A very special 5* review on Amazon

A Special 5* Review

I would like to share a very special review I received on my book at amazon yesterday. It made me cry a few tears because the story is so familiar to all migraineurs–including me. So get your tissue box ready and read the wonderful testimonial, which is on amazon:

“I bought this book on Jan 20th during a particularly terrible migraine. I was quite desperate and stumbled across the Facebook group in a health forum. I have had migraines since I can remember, at least 5 years old. When my mom would take me to the dr they would tell her “just give her Tylenol” which never helped. It was a long time before I realized that most people aren’t in pain most of the time. But except for six months after a car accident when I was in my 20’s they would keep me home 4-5 times a month but I was still able to function. 3-4 years ago they started getting worse so I went to my dr. He threw a bunch of medicine at me and then said he couldn’t do anything more. So I went to another dr, rinse and repeat until I was so frustrated (and missing so much work) that I referred myself to the USC pain center. I was then given nerve blocks, magnesium infusions, botox, SPG blocks, more and more and more medicine and none of it worked. I only got worse, until I have been off work for over a year and could barely take care of my 3 kids. At one time I would have been excited to be able to make dinner once a week, that is how bad it was. Constant pain, nausea, difficulty thinking, plus depression and anxiety until I didn’t even know how I could go on. Then last October I tried the Keto diet and I felt a little better. I was able to at least participate in my life. On New Years Eve I had 1 piece of pizza and that was a mistake. All of my migraine symptoms came back and no matter how faithful I was to the diet I couldn’t get relief. So in desperation in bed with an ice pack on my head and praying the triptans I took would work I found this book.
This book is amazing, it is so simple and yet the difference in my life is something I can’t even explain! It gave me my life back!!! I have not taken any medication since the day I found this book. I tried to understand it through my foggy head and started with the milk at night (I always would wake up with a migraine) and the salt and water (increasing my water slowly as suggested) and once I was feeling better started with the balancing of my sodium and potassium. I’ve been taking magnesium as well. I was already off of all sugar and grains. I have never in my life gone for 30 days without a full blown migraine. I have had prodrome but was always able to follow the steps in the book and take steps to abort the migraine before it happened.

I am sooo grateful to Dr Stanton because she gave me my life back! She gave my husband his wife back and my kids their mother back! I don’t have to spend my days in my dark bedroom praying I don’t go through my 9 triptans before I can get a refill. I don’t have to wonder if I should go to the emergency room because the pain is so unbearable. This book is the best thing I have ever read and I am so excited to be able to write this review. I wanted to wait until I was sure it was working so that I could write the most helpful review possible.

I am also part of the Facebook group that Dr Stanton has and she is so helpful and kind. She and the other admins have done nothing but help me on this journey and I am so grateful!!!”

I am so glad to have picked such rewarding field of research and be able to help the many thousands I already have. Receiving a message like that is a true life-changing event in my life as well, because she trusted me! And that is really hard to do! ❤

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Further Education

Continuing Education!

A little happy announcement. Over the years some people have asked me why I don’t call myself a functional medicine doctor. Functional medicine, like integrative medicine, is extra training on top of a medical degree, such as MD, OD, or NP or chiropractic doctor, or similar–it is NOT naturopathy or homeopathy, none of which is medicine in most states in the US.

My field in neuroscience with a Ph.D. didn’t quite fit the mold in terms of what all functional medicine universities require. But I really wanted to get that education. Though I will never ever open a clinic, I wanted to have the official knowledge. I never tried applying before because I was intimidated by the requirements.

Functional/Integrative approach is what I have been practicing in my groups (all nutrition and nutrient based understanding of cellular functions rather than a medicinal approach) without the “medicine” term in it. See two of these group here and here.

I got the bug under my skin to see if any of these universities would accept me with my education “as is”, which also includes an fMRI (the machine everyone hates with a twist for experiments) certification from Harvard, so I crossed my fingers and contacted one of them that was online only and is exactly what I needed, no more, no less. They pulled their noses on the phone so they told me to email in all information and explanation of what, why and how. I also mentioned my work with migraineurs and others, also gave links to all my books–which, to my luck, includes being an invited author for the Encyclopedia of the Mind, so guess what:

I am accepted!! Yay!!

The program starts January 22nd, all online. I already started to receive case studies with test questions and answers on the next click (they assume existing clinical experience and knowledge) and so far I am doing pretty good. I am not sure how long the program will take me but I hope for a couple of years max and I can place functional medicine after my long list of degrees following my name. This will be awesome for my work and my personal reputation and will give more credence to what I do on Facebook and elsewhere. ❤

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Limited Edition Signed New-Release Migraine Prevention Manual


I am making a limited number of books available with special signature customized per request in cooperation with Health by Principle.

Fighting the Migraine Epidemic: Complete Guide

Fighting the Migraine Epidemic: Complete Guide

This book is an updated and extended version of the 1st edition “Fighting the Migraine Epidemic: How to Treat and Prevent Migraines Without Medicines. An Insider’s View”. Migraine is a genetic condition and in order to have migraine, one must have a “migraine-brain,” which is anatomically distinct from the brain of non-migraineurs. Migraine is not a headache—many migraines don’t even come with pain. Migraineurs have genetic variances that collectively hint at metabolic challenges associated with our modern lifestyle. Migraineurs metabolize glucose and fructose very poorly. These substances generate a host of undesirable metabolic reactions that lead to electrolyte imbalance and insulin resistance. Once the challenges are recognized and the undesired processes stopped, migraine can be averted or prevented. At the time of writing this book, over 4000 migraineurs have become migraine and medicine free using the methods described in this book. Reduction of medicines happens naturally as migraineurs become migraine free and no longer have use for them. This book is a complete guide. It includes a section for quick emergency treatment for an ongoing migraine and sections with thorough explanations of what migraine is and what it requires to prevent it. The book concludes with a part for scientists and doctors with lots of academic citations.

Table of Contents:

Angela A Stanton, Ph.D. · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · v
Foreword to the 2nd edition · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · xv
Introduction · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·· · · · ·xix

The World of Migraines · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · 1

Part I Originally This Book Was About Me · · · · · · · · 3
Section 2 Are You Sure You Have Migraines? · · · · · ·35

Part II How to Anticipate and Stop a Migraine · · · · ·57
Section 3 Stop Your Migraine Now · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · 59

Part III Deeper Understanding of Migraines · · · · · · ·79
Section 4 The Basics of Migraines · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·81
Section 5 Migraine Prevention & Treatment · · · · · · · · 232
Section 6 Food Challenges Migraineurs Face · · · · · · · ·330
Section 7 Diets · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·361
Section 8 Frequently Asked Questions · · · · · · · · · · · · · 373

Part IV For scientists & physicians · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · 385
Section 9 Where is the Science? · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·387
Section 10 The Genetic Connection · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·407
Section 11 The Migraine-Brain Difference · · · · · · · · · · ·424
Section 12 Drugs of Shame · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · 441
Section 13 The Drugs of Migraine Shame · · · · · · · · · · · 455
Section 14 Paradigm Shift · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·496
Section 15 End Notes · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·518

Works Cited · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·521

Publication Date: Sep 29 2017
ISBN: 154697637X
EAN13: 9781546976370
LCCN: 2017909074 (Library of Congress Catalogue Number)
Page Count: 662
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 6″ x 9″
Language: English
Color: Black and White

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Migraine: What it is and Why


What is Migraine?

Not a headache! That’s for sure.

I found that the majority of those who have no migraines or never met anyone with migraines know migraine as a pain in the head. The truth is pain is just one – and not even mandatory – aspect of migraines. For me, presenting the real definition of migraines equals to explaining the conclusions of my many years of research and the truth about my life, since I have been a life-long migraineur.

It is refreshing to know the truth!

Migraine is the manifestation of an energy (voltage) shortage in the brain, caused by insufficient electrolyte quality…

The heart of migraine lies in biochemical facts, such as migraineurs are glucose sensitive with a brain that lacks capability to handle the huge electrolyte disruption when glucose enters the brain cells…

Migraine brain is an ancient brain that is not able to utilize glucose. Modern carbohydrate-rich diets overload this ancient brain with glucose. Migraineurs are not the only ones with this problem. People with seizures, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and many more conditions, have very similar—if not the same—problem. Not every human can eat birthday cakes, potatoes, and toast for breakfast. Migraineurs cannot.

Read the whole story here:  Migraine: Do We Have It All Wrong?

Comments are welcome as always,


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I Am on Radio Talk Show on Thursday about Migraines: Listen In!

Do you have questions about migraines?

On Thursday, February 2nd, at 10 am Central (8 am Pacific, 11 am Eastern) I will be on a radio talk show for an hour with host Patrick Timpone at One Radio Network (located in Austin, Texas) talking about migraines and health. The radio station invites emailed-in questions you wish me to answer and provides a toll-free number to call in and ask.

The show is broadcast over the internet live so no matter what country you are located in, you can listen in. The podcast can be downloaded and shared. More updates will follow since I only have my name showing on the schedule and not yet the write-up of the discussion.

Here is the schedule page, email: email@oneradionetwork.com and phone 888.663.6386

If you want to listen in for today’s shows live the discussion is on health. healthy fats, and how to stop your doctors from killing you. My show will be broadcast live there as well. The podcast will be available to download and share!

Enjoy and listen to mine on Thursday! Please share!

Looking forward to hearing from you by email or phone on Thursday!

(This page will be updated as the final page shows up with more detail at the station’s website)


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Nitrates & Migraines–is there a Real Story?


Indeed, there is a story. After quite a bit of literature research I found a very new connection that no one has yet found and discussed! It is important for migraneurs to check their blood pressure before they embark on eating nitrate-containing foods–and I don’t just mean deli meats or bacon! Also vegetables high in nitrates! Please read the article I wrote that summarizes my findings and turns the connection of nitrates to migraines up-side-down.

Comments, as always, are welcome!


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Ketogenic Diet and Migraine

The Future of Migraine Treatment

Not yet perfect but getting there!

I wanted to give a quick update on my personal research (always in continuation) about improving migraine treatment. I was on the ketogenic diet for 3 months before I was kicked off by prednisone (also uses insulin receptors and has priority) and so I went back on the Stanton Migraine Protocol®. I was on it until last Monday (a week ago). Thus I had 2 months out of ketosis. I was curious how long the “keto brain” will function well on the protocol but with increased fruits carbs. I wanted to see if the length of time I was in keto would change my brain in any way.

It was kind of hard to increase carbs since my body learned to not even like carbs (I know it is weird) but I ate a few of the fruits at least that I used to like. I want to report to you what happened so you understand

  1. what glucose does and
  2. how long the keto protection lasted.

The findings

  1. Biting into my first pomegranate was a major shocker! I used to just inhale a large pomegranate and want more. Coming out of keto I could not finish half AND I felt “high” like on a drug.
    1. This clearly tells you that sugar is a drug and
    2. Also tells you that if one is not used to sugar it is actually not comfortable to eat it even in a fruit!!! I actually didn’t like it! It took me several days to learn to like carbs again!
  2. I increased my carbs to over my personal preference and went to ~120 net carb grams for a few days (the Stanton Migraine Protocol® carbs level for women is between 50-70 net carb grams); just applied the protocol protection after and I had absolutely no discomfort but I saw the edema building up! So even if the keto brain protected me from getting a migraine, I built up a sizable edema every single day and by the evening my ankles were nearly twice the circumference of what they normally are under the ketogenic diet!
    1. This is very important: while the ketogenic diet may save us from pain for some time, the physiological effects of carbs remain AND harm us!! So migraine is not about the pain!
  3. One night we went out for dinner (anniversary celebration) and though I ordered as low carbs as possible, everything had sugar on it, even the butternut squash was covered with sweet liquid and the bone marrow I ordered was soaked in balsamic vinegar that I could not scrape off… I also wanted to test my sugar tolerance (direct sugar and not just fruit) so I ordered a sorbet after dinner.
    1. I ate only about 5 bites because I must tell you what sugar tasted like: sugar had a BITTER AFTERTASTE!!!

So a few things… after my sugar experiment part, I did come down with a migraine but very mild and the only other symptom I had very mild nausea, extreme light sensitivity, and irritable. It was mild and I didn’t medicate (not even OTC) but it was a 4-dayer!

  • So the keto protection worked against natural fruit carbs for 6 weeks but NOT against direct sugar and
  • The physiological symptoms of a migraineur were there even for the fruit carbs.
  • Also, a week later I tested potatoes!!! Nope, no go at all!!! Migraine (mild again and shorter, 2-dayer) so keto can only go so far after 3 months of being in it. I will keep on testing for longer and longer periods.

Ketosis and Myelin

Ketosis protects the brain by allowing the brain to build up myelin (insulation) so we can send our crazy migraine excess voltages securely and it gives enough protection that the potassium/sodium content was less important.  You could eat more fruits and veggies. However, it did not protect against sugar or high starch. Sugar and starch are instant insult on our compromised electrolyte system.

Ketosis is great since while you are in it, assuming you are in at the right level for your person, you are absolutely migraine-brain free! I am back into my jogging routine in the mornings on empty stomach!!! In ketosis you can do that and not be hungry (and not get a migraine!) but be full of energy.

Those of you who can afford the luxury of controlling what you eat, I highly recommend you try the ketogenic diet–but be aware that there are many “fake” ketogenic diet instructions out there! If you want to try the real ketogenic diet for migraine join my keto mild for migraines facebook group (or contact me in private) and I will help you get started.

Join the good life and become migraine free!

Comments are welcomed as always,


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Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering–Stanton Migraine Protocol to the Rescue


Testimonial from a migraineur who just graduated with Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering! Congratulations to Zofia Kaminski for her achievement and success and may her future job match up to her talent and determination!

Zofia's masters degree

Zofia’s masters degree

Some lucky company that will catch her! ❤

I wish Zofia continued migraine free life using the Stanton Migraine Protocol® staying migraine and medicine free!



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The Genetics of Migraine at Ion Pumps–Connect to the Stanton Migraine Protocol

Genetic Mutations Findings Support The Stanton Migraine Protocol®

Sharing some amazing information: thanks to one of the migraine group members for sharing an important article with me. This article explains the genetic foundation to all of my work and discovery of the ionic pump problems associated with migraines at the voltage gated sodium-potassium channels and ATPhase which is associated with mutations in the glucose metabolism processes.

The article is extremely technical with a lot of jargon but the title tells it all

ATP1A2 Mutations in Migraine: Seeing through the Facets of an Ion Pump onto the Neurobiology of Disease

It discusses the exact hyper sensory organ sensitivity, the mutation of the pumps for which migraineurs need to use extra salt in their diet and why maintaining the electrolyte homeostasis is so important. It also provides a genetic mutation base for the glucose intolerance migraineurs all seem to have. It is an open access article, so if you are interested and familiar with the terminology, chew your way through it!

My hypothesis, based on which the Stanton Migraine Protocol® is built and the book “Fighting The Migraine Epidemic: A Complete Guide: How to Treat & Prevent Migraines without Medicine” is written, is all here with genetic explanation 2+ years after I published my book and started to treat migraineurs.

Now we know the genetics behind why migraineurs using the Stanton Migraine Protocol® are so successful at becoming and staying migraine and medicine free: we took control of the very channels that have genetic mutations and control the ionic process with precision. It works like a charm!

Please contact me for more information!


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Running Marathon Without Migraine Using the Stanton Migraine Protocol®

Can migraineurs run Marathons without migraine?

There are many sport members in my migraine group on Facebook and a few Marathon runners in that group. One such Marathon runner had quite a story that you can find in my previous posts but also on her blog. She just posted an update about her latest Marathon of last weekend:

Hi, just back to report that running the marathon on Sunday was an incredible experience. I felt confident to push harder and took 26 minutes off my previous best time, despite challenges of hills, wind and rain. But the best part was having a clear head and vision afterwards. Sore muscles yes but otherwise I have felt fabulous since then, which is a new experience for me. I am so overwhelmed and ecstatic! Thanks again Angela Stanton, this has been such an amazing journey!


I am so happy that the Stanton Migraine Protocol® is helping so many people, even in extreme challenges to the body like a Marathon run! Please pass on the link to my website to the migraineurs you know or sport enthusiasts who need some guidance in proper hydration through challenging activities.

I offer free service in the migraine group (no privacy) or for-fee service options (totally private). Please fill in the contact form to reach me for more information!

Have a super day!


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