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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.
Published: Workman eBooks on Aug 12, 2002
ISBN: 9780761153603
List price: $13.95
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This book is very helpful for migraine sufferers. It offers great common sense information on the full range of migraines (you'll be amazed by what a migraine can effect) as well as helpful ideas on how to decrease the number you have. Both dietary changes and medication methods are discussed. From a personal note: I know this book has helped one friend go from migraines that had her in bed for a week at a time to being able to be mostly migraine free and greatly controlled. She swears by the book. I have also just finished reading it and am working on implementing the various necessary changes - so far so good! This book is a useful tool, esp. if you don't have a Dr. who is helpful or up to speed on migraine treatments. It is a good place to start with strategies that you can implement in addition to whatever your Dr. recommends.read more
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It's hard for me to rate a book like this because I am a migraine sufferer and while the book is written with clear and concise instructions on how to rid myself of this, I have not yet attempted the program to see if they would work for me. As a book, it is well written, as a program? Only time will tell, I suppose. After 25 years of pain, I'll have to hope!read more
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I've read a lot of self-help books for migraine sufferers and this is the only one to have helped me. Like all those other self-help books this one is annoying in how the author pats himself on the back throughout, constantly reminding you how great he is for having written this book for you. If you can ignore that though, his plan is really great, he explains it really well and has a convincing argument for doing the extreme elimination diet. My doctors has always told me to keep a food diary and to try to watch for patterns to find my trigger foods, and that never worked. This author explains that you have to treat it like a scientific experiment, that is, eliminate all variables and then test each one at a time. Within a couple of weeks of cutting out all the foods on his list my chronic migraines had stopped. I've been on it for about 6 months now and I'm still testing foods, but I've also successfully found a few triggers. It's a slow process, and really annoying sometimes (like when you're at the grocery store and you have to stop yourself from buying your favorite snacks or someone gives you some chocolate as a gift) but this process has helped my migraines more than anything else. I will admit that I didn't completely cut out pain killers which is part of the program (I mean, really, when you've got a horrible migraine, how can you not take something for it?!) but I am sure to wait 2-3 headache-free weeks before testing another food so as to be sure I'm not getting rebound headaches. If your migraines are chronic and nothing else has helped you (and I tried acupuncture, physical therapy, steroid injections, nerve freezing, and other things) then drum up some will power and try this diet.read more
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This book is very helpful for migraine sufferers. It offers great common sense information on the full range of migraines (you'll be amazed by what a migraine can effect) as well as helpful ideas on how to decrease the number you have. Both dietary changes and medication methods are discussed. From a personal note: I know this book has helped one friend go from migraines that had her in bed for a week at a time to being able to be mostly migraine free and greatly controlled. She swears by the book. I have also just finished reading it and am working on implementing the various necessary changes - so far so good! This book is a useful tool, esp. if you don't have a Dr. who is helpful or up to speed on migraine treatments. It is a good place to start with strategies that you can implement in addition to whatever your Dr. recommends.
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It's hard for me to rate a book like this because I am a migraine sufferer and while the book is written with clear and concise instructions on how to rid myself of this, I have not yet attempted the program to see if they would work for me. As a book, it is well written, as a program? Only time will tell, I suppose. After 25 years of pain, I'll have to hope!
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I've read a lot of self-help books for migraine sufferers and this is the only one to have helped me. Like all those other self-help books this one is annoying in how the author pats himself on the back throughout, constantly reminding you how great he is for having written this book for you. If you can ignore that though, his plan is really great, he explains it really well and has a convincing argument for doing the extreme elimination diet. My doctors has always told me to keep a food diary and to try to watch for patterns to find my trigger foods, and that never worked. This author explains that you have to treat it like a scientific experiment, that is, eliminate all variables and then test each one at a time. Within a couple of weeks of cutting out all the foods on his list my chronic migraines had stopped. I've been on it for about 6 months now and I'm still testing foods, but I've also successfully found a few triggers. It's a slow process, and really annoying sometimes (like when you're at the grocery store and you have to stop yourself from buying your favorite snacks or someone gives you some chocolate as a gift) but this process has helped my migraines more than anything else. I will admit that I didn't completely cut out pain killers which is part of the program (I mean, really, when you've got a horrible migraine, how can you not take something for it?!) but I am sure to wait 2-3 headache-free weeks before testing another food so as to be sure I'm not getting rebound headaches. If your migraines are chronic and nothing else has helped you (and I tried acupuncture, physical therapy, steroid injections, nerve freezing, and other things) then drum up some will power and try this diet.
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