Before Tripping On The American Healthcare System, I generally thought most published medical information was good enough. Shouldn’t a book from the 70s about healthcare still be relevant today? Human bodies haven’t changed much, right? It’s our understanding of the human body, the mind, and how all that intertwines that has changed. If the doctors of today are reliant on the information of yesterday, they will be more likely to make harmful assumptions about patients.
Within twenty years, Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850) completed 91 works and attempted to write 46 more in a fictional world he called La Comédie humaine. The idea of interlocking short stories and novels where one story’s main character appears as a bit character elsewhere fascinated me almost as much as Balzac’s writing schedule. The short story El Verdugo was my start. It’s fantastic, fast-paced, and more exciting than most action movies. Let’s explore slow burns to explosive conclusions.
Rating: ★★★★★ [5/5]
WANNA CONSIDER HOW MUCH WE CAN LEARN FROM BOOKS BY NOT FOLLOWING
Although Heal Your Headache by David Buchholz, M.D., has a target audience of headache sufferers, I think it should be read by treaters of headaches – doctors – as well. Although many of the aspects of the book can be proactively applied by anyone that suffers headaches on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, the information in this book could cut down on patient misdiagnoses and other preventable situations. If only I’d known about this book sooner…
Rating: ★★★★★ [5/5]
What’s in the name of a headache? A tension headache is different than a sinus headache is different than an eye-strain headache with visual aura is different than a cervicogenic headache, right? In Heal Your Headache, David Buchholz, M.D., says that all of these sorts of headaches derive from the same place – migraine – and so if we only treat one aspect of the whole, we miss the root cause, and end up with incomplete treatment.
As long as I’m working in Corporate America, I’ll need to take medical limiters to prevent the stress of working from overwhelming me to the point of headaches. There’s a sour irony in working high-stress jobs to get the insurance necessary to pay a discount for medication that is required to continue working high-stress jobs. I could go without, but then, why lower my body’s trigger-point for headaches? It’s a vicious cycle, but it’s common.
Among the myriad triggers that can potentially cause headaches as outlined in Heal Your Headache by David Buchholz, M.D., the one dietary trigger I am not willing to give up yet is caffeine. My addiction to caffeine is complicated. I can live without caffeine in the short-term, it’s just not a life where I can do all I want to do. I could adapt if forced; I’d rather reduce any other headache triggers first.
It was coincidental that I started this Tripping On The American Healthcare System essay-series-turned-book as an offshoot of the Sober Living essays I’ve been writing for years now. That’s my complaining space. As I’m reading more of Heal Your Headache by David Buchholz, M.D., I’m seeing some of the medications I was prescribed. Sumatriptan and Ondansetron weren’t just random medications. They’re actually commonly prescribed for headache-sufferers, so writing my “trip reports” can actually be useful.
“We don’t know much about headaches,” was what the first doctor to talk to me about headaches, over four years, told me before describing pain sensors and blood vessels. As I’m reading Heal Your Headache by David Buchholz, M.D., that still holds true, but we do know enough to work with. I’m on page 30 of 231 and there’s already enough to fill my brain with insights as to what these things are from a biological perspective.
Didn’t Kondo Marie already write a book about getting rid of stuff? Why would there need to be another book? Which is the better one? Both have their advantages. Whereas The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up broaches the topic of reducing clutter in general terms, Spark Joy goes into specifics with drawings and applicable examples. If the former book is like an essay arguing a point, the latter book presents the execution on those arguments.
Post Office, by Charles Bukowski, has a vibrancy that has faded somewhat from American consciousness. Some sections are vile, but not all. If it weren’t for the stories I’d heard from workers over the years, some of the vignettes in this fictionalized tale of what it was like for Bukowski to work in the postal system in the 70s might have been obscured to time. It is telling, then, how immediate it feels even today.