Drugs of Shame – Introduction

Drugs of Shame Series – Introduction

So let’s talk drugs. In particular, I only focus on drugs that are prescribed for migraine pains of members of my migraine group on Facebook, since that is my area of expertise. I ask many questions on a questionnaire and know what medicines they take. The number of medications migraineurs receive these days is staggering. Most migraine pain sufferers take anywhere from 3 to 20 medicines. One of my functions is to analyze conflicts, interactions, and duplication of the medicines. It is very scary when I find duplication of medicines that damage the brain.

New research shows that migraine is not a disease but in fact a structurally different brain that medicines cannot “cure” only “dull the pain down.” I also happened to be a scientist and I figured out the cause of migraine pain. I can say with great confidence that a migraine-brain is a brain in energy crisis that can easily be changed into pain-free brain without any medicines. Migraine-brain is structurally different from all other “normal” brains and so it cannot be “cured” from migraines since it is a brain type represented by a different physiology. The pain of this unique brain is caused by the different energy requirement a migraine-brain needs from a brain that is not a migraine-brain. The cause of pain, pain prevention, and long-term treatment with proper energy is explained in my book.

Here I focus on medicines that are prescribed to dull and take away the senses that also take with them the ability to think, to make decisions, to work, and a host of other negative side effects.

Many migraineurs are children. In fact my Facebook migraine group has several moms whose children—as young as 2 years old—have migraine pains. Some of the members who have migraine pain themselves have started at age 2 and 20, 30, and 70 years later they still have the migraine pain in spite of all the prescribed medicines they have been taking. If you visit Facebook and type “migraine” in search for groups, you will probably get over 100 groups filled migraine pain sufferers, some with over 15,000 members, taking all kinds of prescription medicines. Yet they are all having migraine pain on a regular basis in spite of their medicines. Some migraineurs even have electrical or magnetic stimulators and still are in groups complaining of pain. Some in my migraine group had electrical brain stimulator built-in under their skins, still they were put on many migraine medicines, and still had migraine pains enough to join my group.

Because medicines for migraine pain do not address the underlying cause, they do not work. Some of them work some of the time but none of them works all the time. The few occasions when they do work signal the unique time when the particular neurotransmitter type they provide happens to be identical to the one the brain was unable to create. This happens when these specific neurotransmitter-making neurons are unable to generate action potential–these show up as dark regions of no electrical activity in scanners and are called regions of cortical depression (CD)– and are the very ones that would have to manufacture the neurotransmitters but cannot for lack of enough energy. This can happen with serotonin, for example, when the serotonin-making neurons have no energy. If they are not able to create serotonin, providing serotonin externally will in fact take the pain away. It seems, based on my statistics in my group and in other groups, that serotonin happens to work approximately 30% of the time but when it works is not predictable. For a person it may work one time but not the next time. Hence taking serotonin all the time as preventive makes little sense in terms of preventing migraine-pain from happening.

Instead, most members in my group apply special methods to change their brain energy levels to match the brain they have rather than to force the brain down to a non-migraineur’s brain type and take medicines for the pain.

The many medicines that are prescribed to treat migraine pain with little success goes unnoticed by all doctors and pharmaceuticals because they can prescribe and prescribe and prescribe and make billions of dollars in the process so why should they stop? Can you envision a day when migraineurs do not need any medicines? According to the WHO (World Health Organization) over 10% of the global population has migraine pain. In the US the percentage is more than double the global average. It is in no one’s interest to admit that migraine pains do not need medicines!

Note I do not use migraines as a term. I use migraine-brain or migraine pain. The term migraine has no meaning anymore. So please follow my future postings on the list of medicines in no special order but in order of what I prefer to show the damage many people have to suffer as a result of the pocket books of pharmaceuticals. If you want to find out about migraine-brain, please read my book linked to above and join my migraine group to learn more.

Watch for the series of articles that will appear regularly on Drugs of Shame!

Your comments are always welcome!


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 Drugs of Shame – Introduction

  1. Jean N says:

    I am always dismayed at the amount of drugs people take and still battle chronic daily migraine and think that more drugs and medical devices are the answer. I peruse a migraine web site that I am sure is funded by drug pushers. I tried the doctor and rx drug scene in the 1990’s. I learned real quickly that doctors really had no clue what to do. The drugs only worked some and the side effects were not worth it. It has taken me a long time to learn how to nourish my body for health and I’m still learning. Strength and courage to you Angela.

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  2. Stephen plant says:

    At last, a refreshing article based on scientific logic.

    Liked by 1 person

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