Saturday, January 16, 2016

Thinning Hair the Bad & Good News

Here we go.....hold on for the Bad News:

1. More than 30 million of  American women suffer from thinning Hair
2. We can say that 1 of 4 women is facing this problem.
3. It's not true that thinning hair is related to Menopause, the average age for women dealing with thinning hair is 25 to 35.
4.  Your hair association with self-image, self-steam and sex appeal, the psychological aspect of thinning hair affects women of all ages.

Before going to the Good News, let's answer some fundamental questions, and see the action you need to do when you notice that your hair is not growing as its suppose to (or is weak or you can see your scalp).


What is thinning hair?


Each time a normal hair follicle is shed, it is replaced by hair that is equal in size. But in some women,  the new hair is thinner and thinner - a more miniaturized version of itself. The hair follicles are shrinking, and eventually, they quit growing altogether. Women tend to notice thinning hair on the top front of the scalp.
We can compare the hair with the growing of the plants, where the strands are our "plants" and the scalp is our "earth". What happens "underground" it is what supports the plant to be strong and grow.
In the old times, and still today, there are studies about between lunar cycles and hair growth and also about seasons of the year and the hair.

What is the first step?
First, admit you have a problem. Each day you dwell in denial, and you're losing precious time.
That is why the first step is going to your physician for a checkup. Women hair loss is triggered by about 30 different medical conditions, as well as several lifestyle factors. As a starting point, hair loss experts recommend testing for thyroid problems and hormone imbalances. Sometimes no specific cause can be found, but do not panic about, because there is a solution!


The Good News........your Hair can be Healthy & Strong again!

Common complain that I used to hear when a patient came for a hair consultation: "I did what my doctor recommended.....my hormones now are balance, but my hair is the same..... " Nothing was wrong with me, my doctor's check up was good."  "I use almost, all kind of shampoos and nothing works."

Before we go to solutions......I would like you to understand my point of view on basic hair care and the "almost" magic solution.



1. The average scalp has 100,000 hairs. Each follicle produces a single hair that grows at a rate of half an inch per month. After growing for two to six years, hair rests awhile before falling out. It's soon replaced with a new hair, and the cycle begins again. At any given time, 85% of hair is growing, and the remainder is resting.

2 .The 3 phases of hair that developed in the scalp are:
The phase of the Hair Vellum: We will see in the baby scalp a thin hair that we can see at certain angles of the light. 

The phase of the hair Lanugo: The hair will evolve with time and will be thicker than vellum and will have more color, but will be weaker than healthy hair.

The phase of Terminal Hair: the regular hair that is thick, fully pigmented.

3.When your scalp does not have enough nutrients (for several causes), the hair will not reach its full development. The hair will begin a reverse process back to the stage of Lanugo, and then vellum until the growth process ceases.

4.Unlike male-pattern baldness, where patches of hair fall out over time, female hair loss means a reduction in hair volume, making transplantation tough. 

How does the "Magic" Solution...... work!

There are 4 Products that will work together to give you a Healthy & Strong Hair in 16 weeks.
Why we need that time? 
When you notice that your hair is weak....the cause of hair loss started way before you had noticed. That would be the time the body needs to restore your "earth"(scalp) so the nutrients could 're-vitalized" your strands.

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Thyroid & Hair Loss 

Healthy hormone levels mean healthy hair growth. When your hormones are out of balance, your whole body will be affected and also your hair. Sometimes losing hair is the first symptom of hormonal imbalance and other diseases. It's imperative to go to your doctor for a check up if you have significant hair fall ( more than 100 strands a day) or thinning or weak hair.What I observed in my practice as a doctor was the fact the we correct the thyroid imbalance with the right medication and we do not see the hair growing back as expected.
 The article below will help you to understand all the factors that need to be correct to see results in the hair. 



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I always had very thick curly hair. Around the age of 30 I started noticing my hair clogging the shower drain from time to time. However since I still had so much hair, it wasn’t high on my personal list of worst hypothyroidism symptoms.
Then all of a sudden one close look in the mirror last year at age 43 changed all that.
As I was brushing my hair something caught my eye in the mirror.
Wait…is that my scalp showing through?
A closer look.
My hair was noticeably thinner on both sides of my head above my ears, front, and at the temples.
My gut reaction was a scream, then tears.
What happened to my hair?
Then anger.
Hey Thyroid, Do NOT mess with me.
I went into deep research mode, searching for every article I could get my hands on related to thyroid hair loss.
I was determined to save my hair…
AND I DID IT.
Now my hair appears fuller, far less scalp shows through, baby hair has grown back at my temples, and the rate of hair loss has dramatically slowed down. I’m so thankful. Yes I know that may sound vain to be focused on my physical appearance but losing my hair was devastating to me. I have a feeling I’m not alone.
It took over one year of research, extensive lab testing, and trying various supplements to write this article (plus a fierce determination to get my hair back), so yes this article is lengthy.
Please note that I am not a doctor. I’m just sharing the ten things that worked for me in the hopes that you will discover what works for you too. As with all things in particular supplements mentioned at Hypothyroid Mom, consult with your doctor to be sure they are right for you and that you are taking the right dosage for your body. Our physiology is unique so what works for each of us will be unique too.

1. Optimal Thyroid Treatment

Every part of the body requires thyroid hormone for proper functioning, and that includes the hair follicles. In 2008, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism presented the first evidence that human hair follicles are direct targets of thyroid hormones. This research demonstrated that the thyroid hormones T4 and T3 modulate multiple hair biology parameters from cycling to pigmentation.
You’ll notice that I bolded the words thyroid hormones T4 and T3. Why is this so important for those of us with hair loss?
In mainstream medicine, Levothyroxine drugs are the gold standard for the treatment of hypothyroidism. While these drugs work for some people, they fail for others. Levothyroxine drugs contain T4 thyroid hormone only. Our bodies are supposed to convert that T4 thyroid hormone to the active T3 hormone our cells need. For some of us our bodies don’t convert T4 to T3 properly, leaving us symptomatic. This is why many of us do better on a combination of T4 and T3 thyroid hormone replacement treatment.
The noticeable hair loss was a red flag for me that I needed to get to my doctor for thyroid testing. I’m on the natural desiccated thyroid Nature-throid plus a compounded time-release T3. My doctor did comprehensive testing including the essential thyroid tests TSH, Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, and thyroid antibodies. Turned out my Free T3 was middle of the range. I personally feel terrible when my Free T3 is low or even middle of the range. Optimal Free T3 for my body is when it reaches top quarter of the normal range, so adjusting my thyroid medication dosage was an essential piece to my thyroid hair loss. What is optimal is individual and it’s about finding what’s right for you.
There are many different thyroid medication options. Finding a doctor open the treatment options to find what is right for you is key. Sadly not all doctors are open to the options and it can be a very frustrating journey. I’ve put together resources to help readers locate great thyroid doctors across the globe.
While optimal thyroid treatment was an essential piece of the puzzle, there were additional pieces critical to my hair loss solution.

2. Low Ferritin

Low ferritin (the stored form of iron) is one of the most common causes of hair loss in women. Given low ferritin is also a common problem for hypothyroid people, it is important to have iron testing including ferritin especially if you are experiencing hair loss. It is not enough to be told by your doctor that your iron levels are ‘normal’. Ferritin levels are not always tested. Get a copy of your lab results and be sure ferritin has been specifically tested. Even if ferritin is within the ‘normal’ range that doesn’t make it ‘optimal’.
Dr. Philip Kingsley is called the ‘Hair Guru’ by the New York Times. Why Is Ferritin Important? appears on his website:
Correct ferritin levels maximize your hair’s “anagen” or “growing” phase and encourage your hairs to grow to their full length. When you aren’t getting enough iron through your diet, your body takes ferritin stored in non-essential tissue, like your hair bulb, and gives it to essential tissue, such as your heart. Because your hair bulb is where all your hair cells are produced, this leeching of ferritin can cause your hair to shed before it reaches its maximum length.
    The average reference ranges for ferritin are 14-170 micrograms per litre, but our research shows that ferritin should be at least 80 ug/L (micrograms per litre) in women for hair follicles to function at their best.
Treating low ferritin was another major piece of my hair loss solution. I tried various iron supplements and many of them gave me digestive issues including constipation. With a life-long history of constipation, that was the last thing I needed. I have personally found that iron in the form of liver concentrate such as the brand Carlson Labs Buffalo Liverworks well for my body. My doctor regularly tests my ferritin to be sure I am taking the right dosage of iron supplements for my body and that I’m not taking too much because over-dosing on iron can be dangerous.
I’m careful to take iron supplements including multivitamins with iron at least 3 hours apart from my thyroid medication to ensure the iron doesn’t interfere with the absorption of my thyroid medication.

3. Low Stomach Acid 

I read a fascinating interview with Dr. Jonathan Wright by Suzanne Somers Honey, I Shrunk My Ponytail! Turns out this article would change the fate of my hair.
DR. WRIGHT: If stomach acid is low, protein isn’t efficiently digested – and hair and nails are made up of… protein! If we are deficient in protein, our bodies know that we can live without hair or nail proteins, but we can’t survive without heart muscle proteins or other important body proteins. So if we are short in supply of protein, the hair or nails are the first to go.
Turns out low stomach acid results in malabsorption of iron (which as you know is necessary for maintaining our hair) and many other essential nutrients. Thanks to this article I discovered my own issues with low stomach acid and now take this Betaine Hydrochloric Acid with Pepsin just before heavy meals containing protein. This has also helped me personally with heartburn, gas, acid reflux, and bloating.
There are two additional ways that I increase my low stomach acid.  Every morning before breakfast I drink warm water and lemon. Before the larger meals of the day I take 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in water. I use Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. This raw organic apple cider vinegar contains the ‘mother’ of the vinegar. The ‘mother’ is made up of beneficial living nutrients and bacteria. Another option is to take digestive bitters.

4. Nutrient Deficiencies

Nutrient deficiencies are a common issue for those of us with hypothyroidism. Not only are nutrients essential for thyroid function, but they also play an important role in keeping the hair on our heads from falling. A good quality multi-vitamin is important and of course a healthy diet is essential, but still nutrient testing is important because many like me will require additional supplementation to bring us to optimal. Testing should include zinc, vitamin D, B12, and magnesium (for each nutrient listed I attached an article that explains its connection to hair loss).
Nutrient deficiencies are an issue for me personally. I supplement every day to maintain my nutrients at optimum. When I noticed a worsening of my hair loss last year, nutrient testing revealed that I was deficient in all those nutrients necessary for hair health.

5. Drug-Induced Hair Loss

There are many different types of drugs that can cause hair loss. Here is a list of  What Types of Drugs Cause Hair Loss by WebMD:
  • Acne medications containing vitamin A (retinoids)
  • Antibiotics and antifungal drugs
  • Antidepressants
  • Birth control pills
  • Anticlotting drugs
  • Cholesterol-lowering drugs
  • Drugs that suppress the immune system
  • Drugs that treat breast cancer
  • Epilepsy drugs (anticonvulsants)
  • High blood pressure medications (anti-hypertensives), such as beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, and diuretics
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Parkinson’s disease drugs
  • Steroids
  • Thyroid medications
  • Weight loss drugs
Did you notice that I highlighted thyroid medications on that list?
I’ve heard from many readers who had sudden worsening of their hair loss when they started one or another thyroid drug brand. Think back to the start of your hair loss, did it happen at the same time you started a specific thyroid medication?

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Candida X Hair Loss 2

We ( Margot Gobetti an MD and Homeopathy doctor and my mother Iracema Vargas Bedin, Ph.D. in Odontology and Master in Public Health) have been studying and researching about Hair Loss and Candida since 1980. We published a book in Portuguese in 1987 have we described our observation of 461 patients over the period of 5 years.
Though the research that we developed, some points came to support this theory:

1. In the research group, we performed microscopy and culture from scalp samples. The only microorganism found was Fungus from the Candida family.
2. We study the patients with Hair Loss trough a Homeopathy point of view. We look to the remedy that covers all the symptoms of the patient through individual homeopathy evaluation(Repertory of symptoms by Kent). We found that 90% of the patients the remedies chosen classified as a polychrest and anti-psoric remedies.
3. We relate the clinical symptoms described for Candida (see article above about Candida in your System)), with clinical symptoms of Psora, well described in Homeopathy.The medical field does not understand our skin and scalp “ecosystem” and its correlation to our health. Regular doctors do not yet recognize the holistic point of view of Candida as systemic diseases. We have a lot to learn and research.
4. Dermatology magazines have reported the results of 2% Nizoral shampoo to be similar to the use of 2% Minoxidil (Rogaine). In recent studies (March 2001), a double-blind study used 1% strength Nizoral shampoo against a 1% zinc pyrithione shampoo. The results showed that hair diameter grew by over 8% in 6 months. The sebum excretion rate reduced by over 6% and the number of hairs shed over a 24-hour period reduced by over 16%. These results with the 1% Nizoral shampoo were similar to earlier trials using the 2% Nizoral solution. These reports show that Nizoral used at the 1% or 2% level, 2-3 times per week will have positive effects on hair growth in addition to dandruff control. The response from this product can be due to its anti-fungal properties.
We did not create a theory and try to prove. It was the opposite; we had consistent results (against all theories that we learn in traditional medicines and also from a Homeopathy point of view about what is Psora ).
We start willing to understand why the products that we developed work. We saw the results that were consistent and had an amazing affect in women, men, at all ages-stages of hair loss.
We make a link between the Classic Homeopathy Miasma Psora and the modern thesis and Dysbiosis Thesis(Candida).
Psora Miasm Thesis:

Dr. Hahnemann(a medical physician (1755 - 1843) the founder of
homeopathy) was able to determine that there was one very common form
of chronic disease and though this condition manifested in many
different ways, it was still the same disease in all these patients.
The "different ways" that the chronic condition showed up in
conventional allopathic medicine are called "diagnosis" in which a
disease is considered to be named and seen as a discrete and separate
illness unconnected to all the other diagnoses that may be made. Dr.
Hahnemann was able to show this was not the accurate understanding of
a disease, that actually they were all the same condition taking these
different forms. He called this condition "psora" and identified the
most common form of it as a skin itch, at least at the beginning, and
that this itching condition would then go on to develop other forms of
internal illness.
Dysbiosis Thesis
Populations of microbes (such as bacteria and Yeast),inhabit the skin
and mucosal surfaces in various parts of the body. Their role forms
part of normal, healthy human physiology, however if microbe numbers
grow beyond their typical ranges (often due to a compromised immune
system) or if microbes populate (such as through poor hygiene or
injury) areas of the body normally not colonized or sterile (such as
the blood, or the lower respiratory tract, or the abdominal cavity),disease can result (causing, respectively, bacteremia/sepsis,
pneumonia, and peritonitis).
When the balance between good microorganism that live in our body are disrupted that will make us sick. Specifically at the scalp that will cause dandruff, itching, oily hair and hair loss, the same happens in another part of our body one example is Candida (Yeast).
Our immune system is our system of defense and has the responsibility to support our health. When that system fails, our body will react showing symptoms and diseases.
The Homeopathy doctor is training to be able to "Reads." the symptoms and conditions that the body fail to correct and will choose the right Homeopathic remedy to fixed.
Homeopathy is not chemical; it is a Pharmaceutical process that transform substances ( all kinds, mineral, vegetal, and others) in information trough dilutions ( physics). The right homeopathic remedy will be able to teach the immune system how to heal what and when is needed ( like a vaccine ).
Homeopathy is , as people may not know, like mathematics, you always find out if you are going in the right direction. To know if your treatment is in the right direction ( to cure and not to suppress symptoms), we know that the healing has to take place in the reverse order that happens.
The Vida Hair Treatment healing process occurs in reverse order:
1. First, the hair will stop falling out.
2. New hair will start to grow in as vellum and lanugo.
3. Healthy hair will begin to grow back.
Science is just one and an Integrative Medicine(Traditional Medicine + Holistic Sciences as Homeopathy and many others)point of view could prevent and thousand of people with the low cost. Achieve what Hahnemann, the father of Homeopathy wrote: "Just when the man is free of diseases, he can realize the highest purposes of his existence."
  
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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Homeopathy & Alopecia Areata (bald patches)




 1.What is Alopecia Areata?

      Traditional medicine defines Alopecia Areata as an autoimmune, often reversible disease in which loss of hair occurs in sharply defined areas usually involving the scalp or beard, but any area of the body, where hair grows, can be affected.
      Alopecia Areata usually starts with one or more small, round, smooth bald patches on the scalp and can progress to total scalp hair loss (alopecia total) or complete body hair loss (Alopecia Universalis).
     It is not known why alopecia areata or other autoimmune diseases occur. It is thought that something triggers the immune system to react against one or more of the body's own tissues. Possible triggers include viruses, infection, medicines, or other environmental factors. There is also an inherited factor that makes some people more prone to autoimmune diseases. About 1 in 4 people with alopecia areata have a close relative who is also affected.

2.What is the outlook (prognosis) and treatment for people with Alopecia Areata in traditional medicine?

Mild cases of Alopecia Areata often get better without treatment within a few months to a year.(Any re-growth usually does not start within three months of hair loss.)
In some cases, patchy baldness may come and go over many months or years. The size of the bald patch or patches and how long they last are quite variable.
If less than half of the scalp is affected and no treatment is started, there is about an 8 in 10 chance of full hair re-growth within one year.
With more extensive hair loss, it is less likely that hair will re-grow.

 Alopecia Areata itself won't damage your general health and so not treating will not lead to any general health problems. When considering any treatment choices, you should take into account the possible side-effects that some of the treatments may have. The success rate for the various treatments is probably not high. Also, there is no guarantee that any hair regrown during treatment will persist once the treatment is finished.

Traditional treatment are:  
-   Steroid injections-   Topical (rub-on) ,Steroid , immunotherapy ,Minoxidil.

 3. What Homeopathy has to offer?
     Homeopathy remedies teach the body how to heal sending the right message to your immune system. The body language to tell us that something it is not working as suppose is to make us sick. The symptoms and diseases shows a fail in the immune system to fix what is needed. An autoimmune disease is the result of an over reacting response; that attacks you on body.
    Homeopathy looks at all signs that signs that your system send,  mental, emotional states, physically too.
    We need to address the roots ( causes); that is a way you need to go to a Homeopathy doctor.
    Vida Homeopathy Hair treatment,  works at scalp level, teaching your immune system how to  be protected from unwanted grow of fungus and bacterials.  At the internal level Vida Homeopathy Oral Spray, will teach your cell to absorve the mineral they need to inner balance and also will relieve the stress that triggers hair loss.

Alopecia Areata  like other autoimmune diseases has a good response to Homeopathy treatment and are Drug-Free, No side effects, Fast results.



4. Testemonies  &  Pictures

Gina E. 05/24/2015
I purchased the Vida Hair Kit and started using it this year in February. Last year I developed alopecia areata and lost a patch of hair the size of a quarter and it kept getting bigger. My homeopath gave me a constitutional remedy and recommended Vida Homeopathy for my hair. I used the shampoo, hair lotion and hair oil as directed and in a couple of weeks I started seeing very tiny growth of hair in that area. In a month and a half the patch started filling up, and as of now I can't even tell where the patch was! I am so glad I used this product. I recommend this product to anyone treating hair loss and in my case alopecia areata. 
Thank you Dra. Gobetti and your mother for all your research and for developing this natural formula!


Monday, July 8, 2013

How Coconut Oil can Improve your Hair & Health

Candida albicans is a fungus (also referred to as a yeast) that causes a host of undesirable effects in the body. Candida overgrowth is a dramatically under-diagnosed condition that endangers the health of millions of people, many of whom have no idea of their condition.

Leon Chaitow, a renowned alternative health practitioner, and author says, “Candida is possibly the least understood, most widespread cause of continuing health issues currently in our midst.”

Everyone has some Candida in his or her system. Ordinarily, digestive bacteria control Candida levels. However, if your immune system is compromised, an overabundance of Candida can occur. The technical term for this condition is candidiasis–and its prevalence has climbed rapidly over the last few decades. Experts speculate that this increase stems from our modern diet of processed foods, diabetes, obesity, and excessive use of antibiotics.

 The Caprylic acid (a medium-chain triglyceride) is an antifungal agent found naturally in coconuts .Numerous studies have confirmed the efficacy of caprylic acid against candida..For more than 40 years, scientists have known about the power of caprylic acid for natural Candida treatment.

 We Recommend coconut oil as a food source of caprylic acid. However, Caprylic acid is also available in capsule form for those who need higher doses.
We recommend Coconut Oil, internally and also externally,  for the skin and hair. For hair, use Coconut oil once a week, apply and leave on for 40 minutes or more, before rinsing off.

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Your Hair needs the Proper Nutrients



Our eating habits directly influence the health of our hair. A deficiency of vitamin F (essential fatty acids), for example, causes a disruption in the keratin process of the scalp by stimulating the appearance of dandruff. Calcium deficiency causes hair to turn brittle, and lack of vitamin H, part B complex, alters the hair growth cycle by increasing the duration of the natural fall of our strands. These are just some examples of how the hair depends on sufficient amounts of nutrients to keep moisture and cohesion between its cells, giving them a healthy look.

"What is true of the body also applies to the hair strands. As the capillary structures are sensitive to changes in food and diets low in essential elements, proper nutrition is essential to the recovery of hair problems," states hair transplant surgeon Adriano Almeida, director of the Brazilian Society of Hair.According to Texas Collaborative, a
bout 91% of the hair is protein made up of amino acid chains.  Furthermore, the hair is chemically composed of the following:

45.2% carbon
27.9% oxygen 
6.6% hydrogen
15.1% nitrogen 
5.2% sulphur 

 Any factor that reduces the levels of these nutrients in the body will result in changes in the strands. The hair can undergo various changes in terms of structure, color, consistency or appearance, in addition to possible fall-out, culminating in the destruction of the hair follicle.

But where to get these essential nutrients needed for healthy hair?


Strong, shiny and silky hair depends on vitamins and minerals found in many foods. Your diet should be rich in protein (meat, fish, eggs, yogurt), vegetables and fruits, oleaginous seeds (almonds, walnuts, cashews), legumes (beans, peas, lentils) and whole grains (oats, flax, rye).

More important than ingesting large amounts of a particular food, such as zinc and copper, is to seek a synergy of all the vitamins and minerals.  Your diet should be as varied as possible, by rotating between different foods, so as to ensure that you are consuming sufficient amounts of all nutrients.


Fruits and vegetables are must-haves for everyone, but sometimes, just relying on these ingredients is still not enough to obtain the required daily amount of vitamins for our body. In this case, your doctor may prescribe a pill or capsule that has in its formula a variety of vitamins.

Vitamins also work to strengthen hair, especially when hair has already started to fall out. But they are recommended only if there is specific nutritional deficiency. In women, the most common deficiency is iron. In humans, zinc and copper are the most common deficiencies.  

Oral supplements rich in amino acids, zinc, omega 3, cysteine and biotin, help to recover the vitality of the hair. They were developed to compensate for the lack of nutrients.
They arose to fight the molecules that degenerate the healthy cells of the body, replenishing possible deficiencies that cause wrinkles, weak nails, sagging, hair loss, and other aesthetic problems.