Practical Changes to Reduce Migraine Frequency

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Key Questions
  • What is integrative medicine?
  • What are some helpful tips for dealing with the guilt people with migraine disease sometimes experience?
  • What are some lifestyle factors that can help people with migraine disease?
  • What are some tips for implementing lifestyle changes related to migraine disease?
  • What are some ways to help alleviate migraine attacks at work?
  • What are some diet and food-related tips for people with migraine disease?
  • What are some ways people with migraine can integrate social support into their daily lives?
  • How can people with migraine improve their sleep?
  • How important is consistency and routine for the migraine brain?
Interview Notes
Treatments Mentioned  
  • Magnesium
  • Melatonin
  • SEEDS lifestyle factors (sleep, exercise, eat healthy, diary, stress management)

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Lauren R. Natbony, MD, FAHS

Founder & Medical Director
Integrative Headache Medicine of New York

Lauren R. Natbony, MD, FAHS, is a board-certified neurologist and fellowship-trained headache specialist and the founder and medical director of Integrative Headache Medicine of New York.  She is also an assistant clinical professor of neurology in the Division of Headache and Facial Pain at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine.

Dr. Natbony received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her medical degree from the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Natbony completed her internship in internal medicine and residency in neurology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in headache medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She also received advanced training and certification in medical acupuncture at Harvard Medical School. She is board certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and in headache medicine by the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties. Dr. Natbony has been named a Fellow of the American Headache Society (FAHS), a reflection of her professional and scholarly achievements in headache medicine.

Dr. Natbony is a frequent speaker at national headache conferences and provides educational lectures to healthcare professionals worldwide to improve migraine and headache care. Her work can be found in multiple textbooks and peer-reviewed journals, including Headache and Current Pain and Headache Reports. Dr. Natbony conceptualized and authored the book Integrative Headache Medicine: An Evidence-Based Guide for Clinicians, which provides illuminating, evidence-based approaches for combining traditional medical therapies with alternative treatments for headache. Dr. Natbony is also a mother, an acupuncture and lifestyle medicine expert, and someone who experiences both migraine and headaches. Her practice focuses on empowering patients with integrative healing tools by creating individualized holistic treatment plans. Dr. Natbony can be found as a featured expert on the Today show, Self magazine, Good Morning America, Time magazine, and other media.

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