Heal Your Headache: The 1-2-3 Program for Taking Charge of Your Pain

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Workman Pub., 2002 - Family & Relationships - 246 pages
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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.

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Definitely a great book to own for reference. - Goodreads
It is very easy to read and makes so much sense. - Goodreads
... also it is easy to read. - Overstock.com
Includes dietary recommendations, recipes, and more. - Goodreads
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I read this book about 8 years ago. It was so helpful that I still regularly recommend this book to people, even practical strangers, who are having headache problems
For many years I would get a
headache everyday, right around the same time of the day. I went no where without ibuprofen in my purse. I was so used to having a daily headache for so many years that I literally thought everyone had daily headaches and that headaches were a normal part of living. Headaches are not a normal part of living!
One morning, I saw Dr. Buchholz on a morning TV talk show with one of his former headache patients. He was promoting his treatment plan and this book. I bought the book and implemented his dietary recommendations - not perfectly but quite a bit. In one month, my headaches become less intense; in just under two months they stopped completely.
After slowly adding foods back into my diet, I found that my primary headache triggers are caffeine and red wine. As long as I stay off of them I don't have headaches. When I add them back into my diet, the daily headaches return.
The cause of my daily headache was dietary. It wasn't a brain tumor, aneurysm, eyesight problem, muscle tension or any of those other things that all of us who are prone to headaches think could be the problem.
Give the treatment plan a chance. You will NEVER regret it.

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User Review  - Holly - Goodreads

Toe falling off, it's not from the knife, it's a migraine. The further into the book I read, the less credible the author became. A collection of his own experiences with no references to studies, as ... Read full review

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The Full Spectrum of Migraine
Step 1 Avoiding the Quick Fix

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After graduating first in his class from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. David Buchholz served as Chief Resident in Neurology at Johns Hopkins. He joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where for 14 years he was the Director of the Neurological Consultation Clinic. He also served as Director of the Division of General Neurology at Hopkins. He has published more than 150 scientific papers and articles and given over 450 invited lectures.

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