"By looking at their key words I would question if they have a biased investment with drug companies." Hahahahahahaha.
Personally, I do not recommend "Heal You Headache" by David Buchholz. His essential claim in the book is that any migraine issue can be fixed by changing one's diet. He makes very bizarre claims like saying that PMS is a form of migraine (in fact, every headache is a migraine) and that one cannot take triptans or other abortives more than twice a MONTH. Neither of these statements is supported by research or accepted by the community of headache researchers. His explanation of the mechanism of migraine formation is very dated (relying heavily on the vasodilation theory). The crux of his program is to eliminate several dozen very common foods from one's diet leading to a migraine diet that many other doctors have discribed as nearly impossible to follow. He then spends a lean 5 pages describing what to do if this treatment fails or why his program might. He essentially says that people that do not respond to his diet keep their migraines going psychosomaticly.
.com reviews the book so:
"We should never blindly accept everything written in any book. While he makes some good points, including the importance of identifying triggers, he also makes some very rash statements that are in direct contradiction to large bodies of proven medical evidence and the experience of our own readers and forum members."
Getting back to proper headache treatment, it IS important to try to identify possible headache triggers. For some people that may heal their headaches. But for the majority of us, even if that is some help, further treatment is necessary. Migraine medications can be difficult to take sometimes, but realistically they are most commonly the best and most effective option.
John, I looked at your website. You sell a migraine workbook with credentials of being a headache sufferer with a son with headaches, along with using "weighted averages testing techniques" from the automobile industry. Just remember that, because you and your son did not need headache meds doesn't mean that, for the majority of people, it can be their best hope. For this mother and daughter following the advice of a qualified headache neurologist is probably more wise than the suggestions of an automotive researcher.
DX: NDPH, Recovered CRPS
RX: Lamictal, Abilify, Verapamil, Provigil, Clonazepam, Rozerem, Emsam
PRN: Haloperidol, Zyprexa, Lodine, Thorazine, Zofran, Oxycodone
Post Edited (korbnep) : 10/27/2007 6:17:37 PM (GMT-6)