Migraine has plagued humans since the dawn of recorded history. Now, thanks to advancements in our understanding of genetics and how gene expression is impacted by nutrition and lifestyle, we are able to address some of the key drivers of migraine and help individuals manage it more effectively.
We have been working with migraine patients for over 10 years, using a multi-factorial approach that includes hormones, genetics, lifestyle and nutritional biochemistry. The majority of the patients we have worked with were failures of conventional medicine. A significant number of these patients were taking heavy doses of narcotics and steroids to manage their pain.. Some had a history of traumatic brain injury. Other patients had other complex diseases such as bipolar disease, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. Virtually all of them suffered from some combination of anxiety, depression, gastrointestinal dysregulation and insomnia
So you might ask, what is the cause of migraine? The answer is complicated. While there are many causes of migraine and there are common underlying drivers that many patients share, each patient is unique. This is why migraine has been so incredibly difficult to treat and manage for so many.
Think of migraine as a departure from normal, healthy functioning of your biochemistry and abnormal genetics. Genetic expression and your biochemistry are greatly impacted by nutrition, lifestyle and hormones. An emerging area of research in medicine involves silencing or turning off genes that contribute to the pathogenesis of chronic illness. This emerging field is called epigenetics and some aspects of an individual’s epigenetic profile can be modulated by dietary and lifestyle modifications. Hormones can also play a role in the pathogenesis of migraine for many and much like diet and lifestyle, hormones impact gene expression.
The benefits to this type of care extend well beyond migraine. Addressing the abnormalities identified in our migraine work-up are also helpful for anxiety, depression, irritable bowel, fatigue, fibromyalgia, joint pain and many other conditions, owed to the common underlying physiologic drivers that connect them.
At the Rozakis Institute we address migraine using a multi-factorial approach, combining hormones, genetics, lifestyle and nutritional biochemistry to attack the underlying causes of disease. We are excited to offer our programs to help mitigate the risk of disease progression and give you control of your life back.