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Q. Is there a vitamin or mineral, single or in combination, that will reduce or prevent migraines?--Joan L., via email

Dear Joan,

It's unlikely that one single nutrient or combination will solve your migraines. Migraines are complex and can be very hard to treat. It could be hormone or diet related. So I recommend starting with a gluten-free non-inflammatory diet. This will often resolve the issue. Josh Turknett, MD has the most popular diet, which he discusses in The Migraine Miracle. His diet is sugar-free and gluten-free.

With that said, there are a few supplements that are worth trying. If you're deficient in one of these, they could resolve your migraines. But it could take more than one, all of them, and the diet to see results. You can try magnesium (200-600 mg daily--try the glycinate form if you have a sensitive stomach), vitamin B2 (200-400 mg daily for three months--consider adding B complex after a month or two because this is a very large amount of B2), butterbur (75 mg standardized, twice daily), or the herb feverfew.

--Joan L., via email

Q. My last test showed I have a rare disorder called dural venous sinus thrombosis of a small vein. I have seen several specialists that seem to have little knowledge. Taking Plavix. Have facial numbness, headaches, and some head pain. What can I do? Thanks for any help.--Agnes K., via email

Dear Agnes,

Dural venous sinus thrombosis is a disorder that's really a subset of cerebral venous thrombosis. And it may often coexist with similar disorders, such as cortical or deep vein thrombosis. It may even have similar symptoms, depending on which sinus is involved. It's important to find the cause of the disorder. You didn't state your age, but it's possible the cause is hormonal, particularly if you're young and have taken birth control pills. If this is the case, you'll want to have a doctor check your hormone levels and make sure they're balanced correctly. If it's not hormonal, then you may want to try acupuncture. It's one of the most effective treatments for this type of disorder.

Q. There was a study that showed improvement of toxins excreted in the urine by using 15 g of PectaSol for four days and then 20 g on the fifth day. However, the dose you sell is only 1 g a day. That's a far cry from 15 g. Is the 1 g per day effective? How can we know for sure?--Julie H., via email

Dear Julie,

That's a very good question. The study you mention was for a very short term. Our product is designed to be taken every day to produce safe and steady detoxification. As you may know, rapid detoxification can actually release toxins from the body into the bloodstream. This can cause other health problems and make you feel even worse!

The study also used PectaSol-C, which is Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) only. Our product includes both MCP as well as Alginates that work in your digestive system to prevent absorption of toxins in the gut from the foods you eat.

For people with high heavy metal load, we do recommend three capsules, twice daily (six capsules). That delivers a total of 4.5 grams, which is quite effective. Take that for 30 days then reduce to two capsules for long-term maintenance.

Janet Zand, O.M.D., L.Ac Editor

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