A new medicine came was FDA approved today: Aimovig. It is a once-a-month injection, which blocks the voltage dependent calcium channels nearly exactly the same way as Topamax or similar medicines do.
Not only are these drugs very harmful for you (and in many cases brain degenerative), they also don’t work after a short honeymoon period. So tell your friends and family to stop bugging you about it and, instead, change your lifestyle to be migraine preventive and migraine free for life.
Read more about it here.
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About Angela A Stanton, Ph.D.
Angela A Stanton, PhD, is a Neuroeconomist focusing on chronic pain--migraine in particular--physiology, electrolyte homeostasis, nutrition, and genetics. She lives in Southern California. Her current research is focused on migraine cause, prevention, and treatment without the use of medicine. As a forever migraineur from childhood, her discovery was helped by experimenting on herself. She found the cause of migraine to be at the ionic level, associated with disruption of the electrolyte homeostasis, resulting from genetic variations of all voltage dependent channels, gates, and pumps (chanelopathy) that modulate electrolyte mineral density and voltage in the brain. In addition, insulin and glucose transporters, and several other variants, such as MTHFR variants of B vitamin methylation process and many others are different in the case of a migraineur from the general population.
Migraineurs are glucose sensitive (carbohydrate intolerant) and should avoid eating carbs as much as possible. She is working on her hypothesis that migraine is a metabolic disease.
As a result of the success of the first edition of her book and her helping over 5000 migraineurs successfully prevent their migraines world wide, all ages and both genders, and all types of migraines, she published the 2nd (extended) edition of her migraine book "Fighting The Migraine Epidemic: Complete Guide: How To Treat & Prevent Migraines Without Medications". The 2nd edition is the “holy grail” of migraine cause, development, and prevention, incorporating all there is to know. It includes a long section for medical and research professionals. The book is full of academic citations (over 800) to authenticate the statements she makes to make it easy to follow up by those interested and to spark further research interest. It is a "Complete Guide", published on September 29, 2017.
Dr. Stanton received her BSc at UCLA in Mathematics, MBA at UCR, MS in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, PhD in Economics with dissertation in neuroscience (culminating in Neuroeconomics) at Claremont Graduate University, fMRI certification at Harvard University Medical School at the Martinos Center for Neuroimaging for experimenting with neurotransmitters on human volunteers, certification in LCHF/ketogenic diet from NN (Nutrition Network), certification in physiology (UPEN via Coursea), Nutrition (Harvard Shool of Public Health) and functional medicine studies. Dr. Stanton is an avid sports fan, currently power weight lifting and kickboxing. For relaxation (yeah.. about a half minute each day), she paints and photographs and loves to spend time with her family of husband of 45 years, 2 sons and their wives, and 2 granddaughters.
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Great question Phill–glad to see a medical assistant ask important questions.
I give a very detailed explanation in my book about what migraine is at the cellular level, at the level of genetics, physiology, and metabolism. Headache specialists look at migraine from its symptoms–understandably so. They only see migraineurs when they are in pain. They don’t spend years with the same migraineurs on a daily basis to understand how these various separate elements fit together into a whole, a unified functioning “thing” that is really not even a disease. It is a condition that has genetic roots tied to ativism (evolutionary throwback). The brain of a migraineur is anatomically different in its neuronal connections from the brain of a non-migraineur. These are all documented in various research academic journals, only no one connected the dots. I could connect the dots, because I am a migraineur and I have been working with over 4000 migraineurs for the past five years, with most on a daily basis.
A migraine brain has many more connections between sensory neurons than “normal.” It reminds me of wild animals (mammals and others) that are always on alert. Just as an animal whose sensory organs are in hyper mode and stimulated continuously by the environment are not sick, nor is a migraineur. Putting this ativism together with what it requires from a human brain to create, use, and replace the extra energy that is required by the sensory neurons in hyper drive relative to other humans, understanding the physiology and biochemistry of what it takes to supply such energy house, and combine that with what the consumption of exogenous glucose does to sodium and water in the cells, takes a far step away from the details to see the whole picture and be able to answer the “why”.
Once you understand the implications of what I just wrote, you realize that migraineurs are carbohydrate intolerant and glucose sensitive. This is also present in their genetics–every single solute carrier is different from a standard brain and every single voltage dependent pump, channel, and gate is also different. When you remove the exogenous glucose source from a diet of migraineurs, their hyper sensory organs work perfectly, there is no pain, they are full of energy, and are gifted with extraordinary abilities in scent, sight, sound, and some also in taste.
Since migraneurs are carbs intolerant and glucose sensitive, this implies that their “disease” is simply the result of a metabolic condition, which is entirely preventable. A condition that is metabolically controlled, is a condition of metabolism, and is not a disease. Thus, if we ignore the unique nature of migraineurs, they face a metabolic disease for life–and then their many “gifts” turn into a burden.
One of the first things I do with migraine sufferers when they contact me is run a 5-hour long blood glucose test on fasted stomach just with their usual breakfast–no glucose oral tolerance test. I have yet to find a migraineur who did not have chronic insulin resistance or worse, but 99% of those migraineurs I so far worked with don’t fit the profile of a diabetic: they are generally thin, have low blood pressure (some sub-clinically low), have good cholesterol profiles, don’t meet the high BMI and waist circumference measures required to be considered to even request a test to exclude prediabetes or worse. So no one checks but they all are sick with metabolic disease yet they get treated for their pain. We cannot cure or even treat eating the wrong food with medicines. We simply need to change the food.
I help them reverse their metabolic condition by changing their nutrition and their migraines vanish. They slowly come off all of their medicines (with their doctors permission and guidance) and are migraine-free and medicine-free for the rest of their lives, provided they remain exogenous glucose free.
It is that simple.
Hope this answers your question.
A lot of headache specialists agree that the syndrome of migraine is a neurological disorder of brain function. Why do you feel it is a “metabolic disease”?
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Sure Kimberly! Just be sure to link here as well else google search engine will not show yours because of a “duplicate” page. So use quotes and add some verbiage too to make it somewhat different. 🙂
Can your statement about this be shared on my private FB page? Thank you for your insight on this!
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