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 https://www.linkedin.com/in/angelaastantonphd/ and facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DrAngelaAStanton/
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I went through a similar situation back in 1999 when I began seeing a psychiatrist. Same scale of 1-10 but I also watched a short video about depression and being bi-polar. First Celexa, then Wellbutrin, Zyprexa and she might have given me Paxil also. The doctor sometimes just reached into her desk drawer and would pull out various pills. I recall sometimes while waiting in the doctors office guys with briefcases containing medications would come to see the doctor. Later I realized these men were from the companies that make these medications (Big Pharma) and they would give the doctor samples to give out to the patients. Sort of like a backwards really sick Halloween. I also learned that if the psychiatrists give the medications they get free trips and dinners. I had several suicide attempts but was rescued by friends. The times I went to the hospital I was treated for physical symptoms. City hospitals which treat the poor, indigent and minorities are so overwhelmed and overworked they can’t really help patients who come there anyway so they just try to get you stabilized then kick you out unless you attempted to kill or actually killed someone. I have some nightmare tales I could share but I won’t. As for the VA hospitals I knew to never ever go to a VA hospital even though I’m a Veteran. They have a habit of letting their patients die. Most Veterans know this. Actually 2007 when I lost my health insurance put me on the path to healing and wellness because I no longer had access to these anti-depressants which make one depressed and suicidal. I have written about my journey as a prescription drug addict. There is deliverance from the rabbit hole.
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What you are saying is unfortunately all true, with one exception: the doctors do not just get wined and dined.. nah.. that is for the birds… they get 6% commission on every prescription drug they prescribe to you. On some drugs they get much more than that. This actually made it on 60-Minutes a few months back–I believe I have a post on this blog somewhere on that! In that case the drug company sold the chemo (chemo!!) drug to the doctor for $5k and told the doctor to sell to the customer for $11k and bill the insurance for 11k!!! There now! I think you have a better picture of what you went through! I am glad you ran out of insurance for this reason. I don’t like that you ran out because no veteran should even be untreated if they need be but this does not mean to dump medications on them like candy!
I have been reading some of your blog posts! You write amazingly. Unfortunately I had to go on prednisone today and that usually makes me climb the walls but it is only for 5 days.. I can do that on one leg. But until then my reading your amazing stories is a waste of energy since I am just too hyper to even comprehend their depth. Have you considered going to a publisher and publish your short stories and poems???
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Please get well soon. Your posts are so enlightening. Yes I have considered publishing my work but I don’t know how or who to submit my stories. I agree that losing my insurance in 2007 was the way for me to get well. However God was with me and I got another job Jan. 2008. I served in the US Army from November 1977 to November 1981. However as you know Veterans in America are not well treated. VA hospitals have a very poor reputation. That’s why the scandal earlier this year.
By the way. Found some Vitamin A in the house and tried it last night. Worked!! I needed that Vitamin A because I recently had a death in my family. One of my cousins died alone in his house. He had cancer. Since he never married nor had children and his last surviving brother lives in Philadelphia, me living nearby had to contact Police Precinct, Medical Examiner and morgue to locate his body. I also had to find a nearby funeral home. My cousin’s brother is coming from Philadelphia either Tuesday or Wednesday. As for me I gotta go to work. Christmas is our blackout time and my job does not allow time off for any reason.
I’m off today so I will relax and maybe go to the gym or at least take a walk. I am looking forward to 2015. Fresh New Start!! ❤ 🙂
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I just saw a program on TV a few weeks ago on the shameful Veterans treatments in VA hospitals and elsewhere! Once the stuff makes it on 60-Minutes, things tend to get better! So there is some hope–albeit may take many years.
Glad the vitamin A works! It was a totally accidental find but it seems to work for many people only be careful of the dose! It builds up in the liver and unless it is used up properly, it can cause trouble. Max 10,000 IU a day. If the pill has more, the liver holds onto it so you need to take it less often!
As for publishing.. that is a hard question. One needs to get an agent to publish with big publishers. That is hard to do if you have little time to send hundreds of email and make hundreds of phone calls–plus there is some level of “ignorance” out the to put it mildly. So I self published but that required for me to pay for it, which for my book on migraines made sense. Most people with migraines have lost their jobs because of their track records of being sick. So they cannot afford to pay much. Thus by me paying for the publish, they only pay for the actual cost of the paper if paperback or very tiny for e-book which I assume represents the publisher’s cost for the formatting. I make almost no money at all, which is fine for me.
In your case though that is not applicable. The only free option you have is amazon self publish for e-book (kindle) that is supposedly a free app for any device–even PC–to download and then any kindle book can be read. Amazon has some great intensives to work with them only I find that amazon only represents about 50% or less of where I sell… so it limits exposure. Still, better than nothing, it is free, you make a little money, and if a publisher likes the book, they may take over. 🙂 Then you are into a contract. So worth trying!!
Many hugs to you! And thanks for your concern. I am doing much better today–I see the carrot dangling for health before Christmas!! 🙂 ❤ and Merry Christmas to you!
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