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Hair Loss From Fungus  

Posted by Adam (Sherman Oaks, Ca) on 08/30/2010

Hi Ted, I have been reading your all your comments on earth clinic about hair loss and I need your advice. I believe that I have fungus or something that is causing the sides of my head to grow in patches. Basically I have like like one normal hair and next to it a baby hair which doesn't seem to grow anymore... Now I am wondering in your opinion what can be the cause of this? Can this be Calicum buildup or fungus? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Adam

Hair Loss From Hypothyroidism  

Posted by Raja (Brampton, Ontario/canada) on 09/01/2009

Hi, I am 37 years old. I started losing hair at age 20. Lost most of it due to hypothyroidism. Now I eat a well balanced diet and take thyroid medication. I have started seeing little thin hair, but they don't grow more than that. Is there any thing I can use to increase the blood circulation and thicken these thin hair. And will I ever have full head of hair again? Plz. help.

Replied by Jackie
Charlotte, Nc

Serrapeptase is a natural blood thinner.. This would help increase your circulation.. It helps with so many of my ailments not sure if would help or hurt you hair loss situation..

I would be curious as to what Ted thinks about this one..

Replied by Roberta
Charlotte,nc Who, Usa

To Jackie ffrom Charlotte NC, Wondering how high TSH could be to have hair loss. Also, did you find a practitioner in Charlotte area that treats with natural replacement?

Replied by Shannon
Charlotte, North Carolina

Hi, I have found that Biotin (5000mcg) and Bamboo Extract (900mg) daily have helped a LOT with hair loss from hypothyroidism. I have been taking Biotin for years (when I started Synthroid) and Bamboo Extract for about 6 months. My hair looks so much better. I have also recently started drinking ACV 3x per day and I think that is helping too. Good Luck!

Hair Loss From Ringworm  

Posted by Haddasah (Sydney, Australia) on 03/23/2010

I have hair loss at the back of my neck, especially on the left side. I thought it was from the turtle necks I love to wear. Now I have a bald spot on the right crown of my head. Additionally, my hair near my right ear is thinning. I now remember I got ringworm from hairclippers on the back left of my head many years ago. In 2006 I noticed a bump in both the spots where my hair is gone. I have started using tea tree oil, rosemary oil, lavender and baking soda. Please advise me if I absolutely need to see a doctor for an oral drug to cure my scalp. After 5 or more years, is it possible for my hair to come back. It has only come out completely in the last year. Prior to that it just itched and thinned. As a woman I need my hair! Thank you.

Hair Transplantation  

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Posted by Mike (Sofia, Bulgaria) on 10/30/2008
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I have to say I am surprised nobody has mentioned hair transplantation. All the remedies above are fine but I don't see many MEN who had a total regrowth of hair. I lost a large portion of my hair by the time I was 38. I had a transplant of about 5800 hairs from the back of my head to the top.

Now I have a full head of hair and don't need to worry about it anymore. It's been an amazing boost to my self confidence. If you have the money, do your research on the forums and find a top surgeon.

WARNING: There are many bad surgeons out there. A bad transplant is worse than no transplant as you can end up with a bad result and a nasty scar - so do your research!

Hand Reflexology  

Posted by Margaret (Huntsville, US) on 09/19/2014

I have had hair loss due to fungus. I read a book on hand reflexology about rapidly rubbing the fingernails across one another (face the 4 fingers toward each other, then rapidly buff against one another, hands going in opposite directions--up & down, or back & forth) to prevent hair loss and cause it to grow back. 5 minutes, 3 times a day. Since I have a delicate condition in my neck and can't handle the jarring, I use a hand massager, and set my fingernails, one hand at a time, on it. My hair is now growing back, although I have to keep it up every day, so I am also beginning to try the ACV also. I'm not usually on this site, so I may not respond to questions. The reflexology book is very old--can't remember author's name. Hope this helps.

He Shou Wu Tea  

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Posted by Cat (Tauranga, New Zealand) on 07/08/2013
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Re: Faster hair growth... This has been my bugbear for about 6 years now and recently I had the good fortune to be given some of the fabulous He Shou Wu tea from a friend who had been to China and visited an old Chinese herbalist (who recommended he have some for a cleanse/tonic). Upon his return, he went on to mention this particular tea and I asked him if it was He Shou Wu by any chance to which he said "yes"!!! I was eager to get my hands on some so he put some in a bag and I started drinking it up to 3x a day. Within maybe a week, I had noticed my hair growth seemed to be happening very quickly as it only ever grew perhaps 1/4" every 3 months. Since I already knew the benefits for hair growth, I was aware that the tea was indeed doing it's job and cost me nothing - not like all the expensive vitamins etc I had tried over the years. I really felt confident that as I near the age of 50, my hair will no longer be thin and perhaps will avoid hair loss during menopause. Anyway, also read recently that someone had experienced very slow hair growth as soon as the Mirena was inserted for contraception. I've also got this and now think back to both the slowing of the hair and the Mirena happening at the same time!! I'm due to get it taken out shortly and will keep up the He Shou Wu indefinitely (I've run out grrrr) when I find some more. It's an incredible root for health. Also known as the invasive Knotweed (in England it's a costly, invasive pest), in Asia, it's touted for it's health benefits and is an important source of nectar for bees, has resveratrol and so on. It grows prolifically if allowed and would make a fabulous food for starving nations!! Google it! (Knotweed, Fleeceflower, He Shou Wu)

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You can buy the powder and capsules on ebay in australia and probably other ebay countries.

Heavy Metals and Hair Loss  

Posted by D (San Diego, Ca) on 03/30/2013

I just submitted a post yesterday which was titled "Questions about detoxing from heavy metals". My main question was about the bolts in my knee from a surgery in 1988, if it were possible that the metals could be leeching into my system. And whether doing detox methods might be worsening the problem because the bolts cannot be removed.

One of the symptoms is hair loss (I'm a woman, 43, of lower-than-average weight). I had also written this yesterday:

So I wonder if my hair-loss and other stuff has to do with my body attacking itself? Like if my hair is "toxic" because of constantly detoxing, that my body may be attacking it? The roots seem to be declining, fading away, and new hair comes in so baby-fine that it doesn't seem to stay in for long. I know the hair-loss isn't the main problem but a symptom, i'm just using it as an indicator. My thyroid hormone level is back within normal range (back down to 4.5 from 7.5), so I'm ruling that out as a possible cause. Another symptom is fibromyalgia-like, but with a hyperactive mind. So physically exhausted but amped-up at the same time. And Magnesium Chloride did not help with sleep. And there's other "this and that" inconsistant symptoms, not too drastic, but which could be attributed to so many other things too (like candida, deficiencies, ph balance, parasites, allergies, neurological restrictions, glandular, other toxins, altered immune system, IBS, etc etc).

I know that nuclear fallout from Japan could be a factor, being downwind from the jetstream here, but I would think there would be a mass epidemic of hair loss here if that were the only factor. (maybe there is but nobody is speaking about it?)

I stated in the other post a few of the methods (like oil pulling) and supplements i'd been doing. I've also tried the (expensive! ) hair product brand advertised all over the radio as being a sure thing for hair growth, guaranteed. It didn't help at all. Now I mostly use diluted baking soda, ACV, and aloe juice, instead of shampoo, and had done a bit of the Borax rinse. I'd tried oils like olive oil and VCO, but that only causes more hair to fall out from the extra rubbing and rinsing. What's left of the roots is so miniscule and weak.

I just started taking Lugol's too. But now it seems I'm losing hairs more constantly. Not in chunks (I don't have enough hair to call "chunks" anyways) but single strands. Often, a strand falling out catches on my arm and it feels like a spider web, it's so fine!

Could my immune system really be attacking my hair because of the metals and such collecting in it, from cleansing it out of my body?? So detoxing may also shed off my "toxic" hair? If that's the case, I guess I have to just let it all fall out until it's done??? That would suck, but if there's no other way...

Any suggestions, info, or comments are much appreciated! Thanks

Replied by Jj

Just so you know...a TSH of 1 is what drs are supposed to shoot for in treating hypothyroidism...4.5 is extremely hypo still and can could be your hair loss.

Herbal Tea, Glutathione, MSM  

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Posted by Alyssa (San Diego, Ca) on 04/28/2014
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Hair Loss: The remedies that have helped my hair grow faster, thicker, and shinier are herbal teas (all different types! Most of them work! ), Glutathione capsules and nebulized, but the capsules alone also work to help my hair despite the fact that Glutahione generally has a low oral absorption rate. MSM is great, too for hair growth. There is a ton of info on the internet about these remedies. You just have to research and try for yourself.

Homeopathic Remedies for Hair Loss  

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Posted by Nutan (Mumbai, India) on 12/05/2006
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Natrum Mur 3x and Silicea 3x. Hair Fall. Induced new growth of hair.

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Bangalore, Karnataka

Please let me know if these can be bought from any homeopathic clinic or from any specific one and whether one with high BP can use these.

Human Growth Hormone  

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Posted by Diana Castillo (Crofton, Maryland) on 06/23/2007
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I use a natural human growth hormone stimulator and my hair stopped getting grey and stopped falling out.

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Los Angeles, Ca

What are the ingredients of the supplement you use? (I know we are not supposed to list brand names)? I have tested low HGH and cannot afford the $$$ injections, though my Dr.says not much in the way of supplements can help increase.... but am looking to try anyways. Thnx

Hydrogen Peroxide, Vicks Vapor Rub  

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Posted by Rod on 02/28/2009
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Ted: Something going on with a mixture of h2o2 and vicks (on skin). heals skin super fast and also speeds up hair growth. i'm trying 10 drops of h2o2 three times a day but getting some constipation. i guess i need more fiber. trying vicks for wrinkles also.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
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The vicks on skin or scalp helps with getting a skin rehydrated -as vicks major component is vaseline, while eucalyptus oil have some limited antifungal as it also degrades to hydrogen peroxide also, so it kill both bacteria and fungus. Borax used a shampoo has the same property in killing off the fungus, but not retnetion of moistue. Also a borax with 0.5% hydrogen peroxide as a shampoo, can also helped, but I used a vaseline, instead of eucalyptus oil (the vicks) as some people are too sensitive to use this kind of remeay over a week. In excess that may also kill off the hair roots. We just use enough to kill without harming the hair. My own application of tea tree with lavender or alone on scalp is only once or twice application only so much less then a week's time to do its job. Vitamin C is important in basic hairloss as it helps collagen formation and makes the hair roots more stronger.

As to the h2o2 drops taken internally helps rid of fungus and pathogens in the blood, as well as oxygenate teh blood, so this helps with hair loss.

However, I also believe tin deficiency is one of the causes, a tin supplement isn't easy to acquire either and the dose is quite low, such as 1 mg. The only way I see to get an amino acid chelated tin is to get a real tin can, or a tin metal and soak them in a soy sauce. A soy sauce is actually amino acids which will chelate them in very low amount and use them as a food flavoring added for soups. Tin deficiency is relatively low in Asian perhaps because of the use of tin in cups and cans, while tin is a deficiency since the switchover to the use of aluminum cans and plastic lined canned, which by they way are the source of estrogen, in the form of bisphenol A, which I believe is unhealthy for hair growth and weight loss also. Also Western culture use a lot of carpets, which is a mjaor source of fungus, that also leads to hair loss too.

I have found woman who take progesterone help with hair loss, but it becomes an addiction. If discontinued, hair loss gets worse. So in men, one other common cause is hormonal imbalance, which in some instances magnesium and boron (from borax) supplementation often helps normalizes this condition and helps with hair growth. Peroxide cleans the blood increase oxygen in the blood also. This can be proven through medical examination where blood's oxygen capacity does increase after taking peroxide drops. Hydrogen peroxide is amazingly stable and don't degrade easily in low dilution where water is also free from free heavy metals. If it is high, they tend to degrade quickly into numerous air bubbles which came from an old rusty faucet, or a old rusty water filter. Luckily today Iand unlucky at the same time), most water filter are now from plastics, but certain water filter again may generate bisphenol A if the wrong kinds of plastic were used. There's no way we can find out without proper analysis on that one and water filter companies don't even have to disclose whether some of the water filter are bisphenol free, or other contaminants from it's production. In any case, I think its still better then the metal filter ones.


Replied by Kathy
Sandy, Ut, USA

Is the hydrogen peroxide you use a food grade or pharmaceutical grade or just the stuff in drug store aisles?

Increase Hot Water Heater Temp, Borax  

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Posted by Bluebutter (Florida, Usa) on 05/20/2016
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I've read about the connection between fungal infections and hair loss. I tried Ted's recommendation of washing my hair with borax. It was great. I had so many little sprouts on my scalp. But the sprouts would never really take off. They would have such gusto, then stop. I wash my hair about once ever 5 days. I did some research. And found out that if your hot water heater is not set to super scalding hot, a certain bacteria will start to grow in your hot water heater. If your water is only about 100-120 Fah bacteria will grow in your tank. Therefore when you wash you hair with that water, it's BAD for your hair. Adding borax to this water probably helps it, but still not good enough.

Set your hot water heater to hottest, and you will eliminate the fungal/baceteria from the source of your water. Then wash with borax and hopefully wait for great results. Thanks Ted for all your knowledge that I was able to glean from. I hope this helps people to regain their beautiful hair. :)


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Posted by Lori (Ny, Usa) on 08/11/2010

Hi I am new to this site. My son is 25 years old and has Graves Disease since he was 16 years old. He had his thyroid radiated about 10 years ago and is on synthroid ever since. His hairline is receding very badly. Would iodine treatment regrow his hair? Internally or externally? Clear or orange iodine? Any other remedy that would work? Could you give me specific directions on how to try to regrow his hair? Thank you in advance.

Posted by Superslide (Las Vegas, Nv, Usa ) on 05/07/2010
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My father has had multiple ailments all his life. Nothing life threatening, but wearing nonetheless. I suggested he take iodine supplements.
After 1 month, he hasn't noticed his improvement, which my mother did, but called to tell me new hair is growing and the roots feel stronger. His shedding has decreased and the new hairs are really black. I also have noticed my own hair growing. I am shedding a lot but I have tons of new hair growing like crazy. Lol.

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Ft Lauderdale, Fl

which iodine supplement did you use??

Posted by Sandra (Gwent, South Wales) on 02/23/2009
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30 years ago my son lost his hair through nerves he was only 8 year old at the time, a old lady told me to rub in white iodine every night which i did, within 6 week his hair was so thick, i also had very weak nails the iodine strenghened them, now i am in my 60s my hair is thining out and i need to get some white iodine, please tell me where i can buy white iodine. i cannot buy it in the uk. any one know where i can buy it?

EC: Google product search under "decolorized iodine" might help: