A Great Head of Hair - to Have or Not to Have...

There are many suggestions, lotions and potions offered up as to what will help to bring about a good head of hair. What truly protects the folicles and what helps to regrow hair? Is it really genetics? ... or is it health from the inside out? ... or do we actually know what to do?

Consider that one square inch of your scalp skin contains 65 hairs, 100 sebaceous glands, 650 sweat glands, 78 heat sensors, 13 cold sensors, 1300 nerve endings, 19 yards of tiny blood arteries and veins and lymph capillaries and 78 yards of nerves. These better all be in good shape to keep that head of hair lustrous or to reboot the process of growing hair well!

When there is an imbalance - we tend to wade through the endless abundance of advice. Often more than one deficiency overlaps with another - so 'know thyself' and thoroughness is important.
Keeping one's lifestyle simple really pays off here. 

I’m structuring my suggestions into these categories:

1. Nutritional lack

2. unhappy thyroid
3. unhappy adrenals - so many of us are 'running on fumes'
4. dire need for detoxification - from very heavy metals to too many chemical toxins, etc - life’s unwanted accumulations - including recouping from toxic meds and therapies such as radiation, chemo and many others...

5. and some TLC from the kitchen...
6. some other ideas


                                        having a bad hair day?

- this is the biggest chunk of info and the most fun... as we all have to eat - so you might as well eat with your “mane” in mind!

* Are amino acids lacking in our diet? 
These wide ranging protein building-blocks are sometimes inadequate in supply or even missing in some diets. Some diets focus on only some of the essential 9 amino acids. There are about 20 amino acids of varying shapes that combine to make about 150,000 different proteins - varying in composition and length.
Of the 20, 9 are essential... meaning that we cannot expect them to arrange themselves automatically internally but we have to eat them (or receive them via an IV). The other 11 are made automatically in our bodies without a thought on our part... an automatic living response.
The often missing 9 essential amino acids are sketchy with most vegans and some true vetarians.
Hair is dead protein - keratin (and the same for nails). Keratin requires us to have all amino acids on board, but is especially high in glycine and alanine.

When there aren't enough of ALL of the amino acids for the most important basic biological processes / catalysts, such as tissue repair; helping with making your enzymes and hormones and much more; then your body isn't going to be using any for hair first (but last!). When there isn't enough protein for the more essential, important demand that are integral in metabolism, reproduction, and emotions), then our body certainly isn't going to be using any for keeping healthy hair, first. So, for example, when your body is very busy with tissue repair after an operation, then the hair is last in terms of protein allotments...
(The most prominent protein components of hair is glysine and alanine along with a tad of the 18 other amino acids and contributes to most of the characteristic properties of hair.)
Glysine is a non essential amino acid, as it is biosynthesized in our body from the amino acid serine, along with some other metabolites, vitamin B6 (folate) and specific enzymes. 
Glysine in our food can be found in:
sesame, safflower, pumpkin and squash seeds, 
peanuts (less in other legumes)
all meats,
most fish,
most nuts,
a tiny bit in eggs, beans, lentils and leeks. 

Alanine is a nonessential amino acid, too, meaning that it can be synthesized  by our bodies and does not need to be obtained through our food directly. Alanine is concentrated in meats.

Glycine is a stealthfully consumed synthetic form of a 'protein' and replaces the natural amino acid of glysine and diminishes it's usefulness. It is used in herbicides such as glyphosate, iprodione, glyphosine, imiprothrin, and eglinazine. It is also used in medicines such as thiamphenicol (an anti-biotic)

Food Sources that Boost Glutathione Naturally:
Or, lack of beautiful hair may be as simple as a lack of natural glutathione production by your body - your brilliant built-in anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. This would be very important for your folicular health. Glutathione requires a few basics - at the cellular level.
Glutathione, the body's master antioxidant and detoxifier, is not one of those beneficial substances that you just take in a large oral dose or an IV hook-up. Glutathione is manufactured inside each cell from its precursor amino acids of glycine, glutamate, cysteine and cystine - all essential aminos - meaning they need to be received from food.
So supplements that increase glutathione must provide these precursors and also do this on a continuous basis - no hiatus here.... We’ll leave the suggestion of amino acid supplements and IVs as an option in case you are extremely ill and it's your ownly choice to take in the appropriate amino acids.
But we'll deal with how to get the most Glutathione from your food sources below here.
You'll want to consume foods rich in amino acids and sulphur-containing amino acids in particular. 
Start with these: sesame seeds, nuts, clean wild fish and fresh unprocessed clean (untortured) meats. Then add some asparagus and other vegetables such as  broccoli, avocado and cooked / steamed spinach.  
If this leaves you in the cold due to severe diet limitations or restrictions, then you may want to consider quality whey protein (needs a lot of checking - as there are many poor quality whey food products with soy derivitive liquids snuck in). You'll want your whey product to contain alpha-lactalbumin and be rich in sulphur-containing amino acids. Heating and/or pasteurisation destroys the delicate disulphide bonds that give whey proteins their bioactivity. Un-denatured whey protein from raw milk is the best as is a non-heated product that preserves bioactive amino acids such as cystine... (even at the better health food stores the 'helpful' sales people are focussed on their bottom line - buyer beware)
Then there's one more link - selenium - a trace mineral that is central to making your own glutathione - and this trace mineral is no longer available in today's food - even organically grown food - EXCEPT for in Brazil nuts. If you find then hard to chew, then no worries - just chop them up and toast them and toss into a salad for a tad of crunch. Or, grind the nuts up and make a nice nut flour for baking treats.

* ANEMIA - which can have many reasons such as blood loss due to surgeries, internal bleeding, even due to very heavy menstruation, unhappy bone marrow (many reasons that can lead to less red cell production, insufficient iron due to lacking co-factors, or poorly planned vegan food choices, a benigh peritoneal growth, or way too many toxic heavy metals pushing out iron's ability to remain inside red blood cells for holding onto oxygen.
Our iron comes from: some dark green leafy vegetables, red meats, egg yolks and liver. There's some in brocoli, cherry juice, molasses, dates and raisins. Best to double check at http://nutritiondata.self.com/tools/nutrient-search - an amazing tool!
Iron deficinecy is not always the reason for folicular deficiency, or the sole reason, but if you follow the above food suggestions, you will have an excellent diet boost as a happy extra benefit.

* ALPHA LIPOIC ACID - well, not a food but a brilliant supplement to add to what we make naturally in our body’s cells as a by-product of energy release. ALA increases the levels of intra-cellular Glutathione, and is a natural antioxidant with free radical scavenging abilities like no other.
ALA has the ability to regenerate oxidized antioxidants like Vitamin C and E and helps to make them more potent. It is also an amazing anti-inflammatory and may help prevent the cellular damage accompanying the complications of many health challenges.
ALA also has a protective effect in the brain, too. It has been known to save lives when given intravenously to those within an inch of loosing their lives due to toxification by poison psychedelic mushrooms - take a look at http://www.pacificholistic.com/Natural_Glutathione and http://pacificholistic.com/ALA and http://pacificholistic.com/lecithin.

* SELENIUM - a trace mineral that is an essential co-factor for making the enzyme Glutathione peroxidase (above). Brazil nuts, unlike any other nut or any other food, is just loaded with selenium and is a complete protein as well! It takes a lot of selenium to reach a toxic level. Other foods with selenium deliver only very tiny amounts.

* MAGNESIUM included in any old supplement won't do - not for good hair or good general health. Magnesium needs a specific environment to be absorbed in - described in the above report is the only really efficient way. Most of us are magnesium deficient and that's a pity - it is a wonder mineral. The report can be downloaded from http://www.pacificholistic.com - FREE.

* SILICA - horsetail tea (assuming no metal parts in the body such as stents,   plates and screws and implanted teeth/screws).

* SULPHUR - tricky this is! You probably get enough of this mineral in the average diet. Go to http://livingnetwork.co.za/chelationnetwork/food/high-sulfur-sulphur-food-list/ and avoid everything on this list if you still have a mouthful of mercury fillings.

* ZINC - don’t exceed 25 mg per day. I get mine in the form of clean farm salmon (only salmon that is edible at this point - http://www.kuterra.com or I take mine as the occasional zinc lozenge (NOT a “Tums”!) - my lozenge doesn’t contain aluminum and other nasty fillers.

* VITAMIN A - lots

* B VITAMINS - B1 thru 9 and B12, B15, and B17 as well as biotin, inositol and folic acid is quite the list! So here I’m narrowing it down to just these:
i) B6 -  salmon, chicken, beef, tuna and some in banana (but as heat has some negative effect on B6, it is not destroyed unless you heat your banana)
ii) biotin - fruits, nuts, brown rice, bulgur, green peas, lentils, oats, 
iii) inositol - wheat germ, liver, oatflakes, bananas, liver, brown rice, nuts, unrefined molasses, raisins and vegetables.
iv) folic acid is in foliage for starters. But if you truly eat well, have included many of the nutrients mentioned above, then you have an 80% chance of being fine. One in five of us is missing folase - a necessary enzyme that is integral to all health, growth and your hair.

* Vitamin C in divided doses - helps with absorption - every nutrients’ workhorse type best-buddy - that would be Vitamin C NOT made from corn and cornstarch, nor C-esters or ester-C's!.
Lots more on this in the FREE report, which can be downloaded from http://www.pacificholistic.com - FREE.

* Lots of the healing oils of flaxseed, nuts, seeds, avocados and salmon - good sources.

please contact me for the article Thyroid: over & under - hyper and hypo? - tired and cold? - active and healing? - for details as you are all probably getting quite tired of my thyroid yaddy-yaddy by now.


- so many of us are running on fumes. The activity of the sebaceous glands is controlled mainly by the Adrenal Glands.
How can you tell if these hard working little organs are tired (they sit atop the kidneys like little hats)? Live blood analysis certainly can tell you. If you have been sitting quietly for a while and then stand up quickly and find yourself a bit dizzy or short of breath, then that’s a possible indicator. You can have your GP take your blood pressure in a normal sitting/lying position. Then, lie down again, totally relax and breathe in calmly and have the blood pressure cuff put on again and once ready start pumping up the cuff and just a second before the release, jump off the exam table and see the difference in systolic numbers - that’s simple, inexpensive and telling! Even if your doctor doesn't believe this has any value, they could do it to humour the client! Just make sure you work together well on this. 
The systolic numbers - the higher one (not diastolic - the refilling number) should almost be similar - not 20 or 30 numbers apart. If the numbers are divergent, then sressed adrenals may be part of your hair challenge and see a naturopath or live blood analyst to ascertain a deficiency... it just might be the culprit!
I use the brilliant Thorne’s supplement called “Cortrex®”
(multi-faceted nutritional support for healthy adrenal function* $15.40 | SG801 -http://www.thorne.com/AST/Products/Endocrine-Support.jsp bottom right of page). I don’t have shares in the company... and respect them greatly.
If you don’t like online shopping, just give me a call and I may know of a store near you.
The pituitary gland governs a series of hormones with many different functions that are also important. The thyroid also plays a role in the general well-being of the skin and helps the hair, skin and nails to stay in good condition. But let’s not forget the adrenals!


 life’s accumulation or just too heavy metals, or too many mercury fillings not removed with a biologically correct and exacting protocol, or mercury fillings that have sat in the owner's mouth too many times, or inadvertent heat treatment while the owner of mercury filling sat in an infrared sauna..., work environments such as metal tool and due shops, plumbers' closed work areas, tire shops, printing shops, closed agricultursal environments, heavy smoking, and so on...
The natural tendency is for your body to get rid of the heavy metals by including some in the sweat; by storing some of them in bones, muscles and fat cells; and often in the least damaging places - out of harms way. At the earliest opportunity, without overloading the lymphatic and circulatory systems, your body tries to allow as much as possible to exit - via skin, urine, breathe, etc.

These heavy metals actually tend to leave our bodies in sequences (as we know from chelation) and occasionally this can cause temporarily elevated levels in the blood (and hence in hair follicles). This is temporary and if the focus is hair health, then we don’t really care which heavy metals are leaving us, just that we know that they are exiting.
There is chelation - a very drastic measure and helps speed up the detoxification process. There are oxygen / ozone saunas - gentle and effective. There is sweating and exercise - this takes time. ... many options.
In all cases you don’t want to add even one more nasty heavy metal molecule, but only lighten the burden. The mega thousands of sebaceous glands are a place that toxins can accumulate into as they try to exit and clog these up. At the same time, this is the same general area for the growth re-start of the new hair - and that needs to remain open and clean and “fertile”. 
For example, a heavy smoker will have many years of heavy metals on board and this could be the reason for some hair challenges. With some proper detoxing, these can be eliminated and eventually the oversupply is minimalized and the blood supply to the scalp’s skin and hair follicles will be ever cleaner and re-life-giving.
Occasionally someone will have an actual skin disease which hampers hair growth. A dermatologist would be in order.
Ver-rrrrry ocassionally someone has an allergic contact dermatitis - allergens such as nickel, gold, balsam of Peru, trimethylbicyclonitramineoheptane, moth balls (naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene), poor quality hair dye, etc from perfumes and skin lotions which halt and alter hair growth and damage hair folicles. Or it can be a reaction to thimerosal, a mercury compound used in local antiseptics and vaccines or cobalt chloride. Neomycin sulfate or bacitracin - a topical antibiotic, common in first-aid creams and ointments used for dermititis, can debilitate the poor hair follicle, too. 

RECOUPING and regrouping from toxic meds - radiation, chemo and many other super toxins...
When the 'required' toxic medical therapy is finished with, then a deep detox is in order - hair challenges or not! Not all detox programs are created equal!

If the required toxic chemicals / meds need to be continued, then sometimes less toxic equivalents can be suggested to your GP, specialist, etc. For example: cyclophosphamide (Endoxan, Cytoxan) used on MS patients with toxic dosages, can cause hair loss and may even damage bone marrow. Instead trophosphamide (Ixoten), which is chemically closely related to the above, has the same effectiveness and is more acceptable in the long run.
Many substitutions can be made and the above was just an example. It helps to do your homework and be determinded to creat new possibilities.

* Creatine Monohydrate - even though it is used in high doses for improved fitness and athletic performance, as well as heart disease, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson's disease and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), it also has the potential for serious side effects and the possibility of impeding on your body's natural ability to process it's own creatine - and it can damage your kidneys and liver, as well as interfere with your insulin levels and blood sugar and is linked to gastrointestinal problems and muscle cramps. In spite of the positive effects, it can interfere with hair growth, too and can even cause hair loss - increasing the levels of dihydrotestosterone - an androgen synthesized in the hair follicles which can become a barrier between your hair and hair follicles receiving the nutrients necessary to promote and sustain hair growth, therefore resulting in hair loss.

** A good shampoo that is detoxifying and anti-bacterial and yet gentle - for example - Dr. Bonner’s soap with a very few drops of melaleuca added.

Look to your kitchen for the BEST TLC ...

Four different treats for different types of hair, easily made with all-natural ingredients.

DRY scalp, skin and follicles (the hair itself is merely dead protein - in good or poor shape) – Olive Oil and Egg
Combine three TBSP of extra virgin olive oil with two eggs and apply this to your hair and let sit for 20 minutes or so before thorough rinsing.
The olive oil hydrates the scalp skin, feeds the follicles, while the protein fron the eggs may repair the hair shafts.

NOT QUITE SO DRY scalp — Avocado and Honey
Mash a ripened avocado with 1 TBSP of organic honey and allow this to sit for 20 minutes before thoroughly rinsing.
The avocados's vitamins and nutrients nurture the follicles and scalp skin, as well as allowing the honey is be a natural subtle antibacterial.

OILY scalp skin and follicles (the hair shaft is dead protein so cannot be oily on it's own) — Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon
Combine 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar with the grated peel of an entire lemon and allow it to set for 15 minutes to absorb the excess oil - a bit like making slad dressing - a little oil and vinegar to penetrate the lettuce leaf or in this case, to abosrb each other for removal... from your scalp, and then rinse.
Apple cider vinegar will remove build up from styling products and conditioners, too and the altered pH subtley strengthens the hair shaft.

DRY, flaky scalp hair — Banana, Honey and Almond
Mash together 1/2 a ripe banana, 2 TBSP of honey and a few drops of almond oil and allow these to sit for 20 minutes before rinsing.
(may help with flaky skin / dandruff)

There is no need to buy the priciest conditioners on the market to moisturize and revitalize your hair.

6) a few more SUGGESTIONS...

Ever heard of Tissue Salts - also called Cell Salts - or Scheussler Salts? They are wonderful, subtle and effective.
There are 12 basic homeopathic pairs of mineral combinations and are inexpensive.
They never damage and can only help to rebalance. They work on every human cell. If one or more of the cell salts become deficient in our cells, biochemical imbalances can occur. 
Try these two for your hair health:
1. Kali sulph (potassium sulfate) - oxygenates the cells and tissues of the body.
Uses: skin, hair, scalp and nail problems, catarrh, sticky discharges, hotflushes, chills, wandering pain in the limbs and athlete's foot. Can be used with silica to treat brittle nails and thin hair.
2. Silicea (silica) - cleanser and detoxifier; present in blood, skin, nails, hair, bones, connective tissue and mucus membranes.
(Uses also for: pimples, spots, boils, sties, abscesses and any other type of skin condition with pus suppuration; cracked, brittle or split nails, gland disorders, involuntary twitching of eyes or face muscles, stress; badly conditioned, dull looking hair; rheumatic pain.)
Since one of its effects is to promote expulsion of foreign matter from the body, silica shouldn't be used for long periods by those with any type of implant.

Happy growing!


Best qi,
Merrie Bakker B.Sc, M.Arch, CN


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