Help! I have been experiencing hair loss and thinning for the past few months. I am a female in my mid forties. I try to eat right and stay in shape and can’t figure it out. My Doctor says it’s “just part of aging”! I thought maybe you could help me. Do you have any ideas or information on this?
Thank you, Amy!
The number of people experiencing significant hair loss is increasing at an alarming rate. Emotionally, it can be quite debilitating especially for women. As I’m sure you know, there can be many, many possible causes, but let’s look at some of the more common ones.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
In TCM, hair is considered to be an indicator of blood quality. Hair is actually thought of as an “extension of the blood,” thereby representing the overall health of the blood. Imbalance in the Spleen/Pancreas and in particular the Kidneys can cause hair loss. Since the kidneys are of the water element, most likely your water-electrolyte function is off too which can often present as edema.
Heavy Metal Toxicity
Heavy metal toxicity and particularly mercury, is another major cause of hair loss. Far Infra Red Sauna therapy is the most effective protocol for chelating heavy metals.
Hormonally, the estrogen-progesterone ratio can be off, most likely leaning toward a more prominent deficiency of progesterone (see Dr. John R. Lee’s work on this). As much as possible, avoid all xenoestrogens. This includes all plastics: water bottles, Tupperware, ziplocks, etc, chlorinated water (for both drinking and showering), birth control pills and all nonorganic, free-range meats and eggs due to the hormones routinely given to conventional animals. Look into getting some hormone testing done and determine if bioidentical hormones might be right for you. They can help TREMENDOUSLY.
Nutritionally, hair loss can be due to excessive meat and dairy intake, too much salt, excessive selenium, or deficiencies in B-Vits and/or zinc.
Lastly, S-T-R-E-S-S is a well known cause of hair loss. Worry, “constant business” and lack of a regular outlet for relaxation can big time throw off proper spleen-pancreatic function and therefore cause hair to fall out.
Keep in mind the old saying: “Grass doesn’t grow on a busy street”!
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