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A Holistic Migraine Cure: no food additives

Updated on October 10, 2012

What is This Fuzziness I Feel in My Head?

Before finding this holistic cure for migraine headaches this is how things would go:

About 30 years ago once in a while I would have an "allergy headache". I would go to the ocean and it would dissipate.

Then a few months later I would get a another allergy headache and again I would take the afternoon off and go to the ocean or up to the mountains.

Either way my head felt a lot better.better breathing the ocean air or breathing the fresh mountain air often filled with aroma of flowers or pine trees.

This hub is being written while I think and "feel back" to a time when I had headaches. This hub is not meant to be a work of art, but a description of what fixed my problem. As I write it though the pain comes back in my memory, even through these fingers I am using for typing.

After a few years these headaches became excruciating three day events happening twice a month. An MD prescribed a drug for me but I didn't like how I felt so I stopped taking it. Besides, I wanted a holistic cure for these migraine headaches.

Before going on to the simplest of holistic solutions responsible for curing my migraines, I spent thousands on acupuncture, chiropractic visits, doctors,and yoga. I bought books on stress, relaxation, medication,and energy release.

I bought kits containing special herbal remedies "made especially" for migraine relief, electrical boxes with handles that were supposed to run an electical current through my body, while I slept on wire mats designed "to help the energy flow."

I did massage, exercises, took over the counter pills, and learned homeopathy. NOTHING worked.

Starting on the Healing Path

I was feeling like a failure because I was so sick with headaches so often. I thought I was eating wisely, and in a healthy manner, but it wasn't working. One day I went to the health food store and told them I wanted to know "about those diets people who have cancer are on".

That day I purchased books on natural healing diets and went home and started making juices in the blender and drinking these twice a day. One recipe said to use one clove of garlic, and not knowing how much a clove was, I put the whole garlic in the blender, and and drank it down. Yuck..... I's a small price If this garlic bulb can get rid of these will be worth it.

Sigh...I still got the headaches.... and recorded them in a log keeping track of foods, weather, smells, you name it. There had to be a food relationship in here somewhere as some days my vision was blurry and my neck was stiff and it seemed connected to canned products--- canned tomato products were a particulat culprit and I noticed that last ingredient in canned tomato products was usually labelled "citric acid"...

I noticed citric acid was included in many of the canned foods that seemed to give me problems.

The Final Journey to a Holistic Cure for Migraine Headaches

I eliminated all additives in my diet. This is/was not easy. The easiest way to eliminate additives was by going on an almost all RAW FOOD DIET

. This meant no canned foods. This cleared up the blurred vision, which I traced to canned products containing a variety of additives. The ones that blurred my vision, or caused my eyes to burn, contained citric acid or hydrolyzed soy protein, protein hydrolysate, yeast extract, or the MOST ominous one: "NATURAL FLAVORS".

Watch out for the "natural flavors" one because it comes in a lot of packaged foods and it sounds so innocent and caused me some of the worst headaches.

I learned synthetic citric acid gives a byproduct of monosodium glutamate (MSG) in the manufacturing process. That was helpful information as I knew MSG gave me blurred vision.

The foods with NATURAL FLAVORS always sounded, so appealing....and I would be suckered....a headache was usually my reward for eating any foods with NATURAL FLAVORS! My motto became: if they don't tell you SPECIFICALLY what's in it, I am not going to buy it or eat it.

I was feeling a lot better on the raw food diet but knowing my diet was dependent upon obtaining nutrients from our depleted soil, I started on a multi-vitamin with minerals including a vitamiin B complex.

I stress a lot over a lot of things, and B complex really stabilizes my thoughts. After 8 months being on the combination of raw foods and vitamin/mineral supplements only one migraine headache occurred in the last 6 months and it was manageable. I am pretty sure I got it because I started being arrogant and went off my vitamins/mineral complex.

I eat no additives....well....this past week I had pizza and got the blurred vision....and I learned the pizza-maker used canned tomato sauce, which undoubtely contains the dreaded citric acid.

It is not easy going out to eat with friends. I avoid foods and places that I think or know use additives....I recommend El Pollo Loco, as they make their food fresh..I avoid buffet salad bar salad dressings and select the raw salad vegetables and try to locate the oil and vinegar dressing......

..I snack on raw foods.....Trader Joe's is super for raw cashews, and raw mixed nuts, and popcorn made with olive oil. I can't believe all I had to do was eliminate additives and take a multiple vitamin/mineral each day. I do not take any drugs and don't need them.

I hope my story will help others. Those headaches lasted for 25 years and caused me so much shame. The solution was super simple. Let me know if this helps someone and please tell us what else you do to minimized the migraine curse.

Copyright 2012


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    • Doodlehead profile image

      Doodlehead 3 years ago from Northern California

      Hello Manatita44-

      Since I wrote the hub I have learned I must not eat barley or chia. I don't know what they have in common, but the beat goes on.

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Easily believable. Sometimes it is purely simple. I'm so glad you persisted and narrowed it down to foods and now eat healthy. I am still working on my own story. Peace.

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      Doodlehead 4 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you for reading this hub rajan. Food as healing agents would help so many if the medical establishment would pick up on it. It would help so many people and improve their quality of life.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting that raw food helped to stop these nasty headaches. I'm an advocate for natural foods as healing agents.

      voted up and interesting.

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      Doodlehead 4 years ago from Northern California

      LL Woodard-I think doctors could suggest dietary solutions....not sure if it is protocols they must follow that keeps them from suggesting diet or if they don't know enough about diet themselves or if they just don't think the patient/customer would be willing or able to follow such a solution.

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      L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Thanks for sharing your experiences in determining the triggers for your migraine headaches. It had to be frustrating over the 25 years that you continued to have the migraines when you and your health care provider were doing all the recommended things.

      Great hub; voted up and Shared.

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      Doodlehead 5 years ago from Northern California

      Thank for you shring it dinkan53. I wonder if you may have been stressed during the college days and not had enough "B"s. I forgot my vitamins for a while last week and got a "one day-er". Didn't help that I messed up with the pizza sauce again!

      I hope it can help your friends too. Please keep us (me) informed if you get some feedback!

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      Really an annoying headache and i used to have it in my college days. But thank god that i got rid of it now. RAW FOOD DIET- quite interesting. Voted and tweeted and shared with some of my friends who got migraine attacks.

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      Doodlehead 5 years ago from Northern California

      HealthyLife2---I appreciate your telling me about your husband not having migraines when he follows an additive-free diet.......knowing that this works for many others is very validating...

      Yes---the "interesting foods" can be had, but I think the magic bullet is well-done seasoning....which is a skill unto itself.....that is to say...our society has resorted to seasonings from packaged food and the skill of seasoning seem to have gone away...although people are rediscovering this too. Well-seasoned food is more-satisfying --to me anyway.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      So crazy how much trial and error is involved resolving medical issues? Why can't this information be all in one place? My husband also suffers from migraines but if he eats the type of diet you followed they are gone. Because of my health issues this works for me as well but we still have to feed the kids and are trying to find recipes that are somewhat interesting and go beyond vegetables on a plate or in a blender. It's also a challenge to maintain a social life when eating is involved. A great story and glad you figured out the winning combination!

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      Doodlehead 5 years ago from Northern California

      Pavlo---I want to mention even today---when I eat a tiny bit of any of those chemicals it affects my neck, my vision, my tension in my back, and especially my eyes. They sting. I have a chef friend who invited me to dinner. He knows I have this issue. He asked if it was okay if I had chcken broiled, with olive oil. I told him "yes" that would be great as long as that is the only thing on it.

      I went to the dinner and I could tell the chicken had something else on it. I asked him and he said "yes" it did, but "only a little". I was so frustrated because "even a little" has a big effect on me.

      There are lots of places to find good food. You will learn what they are. I believe the MSG acts as a neurotransmitter and the brain "uptakes it" into the brain and then it messes with our brain. These chemicals are labelled "excitotoxins" by the medical community.

      Please tell me if this works for your wife. I would really hope it does, and would like to find out. Good Luck.

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      You made a long way to understand the reason of headaches in your case. Thank you for sharing this information! My wife suffers severe attaks of migraines. Hope it would help.

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      Doodlehead 5 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you Teresa for sharing. I spend thousands and thousands of dollars to get rid of these excruciating headaches. If it helps one person, they will befriend you forever!

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      Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      This diet plan (or elimination of certain types of foods containing certain ingredients or additives) sounds very helpful for not only migraine or headache sufferers, but for also any person suffering from almost any sort of long term or on-and-off ailment. Eating more healthily is far too often ignored when looking for a "cure" for something. Interesting hub, voting up and sharing with my HubPages followers.

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      BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

      It is good that you went on to find the source of your headaches rather than just taking prescription drugs that only suppresses the symptoms.

      It is clear that many people have sensitivity to food additives. So eating natural and organic is a good way to go. I am also a strong believer in vitamin B's importance in human health that I take vitamin B myself. Vitamin B especially to the brain which I wrote about