Thursday, March 13, 2014

Book Review: Migraine & Headache Answers

This is the first of two book reviews I'll be doing - finally! Special thanks to the authors because it took me months to get these done and they have both been very patient with me.

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Migraine & Headache Answers: Find Out How to Heal Your Migraines is by migraine sufferer Michelle Tweedy and her partner, Bryan Inkson. If you don't have time to read my entire post, here's the main takeaway: the book contains a wealth of information and unique things for migraine and headache sufferers to try.

I was provided the e-book version, but since I don't have an e-book reader I read it all on my computer. That made it a little harder to read and follow as compared to a physical book. Also, the authors are from New Zealand so the dialect was a little different from what I'm used to (the terms "bloke" and "crikey," for example), but at the same time that made it more interesting. The journalist in me (I'm not actually a journalist, but that was my minor in college) picked up on a few errors that weren't just from the different dialect, but most people probably wouldn't notice or mind them. Not judging though because I'm sure I make mistakes on this blog all the time! ;)

Aside from the above, I enjoyed reading the book. It starts by telling Michelle's story and switches between Michelle and Bryan's perspectives. The book reads almost like a journal and does a great job of covering all that is involved with chronic migraines - the emotional side, trying many things, reactions to those things, looking into the cause of the pain, etc.

What I liked most about the book was all the ideas! I've been blogging for a long time now and have researched the heck out of headaches/migraines, and I hadn't even heard of some of the things Michelle tried until reading the book; for example, deer placenta (!). It's almost overwhelming, but it gives me hope knowing that there's still so much more I can do. While Michelle doesn't promise a cure and she does acknowledge that everyone responds differently, she has gone from 26+ migraines per month to one per month - and she can manage it without medication. Although the book covers non-medication tools for helping migraines, it points out that if you have to take medication, it's okay and do what you feel is best. I'm thankful that the book stresses that because I hate taking medication, but some days that's the only way I'm able to survive.

This book inspired me to stay at it and keep fighting my war on headaches. It talks about juicing from raw fruits and veggies, and last night I made a big batch of baby food for Hollis and I set aside some of the foods and made a green juice for myself, something I haven't done in a long time. I also plan on having a hair analysis test done - an entire chapter of this book is devoted to the importance of that test.

If you're interested in purchasing the book, please click on the link above.

Disclosure: I was given a free copy of Migraine & Headache Answers in exchange for this blog review. My review is 100% unbiased.