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    Migraines and Gluten

    One of the most common clinical conditions I see and treat are migraine headaches.  This problem is quite common, unfortunately, the solutions elude many of the patients suffering with this debilitating problem.  A large percentage of migraines are actually induced by nutritional deficiencies, dietary allergens, and environmental chemical exposure.  Learning how to identify these problems.  Once you do,  you might find your headaches become a distant memory.

    Dr. Peter Osborne and Dr. Tom O’Bryan discuss gluten sensitivity and its impact on the body. Migraine headaches, brain and nerve damage, osteoporosis, as well as traditional lab testing flaws are discussed in part 1 of this special interview presented by Gluten Free Society…

    Glutenology Health Matrix Member? Watch the full video here…

    IF You Have Migraine Headaches, Try These Simple Tips First

    • Stop eating gluten.
    • Rule out additional food triggers for the headache – Common triggers are sugar, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, cheese and other dairy products, wine, processed lunch meats and artificial sweeteners like Nutrasweet (aspartame). You can find this information out by having your doctor run a delayed hypersensitivity food allergy test. (More on this here <<<)
    • Get tested for vitamin and mineral deficiencies – Vitamins are often times used as treatment for migraines.  The most common -Vitamin B2, vitamin B-12 (this is the most common deficiency for those with gluten sensitivity), magnesium, and CoQ10.
    • Avoid the use of perfumes, scented air fresheners, and scented soaps – many of the chemicals in these items can trigger migraines directly.
    • Visit a chiropractor – Many headaches begin with structural problems in the spine as well as muscular dysfunction. A reputable chiropractor should be able to help you determine these types of problems.

    Medication Won’t Solve The Problem

    Remember that the medications used to treat migraine headaches typically create a life long dependence without addressing the origin of the headache.  In addition, many of the drugs can contribute to vitamin and mineral deficiencies – thus creating new problems.  Read more on this here<<<

    Always looking out for you,

    Dr. Osborne – The Gluten Free Warrior

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    15 responses on “Migraine Headaches and Gluten Sensitivity – A Strong Connection

    1. Amber says:

      “vitamin B-12 (this is the most common deficiency for those with gluten sensitivity)”

      I wish I’d known this years ago. I’ve had B-12 deficiency symptoms for my whole life, and never recognized what it was, and never had a doctor check for it.
      I discovered when I was in college that I was sensitive to gluten and have avoided it on and off over the years. It’s only recently I was tested and am in fact allergic. I’ve taken it more seriously and see the damage it’s done to me. Now I’m extremely diligent in avoiding gluten. And am also on a B-12 protocol hoping to recover my health.

      Thanks so much for this informative website…I wish all those in my situation find this important life saving information.

    2. Lisah says:

      Sugar depletes calcium from the bones, so eliminating other high glucose and fructose sources from the diet would probably remedy that. Gluten actually blocks absorption of nutrients. Rather than “you are what you eat”, we actually “are what we absorb”. If you aren’t absorbing Vitamin D, Calcium, and other vital nutrients together, then you will suffer bone loss, but if you don’t eliminate sugar sources from your diet as well, you still have a problem.

    3. Annette Baker says:

      Your DNA test resulted in determining that I received a gene from EACH parent making me non-celiac, gluten sensitivity. I’ve been totally-free of all grains for over a year and completely off all dairy since August.
      I was like the scenario about my children having to be quiet when they were young due to my many migraines triggered by low barometric pressure & positive ions in the atmosphere. HOWEVER, I have adrenal fatigue, wildly fluctuating BP and have never felt any better when receiving injections of the B’s. I’m going to be tested for MTHFR, which I’m 99% sure I have. Would you PLEASE comment on this? My family is riddled with MTHFR conditions. My Spectracell test showed me to be Fructose Sensitive (I hate sweet things.), low in D3, despite taking 50,000 IU’s of it and almost non-existent Oleic Acid, inspite of taking 1 TBSP of Carlson’s Fish Oil daily. 35% of the population has MTHFR and 98% of autistic people have it. Please comment. Thank you very much. Annette

    4. Susi Rachouh says:

      I am responding to Annette who commented on the MTHFR. I just found out I have the gene for this, and also I have the gene for celiac, but considered non-celiac since I didn’t have it in my blood. I will take the Spectracell test as soon as I can afford it. Any suggestions on teh MTHFR? I had never heard of it. I have been referred to a cardiologist so making that appointment today. all of this due to a visit to a naturopathic doctor after a possible TIA in mid December and no findings from the MD’s at the hospital, other than suggesting it was a panic attack!!

      • Susi,
        The gene variant responds very well to using a methylated form of folic acid. I prescribe my patients 5-MTHF (a supplement) in these situations. If you need help finding this, call my office 281-240-2229.
        All the best to you,
        Dr. O

    5. Annette Baker says:

      My 23andMe test came back with me being homogyzous for both 1298 and 677 plus COMT and CBS, etc…..Many of the people that have had the test are gluten/grain-free and dairy-free, but still have many problems. There definitely seems to be a tie-in with gluten. Would you care to comment? Many of us have parasites, due to leaky gut and also some of us have lung conditions, adrenal fatigue, CFS, etc..Thank you!

    6. Shelly says:

      I went gluten free so I thought, but I was still eating rice and corn until I found Dr. Osborne’s site and he shared with me if I could get off the rice and corn. I did and the migraine headaches went away. Then we had company last year I had some corn tortilla’s and I was so sick with a headache after that. I have learned it’s the corn that really bothers me. As I say all the time I am so grateful for him. If it wasn’t for him I don’t know where I would be today with what I was dealing with my body couldn’t take much more of it.

    7. Gina north says:

      This is brilliant, thank you. I have continual migraines. I take tablets night and Morning other tablets when it starts. I’m going to look into gluten free. I’m also very deficient vitamin D, last reading 25.

    8. beredaerd says:

      My wife is migraine free since she has stopped eat gluten. Before always stomach pain and migraine. When she eats a tiny gluten now then within half hour migraine. So its really the gluten.

    9. Leda says:

      I had lab test showing I am gluten intolerant 7/15. I unexpectedly noted my migraine headaches stopped. After one year I had read try reintroducing gluten to see how you feel. Do I ate a high gluten meal,& suffered through a terrible migraine headache that night & next day. I would like to understand the mechanism of why this is.

    10. Paul says:

      I’ve suffered terrible mental ailments randomly when I was 16 and it actually took me years to figure out it was gluten causing this problem. Watch out because certain gluten free foods contain similar flours whos proteins can cause a similar reaction that your body can react to. I’ve noticed that I have a terrible reaction to quinoa and possibly buckwheat. I can tolerate rice. Corn is absolutely terrible for me. It’s all about finding what foods work with your body and keep adding to that list.

    11. Trudy Parks says:

      I have been pretty much gluten free for over a year. I do backslide and eat food with gluten once in awhile. Usually when I do I get a migraine after eating it.

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