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Heal Your Headache Hardcover – 19 Aug 2002

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing (19 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761127984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761127987
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.4 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,039,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As someone suffering for years with migraine, I too was at the end of my rope. My migraine episodes (sometimes lasting for days, sometimes 1/2 the month) forced me to give up my job, were making me depressed (I entertained thoughts of suicide), and were ruining my family life ( I have two young kids). After having read this book, I started following a *very* restricted diet right away. I cut out everything listed in the book, plus soy and all soy products (you have to be very aware, and very good at reading labels for this one - it's everywhere). Although in the book he says that he is 'unsure if soy is a trigger' - let me tell you it's a HUGE one for me. One thing this only just touched on in the book is the role of estrogen (and xenoestrogen) in triggering migraine. I believe that I also suffer migraines due to 'estrogen dominance'. I urge all women migraineurs to look in to this in addition to diet restrictions. I got rid of all perfume containing things in my home, changed detergents, shampoo, and got rid of all things that contain xenoestrogens (vaseline, etc). I also use a bio-identical, natural, paraben-free progesterone cream. In a period when I normally would have suffered upwards of 20 migraines, I have had only 3 (all my own fault - brought on by running for too long, eating pepperoni, and flying - changes in barometric pressure). I would recommend this book to anyone still suffering with migraine. There really is something that can help you. Please remember to follow the restrictive diet to the letter in order to achieve results. It's hard work to cut all the trigger-food out of your diet, but the rewards are amazing! I wish everyone good health.
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Having suffered with migraine following meningitis in my early twenties (over 25 years ago)that later seemed to go away and then later suffering ongoing ear, dizziness, nausea problems following a bad labyrinthitis infection (diagnosed as endolymphatic hydrops)I felt at my wits end when I started to suffer almost daily headache problems on top of my ear related problems.I got referred back to the ENT department at the hospital and was told they thought I had Migraine associated dizziness (MAD !!!) and that they would put me on a migraine diet and give me a "pack" of advice on the diet etc when I left the clinic. After much faffing about I left the clinic with a single A4 sheet listing allowed and not allowed foods and was told to stay on the diet for 3 months.
I felt at sea not understanding why the diet might work etc until I saw a recommendation for this book on a Dizzy forum. I promptly ordered and had it delivered by amazon. It really is a great book - it explains the migraine diet in detail - what exactly is allowed and why the not allowed foods are potential problems. The book also explains what we know about how the migraine mechanism works and also what we don't quite know. It also - in a revalation for me described how meningitis and head trauma can trigger a migraine problem that can evolve and mutate in symptoms over time ( so I have probably had the same problem all along - just an evolving in my symptoms).
Some sections were not that relevant for me - I am not addicted to very strong caffeine/codeine headache pills and so don't need to come off medication - that's fine as Bucholz tries to cover all types and degrees of headache related complaints.
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A helpful book for anyone suffering from migraines/headaches and balance issues. I personally found the 'what to eat' and 'what not to eat' list of foods excellent. It does advocate the use of meds which is ok although I would personally have preferred more advice on how to be symptom free without medication. There are claims that if you follow the food lists/diet plan you can be but I have personally not found this to be the case although it is a book definitely worth buying overall.
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Unpersuasive with its "trust me" attitude and disdain for science and independent verification (despite a preface written by a medical professional whom one presumes is respectable). The front cover claims to deliver a "1,2,3 program" which one would expect to be simple. But it isn't simple (step 2 seems to be: give up everything you like to eat or drink; later, if I understood it correctly, one gets to add nice things in again but step-wise to detect the dietary migraine triggers) and this reader could barely understand it through all the self-congratulatory anecdotes. The book gets great reviews here so it must be me. In failing to deliver the promised simple process, this book angered me. It was a waste of time reading it, and worse, I must be careful to discard all I might have learned from it, including the Big Lecture banning caffeine, because it's untrustworthy. I don't like to write negative reviews, but I think people in pain deserve better. and should not be mislead by members of the medical profession, no matter how well-intentioned they may be.
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I have suffered with Migraines and lately severe vertigo episodes, I got this book as I could no cope any more.
Over the years I had heard about tea and coffee being bad, but have always thought how does this matter for me?
This book contains case studies where I read about experiences like mine and how the principles of this book worked for them, so I decided to give it a chance.

Just 2 days in and it felt like the cloud in my head was lifting and a month in I have not had any migraines/nor vertigo attacks, all I have done is to control medication and to the best of my abilities cut all of the foods listed.

Yes I do miss things but would rather not go back to suffer.
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