Ketosis, Fad Diets, & Facts


Do you know what a fad is? It is defined as

an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived and without basis in the object’s qualities; a craze (Google dictionary)

What this means is that any way of eating (call it diet if you will) is a fad if it is widely shared with enthusiasm, short-lived, and has no claim of a factual base.

So then, what diets are fads?

In this article just published I described a few diets, including SAD (Standard American Diet), as fad and placed the ketogenic diet as a basic diet, a.k.a. not fad. It sure turned some reader-heads immediately–both positive and negative.

My explanation is as follows:

The SAD diet is enthusiastically widely shared (for better or worse), it is short-lived (literally; it kills people), and has no claim to any factual base.

In this article I derive why ketosis (not to be confused with the ketogenic diet since many ways of eating can get one into ketosis without the ketogenic diet) is not a fad, but it, in fact, is part of every single human’s life periodically–to some degree every day, only we never know. I point out why it is part of the lives of our children from conception to about age 16. This is based on my experience with case studies.

I hope you enjoy the read. Let me know your thoughts.

Comments are welcome, as always, and are moderated 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 and facebook at
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4 Responses to Ketosis, Fad Diets, & Facts

  1. being1111 says:

    Hi. Found you on Twitter.
    A note to report that none of your links are working when clicked. I only tried on my mobile phone, not yet on a PC, though. Hope this helps.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. GREG JORDAN says:

    Where have you been all my life!? As a devotee of ketogenic research, this is one of the best argued, persuasive stances on ketosis and its benign nature.

    Liked by 1 person

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