Originally posted on May 17, 2014 by Angela A. Stanton, Ph.D.
Revised on March 2, 2019 by Angela A. Stanton, Ph.D.
I posted this note in my FB migraine group, so you are all aware of a few important things when you start your recovery from migraines. Some of these points assume you are familiar with the book I am talking about so if you are not, please consider reading “Fighting The Migraine Epidemic: A Complete Guide: How To Treat & Prevent Migraines Without Medicine” (available e-book and paperback)
Assuming you read the book, please make sure you follow these guidelines:
The Stanton Migraine Protocol® is not a one-stop pop-a-solution process. It is a protocol with many steps that takes time to help your body recover. It is not a one-time approach but a life-time process of your lifestyle.
Although many blogs and posts by others call what we do “salting”, it is based on an incorrect observation, trying to mock the Protocol. While the increased consumption of salt is essential, it is not “just” salt and not without reason. You need to understand what you do and why. Many people dislike the taste of salt and choose salt capsules (I do) or salt pickles or olives instead.
Do not expect to get cured from a single pickle. When you start your recovery process, it is your body that heals itself from the proper essential minerals and nothing is instantaneous. This is not a pill solution. Think of it like a broken bone. It takes the body 6 weeks to heal a broken bone. It takes the body time to heal the brain as well only the process is invisible.
The Protocol is for the rest of your life! Don’t worry, it becomes second nature within a very short time.
Water & Edema
Some of my migraineurs noted that they “gain weight” as a result of drinking water. Our bodies are over 60% water so if one gains weight overnight, such as a couple of pounds, that means you ended up with edema! If you have always only drank 4-5 glasses of water a day and now you drink 8-9, the weight you gained is expected. You are now at the weight you would have to be.
Foods that increase your water-edema: sugar, sugar substitutes, and all carbohydrates, complex, processed, high fiber, and low fiber. Why so is explained in the book.
A word about exercise: contrary to popular belief, exercise does not make you lose weight (read the book Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease or “Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It” or similar others). Exercise is important for other reasons.
- Exercise uses protein to build muscle tissues that are actually heavier than fat so working out will make you weigh more even if you now fit into a dress size half of what you used to fit into; weight is not a good measure of fitness or health.
- Exercise allows your body to burn off excess fuel. Our possible fuels are glucose and fatty acids. You can burn both given the proper metabolic process
- Exercise increases the number of mitochondria per cell: most cells in our body have “mitochondria” which is a kind of bacteria that long time ago has become symbiotic with our cells. It converts the food we eat into energy for the cells and for our body in general. Exercise promotes the creation of new mitochondria in your cells, thereby increasing the energy-burning ability of the cells.
I hope these help answer some of the questions. Please feel free to post comments or questions and join our Facebook discussions linked above.