Headaches and migraines

Headaches and migraines are symptoms of Th1 disease. Like all symptoms of inflammatory disease, headaches and migraines:

  • can be exacerbated by symptoms of immunopathology
  • can sometimes be managed using the usual strategies
  • should be resolved through the course of the treatment

Different researchers have successfully used ARBs – of which olmesartan (Benicar)Medication taken regularly by patients on the Marshall Protocol for its ability to activate the Vitamin D Receptor. is one – to treat migraines and headaches.1)2) For patients on the Marshall Protocol (MP), the institution of the olmesartan (Benicar) blockade is enough to resolve migraines.

Management of symptoms

For those patients who continue to have intolerable headaches, even after employing the usual strategies, there are these options:

  • TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) – battery-powered unit which sends electrical impulses through electrodes placed on or near the painful site
  • visualization techniques
  • pain medication – opioid medications can provide symptomatic relief for patients who have tried and failed to get symptom relief from other management strategies
  • Pay special attention to light exposure, particularly fluorescent lighting, and to EMF

Note that adequate eye protection is particularly important for anyone with headaches to reduce the effect of light on the brain.

Patients experiences

I used to have terrible headaches that are no longer a problem. Because of the headaches, I used to take up to six Tylenol a day. Now I hardly ever take a Tylenol.

~Melinda Stiles ,

I also started to get horrendous headaches. I was living with so much pain but had no choice except to push on. I guzzled at least 9-12 aspirin a day, 3 at a time, but got little relief….

[These days,] my headaches are virtually gone. I still have a small headache here and there but I think it’s partially because my glasses are too strong!

~Sue Andorn,

Everything started in June 2004 when Matt was 12 years old. Matt started to have very painful headaches. It was in June that my husband and I first wrote one of Matt’s teachers a note saying that he wasn’t able to complete his homework because of his headache….

[Later on,] Matt started to miss school increasingly regularly. His head hurt so much that he simply couldn’t concentrate. My husband and I were forced to come pick him up in the middle of the school day. We would take him swimming because that was the only way he could get some relief. I remember the last time we tried that he spent four hours in the water trying to get rid of his headache, but it didn’t work any more so we had to give up….

I’d say that Matt is about 80-90% recovered. I truly feel this is the beginning of the end. Matt is almost completely well again. The only things he still deals with are a mild headache and fatigue, but even these are starting to go away. Over the past few weeks Matt has told us that he actually goes through periods where he feels no headache at all. So at long last, those headaches that he has put up with for more than 3 years now are on their way out. If they go the same way as his other symptoms then we would expect that the periods of headache-free time will increase daily until they are a thing of the past. We just can’t wait!

~Robyn Russell,

For almost 30 years now I have not been able to tolerate sugar because within minutes of ingesting it (even the smallest amounts) muscles in my neck and elsewhere tighten up and it inevitably leads to a severe migraine headache. Well, since starting on the MP, I have not had any kind of headache which is amazing because before I had headaches more often than not. This is a major relief for me!


One of my major symptoms was horrible migraines, and I had been treated for many, many years unsuccessfully. I was at some major headache clinics like the Faulkner in Boston and they basically gave up on me after trying everything under the sun. And I do mean everything! (more than 25 years of them doing various things) I was a real mess from the migraines alone, let alone my other problems. But the MP fixed my migraines almost from day one. It's been nearly 2 years now without any migraines at all. I don't even get that awful sensation like I might get one. Remarkable? Miraculous, is what I'd call it.


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===== References =====

Singer EB, Vankireddy H. Do angiotensin II receptor blockers prevent migraine?. J Fam Pract. 2003 Apr;52(4):282, 285.
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Tronvik E, Stovner LJ, Helde G, Sand T, Bovim G. Prophylactic treatment of migraine with an angiotensin II receptor blocker: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2003 Jan 1;289(1):65-9. doi: 10.1001/jama.289.1.65.
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