What Is Migraine? 
You feel a terrible throbbing pain. Light makes it worse. So does sound. You feel nauseous. You can’t work and you can’t function. You just wish it would go away. Sound familiar? These are typical symptoms of Migraine, a disease that affects nearly 30 million Americans. Roughly 11 million victims suffer moderate to severely debilitating Migraines and fully two thirds of Migraine victims are women.
The impact of Migraine falls on more than just the Migraine victim. Spouses, children, family and employers can all be negatively affected. Many times, particularly in severe cases, the Migraine victim cannot function. This often leads to missed social engagements, missed work, missed school, decreased productivity, a transfer of responsibility to another family member for house work, looking after the kids, etc.

Other Symptoms Associated With Migraine May Include:

  • Sensitivity to light, noise, & odor
  • Nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sensations of being very warm or cold
  • Paleness
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever (rare)

What Causes Migraine?
Migraine is a distinct disease with the associated headache being a symptom of that disease. Although the underlying causes (apart from a known genetic component) are not fully understood, there are known “Triggers” that can bring on Migraine attacks. Triggers vary from individual to individual and may occur in combination. Many Migraines seem to be triggered by external factors.

Possible triggers include:

  • Food & Chemical Intolerance
  • Caffeine
  • Emotional stress
  • Changing weather conditions
  • Menstrual periods
  • Tension
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Skipping meals
  • Changes in normal sleep pattern

The LEAP Program – Managing The Dietary Aspect of Migraine
Because there is no “cure” for Migraine, Migraine victims usually have to learn to cope with significant disruption to their lifestyle, job, family life, social life, etc. The more frequent the Migraine attacks, the more disruption there is. The question is: If you could make some simple changes to your diet that would decrease both the frequency and severity of your migraine attacks, would you do it?

 For those that want more than drugs that cover up symptoms but don’t address the underlying factors, LEAP may be the exact thing you need.

The LEAP Program focuses on Migraine prevention through effective trigger management. The primary focal point of LEAP is on building a healthy, oligoantigenic diet. This is a systematic and strategic plan that starts with Mediator Release Testing (MRT). MRT is a patented blood test that isolates a patient’s trigger foods, additives, colorings, and chemicals, and lays the foundation for quickly developing a safe eating plan, without the hassle and guesswork

To see an animated slideshow describing how MRT works, click here.

Not Certain What To Do Next?
If you are uncertain as to which products or programs to use or which tests to take; or, if you would like additional help:

  • Contact us with a brief question.
  • Arrange a phone consultation with Dr. Forrest.
    Call ( 408) 354-4262