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Just Released: Fighting the Migraine Epidemic Second Edition

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I am proud to announce the release of the extended (2nd) edition of my book “Fighting the Migraine Epidemic: A Complete Guide. How to Treat & Prevent Migraines Without Medicines.”

If you follow my articles on this blog, you know that my primary focus is migraines and my secondary focus is nutrition. You may wonder how the two connect, why nutrition is important, and why research in this field can primarily be found only in books.

Based on my experience of working with over 4,000 migraineurs of all migraine types over the past four years, I can summarize migraine the following way: migraine is a group of genetic differences (variances)—different from the larger, non-migraineur, population’s genes—that represent migraine as a disease exactly the same way as red hair does (also a group of genetic differences) versus brown hair, which represents the majority of the population. If red hair is not a disease, nor is migraine. I suspect you think at this point that I lost some of my wheels, but nope, you are reading the words of an aura-migraineur of over 40 years, who has been through too many migraines (and medicines, none of which ever worked) to count. The explanation of the above sentence is greatly detailed in the book.

This new book is a Complete Guide, think of it as a manual to migraine prevention how-to. The nutrition connection is vital. In summary, migraineurs are endowed by a different brain that has been referred to by others as the migraine-brain. I use this term all through this book because the brain of migraineurs is very different from the brain of non-migraineurs. I will not cover here all the details, only mention a few aspects of the nutritional connection.

Glucose Intolerance and Migraine

We use the term glucose intolerance to represent the basic condition of people with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes. These diseases are brought on by excess exogenous (externally provided) glucose consumption and excess insulin secretion in response. This then places the afflicted person into a compromised health condition. However, I am using this term in the book to represent migraineurs even though they may not have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Migraineurs are glucose intolerant (for a lack of better expression) because their metabolic process cannot handle the consumption of exogenous glucose. When a person cannot handle exogenous glucose consumption as a result of genetic variances, it is not a disease per se since exogenous glucose consumption is not required for life. The body is completely capable of creating all the glucose it needs from protein (gluconeogenesis) and (glycogenesis) by the liver. The resulting stored glucose can then be used later on demand. One need not eat carbohydrates to provide the body with glucose for its fuel. Carbohydrates are not essential nutrients since the body can produce the fuel they provide us: glucose.

Migraineurs, as an exogenous glucose intolerant subgroup of the population, would do better by avoiding all exogenous glucose. In addition, migraineurs have a host of other variances that only affect them if they eat exogenous glucose containing foods. Therefore, migraine is preventable. If migraineurs chose to eat limited amount of carbohydrates in low glucose content vegetables, nuts, seeds, and some types of fruits, they can still prevent their migraines by the use of the Stanton Migraine Protocol® detailed in the book and as practiced in our Facebook migraine group.

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Angela A Stanton, PhD, is a Neuroeconomist who evaluates changes in behavior, chronic pain, decision-making, as a result of hormonal variations in the brain. She lives in Southern California. Her current research is focused on migraine cause, prevention and treatment without the use of medicines.

As a migraineur, 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 mutations of insulin and glucose transporters, and voltage gated sodium and calcium channel mutations. Such mutations cause major shifts in a migraine brain, unlike that of a non-migraine brain. A non-migraineur can handle electrolyte changes on autopilot. A migraineur must always be on manual guard for such changes to maintain electrolyte homeostasis.

The book Fighting The Migraine Epidemic: How To Treat and Prevent Migraines Without Medicines - An Insider's View explains why we have migraines, how to prevent them and how to stay migraine (and medicine) free for life.

Because of the success of the first edition and new research and findings, she is now finishing the 2nd edition. The 2nd edition is the “holy grail” of migraines, incorporating all there is to know at the moment and also some hypotheses. It includes an academic research section with suggestions for further research. The book is full of citations to authenticate the statements she makes to be followed up by those interested and to spark further research interest.

While working on the 2nd edition of the book she also published academic articles:

"Migraine Cause and Treatment" Mental Health in family Medicine, November 23, 2015, open access
"Functional Prodrome in Migraines" Journal of Neurological Disorders, January 22, 2016, open access
"Are Statistics Misleading Sodium Reduction Benefits?", Journal of Medical Diagnostic Method, February 3, 2016, open access
“A Comment on Severe Headache or Migraine History Is Inversely Correlated With Dietary Sodium Intake: NHANES 1999-2004” Angela A Stanton PhD, 19 July 2016 DOI: 10.1111/head.12861 not open access, membership required to read it.

Dr. Stanton received her BSc at UCLA in Mathematics, MBA at UCR, MS in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, PhD in NeuroEconomics at Claremont Graduate University, and fMRI certification at Harvard University Medical School at the Martinos Center for Neuroimaging for experimenting with neurotransmitters on human volunteers.

For relaxation Dr. Stanton paints and photographs. Follow her on Twitter at: @MigraineBook

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