Clueless Doctors; an introduction

Today’s doctors are so overwhelmed by many variety of illnesses that have similar symptoms that they are starting to forget how to be doctors. Unless they ask a relative or someone who knows the patient, misdiagnosis is highly likely. Today I had a big argument with a doctor who is handling one of my family members. He finally (after 2 weeks) called me back. So the first thing he says that the drug Depakote (generic is Valproic acid) is not an MAOI drug–more of what that drug is in a moment. But here is the NIH article stating that in fact “Valproic acid induces monoamine oxidase A via AKT/forkhead box O1 activation.”

For your information, MAOI drugs are of the worst kinds. They are used for psychosis and schizophrenia among other things but this medication type interacts with many other medications in a way that is deadly without exception and is also causing severe liver damage within 6 months of starting treatment. So MAOI drugs are to be highly avoided! Furthermore, in talking with his he said “we are giving this to her so that her dopamine receptors stop working”. I asked if he understood the meaning of what he just said. He was certain he did but he did not. Dopamine is a crucial neuropeptide driving our decision making ability, logical thoughts, and in general, someone with dementia will have reduced ability in the area of the brain where dopamine receptors are found. So in fact they were inducing dementia in her by blocking the dopamine receptors. When I told him this he said “are you telling me I am making your mother demented?” my answer: YES!

The second drug came as a total surprise to me.  They are prescribing her Ambient. Now we all know that Ambient has caused a lot of problems, sleep walking, sleep driving, killing of people as a result, etc. Recent research shows that women taking the same dose as men of Ambient are overdosed by 45%. So I asked what dose my mother (age 88) was receiving and she was receiving Ambient in a large dose (the doctor did not actually remember, he said eitehr 5 or 10 mg… so I asked him to half the dose whatever it is! At the same time the doc told me that Ambient does not fall into the category of drugs of Benzodiazepines, but in fact it does under what is called “Atypical benzodiazepine receptor ligands” meaning they act as benzos even though they are not benzos but to the body they are. The generic name is Zolpidem and it is the second drug from the bottom of the table.

There was one additional drug on the line that they gave as a patch for her to reduce dementia which she did not have. I had him remove that as well.

I don;t know if my mother will ever recover from the torture she had to endure in this hospital and in the hospital before it but one thing is clear to me: today’s doctors do not have enough specific information. There are great doctors out there, don;t misunderstand me. In fact I have several such awesome doctors but that does not stop me from taking with me an entire pile of scientific documents with me for our meeting. In fact last time one of my doctors stepped in with a bigger pile of scientific data and noted “Dr. Stanton, my pile  is bigger, I must be right”. 🙂 And I am sure he is since he is doing his upbringing of his skills based on new science.

Now the doctor I am talking about is a psychiatric specialist running with one additional psychiatrist a hospital specifically for elderly psychiatric patients. One would expect a bit more knowledge from them than what they represent given that they pretty much run the hospital. The questions I am asking here are very serious and are as follows:

  1. Why are doctors not informed better?
  2. If they are doctors, should they not be tested every year for new medications and research coming at them?
  3. Should doctors pass an annual competence test if they still know enough to be doctors?
  4. Should doctors be obligated to talk to family members about the history of the patient if such members exist and are happy to share the information?
  5. Should doctors have the right to prescribe any medication at all until patient and/or responsible parties have approved them given the explanations provided by doctors?
  6. Should it not be mandated that doctors provide such information?

As you can see I have a lot of questions. I am looking forward to your participation and answers and also questions on your end. I will be writing a book about this and am hoping to chance the medical industry to help patients rather than the pockets of clueless doctors.


About Angela A Stanton, Ph.D.

Angela A Stanton, PhD, is a Neuroeconomist focusing on chronic pain--migraine in particular--physiology, electrolyte homeostasis, nutrition, and genetics. She lives in Southern California. Her current research is focused on migraine cause, prevention, and treatment without the use of medicine. As a forever migraineur from childhood, her discovery was helped by experimenting on herself. She found the cause of migraine to be at the ionic level, associated with disruption of the electrolyte homeostasis, resulting from genetic variations of all voltage dependent channels, gates, and pumps (chanelopathy) that modulate electrolyte mineral density and voltage in the brain. In addition, insulin and glucose transporters, and several other variants, such as MTHFR variants of B vitamin methylation process and many others are different in the case of a migraineur from the general population. Migraineurs are glucose sensitive (carbohydrate intolerant) and should avoid eating carbs as much as possible. She is working on her hypothesis that migraine is a metabolic disease. As a result of the success of the first edition of her book and her helping over 5000 migraineurs successfully prevent their migraines world wide, all ages and both genders, and all types of migraines, she published the 2nd (extended) edition of her migraine book "Fighting The Migraine Epidemic: Complete Guide: How To Treat & Prevent Migraines Without Medications". The 2nd edition is the “holy grail” of migraine cause, development, and prevention, incorporating all there is to know. It includes a long section for medical and research professionals. The book is full of academic citations (over 800) to authenticate the statements she makes to make it easy to follow up by those interested and to spark further research interest. It is a "Complete Guide", published on September 29, 2017. Dr. Stanton received her BSc at UCLA in Mathematics, MBA at UCR, MS in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, PhD in Economics with dissertation in neuroscience (culminating in Neuroeconomics) at Claremont Graduate University, fMRI certification at Harvard University Medical School at the Martinos Center for Neuroimaging for experimenting with neurotransmitters on human volunteers, certification in LCHF/ketogenic diet from NN (Nutrition Network), certification in physiology (UPEN via Coursea), Nutrition (Harvard Shool of Public Health) and functional medicine studies. Dr. Stanton is an avid sports fan, currently power weight lifting and kickboxing. For relaxation (yeah.. about a half minute each day), she paints and photographs and loves to spend time with her family of husband of 45 years, 2 sons and their wives, and 2 granddaughters. Follow her on Twitter at: @MigraineBook, LinkedIn at and facebook at
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12 Responses to Clueless Doctors; an introduction

  1. y. prior says:

    well as you know I am glad to have found your blog! 🙂 also, Had a quick question – if you are new to WordPress (said you are still figuring it out) well how did you end up with almost 3,000 followers…. just curious. 🙂


    • I have 3000 followers on WordPress? I have no idea where to check how many people follow me. Perhaps it is the people who follow me on Twitter (over 1600), google+ (close to 4000), and on Facebook (over 2000). Not sure. I had a WordPress site before but dumped that one and got this instead. I did not blog much before and just starting it now since I have a purpose. I still have not figured out many things but starting to get the hang of it. But I have a strong presence of Facebook and twitter and maybe that helps. 🙂


      • y. prior says:

        well that makes sense! because I think it transfers over – and the followers you can access from your dashboard – I think you go to stats…. but I noticed because it says it on your side bar on your blog. 🙂 have a good day.

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  2. shellyBeenz says:

    Reblogged this on shellyBeenz and commented:
    yes this is very true and I am glad to see it being repeated.


  3. Reblogged this on SHERRI OF PALM SPRINGS and commented:
    first one I blogged just gave the I am redoing it this way..hope it works …definitely good and interesting reading

    Liked by 1 person

    • Oh no problem at all. Thank you so much! I have much yet to figure out on WordPress.. lol… I am not yet at the stage to even be able to put my new posts in the right place… I need time to focus. Thank you for your help!! Hugs! Angela


  4. I forgot to undo the draft Angela, will do right now sweetie, and congratulations on your project..wonderfull

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  5. Ericka says:

    I find the topic very interesting and have been damaged by inadequate medical staff on many occasions. I feel I cannot trust anyone in the medical profession for either myself or my family, at this point. If you have any questions feel free to contact me via Twitter or e-mail. Best wishes, ericka

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    • Thanks Ericka! Very sorry to hear!I probably will send you email to find out more details once I get that far in the book. Still trying to fix all the damage doctors caused to my mother so my time now is 100% spent with her.


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