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  • Series: What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About...
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1St Edition edition (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446678260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446678261
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,093,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Barry Fox, PhD, is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including the New York Times bestseller The Arthritis Cure. He serves as chair on the Consumer Advisory Cuncil of the American Nutraceutical Association and editor-in-chief of Natraceutical Report an online health journal. He has made more than 200 guest appearances on national and regional television and radio.

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Hopefully you will experience the same miraculous results I have.
Michael Z
If you suffer from migraines -- or any form of headaches -- please read this book.
D. R. Schryer
When they come, one dosage of Maxalt or two Excedrin does the job.
Ines S. Franklin

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Schryer on November 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
Most people seem to regard headaches as a natural consequence of the stresses of life. I used to think this way myself -- one or more headaches were a weekly occurrence for me. Then I began to learn about the importance of vitamins and minerals in human health and starting taking nutrient supplements including magnesium and B vitamins. Since then my headaches have virtually disappeared.
One of the major causes of headaches -- including migraines -- is deficiency of magnesium, which is a natural relaxant. And studies have found that about 80% of Americans don't get enough magnesium in their diet. The result is that Americans suffer inordinately from headaches (including migraines), muscle cramps, and various forms of anxiety and stress disorders. But magnesium deficiency --which causes these ailments -- is easily remedied by taking supplemental magnesium. The preferred form of supplemental magnesium is chelated magnesium because it is readily absorbed by the body and because other forms of magnesium supplements sometimes cause diarrhea.
As pointed out by the authors of this book, the B vitamin niacin and the herb feverfew are also helpful in preventing and treating migraine headaches. If you suffer from migraines -- or any form of headaches -- please read this book. And, to help optimize your health, be sure you get enough magnesium and B vitamins as well as other essential nutrients.
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56 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Harvey S. Karten on September 1, 2001
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You may have seen headlines in your local newspaper from time
to time that go something like this: "Saddam Hussein Continues
to Cause Headaches for President Bush." You think: doesn't this
trivialize the tense relationship that the U.S. has with Iraq--to
equate this long-term, antagonistic connection with a mere
headache? Quite the reverse. Ask migraine sufferers: they'll tell
you that the excrutiating pain has often driven them to thoughts
of suicide.
Headaches are no laughing matter, but for the past twenty years
or so, Dr. Alexander Mauskop has helped thousands of
agonized victims of the malady in the offices of the New York
Headache Center. An associate professor of neurology at
Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, Mauskop has
focused his practice exclusively on the treatment of headaches,
the migraine version affecting some twenty-five million Americans
(70% women). He has pushed back the frontiers of knowledge in
his books for the layman and articles in professional journals.
Preferring alternative therapy over prescription drugs, he often
starts patients off with biofeedback and acupuncture, moving on
to both prophylactic (preventive) therapies and abortive drugs in
his skirmishes against cerebral soreness.
What is it that your own doctor may not tell you about migraines--
as the suggestive title seductively suggests? Most doctors tell
you little about headache treatment beyond "take two aspirins
and call me in the morning," because they simply do not keep up
with the research, but Mauskop tells us plenty in this easy-to-
read volume replete with anecdotes, humor, and insight.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By reader on October 5, 2007
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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.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By SF Writer on January 3, 2003
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If you get migraines, buy and read this book. I suffered from frequent and harsh migraines for 4 years. At their worse, they came twice a week with debilitating pain and vomiting. None of my doctor's prescriptions did very much for me. Finally, I discovered this book and began the recommended vitamin and mineral therapy. Within days, my migraines began to subside and after several weeks until now (9 months later), I simply don't get them any more. To be fair, I also do continue to take 2 prescription medications daily, but I believe most of the relief came from Mauskop's mineral/vitamin recommendations. I can't thank Dr. Mauskop enough for this book. I have literally gained 1 or 2 days back each week. I highly recommend that migraine sufferers read about and consider his therapy (Magnesium, Riboflavin (B-2), and the herb, Feverfew). See his book for exact amounts and timing, as well as his other recommendations. It may not work for everyone, but it worked for me. Take care, and good luck!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 13, 2004
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I have been a migraine sufferer for most of my life, and have explored treatment after treatment (both mainstream and alternative) to alleviate the frequency and severity. After reading this book 8 months ago, and beginning all the non-prescription supplements recommended by Dr. Mauskop, I can gratefully acknowledge that I have a tremendous reduction in the frequency of attacks! Until I had been on the supplements for 3 months, I had been getting 3-5 migraines each week, and loading up on Imitrex. I now have just a few migraines each month, which is something I had thought was an impossibility! Plus, when I do get a migraine, they tend to respond to half the dose of Imitrex I was taking in the past. In addition, while I had been aware of and adhering to the dietary changes recommended in the book for many years, and which I had discovered on my own, it was a relief to find out that there is a scientific basis to the changes I have made! This book is a must-read for any migraineur!
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