Heal Your Headache Paperback – Aug 12 2002
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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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it's written as if the author were a member of your own family, he speaks to OUR level, not more and for once, not less. He anticipates your very next question or response, almost to the point of having a "sixth sense". The book can change your life, but only if you're willing to make the effort to take the first step. He can chase the monsters away, and renew your belief in miracles, Santa, pain-free days and the hope of a brand new tomorrow. Your life can be changed and saved for yourself, and your loved ones. I cannot express it more highly than that.
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 ½ 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.
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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If you have migraines, this is a book that you MUST read. I wish I had heard about this years ago because I could have saved myself a lot of pain and money spent on medications... Read morePublished 8 months ago by SAM626
I have experienced migraine for many years; this is the most comprehensive and detailed examination of what migraine encompasses I have seen. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Tania Bourne
Excellent book to understand the many faces of migraine! I could totally relate to the description and symptoms described. I'm not sure about the drastic food diet, though. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Moka T
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
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 morePublished on Dec 17 2010 by Hannah
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 morePublished on June 2 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]. Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by Stephen Sykes
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