I receive tags on FB in posts about articles that publish claiming to know what migraine is. I have yet to see an article (in popular domain like newspaper, magazine and similar) that does not start with migraine as a headache or pain disorder!
Migraine In Not A Headache!
Migraine is Not a Pain Disorder Either!
Here is my latest response to a Facebook post to an article published in The Guardian, a rather respectful UK newspaper, on migraines, which was full of completely wrong information:
…this article is total BS…. all old stuff and half of it is untrue! To start with very few people stop migraine as they reach into their 60s–many start it at that age instead. I have treated MANY people past their 60s with migraine and men as well. Also, migraine doesn’t throb… just a bunch of bull really. Please ignore ALL literature published about migraine.
I have conducted the only longitudinal study (3 years just on FB) and longer prior to that with over 4000 migraineurs by now. I know precisely the cause of migraine–I am also a migraineur….
All migraineurs in my care stop their medicines and remain migraine free, return to work and fun, etc., and never need another migraine medicine ever again as long as they maintain the necessary prevention (stick to the Stanton Migraine Protocol®). There is a prevention!
Migraine is Genetic
About 80% of the prodrome types are not known to the scientific community! Those currently in my migraine group get a great giggle about what scientists come up with because they are so wrong. Unfortunately, the drugs they create to treat their imaginary reason for migraines cause permanent damage to migraineurs’ brain and often mess up their metabolic system, which is already compromised by expressed genes that migraineurs are also endowed with (1-17). I only inserted 17 citations because I got tired of trying to prove my point but there are hundreds if the scientific community just had someone help them read all information already available and managed to find someone who can connect the dots.
I am a scientist and have connected the dots!
The process used in medicine free and the outcome is becoming migraine free. Aha! This is the problem! If there is no pain to treat, there is no money to be made!
Pain = Money
This is a VERY serious matter. Everyone is focused on the pain because that way money can be made but
- there are migraines without pain (silent migraines)
- the pain is a symptom that happens at the end of the process cascade that leads to the pain phase–the prodromes of migraines can be far worse and more complex to understand. Preventing the migraine while in prodrome is very possible.
- There are several hours in which one can prevent the pain if the particular prodrome signs are observed and acted upon. I just give you one here that I already published but gets completely ignored: migraineurs get one eye smaller than the other about 4 hours before the pain hits. This is one of many prodromes that seem to be unanimously present in all migraineurs but which is not known to scientists.
I explain more migraine prodromes here.
I wish scientists would listen up but they cannot act even if they are listening. A medicine-free migraine prevention will not get research funding and is impossible to pass on to the community. Publishing in academic journals is impossible since that is against all dogma.
I work very successfully along the path of grassroots with thousands of migraineurs. Eventually it will reach a threshold number of migraine and medicine free migraineurs and science will have no choice but pay attention. My process is known already by many doctors and hospitals–I get migraineurs referred to me all the time.
I also get many short-term migraine group members from places like the Harvard, Mayo Clinic, and many other big name hospitals and institutions. Some hospitals are familiar with the Stanton Migraine Protocol® and my name as well. By now there have been at least 100 universities from all over the globe in my migraine group for a very short time—short time because if they don’t follow the requirements, they are removed in a week. They are there to learn what I do so they can figure it all out. I appreciate that they are interested but I would even more appreciate if they tried to work with me instead of just looking at the magic and try to figure it out themselves.
My system works–I personally have not had a migraine (unless I deliberately cause one for experiment’s sake) for eons but yes, I can create a migraine at any time on demand, I can stop it on demand, and I can certainly prevent them all–and Guardian, I am past the age you refer to when I should have no migraines anymore.
The ONLY thing The Guardian got right is placing their article in the “Life and Style” section of the newspaper since indeed, migraine, while genetic, is a lifestyle-resolvable problem.
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Thank you for all your excellent work and standing up against the epidemic of money-grubbing medical “science” that keeps us from getting well.
I started to get control of my migraines by following a Paleo diet. Adding more fat and salt into my meals has made a real difference. I still struggle with maintaining electrolyte balance and learning more about it every day.
I join you in the hope that someday the scientific community will “get it” and stop making things worse with all these drugs. Healthy people don’t need drugs, so getting rid of the drugs is essential to those of us who actually want to be healthy.
It’s hard not to be angry about all the misinformation out there and the drug dependence fostered by the medical system. Ultimately, you are doing your part by helping thousands of people, and by speaking to the scientific community on their terms. We will get there.
I appreciate all that you do. Thank you.
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Thanks Dawn. To help you with the electrolyte homeostasis you really need to quit all sweets–no exceptions.
Migraineurs have many genetic broken links; some to glucose transporters (hence we are glucose sensitive and that disrupts our electrolyte) and to sodium and potassium channels and so we need to drive our electrolyte homeostasis engine in manual mode… the automatic doesn’t work. Paleo is great but like you said increasing fat and salt is important. The best is ketogenic but on a mild way. Join us in our keto mild for migraines group on Facebook to learn how to and what to do. This is still a small group with loads of information that is not available anywhere else.
I eat the Migraine miracle way. No gluten,low carb and high fat . haven’t ordered imitrex in 1.5 years and got off topamax after 1 month
I have had migraines since age 26, and started this new plan 1.5 years ago, wen i was having 15 migraines a month. I am now 77 and am feeling great.
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Very happy for you Doris. Migraine Miracle is a bit different from the Stanton Migraine Protocol® but I think there is more common than meets the eye. I am glad you responded since you are 77 and The Guardian makes the claim that people over 60 rarely have migraines… well that makes the 2 of us out of 2 who are migraineurs at an older age though we control and prevent and therefore have no migraines. Our brains though remain migraineur brains and if we diverge from what we now do, we will come down with migraines.
Too bad that people must self-educate, like you did through books, rather than be explained by your doctor how a change in diet and lifestyle can prevent all migraines without any need for medicines! Bravo and keep up the good work! ❤