Q & A section
Suppliers of complementary medicine,
Nutri Centre (now offering their range of products in a number of
larger Tesco stores), are providing laterlife visitors with the
opportunity to ask questions on health issues.
The Q & As are produced by Paul Joseph in conjunction with
the Nutri Centre.
NATURAL SOLUTI0NS July 2007
Q: Having suffered with
unbearable migraines since my early 30s. I am now 53 and I don’t
want to take medication any more. As I have got older, the worse
they have become. I just want something to help with the pain.
Can you suggest anything?
A: There are many causes of headaches and
migraines, including a drop in blood sugar, dehydration,
allergy, stress and tension, or a critical combination of some
or all of these. Nutritionists claim that food triggers are
responsible for 90% of all cases of migraines – and the
substance causing the problem is amine, which is found not only
in chocolate but also in yeast, citrus, fruits, diary products,
red wine and even nits.
It’s important to discover which factors are contributing
to your migraines. Going without food or not drinking enough
water and poor sleeping habits will only make your migraines
worse. Following an organic wholefood diet with good quality
proteins and carbohydrates, plenty of fruit and vegetables will
There is a product called Butterbur Petasin which has
been shown in several clinical trials to reduce migraine attacks
on average by 60%. Clinical trials of this herb revealed how
migraine sufferers who took 50mg of standardised extract, twice
daily, reduced the number of migraine days by 62% over a
six-month period. It can take up to three months for a herbal
remedy to really take effect.
Butterbur Petasin 50mg by Linpharma - ?19.95
for 50 Capsules
Q: I am on my feet all day
and they swell up like balloons. I don’t want to take medication
– what can I do to prevent it and to reduce the swelling when it
A: Painless swelling of the feet is a common
problem, particularly in older people. It may affect both
legs and may include the calves or even the thighs. Gravity
plays a big role in swelling, I would suggest elevating your
feet at least three to four times a day by lying on a sofa or in
a bed and propping your feet up on pillows. It is also advisable
that you contact your doctor as it may relate to your kidney or
heart. Increasing your fluid intake is also very important as
the more water you drink, the less swelling and water retention
Check that your blood pressure is not too high and if
you’re drug-free then I would recommend Uva Ursi Cleaver Complex
which can help with the removal of excess fluid and is also a
Uva Ursi Cleavers Complex by Planetary Formulas -
?9.89 for 72 tablets
Paul Joseph studied at the University of Leeds where he took
a course in Broadcasting and Advertising. He has worked in the
West Indies at a leading spa resort where he developed a keen
interest in complementary therapies. He currently writes about a
wide range of natural health topics as part his work providing
information to the media on behalf of The Nutri Centre.
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Laterlife cannot endorse any information presented and
recommends that you consult your doctor if in doubt about any
medication or health-related matter.
* Please note questions cannot be answered
personally but will be selected for inclusion in future editions
of 'Natural Solutions'