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  1. Nicole November 11, 2013 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Hi Dr. Scott,

    I have been suffering from a chronic mild headache for the past 6 months. All blood tests have been clear and I have tried acupuncture and I am now taking the Chinese herb Xiao Chai Hu Tang, but nothing seems to be working. I am also doing the elimination diet with gluten currently and I have been off gluten for a week. I do yoga 5X a week and eat very healthy diet but I do eat somethings with sugar in them and dairy occasionally. Is there something I am missing or something that can help? I am desperate to get rid of this constant headache!

    • Dr. Scott November 11, 2013 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      Hi Nicole,

      Any chronic headache lasting more than a few days should be investigated by your doctor and it sounds like you have been to one?

      Low-level headaches are common side-effect of eating sugars or foods that act like sugars. It sounds like you have taken steps by removing gluten, but you may need to go further. I’m not sure how bad the headaches are or how far you are willing to go, but removing all common allergens (corn, soy, citrus, wheat, nuts, dairy foods, shellfish) as well as removing sugar and the foods that act like sugar (grains and high glycemic fruits and veggies) is a good way to go. Yes, you are only left with eating vegetables and meats.

      Doing this, while hard, will tell you whether food is a factor.

      Best of luck, let me know how it goes,

      Dr. Scott

  2. kelly November 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    great. Thank you very much for th reply

  3. kelly November 6, 2013 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    hi Dr Scott

    Is Stevia ok?

    • Dr. Scott November 6, 2013 at 3:35 pm - Reply

      The answer is yes (kind of). Stevia is an herb that actually helps with blood sugar control and appears to have no bad side effects. A Stevia extract was recently approved by the FDA for inclusion in food and we will see if the low side effects remain as it is introduced to large numbers of people.

      Stevia has no sugar effects, it does, however it keeps you addicted to having something sweet in your mouth (which can make you crave more sugar). I suggest using it in moderation.

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