Takeaways from The Migraine Miracle Book
Note: These are my impressions after reading and applying Dr. Turknett’s recommendations. These are my personal opinions and responses to his book.
(Turknett, Josh. The Migraine Miracle: A Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, Ancestral Diet to Reduce Inflammation and Relieve Your Headaches for Good. Oakland: New Harbinger Publications, 2013.)
I remember some of the reactions I got when I first shared my migraine diagnosis with friends and family. Turns out most people know someone who gets migraines; not all come out unscathed. They bear the wounds of secondary trauma or compassion fatigue from being around a mirgraineur.
‘Yeah, my mother gets migraines,” a friend said as he carefully backed away from me. It’s was as if he thought I might explode on the spot, and he didn’t want to get hit with the shrapnel. I think my wife suffered similar wounds.
My honest review
This may seem like an unusual way to back into a review of Dr. Josh Turknett’s book, The Migraine Miracle: A Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, Ancestral Diet to Reduce Inflammation and Relieve Your Headaches for Good, but the vignette illustrates what, for me, may have been the most valuable aspect of having it on the bookshelf—my wife read it. In fact, I think she completed it before I did. It was a real eye-opener to her.
So, yes, I think every migraineur should peruse this book for reasons I discuss here below. But I think everybody who loves or lives with a migraine sufferer should read it. Turknett does a very good job of laying out the physiological twist that is a migraine: “The brain stem actually initiates the very signal that it ultimately receives back and senses as pain! If this sounds like a vicious, masochistic cycle, that’s because it is!” (Page 12.) That is an illuminating statement that is certainly consistent with how my wife experiences me when my symptoms swirl.
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