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David Buchholz , Stephen G. Reich
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Book Description

Aug. 12 2002
Based on the breakthrough understanding that virtually all headaches are forms of migraine--because migraine is not a specific type of headache, but the built-in mechanism that causes headaches of all kinds, along with neck stiffness, sinus congestion, dizziness, and other problems--Dr. Buchholz's Heal Your Headache puts headache sufferers back in control of their lives with a simple, transforming program:

Step 1: Avoid the "Quick Fix." Too often painkillers only make matters worse because of the crippling complication known as rebound.

Step 2: Reduce Your Triggers. The crux of the program: a migraine diet that eliminates the foods that push headache sufferers over the top.

Step 3: Raise Your Threshold. When diet and other lifestyle changes aren't enough, preventive medication can help stay the course.

That's it: in three steps turn your headache problems around.

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Although headaches are natural, they are not necessary, argues David Buchholz, a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. In his Heal Your Headache: The 1-2-3 Program for Taking Charge of Your Headaches, Buchholz counsels severe headache sufferers to avoid quick fix painkillers, which can cause rebound headaches. For a more holistic approach, minimize triggers like caffeine, perfumes, certain foods and stress and, for hardcore cases, use preventative medications such as tricyclic antidepressants, calcium channel blockers and others. Buchholz also discusses common misdiagnoses of migraine symptoms and challenges the myth of tension and sinus headaches (these are usually migraines, he argues).
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About the Author

After graduating first in his class from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. David Buchholz served as Chief Resident in Neurology at Johns Hopkins. He joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where for 14 years he was the Director of the Neurological Consultation Clinic. He also served as Director of the Division of General Neurology at Hopkins. He has published more than 150 scientific papers and articles and given over 450 invited lectures.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It worked for me, but only for a while April 27 2004
Add my name to the long list of reviewers for whom this book offered welcome relief. I have suffered migraines for over 50 years and am now virtually free [see note below]. The method was not easy. First, you have to stop taking all pain medications that cause rebound headaches. That includes just about everything that you would have ever found useful. Once free of those, you then start working on your personal dietary triggers. For me, it turned out to be a lot of stuff I love. Finally, you find a medicine that raises your headache threshold. For me, it was a moderate dose of nortripaline. The process took four months and included a lot of pain, particularly as I went thru headaches without pain relievers. But it was worth it.
Added July 6, 2004 -- Unfortunately, the relief offered by the book did not last long. Within six months of starting the program I had a major relapse with a migraine that gripped for more than two weeks and left me with tinnitus. I have followed the book's prescription to the letter, but to no avail.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book saved me Feb. 29 2004
Before reading " Heal your headache" I had been suffering with migranes, on average two per day, for almost three years. General practitioners, neurologists, acupuncturists, bioenergetic doctors, and more gave me all sorts of wrong directions to explore. The suggestions that didn't make me worse simply didn't work. Then I came upon " Heal your headache". This book addressed every single simptom that I had been suffering with for the last three years. This book answered every question that I had been asking my doctors; and had never properly been explained. All my apparently mysterious medical problems were explained in this book. All the explanations are clearly written so that even I could understand them perfectly. This book not only explained clearly why I was having migranes, nausea, vertigo, and feeling overall tired, but it gave me all the information necessary to deal with these maladies. Furthermore it outlined all the stumbling blocks I would encounter on the way to healing myself and how to best prepare myself to overcome them. In other words it gave me all the answers to both questions I had been asking and questions I didnt even know I would soon be asking. After finishing this book I felt ready to follow the three-step program, and I promise you it works!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally Headache Relief!!! Jan. 30 2004
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who suffers with migraine headaches occasionally or constantly and to anyone who has a loved one that suffers with migraine headaches.
I had headache discomfort ranging from irritating to excruciating everyday for four months. I saw my primary care doctor; his partner, several ER doctors and two neurologists and none of them could help very much in my constant struggle. After spending 3  months on constant narcotics (the wrong thing to do) and 3 days in the hospital with little relief, I decided to take matters into my own hands.
A friend of mine researched doctors specializing in migraine headaches and found Dr. Buchholz. Of course it is a six-month waiting list to get into his office and I decided to read his book in the meantime. I will admit, I read it with much skepticism. I figured I would follow his guidelines and then when I had my appointment I would say, "I followed this advice and it did not work. Now What?" Instead, I found that his 3-step program was just what I needed. 7 months later, I have very few headaches and they go away with simple Tylenol.
I strongly recommend that the migraine sufferer and those close to them read this book and stick to its advice.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars three big errors Dec 8 2003
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It would have been an excellent book if it was not for three truly major mistakes that will lead many people astray. 1. There is no scientific evidence but only anecdotal reports that triptans, such as imitrex cause rebound headaches and limiting patients to only two days of treatment with triptans per month is a crime! 2. Botox has completely relieved migraines in thousands of patients. There is not a single major headache center that does not offer this treatment. 3. Magnesium and feverfew have been proven to prevent migraines in multiple double-blind trials published in major medical journals, which cannot be said for many of the drug recommendations in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I first read this book and saw Dr. Buchholz six months ago. For the second time in three years, my migraines and associated symptoms of dizziness and nausea had become so bad that I hadn't been to work in weeks. I had tried everything, but seemed to suffer regular migraines no matter what I did. For years I had carried a pill fob of painkillers and abortive drugs with me everywhere I went, and felt entirely dependent on the meds (I didn't abuse them, but on a few occasions when I had needed them and didn't have them with me I had ended up in the emergency room getting shots of Toradol).
You've heard this all before I am sure... it is six months into the diet and discontinuation of all drugs except a daily preventative, and I have had only 3 or 4 headaches in that time. I know longer carry those medications at all.
This is not a fad diet for a quick fix, but an incredibly empowering approach for the long term that requires you to make tough changes. You have to forego abortive medications and make some pretty tough dietary changes. But it works 100x more than any other approach that I have tried -- it truly makes a difference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heal your headache
Book is great except for one BIG thing, and that is it's missing about 40 pages???

pages 61 through to 104 just are not there... Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2011 by Lee Barringer
5.0 out of 5 stars This book has transformed my life
This book has helped me tremendously...more than any other migraine treatment I've tried in the past. (and I'm sure I've tried them all) I was initially resistant to Dr. Read more
Published on Dec 17 2010 by Hannah
5.0 out of 5 stars belief in life after migraines
if you still believe in miracles, Santa Claus, the basic goodness of people, and physicians who can be "user friendly", you have to buy this book! Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by kris sisson
5.0 out of 5 stars Get back your life
I have suffered from migraines most of my life. Over the past six years they have become much more frequent and severe. Read more
Published on June 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars It worked for my mom after over 30 years of other methods!!!
I bought this book for my mom. It is an easy read and the solutions offered very easy to follow. All it takes is someone that is willing. Read more
Published on June 2 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Heal Your Headache: 1-2-3 Program
I have been suffering with migraines for close to thirty years. I tried all the herbs, supplements, medications, sleep therapies that were available. Read more
Published on April 16 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Constant Migraine for the past 2 1/2 years!
I am a 19-year-old college student who has suffered from chronic daily migraines since the month before my seventeenth birthday. Read more
Published on March 31 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Heal Your Headache: The1-2-3 Program for Taking Charge
About a year ago I was using three Amerge a week and needing more. After I cut my head from passing out after vomiting from a headache occurrence, a friend lent me a copy of "Heal... Read more
Published on March 24 2004 by Beverly Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars They are gone!
I have never typed a review of anything because I haven't felt a need to. I have suffered like many others for years and went to doctors, homeopathy, chiropractors, physical... Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Try It!
This book changed the daily life of my 12-year-old son, as well as his future. He suffered from migraines almost weekly for years. Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2004 by L. Sundman
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