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Medication side effects are the #4 leading cause of death in the U.S. annually (JAMA 1998). Yet, few people receive adequate information when medication is prescribed. This website is dedicated to providing information to help you and your doctor make informed, intelligent choices about medications and natural alternatives to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of treatment. Note: This website is free of drug company or government influence. Jay S. Cohen M.D.

Dr. Jay S. Cohen, M.D.

15 Proven-Effective Natural Remedies for Migraine Headaches

Migraine drugs have their uses, but not as a first line approach. Anti migraine drugs such as Topamax, Depakote or Inderal can lower migraine frequency by about 50 percent in about 50 percent of migraine sufferers. But so can a dozen natural therapies without causing side effects. Users of Topamax call it "Dopamax" because it impairs cognitive functioning. Depakote has many side effects people find intolerable. Inderal is a beta blocker that can cause depression, sluggishness, and reduce exercise ability.

So which should you try first? A prescription drug or a natural therapy with equal anti-migraine abilities, few side effects, and additional benefits for your body? An easy choice, but which natural remedies? Dr Cohen's new book, 15 Natural Remedies for Migraine Headaches, provides the answers.

Mainstream doctors like to claim that their drugs are proven in big studies, while natural therapies are not. They are wrong. Natural therapies have been proven effective in many studies. Some of these studies are double blind, randomized, and placebo controlled, just like the drug studies. Some studies compared drugs to natural therapies, and the natural approaches worked as well as the drugs with far fewer adverse effects.

Dr. Cohen is an integrative physician, meaning that for 40 years he has used the best of both mainstream and alternative methods. In his practice, he frequently prescribes medications, but he also prefers to start with natural remedies when possible.

Having experienced migraines himself, he hasn't had one since the 1990s because of a natural approach. in studies. Dr. Cohen's personal experience with migraines, as well as his 40 years research in finding better, safer ways to help people, led to his publication of 15 Natural Remedies for Migraine Headaches.

Dr. Cohen asks, "Why start with side effect prone drugs? Why not try natural therapies first? It isn't a question of either prescription drugs or natural therapies. It is a question of which you try first. If the natural therapies work, the problem is solved. If they don't work, then of course consider medication"

Children with migraines can also benefit from this approach. Millions of children suffer from migraines in the head, neck or stomach that often go unrecognized, undiagnosed and untreated. Migraines can affect children's attitude, educational performance, and mood. No parent wants to medicate their child. The natural remedies offered in Dr. Cohen's book offer better options.

If you would like to discuss your migraine disorder with Dr. Cohen, just call the office (858-345-1760) to set up a consultation in the office or by telephone.

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