The article was just published in the Daily Mail newspaper by Jane Feinmann, a journalist, about the Stanton Migraine Protocol, one of my migraineurs, and me. This (rather careful) article was written as a result of a YouTube video, recorded in speech challenge class, where my migraineur decided to make her public speech challenge into a testimonial for the Stanton Migraine Protocol. You can find the video here:
Of course, there is much more to the story than what is written in the newspaper–as always, there is only room for partial story.
In particular, there is a huge salt phobia among many scientists and doctors, still believing that salt causes high blood pressure, in spite of the many studies that show that salt doesn’t increase blood pressure (here is the most prominent one in The Lancet); old myths die out hard. The increased salt consumption in the protocol seems to present a stumbling block for scientists and doctors alike–and many migraineurs as they join the Facebook group.
However, given the success of the Protocol (see the many testimonials here) and the lack of anyone’s blood pressure ever increasing in the migraineur population (most wish their blood pressure increased because migraineurs tend to have very low blood pressure!), in the near five years the group has been helping migraineurs, the increased salt consumption has not caused any harm or change in the blood pressure. There are also non-migraineurs on the protocol, many joining specifically because they had high blood pressure, many out of control even with several medicines, yet they have ended up with reduced blood pressure using the increased salt protocol.
There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that the Stanton Migraine Protocol works to prevent migraines. Migraineurs choose to come off of all of their medicines and remain migraine free, as long as they stick to the Protocol. They all return to life, work, have families, and some return to intense sport.
Enjoy the article and please share!
For those wishing to learn more about my protocol, the book’s title is “Fighting The Migraine Epidemic: A Complete Guide: How To Treat & Prevent Migraines Without Medicine” and is available in paperback everywhere, the e-book format only at amazon.
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/
When will the experts learn? Will they ever?
Re: “Peter Goadsby, a professor of neurology at King’s College London, reiterates there is no evidence for the ‘salt protocol’ and so it can’t be recommended.” Hmmm, but all the recommended drugs people suffering from migraine devour do help? Nah, doesn’t look like that.
I’m not a migraineur, but since I made acquaintance with you, Angela, I learned about your take on salt and its importance for my brain, I gladly enjoy some extra (iodized) salt in my food. And guess what? My blood pressure is A OK. Like I already once shared with you, I told doctors about that and they looked me like when Ignaz Semmelweis told the established medical world about his findings to fight puerperal fever: Total disbelief. Yup, resistance to change was well alive in that time too 😉
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lol Roald–I hope to not end up in the same asylum Semmelweis did. Poor fella!! he was a genius! And indeed, no one’s BP increased from the increased salt. The increase in BP from salt comes from a totally twisted logic without any scientific merit “in biology.” It sure has a lot of merit in a Petri dish but not in the body as part of the metabolic processes. I understand that they don’t get it: they don;t want to get it or cannot get it because of the regulations over their heads. In fact, the article is written very cleverly in a low tone and somewhat ambiguous to stick within the UK parameters… That way it could be published. I totally understand that. I have no problems with its cautious presentation and the evaluation of all sides. I think it opens some ears and eyes and those that just shrug shoulders… well, be it. ❤
Just keep spreading the word, and let the shoulder shruggers enjoy their pain.
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Precisely Roald!! It is their problem. The migraineurs who follow me heal and quit all medicines. Heck I have not seen my doctor in over 3 years… I am just not sick and have no pain and am now doing a ton of really intense exercises as well–such as weight lifting. Pretty good for an old migraineur. Those who want to shrug shoulders may need to work out a bit so they don’t get muscle aches 😉 lol