hair loss

  1. Going bald? Your mother may NOT be to blame!

    Q: Will anything help with my loss of hair?

    GR: Men are basically conditioned to expect to lose that head of hair sooner or later. And if you’ve ever seen a photo of me, you know that I know what I’m talking about.

    But still, for men – and especially for women – hair loss can DESTROY self-esteem.

    The good news is that losing hair – even by the handful! – is usually a symptom of something else going on. And that means we can ward it off… or even REVERSE it entirely.

    As I’ve shared in the past, it’s normal for each of us to lose anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair EACH DAY. But studies show that when it gets to be more than that, it can be a symptom of something more serious.

    While hair loss can certainly be genetic – we can all just take a look at our parents and grandparents to sort that one out – research shows that there are also a whole host of other causes.

    And the first step toward reigning it in is getting to the “root” of the problem.

    Here at my clinic in Boston, we know that hair loss can be attributed to minor, short-term issues like daily washing (which strips hair of its natural oils) and using harsh chemical products (which can lead to thinning and breakage) – both of which can be managed with diet and lifestyle changes.

    In other cases, it could be a result of an illness -- even one from months ago.

    As well, some drugs (acid blockers, anti-seizure meds, and blood thinners) may induce hair loss, which most commonly begins to appear within two to four months after starting up on the medication. The good news is that the hair loss is typically easily reversed by stopping the medication, but it may be a few weeks before those locks come back and better (and healthier) than ever.

    Other times, the cause can be more systemic – and here at my clinic, we often trace it back to hormone levels that have gone out of whack. But unfortunately, it’s not just one hormone that can cause a thick head of hair to thin out.

    For instance, some of the synthetic “female” hormones taken during menopause can cause hair to start falling out, as can too much cortisol (the “stress hormone”) and low functioning thyroid.

    Thyroid function can easily be stalled or even blocked by radiation, trauma, illness, and medication – but fortunately, we can usually improve it with natural thyroid replacement, zinc and selenium supplements, and a nutrient-rich Paleo diet.

    In addition to hormone disruptions, hair loss can sometimes also indicate deficiencies in biotin, zinc, ferritin, and iron – which can all be improved easily by eating a combination of fish, meat, legumes, and leafy greens like spinach or broccoli.

    Beware of taking zinc or iron supplements on your own. In both cases, you can easily get too much of a good thing.

    An integrative doc can test for hormone imbalances and prescribe a treatment that’s right for you. For my “Halt the Hair Loss” plan, see the December 2015 issue of my Nutrition & Healing newsletter.

    Something else got you scratching your head? Shoot me a line at askdrrothfeld@nutritionandhealing.com, and I may answer your question next.

  2. Fertility drug may boost breast cancer risk 150%

    A bun in the oven or a lump in the breast?

    There hasn't been an Immaculate Conception in 2,000 years -- but if you or a loved one has been struggling to get pregnant, you've probably spent a lot of time praying for a miracle.

    Luckily for you, there are plenty of fertility doctors out there willing to play God, injecting you with crazy chemical and hormone cocktails for up to $25,000 a treatment.

    Well, just be sure that bump in your belly doesn't come with a lump in your breast. Because long-term use of a popular fertility drug being sold to THOUSANDS of women across the United States may actually increase your risk of deadly breast cancer by 150% or more!

    Researchers followed nearly 10,000 women who were treated for infertility with Clomid, a synthetic hormone. Turns out gals who took 12 or more cycles of Clomid were 1.5 times more likely to develop breast cancer -- and those were the LUCKY women who actually got pregnant!

    Women who took Clomid and DIDN'T get pregnant actually doubled their breast cancer risk. That's right -- no baby, just cancer. Plus, studies have shown Clomid can trigger painful ovarian cysts and even cause your hair to fall out!

    If the stork can't seem to find his way to your house, skip the Clomid and focus on identifying the chemicals, you're contacting every day that send your hormones haywire. I'm talking about food packaging, carpet coatings, and other nasty poisons we pack into our homes.

    Get those toxins out of the way, and you may have "one on the way" before you know it.

  3. Hair growth drug Propecia in new depression link

    Propecia promises to help balding men regrow their hair -- but it doesn't promise to make them feel good about it. The drug has been linked to depression.

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