Question: I've been following Eat to Live for 10 months now with great results. I was off blood pressure medication within six weeks (after having been on it for 10 years), and I've lost 20 pounds (I now weigh what I did when I was 22). At age 47, I feel more athletic and healthier than I have since I was in my mid twenties.
My final area of health struggle is migraine headaches. I've had them since high school. When I was on BP medication, the beta blockers largely suppressed the migraines. If they didn't, I would take aspirin to knock them out, or if they got really bad, I would use Imitrex. Since coming off the BP medication in February, my migraines have returned. I have followed your advice and have quit all medications. I have "gutted it out" through a lot of migraines in the past 10 months.
I have twice gone on your "headache diet" with limited results (I did a three day, and five day fast before going on the headache diet). My frequency of headaches has not diminished at all (about once a week). The duration time of the headaches seems to be lessening. However, it often seems like a small consolation. After reading your book on "Fasting and Eating for Health", I was hoping my headaches would go away quickly.
I work in corporate sales, and I cannot continue to be sidelined by migraines. Fortunately, I often work from a home office. So, I can apply pressure and ice treatment that I couldn't do in an office, but I have to figure out a way to get rid of these things.
I hope you are right about migraines, but I haven't seen anywhere near the results that I expected after such great results with BP and weight loss. Do you have any suggestions?
Thanks for all your help so far. If your diet gets me through migraines, I'll be your #1 evangelist! Doug (a.k.a. doubled on Dr. Fuhrman's forums)
Answer: I promise you that I can get rid of your migraines now, because you have improved your health so much already and have been following the plan and are off meds. The last piece of the puzzle for you is to increase the detoxification potential by using cruciferous juices and blended salads to increase the intake of raw cruciferous compounds from watercress, brocolli, arugula, parsley, bok choy, and others. Have the green stuff in a base of carrots sometimes and tomatoes at other times. Have the raw baby bok choy, the raw broccoli, and shredded cabbage every day and then have fresh squeezed juice twice a day. Call me for a phone consult if you need me to review the whole menu with you.
I started juicing the cruciferous veggies on November 30th, and haven't had a hint of a headache in 17 days. I used to get them roughly once per week. So, the plan is working! I am thrilled.
I didn't realize until today what a "blended" salad was. I haven't been blending my salads, just eating a ton of raw salad. I'll need to try that next.