Hello there! Welcome to my research!
I am Angela A. Stanton, PhD. I received my doctorate in a field that incorporates several specialties with the focus on neuroscience and the hormones associated with decision-making. The measurement is by economic games and heavy mathematics. My official doctorate is PhD in Neuroeconomics with my dissertation entirely neuroscience. I specialize in hormonal (neurotransmitter) variations of the brain and how those variations change the decisions a person makes. Although I am not an economist in the classical sense by a long shot, I do have a couple of well-known papers that are economics and mathematics. One is very well-known (and quite hated by many economists); it was specifically requested by and was published in a special edition of the Revue Française d’Economie translated to French (not by me). This is the English original and the French translated published version (kind of fun to see it in French). 🙂
You can find my dissertation for sale on amazon or the original academic published form free at the Journal of Dissertations or chapter 2 in an PLOS One published, coauthored by my doctoral chair, me and an MD who was present during my experiments but did not take part in the experiments themselves. In the process of my doctoral research many of the experiments I conducted on human volunteers manipulating their neurotransmitters. I am very honored to have been an invited participating author in the Encyclopedia of the Mind.
I also dabbled into constitutional law as part of my dissertation for human experiments required a published thesis on human rights with respect to experimentation with their body and body parts published in section 3, chapter 5 “Forfeited Consent: Body Parts in Eminent Domain” in Patenting Lives. This thesis is now textbook material for law students in some universities (not all). It is a mathematical analysis of justice making process (injustice in this case) and a logic-based mockery of the justices’ arguments.
The Migraine Book
My latest book “Fighting The Migraine Epidemic: How To Treat and Prevent Migraines Without Medicines – An Insider’s View” (1st edition) is available for minimal price all over the world. I now focus only on neuroscience and specifically on certain brain functions and irregularities (or specialties) as they relate to chronic pain. The 2nd edition will publish later this year.
About my reason for migraine-cause & the discovery: My doctoral studies did not start out with the goal of understanding migraine (please find AngelaAStantonPhD-CV-5-19-2017 in PDF), but they helped me because of three key reasons:
- My doctorate is multidisciplinary, meaning it requires the understanding of many fields. It taught me to be broad in my vision and stay open-minded to be able to think out of the box and to connect the dots. I have become more of a visionary scientist than a lab scientist. I take advantage of being able to connect dots that are invisible to others.
- In addition to my doctorate, I have also earned 2 very technical degrees: MS in Engineering (Stanford University) and BSc in Applied Mathematics (UCLA).
- I too am a migraineur so seeing the problem from within allowed me to ask questions that other researchers or doctors cannot think of.
These three ensured that I look at migraine very differently from other scientists:
- I knew what migraine felt like and I could experiment on me.
- Having had a multidisciplinary education for my doctorate meant that I was familiar with other disciplines to be able and understand their publications and research that I could apply to my research. An example of this is my understanding of how the genetic mutations in a migraine brain (1254 as I write this), research in metabolic disease, physiology, and nutrition all interrelate.
- My mathematical and engineering background provided me with tools for great analytical and logical check points to be made.
I have been living a migraine and medicine free life for many years now. I could very well have just stopped there and enjoy a very comfortable and happy life without any worries about migraine but such a huge percentage of the people have migraines (between 15-30% depending upon where you read the information) that I decided to help. In the process of finding out how to help, I discovered a ton of malpractice, bad drugs, hidden secrets, and complete abuse of the medical system by doctors, pharmaceuticals, hospitals, while hurting millions of migraineurs worldwide. Furthermore, I bumped into major misuse of information and research fraud in the nutrition industry. Since these all connect to migraine, I had to get involved.
I started CluelessDoctors blog and was asked to be a science blogger at HormonesMatter at the same time. I also created a protocol for migraineurs to follow that is now trademarked under the name Stanton Migraine Protocol® and which is the cornerstone of the original migraine prevention and treatment I developed for me, and which since has treated over 4000 migraineurs worldwide.
These days it is not unusual to have a migraineur contact me saying her doctor has prescribed the Stanton Migraine Protocol® and she has no idea where to get that. 🙂 Working to help migraineurs worldwide, I created two Facebook groups; one group using the original Stanton Migraine Protocol® and a more direct and forceful approach that uses the ketogenic diet that I custom tailored to migraineurs (I call it keto mild).
Migraine as a Metabolic Disorder
Migraine-brains have different anatomy and different mineral and nutrient needs from regular brains. Migraine is not a disease only a brain in energy crisis. Read what this energy crisis means in my peer-reviewed published journal article in the Journal of Mental Health in Family Medicine. Read all about the new definition of what migraine prodrome really is in the Journal of Neurological Disorders and read if increasing or decreasing your salt intake really makes any difference to your health in the Journal of Medical Diagnostic Methods. A commentary in the Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain Volume 56, Issue 7, pages 1214–1215, July/August 2016 requires a subscription but I can share for educational purposes, you can read it Stanton-2016-Headache-_The_Journal_of_Head_and_Face_Pain.
My latest endeavor was a one-hour long radio talk show that you can listen to here (scroll all the way to the bottom and click on the gray arrow to listed) or you can read about the topic if you’d rather not sit and listen for an hour here.
I have just learned that I will also be presenting at the Experimental Biology conference two posters in April, 2017 on migraines in Chicago. The conference is hosted by the American Physiological Society (APS). My posters are presented in the Experimental Biology division. One is titled “Electrolyte Homeostasis in Migraine” and the other “Migraine as a Metabolic Disease,”
Before you make your next appointment with your migraine doctor, check out the migraine groups, read my book, or contact me.
Although my passion is migraines, I find connections between migraines and several other conditions such as metabolic syndrome, glucose intolerance and diabetes, and so I also study metabolic disorders as they affect the brain. Additional conditions that are affected by dietary changes are fibromyalgia, epilepsy, depression, anxiety, arthritis, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), hypothyroidism, cluster headaches, and if you were floxed by quinolone antibiotics use) feel free to contact me.
Being floxed is a condition that is caused by the use of the fluoroquinolone (quinolone) class of antibiotics. I worked for 2 years with the FDA to finally get these drugs removed from everyday use by doctors (assuming they read FDA regulations and they don’t always do so). Here are those that have received a black box from the FDA:
- Ciprofloxacin (Ciloxan Ophthalmic and Cipro)
- Levofloxacin (Levaquin and QUIXIN Ophthalmic)
- Lomefloxacin (Maxaquin)
- Moxifloxacin (Avelox)
- Norfloxacin (Chibroxin Ophthalmic and Noroxin Oral)
- Ofloxacin (Floxin and Ocuflox Ophthalmic)
- Sparfloxacin (Zagam)
- Trovafloxacin (Trovan)
There are many exciting projects for me to work on! Just give me more than 24 hours in a day!
Angela A. Stanton, Ph.D.