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Heal Your Headache by David Buchholz
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really liked it
bookshelves: 2019, health

Some tips for reading this book:

Yes, Dr. Buchholz has an attitude. Be prepared for that and try to look past it. He might say things about patients and doctors that upset you, but that's not the important part of the book.

Remember that it's from 2002. Some of the information is outdated. The Step 3 chapter about daily preventative medication is one section that needs to be updated. You could honestly skip it. Buchholz also believes (at least he did 17 years ago) that all headache is migraine. Headache-literate doctors today believe that there is a headache spectrum and the migraine is at one end of that spectrum.

The important parts of the book are how the migraine mechanism and it's threshold work, how medication rebound works, and the list of foods to avoid. The idea of too many triggers to0 quickly or at one time pushing your mechanism over the edge is still the analogy doctors use today. And the elimination diet is still used by the migraine study center at Johns Hopkins. I could have stopped reading after the Step 2 chapter and had all the information I truly needed.

Finally, after you read Step 2 and start to freak out about all the food you can't have and feel like it's not possible, visit by Alicia Wolf. She posts migraine-friendly recipes, has a list of foods you *can* have that she suggests you stick to your fridge to remind yourself that food is still your friend, and has a list of pantry staples (brand names and where to find them) that helps a lot to relieve the overwhelmed feeling you might have.

For me, this book bounced around from three stars (outdated info in places) to five (the elimination diet seems to be working!).
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Reading Progress

March 3, 2019 – Started Reading
March 8, 2019 – Finished Reading
March 28, 2019 – Shelved
March 28, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019
March 28, 2019 – Shelved as: health

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