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Medication side effects are the #4 leading cause of death in the U.S. annually (JAMA 1998). Yet, few people receive adequate information when medication is prescribed. This website is dedicated to providing information to help you and your doctor make informed, intelligent choices about medications and natural alternatives to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of treatment. Note: This website is free of drug company or government influence. Jay S. Cohen M.D.

Dr. Jay S. Cohen, M.D.

The Magnesium Solution for Migraine Headaches

How to Use Magnesium to Prevent and Relieve Migraine & Cluster Headaches Naturally


Magnesium is a key element in maintaining healthy body functioning and one of the few natural substances that has been studied extensively in scientific studies. From professional and personal experience, I have learned how important magnesium can be for preventing and treating vascular disorders, and I have published on magnesium in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy (Feb. 2002).

Migraine and cluster headaches are vascular disorders that magnesium can help. Twenty-five million American adults and children suffer from migraines. I was one of them. My migraines were infrequent, but severe enough to learn that migraines are incapacitating, a quantum beyond tension headaches. Scientific evidence shows that magnesium can help prevent and treat migraine and cluster headaches for millions of people. My own migraines disappeared (except for an occasional painless, visual aura) since I began taking magnesium. Magnesium is far safer, cheaper, and often more effective than many expensive, side-effect prone drugs that doctors readily prescribe to migraine sufferers.

Diagnosing magnesium deficiencies is difficult, and taking effective amounts of magnesium often causes diarrhea. Fortunately, there are ways to identify the 75% of people in Western societies who are magnesium deficient and to use therapeutic amounts of magnesium without problems. I explain all of this and more in my new, expanded, inexpensive, evidence-based, how-to book on magnesium for you and your doctor.

The Magnesium Solution for Migraine Headaches explains:

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Magnesium, Migraines, and Cluster Headaches
Migraines: A Common and Severe Malady
Blood Vessels, Migraines, and Magnesium
Magnesium — The Essential Element for Normal Body Functioning
Magnesium vs. Prescription Drugs for Migraine Headaches

Chapter 2: Magnesium Deficiency and Migraine Headaches
The Most Common Mineral Deficiency
The Evidence for Magnesium in the Prevention of Migraine Headaches
The Evidence for Magnesium in the Treatment of Acute Migraine Headaches
Why Magnesium Deficiencies Aren’t Identified or Treated

Chapter 3: Magnesium Deficiencies in Migraine-Prone Populations
Women, Migraines, and Magnesium
Children, Migraines, and Magnesium
Men, Cluster Headaches, and Magnesium

Chapter 4: How to Use Magnesium to Help Prevent and Treat Migraine
and Cluster Headaches Successfully

Magnesium: A Nutrient and a Medication
Treating Acute Migraines with Magnesium
Preventing Migraines Headaches with Magnesium and Other Non-drug Therapies
How Much Magnesium To Take
How to Use Magnesium Successfully



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