Living Migraine Free
By Steven Zodkoy
Don’t treat your migraines, prevent them. A life without migraines
is obtainable, I know. I was a migraine sufferer for 12 years and have
been treating... preventing them for my patients for 15 years. The 95+%
success rate achieved at my office comes from a combination of research,
common sense and the hard work of my patients.
When I was a teen I suffered from terrible migraines several
times a week. Like most of you I tried medications and bio feedback with
little help. Regular chiropractic care offered relief, but my migraines
continued. Relief came to me by accident, I was doing a food shopping
and did not have enough money for everything. I had choice of eating or
drinking my daily 2 liter bottle of Pepsi, I chose eating. Like magic
my migraines disappeared over the next week. It took several weeks to
recognize that soda, alcohol, etc. were causing my migraines, but once
I eliminated them I felt great. Trigger foods are well documented but
aren’t the whole answer.
When I first started treating patients I was sure that a simple elimination
diet was the answer for my migraine patients, but many did not respond.
I was determined to find the answer to treating migraines. I did a review
of thousands medical research articles on migraines and found the clues
I needed. The best way to treat migraines is to successfully prevent them.
In order prevent migraines I needed to determine the true underlying reason
They key to preventing migraines is realizing that they are caused by
an overload of toxins in the body. A migraine can be seen as a really
severe hangover caused not by alcohol, but all types of toxins from in
and out of the body. The liver, the body’s main system for eliminating
toxins is overwhelmed in migraine suffers. The liver is not diseased,
it just is not functioning fast enough to keep the body detoxified. Simple
examples of a toxin can be alcohol, chemicals, caffeine, and drugs. Toxins
also include hormones and chemical compounds the body naturally produces,
but cannot detoxify fast enough. Toxins can even be foods if the digestive
tract cannot break them properly, such as preservatives, artificial coloring
and artificial flavorings This simple concept has lead to thousands of
former migraine suffers living pain free. If toxins and slow liver function
lead to migraines; then reducing the toxic load and increasing the livers
function will prevent migraines.
Tracey T. was 40 years old and had been suffering with migraines for
13 years. She was taking Pamelor, Topamax, Esgic Plus, and Zomig with
no relief. She was under the care of a neurologist, her 4th one, and getting
a migraines daily. She was in good health overall and followed a healthy
lifestyle; exercised and avoided alcohol and caffeine. She began her nutritional
supplements, improved her diet and increased her water intake. Her 2 month
check up showed that she had had only 1 migraine in 8 weeks and several
mild headaches. She was working with her doctor to eliminate her medication
and was now only taking 1, at reduced amount. A six month review showed
that she was off all medication and doing great.
There are 10,000s of medical studies on migraines. The medical research
I reviewed overwhelmingly supports a lifestyle change with nutritional
Medical Research .... How it supports this approach
1. low B vitamins and Magnesium levels ....... needed nutrients in liver
2. woman 3x more likely to suffer with migraines .... woman produce more
hormones to that need to be detoxified,
3. increase frequency and severity of migraines with menstrual cycle
..........the female body produce up to 4x as many hormones during a menstrual
4. elimination diets helpful .... reduces toxin intake, less to detoxify
so the liver can keep up with demand
5. medications cause 30-40% of headaches ...... medications need to be
detoxified by the liver, increasing the toxic load
6. triggered by smoke, perfume, etc..... smells are all chemical compounds
that increase the toxic load on the liver
There are also two lab tests that support that prove that slower liver
detoxification is associated with migraines. The first is a liver function
test, this is not your typical blood test. A functional liver test will
measure how long it takes your body to breakdown and detoxify different
chemical compounds including; caffeine, aspirin, and acetaminophen. The
second test in cutting edge genome scanning. Migraine sufferers have been
linked to a genetic defect in liver detoxification.
The liver needs about 8 weeks of reduced toxic load and nutritional support
to detoxify. When my patients start the process we ask them to keep a
diary of every migraine, how severe it was and how long it lasted. Most
patients start to see a decrease in the frequency or severity within 3
weeks and are migraine free by their 8th week. Woman can usually tell
they are better by their 3rd menstrual cycle. You may find that the 1st
and 2nd week are a little rough as you adjust to your new diet and the
body dumps the toxins. The following are some guidelines to follow:
Lifestyle changes to Prevent Migraines I recommend that my patients shoot
for 100% success. The more you limit the toxins entering your body the
greater your chance of success. An elimination diet alone will not work
for most migraine sufferers. You will need to take nutritional supplements
along with your lifestyle changes to live migraine free. Life does not
always allow you to stay within the guideline, do the best you can.
Avoid the following:
caffeine and deceffeianted coffee, teas and sodas
personal care products with heavy perfumes, switch to all natural cleaning
products, switch to all natural
cigarette smoking or second hand smoke
alcohol - all forms
Consume the following:
60-80 ounces a day
High fiber foods; fruits, vegetables, grains
Nutritional Support: to promote increase liver detoxification
Cod liver oil
All natural multivitamin
Patients who are using OTC and prescription medication are slower to
detoxify. Migraine suffers presently taking prescription medications should
talk to their doctors. Together you can work out a plan to reduce and
then eliminate your medications. Patients using medications on an as needed
basis try to reduce the frequency of use, after a couple of weeks with
new diet and lifestyle.
Questions and Answers:
Q: Why doesn’t my doctor know this?
A: Doctors are trained to treat diseases, not dysfunction. Doctors are
most likely causing 30-40% of all migraines from the migraine medication
they are prescribing and the rebound effect they cause.
Q: Is your protocol safe?
A: The lifestyle changes and nutritional support recommend are very safe
Q: Can I continue on my medication?
A: Yes, continue on your medication and start the protocol when you are
feeling better talk to your doctor
Q: Are there any side effects?
A: You may feel a little worse for 1-2 weeks, but it is worth it to be
migraine free in about 8 weeks
Q: What kind and where can I get the nutritional supplements?
A: The nutritional supplements listed are available in any good health
food store. My office use professional grade nutrients that are available
only through healthcare professionals, they are not available health food
I welcome your comments and questions. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have any questions.
Dr. Steven Zodkoy
Certified Clinical Nutritionist
Certified Nutritional Specialist
Diplomate American Clinical Board of Nutrition