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Avoiding Gluten Stopped Migraines

Q. I had migraines all my life and have taken everything and more in the way of drugs. In December I decided to quit eating gluten (wheat, barley and rye). To my surprise, my headaches disappeared.

A. Celiac disease is an intolerance to gluten. Although it is usually associated with digestive difficulties, it might be called the chameleon disease because it has so many seemingly unrelated symptoms. Migraine headaches are fairly common with this condition.
Because celiac disease destroys the lining of the small intestine and interferes with nutrient absorption, it is important to be tested for this condition. The cure is complete gluten avoidance. You can learn more from our show 727, Celiac Disease Update.

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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