Predatory vs Real Academic Publishing

Why Predatory Journals Will Take Over

Up until a year ago I have never heard of the term “predatory journal” and I would still be quite oblivious to them, had I not been told that 3 of my articles were published in them!

What is a Predatory Journal?

The official definition:

In academic publishing, predatory open access publishing is an exploitative open-access publishing business model that involves charging publication fees to authors without providing the editorial and publishing services associated with legitimate journals (open access or not) (source: wikipedia emphasis in original))

This definition is a bit outdated since all three articles I published in predatory journals were peer-reviewed and as one was an editorial invitation, no fee was charged. The market is changing!

Because they are in predatory journals, I decided to keep an official copy of all 3 of them uploaded here for future use, should the journals vanish. They can also be found here together with many of my other published articles (those are in real journals)–this is an article repository.

Are Statistics Misleading Sodium Reduction Benefits?

Functional Prodrome in Migraines

Migraine Cause and Treatment

Why are these Published in Predatory Journals?

The answer is simple: when a researcher introduces a paradigm shift, the articles cannot be published in legitimate journals.

For example, although JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) was interested in my Migraine Cause and Treatment paper, it wanted to see a clinical trial. A clinical trial for migraine experiment (that is well done) means placing (mostly) women in their prime of motherhood into a clinic-controlled environment for a considerable length of time. My paradigm shift process is not a matter of popping a pill! It requires several lifestyle changes.

What I would have to do in a clinical trial requires a change of lifestyle on many fronts for the migraineur because the cause of migraines–if you read my article on that–is not a single element but a combination of many:

  1. glucose intolerance,
  2. genetic mutations of the sodium-potassium pumps,
  3. genetic mutations of the ATPase transport, and
  4. possible mutation also at the renin aldosterone angiotensin pathway (RAAS) that
  5. requires manual manipulation of the electrolyte homeostasis maintenance.

This is impossible to learn how to do in one day and what this means for the migraineurs in terms of adjusting her daily life. Thus clinical trial–as our technology is today–is impossible.

What Can be Published?

Official academic journals may only publish those research articles that have been assigned a grant number–thus research without any funds from an official grant donor can never be published, even if research funds were not needed–such is my case. Research must also be approved by an ethical board even if there was nothing done to anyone. For example, in a clinical trial I would have to induce pain to prove it is possible so I can show what I do is not a placebo effect. This indeed would require an ethical board an any descent ethical board would turn such request down: one does not cause pain in patients today with knowledge! The way I work though is I need not induce a migraine! My subjects do that on their own when they derail from the protocol and admit that they have a migraine as a result! I do not need an ethical board to let my migraineurs cause harm to themselves! My work could never be approved by an ethical board because they have never seen a situation like this before.

And finally, my published research represents nearly 1000 subjects who self-reported how they felt. Cheating is easy to catch (as noted before) since complaints of migraines were always followed by evaluation of what may have caused the migraine, thus this observational study set is more valuable than a clinical trial–it is interactive.

It was also not in the interest of the subjects to cheat because who do they cheat? They were the ones ending up with a migraine as a result of cheating and that was undesirable for them.

The outcome of my research is repeatable (by now over 4000 migraineurs are migraine and medicine free). It can also be tested that it is not a placebo effect: migraines can be initiated on demand and stopped on demand. Furthermore migraines can completely be prevented. Not only have most of the migraineurs already stopped their medicines, some had surgical neuronal stimulators implanted and they all have had those already surgically removed–they remain migraine free. The proof of the process working is in the number of migraineurs who came off their medicines and remained migraine free for years now.

Can I publish this in official academic journals? Nope.

Are Publishers Concerned of the Loss of Business?

You bet! Don’t be fooled for a second: official open access publishing costs several thousands of dollars as well! In fact, they are more expensive than predatory journals (some asking for US$5,000 for an open access article). It is a rather lame excuse that predatory journals charge fees: yep, so do the big guys!

However, their business model means they are losing business. They try to smear the blame on the researchers for publishing in predatory journals because of the reputation of the journal. Really? Last I looked some of the top real academic journals had awful reputations of publishing bad science.

The official academic journals have absolutely no trouble publishing articles that analyze data collected for reasons completely independent of their research (epidemiological databases) that cannot possibly show causation–yet they publish totally erroneous causal articles BUT they had a grant number! If you have a genuine article that did not need any grants, you cannot publish! Grant number is king!

Kind of stupid if you ask me! Whether the article actually makes any sense or not–that does not matter! Only the grant number does.

Who Will Win?

It was, at first, painful to have learned that my articles were in predatory journals. But is it really a bad thing?

A predatory journal may come and go, in which case one can publish the paper elsewhere, since officially it is not published–so nothing is lost.

What if these predatory journals overtake the official academic journals?

They can. The number of academicians publishing in each predatory journal is large and growing! Much more papers are published in predatory than  in official academic journals! Academicians are perhaps still scared to cite an article in a predatory journal–many official academic journals prohibit it as well–but nothing can stop someone from citing articles from one predatory to another. A predatory may also morph into a real academic journal at one point! There is no reason for them not to do so.

Should You Care?

It depends on your goal. If you want to win the Nobel Price, perhaps you should not publish in a predatory journal but get ready to fight against a whole dogmatic school of editors and reviewers! And you may not get that Nobel Prize after all!

If you do research to help people, should you care? Nah! What does it matter if anything is published at all? If I want to achieve any success, I can just continue with my very successful grassroots movement, where over 4000 migraineurs (men, women and children) are already migraine and medicine free! It makes a lot more sense to me to help people become migraine and medicine free than to be published in an official academic journal.

My articles are attached! If you wish to read them, please do. They will remain here forever. Whatever happens to the predatory journals will be interesting since one of them undoubtedly will become the biggest academic journal in the world as the official academic journals will fade out of existence. I wrote about that earlier today.

Comments are welcome, as always,


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Why is Academic Publishing Dying?


I just published an article here on why academic publishing is dying. It is not that we academicians don’t want to publish; we do. However, walls taller than any we can climb, stand in our ways. Seldom some can break through with major tricks and others after major fights and debates–one article was demanded for retraction by 199 academicians/researchers (1 letter with 199 signatories!) from the British Medical Journal (it did not happen though!) because the truth was revealed about 60+ years of corruption and financial interests in the field of nutritional research. The fact that the article was not retracted is a huge win! However, more often than not, articles are not even considered for publication by the corruption of the academic publishing process.

Please read and share the article

Why Academic Research is Dead

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The Funniest Testimonial

Migraines Can Be Prevented Without Medicines

I often receive testimonials in my migraine group on Facebook but I normally don’t post them on this website. The purpose of a testimonial is not to poke fun of a medical institution but I found this testimonial doing that to some degree and written in a funny way that in addition to posting it my official migraine website, I want to share it here as well. My reasons?

The 100 Foot Cement Wall that Keeps Knowledge Out

The medical institution is blocking me from publishing my findings and discovery. While I am not surprised, after all migraine is a huge money-making industry and losing that money is not to their interest,  yet, if I look at the medical oath and there is a treatment, it needs to be offered. They refuse to even read it let alone offer it.

Migraineurs recover from migraines (so far over 4000 and still counting), can prevent all future migraines and if one slips through for not doing things right for whatever out of control reason, they can make it go away–all without using any medicines. This is totally against all possibilities to be released as information to the public because this treatment is not medicinal: it costs no money at all.

Therefore, by definition–it must not be allowed to see the light of day.

The Testimonial

With permission from the migraineur who posted this in the FB migraine group, I am copy-pasting with square quotes added as my additions to complete a word or statement:

“Sometimes I just want to thank Angela Stanton.

We are in the process of moving and down to the last day. I have literally thought about her at least 5x a day in the last two weeks as I use oven cleaner, scrub tile with a toothbrush and bleach, paint walls and windex Windows. Why you ask? Because I haven’t had a hint of a migraine!

I’ve been around enough toxic fumes and chemicals that would have laid me out before. Typically I stick to vinegar and dawn soap but the heavy artillery is sometimes necessary. I’ve even painted ceilings with my head tilted backward at an awkward angle.

Two of our contractors get migraines and I gave them milk and referred them to the [Stanton Migraine] Protocol. They say moving is the most emotionally debilitating event rating second after a death.

So…the full moon, my period, the stress, the paint fumes, the seriously increased level of activity and the emotions tied to all the crap I haven’t had time to sort through [because] of 5 years of chronic migraines has not brought me down! [Now] I’m simply tired….and that is normal!!!!

Eternally grateful to Dr. Angela Stanton❤️
–AF 10/1/2016

I truly enjoy receiving testimonials but this is special. It lists just about everything a migraineur cannot do and this migraineurs can do without any pain and is not on any medicines at all!

I am very proud of my migraineurs because when they recover it is a new life for them and they definitely know how to live their new pain-free life!

I am also eternally grateful to those doctors who dare to go against the dogma and have prescribed the Stanton Migraine Protocol to their patients! Indeed, those are doctors I probably had in my migraine group (there were and are many)! I am thankful for the few that share the wisdom and place their patients’ health before their own money!

Thank you doctors!

Comments are welcome, as usual!


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What Medicines Can Do: Type II Diabetes Anyone?

Adverse Reactions–Do You Recognize Them?

Ah yes, you needed a medicine to make you feel better. We all sometimes end up with medicines though statistically speaking medicines cause more harm than good. While the number of death from heroin, an illegal substance, was under 14,000 people in the US in 2014, in the same year the number of people who died as a result of adverse reaction from prescription medicines was close to 30,000. Medical errors, including the prescription of the wrong medicine or adverse effects from it, represent the third leading cause of death in the US, and many of those go unreported or end up believed to have been caused by natural causes. Some studies claim that the death rates from medical errors, including the wrong prescription medications used, claim over 180,000 lives are lost annually. Even this report is an underestimation because it only includes Medicare findings. If someone dies from the wrong prescription medicine who is not on Medicare, or the hospital does not receive Medicare benefits for care, the death of those is not included in this data. We have a problem.

I think part of the problem is in advertisements. I have a serious problem with the pharmaceutical industry that advertises prescription medicines on television for people who then grow an expectation of receiving the particular medicine from their doctors—regardless if that is a beneficial medicine for them or not! Including medicines for depression or chronic pain.

We outlawed alcohol advertisements on television yet only 2,200 people are reported by the CDC to die in alcohol poisoning annually, quite a bit shy from prescription drug caused death.

Why do we not outlaw prescription drug advertisements?

It would be a logical step to reduce drug awareness of the public and thereby their expectations from their doctors. One of the reasons why antibiotic resistance is so rampant is that people with viral infections, who don’t need antibiotics, consider they received substandard medical care if they don’t receive antibiotics. It is a reverse world where doctors are considered to be substandard if they don’t prescribe medicine.

While most medicine adverse effects are reported to the FDA MedWatch system, either by the patients themselves or responsible doctors, not all people report problems and not all adverse effects are reportable! Some adverse effects you may not realize was caused by a particular medicine you may have taken a month earlier!

The Case of Corticosteroids for Inflammation

Take the case of having to take a corticosteroid medicine (prednisone or prednisolone). It is a medicine that is so frequently prescribed that I don’t even know a single person who has not had to take it at least once in their lives. Of course, a caring physician or pharmacist will explain to take it with food, don’t drink alcohol while taking it, etc. However, here is an adverse effect you probably have never heard of and unless I tell you about it, you never would hear either.

Corticosteroids and Type II Diabetes

Not a typo: taking corticosteroid medicines, like prednisone, can cause type II diabetes. This is not an adverse reaction you will read anywhere and chances of it being reported are pretty much zero since no one will notice! I noticed it by accident! I do not have diabetes of any kind and I am on the ketogenic diet for good health (not weight loss) and migraine-free life. However, I caught a viral bronchitis. Because I also have asthma, I was immediately placed on prednisone.

On the ketogenic diet a person does not eat any sugar or sweets—in my case not even sugar substitutes—and also no fruits or vegetables much since the carbohydrate restriction is great plus I feel way better without any. It is a high fat and moderately low protein diet with minimal carbs if any. I monitor my ketosis level by both urine and blood test to be sure I am within my desired range of nutritional ketosis. I have a sweet spot comfort zone that I wish to stay within, which provides perfect glucose homeostasis. I thus measure my blood glucose—particularly after exercise—to see how much glycogen my liver dumped back into my body for glucose energy (from protein metabolism) so I can return to my homeostasis.

Enter Prednisone

Like glucose, Prednisone (and all steroid medicines) use insulin receptors to be carried around in the body. Since corticosteroid is a very important anti-inflammatory in the body, it has priority over glucose when it comes to insulin. Therefore, all available insulin receptors are tied down with steroid delivery while glucose backs up in waiting. When glucose backs up in your blood, two very important things happen:

1) your brain or muscles are not getting glucose for energy and so the liver keeps on dumping more and more glycogen (glycogen is what the liver saves as glucose for later use) back into your blood as glucose but insulin is not responding. So while you are full of glucose, you are basically starving as far as your brain is concerned!

2) As glucose is backed up, it builds up to considerably high glucose levels (my glucose reader showed 200!) mimicking insulin resistance. Keep this up for longer periods and you will end up with insulin resistance.

As you know, insulin resistance is the hallmark of type II diabetes. Taking steroids for a short course of no more than a 7-day dose pack will not likely to harm you on a regular diet. In my case it did, since I was promptly kicked out of ketosis with the scariest side effects. My blood test for ketosis (measures beta hydroxybutyrate) showed near zero level ketosis but my urine keto strips showed I was in major diabetic acidosis (that can be fatal)! There are no manuals to understand what happened and no adverse reaction report can be made. This is one of those adverse reactions that never show up anywhere and is also not ever told to you by any doctor—if you are lucky enough to find one who is even familiar with the term ketosis.

It sure gave me a great scare and major brain-work to figure it all out. I realized the importance lack of information in deaths caused by prescription medicines! I also recognized that steroids can cause type II diabetes. I know I am not the only one who had to take steroid for a cold for a short duration; I also know people who take steroids for months or years. Workout buffs trying to increase their muscles are in great danger of ending up with type II diabetes. Please tell them!

Comments are welcomed, as always!


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Tasmania: Cherry Pie to replace Bacon & Eggs?


Yep, you read that right as silly as it may sound, a city in Tasmania is considering replacing the name of a city from Esplanade Eggs & Bacon Bay to Esplanade Cherry Pie Bay.

The funny thing is that this comes on the hills of the most revealing article in JAMA Internal Medicine about the scam on how the sugar industry formulated the rules of what was to be researched, found, and published, in order to ensure high sales in sugar, even at the detriment of human health and what now has become a global obesity and metabolic syndrome epidemic.  They were (and still are) corrupting all research by not permitting true findings to be published and honest research to be funded.

I wrote an article about the details and in order for you to truly understand what this is all about, you really need to read it here.

Enjoy learning about yet one more corruption revealed and the nutrition industry’s “tobacco industry” like behavior. I can hardly wait when common sense will return and kick academic ego where it belongs–out of academia.

Enjoy the reading and comments are welcome, as always.


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A Clueless Doctor

The Yelp Review

I keep on posting reviews on Yelp and I find that my negative reviews get removed! So this time I am linking my negative review of this clueless doctor here and am copy-pasting my review. Should Yelp remove it again, I will post it again! Let’s play the game; shall we?

Here is a doctor after whom my blog is named.

“If there was a negative 100* that is what I would write about this doctor. I had a negative review that Yelp removed writing that it is written by a different consumer than who actually had the bad experience. But that is not true. My mother had no idea she had a bad experience with this doctor: I did. Thus all of what I am writing represent my personal opinion and experience and not that of another person.

Two people were affected by this doctor: my mother (now dead as a result of Dr. Heh) and me. So yes, I suppose the primary consumer, my mother, cannot write a review, after all, she is no longer alive, courtesy of the malpractice of Dr. Heh. However, she had no idea about all the damage this doctor was doing so all observations herein are mine.

1) Dr. Heh was the Psychiatrist visiting my mother upon her admittance to St. Jude hospital in 2014 and I was there. On that day, Dr. Heh actually went to the wrong bed and started to interview the wrong patient. When he finally came to my mother, he asked questions from her about her age, gender, home address, etc., all answered correctly. The one question my mom could not answer was what hospital she was in, which is totally expected since she was brought there with an ambulance laying down in dark hours so how would she have known where she was: no one told her. Dr. Heh never ever asked me if my mother had a chance to know where she was; he just “profiled her” based on her age when he misdiagnosed her. I questioned him about his diagnosis since I know my mother had no dementia of any kind. He called me names, he told me to get off whatever drug I was on. He was the most unprofessional doctor I have ever met.

2) Because of my mom did not know which hospital she was in, Dr. Heh decided that my mother (then 88) had Alzheimer’s, which was totally wrong. My mom had serotonin syndrome (I am a doctor so I know) but no one in that hospital gave me any credibility saying that I was not a doctor in “that” hospital therefore whatever I said was gibberish. His treating me–as described in point 1–was very unprofessional plus he was talking to a doctor. He should have known better!

3) After the misdiagnosis and a ton of medicinal mess ups, my mom died about 7 torturous weeks later in a stroke as a direct result of the medicines received based specifically on the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s by this doctor, which she did not have.

4) Upon filing my complaint with the CA Board of Medicine, in spite of the St. Jude records that I have and which shows the date, time and full description of Dr. Heh’s visit with my mom and also half the family in attendance as witness, he, under perjury of oath, claimed that he did not even see my mother. I sent the files back to the CA Board of Medicine, which again wanted to sweep the story under the carpet saying “the case is closed” but I insisted and it is now under investigation. This is a doctor who lies; a doctor who twice entered his visit with my doctor on records (both the same) and which may or may not have been wiped from St. Jude’s records since he is claiming he never saw her, then later he claimed he saw her only in the ER but none of that is true. He is a liar!

5) I sent my mother’s CNS to UCLA for autopsy specifically to see if my mother had any sign of Alzheimer’s in the brain: NONE! I was right all along!

6) I most certainly hope that Yelp will not pull this off again saying that it is not by the consumer this happened to: the actual consumer, my mother, is no longer alive as a result of this doctor so what an unreasonable request! However, much of the interaction of this doctor was with me and against me and so my complaint is double! One that he mistreated my mother and caused her death and two he lied under oath, he called me names and was acting the most unprofessional way.

I hope Yelp this is personal enough for you not to remove it! It is shared on every social media possible as will any changes you make.”

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Are You Faking Ketosis?

Fat Burning vs Carbs Burning

As the world turns, we learn more damaging information about how eating grains, highly sugary fruits, and starchy vegetables is bad for us. We learned that foods such as bread, pasta, rice, etc., are basically like eating straight glucose. The amazing damage this misleading information that led the “heart health” fantasy for over 60 years now is over. We now know that obesity, heart disease, metabolic diseases like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure are all caused by this extremely unhealthy “heart health” hypothesis. Much misleading information is still out there but the new generation of people see past that and there is hope for recovery. However, not everything is rosy.

A large number of people turn to LCHF (low carbs high fat) or ketogenic (even more low carbs and higher fat with moderate protein: no grains, no fruits and only leafy veggies as carbs) or the zero carbs (no fruits, grains or veggies at all just meat and cheese sort of foods), and there are new “fake it to make it” propositions also in abundance. And that is a new generation of bad stuff.

I feel I need to clarify a few things to those of you who want real health and not “fake it” health. After all, what is the point of, for example, getting ketones in your urine if you are really not in ketosis? Who is getting fooled and what is the goal?

To explain what ketones are for those of you who have no idea what I am writing about, here is a very short explanation.

There are two metabolic processes for the human body:

  1. carbs burning (burning glucose for all energy) and
  2. ketones burning (burning fat for all energy with exception of the iris and the cornea of the eyes, that need glucose, which can be derived from protein so there is no need for any carbs).

There is no third metabolic process for humans and there is also no “in between” process either, meaning your body cannot be burning both glucose AND ketones at the same time for energy with efficiency. Protein also becomes glucose and burns as such, hence its limitation in the ketogenic diet, which is a fat burning nutritional approach. While many people use these nutritional approaches for weight loss—hence “diet”—they are actually not for weight loss. That just happens to be a desired benefit.

Here I only want to talk about the basic concepts of carbs burning (regular American diet) versus fat burning (ketogenic diet) to bring home a very important point. The point is: ketones.

Those who eat high fat, moderate protein and very low carbs (understand minimum 80% of your calories coming from fat, about 15% from protein and 5% from carbs maximum), have their bodies switch to fat burning mode. When your body burns fat, it does not burn glucose.

Ketogenic Diet is An Evolutionary Survival tool for Times of Food Scarcity!

The reason why we can burn ketones is important: the ketogenic diet is a nutritional approach for times of starvation, which in human history still happens today. The goal of the body is survival in times of scarcity because we have a huge reserve of body fat and fat per gram gives more than twice the energy of carbs or protein. Thus fat burning is a life-saving procedure our body created for survival.

Can we create ketones in our body without starvation? Sure: eat coconut oil. Eating coconut oil after a slice of cake or just eating it for fun creates ketones similarly to how the body creates ketones in the process of burning body fat in times of scarce food resources. However, just because you ate coconut oil and created ketones, it does not mean your body is burning fat!

Let me repeat: eating coconut oil will produce ketones that show up as ketones in your urine but this does not mean you are in ketosis.

Real ketosis can be used for weight loss and also therapeutic treatment for reversing metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and obesity, and CNS disorders such as seizures, migraines, MS, and potentially other conditions in which neurons have damaged myelination (insulation) from the voltage the brain cells have to pass on. Thus ketogenic diet has health benefits–it is also now used to cure several types of cancer. Ketogenic diet is a serious nutritional tool to achieve a health goal or survive famine!

Ketogenic dieters can use three processes by which they can measure their level of ketogenic progress.

  1. Measure the level of ketones in the urine;
  2. Measure the level of beta hydroxybutyrate in the blood by special blood testing equipment, similar to glucose testing kits,
  3. Use a breath acetone level measuring device.

Of these three, using blood beta hydroxybutyrate is the only accurate measure.

How Urine Ketones Fool You

Ketones in urine are in great numbers until the body doesn’t know how to burn them efficiently. So if you use only urine ketone measuring sticks, your measurement is going to be very misleading. One can measure ketones from eating coconuts or coconut oil (a favorite for ketogenic dieters for some really odd reason!) because coconut can ONLY burn as ketones. One can also measure ketones from forgetting to eat for half a day and while in preparation for some fasting blood test or surgical procedure. Finding ketones in urine does not mean you are in ketosis; it simply means that your body felt some energy crises and started the process of trying to burn fat. The moment you eat after such fasting, carbs burning resumes. You are not in ketosis.

So if you just ate a huge slice of cake followed by a half a watermelon, a soft drink, and a latte with whipped cream (meaning about a half a pound of sugar), and then you take a few coconut oil pills, you will have ketones in your urine! Voila! Fake ketosis!!

If you are a vegetarian or vegan, there is no way on earth you can achieve ketosis while eating only vegetables because all vegetables are carbs (complex carbs but carbs and convert to glucose). However, you sure can fake ketones in your urine. Who are you cheating with that? Yourself, of course.

I have a Marathon runner in my migraine group who is a carbs burner but because of the extreme energy requirements of running a Marathon, midway through the Marathon a runner’s body runs out of carbohydrates and switches to starvation mode, turning on the ketones burning process. In her case I recommended to take with her coconut oil pills for the Marathon and as she felt bonked (out of energy) toward the middle of the run, take coconut oil pills. It helped her then because her body switched to ketones burning and with this help she was able to shave 26 minutes off her best time ever, did not get a migraine, and was not pooped like usual after the run. You can find her story in two parts: part one here and part two here.

This approach is not fake ketosis; this is how to take advantage of ketones when one is not otherwise in ketosis but the body experiences a stress response.

However, if you are a vegetarian or vegan, a major sweet tooth or live off of rice, pasta or any high carbs food, and after eating coconut oil you find ketones in your urine, I have one thing to say: go check your blood! End of faking! Get real! You either take your health seriously or not but if you want to lie to yourself, by all means!

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How Much Sugar Is In Your Blood?

Hard Time Quitting Sugar?

A little note of interest, especially to those of you having a hard time quitting sugar in any shape or form. I was looking for an article that would explain how much sugar our blood has on average. This is important, because when you eat an apple, you eat approximately 3-5 teaspoons of sugar equivalent but what does that mean to your body? I have been puzzled by that since migraineurs are so sensitive to sugar, and the apple has about 4 teaspoons of sugar equivalent in carbs. What is that relative to the sugar in the blood?

You may be surprised to learn that your blood throughout your entire body of around 5 liters has a grand total of 1 teaspoon of sugar! That is, on average, your entire body has ONE teaspoons of sugar at any given time max–if you are healthy. If it is any higher than that–as fasting–you are prediabetic or have full-blown type 2 diabetes. The difference between being diabetic or normal is very little: instead of 1 teaspoon, make that 1.25 teaspoons!

Yep, a quarter of an extra teaspoon of sugar in your blood means you have type 2 diabetes.

Now let’s put this in the context of a wholesome whole apple of 20-25 gr carbs (pretty average medium size apple) which is 4 teaspoons of sugar equivalent once you subtract the fiber. This 4 teaspoons of sugar is four times as much as what your blood should have in it so your body’s entire focus then is to take all that sugar out and instantly move it to your cells. My most used favorite quote from my medical manual:

“…serum Na+ falls by 1.4 mM for every 100-mg/dL increase in glucose, due to glucose-induced H2O efflux from cells” (Harrison’s manual of Medicine, 18th ed. page 4)

What does this mean? It means that the moment you ate that apple, the glucose kicks sodium (Na+) and (H2O efflux) out of your cells. Where does the sodium and water go you may ask? There are only two locations they can go to:

  1. edema collecting outside of your cells causing swelling, puffy eye lids, swollen ankles and toes, etc,. Usually salt is believed to be responsible for this but it is glucose as you can see.
  2. or the other avenue is to urinate it out.
  3. Because water was removed from your cells you will also feel thirsty but drinking now will just cause more edema or make you urinate more or both.

All of the above happens predictably as my carbs threshold tests in my migraine group shows. Now you face two problems: your blood is full of sugar, your cells are full of sugar and these busted your electrolyte homeostasis, causing insufficient voltage, cortical depression, cortical spreading depression, chronic pain and even aura if your disrupted voltage zone is in the visual cortex and edema plus you urinate clear water. Lovely side effects from eating a healthy apple.

When you eat an apple, you suddenly have several times as much glucose in your blood as normal. Your body needs to move the extra sugar out of your blood very fast so you remain healthy and not diabetic. Eating a single apple will not harm you as long as your insulin is sensitive enough and can take the glucose out of your blood in a timely manner!

Unfortunately, if you are a migraineur, you have a compromised insulin system (1-8). You better watch that apple alone, let alone considering eating or drinking anything else with high sugar content! In the migraine group or under the care of the Stanton Migraine Protocol® you have a solution–come visit to find out what that is.

Did you drink a soft drink or a glass of apple juice?

A soft drink and a glass of apple juice (believe it or not) have about the same amount of sugar because it takes 4-5 apples to make a glass of apple juice. So now you are hit with an amazing amount of sugar your body has to clear. This large amount of sugar is not specific to soft drinks or apple juice: it is also represented by just eating fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and seeds. For example, a yellow peach, medium size, is about 3 teaspoons of sugar equivalent; a cup of spaghetti is about 10 teaspoons of sugar equivalent, a small baked Russet potato with skin is about 5 teaspoons of sugar, and one slice of wheat bread is 3 teaspoons of sugar equivalent.

I mention to vegetarians and vegans that their diet is all carbs and they often get very angry at that and feel insulted. They feel they eat the healthiest diet on the planet. I think this needs a bit of explanation! Perhaps the word “carbs” is misleading since they seem to think that carbs = refined sugar but don’t be fooled: every single soil grown plant-based food is made of carbs. Carbs are: glucose, fructose, galactose, lactose, starch, and for total carbs fibers (both soluble and insoluble) are included.

This means that everything that is not fat, animal meat, or fish is carbs.

“Recent surveys suggest that nearly 6 percent of all American men in their fifties suffer from gout, and over ten percent in their seventies. The proportion of women afflicted is considerably less at younger ages but still rises over 3 percent by age 60” (Kramer hm, curhan g, the association between gout and nephrolithiasis: the national health and
nutrition examination survey III. 1988-1994. Am J Kidney Dis 2002;40:37-42)

“One mid-century estimate, for instance, put the incidence of gout in India among “largely vegetarians and teetotalers” at 7%.” (Duncan’s diseases of metabolism, p. 632 (source) (Gout is caused by sugar and not protein is the point here… that part was cut off because that is the entire book chapter from Gary Taubes )

This then explains that:

  1. Your blood does not need that much sugar (made from carbs)
  2. Eating your entire diet in carbs is harmful for you (being vegan is harmful for you)
  3. Don’t drink fruit juices, vegetable juices, nut juices, seed juices, smoothies, shakes, or gels–not even coconut water. If you must eat a fruit, eat it whole with skin and fiber attached.
  4. Your body needs very little sugar—you need not eat any extra! You get too much in your everyday food: I just described here a very partial day for some people who are not even vegetarians or vegans.

Now envision your blood and its gooey sugar content if you eat carbs all day. If you want to fully understand this from an MD’s perspective, read this.


  1. Salmasi M, Amini L, Javanmard SH, & Saadatnia M (2014) Metabolic syndrome in migraine headache: A case-control study. Journal of Research in Medical Sciences : The Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences 19(1):13-17.
  2. Mohammad SS, Coman D, & Calvert S (2014) Glucose transporter 1 deficiency syndrome and hemiplegic migraines as a dominant presenting clinical feature. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 50(12):1025-1026.
  3. Bhoi SK, Kalita J, & Misra UK (2012) Metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance in migraine. The Journal of Headache and Pain 13(4):321-326.
  4. Casucci G, Villani V, Cologno D, & D’Onofrio F (2012) Migraine and metabolism. Neurological Sciences 33(1):81-85.
  5. Sachdev A & Marmura MJ (2012) Metabolic Syndrome and Migraine. Frontiers in Neurology 3:161.
  6. Sinclair AJ & Matharu M (2012) Migraine, cerebrovascular disease and the metabolic syndrome. Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology 15(Suppl 1):S72-S77.
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Comments are welcome as always!


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Master’s 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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Death Rate and Salt Relation

A graph for discussion

Hypertensive vs Healthy death from salt

Hypertensive vs Healthy death from salt

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