The New Migraine Preventive Drug–What You Need to Know

Aimovig™ (Erenumab) for Migraine Prevention.

Should You or Should You Not?

Below you find my description of what this new drug does and how and several comments from migraine sufferers that are worthy to read. All of this comes from my public person Facebook page, so you can find it all here. I copy-pasted the discussion as it is at this moment.

After reading this, you will see why you should tell all your friends to stop informing you of this new drug and leave you alone. This drug is not for you.

You Should Not

Angela A Stanton PhD

There is a new drug—not new, for providers this has been center focus on the back of every journal of neurology and I was asked about this last year at the AAAS conference where I presented to geneticists about migraine if I knew of this drug. The news is that now it appears in newspapers and is promoted like the best new cupcake on the shelf. And because it is brand name, and your doctor will earn money for prescribing it, get ready for the onslaught of doctors pushing you on it.

It is a monthly injection: CGRP inhibitor. Here is what I already wrote to several migraineurs who emailed me about what it is:

It is a CGRP blocker: it blocks a peptide that is a vasodilator (reduces blood pressure) and it functions in the transmission of nociception, where CGRP is a receptor for voltage dependent calcium channels. Now think back to what Topamax, Gabapentin, & Pregabalin (typical drugs that migraineurs passionately hate) do…

What this drug does: it blocks the same channels but for a month in one shot.

It is a once-a-month shot, so if you got messed up from one shot, you are in agony for a month and cannot stop it… it is also brain degenerative the same way as Topamax is, because functionally it is it’s equivalent.

Migraineurs have a hyper sensitive (hyper sensory) brain that needs to use these channels more often to keep up with the much extra stimuli; thus the migraine-brain needs higher electrolyte mineral density to cope with the hyper sensory sensitivity. This drug blocks the coping mechanism and is a “dumbing down” action drug. It causes permanent changes because it blocks neuronal communication and increases blood pressure for a month without a chance to break it if it harmed you–and harm it will because it stops your nerves, both centrally and peripherally, from being able to operate their voltage dependent calcium channels! It is a systemic voltage dependent calcium channel blocker so all brain and body functions that drugs like Topamax mess up, will be messed up.

If you want to fully understand what migraine is, read my book “Fighting the Migraine Epidemic: A Complete Guide” and learn why I would give a $million to NOT get this drug into my body (and I am a migraineur).

So please don’t ask me about this new migraine drug (or any other drug) ever!

Migraine is 100% preventable without a single medicine in your life. It is a metabolic disease, just like type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, IBS, and many more, caused by your body’s inability to digest the foods you eat without harm. It is preventable by changing your lifestyle. Thousands have already gone through my protocol and are migraine free. If you want to see some proof, visit my wall of testimonials at www.stantonmigraineprotocol.com/testimonials/and read them for yourself.

Please share this to migraine sufferers so they know that there is a free (both money-free and drug-free) alternative that works for life without any side effects.

Comments

Melissa Styffe Schweitzer I was just thinking this morning after hearing that it is being released soon that 6 months ago I was in bed on disability and hoping that they would release the drug soon so I could go back to my life! Since all the articles I had read made it sound like a miracle drug.
If someone had told me that when the drug came out I would be pain-free, off all medications and not even a tiny bit interested in taking it just by changing my diet I would have never believed them!!! Thank you Angela Stanton for giving me my life back 

Angela Stanton Wow what an awesome testimonial for the working of the protocol and for your commitment and trust Melissa! ❤ Thank you for trusting me. ❤❤

Kristin Elizabeth IngramYesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!! So happy to see this Melissa!!!! ❤❤❤

Laura Riley I was actually supposed to go on a clinical trial for this drug starting last week, I got dropped from the trial as I haven’t had enough migraines, this is all thanks to the Stanton migraine protocol!! Looks like it’s saved me from more unwanted drugs in my system 👍

Angela Stanton Congrats for being dropped Laura!! Now this is a special case. Lol. ❤

Michelle Speer Thank you so much for the explanation! Wish I understood it all better. People are coming out of the woodwork telling me about this and it’s frustrating because I’ve already told them that what I’m doing is working.

Michelle Speer Sorry this might be a dumb question, you say it is a vasodilator (reduces blood pressure), then later that it increases blood pressure for a month, just a typo?

Angela Stanton Michelle there is never a dumb question. The CGRP receptor is a vasodilator but this drug “inhibits” (blocks) that action, thereby it causes a lack of vasodilation and that’s vasoconstriction, which increases blood pressure.

The reason for this is logical actually: migraineurs have very low blood pressure (when not in pain) and often benefit from caffeine, which is a vasoconstrictor. However, the reason why they benefit from increased blood pressure by vasoconstriction is because their blood volume is low.

Low blood volume means they are dehydrated. Some migraineurs drink no water at all so they are very dehydrated when they join my protocol. The first thing I do is ask every person to start hydrating and I give a formula to calculate how much water they need and they need to take salt with water. So by drinking enough and taking salt to increase electrolyte mineral density, this vasoconstriction is not needed at all.

Rodney Marks The even scarier part of this drug is the cost, $10000/year. So even if you wanted to try it, who can afford it. Stick with Angela.

Angela Stanton Wow Rodney. That is huge. I hope no one goes on this monster drug. It is a horrific one and can cause major problems. But, if someone is willing to take this risk, and pay this much, instead of simply changing their diets, then there is nothing I can do but catch them when they want to quit and are damaged either temporarily (if they are lucky) or permanently (if they are unlucky)

Comments, as usual, are welcomed and are monitored for appropriateness.

Angela

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Doctors are Starting to Understand the NEW Diet!

Another Doctor Came Around!

I will be posting all these unusual events that my migraineurs go through so you can see how hard it is to change one’s nutrition approach by turning against the USDA dietary guidelines and get the acceptance (let alone support and help) of your doctor.

This migraineur is in Canada, which makes it even harder, since they have a socialized medicine that I so far found–through other migraineurs in Canada–to be extremely rigid, allowing treatments only within a very narrow set of guidelines. So I was so shocked to read what happened–as was my migraineur to experience her visit to her doctor–so I decided to share with you (with her permission) what she wrote about her visit today. This is in the ketogenic group I manage that you can find here:

“I had the most amazing visit with my Dr!! He wanted to see me after I had my blood work done. I knew it was due to my big spike in my LDL. I was preparing myself for him wanting to put me on a statin.
I had a purse full of printout Angela Stanton  had written on cholesterol, the Lancet Study on Cholesterol, a bunch of them! I didn’t sleep well stressing about defending what I’m doing… and guess what! … he said he wasn’t worried about my numbers at all!! He said it’s well known that those in Keto will have an increase but it’s all good! He’ll retest in a year! I literally sat there dumbfounded. I laughed and said “oh I thought I was going to have to debate you on this”. He laughed and said no, not today. He must have read the info I gave him awhile back, he never mentioned it but he must have read it… I’m SO relieved!! This is progress❣”

Indeed! It is major progress! I am so glad to see doctors starting to ride the train so many people now started to ride toward health, dropping the current nonsense high carbohydrate and low-fat diet and tons of medicines, and jump head first into the low carbs and high fat diets, of which ketogenic diet is the most extreme form–but it is also the most beneficial for those with some health conditions. Migraine is one of those that benefit tremendously.

Major Warning: Ketosis & Medicines Don’t Get Along!

Please note, if you have migraines and want to start the ketogenic diet, you need to know that you cannot be on any migraine or heart medications while on the ketogenic diet. This is not written anywhere (except on Topamax, used for seizures) but there are so many problems with this that now it is clear: the ketogenic diet is a metabolic process that is not forgiving toward medicines that were intended to be used for the carbohydrate burning diets. It makes sense! Completely different pathways. So be warned!

Comments are welcome, as always, and are moderated for appropriateness.

Angela

 

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A Most Amazing Migraine Treatment

From One of the Many Amazing Migraine Sufferers

“Two and a half years ago I began treatment at the Michigan Head Pain and Neurological Institute, in Ann Arbor. I went on and off nearly 30+ prophylactics and abortive medications, gained 50lbs, had two inpatient hospital stays, both 14 days in length, met with the neurologists in A2 every 4 weeks, had numerous nerve blocks (steroids) both with and without sedation, 2 lumbar punctures, tried two rounds of botox, and i was still living with daily migraine pain, on average, of a 3 on a 5 scale. I started suffering from cardiac issues such as SVT’s that needed medication and venous insufficiency. The medications were taking a serious toll on my body.

I’ve suffered near daily migraines for over 10 years, and I’ve battled chronic (15 ish days/month) migraine pain since I was around 12 years old.

Before the institute, I had tried approximately 20+ different meds, chiropractic care, acupuncture, and elimination diets, which like the above, had no positive impact on my health.

Yesterday, I had my checkup at the Institute, and I was told I don’t need to go back for 1 year! I graduated from the neurology department after over 20 years of crappy and unreliable service.

I am pain free these days and it’s amazing. Some may find my new lifestyle too hard, and too much work, but I find it freeing. I’m now managing food and electrolytes instead of pills and injections.

I’ve posted before, and I’ll post again, my extreme gratitude for Angela Stanton and her perseverance and dedication to me, and all members of our migraine family. And to Kristin Elizabeth Ingram and Terri Haas Corley who, and I don’t know how, seem to be on call each and everyday, to support our group, every step of the way, on our journey to improved health.

As always, send me your questions, and I’ll provide whatever support you need. Anyone suffering with chronic pain understands my immense elation over this! I never ever thought it was possible to wake up and feel good. Everyday, I just wake up and go. I don’t worry about canceling plans or having to “deal” with children like I used to.

Wooooooohoooooo!”

The book of help

Fighting the Migraine Epidemic: Complete Guide

Fighting the Migraine Epidemic: Complete Guide

And the groups of help

Protocol  and Ketogenic 

Your comments are welcome, as always, and are moderated for appropriateness.

Angela

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USDA Dietary Guidelines; Will They Change?

USDA Request for Public Comments

The USDA has decided to open its ears by requesting public opinion in the form of comments about very specific areas it will consider for its next dietary guideline, which is due out in 2020. The comment period end on March 30th at midnight Eastern Time. The original invitation and the specifics of what needs to be included can be found here.

Complex Questions!

The questions to be commented on are very specific and detailed:

Infants and toddlers from birth to 24 months (healthy, full-term infants)

Topic Question(s)
Recommended duration of exclusive human milk or infant formula feeding What is the relationship between the duration of exclusive human milk or infant formula consumption and 1) growth, size, and body composition; 2) food allergies and other atopic allergic diseases; and 3) long-term health outcomes?
Frequency and volume of human milk and/or infant formula feeding What is the relationship between the frequency and volume of human milk and/or infant formula consumption and 1) micronutrient status; and 2) growth, size, and body composition?
Dietary supplements (e.g., iron, vitamin D, vitamin B12) What is the relationship between specific micronutrient supplements for infants fed human milk and/or infant formula and 1) micronutrient status; and 2) growth, size, and body composition?
Complementary foods and beverages*: Timing of introduction, types, and amounts

*Beverages (cow’s milk, water, 100% fruit juice, sugar-sweetened beverages, milk alternatives)

What is the relationship between complementary feeding and 1) micronutrient status; 2) growth, size, and body composition; 3) developmental milestones; 4) food allergies and other atopic allergic disease; and 5) bone health?

What is the relationship between complementary feeding, including foods and beverages, and achieving nutrient and food group recommendations of infants and toddlers?

Note: Evidence related to dietary patterns (including beverage patterns) consumed during the complementary feeding period will be considered as part of these questions.

Children and adolescents, ages 2-18 years old (with data reviewed by age group)

Topic Question(s)
Dietary patterns to promote health and normal growth and meet nutrient needs What is the relationship between specific dietary patterns (Dietary Guidelines-related, Mediterranean-style, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH), vegetarian/vegan, and low-carbohydrate diets) consumed during childhood and adolescence and 1) growth, size, and body composition; and 2) bone health?

Are changes to the USDA Food Patterns needed based on the relationships identified? If so, how well do USDA Food Pattern variations meet nutrient recommendations for children and adolescents?

Beverages (cow’s milk, water, 100% fruit juice, sugar-sweetened beverages, milk alternatives, caffeinated beverages) What is the relationship between beverage consumption during childhood and adolescence and achieving nutrient and food group recommendations?
Added sugars What is the relationship between added sugars consumption during childhood and adolescence and achieving nutrient and food group recommendations?

How much added sugars can be accommodated in a healthy diet during childhood and adolescence while still meeting food group and nutrient needs?

Adults, ages 19-64 years old (with data reviewed by age group)

Topic Question(s)
Dietary patterns to promote health, prevent disease, and meet nutrient needs What is the relationship between specific dietary patterns (Dietary Guidelines-related, Mediterranean-style, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH), vegetarian/vegan, and low-carbohydrate diets) consumed during adulthood and 1) body weight or obesity; 2) risk of cardiovascular disease; 3) risk of type 2 diabetes; and 4) risk of certain types of cancer?

Are changes to the USDA Food Patterns needed based on the relationships identified? If so, how well do USDA Food Pattern variations meet nutrient recommendations for adults?

Beverages (cow’s milk, water, 100% fruit juice, sugar-sweetened beverages, milk alternatives, caffeinated beverages) What is the relationship between beverage consumption during adulthood and achieving nutrient and food group recommendations?
Added sugars What is the relationship between added sugars consumption during adulthood and achieving nutrient and food group recommendations?

How much added sugars can be accommodated in a healthy diet during adulthood while still meeting food group and nutrient needs?

Saturated fats What is the relationship between saturated fats consumption (types and amounts) during adulthood and risk of cardiovascular disease?

Pregnancy and lactation

Topic Question(s)
How additional calorie needs should be met during pregnancy and lactation What is the relationship between specific dietary patterns (Dietary Guidelines-related, Mediterranean-style, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH), vegetarian/vegan, and low-carbohydrate diets) consumed among women who are pregnant and 1) risk of gestational diabetes; 2) risk of hypertensive disorders during pregnancy; 3) gestational age at birth; and 4) birth weight standardized for gestational age and sex?

What is the relationship between specific dietary patterns (Dietary Guidelines-related, Mediterranean-style, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH), vegetarian/vegan, and low-carbohydrate diets) consumed among women who are lactating and human milk composition and quantity?

Are changes to the USDA Food Patterns needed based on the relationships identified? If so, how well do USDA Food Pattern variations meet nutrient recommendations for women who are pregnant or lactating?

Dietary supplements (e.g., iron, folate, vitamin D) What is the relationship between micronutrient supplements consumed during pregnancy and lactation and 1) micronutrient status; 2) birth outcomes; and 3) human milk composition and quantity?
Diet during pregnancy and lactation and risk of food allergy in the infant What is the relationship between maternal diet during pregnancy and lactation and risk of infant allergies and other atopic allergic disease?
Seafood What is the relationship between seafood consumption during pregnancy and lactation and neurocognitive development of the infant?
Beverages (cow’s milk, water, 100% fruit juice, sugar-sweetened beverages, milk alternatives, caffeinated beverages) What is the relationship between beverage consumption during pregnancy and lactation and 1) achieving nutrient and food group recommendations; 2) birth outcomes; and 3) human milk composition and quantity?
Alcoholic beverages What is the relationship between maternal alcohol consumption during lactation and human milk composition and quantity?

Older adults, ages 65 years and older (with data reviewed by age group)

Topic Question(s)
Dietary patterns to promote health, prevent disease, and meet nutrient needs What is the relationship between specific dietary patterns (Dietary Guidelines-related, Mediterranean-style, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH), vegetarian/vegan, and low-carbohydrate diets) consumed across the lifespan and 1) body weight or obesity; 2) risk of cardiovascular disease; 3) risk of type 2 diabetes; 4) risk of certain types of cancer; and 5) risk of osteoporosis?

What modifications to dietary patterns are effective in preventing or reversing declines in muscle mass or bone density in older adults?

Are changes to the USDA Food Patterns needed based on the relationships identified? If so, how well do USDA Food Pattern variations meet nutrient recommendations for older adults, age 65-80 years and those age 81+ years?

Specific nutritional needs related to older adults What modifications to food and beverage choices promote meeting nutrient needs in older adults with impaired dentition, dry mouth, or other aspects of aging that interfere with food and beverage consumption?

My Comment

I submitted my comment, which you are welcome to read–the comment window contains only my cover page. The actual comment is an attachment. I hope you will agree with what I commented and will post a similar comment yourself. Only 10 days left to put in a comment! Let them hear your voice! We have no idea if our voices will be heard or not but if we do nothing, we can only lose! By commenting, we can only win. 

So go for it! Feel free to ask me. Commenting here is always welcomed but is monitored for appropriateness.

Angela

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Ignore government nutrition guidelines–UK Prime Minister told!

LCHF Diet for Brits for Type 1 & 2 Diabetes

“Government guidelines that advise putting starchy carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, potatoes and rice at base of a recommended diet have described as a ’35 year fad that has driven obesity related illness with disastrous consequences for public health’
By cutting sugar and starchy carbohydrates from his diet, Type 1 diabetic MEP for Wales Nathan Gill has reduced insulin requirements by 50% and now urges Prime Minister, Theresa May, also a type 1 diabetic to do the same.” (Read the full release: Ignore government guidelines to beat diabetes, obesity, heart disease and save NHS hundreds of millions, UK Prime Minister told)

he continues:

“Current government advice recommends that people put starchy carbohydrates at the base of their diet. These guidelines are absolutely wrong and have been a major contributor to the obesity crisis in the UK over the past three decades and the diabetes epidemic. I have now concluded that this advice and the promotion of “low fat” foods promoted in official government advice in 1983 has been a thirty five year diet fad that has replaced millennia of eating satiating and nutritious full fat whole foods with disastrous consequences for public health” he writes… In the letter he mentions that harms of sugar consumption on health begins after consuming more than 2 tea spoons of sugar a day”

It was also revealed that “several members of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition had financial ties to sugar manufacturers” (like in the USA).

“As a British citizen, a diabetic and as a politician I find this utterly unacceptable. Having personally improved my own health significantly by ignoring the official government dietary guidelines, which I have now clearly realised are not based on independent science, I urge you to do the same if you are not doing so already…advice to support the diet and lifestyle recommendations of the Pioppi Diet [Mediterranean Diet by Dr. Aseem Malhotra] and ignore current dietary government guidelines has been backed by a number of prominent doctors, dieticians, nurses and columnist and broadcaster Jon Gaunt who has reversed his type 2 diabetes.”

Nutrition Reform Elsewhere

Hanno Pijl, Professor of Diabetes at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, said:

“A steadily growing wealth of data supports the benefits of the Pioppi (Mediterranean) lifestyle for our health in general and for type 2 and for type 1 diabetes in particular. My experience as a clinician consistently confirms these data. While “Pioppi like” lifestyle measures can reverse type 2 diabetes in the majority of patients many people with type 1 benefit in terms of glucose control and medication use as well. Drugs are not the answer to lifestyle associated disease. Lifestyle is a choice up to a certain extent but is profoundly affected by the way we organise our community. Therefore our politicians bear a huge responsibility for the health of our future society.”

Arjun Panesar, CEO of Diabetes.co.uk said

“Over 30,000 people with type 1 diabetes have joined the Low Carb Program since its launch in 2015. This is very much in line with the Pioppi Diet. Over 10% of the British type 1 diabetes population are members of the program, demonstrating the requirement of appropriate education and support. Data from patients with type 1 diabetes demonstrates reduction in insulin dependency by up to 80%, improvements in hypo and hyper awareness, reduction in hospital admissions, and greater perceived glucose control.”

To read more, please read the article–linked to end of first quote.

Comments are welcome, as always, and are moderated for appropriateness.

Angela

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An Amazon Book Review that Made Me Cry

A Special 5* Review for Stanton Migraine Protocol’s book

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 this is a true life-changing event in my life as well, because she trusted me! And that is really hard to do! ❤

Please contact me via the contact form if you have any questions. Comments are welcome and are moderated for appropriateness.

Angela

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What’s Wrong in “The keto diet, explained” on Vox

What She Says

Julia Belluz, Senior health correspondent and evidence enthusiast, wrote an article on Vox with the title “The keto diet, explained” except that nothing she wrote really explains anything right about the keto diet.

While I am not planning to write a full explanation here about the ketogenic diet (I am working on a book about that), I will set a few points she suggests straight.

  • She says: ketosis is the same as the Atkins diet.
    • The ketogenic diet is not the same as the Atkins diet. It never was and never will be. That is why one is called the Atkins Diet and the other the Ketogenic Diet. The biggest difference is in the amount of protein consumed. Atkins: lot; Ketogenic: minimal.
  • She says the ketogenic diet is a Silicon Valley obsession
    • The ketogenic diet is not a Silicon Valley obsession. This is one advancement for the better that Silicon Valley is a late-comer to and has absolutely nothing to do with!
  • She says the ketogenic diet has been used for epilepsy for over a century
    • The ketogenic diet has been used for epilepsy for since 400 BC , not a century.
    • George F. Cahill, Jr. spent years evaluating the ketogenic diet, so if you want to really learn about it, read some of his work here and here
    • There is a graph in Cahill’s paper that shows that all babies are in ketosis at birth and remain so all through nursing, and then come in and out (metabolic flexibility) all through age 10, when they come and go in and out of ketosis dependent upon when and what they eat. Here is that graph, which is found in the second paper above titled “Fuel Metabolism in Starvation” that I copy-paste here for educational purposes:
Ketosis from birth to adult

Ketosis from birth to adult

So as you can see, ketosis is nothing new–it has been with us through all of human history. It may be new to Ms. Belluz, but it certainly is not new to humanity. In fact, a nursing mother’s milk at the start is extremely ketogenic, high fat low carbs and low protein. As the baby develops and the mother’s milk matures, it reaches 55.44% fat, 38.78% carbs, and 5.79% protein–these are percentages from calorie from the USDA nutritional table here. If that baby were to eat ~1000 Calories a day, she would consume ~62 gr fat, 14.5 gr protein and ~97 gr carbs. This person, on mom’s latest mature milk is on a LCHF (Low Carbs High Fat) diet!

    • She says that people in ketosis use supplements and butter in their coffee.
      • True ketosis doesn’t need ketone supplements or butter in coffee. Real ketosis is a metabolic change from the glucose-burning metabolism to a fat-burning one. Those who take supplements or eat coconut or MCT oils are capable to show ketone bodies in their urine or blood but by no means are they in ketosis. Putting butter into coffee is by no means necessary unless someone likes the taste. The goal is not to eat weird things but to get the body to burn its own fat. While at the start people need to eat more fat in order to start the fire so to speak, once they are in ketosis and solidly fat adapted, not eating fat at all will not take them out of ketosis–this is what intermittent fasting is all about. Nothing is eaten and body fat is used for energy.
    • She says people eat a slice or two of bread equivalent per day in carbs
      • In reality, people eat as little as zero to as much as 50 grams of carbs–it is very specific to the person. And 2 slices of bread can be more like 80+ carb grams… so no.. not keto at all
    • She says that people burn extra calories AND fat
      • Actually people never burn calories. They can only burn macornutrients, of which we have 3: carbs, fat, and protein. In keto the metabolic process is fat-burning but the body burns carbs as well as protein. The body doesn’t burn calories. We don’t eat calories. Calorie is a unit of measure and not food.
    • She says that the keto diets don’t help people lose extra weight on the long run
      • She obviously has not been part of any organization that would prescribe the ketogenic diet for weight loss, nor has she met those who have lost weight years ago and are still thin (and are still on the ketogenic diet because it is a great diet). She brings up one extremely faulty research paper as her proof that such is the case. Nope. That is not the case at all.
    • At the end she has a table of what a low-carb diet looks like versus baseline (SAD–Standard American Diet)
      Nutrition Comparison by Javier Zarracina/Vox

      Nutrition Comparison by Javier Zarracina/Vox

      • The biggest mistake with the table is that people on the ketogenic diet don’t snack and usually only eat once or at most twice a day. In addition, very few people on keto eat processed foods like Kielbasa

Conclusion

I have not found a single element of correct information in her article. If you wish to start the ketogenic diet for whatever reason, the one article to not consult for sure is the one on Vox. Seek medical support for any nutritional changes! If you take medicines, you may not be able to start the ketogenic diet!

Feel free to contact me for more information.

Comments are welcomed and moderated for appropriate content.

Angela

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The Science of Fasting that No One Knew About

200 years of data of >10k patients!

I was sent a message on Facebook by one of the migraineurs I work with about a film titled The Science of Fasting. She mentioned that it is available on Amazon Prime, which I have, so I started to watch it. I am on the ketogenic diet and fasting intermittently is part of my daily routine. I was curious what the science says behind fasting. Boy was I in for a surprise! Actually I was in for one of the biggest shocks of my life.

What is Fasting?

At the risk of you thinking that I am talking about a casual fasting, like for a blood test or surgical procedure, let me explain what fasting means here. Fasting is no food at all only water (and I would personally add salt to that) for an extended time. Many people fast without drinking water–and while that may help them lose water weight, on the long run they may lose more than just water; likely muscle. So fasting has to be understood and done properly in order to be effective at attaining a particular goal. So what kind of goals exist for fasting?

Certainly religious fasting is the most well-known and practiced. This type of fasting is not discussed here as this is a post for health and wellness–though undoubtedly, religions brought about fasting periods for the health of their followers. Fasting for a blood test or medical procedure is a short-term, once is a blue-moon sort of fasting, and its end goal is simply an empty stomach for the purpose of medical procedure, so this too is not discussed here. Fasting for weight loss is a byproduct of fasting for all health conditions so I will not focus on weight-loss though understand that you will lose weight.

Intermittent fasting has a variety of forms, such as not eating for 16 hours a day and eating for only 8 hours, or not eating anything for 2 days out of the week but not 2 consecutive days, and eating for the other 5 days, or eating only twice a day or once a day–and many other types.

Fasting 5 Days to 3 Weeks by Drinking Only Water 

Fasting was used to cure mental health diseases in ancient Greece, so fasting is not new to healthcare at all. What is new is that it seems so alien to us and we fear it. Yet fasting has major curative effects! And this is where the film The Science of Fasting comes in, which is also available free on YouTube here. I highly recommend you watch it. In short, here is the summary:

In a sanatorium for the mentally ill, one patient refused to eat and, for the first time in history (this was 200 years ago), one doctor allowed the patient to not eat. The patient didn’t eat for 5 days, after which his mental illness started to lift. After more time of not eating, he completely recovered, could talk, and was able to return to work and could lead a healthy life.

In continuing this tradition, this place has started to practice such fasting treatment to see what else it cured. The list is long–please watch the film. The short list: type 2 diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, asthma, arthritis–there are many more. I am listing only the most common human diseases we fight today with medicine.

Why Medicine? Why Not Fasting?

For 200 years, this facility has been curing people of all kinds of diseases by fasting under medical supervision. They have also kept data on tens of thousands of patients and published their findings–in Russian. Apparently this book is translated to Romanian and French but not English. Why not? This would provide all the “evidence” needed for those always asking for “evidence-based medicine.” The answer is pretty simple: if fasting cures most diseases, who makes money?

Interestingly, in Germany, fasting cure is practiced in their largest hospital even today!

In the US

Longo’s research team at USC has been working to understand the mechanism of fasting and its benefits. Here are some open access publication: here, here, and here; there are hundreds more just from his team alone. The research is spectacular! The mechanism of how fasting works–in his research with chemotherapy, and by others instead of chemotherapy and for reversing metabolic disorders–is explained by how our genes respond to starvation: our genes switch to express protective mechanisms whereas cancer calls become more vulnerable by expressing the opposite. In the case of asthma, researchers in Russia found that those cells that cause asthma in the bronchi of the lungs, vanish under fasting.

Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome

They reverse! Why? Because the body stops using glucose (it switches to ketosis, a fat-burning metabolic process) and when insulin is not used for glucose management,  it can recover its receptors’ health. It is so simple yet so complicated to pass the information to patients because of the healthcare model, which is a profit-making model for thousands of companies and millions of people. We could cure metabolic syndrome by simply fasting. However, as for everything affecting your health, medical supervision is recommended. And where do we find that medical supervision? We don’t–I suppose we can travel to Germany. It is expensive, but available–assume a very long waiting list!

What we find in the US, is constant badgering by nutritionists to eat more carbs, when it is clear that carbs cause insulin resistance. We are also told to reduce our fat intakes when fat is our body’s primary fuel and makes up nearly all of our brain. Makes sense? Sure! It created (and continues to create) an entire nation (slowly world) of sick people to feed to maintain diseases and use medicines to reduce symptoms. Great business model!

In conclusion:

Watch this film and share it with the world! Let everyone know that there is an alternative treatment that is kept hidden to keep profits coming in!

Comments are welcome but are moderated for appropriate content!

Angela

 

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What if Migraine is a Metabolic Disease?

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Today, on a science blog, my article was published about migraine as a metabolic disease. It is a new concept. Do you agree?

The logic is as follows: I work with thousands of migraineurs. I now require in-home 5-hour blood glucose testing for all migraineurs. Of those who so far have taken this 5-hour test, nearly all show insulin resistance to various degrees (hyperglycemia to reactive hypoglycemia).

Given that the cause of migraine is well understood–also written by me and you can find it here and here and here, the genetic cause of migraine lead to many of the genetic variances that hasten metabolic diseases as well. Thus, migraineurs are predisposed to metabolic disorders. And while this may sound uninteresting in and of itself, there is a caveat.

Why Migraineurs are Diagnosed Late

Migraineurs don’t meet the definition of metabolic disorders and hence are not tested for it. Most migraineurs are slim and have low blood pressure plus they rarely if ever have low HDL. They may sport higher triglycerides before they start my protocol, but soon after their triglycerides drop and yet they still remain migraineurs with a predisposition to metabolic disorders. Even, often their fasting glucose is normal but when testing glucose further, we can see they have a glucose metabolism problem.

Hence, my suggestion is that migraine is a metabolic disease. Please read the article and share to migraineurs, so they know that they need to reduce carbohydrates in their diet as well as take additional steps, as listed in my book.

Comments are welcome, as always.

Angela

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The connection of Trehalose & deadly pathogens

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Dr. Chandler Marrs’ latest blog “A Molecular Boondoggle: Commercial Trehalose and Pathogenic Virulence explains the connection. Indeed, it explains much more than just how we have created “superbugs” that resist antibiotics, survive even boiling or subzero temperatures. The method by which all these changes happen are show-stopping and yet, as you will read in Dr. Marrs’ paper, we encourage such pathogenic survival.

While reading her article, I went back in thought to bacteria and what it basically is. We need to remember that life on the planet started in bacterial form. Bacteria are the toughest creatures on the planet. The article doesn’t mention this but it is important to note that bacteria create spores of themselves (endospores) that can stay dormant for hundreds and thousands of years, can even travel in space, and land somewhere. There, if ideal circumstances arrive, the bacteria come alive. Indeed, bacteria are created to survive the toughest environment, even without our help. I thought this article was extremely thought provoking because it covers so many areas—and more areas of coverage are yet to come.

Dr. Marrs sums it up stating that “virulence is no more than a successful adaptation to a nutrient starved environment”, which is very correct—as you can now connect this to endospores as well. If the pathogens succumb to the environment they find themselves in—particularly in the human body, our goal—then the human wins; otherwise the pathogen wins. You may think that humans don’t provide a nutrient-poor environment to pathogens but think again! “[We] make virulence easy. With everything from the high calorie, low nutrient diets, to the very antibiotics used to treat these pathogens, we deplete nutrients…”

So, what’s the big connection of all this to Trehalose? Everything. “Trehalose is basically a preservative disguised as sweetener produced by the chemical company Cargill.” As a preservative, its job is to preserve—obviously. Here is what the manufacturer says:

“’Trehalose, a diglucose sugar found in nature, confers to certain plant and animal cells the ability to survive dehydration for decades and to restore activity soon after rehydration. This observation has led to the use of trehalose as excipient during freeze drying of a variety of products in the pharmaceutical industry and as an ingredient for dried, baked and processed food… It is especially well suited for sweetening nutritional drinks and other energy products used by consumers as part of their daily eating habits. As a multi-functional sugar with nearly half the sweetness of sucrose…’”

Now what’s great for the preservation of flowers for decor, but may not be so great for the preservation of food or of bacteria, or particularly not that great for our cells that are supposed to commit suicide (apoptosis). Our body is very well organized and cells that are not functioning optimally and don’t contribute energy (ATP) to the body properly are instructed to commit apoptosis. Cells that don’t obey these orders multiply and multiply—indeed, cancer may be connected to this. Perhaps Dr. Marrs’ next paper will elaborate on the potential connection here, as it is very important.

In the meantime, read and share her article that you find here, and start looking for the ingredient or additive Trehalose in the food you used to buy, because after this, you will not buy them anymore I am sure.

Your comments are welcome, as always.

Angela

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