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Ask Dr. Gott 3/29

MigreLief an alternative for migraine therapy

DEAR DR. GOTT: I had to write to confirm what a previous reader said about how wonderful MigreLief is. I first heard about it from a radio advertisement when it was named MigraHealth. It has greatly reduced the occurrence and length of my migraines. After 15 years of suffering, I had graduated to heavy-duty medication. I hated being loopy for the three days the migraine lasted and then half awake for another three as it wore off. My doctor offered a daily narcotic, but I didn't like the thought of what that would do to my health. I was thrilled to find a natural alternative that saved me from so many wasted days filled with pain and disorientation. Needless to say, I recommend everyone suffering with migraines try it.
    DEAR READER: This is yet another nonprescription therapy that may improve the quality of life for some patients.
    To give you related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report: "Headaches." Other readers who would like a copy should send a long, self-addressed, stamped envelope and $2 to Newsletter PO Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092-0167. Be sure to mention the title.

    DEAR DR. GOTT: My husband has been following your no-flour, no-sugar diet for a couple of months now and has lost about 25 pounds. I started following it, but I recently realized that I had made a mistake. I thought it was no white flour, no sugar, so I had been giving him some things made with 100 percent whole-wheat flour and sugar. I was reading your column a few days ago and saw that it was supposed to be no flour.
    My question is this. Are whole-grain products out of the question on this plan? My husband is not one to eat cooked grains like barley, brown rice, etc. I'm wondering if it is OK to make him granola bars with honey and maple syrup as sweeteners if I grind oats in the blender as the flour portion of the recipe. If whole grains are allowed, then if they are ground to make flour, are they then not permitted?
    It may sound like hair splitting, but I really would like to know what you think. My mother is interested in your answer, too. My husband enjoys the bars in his lunch, but I don't want to hinder his progress.
    DEAR READER: The four words "no flour, no sugar" describe the diet. Grains are acceptable; honey and maple syrup are not. Read labels. Keep it simple.
    To answer some of your technical questions, I am sending you a free copy of my book "Dr. Gott's No Flour, No Sugar Diet." Other interested readers can purchase it from their local bookstore, through Barnes and Noble or other large chains and via the internet at www.amazon.com. If your local bookstore doesn't have the book, ask them to order it for you.

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