So many people suffer unnecessarily with headaches of many types, including migraines. I have been treating headache patients for the past 13 years and unfortunately most people are pushed onto so many medications that if they are lucky, the meds cover the symptoms temporarily. There is a huge problem though: the medications all have side effects, usually do not give you your life back and doesn’t actually correct the cause of the problem.
My name is Dr. Russell Brokstein and as owner of Hometown Family Wellness Center in Freehold, NJ, I feel it is so important for people to be educated on many health problems, including headaches. For this reason I started a series of blogs about headaches for home care recommendations to take back control of your life.
In our last post, we went further into habits and diet that are commonly linked to headaches. You can read this post by clicking here: Headache and Migraine Sufferers Have Hope with Freehold Chiropractor.
There are many other factors that contribute to headaches and migraines. So, lets start to discuss these:
Food allergies can cause a headache or migraine and they will trigger the headache quickly. If you’re allergic to a food, whether it’s yeast, milk, peanuts, wheat, or sugar, it’s possible that you will have a headache after eating that food. In children suffering from migraines and epilepsy, eliminating offending foods will result in a reduction of seizures.
Food allergies are more complicated because food essentially stays in the body for four days so you could be reacting to a food eaten four days ago!
Food allergies can easily be tested, simply by sending a blood sample to the clinical lab for ELISA testing. Now it’s possible to test for allergies to 99 different foods by ordering a test kit online. Google “Meridian Valley Clinical Laboratory, Kent, WA” for the ELISA test and order one if you think there’s a possibility you may be allergic to foods. The laboratory will send out your kit, which you’ll take to a local lab that draws blood. The hospital outpatient lab may even draw the blood for you. T hen you’ll send the blood to Meridian Valley Clinical Laboratory and they will send you your results. You can find out for sure if you’re allergic to foods; there’s no point in eliminating foods from the diet if they aren’t causing you headaches.
In our office we have another option that is only offered in around 100 offices in the country. We provide biofeedback and stress reduction therapy. Where the blood test previously mentioned can only test for around 100 items, our technology can test for over 50,000 foods, chemicals, stress, emotions, organ and system imbalances. We have had over an 80% success rate with many stress induced conditions like headaches, allergies, digestive problems, immune problems, skin conditions, anxiety, depression, ADD, ADHD, smoking cessation and weight loss.
Another issue that can cause headaches is faulty elimination. For a minute, think back to a time when you were constipated. How did you feel? Miserable! I must tell you how important it is to have a bowel movement at least twice daily. If you don’t, you are constipated!
What happens inside the body when you are constipated is not pretty! All that waste matter sitting inside your intestines is rotting! Forgive me for being so graphic, but I want you to understand this. There is a process in the body called diffusion that happens inside the cells that works like this: wherever you have a higher concentration of something, it will flow to an area of lower concentration. When you have a high concentration of wastes in the intestines, they start “polluting” the rest of the organs in your abdomen. This is part of the reason why so many men have prostate problems!
Those wastes in your colon are in such a high concentration that they start “flowing” to other places in the body. Countless patients have told me over the years that part of the reason why they got headaches was because they were constipated.
So stop carrying around those old meals as a suitcase in your colon and start feeling better. You will clearly have fewer headaches as a result. Some simple ways to do this:
a. When you get up in the morning, drink two to three 8-oz glasses of water within five minutes. This will result in a bowel movement within about 30 minutes.
b. Obtain slippery elm bark powder from the health food store and mix 1 to 2 tablespoons in 1/3 cup applesauce. Eat once or twice daily. This works for diarrhea or constipation and is gentle enough for babies.
c. Obtain a full body cellular cleanse program. Colon and liver cleanses only do a small portion of the job. In our office we use a full body cleanse that removes toxins down at the cellular level of the entire body. We test your body first for toxicity by measuring the acidity. The more acidic you are, the more toxic you are.
d. Start eating celery or carrot sticks with lunch and dinner, or add 1 cup cooked vegetables to every meal.
e. Add 3 oz. aloe vera juice to every meal. Our cleanse program includes the most pure form of aloe vera juice.
By now if you are making changes recommended in our home care blog series, you should be seeing changes in the intensity and frequency of your headaches to start being able to enjoy your family and social life again.
If you would like further information, make sure you watch for the last 2 posts on this topic. For a full headache elimination consultation, contact our office at 732-780-0044. We can test for your toxicity and perform the advanced biofeedback analysis to find what stressors your body is reacting to. You can be headache free without harmful drugs with our approach!