An energizing roundup of tips on alleviating headache pain.


Combat Headaches


From the Combat Dis-Ease series , Vol. 2

A chiropractor discusses types, causes, and drug-free treatments for headaches in this health guide.

For the author, headaches are “a symptom of being in a dis-eased state,” and as a chiropractor, she found herself “giving patients the same explanations for causes and treatments every day.” In this volume, Drummond (Top Seven Ways to Combat the Effects of Sitting: The Silent Killer, 2016) tees up headache types (tension, migraine, cluster, sinus, etc.) and triggers (genetics but also changeable lifestyle factors, including stress, diet, and sleep). Then, urging caution about using pain medications, the author details, with accompanying illustrations, various drug-free ways to achieve headache relief, encompassing acupressure treatment on the pressure point(s) related to headache types, stretching exercises, and more. Her nutrition advice includes eating local honey since it is “filled with the antigens of the pollen you are breathing in your area” and adopting a “rotation diet”—if you eat something, don’t consume it for four consecutive days afterward. This will “ensure that you get a variety of foods, and it will lessen your likelihood of developing food sensitivities, which is a growing problem in our culture.” She also outlines effective sleep, posture, and ergonomic practices; recommends engaging in ongoing cardio activity and relaxation therapies (she uses a floatation pod); and advocates herbal and therapeutic oil alternatives (valerian root, etc.), among other remedies. By Page 177, Drummond deftly segues into what chiropractors can do to help, providing an explanation of the manipulations involved and advising that headache sufferers should work with as many medical professionals as needed to have an “optimal healing team.” The author delivers a helpful synthesis of the many methods beyond medication that can help with headache pain as well as overall healthy habits advice. Her advocacy of chiropractic treatments is also tempered by noting that headaches can be symptoms of a stroke or other issues that require immediate medical attention. She also offers readers many easy-to-follow directions to perform self-care at home, even if using floatation pods or employing cranial massage “to mobilize the cranial bones” to help ease any head pain may prove too scary for some.

An energizing roundup of tips on alleviating headache pain.

Pub Date: May 19, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-943753-04-8

Page Count: 220

Publisher: Blooming Ink Publishing

Review Posted Online: Sept. 28, 2016

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This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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