My first article published on Medium yesterday. I have been quite skeptical about posting articles on Medium. Many of the articles I so far read are OK but most I read are provocative and not necessarily in a positive way.
Out to Make Money or to Challenge?
Some authors write–I think–just to make money. Yep. Money. Medium pays for writing articles by the number of “claps” an article likes. The claps are synonymous with Facebook likes, except the Medium pays for the claps. I have forgotten what I read about how much and when they pay, but yet, my article sports many claps too. Some articles are very short and clearly seek sensationalism, such as this one, a short and meaningless article, or this one, a rather unusually weird article, each already with thousands of claps–whatever that turns out to mean.
Of course, I found many excellent and very useful articles too and some that are controversial and can start off a good debate. Here is a silly controversial one to which I added a comment. And, interestingly, my comment nearly has as many claps as the actual article… that ought to say something about the article. Here is an excellent article to which I have also posted a comment–in a debate form.
Of all the articles I so far read and commented on, only one author took her time to respond and have a friendly debate/discussion over the subject. I am very curious if anyone comments on what I wrote. And if they do, I hope the comments will not be the same as I see popping up all the time, which is “click bait”…
I sure hope no one thinks that an explanation about how ketosis should be applied to migraines is a click-bait article.
Comments are welcomed, as always, and are monitored for appropriateness
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/