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Based on the breakthrough understanding that virtually all headaches are forms of migraine -- because migraine is not a specific type of headache, but the built-in mechanism that causes headaches of all kinds, along with neck stiffness, sinus congestion, dizziness, and other problems -- Dr. Buchholz's Heal Your Headache puts headache sufferers back in control of their lives with a simple, transforming program: Step 1: Avoid the "Quick Fix." Too often painkillers only make matters worse because of the crippling ...
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Based on the breakthrough understanding that virtually all headaches are forms of migraine -- because migraine is not a specific type of headache, but the built-in mechanism that causes headaches of all kinds, along with neck stiffness, sinus congestion, dizziness, and other problems -- Dr. Buchholz's Heal Your Headache puts headache sufferers back in control of their lives with a simple, transforming program: Step 1: Avoid the "Quick Fix." Too often painkillers only make matters worse because of the crippling complication known as rebound. Step 2: Reduce Your Triggers. The crux of the program: a migraine diet that eliminates the foods that push headache sufferers over the top. Step 3: Raise Your Threshold. When diet and other lifestyle changes aren't enough, preventive medication can help stay the course. That's it: in three steps turn your headache problems around.
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Editorial Reviews

Ronald J. Tusa
This book is clearly written, insightful and filled with useful tips for all individuals with migraine. A must read!
Howard Kirshner
If everyone read Dr. Buchholz's book, headache would diminish as a problem all over the world.
Roy A. Patchell
This is a very useful book that provides a fresh and logical approach to the management of headaches.
Publishers Weekly
Lifestyle Notes It's All in Your Head Although headaches are natural, they are not necessary, argues David Buchholz, a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. In his Heal Your Headache: The 1-2-3 Program for Taking Charge of Your Headaches, Buchholz counsels severe headache sufferers to avoid quick fix painkillers, which can cause rebound headaches. For a more holistic approach, minimize triggers like caffeine, perfumes, certain foods and stress and, for hardcore cases, use preventative medications such as tricyclic antidepressants, calcium channel blockers and others. Buchholz also discusses common misdiagnoses of migraine symptoms and challenges the myth of tension and sinus headaches (these are usually migraines, he argues). (Aug.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761127987
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/19/2002
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
Introduction xv
I. The Truth About Migraine
Chapter 1 What Is Migraine? 3
Chapter 2 The Full Spectrum of Migraine 14
II. The 1-2-3 Program
Chapter 3 Step 1: Avoiding the "Quick Fix" 37
Chapter 4 Step 2: Reducing Your Triggers 60
Chapter 5 Step 3: Raising Your Threshold 109
III. Migraine Myths and Misdiagnoses
Chapter 6 "Tension" and "Sinus" Headaches 135
Chapter 7 A Morass of Misdiagnoses 148
Chapter 8 Misdiagnoses of "Non-Headache" Migraine 167
IV. Beyond Migraine
Chapter 9 When Treatment Fails 181
Chapter 10 When It's Not Migraine 186
A Dialogue 195
Postscript 215
Appendix Menus, Recipes for Relief and Dietary Tips 219
Index 233
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2007

    The only cure!

    I've suffered from headaches my whole life. After seeing three neurologists, I talked to someone who had been to the MAYO Clinic to get help for her headaches. The doctors there recommended this book to her and she is now almost completely headache free. I tried it, and I am now mostly headache free. I no longer have to take expensive medications, and I've lost 50 pounds! This is the only cure for headaches that I've run across. It talks in great detail about what a migraine is, what foods to eat and what to avoid, and also what medications to stay away from. I recommend this book to anyone on the street who is suffering from headaches, and offer to send them recipes to match the diet. I left my third neurologist to be in the care of one who now passes this book out to all of his patients. This is a wonderful book written by a doctor from Johns Hopkins Medical Center. He spent a large deal of his career working with Migraine patients. He explains in detail exactly what foods are triggers and tells you how to avoid them. If you think you know what foods are triggers and have trouble finding yours, you have not tried his method yet. It works! Patients who were 'incurable' were sent to him, and he was able to help them. Dr. Buchholz also explains why there are so many myths about headaches, and tells exactly what those myths are. If you are tired of being in pain, tired of being on medications and see no end in sight for you, this is the book to purchase. As Dr. Buchholz explains, you do not have to live with your headaches!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2010

    Life Changing

    I suffered from headaches almost every day for years. I took lots of Excedrin and Imitrex, and tried all kinds of other drugs my doctor recommended. I even went to a headache clinic and got worked up. I would have sworn there were no dietary links to my headaches, because I thought I was paying attention to all the possible causes and couldn't find a trigger. Then a physician recommended this book to me. I read it overnight and started the program the next day. I have been following Dr. Buchholz's advice for three years now, and it has changed my life. I know what causes my headaches and I avoid the triggers. It feels like a miracle, and I love not having headaches anymore! The other side benefit is that I lost 20 pounds. I now buy this book as a gift for any friends or family who complain to me about their headaches. Thank you, Dr. Buchholz!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2007

    This book gave us our daughter back!!

    Dr. Buchholz's has given us our daughter back, through his innovative book Heal Your Headache!!! She has suffered for many years with daily Migraine, and has tried many doctors and medicines with little or no improvement. She finally had to withdraw from college in February and move back home, unable to function due to Migraines. Then we found this book!!!Briefly, Dr. Buchholz's 3-step program is :1)Discontine/then limit Imitrex and other pain medications to prevent rebound headaches, 2)Remove all common Migraine food triggers from the diet,then reintroduce to identify your personel triggers 3)If needed, add a threshhold-raising preventative medication. The book includes an explanation of the Migraine mechanism, and how each step combines to prevent/control headaches. Since following Dr. Buchholz's instructions, she has been able to happily work part time all summer, and is registered to return to our local college next month! Now, she laughs with friends, reads and goes to movies, (BIG Harry Potter fan!!!),is beginning to teach three-year-olds at church, ¿in other words...She is LIVING LIFE again!!! There are no words to adequately express our gratitude to Dr. Buchholz's for this profound book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2007

    Dr. Buchholz gave me back my life

    Dr. Buchholz, the author, knows headaches. I know this because after years of migraines, incapacitating migraines, I have been free of them since I read this book! I eliminated what he said to eliminate and I feel like a new woman! Thank you Dr!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2007

    If you get migraines, you must check out this book!

    I have suffered with migraines for almost 20 years and thought there was no choice but to just live with them after I had to give up triptan drugs because of rebound headaches. I would lose three days at a time and be in excruciating pain and vomit. Then someone recommended this book and it has made a world of difference for me. By following the diet advice in the book, I have reduced the number of headaches and more importantly, the severity of them dramatically. I am still working on supplemental medication for when I do get them but I would hate to think where I would be without the help of Dr. Buchholz' book. If you get migraines, you must check out this book. It may seem like a lot to take on but if you suffer like I did, it is worth giving up certain foods and caffeine to get your life back.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2007

    Numerous Symptoms Cured

    I highly recommend this book which has really helped me. I was not even aware that my symptoms were caused by the migraine mechanism. I had been previously diagnosed with Meniere's Disease (dizziness, ear pressure, occasional acute attacks), with allergies, which I don't have (sinus pain, fever, discharge), with reaction to dry air (nosebleeds), ??? (fatigue), arthritis (neck stiffness) .... By following Dr. Buchholz's advice -- chiefly the elimination diet -- I have been able to significantly reduce these symptoms and look forward to complete relief. I feel better than I have in ages!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2006

    Migraine relief in a book

    For years I suffered with migraines, some of which lasted for months at a time. When I went to see Dr. Buchholz, I was desperate to be rid of that nagging daily pain and the depression it had caused. I didn't want to take any more medications, but I didn't think that reading a book would help either. I was very skeptical. I was wrong. Within one week of reading the book and following the steps, I was rid of not only my debilitating migraines, but my eye pain, stiff neck and depression as well. In addition, I've saved money by eliminating medications that cause the rebound headaches. I've never been happier, and I owe it all to this book. Thank you Dr. Buchholz!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2006

    This program changed my life

    After suffering for 40 years with headaches, often debilitating, I read this book and followed it 100%. It has been one year and my headaches are under control. If I start with one, it can be controlled simply with Ibuprofen. Before this book I could have taken a whole bottle of Ibuprofen and it would not have touched the headache. The information contained is this book is life altering for anyone who suffers from headaches in any form, if they follow the program. I did not find the program difficult to follow. I do not feel deprived in any way. it's just a matter of making substitutions of different foods. Shallots instead of onions, salted seeds instead of nuts, certain fruits instead of others. Simple solutions make a life time of a difference. Give this program a true and fair shot and you will be able to control your headaches.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2006

    The Best Migraine Prescription EVER!!

    This book literally changed my life. After suffering with migraines for over 20 years, a friend recommeded this book. Since I'd tried everything else, I figured I might as well give this a try. I never knew when I'd get a migraine or how long the episode would last. Now, it's been over 8 months & I rarely get migraines. When I do get them, they go right away with the Imitrex (which I take very infrequently). The decrease in migraines was AMAZING! This book will change your life if you have migraines. I have since bought it for girlfriends & recommend it anytime I hear someone talk about migraines.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2011

    Exactly what I needed!

    After fifty years of migraines, I thought I knew just about everything I needed to know about migraines. And then a migraine-burdened friend whose husband is a physician told me about this book. What an eye opener! Suddenly all those stiff necks, sinus problems, dizzy spells and extremely upset stomach problems became part of a pattern of migraines. But because of this book, I now have better methods to cope with the problems and none too soon. As I am reaching Medicare age, I'm finding that my trusty over-the-counter migraine meds are now giving me terrible side effects that are as bad as the migraines. Learning how to cope better with the problem using non-medical methods has been extremely helpful. I highly recommend this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    Great read for Migraine Sufferers

    I bought this book because I was suffering from extremely excruciating constant migraines. This book really educated me on the migraine, why we get them and how to live with them. The most important aspect of this book for me was the part on medication. The medication I was originally prescribed made me incredibly ill.....after reading the book I understood why. I'm now on the correct medicine for my condition and rarely suffer a migraine. Very educational and informative. I recommend this for anyone suffering with migraine.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

    Heal Your Headache GREAT Information

    What an eye opener! Easy to review table of things to avoid eating. This book even has a two week menu. My child was having chronic headaches and we had been unable to get any relief from the pain. This book helped us alot. Thank you for writing this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2009

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    Heal Your Headache The 1-2-3 Program

    This is absolutely the best book I've ever read about headaches. After suffering with chronic, debilitating migraines for over 40 years, I thought I had read and heard everything there was to know about migraine headaches. Not true. I had no idea my prescription medication is actually a trigger for rebound headaches. I learned important information on migraine myths and misdiagnoses that helped me understand why exercise triggers migraine for me. I also learned that my worst enemy is caffeine.

    This book is divided into four sections that explain everything you need to know about headaches, in easy to read language, complete with simple diagrams.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2009

    Truly heal or reduce migraine pain

    This book provides opportunity to make a difference in your life. It can actually provide a way to clinically reduce the level of pain and the frequency of pain. However, it is not a one day cure and requires a dedicated decision on your part to make hard choices and to stay with them. If you do the work prescribed by the author, you will make progress in your battle against migraine. This is not a magic pill, but a major change in how you take care of yourself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2009

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    The Book That Changed My Life!

    This is a wonderful book written by a doctor from Johns Hopkins University. He spent a large deal of his career working with Migraine patients, and explains in detail exactly which foods are headache triggers and tells how to avoid them. If you think you know what foods are triggers and have trouble finding yours, you have not tried his method yet. It works! Patients who were "incurable" were sent to him, and he was able to give them a normal life. Dr. Buchholz also explains why there are so many myths about headahces, and tells exactly what those myths are. If you are tired of being in pain, tired of being on medications and see no end in sight for you, his is the book to purchase. As Dr. Buchholz explains, you do not have to live with your headaches!
    Looking for more recipes to match his diet? Visit migrainefreecooking.blogspot.com.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2008

    VERY USEFUL!!!

    I started getting migraines on a daily bases, and purchased every book I could on the subject. This was the only book that really helped me. VERY useful stuff.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2008

    Migraine Free and back to life

    My fourteen year old son was so devastated by migraines he had missed so much school he was on the verge of having to repeat his grade. He was having virtually back to back migraines, unable to get out of bed more days than not. He had to give up sports, guitar, and was often too sick to even talk on the phone. When my son first became ill I took the alternative route. We tried acupuncture, homeopathy, and nutritional supplements. I finally gave in and tried the hard core drugs prescribed by my son's neurologist. A drawer full of drugs later, nothing was working. The neurologist told me the best we could expect was that if my son was lucky he might outgrown the migraines, but most likely he would just have to learn to live with it. I promised my son I would not give up looking for a cure. I read late into the night most nights, following every thread to see if it might lead me to a cure. Then I was reading a blog online and about the 200th entry mentioned a migraine diet. I began to investigate and found Dr. Buchholz book. The diet was daunting, but I was desperate. I filled bags and bags of foods that I took out of my kitchen. I followed the diet exactly. My son stopped having migraines! Since being on the diet he has never had another migraine. After 2 months of strict adherence we slowly began to reincorporate foods back into his diet. He has never missed another day of school due to headache. He is back playing sports and brought home an excellent report card. Give this diet a chance. Read the whole book. Follow the instructions exactly. I wish you all good luck and health.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2008

    This book changed my life

    An eye-opener for anyone who suffers from headaches and is dependent on medications. After reading the book, I one day decided to go cold turkey and stopped taking the triptan meds as advised in the book. I suffered for 3 days with bad headaches but after that and I have not had a headache since. It was informative to read other people's headache stories. You don't need to be a neurologist to understand this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2007

    A reviewer

    Dr. David Buchholz: I am sure you receive many emails such as this where you are given praises for 'saving my life.' Please add this email to your long list. I read your book and toyed with the idea of trying the restrictions you listed but kept putting it off thinking there was no way I could face my day without caffeine. I am a nurse, so you know how we are addicted! The decision was made for me when I contracted a nasty virus and was really sick and unable to eat or drink for 3 days. I decided to continue on with your diet limitations once I recuperated since my system had been so effectively flushed. This occurred in March 2006 and I adhered to your complete recommendations for the full 3 months. I then started gradually adding items. The things that I have never reintroduced are: caffeine, soda, red wine and anything with artificial sweeteners. I went for months without any headache and now get one maybe once every 6 weeks or so, mostly when extremely tired or suffering from jet lag. I was up to 9 migraines a month and relied on imitrex to get me through the headache. My doctor even had me on verapamil and elavil prophalactically. I stopped these medications within a month of being headache free. So my thanks to you! I feel I owe you a lot and am forever grateful for your powerful book. It has changed my life! Sincerely, Janis Sloane P.S. Get yourself an early holiday gift and be headache free in the new year! It is amazing how wonderful it is to not wake up wondering if and when the debilitating migraine will occur.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2007

    Life Changing Book, Outstanding Doctor

    My mother bought me this book after I had a migraine for 11 days. Yes, 11 days straight. I tried every Rx imagineable - Zomig, Vicodin, Percocet, Fioricet, etc. I tried everything and nothing helped the pain or even touched it! I could not go to work or participate in normal activities. I was depressed and crying everyday. I had migraines for 10 yrs and had relied on Zomig and Imitrex. If I even came close to running out of those drugs, I would panic and beg my dr for more. Then I read Heal Your Headache and realized that I was rebounding and gobbling dietary triggers by the handful. As soon as I got the book, I breathed a sigh of relief, just knowing there was hope. I immediately quit drinking coffee and taking birth control pills. Within 1-2 days my headache started waning. It's only been a week but I already feel 90% better!!! I have removed all the dietary triggers listed from my diet as well. This book is amazing. I recommend it to all who suffer from headaches. I believe it will change my life. Thank you so much Dr. Buchholz!! I cannot express enough gratitude.

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