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Understanding Headaches

Headaches are becoming all the more common in our society, and the impacts of this ailment are becoming all the more clear, from decreased workplace productivity to general adverse health effects.

The problem with headaches, as they’re treated nowadays, is we only focus on treating the pain once it has started. Rarely do we aggressively target what is causing the headaches to prevent them in the future. That’s why we need to look at lifestyle changes. Here are some things I want you to consider as you figure out how to avoid suffering from headaches.

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  • Ian Hope

    Visiting a Chiropractor could well be the first consideration when suffering a headache.

    • Jan

      Stop all the wining and Go Keto… buy Perlmutters books and Nora Gedgaudas Primal Fatburner if you want the alltimate health

  • Barbara A Lopez

    I agree. to get off topic please talk about floaters in the eyes and the causes. All my Friends are having these issues, except me. My dietary lifestyle is healthier then theirs.

    • Emmalee

      A thought Barbara. I was extremely nearsighted from age 10 to age 50. I had Lasik surgery 9 years ago………..very occasional floaters. This is how it was explained to me by my optometrist.

  • Ronna

    agreeeee! Ronna Berezin

  • Andrew David Shiller MD

    Dr Perlmutter. I appreciate the acknowledgement of dietary and lifestyle factors in reducing headache frequency. But I was surprised that you didn’t mention a more comprehensive functional medicine approach that also addresses intestinal permeability, detoxification strategies, anti-inflammatory diet, and other systems-based approaches that can reduce the systemic changes, including mitochondrial dysfunction, that can trigger or enhance susceptibility to headache. Any thoughts on that?

  • eileenfb1948 .

    Nothing worth listening to there!

  • steve5960

    Dr. Perlmutter and anyone that suffers from migraine headaches…. Please read….. Through self experimentation I realized that my migraines are triggered by lecithin. Lecithin is a fat emulsifier and is in many foods such as chocolate that trigger migraines……
    If you want to determine if you’re affected purchase a bottle of lecithin and note the frequency of your migraines…. If you know the foods that are your triggers check the ingredients.
    dr. pearlmutter, thank you for your advice to me for my als through Melissa S. phd.

  • Larry Kueneman

    Now age 85, I learned to meditate when I was 22. Once having learned meditation, I have never had a headache last more than five seconds. It may sound strange, but once I feel a headache coming on, I simply interrupt my breathing pattern by taking a single long inhale, and following with a single longer exhale. Then I simply resume my normal breathing with the headache being a memory. Try it. It might work for you.

  • Rene L

    Thank you Dr. Perlmutter for bringing up this topic. I use to get terrible headaches from prescription narcotics. After detox, I discovered I had very few. Upon the onset of a headache I self treat with acupressure. I’m surprised you didn’t mention the effects of stress related headaches.

  • Catherine Vosecky

    it turns out that my migraine was caused by dehydration. I need to drink at least 64 ounces of water per day.

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