There are many, many books about Migraines. Some are exemplary, allowing us to learn about Migraines so we’re better equipped to talk to our doctors and take care of themselves. Some are… well, not so much. There’s even one volume of nonsense out there called “The Migraine Cure.” It’s written by a many who has MD and PhD after his name, but nobody I know has been able to find tht he has a medical license in any state in the country.
But enough about that. The name of this page is “Books of Truth,” and that’s what I’m going to list here — in alphabetical order:
Food can’t cure Migraines, 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 Migraines in some people. If you’re a Migraine sufferer, eliminating those foods from your diet is a sensible second step towards managing Migraines. (The first step is to see your doctor to determine if there is some underlying condition that is causing the Migraines.)
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.
- “A breath of fresh air for headache sufferers and their families.” — William B. Young, MD, Director, Inpatient Unit, Jefferson Headache Center, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; Associate Professor of Neurology Jefferson Medical College,Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- “A must read for anyone who struggles with Migraine disease or anyone who loves, lives or works with a Migraneur.” — Michael John Coleman and Terri Miller Burchfield, MAGNUM: The National Migraine Association
- “An upbeat, practical and intelligent survey of our current understanding of migraine and frequent headaches.” — Elizabeth Loder, MD, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
- “This book is a wealth of knowledge, understanding, and compassion.” — Roger Cady, MD, founder and director, Headache Care Center, Springfield, Missouri
- “This book will be of great help and support to those suffering with migraine and other chronic headaches.” — Robert S. Kunkel, MD, Cleveland Clinic Headache Center
- “[O]ne of the most far-reaching books in educating the public about migraine disease and headaches…spectacularly empoweing.” — John Claude Krusz, Ph.D., MD, ANODYNE Headache and Pain Care.
Migraine and Other Headaches is the essential guide for headache sufferers, providing the information needed to obtain effective medical care and long-term relief. Different types of headaches 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. The authors discuss the different types of migraine: migraine without aura (previously called common migraine), migraine with aura, and basilar migraine. Emphasis is placed on the necessity of early treatment, the importance of understanding the difference between a headache cause and a headache trigger, and how to avoid common triggers. Rebound headache, caused by the overuse of acute medication, is a topic of special significance and is discussed in detail.
- “Dr. Bernstein’s program has helped hundreds of her patients master migraines, and her book can help you, too.” — Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., coauthor of You : Staying Young and You : On a Diet
- “The Migraine Brain is the most complete and up-to-date resource and is a must for all migraine sufferers and anyone who lives with them. It is thorough, easy to understand, and well organized. The ultimate migraine resource.” — Nieca Goldberg, M.D., author of Dr. Nieca Goldberg’s Complete Guide to Women’s Health
- “At last! The Migraine Brain offers real hope, help, and compassion to migraine sufferers everywhere.” — Pauline W. Chen, M.D.,author of Final Exam : A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality
- “As a family doctor, I welcome this wonderful book, which can help patients reduce the impact of migraine on their lives. The Migraine Brain explains the subject well and makes understandable a complex condition. It is comprehensive and filled with practical tips for feeling better.” — Erica Swegler, M.D., 2006 Texas Family Physician of the Year