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1. The Migraine Brain: Your Breakthrough
2. Migraine
3. Living Well with Migraine Disease
4. Trigger Point Therapy for Headaches
5. The Keeler Migraine Method: A
6. The Magnesium Solution for Migraine
7. 10 Simple Solutions to Migraines:
8. Everything You Need to Know About
9. Migraines Be Gone: 7 Simple Steps
10. The Woman's Migraine Toolkit:
11. Conquering Your Migraine: The
12. Overcoming Headaches and Migraines:
13. Migraine and Other Headaches (Aan
14. A Brain Wider Than the Sky: A
15. Migraines for Dummies
16. The Headache Prevention Cookbook:
17. What Your Doctor May Not Tell
18. Migraine - What Works! A Complete
19. Victory over Migraine: The Breakthrough
20. Migraine Art: The Migraine Experience

1. The Migraine Brain: Your Breakthrough Guide to Fewer Headaches, Better Health
by Carolyn Bernstein, Elaine McArdle
Mass Market Paperback: 576 Pages (2009-11-24)
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Asin: 1439150354
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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You know that your migraine isn't just a headache. But you may not know that migraine actually is a neurological disease. Affecting one in five women, one in twenty men, and one in twenty children, it's a debilitating, complex, and chronic condition that manifests in a combination of symptoms that can include excruciating head pain as well as other distinctive physical and emotional effects. Yet it's also a disease that you can get control of, improve, and manage, as Dr. Carolyn Bernstein has discovered in her seventeen years as a Harvard Medical School faculty member and practicing neurologist.

Praised for her excellence and compassion, the founder of the Women's Headache Center near Boston, and a migraine sufferer herself, Dr. Bernstein has helped hundreds of her patients get better. Now, with The Migraine Brain, the most comprehensive, up-to-the-minute book on migraines ever written, you will be able to do the same -- reduce the frequency and intensity of your migraines, learn how to prevent and curtail them and how to recover from them more quickly, and mitigate migraine's effects on every aspect of your life: in the workplace and at home and during sex and travel. Every migraine is different because everyone who gets a migraine has a distinctive "Migraine Brain" with its own sensitivities and triggers. That's why it's so important for you to develop a personalized wellness plan to radically reduce the number and severity of your migraines.

Dr. Bernstein also explains why migraines happen, why they are so often misdiagnosed, and why so few people get the right treatment for them. She reveals the latest research that shows that Migraine Brains share a hypersensitivity to stimuli -- the Migraine Brain can actually look different from others on a brain scan -- and is more likely to experience a cascade of neurological reactions that give rise to the common clusters of migraine symptoms. This breakthrough medical knowledge makes treatment and recovery possible with new migraine-specific drugs as well as with complementary treatments such as yoga, biofeedback, and an exercise regimen.

With the extraordinarily thorough recommendations of The Migraine Brain in your hands, you will be fully equipped with all the latest information you need to understand migraines and to help your family and co-workers understand that migraine isn't just a headache: it's a serious, yet treatable disease. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (36)

4-0 out of 5 stars this book was so helpful
after reading this book and paying closer attention to what I ate my migraines are basically gone.I still get the occasional migraine, but not nearly has bad as before.Thank you Dr. Bernstein.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
I am so happy I came across this book. It has been my go to book and I have learned a lot about migraines. I have learned about how to make my migraines more manageable and ways to avoid triggers. I still get migraines, but now I know other things to try and am not always taking medications. That is one on the biggest reasons I went looking for a book like this. I was tried of taking medications that would knock me out, or being so dependent on them. I have also added feverfew and magnesium into my daily life. The book teaches you how to make small changes in your life that will help with the migraine suffering and most of the time they are free things.Just have to try them and see what works for you since everyone has different types of migraine pain.

5-0 out of 5 stars MIGRAINE RELIEF!
This is an excellent book to read/use as a reference for anyone suffering from a MIGRAINE!

5-0 out of 5 stars best book on migraine
This is the best book on migraines that I have read. The author is a fellow migraineur and a neurologist who has thoroughly researched the problems associated with migraines, and the many treatments now available for migraine sufferers. She takes extra care to address women migraineurs who suffer from this disorder 3 times more often than men (although she does also address male sufferers). The book is written in an understanding but informative manner, acknowledging that migraine can be a disabling disorder, but giving many strategies for dealing with it. These include both the latest medical techniques as well as non-medical approaches for treatment.

5-0 out of 5 stars A helpful, supportive book
This book made a big difference in my life. I've had migraines for about 7 years, since the end of high school. In all that time, I haven't found any other resources that are as compassionate and empathetic as this book. Dr. Bernstein tells you early on that she's a migraine sufferer, and you can tell that she really understands your pain. For that alone, I'm thankful.

The basic message of the book isthat your migraines aren't your fault -- they're symptoms of a neurological disease, and you deserve the same treatment as anyone else with that type of illness. She engages the reader in thoughtful discussion about both medicinal and non-medicinal approaches to migraine treatment (eg. she talks at length about biofeedback training and yoga). My experience with the first headache specialist I saw is that he tried to just drug me up without listening to my concerns; in contrast, Dr. Bernstein clearly respects individual patients' attitudes toward medicine, and presents lots of non-drug headache management strategies. While much of the material in the book was not new to me (eg. don't skip meals during the day, or you'll get a migraine), it's a comprehensive synthesis of current medical knowledge within an empathetic framework. ... Read more

2. Migraine
by Oliver Sacks
Paperback: 368 Pages (1999-10-05)
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Asin: 037570406X
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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"Balanced, authoritative . . . brilliant."--The LondonTimes

"Written by one of the great clinical writers of thetwentieth century, Migraine . . . should be read as much forits brilliant insights into the nature of our mental functioning asfor its discussion of the migraine."--The New York Times BookReview

The many manifestations of migraine can varydramatically from one patient to another, even within the same patientat different times. Among the most compelling and perplexing of thesesymptoms are the strange visual hallucinations and distortions ofspace, time, and body image which migraineurs sometimesexperience. Portrayals of these uncanny states have found their wayinto many works of art, from the heavenly visions of Hildegard vonBingen to Alice in Wonderland. Dr. Oliver Sacks argues that migrainecannot be understood simply as an illness, but must be viewed as acomplex condition with a unique role to play in each individual'slife.

"I am sure . . . that any layman who is interested inthe relation between the body and mind . . . will find the book asfascinating as I have."--W. H. Auden, The New York Review ofBooks ... Read more

Customer Reviews (31)

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for migraine sufferers
This book is definitely helpful in understanding what people with migraine suffers through, and helps sufferer and people who surround them to find the best way to deal with it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Olive Sacks' Migraine is great as always
Like his other books, Oliver Sacks has done a great job of taking a clinical perspective of a medical condition and making it understandable and accessible to people not familiar with medical jargon.

4-0 out of 5 stars title
Book was as ordered and shipped at once.

Just what I wanted and expected.

Joe P

4-0 out of 5 stars good read but somewhat outdated
I was interested in this book because most of my family, myself included, suffer from migraines. This book is enriched with a number of years of clinical experience. However, this book was originally written in the 1970s, with an update in 1992. There have been numerous discoveries about migraines since the update, let alone the original print. In addition, the updates are at the end of the chapters, not rewritten in the text. So, if you want to learn more about migraines, maybe read WebMD as a background first.

3-0 out of 5 stars Medically good but tedious
Oliver Sacks is better in theaters than read. I consider "The man who mistook his wife with a hat" the only readable book from him. ... Read more

3. Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You...That You Need to Know
by Teri Robert
Paperback: 336 Pages (2005-11-01)
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Asin: 0060766859
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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For millions of Americans, Migraine disease, tension headaches, and other headaches are a debilitating part of every day. Teri Robert has been there—in fact, she experienced her first Migraine at age six. Now, in this groundbreaking holistic guide to the diagnosis and treatment of headaches and Migraine disease, she brings a patient-empowering message to all headache sufferers: you don't have to live with daily pain. She provides you with all the information you need to know about getting the help you need, including:

  • Understanding side effects
  • Treatments for long-term relief
  • Risks and symptoms
  • Identification of the various types of headaches
  • Traditional and alternative therapies
  • Information on finding health care practitioners and support
  • Numerous case studies and expert advice
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book for those just diagnosed
Teri has written a wonderful book for those who are dealing with migraines, as well as for their family members. It includes a lot of information that you need to know/things to be aware of if you have just been diagnosed or suspect you might have migraines. It helps with the question "is this all just in my head" by sharing experiences that others have gone through. My family has also found this to be a useful book for understanding what the migraine process is (start to finish, ie that headache is just one part of a migraine), and also helping them be aware of changes that suggest a migraine is coming.
I highly recommend this book and have purchased two additional copies for friends who also suffer from migraines.

4-0 out of 5 stars Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches
I do not have a problem with headaches however I purchased two copies of this book upon the recommendation of a friend who has suffered with Migraines for years and found help in these pages. The two copies were for friends and relatives that have had such headaches.So far I have no feedback from them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Migraine and Headache Book Review
I am very happy with the book, the price, and the speed with which I received the item in the mail. The book is excellent, however, I am not finished with it yet so I can only vouch for what I have read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Migraine Disease and Headaches
Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches has presented some facts about migraines which were interesting to me. As to how helpful it will be, I really don't know. I am an older woman who has had migraines for 49yrs so most preventatives have been tried on me. At the present time I am only trying to cope with the headaches with pain medication and complete bedrest.

5-0 out of 5 stars Got this book and gave it away ....
This book is very informative specially to those who have not yet done a good amount of research on migraines. I have. But I still found the book very useful. So why did I give it away ? The guy from AT&T U-verse swapping out my DVR unit mentioned he was having migraine right at that time and he seems to not have as much info on it as I do -- so I gave him the book and I just hope that it would be very helpful for him.
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4. Trigger Point Therapy for Headaches & Migraines: Your Self-Treatment Workbook for Pain Relief
by Valerie Delaune
Paperback: 165 Pages (2008-04-03)
list price: US$18.95 -- used & new: US$11.72
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Asin: 1572245255
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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"I have such a bad headache!" For many of us, this is an oft repeated cry of anguish. Statistics about headaches and migraines are downright astonishing:One in six people have frequent headaches, and of those, one in ten suffers from migraines. You are not alone. Headaches and migraines result in more than 10 million doctor visits each year. If you struggle frequently with headache pain, this book offers a welcome solution.Trigger point therapy is an effective self-care approach you can use to get relief from headache pain.

Trigger points form in a portion of the muscle cell where blood flow is reduced and metabolic wastes are not being exchanged for oxygen and nutrients. When enough trigger points are located together, they can form palpable knots in the tissue. Trigger points can cause pain, either in the area of the trigger point, or by referral to other areas of the body.Trigger points can be treated by applying pressure to affected areas, often providing instant relief. Trigger Point Therapy for Headaches and Migraines explains trigger point physiology and then offers a complete program for self-care that includes detailed illustrations of all pressure and stretching techniques.In addition, it provides an in-depth look at the factors that cause and perpetuate trigger points, such as body mechanics, injuries, diet and nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, and emotional factors, and provides solutions to address each perpetuating factor.

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5-0 out of 5 stars The massage I always wanted, daily, at home
I stumbled across this book at a bookstore and was astonished to see diagrams that directly connected the chronic "knots" in my neck and shoulder region to the most frequent locations of my migraine pain.I have the kind of muscle tissue knots that prompted one massage therapist to ask, "So when was the car accident?"(There wasn't any.)Most massage therapists have barely even begun to loosen the knots by the time a one-hour session is up.

I didn't know what trigger point therapy was but had heard about using a tennis ball to help with back problems - it had seemed a little silly.Now I am using this therapy (nearly) every day.It's too early to tell whether it is helping the migraines, but it feels incredible, immediately relieving pain.I use the therapy right before I go to bed and when I wake up in the morning thoselittle healing muscles still feel all gooey and relaxed.It's soooooo easy to do at home - don't wait years and years to take care of yourself like I did.

Although the photos and layout aren't very visually attractive, the substance of the book is wonderful.If you've got knots, get the book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful information
This book helped me so much.I have TMJ with pain in my jaw and Trapezius' and the information given in the book helped me lots.I have referred this book to all of my friends.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must have
As with all the reviews already written I agree that this is an excellent resource book to have.It explains everything there is to know about the trigger points. It also gives credit where credit is due to Dr. Travell, the first real trigger point pioneer and carries her studies even further into present day breakthroughs. It has detailed diagrams as well as easily understood techniques to use on clients or on yourself.This book also contains a very in depth chapter on nutrients and vitamins that should be taken for muscle health.Not to mention the insistence of water..(FINALLY) for muscle health and growth. I am a massage therapist specializing in medical massage, deep tissue therapy with neuromuscular and myofascial release and of course trigger point therapy and encounter an extrordinary amount of clients with head pain. This book is my new "go to book" for double checking my techniques. I also keep many of them on hand to give to clients for home self treatment.This book is easy to read, learn from and use.Truly a must have book for not only massage therapists, but anyone in the health care field that sees people for head pain.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful book
This book says it all and shows you how to take care of yourself.If you are looking for something the medical community has been unable to provide for you (as in relief without pharmaceuticals) this is it.Valerie DeLaune knows how to get this valuable information on paper and into your head, very accessible to anyone who can read.I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars great self-help book
I suffer from frozen shoulder and wanted to find an alternative to traditional treatment.A friend recommended this book, and it has helped me a lot.I would recommend it to anyone with shoulder tightness and pain. ... Read more

5. The Keeler Migraine Method: A Groundbreaking, Individualized Treatment Program from the RenownedHeadache Clinic
by Robert Cowan
Paperback: 416 Pages (2008-11-13)
list price: US$15.95 -- used & new: US$4.62
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Asin: 1583333223
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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A revolutionary and scientifically backed prevention and rescue treatment plan for migraine attacks.

More than 30 million people suffer from debilitating headaches. Yet our understanding of the science behind migraines is still in its in-fancy. At the Keeler Center for the Study of Headache, Dr. Robert Cowan and his team of specialists conduct some of the most cutting-edge research in the field. Their treatment program, which combines the latest alternative and conventional therapy strategies, has helped thousands of sufferers manage their symptoms effectively and regain control of their lives.

As Dr. Cowan explains, each patient presents unique sets of triggers and pain patterns and requires a customized treatment approach. The Keeler method helps migraine sufferers identify their own headache triggers and then create an individualized formula for dramatically decreasing the frequency and severity of these attacks. It also illustrates how to design a foolproof, reliable “rescue” plan when necessary, and offers surprising information, such as:

· Why elimination diets and “foods to avoid” lists may not work
· Why frequently prescribed medications can actually make a headache worse
· Why many headache treatments stop working over Time

With a step-by-step program and expert advice throughout, The Keeler Migraine Method will be the most comprehensive guide to migraine management in the bookstore. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Book and Clinic Helped Me a LOT
Although I don't necessarily agree with Dr. Cowan that virtually all headaches are migraine, his methods and clinic have helped me quite a bit.After reading the book and going to his clinic, I have worked out a treatment plan that has improved my quality of life considerably (I have cluster headaches that are becoming more severe with age).The advice in the book is more sound than what I've seen in most other books and the folks at the clinic are highly professional while still being open to alternative medicine and various approaches.I recommend this book to anyone with chronic headaches.

5-0 out of 5 stars Level-headed and comforting
I've had daily headaches and frequent migraines for the last five years. I've seen a number of healthcare practitioners both mainstream and alternative -- including neurologists who "specialize in head and face pain." No one has ever explained to me what I learned in this book. I found the book full of practical information (some I've figured out for myself; some -- like how to best use/combine medication -- was new) and comforting because this guy "gets it"!

As Dr. Cowan points out, our medical system isn't set up for people with chronic, complex, and very individual health issues. Too often I meet with a doctor and end up very frustrated because he or she diagnoses medication after about three minutes of conversation -- and preventative medication is all they're willing to discuss. The Keeler approach looks at the bigger picture and invites the reader to know and "value" his or her triggers for better headache management. Drugs are important but are part of a larger array of lifestyle changes a person should consider, depending on his or her triggers.

If you have headaches that are not as well managed as you would like, The Keeler Migraine Method is an outstanding resource.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
This book is great! As a current patient of Dr. Cowan's, I didn't think there would be much new information. While the book reinforced the treatment plans we work on together, there was so much more. I have had near constant migraines for 5 years. Since becoming his patient, I have had a reduction in them. The book had so much advice for me to supplement my treatment with. I have personally implemented almost all the advice in this book. It has definetly helped me. I would highly recommend it. If you can make the drive to visit him in Ojai, you will be glad you did. Good luck to all the other migraine sufferers!

5-0 out of 5 stars Most practical headache book yet
This is really a remarkable book.I've suffered from chronic daily headaches for ten years, and have read quite a few headache books and have tried many approaches to dealing with headaches.This book is the most practical, useful book I've read.Perhaps the fact that the author (the doctor who runs the Keeler Migraine Center) suffers from headaches himself give him particular insight.

The theme of the book is how to live with headaches.It's up-front:there is no magic cure for headaches.However, there are strategies to minimize the impact of the headache.The approach is three-pronged:lifestyle changes, preventive medication, and rescue medication.

Any headache sufferer should read this book.Even if you think you've done it all, read it all, tried it all, you will get something from this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best migraine book yet!
This book is great. Written by someone that has experienced migraines himself, he gets it. I keep referring back to this book. One of his methods has actually changed my life. ... Read more

6. The Magnesium Solution for Migraine Headaches
by Jay S. Cohen
Paperback: 64 Pages (2004-09)
list price: US$5.95 -- used & new: US$4.26
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Asin: 0757002560
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars This book saved my life!
I was having migraines every day, some even lasted for days and I even had one that lasted a week. Medications prescribed by my doctor would barely even make a dent in the pain. Within one day of starting the Magnesium treatment I noticed that the migraine I had been suffering from for days was starting to lessen, by day two I could tell a definite improvement and by day three it was completely gone and it has not been back. If I forget to take the magnesium for a couple of days I notice an ache starting in my head and I take it immediately and it goes away. Needless to say, I don't forget to take it often!

5-0 out of 5 stars Try magnesium
For anyone that needlessly suffers from migraines and has not already tried magnesium, you need to try it RIGHT AWAY. This book proves how important it is.

I've suffered with migraines (every week and sometimes daily) for the past 5 years taking pointless medications from doctors (topamax, nortriptylene) , which did not work at all. After starting to supplement with magnesium I started noticing a great improvement in the frequency and severity of my migraines and my overall well being. After taking magnesium for only two weeks, my headaches arn't comletely gone yet, but have been greatly reduced so far. I'm BLOWN AWAY that the doctors i've seen havn't ONCE suggested that I try magnesium or other natural methods that actually work. It's completely ridiculous and not very far from a crime, in my opinion.

In my quest to relieve my own migraines ive learned a lot about possible causes of migraine headaches.
Some considerations:
- Try sleeping with your head elevated at a 30 degree angle. A 12 inch foam wedge does this the best. This has helped me... read this book for more info -

-Eliminate all MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) and other exitotoxins from diet
-Some headaches are caused psychologically, try this site -http://www.psychresearch.com/headache1.html
-Biofeedback - stress can be a big trigger for chronic headaches
-Drink more water

This is just what has helped me, I can't guarantee my suggestions will work for you but they are well worth a try. If you get migraine headaches I recommend you try solving the problem through natural methods (like i've mentioned) before you start taking preventive medicine or have surgery. Remember: If drug companies cured people they would be out of business.

Bottomline: Try Magnesium (anything but oxide), and other natural methods

Here is another great site: http://www.avoidamigraine.com/migrainesymptoms-6.htmlRecommend

1-0 out of 5 stars Well Researched, But No Help
I tried following the directions in this book.He provides quite a lot of research for his findings (reads more like a medical study than a book) and lots of options for different types of magnesium to try.I ended up using the one that he uses (magnesium chelate with ammino acids) as this didn't upset my stomach as much as the others, but now I have a bunch of bottles of supplements just sitting in my medicine cabinet.By the time you are taking the magnesium (4-8 tablets / day), B2 (1 / day), feverfew (2-6 / day), plus anything else you might already be taking (calcium, multivitamin etc) I was up to 14 pills per day!!It was upsetting my stomach so much (diaherrea all the time) that I just had to stop.Plus all the pills were like a meal in itself, and who wants to take all those pills every day for the rest of your life?!?I would rather just take whatever I need when I actually get migraines, and trust me, I get whoppers, sometimes 3 days long, and up to 5 days per week, so I know what I am talking about with headaches.If this book helps some people, that is great, but it didn't help me.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book with one flaw
I had read on the internet that magnesium might help my migraine problem, but I took too much and certainly didn't feel better. I then bought this book and got exactly what I wanted -- an explanation on why magnesium might work, directions on exactly what kind to buy (it's an unstable element so it must be combined with something else, but some combinations are more likely to make you ill than others), and how much to take (hint: start small!).

I only gave this four stars because even after I read the book and took magnesium properly, it -- once again -- seemed to *cause* a migraine instead of preventing one. The book does not describe this possibility or explain why it might happen. (Has this happened to anyone else?)

5-0 out of 5 stars headache free- finally!
I can't recommend this book highly enough...It has changed my life. My family and friends have never seen me go a month without a headache....I am so happy, and it's like an entirely new life.

If you've tried magnesium before (like I did) but it didn't work for you, you may not have understood how much you need to take and why. Once I read this book, I made connections between a whole slew of problems/triggers.

I used to take Imitrex at least twice a week. I haven't taken one in a MONTH. I had two small headaches that asprin killed....and I also worked out heavily and did a few other things that usually bring on migraines.

Not one yet.

I expect to still get a few, but honestly I can say I am just beginning to see what I've been missing all of these years.

Please, please try this book. I do not know the author in any way. I just hate to think of anyone suffering needlessly after the relief I've achieved so far.

In order to give full disclosure, I ordered another book with the migraine diet in it at same time. I had been on that diet before, but not understood how tracking the foods worked. Two weeks after starting the magnesium supplements, I started the diet as well. I am off Diet Coke and all MSG. However, I had migraines when I was a kid, long before I ate or drank that kind of junk. I think all of this (mg and diet) helps to significantly improve the migraine threshold.

When I feel a headache coming on, I've taken the magnesium as he suggested and it has vanished.

Thank you for this book! It is the best money I've ever spent. ... Read more

7. 10 Simple Solutions to Migraines: Recognize Triggers, Control Symptoms, And Reclaim Your Life (10 Simple Series)
by Dawn N., M.D. Marcus, Dawn A. Marcus
Paperback: 143 Pages (2006-05-03)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$4.99
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Asin: 1572244410
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Migraine sufferers will do whatever it takes to make the pain go away. This collection of straightforward tips cuts through the hype about migraine headaches to offer you the simple, scientific truth about how best to get them under control. It starts off by helping you get a correct diagnosis of your problem, and then it guides you in tracking your own personal headache triggers. Medication is often the best way to deal with migraine pain, so the book explains the most current medical therapy options and give tips on getting the most out of every doctor visit. Relaxation, stress management, and alternative therapies that really work for migraines are covered, as are some critical lifestyle changes that can make a real difference.

By author Dawn A Marcus, MD - 2007 National Headache Foundation Media Excellence Award

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5-0 out of 5 stars The FIRST book for migraine
Over the past couple years, I have been collecting books on migraine to see how they have changed since the 1970s. Aside from mentions of CTs and MRIs, and triptan drugs, NOT MUCH -- while rates of migraine are increasing.

I almost didn't buy this little book because it was so brief at 143 pages, but was astonished to find that it is one of the most useful and informative migraine resources available. It won the 2007 Excellence in Media Award from the National Headache Foundation.

It really does provide a clear and direct set of instructions to Recognize Triggers, Control Symptoms, and Reclaim Your Life. It ranges from diagnostic features to tracking of symptoms and triggers, treatment modalities and valuable information resources.

-Understand Your Migraine: Physiology and symptoms behind the pain.

-Get a Proper Diagnosis: on not confusing this with "sinus" and being aware of symptoms that suggest something far more dangerous and life-threatening than primary headache.

-Track Symptoms and Triggers: How to quantify, measure, and evaluate symptoms with headache diaries and more.

-Treat Acute Migraine Symptoms: a review of effective and IN-effective migraine drugs. For example, acetominophen is the most commonly used OTC drug. It is also the least effective.

-Medication and Nonmedication Therapies to Prevent Migraine: The rationale behind various treatments. What is really going on when your physician prescribes anti-depressants. No, he is not just dismissing the problem as "psychosomatic."

-Manage Stress: There's more to this than the "bubble-bath by candlelight" so often recommended (and never mind the triggers in bath products and scented candles!) Comments on time-management skills, progressive muscle relaxation, biofeedback and cognitive therapy. Yes, it really does work.

-Vitamin and Herbal Therapies:One highly rated book (funded by a drug company) dismisses years of research on electrolyte imbalances and magnesium (migraine / menstrual migraine as a deficiency disease and chemical imbalance that can be corrected for pennies a day) in favor of triptans (at $20-$50 per pill/injection). Why? Because "one study" showed that you must keep taking magnesium to have a lasting effect. Surely zillions more that show that!-- because magnesium is a critical macronutrient. Yes you must keep taking magnesium just as you must keep taking other vitamins and minerals . . . and water and air and more to live. Dr. Marcus provides a nice summary of magnesium research with dosing recommendations.

-Communicate Effectively: Take a list of specific questions, get specific answers. Don't just lie in the dark and suffer. Almost every chapter has one or more charts/surveys to identify and evaluate the problem. There is much critical data that only YOU, the patient can provide; here's how to help guide treatment by teaming effectively with your doctor.

There is a lot of migraine research that never gets out to the public. You'll find it in $60-$160+ medical textbooks on migraine and chronic pain. Dr. Marcus has authored some of those, with particular emphasis on women's issues. This is a deeply condensed presentation of that information, affordable, succinct and extremely useful. Start here.

5-0 out of 5 stars Recommened Reading

This book would be the first book to read if you can only afford to buy one book. Whether you are first learning about migraines, trying to decide you have them, or have had them for a long time, and are needing to make sense of all the information you have received.
I found this condensed my last 5 years of personal research into my migraines, into a well written, easy to understand, synopsis. It helps you understand what the doctors are trying to say to you. It gives you a way to communicate with the doctors so they understand what you are trying to say to them. It gives you tools you can use to accurately inform your doctor what is going on, and what you have tried. She gives you reliable sources of online and written information.
There are many good books on migraines but this would be my suggestion for a first read, or an up to 2009 update of where current migraine thinking/ research is.( My background being disabled, & in bed, for the last 2 1/2 years from unrelenting migraines. Now in the reclaiming my life- phase.)Best wishes to all who need this book, caregivers or those with migraines.

5-0 out of 5 stars Success - short, simple and logical!
My daughter has been suffering from headaches for years. She has been to all the doctors and had all the tests.It wasn't until I read this book and followed the simple advice of keeping a headache diary that I was able to recognize a pattern to her headaches.We can now predict the headaches and offer her some relief.I highly recommed this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Well-balanced information
When my teenage daughter started experiencing bouts of dizziness and headaches, I took her to a hearing and balance doctor since I presumed her symptoms pointed in that direction.After thorough testing, however, it was concluded that the likely cause of her issues was migraine.That's when I started researching the topic and found Dr. Marcus' book. I'd highly recommend it for anyone who wants a good overview of the issues related to migraine, as well the ways to distinguish it from other forms of headache, and some straight-forward approaches to avoiding these headaches to begin with.I really like how the author included a good bit of background information (research stats, medical terms, etc) but still made it easy for the non-physician to understand.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful book!
This book is the best I have read on the subject of migraines, and I have read many.It is very thorough and the information on nonmedication therapies is extremely helpful.I have had migraines for many years and am finally able to take control of them with the help of this book.Thanks for such a great resource! ... Read more

8. Everything You Need to Know About Enzymes: A Simple Guide to Using Enzymes to Treat Everything from Digestive Problems and Allergies to Migraines and Arthritis
by Tom Bohager
Paperback: 256 Pages (2009-07-01)
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Asin: 1608320197
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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We all know that better health doesn't come from one magical, cure-all pill. But what you should know is that it can come from readily available, over-the-counter enzyme supplements. Tom Bohager's Everything You Need to Know About Enzymes offers simple, natural methods for improving your health dramatically without dramatic changes in lifestyle. Bohager's quick course explains how to use enzymes for general god health and to treat specific ailments. As health care costs in the United States soar, more and more people are interested in improving their health through safe, affordable, noninvasive, nonprescription remedies. Enzymes in particular are gaining popularity because of their proven effectiveness and ease of use. For readers interested in improving digestion, strengthening the immune system, restoring energy levels, slowing the aging process, or treating common maladies, Everything You Need to Know About Enzymes is the quick, easy-action guide to optimal health. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Impressive! Every athlete should read this book!!
I was so impressed when I read this book! Most books I get and I put on my bookshelf and flip through as a reference. This book grabbed my attention and made sense from the beginning to the end! I have been an athlete my entire life and never really knew the benefits of enzymes. After reading his book I began taking them and have never felt better! I wish I would have read this book 20 years ago!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend this book for people with digestive issues
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has digestive issues. Since an early age I had been dealing with complicated digestive issues that constantly interrupted my day. After gaining a deeper understanding of enzymes I was finally able to regulate most of my digestive issues; very impressed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow! This book was wonderful! Things finally make sense to me...
This book was just wonderful!!! Things finally make sense to me and for the first time I am understanding what enzymes are and why they are so important. After reading the book I immediately went to the health food store and started my journey with digestive enzymes and that evening after dinner I was not in the normal "bloating" kind of pain. I kept waiting for the pain and it never came. I now take enzymes with every single meal and I feel more energetic, healthier and I am not in pain! I also started taking therapeutic enzymes and I truly believe that enzymes have helped restore my health!! I am so happy I came across this book as it really gave me a different life!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Migraine help...finally
I've suffered from migraines for years and have tried everything from medications to special diets with little relief.After reading this book I've introduced enzymes into my diet and have experienced a significant decrease in the frequency and duration of my migraine headaches.Mr. Bohager was able to provide me with information about enzymes that I was unable to obtain from a variety of doctors (PCP's, Neurologist, OB/GYN).I highly recommend this book if you are interested in learning more about enzymes and their potential healing effects on the body.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best enzyme books I have found!!!
Mr. Bohager has done it again with this book! His first book was extremely helpful and this book took it to another level! He really goes into depth about explaining enzymes and the many uses of them! I know his life's work is dedicated to enzyme therapy and this book is definitely one to get if want to hear from a true expert on the matter. I used to suffer for years with digestive issues and since learning about enzymes I feel like I have a completely different life! I only wish I would have learned about Mr. Bohager's work sooner. I highly recommend ALL to get this book!! ... Read more

9. Migraines Be Gone: 7 Simple Steps to Eliminating Your Migraines Forever
by Kelsie, Kenefick
Perfect Paperback: 192 Pages (2006-05-01)
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This award winning book is a must-read migraine sufferers and health care practitioners who work with migraine patients. Unlike any other headache book, Migraines Be Gone teaches migraine sufferers how to overcome their migraines using a step-by-step approach to balancing the nervous system. Clinically proven safe and effective, anyone committed to eliminating their migraines naturally can master these seven simple steps.

Praise for Migraines Be Gone... Endorsements

Kelsie Kenefick's Migraines Be Gone is a wise, effective program that can help eliminate this scourge from one's life. It is based in good science and good medicine and will be a godsend to many.

Larry Dossey, M.D., author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things, Healing Words, and chief editor of the Journal of Science and Healing

Kelsie's expertise in treating migraine patients is as apparent as her powerful, yet gentle, approach towards bringing balance to the nervous system...a must- read for anyone suffering from migraines.

Dr. Elmer Green, PhD, founder of medical biofeedback, founder of ISSSEEM, and co-author of Beyond Biofeedback

This book is a treasure for anyone who suffers from headaches...finally a book has been written that teaches people how to manage their headaches naturally...bravo!

Phil Cambe, M.D., Medical Director of the Pain Management Program, Boulder Community Hospital, Boulder, CO.

This self-regulating modality has consistently helped my patients throughout the years. This program works and helps patients achieve an optimal state of mental and physical health as they learn to regulate their nervous system.

Lesley McConville, M.D., Neurologist, Referring Physician

This book stands apart from all other books written on migraines because this one tells you what to do about them. Whereas other migraine books help you tounderstandheadaches, this book teaches you lesson-by-lesson how to prevent them from occurring. I use these strategies with my son who suffers from migraines. Thanks, Kelsie!

Colleen Grady-Yuskewich, Director of Rehabilitation, Boulder Community Hospital, Boulder, CO. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars godsend
Thank you so much for writing your book. It has been a godsend to me. I've been getting migraines for over 20 years and am not yet 40 years old. Your book is the first to combine all the disparate elements that I've suspected have contributed to my headaches. To give them all credence is a revelation. And I have found the prevention and pain reduction techniques immensely helpful. Thank you!

5-0 out of 5 stars Praise for Migraines Be Gone
Thank you, thank you, Kelsie!After my mother, my husband, an allergist, a psychiatrist (for hypnotherapy to control allergies), and the friend who sent me your book last year, you're the 6th most important person in my life because of your help!Bless you!
Libby Thomas.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book changed my life
I was searching the internet for an acupuncturist because after seeing three different physicians about my migraines they had all failed me.I wanted to learn what was causing my headaches, and how to stop them, and they just kept throwing more medicine at me.After reading Kelsie's book, I found out that the doctors who overprescribed migraine drugs for me were actually making my condition worse.I was skeptical at first, but for $20, I figured there was nothing to loose.After getting through step 4 of the 7 steps, I was practically headache free.Since then I have never taken a migraine prescription, and I have never had a headache bad enough to put me to bed.This book made me feel really empowered to help myself, instead of having to rely on doctors who were in too much of a hurry to listen to me.It has been about 2 years since I first purchased this book and the headaches are still under control.When I bought the book, I had been suffering from debiliating migraines for about 4 years, and the frequency had increased to about 15 headache days/ month.I am so grateful for Kelsie and her book, it truely changed my life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you!
I can not speak highly enough about Kelsie's "Migraines Be Gone" program! I suppose more than anything, I am most appreciative of the hope that it has given me. That hope is a genuine gift! Medication can help alleviate some of the pain but at the cost of some terrible side effects. The thought of eliminating migraines entirely, without medication, is a concept that I never allowed myself to dare dream before and I now know it is possible.
I am also so very thankful to finally have the cause for my migraines explained to me in a clear and simple manner. I have been seeking out reasoning for years and it finally makes sense. Having that understanding provides you with rational for the exercises. There is not a single exercise in the program that I do not feel immediately better after completing. You actually look forward to doing them.
Kelsie's desire to help you is very genuine. She is kind and gentle in nature and a pleasure to work with. She is incredibly passionate about what she does and thrilled to share her knowledge with you.
Get excited - Kelsie holds the "golden key" to eliminating your migraines and she wants nothing more than to share it with you!
The frustration, depression and feeling of being overwhelmed by my migraines have been replaced by hope and for this I am forever thankful to Kelsie!

Thank you so very much!

Cynthia Crook

5-0 out of 5 stars I expect results and results is what I got! A great book!
As a result of practicing the techniques described in Kelsie's book I have been able to manage my Migraine attack frequency from 4 to 5 per week down to 1 per week consistently. I even have some really good weeks where I go 10 days without a migraine at all. My only regret is that I wish I had access to this information many years ago as I could have eliminated many years (30 years) of suffering. No other treatments have provided me with the kind of relief that I have received from practicing the techniques illustrated in the Migraines Be Gone book.

As a side note, the techniques referenced include relaxation, visualization, affirmations, exercise and stretching, breath control, and temperature control to the extremities (hands and feet). When these techniques are mastered, the mind and body relax while the frequency and severity of migraines decrease. Personally, I also noticed that life started to become more enjoyable in general terms. Little things didn't stress me out as much and I started to take my time with things that I would normally just rush through. Most significant (other than less migraines) is that I feel far less overwhelmed and I feel that there is hope that I can control my migraines and that the migraines will not control me.

If you want results, then this book is a definite purchase. ... Read more

10. The Woman's Migraine Toolkit: Managing Your Headaches from Puberty to Menopause (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)
by Dawn Marcus, Philip Bain
Paperback: 256 Pages (2011-01-11)
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Migraines are a common, controllable type of headache that affects one in every six women, more than 20 million in the United States alone. The Woman’s Migraine Toolkit helps readers take charge of their migraines by learning what causes them and effective treatments for every stage in a woman's life. Useful tools, quizzes, and diaries for evaluating headaches and determining the best treatment are provided through the book, and downloadable versions are available on the publisher's and authors' websites. Practical instructions are provided for effective non-drug and medication therapies, as well as advice about how natural remedies and nutritional supplements can help at each stage of life. The authors provide a comprehensive, holistic approach to headache management that addresses diet, sleep patterns, exercise habits, mood, and social concerns.
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11. Conquering Your Migraine: The Essential Guide to Understanding and Treating Migraines for all Sufferers and Their Families
by Seymour Diamond
Paperback: 224 Pages (2001-04-03)
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The up-to-the-minute guide to understanding and treating migraines for all migraine sufferers and their families

Across America, twenty-eight million people suffer from migraines, costing the nation millions of dollars in lost work and school days, medication, and countless visits to doctors and hospitals. At the world-renowned Diamond Headache Clinic in Chicago, Dr. Seymour Diamond has spent more than thirty years helping thousands of headache sufferers conquer their debilitating pain. At last, the resources of that institution are available in a book. Dr. Diamond's Conquering Your Migraine is a comprehensive guide to the identification and treatment of all types of migraine, including pediatric headache, hormonal migraine, and coexisting migraine and tension-type headache.

This book includes:

  • The most up-to-date research on the cause of migraine, including if and how it will affect treatment
  • How to identify the danger signs of migraine
  • Identifying and treating migraine when it is linked to depression
  • Why more than 70 percent of migraine sufferers are women and what their particular circumstances mean for treatment
  • How the miracle drugs of the twenty-first century can stop your migraine attack
  • The latest in non-drug and self-help treatments, including relaxation therapy, biofeedback, and preventative therapies

    If you or someone close to you suffers from migraine, Dr. Diamond's Your Migraine is the lifeline you need to help free you from pain. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Helped answer some questions
    I suffer from cronic migraines.I have been seeing my doctor, but havn't been getting the answeres I've needed.This book helped me understand what was going on, what to look for, and even gave me ideas on what to do differently.It also gave me ideas of what i'm going to mention during my next visit to my doctor.My mother also suffers from migraines, and I have a few friends and do also.I have had no problem inviting them to read my book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Essential for migraine sufferers.........
    ....Seymour Diamond, MD has written a comprehensive book on migraines that is designed for the layman. He explains the physiology of migraines and how they differ from ordinary headaches. He describes common symptoms that help the reader identify if and which type of migraine he/she gets, or if the migraines are co-existing with other types of headaches (which, once diagnosed, impacts treatment). Dr. Diamond delves into the specific problems that may occur in women (PMS, menopause) and how they may correlate with migraine, the link between migraine and other diseases (such as lupus, epliepsy, etc.) and how to tell the danger signs that indicate that a headache requires immediate medical attention.

    The second half of the book is devoted to treatment. Dr.Diamond covers common drugs that are prescribed to treat migraine as well as dietary changes that migraine sufferers may wish to make. He also has a section on alternative treatments from chiropractic to biofeedback to herbal remedies.

    The book also includes case studies and ends with a presentation of several support networks for migraine sufferers. Overall very informative book and a must for anyone wishing to begin or change the treatment they are receiving for migraines. ... Read more

  • 12. Overcoming Headaches and Migraines: Clinically Proven Cure for Chronic Pain
    by Lisa Morrone
    Paperback: 208 Pages (2008-08-01)
    list price: US$11.99 -- used & new: US$6.81
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    Asin: 0736921699
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    As many as 45 million Americans have chronic and severe headaches—and they’re desperate for practical, clearly explained help and answers.

    Physical therapist Lisa Morrone extends hope. Nearly 20 years of teaching, research, and treating patients have given her a comprehensive, multidisciplinary perspective. Headache/migraine sufferers don’t have to resign themselves to being pill–popping victims. Rather, they can achieve lasting changes by discovering how to...

    • uncover the sources of head pain and avoid unnecessary medication
    • eliminate pain originating from neck dysfunction or muscle tension
    • ward off migraines and cluster headaches by pinpointing and avoiding “triggers”
    • decide whether self–treatment, treatment by a practitioner, or a combination is best
    • loosen the traps of stress, anger, and emotional/spiritual bondage that clamp down with head pain

    This multifaceted resource combines effective habits, exercises, and lifestyle adjustments to end head–pain disability and give readers back a life to enjoy and share.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars excellent resource for headache sufferers
    This book is the most thorough, easy to understand resource I have found while attempting to educate myself about headaches.I highly recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!
    I have been suffering from chronic headaches for the last 12 years and Lisa Marrone's book has taught me so much about the kind of headache that I have and how it can be treated.This book is a jewel!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars excellent resource for migraine sufferers
    best book out there for people who suffer from headaches. I've been gathering info on migraines for years, and I feel like I learned more than I ever knew, just by reading this book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful resource for migraine sufferers
    I have suffered from migraines for much of my life and it was so great to get a hold of Lisa's book.I learned a lot about triggers, the physical issues that cause migraines and the things that I can do to help prevent the migraines from occurring.The exercises and stretches are easy to do and I've seen a difference already in doing them whenever I can.While I have not stopped getting migraines all together, the frequency that I've had them has decreased significantly and I appreciate that more than I can say.This is a great book for any migraine sufferer and what is especially nice is that it's an easy read - very easy to understand.It's obvious that Lisa has a tremendous amount of hands-on experience with migraine sufferers and has a great handle on the issues that are present with the pain associated with migraines.Thank you, Lisa, for writing such a useful and practical book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars a must read
    this is an excellent book, especially useful exercises for those who get headaches that originate in your neck. ... Read more

    13. Migraine and Other Headaches (Aan Press Quality of Life Guide)
    by M.D. William B. Young, M.D. Stephen D. Silberstein
    Paperback: 193 Pages (2004-05-10)
    list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$7.71
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    Asin: 1932603034
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Headache is the most common complaint for which people see neurologists and the seventh most common reason they visit their primary care doctors. It is the third most common cause of missed work, and can seriously undermine quality of life if not effectively managed. Migraine and Other Headaches is the essential guide for everyone who suffers from headaches, and will provide the information needed to obtain effective medical care and long-term relief. Different types of headache are thoroughly explained in easy to understand language, beginning with migraine, the most common severe headache, which occurs in approximately 12 percent of the U.S. population. Also discussed are rebound headache, tension-type headache--the most common primary headache disorder, cluster headache, unusual headaches, non-headache illnesses that frequently accompany headache, sinus headache, disorders of the neck, post-traumatic headache, and atypical facial pain and trigeminal neuralgia. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars From the doctors point of view, but oh so easy to read!
    This book is wonderful. Dr.Young and Dr.Silberstein explain headaches and Migraine so everyone understands. Never gets "too doctor". A great read for any Migraineur.

    5-0 out of 5 stars very helpful for the migraine sufferer
    This book is one of the better ones I have read on the subject.It is more up to date than some of the other ones out there which is great if you're looking into some of the newer meds (both preventative and acute).The book gives the reader a good overview of migraine and it's history without going too deep into it that the reader stops reading before she gets to the "good stuff".This isn't one of those books that recommends a plan for getting rid of the migraines, rather it is a very informative one that touches on both drugs and alternative ways of treatment.I really like that it was written by two directors of a headache clinic.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An outstandingreference for headache sufferers!!
    An exceptional book!!! A definite "must have" for any headache sufferer.Drs. Young and Silberstein have produced an extremely well written book. "Migraine and Other Headaches" speaks directly to the average reader, with all essential terms spelled out in detail. The use of case studies, tables, and illustrations also aid the reader in their understanding of various concepts.
    From the fascinating history of headache to the description of countless headache types and therapies, this comprehensive text captures the essence of headache management.
    Two leading experts in their field, the authors stress the doctor/patient relationship as a partnership. This type of partnership can provide the patient with a sense of empowerment to take some control of their headaches.This reader firmly believes that a pleasant working relationship with their physician is crucial, particularly in headache management.
    Throughout the text, lifestyle changes have been incorporated as well as recommendations for maintaining daily routines. Additionally, medical therapies, such as various medications and their uses are fully examined.Alternative therapies are explained in detail as well, from herbs and supplements to acupuncture and relaxation techniques.
    This publication is also an excellent resource for family and friends of headache sufferers. Taking the time to read this book will hopefully provide some insight into their loved one's pain and difficulties.
    I highly recommend this book as an enhancement (or even a beginning) to any "headache library".

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not as casual as most on the topic
    Drs. William Young and Stephen Silberstein's Migraine And Other Headaches is not as casual as most on the topic: it provides a medically-based analysis of the causes of different types of headaches, defines different migraine experiences, and differentiates between severe headache, tension headache, and migraine. While the reading in Migraine And Other Headaches isn't as easy as some self-help guides on the topic, the focus on uncovering the source of symptoms and various treatment options makes this medical handbook an excellent guide for sufferers seeking better care or more information.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the finest, a must-have book!
    Up-to-date, comprehensive, full of information, yet totally readable. For anyone who experiences headaches or Migraines, this is a must-have book. The authors have achieved the right tone and level for this book, providing information explained at just the right level for patients. THANK YOU! ... Read more

    14. A Brain Wider Than the Sky: A Migraine Diary
    by Andrew Levy
    Hardcover: 304 Pages (2009-05-26)
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    Asin: B00381B85O
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    With more than one in ten Americans--and more than one in five families -- affected, the phenomenon of migraine is widely prevalent and often ignored or misdiagnosed. By his mid-forties, Andrew Levy's migraines were occasional reminders of a persistent illness that he'd wrestled with half his life, though he had not fully contemplated their physical and psychological influence on the individual, family, and society at large. Then in 2006 Levy was struck almost daily by a series of debilitating migraines that kept him essentially bedridden for months, imprisoned by pain and nausea that retreated only briefly in gentler afternoon light.

    When possible, Levy kept careful track of what triggered an onset -- the "thin, taut" pain from drinking a bourbon, the stabbing pulse brought on by a few too many M&M's -- and in luminous prose recounts his struggle to live with migraines, his meticulous attempts at calibrating his lifestyle to combat and avoid them, and most tellingly, the personal relationship a migraineur develops -- an almost Stockholm syndrome-like attachment -- with the indescribable pain, delirium, and hallucinations.

    Levy read about personalities and artists throughout history with migraine -- Alexander Pope, Nietzsche, Freud, Virginia Woolf, even Elvis -- and researched the treatments and medical advice available for migraine sufferers. He candidly describes his rehabilitation with the aid of prescription drugs and his eventual reemergence into the world, back to work and writing. An enthralling blend of memoir and provocative analysis, A Brain Wider Than the Sky offers rich insights into an illness whose effects are too often discounted and whose sufferers are too often overlooked. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A great read whether you suffer or know a sufferer
    As a migraine sufferer for over 17 years, I have read much on this topic and find few books or articles that surprise me....until this book.When a friend recommended this after seeing an article about the book, she said, "Im not sure if you are having headaches every day the next thing you feel like doing is reading more about headaches, but here is a new book."The book is the perfect balance of personal diary, medical explanation of the mechanism of migraine, and history of the disease.Through this journey of a rather depressing topic, I am never once depressed.Levy gives beautiful insight into the world of migraine and how he as the sufferer feels and how it affects the loved ones around him.The historical detail is not dry or boring but inspiring as Levy recounts famous migraineurs such as Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Pope and Virginia Woolf and shows the parallels of infamous migraine productions such as Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland.I recommend this to any sufferer who needs a little understanding and inspiration and to any friend or family member of a sufferer looking to better understand the life and mind of the one they love.

    5-0 out of 5 stars real support for the migraine soul
    Andrew Levy eloquently conveys the inner world of a migraine sufferer. It was interesting to read about the many historical figures who suffered migraines, but as one who has read just about every "headache" book, it was his personal story that reached me the most.
    As migraine sufferers we can find guides to what medications might help, what foods to maybe avoid, etc, but never have I come across such a gripping, relatable account of what it's REALLY like to live with migraine.
    In reading his memoir I found comfort. I also was surprised at how he would say something in words that I had felt so many times during a severe attack. I think my favorite quote is near the end of the book where he says: "The only person who loves sunlight more than someone who loves sunlight is someone who must ration it." You see, that quote would only make sense at first read to a migraine sufferer.
    I hope this book finds it's way into many a migraineur's hands...and hearts, like it did mine.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not Just for Migraineurs
    Part memoir, part history, part medical journal, part literary criticism. Andy Levy weaves all of this into a book that is as entertaining as it is informational, and for those who have silently suffered migraines for years, I think that the book could provide a sort of validation that their suffering is real.

    In order to combat his own severe migraines, Levy dives into the subject, reading as much as his headaches will allow him, and then parses that knowledge out to us as if telling his story could be the cure.

    He provides stories about historical figures whose migraines affected (positively and negatively) their contribution to society, including the possibility that St. Paul's conversion might have been the result of severe migraine, or that Alice in Wonderland was Lewis Carroll's attempt to describe the a migraine experience.

    At the heart of this book, though, is the personal account of Levy's own battle. And it is here, that the book is most poignant. It is here that Levy, the migraineur, lets down the guard and invites the reader into his world. It is here where fellow migraine sufferers can take heart and believe that their own pain is valid.

    Levy points out that 12% of the U.S. population suffers from migraines. So, if you don't suffer them, you know someone who does, and this book will help you understand their daily struggle to cope with the disease.

    5-0 out of 5 stars There can be life when you have migraines.
    I really liked how Andrew Levy uses his book to capture the struggles of living with migraine along with a historical journey of migraine treatments of the past. He also writes about artists and personalities throughout history who also had migraine such Virginia Wolf, Van Gogh, Freud, and even Elvis.

    Living with chronic daily migraine, I was interested to learn about how migraine has influenced literature, music and even religion. I had no idea how migraine had permeated the realm of artists like Van Gogh and writers like Emily Dickinson, nor was I aware that the book "Alice in Wonderland" was about migraine symptoms experienced by the Louis Carroll.

    On a personal note, Levy explores the effects migraines have on relationships, exposing the range of emotions one has to go through in trying to maintain a relationship with a loved one when you are in chronic pain.

    This book really expanded my knowledge of migraines impact on the world, and it made me feel not so alone with living with this illness. It also gave me hope that there can be life and positive creativity even when you have migraines. ... Read more

    15. Migraines for Dummies
    by Diane Stafford, Jennifer Shoquist M.D., M.D., Jennifer Shoquist
    Paperback: 336 Pages (2003-01-03)
    list price: US$19.99 -- used & new: US$0.70
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    Asin: 0764554859
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Relieve symptoms and pinpoint your pain triggers

    Take charge of your headaches and get your life back!

    You can get rid of the pain!This no-nonsense guide debunks migraine myths and gets you on the road to full-fledged pain relief. You’ll discover how to find a good doctor, sort through the various medicines, make positive changes in your lifestyle, and prevent your headaches from disrupting your work and family life.

    Praise for Migraines For Dummies

    "Migraines For Dummies is a practical guide full of useful information for the migraine sufferer, presented in an easy-to-read and entertaining format."
    – Jennifer L. Wright, MD

    "Migraines For Dummies provides insightful, practical, and helpful tips for dealing with the mother of all headaches: the migraine. This highly comprehensive book arms readers with the facts they need to make the transition from pain-challenged to migraine-empowered, in as simple a leap as possible."
    – E. Fred Aguilar, MD ... Read more

    Customer Reviews (9)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A decent overview book
    I read this on a whim.

    I have headaches.Some ok; some really bad.People would offer advice and suggest migraine meds.

    Problem is the fact I really didn't have any ideas on what to weigh or consider.

    This book is good in that it will help with the basic question "Do I have Migraines?" In my case, I am lucky to be a lite migraine sufferer.Some of the explanations from the book helped me examine cause and effect of the headaches. In some cases, they are simple stress headaches be it from too much work, bad posture at the computer for long periods of time, etc.

    Probably the best thing I got from was looking for triggers and measuring the body for when something bad was about to happen. Sometimes it gets worst when you try to tough it out.

    I will say again that this is a book for those that want to know more but don't really know what to do or where to begin searching.

    If you are one of the unfortunates that suffer from frequent migraines, then you probably already have an arsenal of knowledge and probably would not get much from this book.

    Some of the writing, made me skip as some of the ideas are repeated.

    Overall, it's not a bad book especially when considering the Dummies books tend to be a little weak.I am a little more informed on the subject matter as the book named some sites on the web were I could get more information.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Migraines for Dummies
    I bought this book for my son-in-law who tells me it is chock full of information.He suffers terribly with migraines and assigned me to search the Net for information.His doctor doesn't offer him so much.I bought this book because Football for Dummies was very useful to me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not justfor dummies
    This "dummy" book really caught me by surprise, because I was expecting mediocre and got excellent instead.It covered so many relevant issues about migraines, that it should be helpful to anyone who suffers from mild to severe migraines, and also to those close to that person.Buy this book with confidence.

    5-0 out of 5 stars You also need a GOOD Neurologist!
    First this book isn't a Doctor (neurologist) so if you don't have one and suffer Migraines Please find a Doctor. I lucked out an found a Neurologist who also suffers Migraines. He was a God send. This Book refers back to what my Doctor told me. I am on medications but went from TWO "MIGRAINES" a week to one or less a month. When I was recommended this Neurologist by my Family Doctor, I had a Migraine for Three Weeks. My Life is now Liveable. This book helped confirm what my Neurologist said and in small bite sized pieces. The Doctor also prescribed of all thingsa Natural supplment that has not reduced the Severity but the Frequency. That is MIGRELIEF made by Quantum ([...]). What I eat seemed to make the Migraines worst. Preventing the onset of a Migraine started by me changing my Diet. The healthy things I ate were some of the triggers to onset. This book is helpful. Here is a site my Doctor uses ([...]) .I am not saying this book alone will heal anyone. Without a good Neurologist you might keep having Migraines. I am now at the point I can sell all my Migraine Books. I am living again and not hiding in a dark room waiting for the migraine to stop. Remenber a Banana that is ripe (Eatable and not bitter) can bring on headaches.
    I hope this helps someone.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Overview & Guide
    As a 20-year migraine sufferer, I must have 50 books on the subject including textbooks used in medical schools and costing $100 or more.This book gives a great overview and introduction to the person who is trying to find out where to start to take charge of their own medical treatment for Migraine and what questions to ask your Doc to see if he really knows what he is talking about.Most don't.This is a "First Step" book and not a book full of answers, but it will help you find more definitive information and save you wasting your time and money on a Doc who hasn't got a clue as to the discoveries about Migraine using Positive Emission Tomography since the late 1990's.Everything "taught" MDs about Migraine prior to about 1995 is just simply UNTRUE and this book will help you find sources for the latest material. ... Read more

    16. The Headache Prevention Cookbook: Eating Right to Prevent Migraines and Other Headaches
    by David R. Marks M.D., Laura Marks M.D., Laura Marks, David R. Marks
    Paperback: 256 Pages (2000-07-14)
    list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$2.99
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    Asin: 0395967163
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    If you're one of the 50 million Americans who suffer from headaches, you can eliminate the pain entirely just by changing the way you eat. A headache sufferer himself, Dr. David Marks treats thousands of patients a year at his internationally known headache clinic. The recipes in this book can help you ward off headaches while ensuring that you eat well in the bargain.Amazon.com Review
    Food can't cure headaches, but avoiding certain foods may prevent them, according to author David R. Marks, medical director of the New England Center for Headache. Some foods commonly trigger headaches in some people. If you're a headache sufferer, eliminating those foods from your diet is a sensible second step towards managing headaches. (The first step is to see your doctor to determine if there is some underlying condition that is causing the headaches.)

    The key is to go on an elimination diet that avoids trigger foods such as most cheeses, chocolate, nuts, certain meats, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, MSG, caffeine, beans, out-of-the-oven yeast products (e.g., pizza, yeast breads, doughnuts), alcohol (especially red wine), ice cream, olive oil, and many, many more. If you were left to your own devices to figure out what's left after eliminating all these foods, you'd probably give up within a day. But Laura Marks has done the work for you, putting together 100 recipes that contain none (whew!) of the forbidden foods. The Headache Prevention Cookbook's recipes aren't bland or boring. They include Hearty Potato-Mushroom Frittata, Crepes with Spinach and Cheese Filling, Eggplant "Caviar," Corn and Carrot Chowder, Linguine with White Clam Sauce, Garlic Chicken, Cornish Hens and Wild Rice with Apricot Sauce, Asian Ginger Beef with Broccoli, Seafood Curry, and Angel Food-Strawberry Delight.

    The authors suggest that you follow this diet, using their recipes and others you create yourself, for at least two months, and see if your headaches go away. Then gradually reintroduce the foods you avoided, one per week, so you can track which foods are your personal headache triggers. Once you've figured that out, avoiding those foods permanently can be your ticket to a headache-free future. --Joan Price ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Life-saver
    This cookbook has helped me go from fifteen headaches a month to three or less. The idea of cutting out the long list of trigger foods can be daunting at first unless you have something like this cookbook to guide you. After a year or so of using it exclusively, I decided to venture out and try forbidden recipes. Sure enough, the headaches came back. I've come back to this book and once again, I'm virtually headache free! I wish David and Laura Marks would write another one.
    Sallie Parker

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good start
    I thought this book was a great starting place when trying to eliminate migraine triggers.As other reviewers have said, the recipies do lack some things as far as being really healthy or having some triggers in the recipies.But it is a great starting point.Besides, most people don't react to ALL the triggers.

    It was refreshing to find things I could eat in place of a list of what I could not eat.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not Helpful
    After reading Heal Your Headache by Dr. Buchholz, I was anxious to find a good headache-prevention cookbook.But I need a cookbook in which ALL the recipes are free of the commonly known food triggers.Isn't that the point?Well, this book has many recipes with known headache triggers.Apparently we are expected to know which foods are triggers for us and to then alter the recipes accordingly.Well, I'm tired of having to alter recipes!That's what I have to do all the time with regular cookbooks.I thought that this cookbook would be different, but I was wrong.I appreciate that some food triggers are avoided here, but what about all the commonly known triggers that ARE in these recipes, such as lemon juice, orange juice, and onions?I bought the book, tried 3-4 recipes (none particularly good), then threw the book away.

    1-0 out of 5 stars What about vegetarians?!
    As a vegetarian, I knew I was taking a chance with this title.However, I had just committed to Dr. Buchholz's 1-2-3 Program for healing headaches & was eager to try it out.Needless to say, being a vegetarian isn't a good fit and sooo many of the recipes in the book contained the triggers I was supposed to avoid.Very disappointed!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
    My husband is trying to eliminate tyramines and other migraine triggers. I was hoping to find a cookbook that would help us create meals that tasted good, were healthy and safe.

    This cookbook misses the mark on several fronts. The worst thing is that it takes a very conservative approach to what is safe to eat. Most recipes included items that we had concluded were not safe or were borderline (determined from researching several different reliable sources). In the initial stages of testing out whether or not tyramines are triggers it is especially important to have an inclusive list and not make exceptions.

    The second factor were the recipes themselves. There was very little here that would allow you to make an actual meal and no guidelines on how you would do that.

    Third, as another poster pointed out, the recipes are not generally healthy, high in fats and low in vegetables and fruits. This could be compensated for if the rest of the meal were healthy, but without any guidelines it would be difficult to do.

    I am hoping to find another cookbook but in the meantime I have been adapting recipes with quite a bit of success. Maybe I'll write a cookbook when I'm done! ... Read more

    17. What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM): Migraines: The Breakthrough Program That Can Help End Your Pain (What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About...)
    by Alexander Mauskop, Barry Fox
    Paperback: 272 Pages (2001-08-01)
    list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$5.98
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    Asin: B001Q3M6JI
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    GET RELIEF FROM MIGRAINES NOWWITH A NEW, BREAKTHROUGH TREATMENT!Some twenty-five million Americans suffer from migraines, those excruciating headaches that can last for hours or even days. The symptoms can include debilitating pain, extreme sensitivity to sound and light, sweats, double vision, nausea and vomiting, slurred speech, and more.Current treatments and prescription drugs fail to help millions of these patients. But now there's a safe, all-natural "triple therapy" program that can relieve the pain-and often even prevent recurrences-of migraines. A combination of three easy-to-find, over-the-counter supplements (magnesium, vitamin B2, and the herb feverfew) this scientifically proven remedy was developed by Dr. Alexander Mauskop, one of the nation's leading migraine experts, and has already helped thousands.Discover:€ Dr. Mauskop's patient-tested, seven-step program for migraine relief€ How to avoid migraine triggers in foods, the home, and the environment-including dozens of important tips€ Specific strategies to help eliminate migraine-inducing stress€ An exercise program specially designed to improve blood flow€ The pros and cons of common prescription medications...and much more! ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Book is somewhat helpful.
    This book is somewhat helpful.I read it after reading "Heal your Headache!",
    which sort of set the standard.
    This book does contain some helpful tips but my impressions and observations
    are that it is dancing around the fringes of the migraine root causes, whereas
    "Heal your headache!" gets much closer to the real problem.
    You can't go wrong by reading this book, but it is not the final answer either.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great book and a great physician
    I read the book and it is very detailed on the types of headaches, medications, and the triple therapy.
    I was so impressed with the book that I went to see him.
    I got a shot of magnesium and started to feel a little better
    I am taking the triple therapy and the intensity of my migraines is getting less.
    His tips on giving up caffeine, starting exercise, are tough but I am trying to little by little.
    The book is very well written and easy to read for the layman.
    I would highly recommend it

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good information, but limited
    The book describes nutritional ways to combat migraines (trigger foods to avoid) and indicates that one should take magnesium, feverfew, and riboflavin.If that doesn't work, it recommends drugs.The magnesium-feverfew-riboflavin didn't work for me (though I don't doubt it may work well for others).My problem with the book is that there are other supplements that can help.For instance, I read (elsewhere) that taking melatonin can help prevent early morning migraines.This has indeed prevented my early morning migraines.So, I would recommend reading the book, but be advised the information is not comprehensive.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Natural Migraine relief at last!
    I had been a migraine sufferer for several years when I came across this book.I had previously been seen by several neurologists and offered many different prescriptions, but none of them helped me. (Indeed, one physician threw me out of his practice, insisting my symptoms were either psychosomatic or that I was purposely pretending!)After following the recommendations in this book, I found that the duration, frequency and intensity of my migraines decreased dramatically.It presents a commonsense approach to migraine relief by attacking the source of the body inbalance that causes the migraines in the first place.I believe that all migraine sufferers, whether helped or not by medication, should first utilize the suggestions made by Dr. Mauskop as a foundation of treatment. Even if you are not made completely free of migraine suffering, you most certainly will find your pain much reduced. And if you are lucky, you might be able to avoid those prescribed medications entirely, with all their attendant serious side effects!

    5-0 out of 5 stars WOW! what a Great Book
    Thank you so much Dr. Mauskop for all of your hard work; that you are doing on migraines. I found this book to be very helpful, and I have a better understanding of migraines. Thank you again for all your time that you put into this book This book is a MUST for everyone; but those that suffer from migraines it is gold in your hands. The approach that Dr. Mauskop shows in this book is very helpful, and anyone can read this book and understand. It is not over someones head, it is for the lay person. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! ... Read more

    18. Migraine - What Works! A Complete Guide to Overcoming and Preventing Pain
    by Joseph Kandel M.D., David B. Sudderth M.D.
    Paperback: 254 Pages (2000-02-15)
    list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$5.39
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    Asin: 0761521437
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    If you or someone you love suffers from the excruciating pain of migraine headaches, read this book. Inside, you'll discover the most up-to-date, medically sound solutions for the prevention and treatment of these debilitating headaches. Written by two leading neurologists, Migraine—What Works! takes the mystery out of migraine headaches and shows you how to:
    ·Find relief from the pain of migraines
    ·Alleviate and prevent migraine attacks with exercise
    ·Determine which medicines work—from the latest pharmaceuticals to the best homeopathic and natural remedies
    ·Choose dietary and lifestyles changes that really make a difference
    ·Find and work with a physician who understands migraines
    ·And much more!
    This caring, authoritative, and easy-to-understand book will help you master your migraines.
    Contains new information about women and migraines and the proven effects of biofeedback. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars DON'T SEE A CHIROPRACTOR FOR MIGRAINES!!!
    I am a 41 year old mother of two in perfect health - except for the fact that I had a stroke two weeks ago following a chiropratic manipulation to the neck for a migraine. This author calls such strokes "anecdotal" and claims they're less likely to happen due to the chiropractor than "a trip to the beauty parlor." Well, I haven't been to the beauty parlor in three months. My neurologist, who is considered the best in my state, is convinced that my stroke (caused by a dissection of the vertebral artery) was caused by chiropractic manipulation. I find the statement supporting chiropractic care for migraines in this book to be incredibly careless. PLEASE, before you have your neck adjusted by a chiropractor, do some research. Neurologists in general are very against chiropractic neck manipulation because they see too many cases like mine. As they have much more education than the chiropractors who argue against this claim, I'll believe them. Don't risk your life to make a migraine feel better. There are better ways.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Answers for Migraine Pain
    This book is filled with every option available for Migraine pain relief. It discusses all of the pharmacology remedies as well as holistic and non-traditional methods of pain relief, which include diet, exercise, bio-feedback, food triggers, stress and chemical triggers as well as posture. It includes headache diaries and questionaires to help assist you with your communication with your doctors visits. It discusses anti-inflamitory, anti-seizure, nsaid, anti-depression, anti-anxiety treatments that some doctors use to in the prevention of Migraine pain for chronic pain sufferors. I highly recommend this book as it sheds light on understanding the treatments and methods that doctors are using and why some remedies work for some and not others. This book also discusses the various types of testing and which ones are best, not only imaging but also including blood tests. Take care. Julie

    4-0 out of 5 stars Basic Information
    While very readable and informative, this book provides information that I suspect most long-suffering migraineurs already have. If you or your child have just been diagnosed with migraine, and you want a clearly presented,very general overview of the condition and its current treatments, this isthe book for you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent book for Migraneurs
    Using simple language, yet including relevant details, this book addresses almost every aspect of living with migraines.Very highly recommended for those who want to learn more about how migraines can occur and, more importantly, how to minimise them.An excellent chapter on everyday living and how to prevent migraines on a daily basis.Thanks for a great book! ... Read more

    19. Victory over Migraine: The Breakthrough Study That Explains What Causes It and How It Can Be Completely Prevented Through Diet (Owl Books)
    by Rodolfo Low
     Paperback: 182 Pages (1989-04)
    list price: US$7.95 -- used & new: US$50.00
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    Asin: 0805009272
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Dr. Low's research shows that in over 90 percent of cases, migraine can be completely prevented by a strictly timed diet rich in natural carbohydrates and completely devoid of refined sugar. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
    I stumbled open this book through amazon and was interested in this because of the reviews.I must say that I recieved the book yesterday and I just finished it.I could not put the book down.I actually read this book with my migraine. I am excited to try the authors recommendations.The book explained why using scenific terms, diagrams, and anatomy diagrams.It discuss how to eat.It discussed the symtoms. It explains what to avoid.Best of all it gives narrative dialogue of other migraine suffers.The dialogue felt very real, like i was explaining my problems.I always had a gut feeling my migraines were influenced by food and i just needed a voice to help guide me into the right direction to eat.I'm hoping that this is the voice!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I haven't had a migraine for 16 years because of this book!!
    I was so sick!!! and so sick of the meds!!!I suffered from what they termed "Complex Complicated Migraine" and the meds they prescribed only made things worse!! This book showed me why. Following the information here I have been completely migraine free for 16 years, and I lost over 60 pounds too!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars It really works!
    My late first wife had chronic daily headaches, with a full-blown migraine once or twice a week. Much of our marriage was spent with her sick in bed or at the emergency room. I got her to eliminate sugar. Almost immediately, her daily headaches disappeared completely, and she had only one migraine in six weeks.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My migraines are gone - thanks to this book!
    I have been pre-diabetic for at least 10 years, with extremely high insulin levels. During this time, I suffered from chronic daily headache, with migraines increasing in frequency (6 migraines during last month). 24 hours after I eliminated all refined sugar from my diet and began eating a sugar-free snack every 3 hours - my migraines and headaches are gone. Thank you, Dr. Low. I finally have my life back. Dr. Low gives a clear, scientifically valid explanation of why refined sugar triggers migraines in individuals with high insulin levels: insulin causes adrenaline to be released, which causes prostaglandins to be released, which causes blood vessels in the head to swell, leading to the pounding headache called "migraine." Dr. Atkins, in his book The New Diet Revolution, reaches many of the same conclusions that Dr. Low has. I would recommend both books to people suffering from hypoglycemia, pre-diabetes, diabetes, or migraines.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Victory Over Migraine
    Reviewer: gcruz@ecopetrol.com.co From: Bogotá, Colombia, S.A. It's an excelent book! It's the better book about migraine I have read. My wife completely prevented her migraines. Please, write me if you know aboutthis. ... Read more

    20. Migraine Art: The Migraine Experience from Within
    by Klaus Podoll, Derek Robinson
    Hardcover: 400 Pages (2009-02-24)
    list price: US$35.00 -- used & new: US$19.99
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    Asin: 1556436726
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Migraine Art includes more than 300 powerful illustrations and paintings created by migraine sufferers from around the world. It provides a thoroughly unique window into the subjective world of the migraine sufferer. The idea of collecting migraine art started with a number of public competitions in the 1980s, which encouraged artists, both amateur and professional, to illustrate the pain, the visual disturbances, and the effect migraines had on their lives. The book includes hundreds of these submissions as well as detailed descriptions of different types of migraine visual phenomena.

    Covering such topics as migraine signs, triggers, and treatments, as well as types of visual hallucinations and somatic sensations and experiences, the book offers a comprehensive view of the migraine experience. Each category of visual disturbance is accompanied by related artwork. A description of migraine visual experiences of famous historical figures, such as Blaise Pascal and Lewis Carroll, provide historical background on the topic. The book also includes a history of four Migraine Art competitions and information about the Migraine Art collection. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Migraine: Not A Headache After All
    This book is an exquisite piece of work, as art, as literature, and as reassurance...yes, it's all in your head, and it's a glorious experience! Enjoyingmigraine from here on in is of the essence, for, as this book rightfully demonstrates, it's not an affliction, but a showstopper of whimsy and serendipity, descending of its own spazzy accord onto the physical plane. Making my life hell no more, Miggsy will join the rolling oceans and the sparkling stars as just another source of inspiration and,yes, redemption.Talk about suffering for your art!! Migraine has its own mind, with a clockwork method agleam all that spectral mayhem.And so, peaceful coexistence is key. The Inner Integral, showing its true colors (and boy, are they true), is out to win you over.Cortical spreading depression is spreading the good news,which this wonderful book shares with us -- that migraine, in its own way, is a gift.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Migraine Art - The Migraine Experience from Within
    A book with a thorough description and analysis of the signs and symptoms represented by migraine sufferers in the almost 600 drawings and paintings of the Migraine Art collection, with coloured illustrations of over 300 of these artworks. Beyond its interest from the art point of view, the book offers the most detailed representation of the variety of symptoms that can occur in migraine and especially migraine with aura. Informative reading for every migraine sufferer and doctor, it promotes a better understanding of the manifestations of the migraine in terms of subjective experience and thus helps sufferers to better cope with the condition.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Migraine Art
    This is a professional level reference text, and is very well done.
    An absolute must-have item for art therapists, neurologists, medical
    libraries, art curators, and those who suffer migraine. ... Read more

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