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Posted by Rlgholly (Detroit, Usa) on 10/11/2011

Greeting, ec! This is an amazing site, so this question is regarding hair loss, I have been experiencing hair loss for about 2 years now, I've noticed it on every part of my body, I am worried I will be completely hairless soon if I don't receive help. I see hair from my eyelashes and eyebrows all over my pillow the next morning, it's embarrasing. I think it might be some sort of virus or fugus because I am starting to see the same symptoms in my roommate as well as my family when I am home for the holidays, if any of you all have any suggetions to what this might be I am all ears. Thank you!

Posted by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
The best thing for your fungus/virus is iodine taken internally. It will kill off all fungus, yeast, bad bacteria, remove heavy metals etc. Not only that but most people are deficient and it is needed for the thyroid gland to function. You should take it every day.

You need to take the companion nutrients with iodine- Magnesium, selenium (brazil nuts), and vitamin c.

Posted by Annu
Delhi, India
5 Posts
Hi Debbie, can u please tell me what is the exact measurement of Elemental iodine, Potassium iodide, and distilled water for lugols 2 % iodine solution? I don't get it in the store, so I have to make it in the chemistry lab. Will it be safe if I take it internally?


Posted by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
Hi Annu

Here is a youtube video by a herbalist who shows you how to make Lugols iodine (part 1 and part 2). Yes it is safe to take internally. If you can try and read the book by Dr. Brownstein on Iodine "Iodine, Why we need it & Why we Can't live without it" (on Amazon) lots of great info. You also need to take the "companion nutrients" for it to work best. iodine&docid=1076249952899&mid=7BED12947AB647D3C5DB7BED12947AB647D3C5DB&FORM=VIRE3

Posted by Rick
Amsterdam, Netherlands
If your scalp itches and smells it's probably a fungal infection which you can try to eliminate by using diluted baking soda and a diluted ACV rinse after.

If it's a thyroid issue, try and take extra virgin coconut oil internally. Start off with just a teaspoon a day and gradually increase to like 2 tablespoons. You should also apply coconut oil on your scalp/hair about half an hour prior to the BS/ ACV wash.

If the coconut oil didn't work for this issue.. at least you've gotten some of its other wonderfull benefits.

good luck

Posted by Suz (Whittier, California) on 09/19/2011

I am loosing all my hair; I have a sensitive blotchy red scalp slightly itchy. I shower and loose a ridiculous amount of hair, don't have much left! HELP!!

Posted by The Great Mr. Douglas
Youngstown, Ohio, United States
12 Posts
I regrew my hair by.... Eliminating modern shampoos, use baking soda or borax solution and acv.... also try coconut oil idk if this will solve it 100 but it wont do damage.
Posted by Sonia
Orlando, Fl U.s.a.
I read at another site that castor oil applied on the scalp and daily helps with hair growth. Results start to show after 6 weeks of continued growth. God bless.

Posted by Connie (Slc, Ut) on 09/13/2011

Hi Phyllis; Consider trying a sublingual lozenge of B12, methylcobalamin, 1000 mcg. daily, for hair loss. That, with a good B-complex may also help with some of the devastating symptoms of Lupus, such as high homocysteine, which can injure tissues. ( The B12 helped me with hair loss).

Posted by Phyllis (Selmer, Tn.) on 09/12/2011

I have been taking Plaquenil for years for Lupus. Recently I was in a car accident and got a broken leg. The doctor that fixed my leg said to stop taking the Plaquenil because it would inhibbet healing. I stopped it for about 4 months and I started seeing that I was losing an excessive amount of hair just like when I first got Lupus. So I got back on the Plaquenil. I'm back on it now for about 4 or 5 weeks and it has not stopped falling. I did the aloe, teetree, and lavender but it didn't help. I've been juicing and have been trying high vitamin therepy also. Please can you help me. It's looking really bad and I need some help.

Posted by Arc (Split, Croatia) on 09/03/2011

hello please advise, this is quite urgent.

I have low stomach acid, of that im certain.

I get extra tired whenever I eat something. though I have done quite a few failed liver flushes in a row.

taking mass fruit the week before the liverflush like advised, but due to my low stomach acid I think this puts even more strain on the liver, since I cant digest the fruit properly. Anywho iv recently cut out fruit and started taking Apple Cider Vinegar with meals. Though new hairs are sprouting over my head (thank god). All my hair is getting extremly weak when I run my fingers through it. Now I have tried taking smaller doses of acv, and all that does is make me feel tired. And I have also tried upping the salt(for iodine and minerals) intake and thats giving me arthiritis and extreme back pain in the mornings, osterrporosis I think. Now I have gotten to taking baking soda in mornings and night and Apple Cider Vinegar 2 tablespoons in water before breakfast and dinner. But my hair is still weak and falls out when I brush my fingers through it. (i have been taking baking soda for 2 days now, today second day. Will things get better and hair get stronger from here. Is it something to do woth my body not being able to make sodium carbonate due to failing liver. I did try taking baking soda and Apple Cider Vinegar at the same time, but they seem to cancel each other out that way, and I feel more tired after a meal. I do intend to do more liver flushes but I havnt done one in months as they jsut make me sick every time. Please could you advise, to get my hair stronger. Does Apple Cider Vinegar deplete some core minerals that I need? any advice on foods as their better then suppplents?

Posted by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
Arc, from Split, Croatia, according to a great ebook link below, all problems with the body including cancer are caused by a mineral deficiency.

You need to be eating whole foods or super foods Chlorophyl, spirulina, chlorella or juicing vegetables.

Also I see you live by the sea. One of the best ways to get minerals back into your body is to swim in the sea or to even walk ankle deep in the water or stand in the water for 20 minutes. Or do you have any mineral spas near you where you can have a mineral bath? Also buy unrefined sea salt and put it on your food to get the minerals from that.

Many supplements now have bad additives added to them which are not beneficial to your health. You are better with whole food for your vitamins and minerals.

Posted by T (Atlanta, Georgia) on 08/30/2011

Hi Ted,

I have read many of your posts on Earth Clinic and I was hoping if you could help me with my hair and eyebrow loss.

I am a 24 year old male and I have been losing my hair for the last 4 years. Hair is shedding from all over my head. I also have pretty bad dandruff that I can't get rid of. I have these very tiny white "balls" or "beads" on my scalp that easily come off if I scratch or run my hands through my hair. I have tried several over-the-counter medicated shampoos but none of those worked. I am shedding hair uniformly from my head and the dermatologist thinks I may have some form of alopecia. Since the last 6 months I am also losing all my eyebrows! So please help me!

My blood test results show I have no thyroid issues. I am taking Biotin and multi-vitamin supplements daily. I am also taking ACV with baking soda 2 times a day for the last one month but no positive results so far. I have tried using ACV on my scalp for dandruff. Although the situation improves slightly the dandruff comes back the next day. Same is the case with tea tree oil.

What do you suggest I should try next? How do I stop the hairloss? I hope to hear from you soon.

Regards, T

Posted by Nina
Malma, Sweden
I have to admit that I don't know so much about hair loss, but very often dandruff is caused by a fungal condition. I suggest that you try taking some coccunut oil and see if this helps your condition( alopecia and the dandruff. It will give your skin and hair great moisture and keep fungal issues down. When I took whey protein before I noticed it was the first time in many years that I didn't loose lots of hair on a daily basis.

Many people have stopped loosing hair by taking black strap molasses. With all the nutrients in it maybe it will help your hair stay where it should :-)

Do a search on this site for coccunut oil and even black strap molasses.

My last suggestion is look at you diet and make sure you are eating enough fruits and vegetables to keep a proper ph balance. If you ar not it can lead to alot of problems including what you are experiencing.

Hope this helps


Posted by Brian (Quezon City, Philippines) on 08/17/2011

Hi Ted, I want to know the latest remedy for hair growth. It seems that there are more urban myth than real treatment out there right now. Thanks.

Posted by Hudha (Male', Maldives) on 08/11/2011

I am 22 years. I started using Ba Wang shampoo abs conditioner for my hair loss. I have new hair growing which are thin at the ends and doesn't grow after it has grown for about 2 inches. U have a lot of these hair and I have to straighten my hair using a hair straightener so these hairs are kept under control. Can someone please tell me how to grow these hair?

Posted by Amal (Belgaum, India) on 07/21/2011

  • I am18 years old. I have been suffering from hair loss from the past 2 years. I have tried many medications[ayurvedic, homeopathic, allopathic] but to no avail, nothing seems to be working.
  • My problem is that I have itchy scalp accompanied with small acne like breakouts. There are several small patches or spots all over my scalp owing to hair fall. and my hair line is also receding.
  • Because of the itchiness I have to wash my hair 4 times a week. I will be grateful if you would suggest me a solution.

  • Posted by Sue Ellen
    Los Angeles, Ca
    10 Posts
    The two most likely cause for hair loss at such a young age are hormone (thyroid) imbalances and fungal infections. I would recommend you have your hormone levels checked. Virgin coconut oil taken up to 3tbs a day may be helpful. For treating the scalp problems topically the following is my grandmother's recipe for treating everything from cradle cap (usually a condition caused by fungus) to drandruff;

    1/4 cup of olive oil

    5-10 drops of rosemary oil

    1/2 cup white vinager

    warm olive oil tojust warmer than body temp and add rosemary. Massage into scalp. Wash with a very gentle shampoo rinse thoroughly with water doa final rinse with the vinager. Towel dry hair. Do not blowdry your hair until the condition is completely gone.

    Posted by Wannalearnmore (West Miffin, Ohio, Us) on 07/13/2011

    Hey all. So I've been on here reading about information on hair loss. I am 27, was diagnosed w/ hypothyroid a year ago and now am on armour thyroid (which is fine) agrees with me well. I definitely have more energy with it, but the hair loss is still there, it's gotten a bit better, but surely hasn't stopped.

    I've seen apple cider vinegar is good. How fast do you see results and what is the effective amount to use? What about directly on the scalp? Do you spritz it on half with water/apple cider or just pure vinegar? Rinse or leave in?

    Also, does anyone have any information and productive results of using coconut oil? If so, how fast was the progress? I wanna stop the hair loss and regrow it. I'm 27 and love beautiful hair and am upset about the loss of mine in the shower...

    I truly could use a bit more energy to. I know stress can effect hair loss as well, I'm considering taking up some yoga practices.

    Any suggestions would be great! I will keep you updated on my progress.

    Today I started the acv... 2 tbs 2x a day. Gonna work up to 2 tablespoons, 3 times a day.

    I have read to take it four hours from when you take your armour, being that it may effect the potency of it.

    Posted by Karen
    You DO NOT want to leave ACV (vinegar) in y our hair for long as it can cause hair loss. When you stop and think of it, you can remove rust with vinegar. That being so, it can break your hair off your head too. Make SURE YOU RINSE it off. Hope this helps you. My sister once told me a friend of hers used ACV vinegar on her hair and let it stay on and she lost all her hair.

    Posted by Wantmyhair2grow (Pittsburgh, Ohio) on 07/12/2011

    hey everyone. I have a couple questions. I'm 27 years old and my hair use to be healthy and beautiful and over the past year, it has thinned out, I can see at my scalp line it has really thinned out and I really dislike it :(

    so i' m trying some different things and wanted to see if any of you had feedbacks on amounts, how effective they are etc.

    I've heard coconut oil is great, taken internally. 2tbs 3x a day? The only thing is, it does not agree super well with my stomach..

    the acv... I've heard 3x a day, 2 tbs. I've started the vinegar once a day and I've noticed I've been very nautious the last few days. But I got to reading and realized it could be releasing toxins that are in my body. The side effects of the vinegar are not fun, but I'm believing there are probably some things in my system that need to come out.

    i just started reading that cayenne applied to the scalp could be beneficial?

    the only meds I take is armour thyroid.... I do realize that my thyroid issue has promoted some of the hair loss.

    any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!! :)

    Posted by Keepingmyhair
    Northville, Michigan, Usa
    GO GET YOUR FASTING INSULIN CHECKED. While I do not have hair loss, I have read that excess insulin, leads to excess androgens, which leads to HAIR LOSS. Google that type of thinking and go get yourself measured. FASTING INSULIN, and investigate the blood tests that would indicate how much androgen you have, and/or testosterone you have. Also I have heard that CHOLESTEROL MEDICATIONs cause people's hair to fall out. I hope these thoughts are seeds you can use.
    Posted by Mmsg
    Somewhere, Europe
    How about trying those remedies in far less amounts?
    Posted by Courtney
    Granite Bay, Ca
    That is WAY too much coconut oil to be taking. I would recommend half of what you are currently taking (so, 1 Tbsp. 3x/day instead) and if you're not already - take it with your meals. That should help the stomach issues you're having.

    Re: ACV - Are you diluting the 2T in water? Your post didn't say. The ACV should be mixed with 16oz of water and sipped throughout the day, not chugged down all at once.

    Hope this helps!

    Posted by Sanjana (Kolkata, West Bengal) on 07/11/2011

    Hi... I loss lot of hair when I comb my hair after washing my hair with shampoo. I am 27 years old, female. And this increase during the monsoon months in india. I am also suffering from dandruff and that increases in the monsoon months. I have started taking ACV in the morning in empty stomach, but after taking this I feel burning sensation inside my throat, beneath feet and sometimes in the head. I have used ACV as the final rinse, that reduces some dandruffs. I try to eat healthy, drinks lots of water. I use parachute coconut oil and message my scalp 2 hours before washing my hair, I use a Lotus herbal shampoo. Please help me with this problem. Suggest me with shampoos, green vegetable juice(wanted to add some of the things are not available in india and some are available seasonally), with vitamin supplements, any thing. Wanted to add one more thing, read in many articles not to use finger nails to remove dirts, but if I want to clean my scalp thoroughly , I mean to remove dandruffs totally I have to use fingernails. Please help me with this also. Thanks in advance

    Posted by Dianna
    Austin, Tx
    stop using shampoo! use natural herbal washes like shikakai or egg yolks. I cannot use shampoo myself because it also causes my hair to fall out. you can also use a natural soap to wash hair and do a rinse with vinegar and water or lemon/lime juice in water after.

    hope this helps, dianna

    Posted by Sanjana
    Kolkata, India
    5 Posts
    Thanks dianna for your reply... What do you exactly mean by natural herbs, I have used shikkai but it doesnot clean hair, never used egg yolk... How those things work? can TED's borax will be help full? If you or someone else knows the exact procedure of making shampoo with this herbs for hair wash please do reply.... Thanks once again... Sanjana
    Posted by Catherine
    Wellington, New Zealand
    58 Posts
    I have also been having problems with falling hair and dandruff. I desperation I have tried Urine therapy. For 5 weeks have been ingesting 4oz morning mid-stream, and so far have once done the application of old urine as per urine therapy books. Last week my hairdresser commented on how much new hair was growing in!! So for me it is working. Oh and my dandruff and itchy scalp has considerably diminished. Urine therapy has been used since ancient times. It is a simple no cost remedy for lots of ailments, and always available. Best of luck.

    Posted by Tam (Karachi, Pakistan) on 07/09/2011

    i have to ask that I m 25 years old and I have slow hair loss since I was 18 I have smelly dead skin layer on the scalp even after I get shower when I touch my scalp I feel greasy. I have still rapid hair loss I got my medical chekup but everything is normal. My hair loss is not genetic I think it is due to this smelly greasy scalp condition. I have bushy hair on the area of the scalp which is not greasy. how to avoid it kindly let me know the remedy as soon as possible.

    Posted by Debbie
    Melbourne, Australia

    It sounds like you have a fungal condition on your scalp.

    Try leaving organic coconut oil on your scalp for a few hours (it is anti fungal) also wash it with Apple Cider Vinegar and leave it on. Even fresh Aloe vera juice is anti fungal.

    I would also take the above things internally because you probably have an internal fungal problem as well.

    Start juicing fresh green vegetables. Stop all extra sugar in your diet.

    Posted by Sara (Sacramento, Ca, Usa) on 05/16/2011

    How to get thick and fuller hair. My hair is very thin and oily.

    Posted by Ana (Houston, Texas, Usa) on 05/09/2011

    Dear Ted,

    It would be a kind help for me and on sake of my marriage life if you could list me out the suppliments or any application which would solve my hairfall problem.

    "i am 31 yr old female from India and moved to US 1.5 yrs back since then I m having excessive hairfall actually hairfall started 4yrs back but after coming to USA it is tooooo much. I have few hairs to count on my head. I'm on a contraceptive pills past 1 yr too. Every time I comb/apply oil/shampoo hair comes out in 1000s. "Is it due to water in my surrounding too?? Due to thinning of hair my husband does not take me out to meet with people. We both are ashamed of that. Please tell me what I should use for stopping my hairfall and regrowth too.

    Many Thanks in Advance

    Posted by Belinda
    Lighthouse Point, Florida, Usa
    dear ana... I can feel your pain.. I have had lots of hair loss due to stress and genetics... And being women it is much harder... But there are some wonderful healthy options you should try right away.. I use every morning in my smoothie a scoop of Dr.Schapiro's help hair whey protein powder, along with other healthy ingredients. Raw eggs, flaxseed oil, organic berries... I do it everyday and cannot believe how my hair is growing...!! You can find this product on line and most good health food stores... Also if you cannot make a smoothie with the whey powder each day... Make sure you are taking a 5mg of biotin a day then... Also sea veggies are loaded with nutrients for hair and nails.. Your hair will grow back, just relax and feed it... Good luck to you!
    Posted by Mmsg
    Somewhere, Europe
    ana, lots of people start having problems when they radically change their lifestyle, as you did, moving from india to the u.s. so it may be useful for you to stick, as much as possible, to the diet you had in your native country.
    Posted by Bess
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    Hi Ana - Belinda's reply to you has excellent ideas. Whole, non-processed food is a wonderful start. Diet is our foundation for health. You mentioned that you are taking birth control pills. There has been some connection between hair loss and these pills (search the Internet using the following words: hair loss birth control). If you check the side effects for your prescription, you might find that hair loss is a possibility (in which case you will need to work with your doctor on getting a different type of birth control).

    Also, ask your doctor to check to see if you are hypothyroid. I lost a lot of hair (and a good deal of my eyebrows) before I was diagnosed. Once my thyroid was balanced, my hair gradually grew back - my eyebrows are still quite thin, however. Ensure that you are using gentle, natural shampoos (without fragrance, chemicals, etc. ) and a shower filter, especially if you have hard water. If it's any consolation, many women suffer from this. For example, there is a Web site:
    with a forum so you can find out what helped others in the same situation. I realize that hair is our "crowning glory" but the more you stress about it, the harder it is on your body. Remember, Ana, you are beautiful - inside and out! I wish you the best of luck finding a solution. Take care, Bess

    Posted by Tm
    Brisbane, Australia
    5 Posts
    Hi Ana, I had the same issue when I moved recently. Read the Dandruff or Hairloss feeds in the Ailments section. Ted has posted some great advice there. I used the Apple Cider Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide remedy followed by Tea Tree Oil. 1 part (20ml) Apple Cider Vinegar to 1 part (20ml) Hydrogen Peroxide 3% solution to 10 parts (200ml) water, massage into scalp and leave on for 10 minutes, rinse and shampoo with natural shampoo (with as few chemicals as possible). Then massage pure Tea Tree Oil onto scalp and leave overnight. It really worked, but you do need to repeat this treatment once a week. I hope this helps.
    Posted by Becky From Ohio
    Ashtabula, Ohio, Usa
    9 Posts

    There are things like thyroid problems that can cause hair loss, but it does sound quite possible that your problem is stress. (Though it would be good to have your thyroid checked by a doctor). Also, ask your doctor if the birthcontrol could be causing it- if so maybe you can switch to a different brand.

    More importantly- don't be ashamed to go out. Have you tried some nice scarves or hats? If these will make you feel less embarrased, buy some. Don't stay in and hide!

    Also- if you have long hair, you may want to try switching to a short cut for a time while you work your hair issues out. Shorter hair tends to look fuller. If you worry less about your hair you will have less stress to make it fall out. I've had thinning problems from several years and these things helped me. My hair is stable now, but am trying things to make it thicker. I am currently trying the Edgar Cayce remedy for hair loss. Since you need to give it several months to work (I started about a month ago) I will have to get back to the site and post the results months from now.

    The remedy uses a massage of crude oil three times a week to the scalp (left on for about 30 minutes) an herbal tonic taken orally and also lightly massaging white petroleum (vasoline) into the scalp as well. I honestly thought this was one of the strangest remedies and would have never tried it had I not used another Cayce remedy for another problem and had wonderful success.

    Posted by Sidra
    Salem, Or
    Please have your ferritin levels checked. Ferritin is the form of iron stored in your body. This is not the same as the iron levels in your blood that are checked for symptoms of anemia. You can have extermely low ferritin levels and NOT be anemic. When you do not have enough ferritin, your body begins to shut down less important uses of iron (like maintaining hair growth) to sustain adequate levels in your blood. According to a leading dermatologist in iron deficiency and women's hair loss, ferritin concentrations of 40 ng/mL or greater are required for maintaining good hair while 70ng/ml is required for regrowth (Rushton DH. Management of hair loss in women. Dermatol Clinic)" If you begin an iron supplement, read about the foods and beverages that inhibit iron absorption. When you take it is very important. For a great support group on women's har loss see, Women's Hair Loss ProjectGood luck!

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