Migraineurs Are Forced to Quit Drugs in Secret!

Yep, I am serious: migraineurs are forced to quit drugs in secret because of prescription-paid doctors!

I run a large Facebook group with migraineurs. My group has a goal: become migraine free without adding any new drugs and if possible, reduce those a migraineur takes. We use the Stanton Migraine ProtocolTM which is a non-medicinal but scientific understanding of what migraine is, why it causes pain, and how to prevent or abort it without any medicines, without any herbs and without any supplements. Just by understanding what is causing it, prevention and treatment is completely possible. The explanation–though not the protocol–is available in paperback or e-book from many sellers (I used the links to Amazon).

In the Facebook group, once members start the protocol they see results very quick–some are able to abort their migraines immediately but those on many medications often cannot for some time. Many medications prescribed to migraineurs interfere with hydration of the cells. A very large number of these medicines block the functions of the voltage gated sodium pumps that would allow the cells to open their doors for nutrition while others block the high voltage gated calcium channels, which would permit the neurotransmitters to be released by the neurons. Both sodium and calcium blockers are systemic, meaning they block the functions of cells all through the CNS and sometimes even the heart and other vital organs.

In spite of that, many migraineurs are able to overcome their pain by at first increasing some parts of the protocol to override the block of the medicines. Once they are pain free, they would like to stop their medications! There is a long list of medications I am collecting that will be written up under the title “Medicines of Shame” in later blog posts. But the worst part of it is that often times these medicines are extremely addictive–or let me be politically correct: “discontinuation syndrome” is the proper name now and not addiction.

This means that reduction can take a very long time–sometimes over a year–of a single medication! Reducing a medication this slow requires the doctors’ cooperation since they have to refill the prescriptions at decreasing doses as the patient feels at comfort with the reduction speed and NOT at the speed the doctors usually prescribe. I now understand why that is. Since many doctors have a vested interest in their patients continuing to take these medications, the last thing on their mind is to let them reduce it comfortably! No way! Let’s make them so miserable in the reduction that they will come right back on and take it again!

So now patients check first for the name of their doctors in the open database that lists (supposedly) doctors who take payments (interestingly some doctors’ names do not appear even as doctors; no idea why). Those who take no payments simply show as $0 accepted.

However there are many doctors who take tens of thousands of dollars each year for prescribing medicines. For them to have a patient quit medicines is money lost!

Conflict of financial and medical oath interest!

Hence if migraineurs find their doctors in the database, they need to hide that they are reducing and quitting else they get dumped and go through living hell and then back on the drugs again! Unfortunately this happens quite often. Often enough to prompt me to create this blog to call attention to doctors of shame who chose money of their own financial wealth over the welfare of their patients!

Shame on you!

Opinions and comments are welcome! Please share this blog so those doctors to whom this is relevant get their faces burning and feel like hiding!


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 https://www.linkedin.com/in/angelaastantonphd/ and facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DrAngelaAStanton/
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4 Responses to Migraineurs Are Forced to Quit Drugs in Secret!

  1. In the natural world, humans are not suppose to live in long-term pain. If you do have long-term pain, it must be assumed to be a function of store stress, strain and tatters which reside in muscles. Muscles are the only organ that can store these stresses and scars which must be removed and maintained by the owners — us.

    The best treatments and Therapy for muscle pain are curative, simple and non toxic. Therapy can be viewed on a spectrum and within a recipe:
    The Holistic Healing Recipe-Self Care: In many advanced ancient cultures wellness and proactive care was a standard concept. Keeping balanced, harmonized, tending to the subtle requests of your body’s needs early on in the course of everyday pain. Daily self-care with a wholesome diet, herbs, extra vitamins and Magnesium supplements, exercise, stretching, yoga, heating with pads, hot tubs, hot springs, mineral springs, Epsom soaking, massage, kneading, rolling, scraping, acupoint or acupressure treatments, strain-counterstrain, unwinding, chiropractic spinal adjustments, traction and most importantly sleep hygiene.

    Don’t be misinformed, if the above therapy is not full forced and focused or the pain does not go away. This means the disease has grown deeper or denser in the muscle bundles. Once these muscle tissues become severely corrupted they will need the benefits of atraumatic “pinhole” minimal-invasive surgery. NEEDLES will be absolutely required. The use of stainless steel needling to stimulate the sick muscles. This part of the therapy can also be viewed on a spectrum from simple Acupuncture, modern or myofascial acupuncture, dry needling and GunnIMS. Then onto traumatic but still pinhole minimal wet needling with hypodermic needles, Travell’s TrP injections and various other Bio/Prolo/Neural hypodermic injections.


    • That sounds beautiful Stephen but so totally wrong! Here are some articles for you to read to get the real scientific understanding:
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      2. A multicenter pilot study of subcallosal cingulate area deep brain stimulation for treatment-resistant depression. Lozano, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.S.C., et al., J Neurosurg 116:315–322, 2012
      3. The Brain Reward Circuitry in Mood Disorders. Scott J. Russo and Eric J. Nestler. Nat Rev Neurosci. 2013 September ; 14(9)
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      24. Vecchia, Dania, et al. “Abnormal cortical synaptic transmission in CaV2.1 knockin mice with the S218L missense mutation which causes a severe familial hemiplegic migraine syndrome in humans.” Front. Cell. Neurosci. (2015): epub ahead of print.
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  2. dagmarart says:

    Dear Angela, a friend of mine will get your article immediately, she has this Problem for years and did not find help, only many pills………… Thank you so much, Dagmar Helbig

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