The Magic of Salt!

Salt and Migraines; The Most Unlikely Happy Couple!

I have written a book on migraine cause and prevention that you can find in paperback and digital versions all over the world; the links in the previous sentence link you to amazon but they are available everywhere. Shop around for the best prices, like Barnes&Noble, AuthorHouse (the publisher), BookDaily, BAM, IndieBound, Indigo, BookDepository, OneClass (text-book there), GoodReads, plus hundreds of places internationally. You can even rent the book online; example and renting too in hundreds of places.

Why am I writing this little note now? I have published a few posts on a professional blog where I was invited to write. You can find all my article postings there by clicking this link but I wanted to copy-paste one comment I received that went to the webmaster and I just received today. This is about the first post I wrote on migraines several weeks ago, which is the bottom post. It is a 3-part series on migraines and this response is from an MD on my first post. Here is his comment copy-pasted:

Subject Migraine Article –Dehydration and Salt Triggers Migraines
Message Dr. Stanton, I enjoyed your article immensely. For over 20 years, I have been educating my patients on the importance of maintaining hydration via using adequate amounts of salt and water. Most of my patients are salt-deficient. I have written a book about salt titled, “Salt Your Way to Health”. I also have other books including one about hormones. I would love to hear from you. Thank you, David Brownstein, M.D.

In addition to this doctors, I received many other similar notes (without other people writing a book about the subject as well) and many medical offices now keep my book for their clients to read. I am not doing much of a marketing on this book since the price is so low I am not earning enough on it to cover expenses and so the spreading of the book and the wealth of knowledge in it is a grassroots movement to let people know they can get rid of their migraines without having to take a single pain pill.

Big Pharma will not be very happy about an outright campaign against the drugs so I am not doing that. But I wish you would try a drug free method that only encompasses ionic balancing (minerals you eat in your food that become ions in your brain) with your food. The solution is free, simple, you eat the stuff every day in every meal only not enough. But too much can hurt you so the proper balance is important.

You can find the proper balance and the reason for the balance in my book. The most recent scientific explanations that are finally starting to show what a migraine is and why it happens (in the scanner) also in my 3 posts.

If you are a migraineur or know someone who is, you still have the time to get a digital copy for them for Christmas or perhaps even a paperback if you go to a store–they all carry it.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas or Happy Holiday season if you are not celebrating Christmas but want to celebrate along with the others! Hugs to you all!

I am always available for questions and comments!


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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3 Responses to The Magic of Salt!

  1. Yes salt is needed because I used to pass out and get dizzy in the summer because I had not consumed enough salt. I had a minor stroke in November 2008 so I must be on a low-salt diet. My mini-stroke caused me to lose some of my vision in my left eye. Actually I was blind in my left eye for a year until I had retina surgery. Now I can see better but not the way I used to. Had to stop driving. My vision is now 20/100. Most of my family on my Father’s side including my Dad die of either strokes or cancer. Pretty much everybody on my Dad’s side including me and my brother are thin but we all have high blood pressure. Must be in our DNA. I’ve learned to work with my poor eyesight but I do not want to be a guest at Mt. Sinai Roosevelt Hospital again even though they were friendly and give excellent care. Wonderful professional staff and great doctors but I’d rather be healthy and home. ❤


  2. I will share this with my social networks. When I was younger I used to have menstrual migraines but once I stopped having my period the headaches also stopped. Now if I have a headache it means my blood pressure has gone up too much. I stay away from high salt foods like potato chips and other salty snacks because for me that will bring on a headache quickly. Sometimes if I skip meals that too will bring a headache so I eat as soon as possible. I drink lots of Alkaline Water and my blood pressure has been normal for several months. Once again Thanks for Sharing!! ❤

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    • Thanks Dancingpalmtrees. Glad you stabilized your blood-pressure. The migraine book will actually tell you to eat more salt but in a “proper way” which few people know how to do. Your instinct pulled you in the right direction. 🙂 Unfortunately–as you well know–drugs are like candy and pharmaceuticals make sure that one gets a pill even for a broken nail.. so most migraineurs (all I should say who are under medical care except for those who read my book and joined my migraine group on FB) get triptans or similar (some worse) that then further tinker with blood pressure and hydration–some downright block hydration! These are killer drugs! I wish all migraineurs would get off their drugs (slow.. cannot just be dropped) and switched to the salt process the proper way. It is hard to convince people because salt and blood pressure has been so ingrained in our minds to be connected but actually they are connected inversely as we now find out: salt restricted diets actually cause high levels of triglycerides, a main cause of hypertension and heart problems). Whoever came up with the low salt diet forgot that the heart muscles also use salt and that the body cannot produce salt on its own. It must be eaten! 🙂 The book is essential in showing how to eat it though.

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