Another Doctor Came Around!
I will be posting all these unusual events that my migraineurs go through so you can see how hard it is to change one’s nutrition approach by turning against the USDA dietary guidelines and get the acceptance (let alone support and help) of your doctor.
This migraineur is in Canada, which makes it even harder, since they have a socialized medicine that I so far found–through other migraineurs in Canada–to be extremely rigid, allowing treatments only within a very narrow set of guidelines. So I was so shocked to read what happened–as was my migraineur to experience her visit to her doctor–so I decided to share with you (with her permission) what she wrote about her visit today. This is in the ketogenic group I manage that you can find here:
“I had the most amazing visit with my Dr!! He wanted to see me after I had my blood work done. I knew it was due to my big spike in my LDL. I was preparing myself for him wanting to put me on a statin.
I had a purse full of printout Angela Stanton had written on cholesterol, the Lancet Study on Cholesterol, a bunch of them! I didn’t sleep well stressing about defending what I’m doing… and guess what! … he said he wasn’t worried about my numbers at all!! He said it’s well known that those in Keto will have an increase but it’s all good! He’ll retest in a year! I literally sat there dumbfounded. I laughed and said “oh I thought I was going to have to debate you on this”. He laughed and said no, not today. He must have read the info I gave him awhile back, he never mentioned it but he must have read it… I’m SO relieved!! This is progress❣”
Indeed! It is major progress! I am so glad to see doctors starting to ride the train so many people now started to ride toward health, dropping the current nonsense high carbohydrate and low-fat diet and tons of medicines, and jump head first into the low carbs and high fat diets, of which ketogenic diet is the most extreme form–but it is also the most beneficial for those with some health conditions. Migraine is one of those that benefit tremendously.
Major Warning: Ketosis & Medicines Don’t Get Along!
Please note, if you have migraines and want to start the ketogenic diet, you need to know that you cannot be on any migraine or heart medications while on the ketogenic diet. This is not written anywhere (except on Topamax, used for seizures) but there are so many problems with this that now it is clear: the ketogenic diet is a metabolic process that is not forgiving toward medicines that were intended to be used for the carbohydrate burning diets. It makes sense! Completely different pathways. So be warned!
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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/
Hey Angela … I’ll have to start following you closely. I’ve been on keto / lchf for over a year. Not for weight loss, though of course I dropped 15 lbs, but for pre-diabetes and bad cholesterol. The lchf lowering of inflammation is the key. Sooooo many benefits. Keep spreading this important message!!! SUGAR is the ENEMY!!!!!
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Hey Lois! Glad you found my blog and are going to follow it. I write a ton on health-related issues and my focus–other than migraine–is nutrition. 🙂 Glad to see an artist buddy become healthy!!
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