If you suffer with migraine headaches, you’re not alone. Close to 30 million people deal with regular migraine headaches, as do one in four people per household.
If you think Doug Kaufmann’s Phase One Diet is only helpful for overt fungal infections, you’re in for a surprise. I’ve seen testimonial after testimonial of people who simply don’t have the migraines they once did after adopting this diet. I’ve also met people who had a variety of severe pain challenges who didn’t initially think that they could possible improve with a simple dietary change. How surprised they were when the pain, tension, and inflammation eventually ended!
Mold and mycotoxins can contribute to headaches in a number of ways. First, it is well documented that several mycotoxins directly damage the central nervous system. In fact, one of the most powerful biological weapons on earth is a class of mycotoxins called the T-2 mycotoxins. They target the part of the body that most directly contributes to pain and inflammation.
Second, all of us know that musty mold odor, right? The smell comes from chemicals called “Volatile Organic Compounds”, (or VOCs). The Environmental Protection Agency lists headaches (and dizziness, fatigue, and nausea) as health effects from exposure to VOCs. It’s crucial to clean the air in your home if you have migraines.
A lesser-known effect of mold is that it can be dehydrating to the body. When the body is depleted of hydration, skin can crack, rashes form, and new points of entry for more fungus is created. This simple dehydration can contribute to chronic headaches.
There are other reasons why fungus and their toxins can contribute to headaches, but suffice it to say that mold remediation in our homes, and “dietary remediation” are front-line strategies for health professionals who understand the role fungus plays in their patients’ headaches. This is why Doug’s Phase One Diet is so strategic.
As for supplements, I simply do not know of any supplements that are known to help manage the pain of a true migraine. If heard of practitioners using coffee, curcumin, ginger, noni juice, and a slew of other natural anti-inflammatories to help with the pain once it comes. However, if I’m being transparent, I’ve not found any of these to be thoroughly, routinely useful for serious migraine pain. The most intriguing natural remedy I’ve ever found is a combination of progesterone cream and magnesium oil. A dab of cream is mixed with a squirt of magnesium oil and rubbed on the temples. Then, it’s repeated two or three more times in 5-10 minute intervals. There’s a rationale for the combination that I won’t go into right here, but it makes sense. However, I’ve found that it’s getting hit-and-miss results with people who have tried it many times. For some, it’s magnificent. For others, it hardly has an impact.
Therefore, my goal is to prevent migraines from happening in the first place. Historically, the best of the best is an herb called feverfew. It isn’t to help with pain; it’s to help prevent it from coming on in the first place. So, this means that it’s an herb is taken on most days, whether you have a migraine or not.
Of course, if you’re doing Phase One and taking natural antifungals such as oregano oil, olive leaf extract, and others, and if your migraines have a fungal link, chances are good that you’re improving your odds for preventing chronic migraines from occurring. Those strategies, plus daily feverfew have helped many people who simply could not find anything that worked before.
The Fungus Link to Multiple Sclerosis
I just got the news from medpagetoday.com that a new Multiple Sclerosis drug called Tecfidera received FDA approval today (3/27/13). How does Tecfidera work? I’m just so glad you asked because to scientists this is important. According to the website, It is believed that Tecfidera works by activating the nuclear factor-like 2 transcriptional pathway, thereby reducing oxidative stress that contributes strongly to demyelination. I know that you’re wondering…could it really be that simple?