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

There are so many suggestions outt there as to what will help to bring about a good head of hair that one wonders why the advice is so divergent! What protects and what helps to regrow? Is it really genetics... or just the usual fallback position when one's specialists don't know what to do?

If you 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, then it does make sense there is a multitude of possibilities for lack of hair growth and the many suggestions that flow from that.

When there is an imbalance - nutritional / nervous system / detoxification / immune / etc, the hair health can come from any of the above components and systems and combinations. Hence we wade through the endless abundance of “all over-the-place” advice. Often more than one deficiency overlaps with another - so 'know thyself' and thoroughness is important.
Keeping lifestyle simple really pays off here. 

I’m structuring my suggestions into these categories:

1. Nutritional lack
2. Unhappy thyroid - often overlooked
3. Unhappy adrenals - so many of us are running on fumes,
4. Dire need of detoxification - from some very heavy metals, to too many chemical toxins, etc - life’s unwanted accumulations!
5. Recouping from toxic meds and therapies - radiation, chemo and many others...

6. and a few more comments...

1. NUTRITIONAL LACK - this is the biggest chunk of info and the most fun... 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 / missing. This is the case with most raw vegans and some vegetarians who do not plan out and plot their meals to be full of the nine necessary essential amino acids. Hair is dead protein - keratin. When there isn't enough protein for the all important basic biological catalysts, your enzymes, then your body isn't going to be using any for hair first (but last!). When there isn't enough protein for the all important demanding supply of hormones for our bodies (made of both protein and fats) that are integral in metabolism, reproduction, and emotions), then your body certainly aren't going to be using any for keeping healthy hair first. And when your body is busy with repair, then the hair is last again in terms of protein hand-outs...
(The principle protein component of hair is cystine rich keratin which composed of 18 amino acids and contributes to most of the characteristic properties of hair.)

Or, it may be as simple as a lack of natural glutathione production by your body - your built-in anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. Glutathione requires a few basics - at the cellular level.

Food Sources that Boost Glutathione Naturally:
Glutathione, the body's master antioxidant and detoxifier, is not one of those beneficial substances that you just take a large oral or IV dose of and get it over with. 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. We’ll leave the suggestion of amino acid supplements with you as an option in case you are extremely ill and it's your ownly choice.
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, Brazil 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 whey containing proteins like alpha-lactalbumin and 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 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)

B) ANEMIA - which can have many reasons such as blood loss (operations, 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 in red blood cells.
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 folicle deficiency, or the sole reason, but if you follow these above food suggestions, you will have an excellent diet boost as a happy extra benefit.

C) 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. It has the ability to regenerate oxidised 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 including unhappy hair follicles. 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.

D) 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.

E) MAGNESIUM - go to #40 in my report 78 Foolproof Ways to Improve Your Health. 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.

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

G) 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.

H) ZINC - don’t exceed 25 mg per day - and I take mine as a zinc lozenge (NOT a “Tums”!) - my lozenge doesn’t contain aluminum and other nasty fillers.

I) VITAMIN A - as a supplement (under 100,000 IU per day)

J) 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:
i) B3 - lamb, chicken, salmon, tuna, sea vegetables and a little in shiitake and crimini mushrooms
ii) B5 - sunflower seeds, cauliflower, broccoli, yellow corn, leafy greens such as collard, turnip, and  Swiss chard, tomatoes, whole-grain cereals, legumes, eggs, meat, royal jelly, avocado and yogurt
iii) 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)
iv) biotin - fruits, nuts, brown rice, bulgur, green peas, lentils, oats, 
v) inositol - wheat germ, liver, oatflakes, bananas, liver, brown rice, nuts, unrefined molasses, raisins and vegetables.
vi) 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.

K) Vitamin C in divided doses - helps with absorption - every nutrients’ workhorse type 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.

L) lots of the healing oils of flaxseed, nuts, seeds, avocados and salmon - good sources.

2. UNHAPPY THYROID - please go to Thyroid: over & under - hyper and hypo? - tired and cold? - active and healing? - http://www.thehealingjournal.com/node/1892 for details as you are probably getting quite tired of my thyroid yaddy-yaddy by now.

3. UNHAPY ADRENALS - 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 and stand up quickly and find yourself a bit dizzy or out of breath, then that’s a possible indicator. Or you can have your GP take your blood pressure in a normal sitting position. Then, lie down, totally relax and breathe in calmly and have the blood pressure cuff put on again and ready and pumped up 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! The systolic numbers - the higher one (not diastolic - the refilling number) should almost be similar - not 20 or 30 numbers apart. If not, then hair challenge, baldness or hair what-not, get an adrenal supplement!
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!


4. DETOXIFICATION from some TOXIC HEAVY METALS, etc - life’s accumulation or just too many mercury fillings 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 while the owner sat in an infrared sauna... and so on...
The natural tendency is for your body to get rid of the heavy metals by storing them in tissue - in bones, muscles and fat cells - out of harms way. At the earliest opportunity, without overloading the lymphatic and circulatory system, your body tries to allow as much as is possible to exit.

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 - very drastic and helps speed up the process. There are oxygen/ozone saunas - gentle and effective. There is sweating and exercise - this takes time. ... so 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 accumulate into and clog while this is the area for growth for the 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 woul dbe in order.
Ver-rrrrry ocassionally someone has an allergic contact dermatitis - allergens such as nickel, gold, balsam of Peru, hair dye, etc from perfumes and skin lotions halt and alter hair growth. 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, can debilitate the poor hair follicle, too. 

5. RECOUPING and regrouping from toxic meds - radiation, chemo and many others...
If the required toxic medication is finished with, then a deep detox is in order - hair challenges or not! That’s another topic and if you feel inclined, you can call me and I’ll have numerous suggestions depending on your personal situations. 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 damaged bone marrow. Instead trophosphamide (Ixoten), which is chemically closely related, 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.

6) a few more SUGGESTIONS...

* 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.
* Ever heard of Tissue Salts - also called Cell Salts - or Schleusser Salts? They are wonderful, subtle and effective.
There are 12 basic ones and and work like homeopathics.
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!

Merrie Bakker


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I feel like a new woman again! That is for sure. I went and purchased all the things you suggested and am taking them diligently. Merrie, keep doing what you are doing 'cause you do it so well and you are so valuable and needed in this world!

Carolyn T

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