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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

CANDIDA AND HAIR LOSS

How a biological imbalance in our natural flora of the scalp can lead to Hair Loss


Hair loss results from a combination of the following:

1. Genetic predisposition
2. Poor nutrition
3. Weak immune system
4. An environment that leads to an overgrowth of Candida fungus (Yeast).


1. Genetic predisposition , Male and Female Pattern Baldness
The most common cause of hair loss is a hereditary condition called male-pattern baldness or female pattern baldness. It usually occurs gradually and in predictable patterns — a receding hairline and bald spots in men and thinning hair in women. Pattern baldness is most common in men and can begin as early as puberty, and this type of hair loss may involve both hair thinning and miniaturization (hair becomes soft, fine and short).One cause of male pattern baldness is genetics, or having a family history of baldness, which influences the age at which you begin to lose hair, the rate of hair loss and the extent of baldness. Research has found that male pattern baldness is associated with male sex hormones called androgens, which have many functions including regulating hair growth.

Evolution in men:

Typically, at first the hair begins to thin (recede) at the front sides (temples), and at the same time, the hair usually becomes thin on the top of the head (the crown). As the bald patch gradually develops in the middle of the scalp, it will join the receding sides, creating the first patch at the front. Each hair on your head has a growth cycle and because of MPB, this growth cycle begins to decline causing hair follicle to shrink, by producing shorter and finer strands of hair. Eventually, the growth cycle for each follicle ends and no new hair will grows in its place.
Facts in Males: The male pattern baldness (MPB) form of androgenetic alopecia accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men.

About 25% of men who suffer from MPB begin the painful process before they reach 21.
By age 35, two-thirds of American men will have some degree of hair loss and
By age 50 approximately 85% of men have significantly thinning hair.

Evolution in women:
A similar condition affects women but in a different pattern. As it tends to particularly affect either the top of the head or an overall thinning of the entire hair equally. Hair thinning in women is more common after the menopause, and typically increases with age, and it's higher for women with a history of hair loss on either side of the family.
Fact in Women:

One third of white Caucasian women in the UK have some hair loss once they reach the age of 70.


2. Poor Nutrition and our types of Hair Follicles:


We have 3 kinds of hairs that grow in the scalp:

Terminal = thick, fully pigmented, regular hair.
Lanugo = an intermediate hair that grows between the terminal and vellus hair phases. It pigmented and thicker than vellus hair but weaker than the terminal.

Vellum = a thin non-pigmented hair that can only see in certain angles of the light.


Some causes of poor nutrition of the hair can be by the following:

Deficit of nutrients (anemia, lack of B vitamins and others), your body prioritizes organs that are more vital, and fewer nutrients will go to nourish the hair.
Stress is also a big factor, due to your body being under stress it requires and uses more nutrients, than usual, restricting again delivery of nutrition to your hair follicles.
Blood flow circulation is "food for your cells". That's why it's important to massage your scalp, especially in the areas that you have less hair. Hence why hair stylists usually massage your head and scalp during the wash, under warm water.FYI: Minoxidil only works because increase blood flow in the small vases temporarily, when you stop using, your hair will start to fall again.


3a. Weak immune System:

Our immune system is our system of defense and has the responsibility to support our health, when it fails, our body will react with symptoms and diseases. For example, the skin, mouth,and intestines, are covered by millions of individual microorganisms that don’t do us any harm. In fact,they protect us from becoming infected with harmful microbes, these microorganisms are known as our body flora. However if microbe numbers grow beyond the normal range (due to a weak immune system) or if microbes populate areas of the body normally not colonized (due to poor hygiene or injury), it can result in many diseases.

3b. Body PH Balance
When your body’s natural pH balance is upset, the candida can grow out of control, creating a systemic problem. Good healthy bacteria and a properly functioning immune system are essential when fighting this stubborn infection.When the balance between good microorganism that live in our body is disrupted, it causes us to be sick. Specially at the scalp, leading to the start of dandruff, itching, oily hair and hair loss.


4.An environment that leads to an overgrowth of Candida fungus (Yeast).
Candida Overgrowth Syndrome, or COS, is the term used when candida has grown out of control in your body. Make no mistake: This is a chronic health condition. Individuals that have never experienced a serious yeast infection can find they have developed new sensitivities, allergies or intolerances to a variety of foods. These foods include dairy, eggs, corn, and gluten and others.


5. Body reaction due to Overgrowth of Candida in the scalp:



Candida and Oil:
Activation of the sebaceous glandule, which produces more oil. The oil is a protection for our skin and scalp. If we use shampoo to try to control or suppress the excess of oil in the scalp, we will weaken our scalp defenses and accelerate the progression hair loss. You can help your hair using healthy oil 1 x a week like a coconut, Rosmarinus, or our Vida Hair Oil that has the best combination of organic & essential oils.

Candida overgrowth and Scalp:
Candida overgrowth in the scalp will activate the skin renovation and desquamation process, causing increased presence of flakes, dead skin, and dandruff and itching. That reaction is also a mechanism of defense, when they don't work anymore, the scalp will go into atrophy, becoming bald dry and not a healthy scalp. That is why we don't recommend anti-dandruff shampoos, because you will be "without flakes" and also with less hair.We developed Vida Hair Shampoo and Vida Hair Lotion to control an overgrowth of Candida, helping your scalp to be healthy again.


The overgrowth of Candida and Hair follicle.
The hair first starts to fall before completion of the regular hair life cycle. The new hair will be weak and thin, growing slowly, falling out before it should. The hair will be more fragile until eventually disappearing. A healthy hair will become lanugo, and then vellum, and then terminal. To reverse this process, we developed Vida Hair Shampoo, Vida Hair Lotion, Vida Hair Oil.


The immune system is our system of defense.
This system is working all the time to fight and balance the overgrowth of Candida, while at the same time, consuming many nutrients. In this process, we deplete of vitamin and minerals, hence why is critical to address the internal factors that accelerate the process of Hair Loss. We formulated Vida Hair Oral Spray to support the nutrients necessary for the hair and to break the vicious cycle of stress and hair loss.


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.


Margot Gobetti (MD 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 were we described our observation of 461 patients over the period of 5 years.

We believe that Medicine and Science are just one, and need always to have an open mind with no pre-judgments.

Learn how we can help you at Vida Homeopathy