Saturday, April 4, 2009

book review: The Migraine Brain

I recently read The Migraine Brain: Your Breakthrough Guide to Fewer Headaches, Better Health, by Carolyn Bernstein, MD, and Elaine McArdle. I published a review of it over on MyMigraineConnection, which you can find here.

If anyone else has read this book, I'd love to hear your comments either here or at the review itself.

Be well,


Megan Oltman said...

Interesting, MJ. I have also been very troubled by the innacuracies in the book, though I have not finished it yet and have been trying to give it the benefit of the doubt. There were numerous points where she downplays dangers. The status migrainous point is one, also right at the beginning in her "myth busting" she states that no one ever died from a migraine attack - well, what of migrainous stroke, then? It is dangerous for a MD and director of a headache center, who will get a great deal of credibility out of her status, to make incorrect points like these.

I do think that her description of the Migraine brain is useful, the phrase she uses is "a high maintenance brain" which I really like. It is helpful for Migraineurs and others to really understand that our brains are different and must be cared for, that our lives must be kept regular to regulate our brains. I also think she has a number of worksheets and tools which are helpful. Now, could those things have been done in a more accurate and well written book? Of course. Is the book worth buying? I don't know. If you're only going to buy one book on managing your life with Migraine, this is definitely not the one. I agree that Teri's book is better!

- Megan

Header said...

Thank you for the book review! I've been trying to check out this book from the library for a while now, but all the copies have been checked out. Definitely seems like a popular book, but after reading your review, I think it would be a waste of time. Unfortunately all these books seem to be the same, and I never really learn anything new or helpful.

Thanks again for the info!

Teena in Toronto said...

Thanks for the tip!

Happy blogoversary!