Tuesday, November 06, 2007

assuming you have the answer


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Comments in response to a recent New York Times Domestic Disturbances blog entry raised the hairs on the back of my neck. The writer discussed trying an elimination diet in an attempt to better manage her frequent migraines. The option didn't work out well for her, and many readers felt compelled to give her gobs of unsolicited advice.

Domestic Disturbances: The Migraine Diet

I'm sure most of them had their hearts in the right place. But the reality is that finding a workable solution to managing migraines is a journey. A very personal one. Telling someone with a complicated medical condition to "just do x, y and z" is rarely, if ever, helpful. Most often it's downright insulting. We need to be careful about how we approach other people with our suggestions and try not to assume we have all the answers because something worked well for us or someone we know.

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