Case Report Describes Pain Relief from Chronic Migraines with LIFE Diet Interview with:
David M. Dunaief, M.D.

Principal Investigator  What is the background for this study?  What are the main findings?

Response: As an internist focusing on dietary intervention, I have been caring for patients with chronic diseases for the past 12 years. Many of my patients have had rapid, marked improvements when they adhere to my LIFE (Low Inflammatory Foods Everyday) diet. The diet, as well as objective evidence that it reduces systemic inflammation (lowers serum C-reactive protein levels), has been described in the peer-reviewed publications: 


In addition to improving migraines, the diet has improved symptoms and blood chemistries in patients with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, auto-immune diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, and others. In this case report, we describe a patient who suffered from debilitating migraines for 12.5 years, and who had minimal benefit from avoiding dietary triggers or medications. Within 3 months of adopting the LIFE diet, he was migraine free and remained that way for 7.5 years. What should readers take away from your report?

Response: The LIFE diet, and other whole-food plant based (WFPB) diets can provide considerable health benefits, including migraine frequency reduction, improvement of chronic diseases, and reduction of medications when carefully managed by a physician. What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?

Response: Large, prospective clinical trials of whole-food plant based diets for chronic diseases including migraine should be performed. 

Quote from NYC Mayor Elect Eric Adams:

“My own personal health journey of overcoming Type 2 diabetes is a testament to the curative powers of a whole-food, plant-based diet. Now, exciting new research by Dr. David Dunaief is showing that the same diet could be effective in treating chronic migraines. Studies like these show that we need to change the paradigm when it comes to treatment of chronic diseases, and understand that often it’s not our DNA making us sick, it’s our dinner,” said Brooklyn Borough President and New York City Mayor-Elect Eric Adams, a patient of Dr. Dunaief’s.”

Any disclosures?        I do not sell any products related to the LIFE diet; however, I do see patients in person and virtually to help them understand and adopt the LIFE diet while monitoring their responses through blood tests. See 


Perzia BM, Dunaief JL, Dunaief DM
Chronic migraine reversal and prevention with the LIFE diet: a nutrient dense whole food plant-based diet (WFPBD)
BMJ Case Reports CP 2021;14:e243987.

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