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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Round Earth Publishing; 1 edition (26 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977870200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977870202
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 851,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Much more than migraines! 22 Mar. 2012
By Martha Lappin, PhD - Published on Amazon.com
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Carol Shifflett has done an amazing job of bringing together a vast amount of research from a variety of sources. As principal investigator for an NIH funded study of a non-pharmacological treatment for migraines, I have spent untold hours sifting through medical journals for articles aimed at doing exactly what Carol has done so effectively - extracting the findings that have implications for how we think about and prevent migraines. Her presentation of this material is both practical and compelling. Every one of the 60+ migraine sufferers I met through our clinical trials had a unique pattern of headaches and most had some understanding of their major triggers. However, very few felt that they could (or even should, given the presumed expertise of their neurologists) dig deeper to finally and more clearly understand the underlying causes of the chemical and electrical changes in their brains and bodies responsible for their excruciating pain. With this book as their wise and compassionate companion, I am confident that the vast majority of migraine sufferers will be able to develop very effective personal wellness strategies, and confidently seek and find the kinds of support they need for their strategies from experts in both the conventional and complementary and alternative medical communities.

In addition to migraine sufferers, I would also urge anyone with mysterious, difficult to diagnose and treat symptoms of headache, fatigue, pain, or insomnia to carefully read this book. Although Carol's focus is on migraines, migraines are just one way hypersensitivities and disordered regulatory systems are manifested in our everyday lives. I lost my first copy of this book to my sister who has environmental sensitivities. After spending just a few minutes skimming through a few random chapters she realized she had the kind of resource she had long been seeking for understanding her own mysterious symptoms. Migraines are just one of the health mysteries we need to solve, and this book is a great resource for anyone looking for a well-researched and highly readable book about our brains and bodies.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Great wholistic resource for overall health 29 May 2012
By Melinda Zipin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book at my sister's our of curiosity - I don't have migraines. But I do have environmental sensitivities and sleep challenges and want to build my overall health. The book is so engaging and informative I didn't want to put it down. My sister let me take it home with me. The author certainly focuses on migraine but also discusses how each factor relates to other aspects of health, such as cardiac, bones, emotional stability and mental acuity.

Here are a few examples of info I value:

Magnesium - importance for sleep, serotonin metabolism, balancing out calcium; why deficiencies are common, testing issues/resource, natural sources

Nutrients, listed one by one - why they're important, how they interact with other nutrients, foods and drugs that inhibit absorption, symptoms of deficiency, symptoms of toxicity, guides on achieving balance. The survey approach is very helpful in maintaining perspective rather than chasing a certain nutrient and overdoing it. Taking lots of calcium and cutting out salt can lead to problems, for example.

Soy - bad for thyroid and why (this is a big deal for me since for years I ate tofu every day)

Alternating cold and heat to break pain cycle.
Posture and TMJ and bad bite.

I like that Shifflett gives enough information in each section to get into specific details, yet keeps it short enough to fit SO much info into 270 pages. She's also conversational and sometimes funny. I recommend the book for anyone interested in multi-faceted approaches to great health.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Treasury of Tools to Control Migraines 19 Oct. 2011
By Devin J. Starlanyl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are beset by migraines, how well do you manage them? If you're wondering what I mean by that, ask yourself this: Do you control your migraines, or do they control you?

If you have migraines, this book can be a life-saver. It can also be a life-changer if you have friends or a family member with migraines, because it provides insight into the world of the migraineur. That world is about a lot more than head pain. Some migraines aren't even associated with headaches. Opthalmic migraines, for example, bring visual symptoms, but no pain. Then there are abdominal migraines, menstrual migraines, and a vast array of triggers and symptoms. People who don't experience them don't understand. I work with chronic pain patients, and many of them have migraines. I have chronic pain of many sorts, but not migraines. I needed to understand them better. Thanks to this book, now I do.

There are many myths about migraines. One of the biggest is that migraineurs are helpless in the face of them, and that without specific medications (that can have tough side-effects and don't work for everyone) they are uncontrollable. Not true. In most cases, using the information contained in this book, you can regain significant control over the migraines and over your life.

Migraine symptoms vary greatly from type to type and from person to person. No matter what triggers them, they have a musculoskeletal component that is very treatable. The source of your migraine may be in your head, but also in your neck, gut, legs, or even feet. This book is a collection of treasure maps to migraine sources. You may not be able to prevent the lady doused in perfume from sitting next to you in a meeting, but you may be able to use this book to educate her if she is a co-worker or family member. You can't do much about barometric pressure fronts, but you can treat the trigger points that refer pain to the head and neck, minimizing symptoms. There are also ways to control other aspects of migraine. The best tool you can put in your kit is knowledge, and this book is packed with it. It's all about empowering; about teaching migraineurs how to manage their condition, and bring it under control as much as possible.

I love the diagrams and analogies, easy to understand and often amusing. The author takes a concept that can be difficult to understand, such as thyroid hormone imbalance, and puts it in the hands/pseudopods of a critter answering hormone requests. This reader got the impression from the book that the author is someone it would be fun to know, as well as a fount of information. Not only are answers given to many questions, but the reasons for the answers are explained. The research is solid, and the writing is entertaining, clear, and never dry.

I'm so glad this is available to all of us, and I hope care providers as well as patients read it. It's a good investment that will repay itself in money saved in medication and time spent in futile quests for a magic wand. How much is it worth to avoid spending so much time being miserable in a darkened room? Far better to be out enjoying yourself, no longer ruled by often unpredictable migraines.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A brilliant book for head pain sufferers, pain management professionals and bodywork therapists alike! 2 Jan. 2012
By Mary Jo Smiley CMTPT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
BRILLIANT BOOK!!! absolutely brilliant!

If you speak to me (a Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist for over 12 years) for only a few minutes about headaches and migraines, you will hear me offer the "crazed" suggestion that most headaches and very many migraines are related to Myofascial Trigger Points and/or food sensitivities. The looks I get are interesting. Everywhere from "you are a loony", to "really??? tell me more!" I hear stories that the doctor has told them that they have no other medications to try, they often think that all they need is better (usually stronger and addictive) medication. There is frustration that no one can find what is wrong with them, and being told (even worse) that there is nothing wrong with them and perhaps they were just seeking drugs or didn't want to work or care for their child. I also hear of loosing jobs and relationships.

Some believe me right away and ask for an appointment, others are so skeptical that they walk away and forget about what I had said, some tell me that the doctor has tested them for allergies already and that they avoid the common "migraine trigger foods" and so discount my knowledge.
Some of the time, the ones that come in for treatment are very impressed with the fact that they came in with a headache and left without it. Others have noticeable increase in range of motion of their neck, and some of the places I pressed had actually CAUSED the same head pain that they commonly get. Within a few treatments, their chronic headaches are much less frequent or gone. If I do not find trigger points or they have no response to treatment, I start them on the path of identifying food sensitivities.

Sadly, some have no interest in what a "layperson", (I have LMT and CMTPT behind my name , but not Dr.) has insisted is truth and continue to loose hope and suffer. Still more people would LOVE to have this information, but have never found someone that knows about the connection between trigger points and food and the chronic headaches or migraines. Some doctors and therapists know there is a connection, but are not skilled enough to actually properly address the trigger points and eliminate them. Nor do they address the perpetuating factors as simple as carrying a heavy bag on one shoulder or poor postural habits.

Let's not forget the food issues. I know from experience of several chronic migraines what were caused by WHEAT, PEANUTS and NUTRASWEET. The simple suggestion of eliminating these or other foods from the diet for a week or 2 resulted in the elimination of long-term chronic migraines. This can be pretty impressive after the treatments that they had been getting for years did virtually nothing more than cover up the pain or cost $1000s of dollars on medications that did not CURE the condition.

THIS BRILLIANT BOOK will help millions of people get the information that they need to help themselves! For the cost of a "co-pay" for yet another doctor visit or medication, a chronic headache/migraine patient can very possibly find and possibly even self-treat the cause. Most will need the help of a well-trained Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist to help evaluate for trigger points and perpetuating factors. Those that can not find or afford treatment can and do learn ways to self treat.

I also am grateful to the author, C. M. Shifflett for putting this information in print as more people will "hear me" if the information is in a book that they can read themselves. I am also thankful that many more people will find the incredibly powerful treatment of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy!

Thank you for taking the time to produce this helpful book!
Mary Jo
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Very Informative about Migraines 8 Jan. 2013
By Angela Koss - Published on Amazon.com
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I learned about many other causes of migraines, basically anything out of sorts can cause a migraine. I have had problem with my feet for years and never thought it could have any thing to do with my migraines. It shows the whole body is a system and when something is wrong with the system it can cause migraines.
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