puzzle, but one that we will return to at the end of this section.) Given that there is no ‘cure’, the main form of conventional treatment is drug therapy, using drugs that can stop an attack, or at least alleviate it. Patients are also advised to identify their particular ‘triggers’ and avoid them.

The relevance of food intolerance to migraine is hotly debated. The conventional wisdom is that certain foods (chocolate, cheese etc) can act as triggers but that commonly eaten foods, such as wheat and milk, are unlikely to play a part in migraine. However, several carefully conducted scientific trials have produced good results, using elimination diets to treat migraine sufferers. One of these studies, involving children with severe migraine, is described on p91. Studies with adults have shown that about 70 per cent of patients recover very well when treated in this way. Doctors working in this field in fact achieve a better success rate than this, because patients who do not respond to a simple elimination diet often turn out to have chemical sensitivities or other problems, such as Candida overgrowth. If these problems can be resolved, then the success rate rises to 80 or 90 per cent.

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