Oh My! We are Medicating Children for Migraines with What???

I have just received a panic message from a mother in one of my migraine groups where we discuss migraine treatments for adults based on my book, which treats and prevents migraines perfectly without any medicines, any supplements, or any herbs. It just requires the migraineurs to know how their brain works and why migraines are caused. In other words, I know what causes migraines. It is clear, makes sense, not even new only no one put it into a book in a form such that it makes sense until my book hit the shelves.

Unfortunately not everyone understands how the brain works–in fact most clinical doctors haven’t the faintest idea. I did not know that until I faced my migraine specialist who offered me a serotonin medication as preventative stating “it works for some people.” So let me say something here that needs to be said before I get to pediatric migraines and their care!

Doctors, please read and memorize: serotonin is NOT for migraines. It is not a pain killer. It was originally made for depression but even for depression, it only works for 30% of the depressed and there is good reason for that. While clinical practitioners prescribe “off label” medications to patients, they are running experiments on us without our consent! Now drug manufacturers state “your doctor may prescribe this medication for you for other uses” as a legal disclaimer that they are  not responsible for what the clinician may prescribe it for; but hey! That means experimenting! I do not want to be experimented on!

Clinicians: you are not research scientists. If you were, like I am, you would know the lengthy process researchers have to go through to get the permission of experimenting with even a sugar pill on volunteers! All kinds of ethics committee must approve the experiment and the scientist needs to take 2 days of courses to pass all required laws! And you as a clinical practitioners are doing what? Prescribing off label drugs without any permission!

This should be illegal (may actually be illegal!) and needs a lawsuit on its own! I am mad as hell!

So now lets talk about minors. Minors–that is teenagers under the age of 18–all belong to the care of pediatricians and they require medicines as per their age and not their weight. We now have giant, over 20 lbs, newborn babies.. are we going to start feeding them barbecued beef because they weigh as much as a 2-year old? Absolutely not! We will treat them as newborns because their age and hormonal development says they are newborns! We do not give them adult medications at age 5 if they weigh 120 lbs… Honestly! Children are children no matter how tall or fat! Being a child means that the internal organs are not developed! The brain has not yet developed! And we are giving them brain medication to increase or reduce neurotransmitters? Really? What will those neurons do when the children grow up? Up and die because they have never developed and never will. Are we crazy?

Children also do not yet have fully developed hearts and lungs and they are just starting their hormonal development in puberty. So when you have a 15-year old daughter or son and the clinicians give them Propranololin in adult dose of 10mg or larger, they are playing with the heart, lungs, brain, liver, and kidneys of a 15-year old! Oh My Gosh! How far do we have to go to get these clinicians to understand to STOP! Enough is enough!

Teenagers and children have weird diets these days: sugar with caffeine! Yep. The average child by age 4 ate as much sugar as a fully matured adult throughout his or her lifetime 100 years ago. And the kid is only 4! No wonder the kid is having migraines! The kid needs to get off sugar and not get medicines!

And all this “heart health” fad of low salt diet! Great for people who eat a ton of junk food full of salt but they are not the ones who listen! The ones who go on low or no salt are the health conscious ones and then they end up with not enough salt and migraines as a result. I had parents who gave no salt to their 2-4 year old kids!

Hello!!! The brain is developing! The heart is developing! Without salt cells do not function!

Let’s get one thing straight here: everyone was born in a water-sac filled with amniotic fluid–we spent our first 9 month in that for a reason. Amniotic fluid is not sugar, has no caffeine or soft drinks with artificial sweeteners. It is salty water, minerals, and micro-nutrients our bodies needed so we swam in it until we were born. The cord was cut but our need for salt and water and these other nutrients remained for life. Our bodies are over 70% made up of water and these nutrients! Wake up everyone! Drink over 70% of your food intake as water with these nutrients (list in the book above)! Your migraines will be gone, many of your ailments will be gone, you will have amazing energy!

Get going now! You will live a very short life if you live on sugar and caffeine! If you want life as it was meant to be, eat and drink for you life!

Comments are welcomed,

Angela

About Be Healthy

Angela A Stanton, PhD, is a Neuroeconomist who evaluates changes in behavior, chronic pain, decision-making, as a result of hormonal variations in the brain. She lives in Southern California. Her current research is focused on migraine cause, prevention and treatment without the use of medicines. As a migraineur, 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 mutations of insulin and glucose transporters, and voltage gated sodium and calcium channel mutations. Such mutations cause major shifts in a migraine brain, unlike that of a non-migraine brain. A non-migraineur can handle electrolyte changes on autopilot. A migraineur must always be on manual guard for such changes to maintain electrolyte homeostasis. The book Fighting The Migraine Epidemic: How To Treat and Prevent Migraines Without Medicines - An Insider's View explains why we have migraines, how to prevent them and how to stay migraine (and medicine) free for life. As a result of the success of the first edition of her book and new research and findings, she is now finishing the 2nd edition. The 2nd edition is the “holy grail” of migraines, incorporating all there is to know at the moment and also some hypotheses. It includes an academic research section with suggestions for further research. The book is full of citations to authenticate the statements she makes to be followed up by those interested and to spark further research interest. While working on the 2nd edition of the book she also published academic articles: "Migraine Cause and Treatment" Mental Health in family Medicine, November 23, 2015, open access "Functional Prodrome in Migraines" Journal of Neurological Disorders, January 22, 2016, open access "Are Statistics Misleading Sodium Reduction Benefits?", Journal of Medical Diagnostic Method, February 3, 2016, open access “A Comment on Severe Headache or Migraine History Is Inversely Correlated With Dietary Sodium Intake: NHANES 1999-2004” Angela A Stanton PhD, 19 July 2016 DOI: 10.1111/head.12861 not open access, subscription is required to read it. Dr. Stanton received her BSc at UCLA in Mathematics, MBA at UCR, MS in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, PhD in NeuroEconomics at Claremont Graduate University, and fMRI certification at Harvard University Medical School at the Martinos Center for Neuroimaging for experimenting with neurotransmitters on human volunteers. For relaxation Dr. Stanton paints and photographs. Follow her on Twitter at: @MigraineBook
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