Home Remedies for Hair Loss: Q&A

Last Modified on Dec 13, 2012

MPB (Male Pattern Baldness) Natural Cure

12/13/2012: B from Anonymous: Hi, I am a 20 year old male and have been suffering from hair loss for the last 3 years. I am sure that it is MPB [male pattern baldness] so I am asking for help. Can you recommend a regimen that is proven to work against MPB? Also, I have heard that using a boar bristle brush can help regrow hair. Is that true? There is also a guy who is gaining popularity on the internet named Edwin Diaz who had good results in his fight against MPB and he says he used herbs. I haven't really checked out his regimen as I thought I would rather ask for help from you, but have you ever heard of his regimen by chance? Does it seem like it may be effective? Any form of help is appreciated. It's making life hard since I'm still really young for this to be happening. Please help!

02/10/2012: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: I can't resolve all male pattern baldness (MPB), I can resolved about 75% of the male pattern baldness cases. As for the boar bristle, that doesn't work well, it just stimulates the circulation. You can also do simple hair brushing or something of that nature.

The ones I see consistently (if you call 75% of cases resolved) which is as high as I can get at the moment, is to prepare a topical application cream (or solution) consisting of B3, some Biotin, methionine, cysteine, borax and perhaps some zinc acetate of roughly equal amount, except for biotin that is 1% is fine enough, make a solution, apply to the scalp and it takes about 2 to 3 weeks, on average before bumps start (which is hair trying to come out of the skin of the scalp) and start growing.

The DHT (dehydrotestosterone) is implicated in male pattern baldness, but this can be temporarily reduced with Saw Palmetto once a day, although I think a lot has to do with too much FREE heavy metals in your body, especially the nickel (usually from fried foods) or other metals from fried foods, which raises cholesterol levels, that also prevents circulation to the area. If I narrow down just to one item, it would be the B3 niacinamide, as it is antifungal, reduces anxiety and stress also, which is implicated in hair loss. But niacinamide is one of my mainstays in treatment of both hair loss and hair growth, the next is borax, the third I believe is sodium molybdate, especially if you have yeast or fungus, such as foot fungus and candida, in which case the sodium molybdate may be mixed into the lotion also. Niacinamide is also taken 500 mg at night, and if anxiety attacks happens it may be taken during the day. One thing I found a connection, people with frequent anxiety attacks have a B3 deficiency also, and have no hair or little hair.

If oily scalp is indicated, then zinc acetate may be taken at 10 mg for a month to influence hair growth also. As for taking cysteine and N acetyl cysteine, that may be taken internally also, at 500 mg each a day, to help the glutathione levels which chelates out the heavy metals. I also used EDTA, such as tetrasodium EDTA to get heavy metals out also, but they are good chelators of calcium and lighter FREE metals, while the glutathione are great with mercury and other heavy metals, in fact heavy metals can be created by fungus or vice versa. I haven't quite resolved male pattern baldness in all cases yet, but taurine and lysine are essential, in that taurine helps rid the body by excretion of heavy metals, and lysine helps with collagen which in turn helps the roots and scalp to be more well nourished, while N acetyl cysteine is precursor to glutathine, being that cysteine is the limiting amino acid. And cysteine, is a major component of the hair.

As for Rogaine and Minoxidil, that simply increases hair loss after you discontinue and I just don't use it because of low probability resolving male pattern baldness and you can end up with minoxidil use throughout life.

It must be noted that B3 mentioned is only niacinamide and not niacin.


05/09/2012: Victor from Kingston replies: I was looking for the ingredients to make the topical and the stores I've been to have them in powdered form and tablets. Can I make the topical from the powdered form? If so, What should I use as a base? If not, would the tablets work just as well? A little more detail on how to make the topical would be helpful.
06/26/2012: Chris from Denver, Co replies: I too, am interested and trying the topical formula and was curious of exact measurements.
08/11/2012: Al from Broward, Fl replies: Hello Ted: I was wondering about niacinamide. I did some search and came up with this:

Allergies: Niacin and niacinamide can make allergies more severe because they cause histamine, the chemical responsible for allergic symptoms, to be released..
Heart disease/unstable angina: Large amounts of niacin and niacinamide can increase the risk of irregular heartbeat. Use with caution.
Diabetes: Niacin and niacinamide might increase blood sugar. People with diabetes who take niacin or niacinamide should check their blood sugar carefully.
Gallbladder disease: Niacin and niacinamide might make gallbladder disease worse.
Gout: Large amounts of niacin or niacinamide might bring on gout.
Low blood pressure: Don't take niacin or niacinamide if you have low blood pressure. Your blood pressure might drop too much.
Liver disease: Niacin or niacinamide might increase liver damage. Don't use them if you have liver disease.
Kidney disease: Niacin might accumulate in people with kidney disease and cause harm. Don't use them if you have kidney disease.
Stomach or intestinal ulcers: Niacin or niacinamide might make ulcers worse. Don't use them if you have ulcers.
Surgery: Niacin and niacinamide might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop taking niacin or niacinamide at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

I got it from this link:http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-924-NIACIN AND NIACINAMIDE VITAMIN B3. Aspx?activeIngredientId=924&activeIngredientName=NIACIN AND NIACINAMIDE VITAMIN B3

What do you think??

Countering Accutane Induced Hair Loss

12/11/2012: N from Anonymous: Ted, I have been visiting the EC forums for the past several months in hope and desperation of finding something to alleviate the diffusing thinning that was induced by Accutane. I took Accutane for 5 months at anywhere from 40-80 mg a day. I have been off it for almost a year now and the hair loss did not start until about two months after I finished my course. I read a post on EC by someone else that had Accutane induced hair loss also and have been following the advice on there to a T with minimal success. I have done copious amounts of research and feel like I am extremely close to the solution. Accutane is a chemotherapy agent and therefore suppresses cell division. I believe that if I can find a way to increase cell division that it could just be the cure to this side effect. Supplements I am currently taking:

  • Biotin (5mg)
  • B complex (co-enzymated 3x daily)
  • Evening Primrose (1000 mg)
  • Lysine (1000mg)
  • C (5000 mg)
  • L- Glutamine (10g)
  • Trace Minerals
  • Manganese Sulfate (400mg)
  • E (1200 IU)
  • D (6000 IU)
  • N-Acetyl Cysteine (1500mg)
  • Glutathione (2x daily)
  • Soil Based Probiotic (2x daily)
  • Molybdenum Picolinate (1000mg)
  • Zinc (30mg)
  • Copper (2mg)
  • Silica (400mg)
  • Thorne Mediclear (2x daily)
  • Adrenal Complex
  • Riboflavin 5- Phosphate (36.5mg)

I take all of these daily. I have found some very promising information in which I hope you can help me decipher being that I don't have a science background, and you're, well you're Ted from Bangkok. Here is the best useful information I have found:

"Retinoic acid (active form of Accutane) induces differentiation and reduces proliferation of stem and progenitor cells. It works on acne by inducing similar events in basal sebocytes. These same actions also lead to 13-cis-retinoic's (Accutane’s) side effects, and these are directed towards proliferating cells in the adult such as in the skin, gut and bone."

"A wide ranging effect of retinoic acid is to inhibit proliferation in dividing cells, and this accounts for its frequent consideration as an anti-cancer agent."

“Deleting telomere elongation capacity throughout the body would also be life-threatening, because it would mean that our regular, proliferating cells (like those in the skin or the lining of the gut) would suddenly have iron limits on their ability to reproduce themselves and thus replenish tissue. From the moment that we denuded our cells of telomerase, a clock would be ticking. With each division the telomere would shorten by a notch from whatever it had been when we took telomerase out. We would be under the specter of a rather horrible death, as our stem cells went offline one by one under replicative senescence with each failure of a stem cell responsible for supplying key functions, the tissue would fail to be renewed and would slowly degenerate.” (De Grey, 297)

"To sum all of this up, the evidence we currently have is that long term treatment with ATRA (all-trans retinoic acid), which is almost chemically identical to Accutane, causes “telomere shortening, growth arrest, and cell death.”

"Accutane induces cell apoptosis. It down-regulates the telomerase enzyme and shortens the telomere length so the cells can’t divide as much anymore.

"Numerous factors affect the number and activity of androgen receptors in dermal papilla cells. Retinoic acid (vitamin A derivative), if used for a long time, may reduce the number of androgen receptors by 30 - 40 percent.[29] Vitamin B6 reduces by 35-40% the extent of protein synthesis observed after androgen receptor activation.[30] A polypeptide with molecular weight of 60 kDa, analogous to an intracellular calcium-binding protein called calreticulin, prevents binding of the androgen-receptor complex to DNA and also results in the production of calreticulin."

"Drugs producing hair loss: "Drugs may affect hair follicles in anagen in two ways: by stopping mitosis in matrix cells (anagen effluvium) or by inducing transition of hair follicles from anagen to premature telogen (telogen effluvium). Anagen effluvium ensues a few days or weeks after drug administration,[46] and telogen effluvium only after two to four months. In both cases hair loss is reversible. Anagen effluvium can be produced by cytotoxic drugs (alkylating agents, alkaloids) and telogen by: heparin, vitamin A and its derivatives, interferons, angiotensin converting enzyme blockers, beta-blockers (propranolol, metoprolol), the antiepileptic trimethadione, levodopa, nicotinic acid, salts of gold, lithium, cimetidine, amphetamine, isoniazid and antiinflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, acetylsalicylic acid).

"Precise molecular mechanisms of action for the majority of these drugs remains unknown."

It states that "in both cases hair loss is reversible." This is just about the only thing keeping my hopes up right now. I lose more and more hair every day. I wash my hair with ACV and rotate between Coconut Oil and Castor Oil to apply afterwards. Sorry for the extremely long email. I hope you can find the time to read this email and hopefully help me with a solution, I'd be extremely grateful as well as hundreds of other sufferers that have lost their hair due to this poison.

Thank you so much for your time.

01/12/2012: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Thank you for your time in contributing the remedies for anti accutane caused by "telomere shortening, growth arrest, and cell death", which basically sums up the precise mechanisms of that. Now if we just look along those supplements that prevent the "telomere shortening" it would be the following supplements, but first you must check your homocysteine levels to reduce by 6 or 7, so it doesn't interfere with the telomeres. These are the ones that help protect the telomeres:

  • EPA and DHA prevents the telomere due to aging. Which is found in fish oils such as salmon fish oils.
  • Magnesium, magnesium chloride saturated solution 7 drops twice a day.
  • Sodium Selenite will inhibit telomere shortening by increasing the telomerase.
  • Carnosine, may inhibit the age related shortening of telomeres, but I suspect that impure form that contains hydrazine may be responsible for much of the carnosine powers.
  • The ascorbyl 2 O phosphate helps protects against telomere shortening involved in cell death.
  • Folic Acid, B12, and trimethylglycine, especially the last one is needed to inhibit age related telomere shortening.
  • Vitamin D3, natural Vitamin E and vitamin K2 m4 may help telomere shortening also.
  • Green Tea or preferably white tea.

The others such as alpha lipoic acid, gymnema sylvestre and l carnitine may also help by way of regeneration of mitochondria, or cellular regeneration. And these hopefully will resolve it, but I think also applying topically the B3 and borax solution helps, when mixed with a little threonine.

As with all my postings, I find resolving hair loss is the most difficult of all the diseases to resolve, a lot harder than cancer, diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid, heart disease and other serious disease. The problem with hair is it is related somehow to the complex process of aging, hormones, growth factor, and gene expression. If it were fungus, then that would be easier such as lavender, tree tree oil, B3, borax, etc.

What is unusual about the retinoic acid (or Accutane) is that it affects gene expression, by biochemical manipulation. Few supplements affect gene expressions, carnosine, trimethylglycine, accutane, hydrazine, B12. folic acid, the whole study is related to epigenetics and that study has a very limited range of supplements you can use at the moment and somehow plays and important role in evolution. I know that because of my experiments I conduct with plants as the initial study.

What I do know from the studies I conducted, aluminum, mercury, cadmium, MMS, chlorine, fluorine, and microwave cooking actually damage or prevent the genes from fully expressing themselves, and five things (at least) help: tetra EDTA low levels (say 10 mg per liter), sodium thiosufate (commonly known as dechlorinator), borax (helps neutralized the fluorine) and humic acid. A little bit helps greatly, that I know for sure through my experiments on gene expression, and if these are not blocking it gene expression is expressed fully and then becomes optimal health.

Vitamin K2 m4 and vitamin D3 also affects gene expression so they would counter the Accutane too, but vitamin K2 m4 must be taken first before the vitamin D3 or taken at the same time, but NOT ALONE, or it causes arteriosclerosis in some cases when combined with high cholesterol or stroke.


03/11/2013: David from San Diego, California replies: Ted, This site is a great value of information and has helped with many things already. I have Male Pattern Baldness and I also have taken accutane when I was 19 years old. I started going thin around 27 and losing more around 30 yrs old. Now I still have some follicles on the top of my head. So I think that with the right missing nutrients I could grow hair again and other can too. I know that are diets miss the important nutrients and even when you take them you may still not be getting them to assimilate in your body. I happend on a website that talks about nutrients found in Moringa Leaf. I believe that whole food vitamins is the only language your body can completely understand.

Question: Do you think that the nutrients in this leaf are ligitimate and will work. Or is it total b.s.?

Again, I love this site.

Female Hair Loss Since Teenager

11/27/2012: Y from California: Good Morning, I'm 24 yrs old and have been losing my hair since I was 14 years old. & now it has just gotten worst. Im a single mother of one and I've been going through a whole lot but I always tend to get up and still keep going. I recently got a biopsy due to my hair loss condition and it came back that I had Alopecia Areata. Although my dermatologist thinks it is a combination of alopecia areata and fibrosis. I tried the steroid injections for about 4-5 months with no improvement. I started getting really bad acne on my face like never before. I also developed some tiny pimples on my scalp. I sometimes get itchiness on my scalp as well as some pain where I have my bald spots. She gave me doxycycline (antibiotics ) to take twice a day to treat my condition. My derm told me theres no cure for my situation because some of my follicles might be dead or some scarring. I read a lot of your remedies and everything I have read sounds right and it makes sense. I have faith in you! Please help me what can you recommend me? I hope to hear from you soon.

11/28/2012: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Some of the fibrosis is caused by PABA (Para amino benzoic acid) deficiencies. Taking that will usually prevent hair loss. Usually the itchiness issue is due to a fungus problem and the common remedy is sodium thiosulfate 1 teaspoon with 1 tablespoon of water applied overnight, unwashed. If it causes the skin to be inflamed that is the fungus dying. The acne is usually caused by high fat intakes, such as chocolate. The one thing I hate about chocolate is the cadmium, which causes cancer, but it also prevents zinc from doing its job as the body's immune system by supporting white blood cells, as a result the cadmium is replaced, the fats get accumulated, and you get acne. The reason why there is a chocolate debate is the financiers for research want positive information for chocolate, but in reality it does more damage than it helps. Cadmium is found in chocolate, cigarette paper (that's why higher cancer rates in cigarette smokers than pipe smokers), and clams. So by applying sodium thiosulfate every night, controlling the constipation (you need to get 2 bowel movements a day through using potassium citrate, not potassium chloride), and take zinc acetate (I prefer that over zinc gluconate). Now zinc is very powerful when zinc acetate is mixed with sodium thiosulfate crystals, on a ratio of 1: 5 and gets rid of cadmium by chelation action of sodium thiosulfate, and replacing with appropriate zinc acetate.

It should at least stop the hair loss within 3 days. If not, then apply the scalp with urea, using 1 teaspoon of urea and one tablespoon of water and apply it overnight. Urea and sodium thiosulfate are not common remedies I use in this treatment now, but I haven't yet addressed the zinc and copper deficiency, but if not responsive then this might be a longer term issue to address, as well as the usual avoiding sugar and vegetable oils, except coconut oil, as it helps reduce constipation and is easier to digest. Vegetable oils are trans fat and should be avoided as well as margarine.


11/28/2012: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: I want to be clear. I should be using 1 teaspoon of sodium thiosulfate with 1 tablespoon of water apply on scalp leave it overnight unwashed?


Should I mix zinc acetate with sodium thiosulfate? Also you advised to take potassium citrate is a pill form?

If taken internally the zinc acetate mixed with sodium thiosulfate is much more powerful as it forms a zinc thiosulfate complex. Potassium citrate can be taken in pill form but must be taken before sleep or before bedtime.

So this remedies you shared with me should work for the alopecia areata as well as my bald spots? Any remedies to regrow my hair?

Generally, hair loss has to be reduced first. I know as a fact that sodium thiosulfate does help, but B3 and borax (boron) is used to help regrow hair, as boron normalizes hormones and B3 also helps regrowth by applying at night, and they can be mixed together and left in overnight.


Fungal Cause of Hair Loss?

11/25/2012: K from Anon: Hi Ted, I have had the pleasure of getting some of your wonderful advice in the past, but I am sad to report that I am still suffering from hair loss and the other day I was willing to give up and just accept my balding head but as a women this is so very hard to accept. I came accross a site about cicatricial centrifungal alopecia and although im no doctor, I have been suffering from and researching my condition for about 10 years now and I truly believe my hair loss is fungus related and I know you have spoke of fungus being the culprit for many hair loss cases.

Back in 2003 I traveled to the Dominican Republic on vacation to a resort and my mother believes I picked up a fungus there, im not sure. I do know that in 2003 is when I first discovered a thinning, round bald spot in my head at the very top crown or vertex area as they call it and also developed a darkened type skin discoloration on my back which I also still have today and is often itchy. I would use certain products, Ketoconazole shampoo for my scalp and skin on my back, retinal A which made it worst, both from a doctor then i moved to tea tree and other things natural things including Candex pills which almost cleared my back 100% and was much better than the Dr. prescribed meds, this is when I also discovered Natural things work best if not better! But fast forward 10 year later and I have still continued to deal with this disorder and have lost about 50% of my hair on my head and most of the hair loss in at the top with the very middle crown area being the thinnest. I have also lost hairs on my edges/temporal area, but have been able to grow them back with things like emu oil, coconut, castor oil, tea tree, lavender etc, but not the top of my head. Also I want to mention that I do get the inflammation in the head, along with itching, and a reddened scalp when the thinning is. I believe my condition needs heavy, strong anti fungal meds for within my body. There is a med being used to treat fungus in the body but Im generally afraid of conventional meds because of the many side effects. This one medicine called Griseofulvin, is used to treat this centrifungal hair loss condition. I really dont like conventional meds but Im so desperate. So my question to you is, can you research or tell me about this drug Griseofulvin and then tell me some natural alternatives to this medicine that I can take to cure myself of this terrible fungus in my body. I need something very strong and please tell me for how long I would need to take. I dont believe my follicles are dead yet, I believe the hair still has a chance to grow since I have been able to thicken it back sometimes over the years, please GIVE ME YOUR WONDERFUL ADVICE, IM SO DESPERATE AND TIRED OF CRYING :(

11/28/2012: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Obviously Candex is a complex of digestive enzymes for fungus and helps hair loss, unfortunately not all fungus are created equal! And it works briefly. There are some that won't respond to them, such as black mold fungus for example, which generally doesn't respond to any treatments you mentioned.

There are a couple of chemicals I have found over my last postings that seem to help, which can be tried. These include tannic acid, tannic acid with DMSO, urea, and the latest one is sodium thiosulfate, these I have tried with good success, especially the last one.

Certain fungi responded to urea, because the diets makes them worse, such as vegetarian diets, which usually are high in carbohydrates, sugar, and vegetable oils; and as a result of their protein diets, we are low in urea (the end product of protein metabolism is urea). That was what causes the hair loss among the vegetarians in general. As to tannic acid and tannic acid with DMSO, this is for a fungus that is more deep in the skin, that is like an allergen that won't die, so a deeper penetrant such as DMSO with tannic acid, say 10% tannic acid in DMSO solution applied thinly over the affected area should create a response immediately. The tannic acid is for allergens that didn't penetrate. The borax in general is mixed in 1% hydrogen peroxide and is applied, I often used with a 10% solution of B3 niacinamide to help regrow the hair loss usually caused by certain fungus, but some fungus are aggressive and respond negatively.

The last fungal remedy is sodium thiosufate, which seems to be a broad spectrum anti fungal that works the best. I used a 10% solution but 10% to 30% is fine, exacting figures are not necessary, and this is applied to the head overnight. Within a few minutes, say 5 minutes, you should get less itchiness of the head if it works. I have seen people who had allergies all their lives who were relieved with sodium thiosulfate in one treatment. In fact one of the causes of polyps in this case is a fungus, as once the condition is relieved, the polyp also went away. Most conditions of arthritis are a fungus condition and vets generally learn quietly that animals generally have arthritis from a fungus as a result of high carbohydrates and sugar too and fed by people who very much love their pets. You can love them but you can't feed them, it also causes hair loss in animals!

The urea treatment is similar. If a 10% to 20% solution of urea in water is applied topically to scalp and skin, and you get less itchiness, then that's the solution to your hair issues. But urea also indicates you may have low protein in the diet and that also causes hair loss, and must change accordingly. There are generally two reasons why urine therapy works, especially for vegetarians, the urine is their source of urea another is the fact that deuterium is generally low in the urine, thus having a therapeutic value, the other is well known in hormones, vitamins, electrolytes, etc. So you can try these two ones not posted before.


Hair Loss After Miscarriage

05/30/2012: A from Anonymous: Hi Ted, I am 28 and have been losing my hair in excessive amounts for the past 3 years - ever since I had a miscarriage. It's only improved twice throughout the years - both times for only 1 month. Not sure what I did differently at all - I have a slightly underactive thyroid too, and have been on and off various thyroid remedies. The hairs that fall out predominantly have white tips and/or split ends on the bottom tips. I'm not sure what remedy is best for such hormonal-related condition - ACV, blackstrap molasses, borax, tea tree/lavender oil, etc? And in what proportions? Any suggestions would be fabulous. Thank you!

06/19/2012: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: The cause of hair loss in a majority of women that do have it is thyroid insufficiency from lack of tyrosine, and things that prevent proper thyroid functions from iodine deficiency and foods such as wheat, flour, sugar, the lettuce family, cassava, for example. What I do in this case is give Superoxide dismutase and manganese sulfate topically to help hair loss, and sodium thiosulfate, that helped one case here. To help hair growth and hair loss, B3 niacinamide, helped, both topically 1/4 teaspoon with 1 tablespoon of water overnight and take 500 mg a night. Hair loss may be due to not getting enough sleep such as a B3 deficiency, or iodine deficiency, or even a biotin deficiency from not eating egg yolk and eating egg whites. You have to do the exact opposite, Long time ago I helped one case of hair loss with humic acid. The case also presented some multi-mineral deficiencies, for which I gave 1/16 teaspoon a day which is barely the tip of the knife of humic acid over a month. Vitamin C can also help, especially if low in iron or anemia, 1000 mg x 3 for over a month.


Ideopathic Hair Loss in Young Woman

04/16/2012: Rianne from Leeds, UK: Rianne wrote about her hair loss issue in a continuing thread you can read here: http://www.earthclinic.com/Redirect.php?pageLink=/CURES/hair_loss.html&name=RN_77218

04/17/2012: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Your description of hair loss, from the symptoms it appears to be fungus and molds, as evidence of general weakness, itchiness of scalp upon washing (especially chlorinated water), craving for salt and sugar, joints problems, etc. Iron, while low, actually fuels fungus growth, the reason why there is ferritin as fungus needs iron as a food source, As a result you have low copper (you can take copper chlorophyllin as much as possible), zinc has to be in form of zinc acetate or zinc gluconate, zinc and copper must be supplemented together. Manganese chloride is also essential for Superoxide Dismutase (as is copper and zinc) given at 10 milligram a day. The B3 niacinamide is applied topically to the head (it will help if MSM methylsulfonylmethane is applied also). Say 1/2 teaspoon of each with 1 tablespoon of water applied throughout the scalp. Leave it overnight. Fungus is the main cause, but it can also be viral, as they cause similar hair loss situation, the one exception being that viruses do not. B3 niacinamide has to be taken before bedtime say 500 mg to 1000 mg. (preferably 500 mg starting dose). Finally, vitamin C sodium ascorbate 1000 mg, and sodium molybdate 500 mcg to 1 mg dose (I haven't yet decided on optimum dose yet as well as minimum dose), but if you got unusual cavities you need sodium molybdate somewhere around 10 mg to 50 mg a day for sure, and its antifungal.

There are other antifungals such as borax 1/8 in 1 liter of drinking water, or adding a large pinch of borax to the mix of topical application overnight. Also MSM can be taken internally around 1000 mg x 4 or x 5 to help kill the fungus. My experience with these is the B3, molybdenum, and MSM best kill fungus, but chromium and copper are seen as helpful, especially if the blood sugar is high, chromium definitely helps. If iron is supplemented, the best supplement is NOT the iron supplements, it is the partially cooked liver found in chickens and pork, as iron feeds fungal growth, taken at noon and afternoon, as the best times. The proper blood glucose to measure in this situation is 3 hours after meals, preferably lunch, you must get around 80 to 90 mg/dL, if not sugar is a problem, and there is a separate section to deal with that altogether if sugar is the cause.


10/26/2012: Sue from Jamestown, Ny, Usa replies: Hello Ted, I have a question about the borax, B3 (niacinimide) solution that you mention. Once the solution is applied to the scalp. Do I need to cover my head with a plastic bag to keep the solution moist? Can I apply the solution and let it dry on my scalp. Please clarify how to apply. Thank you for all your help. Sue

Accutane Caused Hair Loss?

02/11/2012: Balding in Canada : Hey Ted, I have seen that you offer a lot of help to people on the earthclinic.com website. I'm a 20 year old male from Canada. Anyways, i've been dealing with noticeable hair loss for about 14 months now and i cant seem to find the root of the problem. My hair loss started out as just general thinning from everywhere on the scalp, when i would run my hand thru my hair i would notice maybe 1 or 2 hairs on my hand. Now it has progressed to me losing alot of hair on the sides and back of my head along my back hairline with what i believe is an accelerated receding hairline. I also have no problem pulling out 1-3 eyebrow/eyelashes' when i touch them with the same white bulb and white root to the hair.

Along with my hair loss i would get a very itchy scalp and body too that would cause me to scratch my head and thus cause hair to fall. most the itch was coming from the back of my head and from the areas where i was receding. it feels like my scalp is always dried out as well. i have been using nizoral 2% shampoo and have found that it helps the itching. 2 years ago i took acctuane for approx. 6 months. im starting to make the connection that maybe the accutane had a part in the issue. i should also note that i smoke marijuana on a regular basis maybe 1 or 2 times a day, not sure if that really matters just a side note for your info. i have been to 2 different dermatologists and they both told me i just have MPB and would offer to write me a note to get rogaine or propecia. i tried using minoxidil 5% for approx. 4 months but found that it made my receding hairline alot worse so i have since stopped using it. the hairs that fall i notice have started to turn white at the root and become very thin and are accompanied with the white bulb at the end of the hair on the root end. the one derm told me that it is a sign of telogen effluvium which makes sense with what i can find on the internet. in the past summer i had all blood tests done and they all came out pretty normal.

i found a source who had the similar problem who stated he thought taking accutane caused Hypervitaminosis A, a biotin deficiency from taking accutane. i also drink a healthy amount of water as i am a junior hockey player so im always on the ice and working out.

I am out of ideas and people locally who i can go to for help. please offer up any piece of information you might know of. thanks.

02/12/2012: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Baldness in men and women is helped mostly by B3 niacinamide in my findings, as well as biotin, borax and sodium molybdate, especially the B3 and borax. They are also helped with cysteine, n acetyl cysteine as they are the major components of hair. The B3 supports hair growth and some hair loss, but what i see in my clients and friends are PABA or manganese sulfate prevents hair loss, especially the PABA, it acts as an antioxidant on hair and prevents the hair loss, but the one element that seems to promote hair growth for sure is B3 niacinamide. But the borax seems to have an effect in killing of fungus that often causes hair loss, B3 also prevents hair loss but is noted for its effect on hair growth, partly by stimulation of the human growth hormones, where B3 is a major element, as well as glycine and glutamine.

So an easy formula is B3 niacinamide 1/4 teaspoon, saturated solution of Borax and if a person has balding related to fungus overgrowth (such as candida), then sodium molybdate, 1/16 teaspoon, mixed in one tablespoon of water to apply as a lotion. The B3 niacinamide can be taken internally at 250 to 500 mg at night.

These are the essential to both hair loss reduction and hair growth and primarily B3, borax and sodium molybdate as these are often deficient in human diets in the present, and therefore work the best, not enough to get a cure, but it does in 75% of the cases in both man and woman. The hair growth will be noted by "bumps" in the scalp, and feels itchy, before these bumps come out as hair. But as to full growth well that takes awhile maybe 6 months. Not a complete cure, but I am looking for a better way.

As to other supplements you have taken, biotin can be mixed in the topical application also, that helps too. Biotin seems to be ideal for baldness caused by high blood sugar. As to DHT, the saw palmetto helps temporarily (whenever it is taken!) so it doesn't offer the cure, more permanent solution in DHT can be to take zinc. Iron I don't like generally speaking as it creates more hair loss, as it offers free radicals for the fungus to grow on.

As for B100, you have to watch for weight gain, I think it is too much taken on daily basis. I used B50 only when weakness and energy is indicated.


Woman Needs Supplements for Hair Loss

02/04/2012: D. from Anonymous: Hi Ted, I'm female and i've been losing hair for the last 15 years. About 15 years ago, i used Accutane for my acne. I also started to notice falling hair around that time but i did not even think that they were related. Because falling hair continued, about 7 years ago, i started using Rogaine. With Rogaine, i noticed very fine hair growing. But the rate of my hair loss seemed greater than the rate of my hair growth and therefore my hair continued to thin. I also noticed flakes/dandruff during Rogaine use. All i needed to do was shake off my hair with my fingers and i would find flakes collect in my bathroom sink. I did not do anything with the flakes. I stopped using Rogaine in January 2011. I knew then that stopping Rogaine would cause the hair i grew using it to fall and that's exactly what happened. When i stopped Rogaine, I also started a supplement with Biotin 5000mcg, Vitamin A 100%, Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 100% and others. I took that almost everyday until today. Two weeks ago, i noticed how thin the hair on the top of my head has become that my scalp is quite visible. This proved to me that the Rogaine hair have fallen and also made me question if the supplement i've been taking is effective, considering that my hair i notice is much thinner now than a year ago. Also 2 weeks ago, i took a shot of my head from the top. I noticed some thick hair and also noticed thin hairs (like miniaturized) and of course "empty spaces" on my head. I am now alarmed and i turned to the internet to find answers and that's how i stumbled on Earth Clinic!

I read thru the posts, in particular, the ACV/H2O2 combo. I also read the Borax for fungus treatment. When i surfed for 20 Mule Borax in the web, there was nothing in the manufacturer's website to indicate it can be ingested. And therefore i'm somewhat confused whether to take Borax orally OR take Borax and apply to scalp. And so instead of trying to decipher it myself, i thought it would be best for me to contact you and seek your help. I'm hoping that you can give me some recommendations in preventing further hair loss and start growing more hair based on what i described here. I appreciate your feedback.

BTW - what is the difference between "Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid)" and "sodium ascorbate as Vitamin C"?

Thanks -- D.

02/08/2012: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Sodium ascorbate is alkaline version of ascorbic acid. Both the same, but sodium ascorbate is best tolerated. Under FDA rules you cannot label anything regarding their use of natural materials unless they are of pharmaceutical drugs such as Rogaine. Natural materials including vitamins, minerals, and others cannot be labeled for such use. If you go by FDA rules, you will not take anything natural. So far I have found PABA, manganese sulfate, borax, tea tree oil, and lavender prevents hair loss. But the best ones are PABA, manganese and borax. PABA is taken internally, so is manganese sulfate kind. The borax can be applied to the scalp. The B3 niacinamide kills fungus and causes hair growth, its consistent enough in results that I can safely say it works in most cases. If applied to the scalp borax and niacinamide, with some water overnight, it will cause hair to grow in a week or so, but slowly, it will first itch as the new hair tries to grow in causing small bumps, before they get through the skin and grow. PABA is one of the b complex, and 500 mg x 2 should be a reasonable dose, if fungus is excessive, lavender oil and tea tree (50/50) is applied to the head. Rogaine causes hair loss if stopped, and it may cause some more hair loss after the use. I have found none of the pharmaceutical drugs help, except for with continued use, which may cause other side effects.


Bacteria the Cause of Hair Loss?

12/29/2011: S from Anonymous: Hi Ted! I have been on earth clinic reading many forums on hair loss and also on other sites and I'm trying to figure out what is causing my hair thinning!

I have been dealing with it for 7 years now and I'm lost because I don't know the exact cause, as no one doctor has ever told me... well one doctor did say that bacteria has settled in my scalp from using hair grease but i did not use much hair grease when this happened only when I was very young, anyways he said it's bacteria since my scalp has small circular patches on it. It looks normal from afar but if you look closely at my scalp, the parts that is thinning is reddish in color and it has very small circular scaling patches where its balding while the unaffected healthy scalp color is whitish-tan.

It itches sometimes and I also get scalp pain in the thinning areas, like a tingling, burning sensation especially when Im upset or stressed. Tar shampoo, hasn't work, coconut oil, tea tree, lavender oil, nor oil of oregano... all of these oils calm it but still no full growth. Castor oil seems to make it get fuller and it definitely moistures it since it has become so brittle in the thin areas. I have been reading and researching a lot, and most people say they have noticed hair loss after cortisone shots to their body parts and I just remembered, I TOO HAD A CORTISONE SHOT in my shoulder in 2003 at the chiropractor. This was right before my hair started to thin and my back got a dark fungal rash on it and my forehead had bout of acne...I also had cortisone shots in my scalp for the thinning in 2007. It did not help and only left depressions/dents in my scalp!

Is this true??? Does these cortisone shots cause hair loss?? Can they disrupt the body's natural hormone balance?? If so how can I help this??? Is there any thing I can do to reverse what has happened if the cortisone is the cause?? Thanks so much

01/16/2012: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: What I know is cortisone may have delayed some of the hair loss and some fungus infection set in before the cortisone, that's my guess. Most hormone treatments if done right, not in excess, actually increase hair growth, such as growth hormones, cortisone, estrogen (cellular proliferation which also encourages cancer too), and others.

Most of the areas of the scalp are usually fungus, and there are two methods I employ, if it is severe then I would just kill it, with tea tree, or lavender, and others, but in case the body's immune system is down, well that's too much sugar intake, and deficiencies, usually from the niacinamide deficiency, and lack of hormones. Boron (borax) will increase the hormones across the board and it also is anti fungal. I will used borax and niacinamide paste to apply, mostly is like 90% niacinamide B3 and 10% borax, and apply as a wet paste (moisten with water), it will address both fungus and deficiency issues on the scalp. B3 niacinamide is taken internally also and is known to reduce anxiety and stress also, not just fungus issue. If anemia is indicated, then the blood stream has lots of fungus which will usually clear up with a 3% H2O2 one capful in one liter of water as a drinking water.

As always, the hardest remedy to resolve for me is always the hair loss, the reason why has a lot to do with many minerals are involved, hormones, and especially the anemia problem. Now in case of hair loss fungus eats blood cells and may be defeated with hydrogen peroxide in drinking water.


Supplements Not Stopping Hair Loss

12/28/2011: S from India: Dear Ted, I am suffering from constant hair loss since last 7 months. My hair is thinning and I can see my scalp on some areas.

I am suffering from anxiety disorder and symptoms are heart palpitation and panic attacks. After taking HOMEOPATHY Medicine I am relieved from these symptoms and feel much better now. My hair breaks up from the middle and from the roots as well. I got extremely dry, frizzy and brittle hair. About 1.5 years ago I got the rebounding done. After rebounding my hair was fine till one year. I also want to mention that I am a pure Vegetarian and I got some body tests done about 4 months ago which mentioned the toxic level in my body was quite high. For that I increased my water and green tea intake.

My IRON serum level is above 80. Still I am taking Iron supplement AND one tab in a day of Curlzvit (which contains Biotin- 5mg, Calcium Pabtothenate-200mg, Ninacinamide-30mg, PABA -100MG, Zinc Oxide -25mg and Acetyl Cysteine-100mg. since last one month BUT NO IMPROVEMENT. Rather hair fall has increased since last two weeks.

I am using a mild shampoo but nothing is helping me to stop my hair loss PLS HELP SIR.

01/16/2012: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: The major components of hair are cysteine and lysine, if you lack these hair tends to be brittle, but it may also lack silicon, which can be obtained from horsetail. Much of the heart palpitations are due to lack of sufficient electrolytes and lack of CoQ10, the major electrolytes will be the magnesium, I prefer magnesium chloride solution--7 drops before meals twice a day, I assume you have normal bowel movements of twice a day, otherwise toxins build up. Cysteine, the preferred form is N acetyl cysteine, but in case of hair loss, I might take some of cysteine also, say 250 mg N acetyl cysteine twice a day, and maybe 100 mg x 2 of cysteine. A vegetarian will be low in all amino acids, especially the essential amino acid, which can be replenish with whey protein, it's taken at 1 tablespoon twice a day, in morning and in afternoon, or perhaps soy protein. Now I assume you have a normal digestion if bloated, or flatulence, then B50 once a day for one or two weeks. The heavy metals come from fertilizers which are very high in heavy metals, from water faucet (check inside the faucet!) and from pipes fittings which are usually rusted, and home water filters do not filter heavy metals except Reverse Osmosis, and they if you used that you get mineral deficiencies, whereby it needs to replenish with dead sea salt and/or celtic sea salt, at 1/4 teaspoon per liter of water, its between 1/3 to 1/4 teaspoon to be exact that needs to be reconstituted.

In event that there is hypothyroidism, tryrosine is needed, The main element to restore hair growth that has some successes is a topical application of B3 niacinamide and borax, just add sufficient amount of water and apply as a thin paste that's helpful to the hair loss. Anything that is antifungal actually prevents the formation of DHT, dehydrotestosterone, which causes hair loss. The best ones is B3, borax, but also a wet solution of MSM, and can be mixed together is you want, since fungus are known to cause hypothyroidism, all this can be taken internally too, but at different dose, B3 niacinamide is taken at 500 mg, and MSM at least is taken at 500 mg x 5, fungus also effects the bone condition too, besides the hypothyroid.

If the scalp is dry, it lacks flaxseed oil which can be consumed 500 mg a day, if the scalp is oily then I would try zinc acetate form. The apple cider vinegar and also the plain old vinegar can kill the fungus that causes hair loss too, but you should feel itchiness if it is, but if not another form of fungus is the cause at which case I will get better results with Borax (boron), MSM, and especially B3. Now if it works it takes about 2 to 3 weeks before new hairs come out, if you have a bald spot, and become itchy, however in event of hair loss, another remedy I used is the manganese sulfate form, I have tried the manganese chloride and doesn't work, and can be taken internally at 1/16 teaspoon for at least two weeks to notice less hair loss, and may be helped further with application of some manganese sulfate on the scalp.

Iron deficiency happens in case of fungus infection, it needs that for growth and usually steals from two place bone marrow, and the blood stream. If bone marrow it affects anemia, if blood stream, then circulation. If circulation it is hydrogen peroxide 3% one capful in one liter of water, if the bone marrow, that needs selenium and MSM, and it takes awhile, but if iron supplementation I think you are putting out fire by pouring gasoline as the iron is also needed by the fungus, when in fact it could be caused by low stomach acid, which causes flatulence, if you don't have that, then you won't need B50 which will help that.

There are other supplements, but if you have sleeping problems that can be the cause too, and the B3 500 mg is one thing that will help, there are others such as if fungus infects the bone marrow (which leads to leukemia), plus weakness, then it is selenium, if just sleeping problem combined with anxiety then B3, iodine and lithium. The lithium makes the distribution of iodine better and more thorough throughout the body especially in bone marrow and will help the red blood cells differentiation. In fact I have seen many vegetarians have this problem and may be just that the cause is from anemia and therefore also low immune system, causing the fungus to infect easily. As for the brittle of hair, well that's the low protein diets, and will replenish with whey and soy protein.


02/18/2012: Bri from Roseburg , Oregon, Us replies: Ted, I have just swiched to a pure vegetarian diet a couple months ago. My hair has been shedding like crazy too! I have always had super thick hair. I believe I am getting all my nutrients. I have read The China Study, watched Forks over Knives, and decided to try cutting out all animal products. I feel great. More energy, no allergies, skin looks much better etc. My question is do you think that cutting out all meat is healthy? Milk protien casein causes cancer to rapidly grow, so is any dairy recomended? I know I feel better not eating meat and dairy, however I do want my hair to be like it was. Not to mention I have seen many pure vegetarians with grey cavity filled teeth, which I think is an indication of poor health. Do you eat animal products, or recommend eating animal products? Or do you recomend moderation which would be defined as what?
02/19/2012: Sweetorange from Cyprus replies: Bri, I wonder if you're getting enough sulfur in your diet. One thing which you could try which is as nontoxic as water is MSM, a sulfur supplement. It's natural to the body, so shouldn't cause problems. You could start with 1,000 mg twice a day and double it after a few days. Good luck with that!
04/22/2012: Bluebelle from Europe replies: BRI: I've been a vegetarian (ovo-lacto) for more than 25 years, and I am never ever sick, nor do I have any aches or pains anywhere. I don't even get a cold. Until very recently, my hair and skin were unbelievably pretty and problem-less. Now, it's a different story (although they are still beautiful), but I assure you it has nothing to do with vegetarianism; more likely it is the consequence of brutal stresses over the period of five years.

Anyway, I just wanted to give you this vegetarian's point of view, because it's based on first-hand, longterm experience, not on some "studies" and theories.

Good luck!

10/11/2012: Amanda from Tweed Heads, Nsw replies: If you're vegetarian and suffering from hair loss it might help to check for copper/zinc ratio. Vegetarians tend to be higher in copper which can cause hair loss. But please make sure you check your levels before you supplement as too much zinc can also cause hair loss!
12/27/2012: Bri from Roseburg, Oregon, US replies: Thank you so much for the information!!!

Heavy Metal Chelation for Hair Loss

12/17/2011: Anonymous from Anonymous: Hi Ted, I seem to be having patchy areas on the side of my temples and sideburns, and this is actually on both of the sides of my head. Now I still have all my hair follicles on my head, but these areas mentioned, my follicles are very small and don't seem to be growing thicker at all. They seem to be stuck in limbo.

I have done a hair analysis test, which stated that I have high levels of aluminum, barium, cadmium, lead, uranium, and mercury. I have already started to detox and since this is what I believe to be the cause of my patchy hair problem.

I need help on how to make my follicles grow thicker and stronger like the rest of my head? Please advice, as I am desperate. Thank you!

01/11/2012: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: The heavy metals need to be gotten rid of for sure, but I will use N acetyl Cysteine (a precursor of glutathione) and MSM to help get rid of heavy metals, plus plenty of coriander in dishes of soup. Now part of the patchy hair can be due also to fungus helped with niacinamide B3 solution (say 20% niacinamide) applied to the scalp overnight, and perhaps take some selenium to displace the cadmium and taurine to help the excretion of heavy metals. Selenium 200 mcg, and taurine perhaps 2000 mg x 2. Niacinamide maybe taken at night at 500 mg and I have found that humic acid solution 3% mixed in regular water until solution is light brown in drinking water also helps in getting rid of the heavy metals too.


Itchy Scalp, Thinning Hair

11/07/2011: Thinning Hair from Anonymous: Dear Ted, I am currently experiencing an itchy scalp with associated hair loss and thinning. The thinning seems to be fairly uniform over my entire scalp, not pattern baldness.

I was wondering if you could help me or have any suggestions as to what I could do to get my hair back. I look forward to your reply. Many thanks!

12/12/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Well, if you have AN itchy scalp that would be your most likely culprit. I usually will try something that kills the fungus by assuming a deficiency in those supplements. Those supplements that are also anti fungal but at the same time are needed by the hair are chromium, copper (some), MSM, N acetyl cysteine, boron and B3 niacinamide. Those are commonly taken orally. But there are a few surprises the B3 niacinamide solution say 10% or 20% solution is applied to the head overnight, mixed with borax say 5% and rinse in morning. This is just to get rid of itchiness but there are a few exceptions, if the area is bald, the hair will grow and bumps will appear, these will become new hairs, which will make it itchy.

Most of the problems of generally thin hair in general has something to do with blood supply reaching the area not enough, and you get general thinning, from lack of exercise, too acidic foods, such as wheat, and other acid forming foods. To help blood flow, citrulline and lysine are taken at 1000 mg arginine to 2500 mg lysine, twice times a day should be enough, and N acetyl cysteine 500 mg x 2, and MSM 500 x 3, The cysteine and MSM are important components of hair and that could also be responsible for thinning. The citrulline is a form that produces Nitric oxide, that is better then arginine and this is why it is used to get circulation up. Lysine is to balance the components. Soy milk if sugar is below 4% is used also as a drink to help hair as well as whey protein, as it contains cysteine. The garlic is another source of cysteine, that may be grated, or chopped and taken with food.


02/12/2012: Sahar from Denver, Nc, Usa replies: I have a same problem as you do. I moved to a place that has mold I started losing hair on my eyebrows, eye lash and scalp. Did you move to a new place? did your hair loss got better after moving? please reply thanks Sahar.

Mold Is Causing Hair Loss?

10/23/2011: Anonymous from Anonymous: Hi Ted just want to tell you that for someone to actually take interest in hair loss and research into it Is incredible. I just want to ask you a question on hair loss...

I'm a 21year old male, healthy, always had thick hair. My ferritan levels are fine, hemoglobin is fine, b12 fine, thyroid is fine. I have diffuse hair loss on my scalp, eyebrows and eyelashes. For about 4 - 5 months.

My dermatologist says that it is telogen effluvium caused by excess b5 dosage I was doing in march/April to treat acne. I personally think my hair loss is caused by mold exposure in my bathroom near the shower and the bathroom ceiling as I have other symptoms of mold exposure (itching rectum, eye floaters, a little tired, a little weeziness). All of the hairs I find look like telogen hairs with the white bulb at the root, sometimes I find the hair with some dandruff looking stuff at the root as well.

I use head and shoulders every day as I get slight dandruff without it. I'm getting a skin prick allergy test done next week to test for molds. Just wondering if there's any help you can offer me! I'm desperate if you can't tell. I'm willing to try anything you say. The tin remedy you have talked about sounds interesting?

10/23/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Given mold exposure combined with chlorinated water, then you have hair loss. There's no such thing as B5 overdose in pubmed search that I am aware, except in form of calcium which theoretically can be in excess in human diets anyway not just from calcium pantothenate, although I used panthenol form for internal purposes. Borax with water applied on head and leave it on overnight is one that seems to be anti fungal. Copper peptides or copper chlorophyllin is a good way to do that internally or applied to the head, copper is antifungal and necessary nutrients also. The one that seems to be popular in Thailand in hair formulation is U.S. called it "fo ti" in Thailand they called it "Sho Ou" in English they called it "Sho Wu" also helps for most purposes, and manganese sulfate taken once a day 25 mg for a couple of weeks has helped. There seems to be a lot involved in restoring it since much has to do with hormones, circulation getting to area, and fungus exposure is more extreme around the head, as the prime reason.

Your acne treatment is a clue to hair loss also, often it is oiliness that caused the "plugging up" of pores so that not only the acne but hair follicles are affected. This is unique and I haven't covered in my previous writings, it is caused by lipid peroxidation or oxidation of oils from eating too much oils and not enough antioxidants. Primarily the best antioxidants are from clove oil 5-10 drops per liter of water and shaken used as drinking water. And minimized on fried foods, heated vegetable oils, and every other day vitamin A and vitamin E 200 i.u. should be more than sufficient. It can be that natural E is applied some on the head every other day is fine, but very thinly to help minimize oxidation of oils from becoming plugs. Most hair remedies have poor success rate in commercial products so we have to try several alternatives. Selenium yeast and B3 is required as is B5 because there are 3 things that our body really requires large amounts, and you can prove it to yourself by looking at U.S. nutritional database of meat or beef and you will find these two supplements to be underrated, but these very 2 things selenium and B3 kills molds and fungus, while B5 helps with stress, as one of the major causes of hair loss.


10/23/2011: Anonymous replies: Thank you so much for your reply, so what steps would you say I take, sorry I need it in layman's terms... In your opinion can diffuse alopecia areata be caused by mold exposure, where would I be close to chlorinated water? I have no idea how I would be..."

10/24/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Chlorinated water comes from taking showers. It kills some roots of the hair too.


10/24/2011: Anonymous replies: "that is an eye opener, thanks so much... ill email you back with my skin prick tests... im moving house in the next week or 2, will i be fine to take a shower in the next house even if the water is chlorinated?"

10/28/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "It will be fine, over the short term. Sorry about late emails!

11/22/2011: Zack from Melbourne, Vic Aus replies: Hi Ted I am thinking about using this combination of supplements you advise another man to use:"In your case my guess is it's still a fungus and you probably needed borax 1/4 teaspoon per liter of water, selenium yeast 200 mcg. X 2 a day, chromium 1000 mcg, copper gluconate 5 mg a day, and some zinc acetate, silicone in form of sodium silicate 10 drops a day, and manganese sulfate 25 to 50 mg a day. Now if it works it doesn't really take that long say one week, if it doesn't work there's two problem either were barking on the wrong tree (didn't do amino acid) or not enough of the supplements of either of those were taken. But good bets are sodium silicate, N acetyl Cysteine, and citrulline - especially if your sex drive is dwindled) and taurine especially if MSG was taken a lot lately, but likely the fungus has not gone away. Selenium, manganese, boron, chromium and copper will get rid if that. Zinc is needed if the head is oily, if too dry then it's too much zinc."I am currently being desensitized for molds, I'm wondering if I use these supplements and they work.. Do I stop using them once the hair loss has stopped? Or keep using them for a certain amount of time?
11/29/2011: Anonymous replies: thanks ted, if you can give me a reply on one more email ill thank you and leave you be...

i have just purchased borax, chromium, clove oil, vitamin E & A, Selenium forte, pau darco root, sodium ascorbate, and manganese chelate. i had my skin prick test done and i came back positive allergic to molds, and im undergoing desensitization with drops under the tongue.

firstly, if i drink borax, wash my hair in borax, and use all of the supplements above, will it interfere with the desensitization process? and secondly, i have eye floaters in my eyes, and occasionally my vision will dim, like i half blink my eyes but i know i haven't blinked... could this be caused by the mold!?

thanks sooooo much for your work, ill leave you be if you can give me your genius insight on this!"

11/30/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Borax kills fungus, so do selenium and chromium, it will not negatively affect it in any additional therapy, but may have synergistic effects. There's an additional remedy such as vanadium sufate 10 mg, may also helped.


Swift, Unexplained Hair Loss

10/09/2011: Anonymous from Anonymous: Hi Ted, I have been suffering from hair loss for the last 2 years. The hair loss has been occurring from the front and top of my scalp. The hair loss is patchy and is becoming more visible.The most significant hair loss has occurred at the front but even the hair loss on the top is becoming noticeable. My hairline and temples have not changed. I had a hair analysis done (hair from the front and top were analyzed). According to the report, out of 10 hair samples, the roots of 4 samples were damaged while the shafts of 6 hair samples were damaged. It also said that none of the hair samples were in the telogen phase.

Most of the hair that falls out is attached to a hard white substance (at the root) which i can pull out. The bulb is always located inside this white substance. Sometimes there are 2 or 3 strands of hair attached (at the roots) to a single white substance. I have been trying to determine what the white substance is and believe that it is a sebum plug. My hair also gets greasy in 2 days. Everyday i notice some hair on my pillow and in the shower. It seems like the roots of the hair have been weakened due to which they keep falling out. I notice some hair fall every time i run my hands through my head. The hair in the front of my scalp looks more weak and brittle than the rest. I always notice clusters of hair in the front. Some of them have roots, while the others look like they are broken segments of hair.

I have checked my ferritin levels, TSH levels and blood sugar. There were no problems in any of them. My scalp is pretty clean, there is no dandruff, irritation or itching. I have used anti dandruff shampoos like head and shoulders, nizoral, a shampoo containing salicyclic acid. None of them have seemed to work. I had also used ACV, castor oil and jojoba oil for a few days but i did not notice any significant difference.

I am desperate to stop the hair fall and would be really grateful for any suggestions.

Sincerely, Anonymous

10/19/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: One of the areas I have poor success is with hair loss, I have greater success in cancer. The reason why is that hair loss is a hormonal disorder with some past usages of accutane, which is isoretinoin. Even if one doesn't take it presently it has long term effects. The other problem is the common zinc acetate and some vitamin A deficiency, which if you do have deficiency causes excess oils or sebum before a hair loss is underway. The reason why I don't have success is simply, most supplements add calcium in their additives that are not required by law to label it but blocks zinc absorption. The other remedy for hormonal disorder related to hair loss, is saw palmetto 1000 mg x 3 times a day, ginseng extract 2 times a day, and fo-ti (in U.S the call it that but is shou wu) taken 500 mg x 2, is the supplement. The lower superoxide dismutase is implicated in hair loss, and you can take jiaogulan to raise that (amongst other things that can also), these so far have the greatest success, despite their low rates, but to be truthful, all hair loss products out there don't work and have a lower success rates than this! CoQ10 applied topically may help, but is more helpful in gray hairs, but it may help some hair loss. Vitamin C is probably the easiest, but is taken 500 mg x 6, for an entire month for it to have any dent on the hair loss. Manganese sulfate also helps my friend with hair loss problems, but is taken 25 mg to 50 mg for two or three weeks.


10/24/2011: Desperatelyseekingmyhairback from Tampa, Fl replies: Hi Ted, I am a 31 year old female who has been on a quest to get my hair back. Growing up I always had alot of hair. It was fine textured but I had alot of strands. If you ask me what prompted my hair loss, I would say when I stopped using BCP (Yasmin). This was at least 10 years ago. But I have to say that within the last 10 years I've watched my hair go from a soft curly texture to a dry, brittle and dull texture. It is also much thinner. I recently shaved my head to start over the process to see if that would help. I've had blood work done so many times, testing hormones, thyroid, iron levels, you name it. You guessed it, they all came back normal. I've taken probably every supplement under the sun (Saw Palmetto, Hair skin & Nails, Biotin, Zinc, Vitamin C, B3, 5 and 12, Vitamin D and the list goes on.

My hair loss still continues. Its been almost a year since I've shaved my hair and it seems like it has barely grown any. Before it was the hair shaft that seem drastically thinner than usually. So I started using home remedies of putting raw eggs and coconut oil on my hair and sitting under the dryer weekly. That really helped with thickening up the shaft of my hair but didn't help with stopping the shedding. So now when I look at the roots of my hair, it looks relatively thinner at the roots of my hair shaft than the middle and ends. I've had a scalp biopsy and numerous blood test. Even a Hair analysis, that came back and said I had SHS (short hair syndrome) I've always had long hair down my back and hair loss doesn't exist in my family. What's even more crazy is that I am unusually hairy on other parts of my body, aka arms, legs middle of my back. I am at a loss right now, not sure what to do. Any suggestions?

Thanks, Sherry

11/19/2011: Tika from Ottawa, Ontario/canada replies: This looks to me like testosterone problem. Did you check your tost levels?
11/26/2011: Smoky from Central Pa, Pa replies: Anonymous, please go and get yourself some Absorbine Junior. I found it online and it's also at some agriculture supply places. They sell it for horses. I have some of the same symptoms as you and I started applying this at night (it's strong smelling). I've been using it on my scalp for about a month now and my scalp has changed in a big way. I also see some new hair growth in the front! I don't know if it will continue but I hope you give this a try. Please let us know how you make out! Good luck!

Ted Helps Young Man with Hair and Eyebrow Loss

08/31/2011: Anonymous from Anonymous: Hi Ted, I have been going through your posts on the Earth Clinic website and I strongly believe you will be able to help me fight my hair loss and eyebrow loss. I am a 24 year old male and I have been suffering from diffused hairloss for the last 4 years or so. My eyebrows have also started shedding since the last 6 months.

Hairloss - I have pretty bad dandruff on my scalp that I cannot seem to get rid of. I have tried all the over-the-counter shampoos but none worked for me. I have these small white "balls" or "beads" on my scalp that come off easily when I scratch. Most of the time hairs are attached to those white nodes. I am also losing some hairs without those nodes. I have flakes as well as those white beads. My scalp is also somewhat oily. My dermatologist thinks it may be some form of alopecia and I have tried Rogaine but got no positive results. Propecia also had no affect.

Eyebrow loss - My eyerbows are also falling off in large numbers. I have some dandruff on my brows but I took care of that using tea tree oil.

Also, I am losing hairs from my nose.

Things I am using/have used so far:

  1. ACV and Tea tree oil on scalp and eyebrows - I still have dandruff on my scalp. Hairloss and eyebrow loss continues. ACV seems to cause more hairloss.
  2. I have been drinking ACV and baking soda with water 2X a day for the last 2 weeks - No changes noticed
  3. I have been taking Biotin and multi vitamins for the last 2 years - No changes with hair and eyebrow loss
  4. I tried Saw Palmetto for a couple of months - No results; I am no longer using this
  5. Rogaine and Propecia - No noticeablel I am no longer taking these.

1. Blood tests show my TSH is normal...so no thyroid issues

Nothing seems to stop my hair and eyebrow loss. I DESPERATELY NEED YOUR HELP. I am highly concerned and very stressed out. What do you suggest I try next? Please help me out here :-( :-( Regards

08/31/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Hair loss is caused by several factors, fungus (dandruff is a clue), excess sebum (indicates zinc deficiency), hormones (Dehydrotestosterone, DHEA, progesterone), amino acid deficiencies (primarily lysine, taurine (5000 mg per day), N acetyl cysteine (500 mg x 3), proline, citrulline, arginine, glycine and tryrosine), and then there is deficiencies of vitamin (biotin you tried, folic acid, vitamin C) and minerals (boron, silicon, sulfur - MSM, copper) and heavy metal toxicity (from too much zinc, too much copper in one case). So that's why resolving is hard without some form of hair mineral analysis, hormone of your body, and we can pretty much guess the vitamin and, in one case I have the amino acid profile which checks for deficiency, one particularly was taurine deficient, so that resolved it.

In your case my guess is it's still a fungus and you probably needed borax 1/4 teaspoon per liter of water, selenium yeast 200 mcg. x 2 a day, chromium 1000 mcg, copper gluconate 5 mg a day, and some zinc acetate, silicone in form of sodium silicate 10 drops a day, and manganese sulfate 25 to 50 mg a day. Now if it works it doesn't really take that long say one week, if it doesn't work there's two problem either were barking on the wrong tree (didn't do amino acid) or not enough of the supplements of either of those were taken. But good bets are sodium silicate, N acetyl Cysteine, and citrulline - especially if your sex drive is dwindled) and taurine especially if MSG was taken a lot lately, but likely the fungus has not gone away. Selenium, manganese, boron, chromium and copper will get rid if that. Zinc is needed if the head is oily, if too dry then it's too much zinc.

Hair only grows while you are asleep, so if you lack sleep then it's probably DHEA, melatonin, and B3 (niacinamide) I will concentrate on. You need about 7-8 hours of sleep, it doesn't grow if the sleep is less then 5 hours. There is simply not enough rest, and also growth hormones is produced during sleep, the important ones to raise that are B3, citrulline, glutamine, taurine, and glycine.


Anonymous replies to Ted: "Thank you so much Ted for the quick response! That was fast:-)

I am getting 7-8 hours of sleep every day.

I will start the list of items/supplements you suggested. If that doesnt work we can try the amino acids or the other items. Should I continue with ACV+baking soda, multi-vitamins and Biotin also? How about topical solutions? Do you want to use anything on my scalp and brows? Do you think iodine deficiency can be a possibility (though i have no thyroid-related issues)? 

Your suggestions are working!! You are AWESOMEEE!!!!!! My hairloss slowed down but I am not cured yet.

I have been taking the following supplements for the last 5 days:
1. Zinc supplement 50mg - 1 per day
2. Manganese supplement 50mg - 1 per day
3. Selenium supplement 200mcg - 1 per day
4. Chelated Copper 2.5mg - 1 per day
5. Chromium Polynicotinate (Chromium 200 mcg) - 1 per day
6. Vitamin D3 1000 IU - 1 per day

I am also baking Borax (1/4 tablespoon per liter of water).

1. How long do I continue taking Borax? It has been 5 days so far.
2. How long do I take the supplements? Again, it has been 5 days so far. Note that I am not cured yet. But I see an improvement. Which supplements should I continue and how often?
3. Do you want me to try anything else?

I am very prone to gas.I have gastric pains (excessive gas formation) very frequently. The hair loss may be related to this. Do you have any suggestions for this? Although my hairloss has slowed down a bit but I am still losing a lot of hairs from my scalp and also eyebrows everyday. Please help!! I am desperate for a cure! 

Thank you again for all the help! Please do respond. I desperately need your suggestions.



Ted replies to Anonymous, "Sometimes it helps if progesterone cream is applied to any part of the body, and in some case may help hair growth, especially you are tested low on progesterone.

08/13/2012: Real Person from Miami, Fl replies: Sorry but this does not sound like a real event. It seems like its made up by someone!

Contact Dermatitis Treatment Led to Hair Loss

07/27/2011: Anonymous from Anonymous: Hi, I have been reading post on earth clinic concerning hair loss. Last year my dermatologist was treating me for contact dermatitis around my eyebrows and nose. She told me if I had it in my brows I probably had it in my scalp. She prescribed Ketoconazole shampoo 2% and said to leave on hair for five minutes and then rinse. I had to get up in the middle of the night and wash hair, I had intense itching. My hair became very dry and the itching continued for days. I thought it would grow out normal but about five months ago I started losing my hair, it has gotten so thin and still very dry and frizzy. Even tho my scalp itches I do not have dandruff.

I think the prescribed shampoo damaged the roots of my hair. I have been using acv on my hair and it does relieve the itching some but my hair still feels dead and not growing. I had it cut real short thinking it would help but it didn't. If the shampoo did damage follicles is there anything I can do to reverse the damage?

07/27/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Some shampoos are anti-fungal, but the side effect is it may destroy the roots, another is the itching may be evidence of fungus present not being killed. There are a couple of things I might try in this case. First I think that the ACV or ACV/BS killed most of fungus since you were mostly relieved with it. The dead follicles might be relieved by taking CoQ10 400 mg, twice a day, Alpha Lipoic acid 200 mg, Acetyl L Carnitine 400 mg, N Acetyl Cysteine 100 mg, Taurine 500 mg, and L Cysteine 1000 mg. That's the minimum, I believe you also need MSM, which is 1000 mg x 5, and other supplements you need: Vitamin C 500 mg x 2, and twice a week natural vitamin E, 200 i.u. should do it.

The shampoo, you need to prepare yourself (there may be commercial preparations, I don't know), it is CoQ10
with some aloe vera oil (if they have!) and evening primrose. That is applied to the hair for 2 minutes around the scalp. In order to gauge if it works or not, it takes a month. There are other formulations that are successful but that I believe is specific for certain people, I have one woman who responded to sodium silicate drops and some B50 (which contains a little biotin) and some vitamin C, although the hair isn't much loss so that was easy. There are some who lack L Cysteine, N Acetyl Cysteine, Taurine, and MSM, although that was a lucky one, as they give me the amino acid profile, which showed it lacked sulfur. But for really old people with hair loss, their hair is dying. The formula fits more of your profile, that's why CoQ10, aloe vera oil and alpha lipoic acid is used (they regenerate tissues). Cysteine is the main component of the hair, and the limiting amino acid for hair growth, most cysteine is found in garlic.

If it is unresponsive then it is hormonal issues, but since you didn't mention I assume it to be normal. Common hormones that affect hair growth are Growth Hormone, Progesterone, and something to block hair loss such as Saw Palmetto.


Young Female with Hair Loss

07/15/2011: Anonymous from Anonymous: Hi Ted, I am a 33yr old woman, and I have been losing my hair since late 2006-2007. I have tried many commercial remedies only to find my hair getting shorter, thinner, very dry brittle and balding! I have almost lost all of my hair on top of my head and have to wear wigs during the day because it is getting so thin. This has made my self esteem plummit and I often cry. I went to several dermatologist. One said it will grow back, but never specified the cause and only gave me steriod injections in the scalp and a prescription for loprox shampoo, but said fungus cultures were negative. My hair did nothing. Another said bacteria was to blame because I used hair grease and it probaly will never grow back, he prescribed DHS coal tar gel and nizarol. I told him I haven't used hair grease in years. I had relief from itching with the nizarol shampoo, but stop using it due to the ingredients. I used it only 2-3 times total, and only used the coal tar shampoo once because I stumbled upon earth clinic site and have been reading your many remedies, which I must say makes more sense then any doctor has. I tried the borax and peroxide twice but it lightented my hair color and did not rid me of the itching like the lavender and tea tree oil mix. I also applied coconut oil and emu oil, also dabbed itchy spots with braggs ACV and fresh aloe gel from a plant, My concern is I may be using too many remedies and then im not sure if I have fungus or bacteria. I just really need a personal plan suggested by you. here's an overview of my symptoms:

  • very deep itching in scalp
  • scalp tenderness
  • different scalp color where hair is falling (unaffected scalp is light tan while affected scalp is reddish tan)
  • white coated tounge
  • funny taste on tounge after eating sugar
  • inner ear itch (but has decreased after drinking lime and bs water)
  • nasal allergies
  • wheat allergies( just started this year)
  • fruit popsicles/frozen fruit allergies
  • vaginal outside thrush sometimes
  • scaly facial skin, side of nose too
  • itchy blotches on forehead
  • back acne
  • facial, chest and breast hair (im a woman) maybe hormonal

Please Ted I really need your help. Ever since that doctor told me my hair wont grow back Ive been losing hope but your remedies have put some back. Please give me your lovely advice

07/18/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Some of it is hormonal, one damaging hormones is the DHT (dehydrotestosterone) maybe Saw Palmetto will help on the damaging hormonal aspect.

Continue the remedies you have least problem, which is lavender and tea tree oil.

As for your hair health, a large component of hair is cysteine, and I will use N Acetyl Cysteine, and seem to help, at 250 mg twice a day after a month.

Check your hormones is the best way to determine what hormones you are in excess or lacking that is causing your hair problem.

Very deep itching is signs of troubling immune system and other deep fungal or mycobacterium issues, that needs more detail later. Taking alkalinity helps some itching for now, adding more may help. There may be some deficiency of vitamin A and zinc gluconate 25 mg. Take them for 2 weeks and see how it goes.


07/19/2011: Anonymous replies: "Thank you for answering Ted, I was worried you would be too busy, Thank you! Ok, so I have tried saw palmetto in the past for the DHT, but it seems everytime I take it my breast gets fuller and I dont want them bigger. I dont know if its true or not, but I have read saw palmetto can be a natural breast enhancer, is that true or is it my imagination, also did not see any improvement and I took it for at least a month. Is there anything else to rid the DHT?

Also, everytime I use borax and leave it without rinsing like you say, my head is itchier, why is that?

And how do I check my hormones? Must I go to a doctor? Last thing, what do you mean by taking alkalinity, then adding more may help? I do baking soda and lemon juice in water, I switched to only aklaine drinking water and I make some bottled waters alkaline by adding baking soda to it. is this ok? How long to alkalize my body?? I started zinc and manganese and will add vitamin A and N acetyl cysteine, I have in my cabinet! Thanks so much"

07/27/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Saw Palmetto actually cause temporary increase in breast size, it is not permanent. If you don't want to try this, there is apha lipoic acid, 500 mg, CoQ10 400 mg x 2, and Acetyl L carnitine 500 mg, MSM 1000 x 5, and N acetyl Cysteine, 100 mg x 5 for example that will do this by promoting hair growth, instead of blocking DHT. As to the other supplements that will block it is zinc acetate or zinc gluconate, 25 mg, but taken not over 3 to 4 weeks. and Boron (in form of borax) 1/8 or 1/16 for a couple of weeks.



07/29/2011: Anonymous replies: "Thanks sooooo much!!! That was very helpful! Now I need to be sure of the amount of pills I need to take to get started on my regimen. I was actually already taking MSM 1000mg, but only one pill a day, do you reccomend I take 4 pills a day as suggested on the bottle?

This is what I take daily: 

  • Zinc gluconate,oxide, aspartate 50mg, 1pill a day
  • N acetyl- L-cysteine 600MG 1 A DAY
  • kelp 125mg 1 a day
  • manganese 50mg 1 a day
  • Beta carotene 25,000 iu 1 a day
  • Burdock root1080mg 2 a day,
  • Oregano (for candida) 450mg 2 a day
  • Flax seed oil 1000mg 1 a day
  • vitamin D liquid drops 2,000 mg 2x a day
  • and Vitamin C Powder 1000mg once daily, but have noticed nausea after incorperating Vtamin C to my regimen.

I really need you to help me with the dosing of all of these vitamins! Yesterday I cut down to only the zinc, burdock, oregano, MSM, NAC, and Kelp.

Am I taking too many herbs, not enough, too high dosing on some...??? Please tell me which herbs out of my list is necessary to take, the dosing and how many a day you suggest PLEASE, as this will help me get started on my regimen.
Thanks so much...with love"


07/31/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "There was one lady who was checking her blood, that was low in sulfur, taurine, and energy. Despite the fact that she was taking it   and MSM (Sulfur, 1000 mg) and taurine (1000 mg) for months, and for energy CoQ10 (50 mg) and Alpha Lipoic acid (100 mg) and Acetyl L carnitine (100 mg). So there was the hair loss continued. Apparently when she these dose, that help hair loss, when she increase five fold, which was mostly CoQ10, MSM, taurine, the hair loss stopped. I suspected she made other changes to acetyl carnitine and alpha lipoic acid, by taking it three times (effectively tripling her doses). There was a pattern of reduce zinc in her blood, but that was because she was taking them with the calcium (which blocks absorption) once she take zinc alone, did the trick. So the whole issue of hair loss was also complicated by the fact that the supplements was not suitable also. What I do know is the bottle of recommended doses, are in fact arbitrary, I know because I helped one manufacturer of vitamins, "to put anything on" that caused no harm. I give you an example if you buy MSM with smaller dosages from a bottle from one manufacturer it will say something like take 1 to 3 times a day, but if you go to another one with another manufacturer of MSM, it will probably say the same thing! It's quite arbitrary! And the story I give as an example of one lady with hair loss is just one example! So the biochemistry of hair loss is quite complicated, it could be that they are low in sulfur (Cysteine is a component of hair) but also is MSM, it could me that, she's low in hormones, the most common is progesterone. Hair loss is a hit and miss thing, I had one lady who had hair loss purely because of fungus (a resistant one at that), and one with DHT, that causes her hair loss and worked on just Saw Palmetto only, 1000 mg. So some people had their hair mineral analysis done, and some people had their amino acid done, but there was a pattern, but the pattern of hair loss cause is many. So I gave it my best shot, given limited information!

So if there is anything I might add to "my" regimen, it is Acetyl Carnitine (400 mg x 2), Alpha Lipoic Acid, (100 mg x 3), taurine (1000 mg x 5), MSM (1000 x 5), CoQ10 (400 mg x 3), is a minimum. It takes about 3 week for the hair to respond to it. That means hair loss should be noticed in the 3 weeks. If not, it is the dosages for your missing some vital ingredients such as silica, in form of sodium silicate, 5 drops a day. Is an example. Yes there are hair doctors who had great success, but its temporary resorting to mostly finasteride, etc and the effects are temporary, that means that if you stop, the hair start falling off again.

Most of the people that come to see me are more serious diseases (cancer, ALS, Parkinson, arthritis, Dengue fever, etc), which I view as easier then hair loss. The more serious disease is easier because the cause is known, but the authorities pretend they don't. If you wanted me to give a shot and figure out hair loss that identified one substance, it would have to be this:

CoQ10 400 mg x 3 or 4

It is to be taken internally as well as hair preparations made from CoQ10 and the other one Alpha Lipoic Acid and Acetyl L Carnitine. These two substances have remarkable regenerative properties, like stem cells. But I suspect that Cysteine (N Acetyl Cysteine) and Taurine has something to do with it, but I don't have enough people who visited me to make that conclusion, not like the other conditions.



08/01/2011: Anonymous replies: "since I have been rubbing oil of oregano, tee tree and lavender on my bald spots in my head they have gotten bigger. Is it something im doing wrong? Should I not leave the solutions on overnight or not use them often? Please advise my remedies for me. Thank you so much"


08/02/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Rubbing oil of oregano, tee tree and lavender on my bald spots in my head they have gotten bigger.

Oregano is too strong. Tea tree oil and lavender is more safer to use, but I do receive reports of both positive and negative for tea tree. My guess, is that I would be safer to discontinue the remedy and try saw palmetto and natural progesterone cream first as the bald spots could not have been fungus as the cause. The progesterone cream is applied lightly once every other day, any part of the body say just the face and it will reach the area. Saw palmetto blocks DHT and should prevent hair loss this way and one more 400 mg x 3 for CoQ10 orally or we used CoQ10 300 mg applied to the hair overnight.  I would try this for one week to two weeks to see if there is any reduction in hair loss. Hair loss is complicated by the fact that you have to understand the cause first. Is it fungus? It suppose to itch if so. Is it hormonal? That depends on your age. Are you weak? That you would use Q!0  Is your sugar levels higher then average? above 100 mg/dL would be high. Is it a deficiency? Common ones are tin, and vitamin C, or even low DHEA. Getting hormones check will tell a story of your body also.



08/02/2011: Anonymous replies: "I only tried oregano because it was best at stopping my itching on the spot, but I will stop the oils and try the cream. I will discontinue the oils directly to scalp and try progestrone cream! I have always wanted to try this cream because I really do belive my condition is more so hormonal. I just turned 34 in june and since I turned 32, my menstruals are more lengthy and heavy. It also tends to come when it wants now verse my usual 28day cycle. Sometimes 28 day cycle sometime 24DAY, sometimes 7day bleed sometimes 10 day, 8 or 9 and it was always 5days until I turned 32. Also my breast are always tender especially my left breast which is larger than the right. But lately my left breast have been very swollen. It's not accompanied by a fever so i dont think its infection but i do have cysts that doctors say i can ignore since they are very small. I just really feel my breast issue is hormonal too. overall my breast have grown in size and fullness, then the hair thinning then I also have nipple hair, a few chin hairs and chest hairs! Sounds manly but I am a very beautiful young lady, and only 10lbs overweight but i just belive my hormones are out of wack. So there you have it! I just wanted to give you a run-down of what Im going through so you can have a better idea to help me. I only want to take a natural approach to my health from now on if i can. 

Ok so natural progestrone cream, used lightly anywhere on my body every other night for how long? and do i use the cream during mentrual??"


08/03/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Menstrual cycle comes regularly if women has normal progresterone levels is one issue. If there is excess DHT (Dehydrotesterone), and I give them saw palmetto that causes menstrual period to also occur regularly.

The cyst has an interesting take in medical science much of it, at least the most recent research is that nanobacteria which attract calcium which causes cysts. The nanobacteria can be weakened by just EDTA, but if serious then it needs tetracycine HCl before sleep. I have one of my client who has calcified heart and he had endless operations of removal and bypass, that it gets the point there's no bypass area left, and he took basically EDTA (my dosages are smaller about 200 mg x 3) and tetracylcine for a month. After a month his heart was fine, no need for operation.

Calcification by my classification, whether cysts or any form of in area of kidney, heart, cysts, and other area are the same except the stones can be of different types, calcium oxalates, calcium phosphates, uric acid, which reflects excessive phosphate, oxalic rich foods (spinach, etc.) The treatment is basically EDTA being the simplest, for most cyst. There is also the use of just tiny amount of gallium nitrate say, 100 mg to 500 mg per liter of water as a slow way of getting rid of it without excessive astringent effect of the mouth. George Eby has a different take, he uses 1% gallium nitrate solution and it way faster, but it causes side effects with some people. The best way if those three things sound unnatural, which is tetracycline HCl, gallium nitrate, or EDTA, then there is potassium citrate and sodium citrate taken together, after meals at 1/8 teaspoon each twice a day after meals, preferably before sleep and after dinner. Citrates as a weak chelator of calcium and also it alkalizes. Again cysts are caused by some imbalances of diet, e.g. too much of uric, phosphates (in meat products) and oxalates (beets, pursane, rhubarb, spinach, chard, etc.) but also nanobacteria. That causes later in life cysts, tumors. bone growth (or spurs), and others. So it just the shape of things to come. If they happen to come, it is not likely they will go away until some change in diets are needed also.

Ok so natural progestrone cream, used lightly anywhere on my body every other night for how long? and do i use the cream during menstrual??

Yes natural progesterone cream lightly on body, overnight. It is used during non menstrual period because estrogen and progesterone are at the lowest during these time. But what is interesting is DHT (dehydrotestosterone) is suspected to cause delayed menstrual period, that I know from feedback of my clients, and if anything be taken during or around menstrual period then it's got to be DHT blockers, such as saw palmetto, but there are others. Boron  is also low for people with hormonal also, usually from excess exposure of fluorides (toothpaste and water supply) and boron gets rid of it, a clue for this is inability to sleep as pineal gland accumulates fluoride, and excess pineal doesn't function, and you can't go to sleep, since pineal is the ones that control melatonin, which effects sleep.

If the swelling of breast two things that help is probably progesterone but also stay away from sugar is one and that's in fruits and fructose especially. High fructose is obviously avoided, and sugar.



08/03/2011: Anonymous replies:"Ok so in conclusion for now I will try the natural progestrone cream, EDTA, CoQ10 50mg, burdock root pills, MSM, Taurine 500mg, lysine 500mg, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Zinc, kelp and I also take Wobenzyme PS. Tell me what you think of my remedy or tell me if i should take out something or add something from below.

I have cut out Oregano pills (for candida), flax pills, vit C, Vit A, Vit E, Manganese, Magnesium, liquid Chlorophyll , liquid photoplankton, and NKO neptune krill oil. I felt I was taking too much, but from all of these herbs I have, PLEASE tell me what to take and what not!"


08/04/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Yes, definitely. Sugar is also responsible for accelerated aging too, it's called glycation. Since sugar destroys organs by glycation it then becomes a hormonal issue, as glands don't function is sugary environment. The worse is commercially prepared fruit juices and sweetened green tea, which contains even worse the high fructose corn syrup. Canned foods disrupts hormones as nearly all (that's 90%) contains estrogen containing bisphenol A, which is the plastic lining found in all canned products.

flax pills, vit C, Vit A, Vit E, Manganese, Magnesium, liquid Chlorophyll , liquid photoplankton, and NKO neptune krill oil. I felt I was taking too much, but from all of these herbs

Flax oil. I prefer hemp oil as it has essential fatty acids in proper portion, but that is taken only once a week, and 500 to 1000 mg.

Manganese is helpful for hair loss, but in supplement forms calcium, magnesium stearate and other additives prevent their absorption. I would not take manganese aspartate form, but the other forms are ok but I doubt it is effective as they keep adding these fillers.

liquid Chlorophyll this one help blood I know not because of theoretical grounds that it appears to be similar to hemoglobin but I seen people with anemia becoming normal in 2 to 3 weeks. So there is some value there. I would much prefer a more direct form, blood soup. Which are basically cubes of chicken blood , or pork's blood prepared in soup form, of course that's for serious anemia.

Liquid phytoplankton, is ok if you want to take.

NKO (Krill oil) is expensive option for non related to your hair, and it's taken too much. It causes weight gain and has improper essential oils mixture. I prefer 500 mg to 1000 mg weekly dose only and has nothing to do with hair loss, unless you have weight loss or omega 3 deficiencies.


08/04/2011: Anonymous replies: "Ok, I understand, so what about the other herbs  ....burdock root pills, MSM, Taurine 500mg, lysine 500mg, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Zinc, kelp in pill form and I also take Wobenzyme PS. are these ok, do you recommend or no?"


08/05/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "There is one thing that's important for hair growth, N Acetyl Cysteine since a large component if hair is cysteine. As for burdock, msm, taurine, zinc kelp and wobenzyme is ok for hair loss but there are exceptions as follows:
1. Lysine you need 2000 mg a day. That's 500 mg x 4
2. Acetyl Carnitine at least 1000 mg.
3. zinc in form of zinc acetate or zinc gluconate, other forms I don't use, for different reasons. However too much zinc is what I fear, as it causes hair loss. The usual dose I used is 25 mg once a week, and for those that take everyday, if their scalp is oily only. 4. Kelp is fine any amount under normal consumption patterns of course.
5. Wobenzyme PS, well that may help circulation of the scalp. but more times per day is needed.
6. Taurine that has worked against hair loss is somewhat high range of 5000 mg a day, divided doses of course, for one person that work. That was my experience, but everybody needs are different, perhaps less. However this particular person got amino acid blood analysis and it showed that taurine is low and it only responded to 1000 mg x 5.
7. MSM the dose that worked was 1000 mg x 5, but that person also was tested for sulfur in his body and it proved to be too low and responded only when dosage is increase, again everybody is different.
8. N Acetyl cysteine and Cysteine, the main component of hair is cysteine. Garlic is high in cysteine, and supplement was N Acetyl cysteine safe dose is 250 mg x 2, and perhaps cysteine is 1000 mg x 4.
9. CoQ10 need a minimum of 400 mg x 3 for 30 days for hair loss to respond, again this is from experience of one person who responded.
10 CoQ10 hair treatment. You can apply CoQ10 directly to the bald spots for hair treatment, for at least 30 minutes is my best estimates to the scalp.

If a person are hypothyroid and has hair loss, then were looking at taking some NATURAL thyroid extract and tyrosine. Without proper amino acid/ mineral profiling (hair mineral analysis) where just shooting darts here using solely information based on symptoms. But since some items was purchased, then its fine. There is some popularity of forskolin in stimulating hair growth.

There are many nutrients for hair but I will look at CoQ10,  Quercetin and B3 (niacinamide) as my general treatment for hair growth overall for the reason it is involved in mitochrondrial biogenesis so some element of stimulating properties is evident.


Hair Loss Due to Scalp Fungus

06/19/2011: Anonymous : Urgent Please Help, Hair loss due to definite Scalp fungus:

Hi Ted, please could you help me cure my problem once and for all. I don't trust anyone else and I am willing to do exactly what you tell me to, religiously until my problems gone.


Male, 21, medium length hair

Have greasy hair/scalp, (I take zinc) White sticky scalp fungus, Hair loss is getting worse

Scalp is sticky before I wash it, doesn't smell, doesn't hurt/burn/no sores on scalp, only itchy when I'm rinsing my hair after shampoo. When I pick my scalp, WHITE sticky substance ends up in nails.

I wash my hair every day, I tried H2O2, AVC, Borax, Baking soda, also Tea tree oil and just about everything else you mentioned, They worked for a period of time but I want to get rid of this scalp fungus once and for all. If I don't wash hair everyday my scalp gets really bad (greasy and full of white sticky fungus) and my hair ends up falling out. I know I shouldn't wash my hair everyday but I have to in order to stop my scalp causing problems and my hair falling out more .I tried shampooing with borax for a period of time but my hair would still be greasy and my scalp sticky with fungus.

From your previous posts I know what to take internally; I read nearly everything you ever wrote on Earth clinic, a true genius, seriously, I wish there were more people like you, of your intellect and kindness. I'm more than happy to make donations if I can get rid of this problem as money and time wasted will no longer be a problem.


I'm trying:

60% Milk of magnesia, 40% water topical, too early to comment
Stannous Chloride (tin) Just arrived yesterday. I must try it, Hopefully it works.
Lugols, made myself: 100g potassium iodide,50g iodine prills, about 800ml distilled water, What % Would this be?

I'm also looking to buy supplements/chemicals off EBAY:

Ammonium chloride: http://shop.ebay.ie/i.html?_nkw=ammonium+chloride&_sacat=0&_odkw=edta&_osacat=0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1313

Manganese sulfate (N.B), which is the best one to buy on eBay? http://shop.ebay.co.uk/i.html?_nkw=manganese+sulfate&_sacat=0&_odkw=manganese&_osacat=0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1313 Which is best?
http://cgi.ebay.ie/Manganese-Sulfate-Powder-32-Mn-1-Pound-/270341419492?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3ef19ab1e4 Min 32%, PURE???Does this look okay?

Potassium Iodide: I'm thinking of making a solution and applying this to the scalp, what do you think? Is this what's known as white/decolourised iodine?

EDTA http://shop.ebay.ie/?_from=R40&_trksid=m570&_nkw=edta which looks best?

DMSO maximum percent, 99._% http://shop.ebay.ie/?_from=R40&_trksid=m570&_nkw=dmso which looks best?

Fulvic or Humic, which is best? Internal and Scalp application http://shop.ebay.co.uk/i.html?_nkw=humic+acid&_sacat=0&_odkw=huic+acid&_osacat=0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1313

Humic 80%: http://cgi.ebay.ie/Humic-Acid-Water-soluble-powder-80-Humic-Pure-Product-/350269342147?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item518dae01c3

Or Fulvic: http://shop.ebay.co.uk/i.html?_nkw=fulvic+acid&_sacat=0&_odkw=humic+acid&_osacat=0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1313

Is Humic/Fulvic acid as effective as Tannic acid when applied topically with DMSO? I'm cautious of the scarring from tannic acid. If there is anything else on eBay which I should buy, please let me know. I have tried most internal supplements from your previous posts on earth clinic but not religiously.

Please help me get rid of it once and for all, I will do EXACTLY what you tell me to do for whatever period of time if you have time to get to this email, If you choose to answer this could you PLEASE give me a detailed account on WHAT TO DO, tell me the amount of days I do everything for and when I should expect to see results so I have indication of my progress and how long it will take to get rid of this problem so I won't have to email you as I'm aware of the amount of emails you get, your some man, a true inspiration.

Thank you Ted for reading, I look forward to you reply, well if I'm lucky enough.

07/16/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Ammonium chloride solution and another one would be tannic acid solution. Ammonium chloride is prepared 1 tablespoon per 500 cc water. You wash with that. Tannic acid is another one I used, 1/4 teaspoon per 100 cc water and you wash with it. These two I used in the past and it does help. If you want to make tannic acid solution stronger, add some 20 drops to the solution. If it is a sticky type of fungus, I found milk of magnesia helps, which is made up of magnesium hydroxide 5% solution. You can mix it with 50% water on top of it, seems to last a day or two. You can wash all solutions after 5 - 10 minutes if you want.

From my experience, tannic acid with DMSO always works, mixed with water, if not there IS another solution, and it is for the treatment of mycobacterium.


Sorry for delays, emails are overwhelming!

07/21/2011: Angelene from Montclair, Nj replies: The original Listerine (the yellow one) full strength applied every night for 10 days absolutely cures. Also use it on entire head prior to shampooing.

Hair Loss Worse After Moving to the Usa From India

05/10/2011: Anonymous : Hi Ted, You have been helping many ppl to solve their hair fall problems in all the ways. Please take me out of this depression... it would be a huge help.I have tried all the costly shampoos,oils & hair packs. but none works. Due to thinning of hair now, I am ashamed to go out and meet ppl. U are my last hope to resolve my hair problem.

I am 31 yr old female from india and moved to US 1.5 yrs back. Since then I am 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 am on a contraceptive pills past 1 yr too. Every time i comb/apply oil/shampoo hair comes out in 1000s.

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.

05/10/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: There are a few things you can try:

Moringa. Take a powder herb or its equivalent 1 teaspoon three times a day.
Contraceptive pills cause hair loss.
Avoid shampoo. Use borax 10 team mule team with water to rinse instead.
Centella asiatica take a powder herb 1 teaspoon three times a day.
Biotin one of the vitamin. Take about 2- 5 mg a day.
B8 inositol about 50-250 mg a day
B5 take about 50-250 mg a day
B3 for depression and hair loss. Take 50 mg a day

See if any of these help you.


06/02/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: I assumed you tried iodine, of all my postings, but that is a wrong assumption by me in previous postings. You should try iodine and manganese first because those are two primary supplements you should go for. Iodine can be potassium iodide, or Lugols half strength, as I believe they are too strong for some people. You can start by applying on the skin and/or taking internally 1 drop. It takes a couple of days to kick in. The manganese is taken for a week also to notice the effect. If you use potassium iodide you can take that in dropper bottle prepared at 10% potassium iodide and 1 or 2 drops a day.

If you happen to take contraceptive pills and experience hair loss, try progesterone cream. It helps for most women.


06/12/2011: Gaury from Denver, Colorado replies: hey.. Im also from india and I had the hairloss before 3 years and as you said most part of the hair gone. I was studying in college and ashamed to meet people. But later I came to know abt a hair treatment and I went there. They told me I am in the final stage so it'll take 3 years to come back my black thick curly hair. I was following strictly the treatment. They asked me to follow a regular diet with daal, milk and milk products, bolied egg, spinach, almonds, dry fruits, lime/orange juice, soya milk, soya bean etc. After 6 months they found my feritin level is very low. Saw I started taking iron suppliments and the homeo medicines with the regular diet. I followed everything strictly what I was told. Now I am so happy to see my healthy curly hair back. So my advice is its because of vitamin deficiency. Have a regular diet with all these foods and consult a doctor as soon as possible. I found so many cases there. So u r not alone. But dont be delayed. All the best!!

Chinese Herbs for Hair Loss

07/29/2010: Wanda from Mcdonough, Ga: Ted,
What is your opinion for the following for gray hair to turn black and/or hair growth:

Ho Shou Wu (Fo ti)
Nu Zhen Zi (Botanical Name: Ligustrum Lucidum)

08/16/2010: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Sometimes these herbs work, but they aren't known to be consistent. So I think we have to use a combination of supplements and herbs. As far as hair growth concern, biotin, silicon (in form of sodium silicate solution taken at 10 drops a day ), cysteine, and perhaps tin chloride (1 mg a day is more than enough for just 5 days). The dose of biotin might be 1-5 mg, however biotin is also found in liquid egg yolk, but without the white eggs. The obvious supplement I might try first is L cysteine, such as 1000-3000 mg a day for at least two weeks to see if that works. For me personally I will take the B50 for 5 days and large dose of vitamin C such as 3000 mg for about 3 months, to get rid of gray hairs. Chlorophyll supplements may also help but it is taken nightly, or else it makes you sleepy during the day time. Ted

What Does Ted Think of Prp Injections for Hair Loss?

07/28/2010: Al from Pompano, Fl: hi Ted,

it has been a while since I got in contact with you. I even spoke to you one time over the phone. i was asking you about hair loss. well I am still struggling with hair loss. I wanted to know if you know anything about PRP(Platlet Rich Plasma) and hair loss.

Over here in the U.S., doctors are injecting a persons own PRP into their scalp and are having positive results in growing hair. Would you recommend this??  Please let me know. Thank you.

08/15/2010: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Al:

Yes, there is some good results for platelet rich and I think it works better then stem cells in terms of practicality and cost.

I do not know whether you used manganese, copper (from chlorophyll), vitamin C sodium ascorbate, borax, selenium, tannic acid and alkalization which directly deal with hair loss issue. The cause of hair loss is due to fungus infections, mostly supported from fructose in fruit juices, calcium supplements, and wheat products, which worsens the condition. In terms of deficiency such as cysteine, biotin are some supplements important for hair growth.


11/27/2011: Unwiseone from Phila, Pa replies: Ted. How often should I take these vitamins? Cyteine, selenium, vit-c, biotion, and b12? Or pretty much, how much for how long for regrowth?


28 Year Old Femail with Extreme Hair Loss After Being Exposed to Mold

07/25/2010: R. : Hello Ted and thank you in advance for your prompt and helpful reply, as I am devastated. I am beggin for your help as I have no other hope. I'll do my best to make this short and detailed. I am really confused as to which remedy to use.

Female, 38 years old. Lots of shedding since my teens, but had plenty of hair coming in to replace it. Much worse after the birth of my child. Had terrible postpartum depression. Took anti-depressants and birth control pills for 4 years. Last Feb., I took myself off of all of that. At that time my hair looked great. That June, I was exposed to mold in my home under some flooring we were replacing to help with my son's asthma and allergies. My throat closed up and I was severely sick for weeks. Two days later, my hair began shedding more, much more and I had acne for the first time in 20 years. I kept raising these concerns, along with an inability to lose weight to my OB and my primary doctor. They just kept telling me that I needed some hair and nail vitamins and more protein and that it was the effects of coming off of the birth control, as well as heredity (my folks both have very thin hair, although I read that you don't really consider this to be a factor). Anyway, I was patient and did what they said. In the mean time, I had a back injury which involved treatment of multiple steroid injections and xrays. In January, a heart scare which resulted in having a nuclear stress test-more chemicals). In Feb. I had to have ultrasounds to check for gallbladder problems. In March, a stomach problem which resulted in an endoscopy which required general anesthesia, and a stomach emptying x-ray which involved radioactive material---not to mention taking motrin and Flexeril for literally months straight. By Apr/May, my hair was coming out by the handfuls steadily(still is). So, I finally demanded some help and was sent to a dermatologist who basically prescribed a topical steroid and Rogaine, which has not helped at all to grow hair nor to keep the hair in my scalp. I have no visible scalp problems. I go back for a check up in three weeks. I will be bald by then-unless you can help. I literally lose 300-400 hairs when combing. I dare not wash more than once a week because it traumatizes me and I literally lose balls of hair. Scalp is very visible in the front. I have thinning all over, but no patches, no itching, no dandruff, not oily. I use an organic shampoo with baking soda. I tried the ACV orally and as a rinse, but found it irritated my scalp and made my bladder feel like I was getting a UTI, so I stopped. I've sought help from my herbalist who also tells me not to worry about it. I'm sick of hearing that! He just told me to take silica complex and continue my regiment of B complex and Primrose oil. NO HELP as I've been taking that for months. I'm really confused as to what to do based on reviewing the site with the hairloss remedies. I'm contemplating the coconut oil orally and on my hair. I read about Sepia, but don't know if it would be helpful or safe. I am thinking I should drink baking soda and water and find some manganese??? I saw something about liver and fats. I do have a ‘fatty liver' I was told during my ultrasound, if that helps you help me. My blood test results were perfect-thyroid, iron, etc. My sugar is up a little bit. I'm wondering if I need some sort of detox…wondering if I've been exposed to too many chemicals and that is the problem with the hair or is it I need supplements.

Oh, please help me. I have been put on antidepressants because I am so devastated and anxious about going bald. I am embarrassed to leave my house and I have a five year old son to be active with. Oh please help me Ted. You're my last hope. No one cares. Thank you so very much for your precious time and wisdom. Please help me stop my hairloss and get back to normal so I can feel good about being a mommy again.

08/15/2010: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: ... As for your hair problem, it's always a fungus issue. A couple of supplements help that will counteract that, such as copper, alkalization, magnesium, vitamin C, and molybdenum. The copper supplements can come from chlorophyll supplements as these are sodium copper chlorophyllin. For alkalization, 1/2 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate after meal two or three times a day, roughly 30 minutes after meal. Vitamin C is taken at 1000 mg three times a day WITHOUT CALCIUM. Sugar tends to support fungus growth. Sodium molybdate is taken at 25 mg for only a week or two, The magnesium, also without calcium, is taken at 250 mg twice a day, preferably trimagnesium citrate and magnesium chloride. As for getting rid of the fungus on the head, the simplest, but not necessarily effective, is to wash the hair with a borax solution, with a 1% hydrogen peroxide water. This means adding about 1/4 teaspoon of borax per 500 cc of hydrogen peroxide and apply them overnight to kill them. It may take a couple of days of application and perhaps regular washing of hair with this. The room should ideally be sprayed with a 20% ammonium chloride solution to reduce the fungus in house, which comes from rugs, carpet, and moist areas.  The issue appears to be killing the fungus through alkalization, vitamin C, and copper found in chlorophyll supplements as the major remedy. I find manganese sultate 25 mg taken for a week or two to be also helpful. If at all possible a 1/2 teaspoon of ammonium chloride is mixed into a 250 cc of any ordinary shampoo, would further kill the fungus through shampooing of hair. Head and Shoulders contain selenium which may help kill some of the fungus also.



03/24/2010: Daniel : Hi Ted,

I'd like your opinion regarding my regimen to combat hair loss. I use 5% minoxidil topically, Nizoral shampoo, emu oil and a laser three times a week.  Internally I take the following:

  • Vitamin C - 500 mg 1x - 4x per day
  • Vitamin E (dry) - 400 iu 1x per day
  • Ginkgo Biloba - 60 mg 2x per day
  • Vinpocetine (in GB) - 5mg 2x per day
  • Selegiline - 5 mg 2x per day
  • GSE - 150 mg 1x per day
  • CoQ10 (unsure which form) - 100mg 1x per day
  • Maca
  • Cordyceps Sinensis
  • Vitamin D
  • Ecklonia Cava
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Acetyl L-Carnitine
  • Krill Oil
  • Biotin
  • Curcumin
  • Resveratrol
Is there anything else that you can recommend that I can add to my regimen?

Thanks in advance.


03/26/2010: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Daniel:

Hair loss is often caused by a fungus yeast that is in the follicles of the hair. Therefore, it's most important to use a 1/2 teaspoon per 1/2 cup of water to apply to the scalp throughout and leave it unrinsed overnight. I also found hair loss is caused by a manganese deficiency, the ones I used here is manganese sulfate, but the manganese chloride doesn't work. Finally, tin deficiency is another cause in male pattern baldness, but I also found a deficiency in women just as well. The dose is fairly low for a tin, such as 1-3 mg of tin chloride, in a water solution taken for only three days, while manganese sulfate is taken at 25 mg for about 2 weeks, on the average. Usually it takes maximum to stop hair loss, but I have seen too many times the hair loss stops in a matter of 3 days. Low hormones, especially growth hormones, are also responsible for hair loss, but I don't around and use HGH. I just use boron supplements as it has two properties: it increases most hormones across teh board, and it is antifungal. Most important many people have a boron deficiency, including me, although hair loss is the least of my problem, but the dose is typically 1/8 teaspoon per liter of water for about at least 2 weeks and the dose is taken only once a week, if I have to deal with just the deficiency, lack of energy -the long haul, number of hours you can stain energy levels. As for curcumin you mentioned, this reduces the inflammation caused by certain fungus and can be helpful with the hair loss remedy. Vitamin C is generally helpful, but calcium may cause hair loss and in certain cases vitamin D, if taken in excess. Low copper is also seen in people with hair loss, as copper is antifungal and the form I used is the chlorophyll supplements, typically they are in the form of sodium copper chlorophyllin, which is not the usual magnesium chlorophyll found in nature, but is the more active form in killing off the fungus. In general I found vitamin B complex helpful in hair thickness, including biotin, but not necessarily hair loss.


Stannous Chloride for Hair Regrowth

01/25/2010: Joyce from Dallas, Tx, Usa: Dear Ted from Bangkok, I read your post about how Stannous Chloride (Tin) can be used for Hair ReGrowth and other ailments, so I purchased some online. It is in crystallized anyhydrous powder form 98%, and the density of it is 3.95 gm/cubic centimeter. So I have calculated this to be like maybe 1 or 2 drops a day, to equal your required dosage of 5 - 10mg. Are my calculations correct? Would you please advise me on how much of the crystal powder to take and how much water to dilute it with? I am willing to give this a try, but don't want to harm myself. Please advise. Also, should I be taking Stannous Chloride, if I have braces?

02/02/2010: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Re: Stannous Chloride for hair regrowth.

I used tin usually to stop hair loss, after which hair will grow because they don't fall off anymore. The dose without the complicated math and mixture, is a powder the size is a small letter "O" or two "O"s on a font size of 12. And is dissolved in a cup of water taken only a couple of days. At that dose, it's quite harmless. So it's likely to be about 1-2 mg. There are other vitamins that help hair growth such as B8 and B5 especially. However, the B5 form I prefer is the panthenol, because in some research circle it's considered more bioavailable then the commerically sold supplements such as calcium pantothenate. Inositol B8 also help and also biotin.

02/15/2010: Adam from Portland, Or, Usa replies: This question is for Joyce from TX. Could you please let me know where to buy the Tin? I did not have luck with amazon and could not find it elsewhere either. Thanks.
02/20/2010: Joyce from Dallas, Tx, Usa replies: I purchased the Stannous Chloride from Ebay. In the search field, just type in "Stannous Chloride", make sure you spell it right. Only one dealer will show up. My hair loss has stopped and my hair feels fuller. Also, I am growing more hair on my eyebrows now. I followed Ted's instructions and only took it for 3 days at the dosage that he specified. I noticed my results the next week, with my eyebrows being the most noticable. It is very strong and I had to plug my nose when I took it because it had such a strong taste. But the hair loss has stopped. What can I say, Ted's Awesome!
02/25/2010: Pr from Houston, Texas replies: Joyce, thanks for your feed back. It is nice to know this remedy works. Could you please explain Ted's instructions because I didn't quiet understand them. Thanks for your help.
02/26/2010: Mary from Regina, Saskchewan, Canada replies: Hi :

I have a concern about using stannous chloride. It seems like it harms major organs unless taken with ascorbic acid. I read this in the study below. Ted why do you feel ok with it? very interested.


03/28/2010: Joyce from Dallas, Tx replies: Pr from Houston, When Ted referred to the size of the powder solution as being the size of a "smaller letter O", I interpreted that as meaning LOWERCASE letters. So, I just looked on my computer at a size 12 font, two lowercase O's and that is the size of the powder I used. It is a very small amount, but the taste of it, even in a cup of water, is incredibly strong. Hope this helps you. My hair loss has still stopped, but I don't see the hair growth anymore, it stopped also. My eyebrows have more hair, but I still want more growth. I wonder if I need to take the TIN solution again for another boost. Hmmmm.... Or maybe I need to try Biotin or B Complex....
05/18/2010: Omar from New York, New York, Usa replies: Dear Ted,

I'm still confused about stannous chloride. You say use it 3-4 times and thats it. What is the maintenance dose then? Do you mean 3-4 times, repeatedly, every month? Or every year? Or is it use 3-4 times and just never use it again unless you see your hair falling out again?

09/11/2013: Datzinahat from Pickerington, Ohio replies: Ted... I was wondering if the Tin can be obtained through herbs like:

Herbal Sources of tin (in the highest to lowest order) include doggrass, juniper, bilberry, milk thistle, dulse, lady slipper, althea, valerian, Irish moss, nettle, barberry, yarrow, blessed thistle, red clover, yellow dock, kelp, licorice, devils claw, pennyroyal, and senna.
Please advise if I was to use Milk thistle or nettle how much would be appropriate if that could be used as this are easier to obtain.

Severe Hair Loss, Tingling and Itchy Scalp

05/25/2009: Sam from Delhi, India: I have the problem of hair fall for the last 2 months. My scalp is tingling and itchy at the same time. I have been using Nizoral ( ketaconazole) 2% for the last 2 weeks but I haven't got any relief. The hair loss is becoming severe day by day and I am turning bald. I have been taking biotin 100mcg supplement and b-complex supplements in the form of Zevit capsules. I am also eating sprout beans, sprout black gram and oatmeal. Please diagnose my problem and suggest some easily available over the counter medication.

05/26/2009: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Sam:

I have experimented with finding a hair loss issue for sometime. Most common issue appears to be a fungus, which the companies throughout the world has know this for quite sometime. This is why the sell antifungals or fungicide.

They may exist in form of fungicide medications, selenium, boron (borax), copper, copper peptides, etc. The one thing that companies overlooked that seems to work with a hair loss very fast and goes away in only a couple of days, after extensive testing are just two minerals only (to my regret): manganese and tin. Manganese will work but may work, but it requires taking them almost weekly. The other one worked well with flying colors: tin. Unfortunately, the tin I used is not available in any drug stores, and health food suppliers. The form I used is Tin Chloride (Stannous Chloride), at only a very low dose of 5 mg - 10 mg taken only three days. To increase bioavailability, I will add of equal amounts with a disodium EDTA, or tetrasodium EDTA to the solution. Even a 5 mg will cause the 1/2 cup of warm water to become milky white noticeably.

What the tin does is to restore adrenal exhaustion and seems to play a part in normalizing growth hormone most responsible for hair loss. This is why chemotherapy caused hairloss and it's the tin that seems to prevent that. It works within a matter of 3-4 days and therefore is taken for 3-4 days the first week, and another dose is taken on the second week and you are done. The manganese sulfate I used that seems to work consistently enough for hair loss is the 25-50 mg of manganese sulfate taken for a 5 days out of a week for about two weeks. Hair loss should be reduced.

There may be food sources high in tin, but the one source I can get is tin colloids, or colloidal tin is one possibility. The other is from lycnchee cans, usually from China or Thailand. For some reason or another, tin cans are still used in lynchees fruits. I can tell these Lynchees are made from tin in that when I opened the tin cans, there is crystal reflection from the tin inside and the acidity of the juices tend to create a tiny amount of tin making them available to the body.

The most common remedy that's easily available if vitamin C and alkalization, especially the more powerful potassium citrate, plus borax remedy. The borax is taken a pinch in drinking water but maybe used as a shampoo too. It must be noted that vitamin C, alkalization and potassium if there is a deficiency or lack of it should work fairly quick within 2 weeks, if not the body obviously has a tin deficiency and manganese as the prime cause of hair loss. As to the marketers who sell copper peptides for hair loss, these are more or less copper chloride solution that is added in a soy sauce (which are liquid amino acid solution) and then is applied on the hair. These copper works on the principle being that it is anti fungal. One funny footnote is the inventor of copper peptide also has a bald head, so obviously it won't stop hair loss with just using copper peptide for everyone.

In any event, the best remedy for hair loss appears to be tin and manganese. Followed by vitamin C, borax, and alkalization. The remedy is easy, but it seems marketers habitually ignored or overlooked tin completely. While somewhat limited sales from manganese and molybdenium. These two last ones seems to help hair loss in a different ways. However, to be sure a little more that hair loss is due to tin deficiency, there are other common symptoms to look for also. This includes depression, adrenal exhaustion, a person may be taking anti androgens, taking estrogens, have frequent chronic fatigue are some of the signs. Selenium supplements from time to time especially 600 mcg seems to help with some of the conditions and may be synergistic with tin in a few cases, but I believe when all supplements are taken, tin seems to be the critical factor in stopping the hair loss. The reason for my regret for tin is it's difficult to get Stannous Chloride (tin chloride) except from a chemical supplier, which are easily obtained where I lived, but not most other countries. The other thing is it took me a lot of time (at the expense of not having enough time to answer the emails) just to make sure that tin deficiency was indeed the cause of hair loss, but also adrenal exhaustion, chronic fatigue, and depression. Taking too much tin leads to temporary weight loss and loss of apetitite. Therefore a 5 mg is a low dose considering the fact that authorities have placed a limit on consumption of tin not more than 200 mg/kg by UK food regulators (UK Tin in Food Regulations 1992).

Itchy scalp a baking soda, or potassium bicarbonate used as shampoo and mixed with a borax would do. Just one tablespoon of baking soda, potassium bicarbonate, and 1/2 teaspoon of borax in 1/2 liter of water and soak the hair so the alkalization of the solution may kill the fungus, being a mild remedy I used. Corn meal say 4 tablespoon in 500 cc can be leftovernight and applied to the hair and soak for 30 minutes may help also. The reason is that corn meal have antifungal properties. I may take one tablespoon of corn meal gluten free, once or twice a day also to reduce the fungal buildup inside the body and may also help some of the hair loss. 


06/04/2009: Janene from Farmington, Utah replies: Ted,

Thank you for all your time spent researching hairloss. It has been very devastating for me these past years. I believe with your last post that you solved my mystery. I have adrenal and thyroid problems which started my hairloss. I have always suspected that my adrenals have been responsible for the hairloss. The tin concept could really help me. Do you have any other suggestions on how to find the tin? Or any idea how to raise my tin levels. By the way, I do have all the problems such as chronic fatigue depression etc. which are associated with adrenal fatigue.

11/01/2009: Samlaunch from Knoxville, Tn replies: Thank you Ted. Daily: I drink 1 teaspoon of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) mixed with water in a glass. My scalp had been itching so I mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda in a cup with some warm water and apply it to my scalp. The itching has stopped and my scalp is healthier and my hair is looking good. All of the problems on the outside of the body takes place from within the body: energize the inside and the outside needs a few touch-ups to remain happy and healthy. Just sending a note to say, "Thanks for all of your helpful hints toward living a longer life."


07/06/2010: Tessaa from Toronto, Ontario, Canada replies: This is a follow-up question for Ted from Bangkok. You stated that lychee nuts canned in tin from China or Bangkok was a good source of stanous chloride (tin) for hair loss if no other type of tin supplement was available. How much of the liquid in the can if lychee nuts would one have to consume to correct the body's tin deficiency?
10/26/2010: Tj from East Coast, Nc replies: I am researching ways to ingest tin. It looks like brewers yeast also contains tin- along with other natural forms of some of the supplements suggested like manganese and others. Any feedback? Twin labs looks good.

Carbonated Beverages and Hair Loss

02/19/2009: David from Cartersville, Georgia : Greetings from Georgia USA! You mentioned that coke causes hair loss because of the acid content. I am trying to lose my addiction to coke. Currently I am drinking "organic" cola from Whole Foods which has no caffeine and no phosporic acid, and no high-fructose-corn-syrup. It does have pure cane sugar and tartaric acid. Do you know if tartaric acid causes hair loss? Does caffeine cause hair loss? Also, I know you have said many times sugar is bad for folks, but you meant the processed sugar, not pure cane sugar or xylitol, or stevia, correct? Sincerely yours, David

02/19/2009: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Tartaric acid is organic acid found in grapes, tamarinds, wine and banana. Basically it's acid, so it helps that some baking soda is taken to neutralize whenever the body metabolizes them which eventually will become more acid. Usually acid, caffeine, and sugar are not helpful to hair loss. Caffeine and sugar are acid forming.

The issue of hair loss is a long story altogether. It can be initiated due to hormonal disorder, deficiency in certain minerals such as copper or zinc, as well as opportunistic fungus of the scalp. Excessive oily scalp indicates the body might have zinc deficiency, or an androgen deficiency. A boron supplements (usually from borax) and magnesium may help balance some hormonal imbalance. Obviously taking excessive DHEA, estrogen and other hormonal supplements may result in hair loss too. On the other hand, the lack of growth hormone due to lack of sleep can also initiate a hair loss as growth hormones are produced during the night in deep sleep without lighting so that melatonin production is normal. A very simple remedy for hair loss that may work in some cases are taking of vitamin C, but a more difficult one might even require borax shampooing instead of the use of ordinary shampoo as borax is antifungals. This is why coal tar, sodium selenate, copper peptides (more like copper chloride reacted in soy sauce) and other medications for hair happens to be antifungal that were used to help hair loss. Borax is much simpler, but is not well known. It's quite possible to make many other formulations to stop hair loss, but it's difficult to find materials is the most common of all problems I encountered with people trying to use the remedies.

One possible way to reduce addiction to cola, a substitute to try is just lemon juice with water (to dilute sourness), salt and a reasonable pinch of baking soda to get the fizz is my favorite way to avoiding colas. Notice I avoided sugar here also and use water instead to reduce the sourness as well as some baking soda, and salt to give it more rounding off flavor. Obviously, I am going to use sea salt, as opposed to table salt. Sugar is not helpful for hair loss as bacteria tends to feed on it, which worsens the hair loss.


02/23/2009: David replies, "Ted, Thank you for the quick reply. On Earthclinic.com Angela of Brooklyn and Martha of Ontario both said 1 or 2 tablespoons each of Apple Cider Vinegar and Blackstrap Molasses plus a certain amount of Club Soda(Mineral Water) tastes as good or better than coke! I will try your recommendation as well as their recipe. As far as I know mineral water is not bad for health."

02/23/2009: Ted replies, "If a sugar content is around 1.5% of any drinks, it won't have effect on blood sugar at all since a urinary sugar averages roughly in that region. Most soft drinks has sugar content around 15%. So two tablespoon of black strap mollases has 29.6 cc per 250 cc of glass of water, will get you 11.6% mollases content. A sugar content of blackstrap mollases is roughly 50-55%. This means roughly 5.8% sugar content is the average mix for mollasses with two tablespoons in a glass of 250 cc of water.

So this means, that 29.6 cc (let's say its 30 cc to be simple) of the sugar content is roughly 15 cc. Therefore to get the concentration to exactly 1.5% without raising the body's blood sugar, 2 tablespoon of blackstrap mollasses is mixed in 1 liter of drinking water. This concentration if it won't raise the blood sugar, won't have a negative effect from the consumption of blackstrap mollasses' sugar.


04/20/2009: Theo from Ottawa, ON replies: Hi Ted,

You talked about copper and zinc for hair loss. My blood tests have shown my copper to be extremely high and I am losing hair quite fast. How do I bring my copper levels down?

Thanks in advance!


10/29/2010: Tj from Ec, Nc replies: I read that Zinc will deplete copper. You may be low on zinc, is that so?

Iodine for Hair Loss (2)

12/11/2008: Maria from Mesa, AZ: My hair seems to be thinning near the front area. I've always had really thick hair and now it seems thin but you can actually see my scalp now about 2 inches in length by 2 inches in width. Where can you purchase Iodine for hairloss? Is there a specific brand and % content? I've seen a few at a local drug store but the have another ingredient and a small percentage of Iodine. What do you recommend exactly? thank you.

12/13/2008: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: The Iodine I prefer can also be kelp which contains fairly large amounts of iodine. In some few cases, adding a few drops of lugol's iodine solution, such as 3 drops per glass per day are also used, however, if some people fear toxicity, then daily iodine foot painting would do. It is absorbed transdermally. As to the issue of hair thinning in the front of the head, one of the cures I did use was the panthenol vitmain B5 supplements, or pantothenic acid, about 1000 - 2000 mg per day, plus some inositol B8, 1000-2000 mg that has an effect of giving the hair more body. Other supplements that have an effect of thickening of hair also includes silcon supplements, often in the form of silicic acid, or sodium silicate. I prepare my own solution of sodium silicate, usually 1-3 drops a day, if I want to accelerate hair growth, or strengthen them. The cause of hair thinning could be any number of causes, blood capillary circulation, if restricted, can cause hair thinning too, so gingko and some EDTA supplements fine also. Receding hair line I take it to be result of aging, in which case the decrease in human growth hormone to be one factor. If a person's age is above 40s then there's some need to reduce any oily foods in general, especially fatty foods, vegetable oils since the body has a limit for taking those and they block the body's hormones, while switching more to vegetarian foods. Obviously vegetarian foods lack certain amino acids that may need to be supplemented, so more fish is added to the diet helps, or at least more taurine. Certain supplements such as glutamine (1000-4000 mg), glycine (1000-4000 mg) and niacinamide (250-500 mg), where these taken before sleep are known to increase growth hormones. I have also noticed hair loss and thinning to come from chlorine and fluorine exposure during shower, so dechlorinating and removing fluorides helps. Borax removes fluoirde, while chlorine is usually removed by dechlorinator, found in many aquarium shops, where I prefer sodium thiosulfate myself that removes chlorine.


Hair Loss Becoming More Pronounced the Last Few Weeks

11/21/2008: Ryan from Chicago: How are you doing, Ted? I had found the EarthClinic website some years ago but had forgotten about it until today when looking for information on hair loss. I saw many of your posts, and you seem to really understand how to solve this problem. I hope you don't mind taking a looking at my situation.  There was so much information on the EarthClinic site that I wasn't sure where to start!

I first noticed some hair loss when in Europe this past summer.  A friend had taken several pictures of me with my back turned to the camera, so I noticed a small spot on the back of my head that was balding or really thinning.  This was rather disconcerting as I am only 21 years old and still haven't even finished my undergraduate studies!  Initially, I thought that maybe it was a dietary issue as I certainly don't eat right.  While in Europe, I tried to save money by cooking most of my meals, which meant a lot of rice, eggs, and sausages.  On a few occasions, I cooked some Thai curries with coconut milk, but these items certainly did not have all of the nutrients I needed.

When I returned to the States, my diet returned to "normal", which means that it got even worse.  As I am a university student living in the dorms, it is mandated that I eat in the student cafeteria.  The lines are very long, and the healthier options (steamed vegetables) often appear to be quite unappetizing.  Consequently, my diet has been high in burgers, pizza, cereal, eggs, bacon, and LOTS of french fries.  Obviously, this is not good, and I realize that.  On the bright side though, I drink almost exclusively water and tea (maybe once a week), so excessive sugar from soda is not a problem.

Over the past couple of weeks, I've noticed that my thinning/balding has progressed from just the spot on the back of my head to other areas.  On both sides of my head, the hair is getting noticeably thinner.  As well, when I part my hair, I can see that the the scalp is becoming rather visible.  Also, I've noticed that I'm finding more loose hairs failing into my textbooks, notebooks, etc. while studying.

As a first step to resolve this problem, I've been trying as much as possible to reduce the fried foods and have been eating more salads, fruits, nuts, etc.  I thought that "whole foods" would be a better alternative to all of these overly processed and fried foods.

So, with these things in mind, would you be willing to give me some recommendations?  I noticed that you suggested soy milk, which I do have access to in my cafeteria. Would that be a good place to start?  I do have a Whole Foods market nearby, so I could pick up a few supplements, oils, etc. if necessary.  Alternatively, do you recommend products from an online vendor (such as Puritan's Pride)?

Lastly, I recalled that I should mention a few other things.  I have been having a problem with dandruff since grade school, so I'm not sure if that's in any way related.  Also, my hair does seem to be relatively oily.  I do shampoo it daily.  This reminds me that I've seen on a few other sites that certain chemicals in commercial shampoos, particularly Sodium Laureth Sulfate (which my shampoo does have), seem to be problematic.  Would you concur with this?

I hope that you have some time to give me a few words of wisdom, and I do thank you in advance for whatever you can share.



12/18/2008: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Ryan:

Somehow this mail ended up in my spam mailbox as I am deleting some of the spams.

Soy milk is best taken on an empty stomach, it's high in manganese and helps hair loss. Most of the effects is best improved if a manganese supplement is taken 25 mg, chewed to stop hair loss. People with hair loss problem, almost invariably have oily hair and scalp before becoming bald or have a major hair loss. The oily scalp is often a sign of zinc deficiency. My favorite zinc supplement is zinc acetate, but zinc gluconate 25 or 50 mg will do too, but is taken until the scalp or hair is no longer oily. If taken in excess, it causes drying instead of oily thereafter it's discontinued. So it's often taken for about 2 weeks, and chewed, or powdered before taking as tablet forms and capsule form have poor bioavailability and is taken on an empty stomach.

A vitamin C 1000 -2000 mg sodium ascorbate, or perhaps rose hips stops hair loss too, but it takes about 2 weeks before reduction. Still manganese and zinc is equally important too. Oily foods makes the body oily, and the body simply can't handle so much oils. Even in salad dressings, it's made from vegetable oils. Liver have a low tolerance for oils, and hence something must help reduced that. Granulated lecithin 1 tablespoon, twice a day, is preferably too.

Dandruff issue is quite often the effects of unnatural drying and deficiency of certain types of oil, namely evening primrose oil, and omega 3 fish oil. Most helpful in reduction onf dandruff. Long term dandruff often leads to hair loss. So  it's related. I have noticed some people who constantly have hair loss is also in constant need for both manganese and evening primrose to stop both hair loss and dandruff, in this instances it comes together.

Hair thinning is a tricky one, but biotin in B complex, 5 mg for example, found in liquid egg yolk without the white eggs, or in supplements helps, as is eating some partially cooked liver. Magnesium and other things, more vegetables is need, as is omega 3 and other things found in fish is helpful. As always fried foods causes hair loss. I haven't had a hair loss for a very long time as I purposely avoid fried foods.

Acid forming foods can lead to lowered immunity and constriction of capillaries, so when I was a student I frequently take baking soda too. A mild remedy is 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water twicw a day.

Biotin helps thickness of the hair as is silica rich foods, such as horsetails and rice. Usually cooking your own foods is the better choice, but without the frying or stir frying. Usually soups is he healthiest, and the steamed foods, including fish and vegetables.


Wondering If Borax Accelerated Hair Loss

06/06/2008: Karen from Staten Island, NY: I have been experiencing hairloss for the past ten years. I tried using borax rinse one tablespoon to 1 cup of water for about two weeks. I am afraid it accelerated my hairloss even more. I have lost 60% of my hair and I am devastated. I don't know if it is from horomonal issues or just androgenetic alopecia. I am scared that this last drastic shed is permanent due to using the borax. Is borax a chemical that can cause a burn & lead to scarring alopecia. I really don't know the cause of my latest shed. When this first occurred I had also added an azelaic acid topical treatment and stopped my birth control pill. What should I do?

06/09/2008: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Karen:

In my opinion the cause of hair loss needs to addresed first, which is often manganese deficiency and vitamin C sodium ascorbate. The hair loss can be accelerated just by washing the hair of with any known shampoo, borax is the mildest, but deals directly with the problems of fungus. However, most dietary sources are the real problem and borax is a very mild shampoo. The best way is to deal with dealing with deficiencies. Manganese sulfate is 25 mg a day only for a couple of weeks, plus sodium ascorbate vitamin C 1000 mg, perhaps twice a week evening primrose oil 1000 mg, and Fish oil omega 3 1000 mg a day. If the scalp is already oily then zinc gluconate 50 mg usually taken 3 times a week. The cause of accelerated hair loss at least for me is a deficiency and it gets faster. To furhter help hair problems I found certain monoatomic elements, is lacking. The newer remedy for monoatomic is 1/4 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate, 1/4 teaspoon sodium carbonate plus 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt in one liter of drinking water, preferably kept overnight, taken throughout the day, shake before using, stored in a plastic or glass container.


P.S. Borax doesn't cause hair loss problems since it is used for hair loss it is the gentlest one I can find. However, if deficiency is indicated, hair loss will accelerate itself regardless of whatever was done on the hair.

10/22/2008: Annette from Nashville, Tennessee replies: you too have alopecia, look it up, there is no known cause and it it not something that could hurt you.

Hair Loss After Divorce and Perm

03/14/2008: S : Hi there Ted

I have read practically every email written to you and I am so impressed.' I hope you can help me. 

I am a 44 year old Indian woman suffering from very bad HairLoss, mainly from the top front and crown area. This has been going on for the last 10 years or so after a nasty divorce and a salon perm that felt very burning.

My scalp is usually oily within one day of washing but my hair Is dry and it is sometimes itchy and painful to the touch.  It feels sore sometimes.

I am presently taking a multi vitamin supplement pill together with 2 capsules of 400 mg Vitex Agnus-Castus (to level out my estrogen and progesterone) every morning Monday to Friday.  After reading your web-site, I have started taking 3 to 4 500mg chewable vitamin C into my day. 

I also try to rinse with apple cider but the smell is hell so that doesn’t happen too often.

I have bought tea tree essential oil and tried that once but it felt a little burning sensation. I have yet to try it with lavender oil.

I am about 20 pounds overweight and have cravings for carbohydrates and sweet stuff.  I also feel very cold when others feel its fine weather.  After years of infertility, I had a baby at 41. I also feel and look older than my age!!  I am also chronically constipated and have been anaemic for quite some time.  My last hair analysis showed low magnesium and copper with very high levels of zinc.  I also have slow metabolism.  

I also have very painful legs and I think circulation could be an issue here.  I have just started eating wolfberries a handful a day for what it is worth. 

I live in SIngapore and cannot get half the things mentioned in Earth Clinic.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Sharan: Obviously certain changes is diet is necessary, and supplements. Such as 250-500 mg magnesium gluconate or magnesium citrate, or other suitable magnesium. Magnesium is an important supplements. To raise the copper which is extremely important as this prevents fungus and allows for normal hair color and growth as well as collagen synthesis.

Cocoas are usually high in copper and this can be taken plenty three times a day or a couple of cups of cocoa a day without the sugar and other supplements high in copper can be consulted at the nutritional database. However, manganese supplements is sold over the internet, but I do know that Singapore is a problem sometimes in getting it, as this stops hair loss most of the time. If copper is a real problem and can't be obtain elsewhere, a one foot copper wire is put into a drinking water where a tiny fraction of it is dissolved, which won't  have much material effect in increasing copper that much but at least it's better than nothing. Sometimes I might make a small batch of colloidal copper with a distilled water using copper wires by putting one end of copper wire in a glass of water and another end too in a pure distilled water and subjected to a 12 volt or 9 volts battery and take a tablespoon of it for about a month if of course I can't obtain the copper. The electrolysis requires about 30 minutes to have an acceptable batch.

Craving for sugar indicates the body's unstable blood sugar and chromium polynicotinate and sodium vanadate or vanadium supplements is needed. Taking some lecithin granulated would stabilize most of the blood sugar too. If nothing can't be found, then just eating white beans or beans to block the body's breakdown to sugar in present of amylase so that the sugar doesn't fuel more fungus growth.

Alkalization remains essential to killing the fungus and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda is at least taken twice a day in 1/2 glass of water.  Excess calcium in diets and white flour and sugar, pastries, coke, chewing gums, aspartame, coke zero, pepsi max tends to fuel hair loss. Eating nuts, sunflower seeds, brazil nuts helps reduce hair loss since most nuts have manganese too. Soy milk is high in manganese and may help with some hair loss, although I tend to favor the homemade soy as a more safer choice.

Cause and Treatment

03/13/2008: H : Hi Ted, I have had hair loss for almost 5 years now (im'now 27). Ive had dandruff that might be associated with the hair loss. This happens on and off and is particularly gone throughout the winter for some reason. I have tried many kind of products without results. I notice that my hair was been thinning as  well. Among the other things that might have been associated with my hair loss(like stress at one time) at one time was that fact that I used to take many bodybuilding supplements(eg ephedra energy fat  burning pills) and I still eat some of those processed foods that might have to do with it but have been minimized ( the supplements as well with me only taking glutamine and protein powder only when working out). My mom who used to work at a hospital and is somewhat knowledgable, complains  that I eat too much read meat. I also noticed that when my hair is unwashed for some time or gets oily  is when its most weak or falls out or both. I must be doing something right at times
    if the hair loss lessens significantly with only a few hairs (3-4) showing up in my comb when combing after a shower.At other times it is the opposite(10-20 hairs). I also noticed some thin short hair that might be baby hair showing up on my cap and during showering at times. I also have foot fungus that I havent gotten rid off. I keep scratching and peeling skin off with some clear liquid that follow the peeling. My nails have fungus as well and now almost look very crooked. On top of   that there is some kind of jock itch particularly  in the lower abdomen above the groin with some dark colored spots in the upper sides of my legs next  to the testicles that have not been gone and itch.  The health problems that I dont know if they have  anything to do with this is constant sleepiness even after sleeping for quite a while, insomnia, lack of energy and diarrhea on and off  sometimes with dehydration). There have been two times that when the diarrhea has been ridden off, the stool for once or twice was almost black before I started to go to the rest room like I normally do.I have also have rectum(anus) pain and rectum discomfort after going to the restroom  particularly when I go frequently and sometimes I even notice
    some blood. I am taking some steps to take care of  the health problems but I am particulary in need   of  help with the hair loss problem and maybe even my  health problems. Any help will be greatly

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear H: A majority of hair loss condition is due to fungus or fungus infection. Once it sets in there is a long term hair loss. This is why I am sure a borax remedy helps, but fungus aren't easily killed, and the movement on the scalp and a water contamination of Mexico I am long aware of. Just that I didn't know you live in Mexico. What I do know is there is an outbreak of Morgellons, and other nanoinsects in that region and some Canadian and European tourist who visited that area drinking contaminated water and walking barefooted, some died from Morgellon's, one became debilitated for the next quarter of a century, before the borax and baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide gave them back 80% of their normal life. It is that borax and hydrogen peroxide, if it is a woman's dose, is 1/2 of the man's dose. those who masturbate will tend to loose a lot of zinc. I remember one person who had sex so many times a day to support his porn site lost all his hair and completely bald. Zinc is an important element and zinc gluconate needs to be taken. However, nanoinsect is a problem and this is why 30 drops of H2O2 and 1/4 teaspoon of borax in a liter of water is helpful. Manganese is required more if and on many occasions needed by a man more than a woman, but also is lost from masturbation too. Manganese is an antioxidant, but then so is zinc, copper and perhaps molybdenum that may protect the hair. I know the fungus issue as a major issue of hair loss, but the only thing to control this I have found is usually the borax and the baking soda that is taken internally. Your conditions appears to be a nanoinsect problem on the scalp and perhaps a 0.5% H2O2 mixed with saturated borax may help. A 1% is more effective but it may lead to orange hair with frequent use as H2O2 tends to oxidized the color of the hair. It should be noted that citrulline, arginine and other nitric oxide promoters such as vitamin C sodium ascorbate also kills off the blood fungus, that resulted in long term hair loss. I am certain that fungus also deplete the body of iron and possibly manganese. And a person with zinc deficiency and western diets, will end up with an iodine deficiency too. Strangely enough, zinc, manganese, iron, and perhaps magnesium is related to hair loss. And a blood high in fungus, tends to destroy the body's limited nitric oxide production as fungus are acid in nature and it is destroyed unnecessarily. Therefore alkalizing is toxic to the fungus and this is why I think it should help the hair loss. As to the nanoinsect problem (crawly things on the head) all my research have noted that borax, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide will help the most. And the reason why the sun helped you is the vitamin D, which is needed more than other people because of the nanoinsect, and the fungus. Because of this, it is why vitamin K2 is needed also. Certainly the tonsils lowers the immune system, but then on the other hand, people with lowered immune system is usually the ones with a hair loss. Take for instance a personal friend of mine (she's a woman), has a deep set of cavities that needs to be pulled, constantly had a low body temperature and a mild case of blood poisoning -septicemia, which she constantly needs to take aspirin to kill of the bacteria in the blood to raise the blood pressure and reduce the dizziness, for example. She had a hair loss too, but was easily settled with just manganese and borax. Zinc she need not take since her toothpaste is a 5% solution of zinc chloride with xylitol, needed to control the cavities from getting any deeper. However it should be noted that many people who have kidney and liver problem has always been (at least in my own unique experience) the excipients they put in these supplements. The biggest problem of all has always been the calcium carbonate, the dicalcium phosphate and anything calcium added to the supplements. This causes problem for many people, especially' people with Morgellons, people with nanoinsects or some with lupus, which tends to slowly eat away at the body's organs, usually the heart, liver, and the kidneys. And because of that calcium is a problem. To reduce that peeing problem or kidney pains, the most effective remedy I know of is to reduce the blood calcium, where the remedy is as follows: 2 tablespoon of lemon juice or lime juice plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day. The kidney and liver pain should reduce within 30 minutes to an hour after taking them, at the very least the excruciating pain or funny feeling in some people. Magnesium will counter the negative effects of calciuma and still needs to be taken usually magnesium citrate 250-500 mg. Vitamin B complex is occassionally taken to give energy. But interestingly, the creepy crawly insect under the skin seems to be reduced whenever the head is exposed to the sun, but not too much or it just burns the skin. As to the metallic tastes it's usually the heavy metals, I don't know what metals that is, but I have found in my own location or near my home to be high of lead and copper. Often chelating or reducing some free heavy metals through chlorella and spirulina nees to be taken ocassionally. This is not to be taken likely since I do check for heavy metals in may areas, and a majority of the houses, about 75% of all houses are contaminated with heavy metals, my own house is included, and even from houses that supposedly luxury condominiums and apartments and not just the poor. Certain free heavy metals and acid foods (sugar, bread, white flour, coke) causes hair loss by constricting the capillaries and that causes hair thinning and sometimes hair loss. I hope this extra information helps. If fungus is the problem I would also consider iodine supplements (kelp), vitamin B complex, and magnesium and look carefully not to consume calcium added in the supplements and will take borax and with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide drops added. I haven't quite resolved all problems of hair loss, much of the problem that is most difficult to resolve, is killing the fungus and they are most difficult to kill, even more so than a virus. Given a atomic halocaust, only two living organism would survive, and that would be the cockroaches and the fungus.
H replies: I hope this advice applies to a man because I know man and woman are different. I have been looking through your website and i notice that other people have posted very similar problems like mine on earthlinic.com on the section of hair loss. Some of those people are also around my age. Many of those people also have the same problems as me and that is the problem with the food and water that we eat/drink here in the United States. It has been about 4 years since I have lost hair without really knowing or understanding why. I have also noticed that people younger than me and even alot more younger than me have lost hair. That is something that is very strange. I have even seen a few women who have hair loss and try to cover it up. I have to factor in the fact that I live in a border city next to Mexico and that by what I have heard the water is very contaminated and has a very metalic taste or just a strange taste like cement or something. People have'said in town that in fact the water is not clean enough and has other things. One man told me he avoids drinking the water because it starts to give him headaches. There is a river here that is the borderline between the US and Mexico and I think thats where the water comes from. I also have to point out that I used to live with a friend about 4 years ago for about 2 months, who had a very dirty place. After I moved out of my friend's house I started to have foot fungus and jock itch. I was also very sick in allergies more than ever before. I started using alot of tissue papers to blow my nose because there was always too much mucus and at first I saw this pink mucus that had little red spots. Nearly after I got rid of the sinus conditions is when the hair loss started but the foot fungus and jock itch where still there. I still struggled with allergies one last time for several months and then it was gone forever for some reason. I had allergies since I was 15 and now I havent had this problem anymore for 3 years. Was it something associated with the hair loss that caused this to go away? Its been 4 years since the hair loss started and I have read alot in your website. I just dont know if I should do something in my head so that the pores are clear or cleaned out so that hair growth can start again. I have taken nearly all the things you have told me but I dont know if there is something I have to do to clear the pores or what you call the follicles so that hair can grow after all its been 4 years! And so there has only been hair loss and I think maybe has to be done so that in the head they can grow. In the last couple of months I have also noticed some flashes in my head and I have noticed some flashes in my head when I try to put on my cap. When I take off my cap the flashes stop. Another improvement is that you told me to use borax and I dont see any dandruff anymore. Please read below for previous emails , everything is there. I also have to mention I had my tonsils removed at the age of 4 and I think that makes me more vulnerable but I dont get sick very much. I also have the habit to be on the computer mostly all day and I noticed that after taking a nap or going to sleep or being away from the computer I feel normal but once I start getting close to the computer I feel a little different. I am a man who works from home and so I have to be on the computer most of the time. Despite all the things you told me to take I still feel my hair moving on my scalp for some reason and many times it feel as if its gettin soft or weak. I also have this strange feeling on my scalp that comes from the follicles as if moving or maybe being pulled slightly. I have to factor in everything because I would really like your help. I have not had a girlfriend for more than 5 years and I confess that I masturbate constantly. I only mentioned this because I read somewhere on the internet that maybe that is a factor for hair loss. Your advice has so far helped in having more energy and less sleepiness. There was a time when I had this strange feeling in the obliques that was maybe the liver or kidneys and it happened after I started taking what you told me to take . I dont know if it was a sign. Another problem that still persists is the oiliness of the hair and it happens when hair is not washed constantly. I dont know if the hair insists on being washed constantly because when the hair is oily it is when the hair is most weak. The stomach problems and the stools are strange. Sometimes it is back to normal and sometime I got alot to the restroom and sometimes I dont go at all to the restroom except to urinate. Sometimes the stool is normal and sometimes the stool is soft with some liquid and sometimes the stool is liquid. I think its food allergies but I dont know anything about healthcare but I go to the restoroom with urge sometimes after eating certain things. Regards
H replies: I also forgot to ask in what order it is I should take everything you told me to. thank you

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: H: It doesn't matter what order is taken. The most important element is to avoid the toxic food. The most toxic foods are always the ice cream, cookies, cakes, bread and candies. A great majority of effective long term all weight loss supplements tries to help the body control sugar or prevent sugar from even being absorbed and it is the sugar that lowers the immunity causing the body to loose hair and other problems. No bread or white flour, the grains should be substituted with eating rice. If you are wondering why Asian woman are never fat it's that they don't eat bread and the bakery products here are expensive, so they don't buy them and eat mostly local food. Coke and colas and fried food is not very popular here either. The most dangerous food of all that is hidden in gums and other products is always the aspartame, in many brands, names and form, such as Sweet n Low, etc. As to which supplements encourage hair growth, it's always the 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/4 teaspoon of sodium carbonate in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day, plus L-citrulline 250-500 mg. L-citrulline is a nitric oxide promoter. The lack of HGH or human growth hormones is what controls the cellular growth, that is responsible for hair growth. This is why people who is on chemotherapy goes bald. The chemotherapy prevents cellular division and growth. Therefore nitric oxide promoters helps in one way, but also nutrients of silicon such as oatmeal each morning, and taking niacinamide 250 mg, l-glutamine 2000 mg, and l-glycine for example encourages the body to produce more HGH or human growth hormone. More sleep helps a lot on hair growth, since hair grows the best if the body has sufficient rest or sleep.So lack of sleep, stress, and bad diets are obvious problem and the reason why hair growth is so stubborn is so simple: people are stubborn about bad eating habits. The real enemy is us.
H replies: Thank you very much for helping. I wanted to mention that i felt alot better once i started to take all of these things you recommeded. I also noticed that I'have avoided eating a couple of things according to your website and that it seems to make a difference. Just lately I started to eat cakes, sweets and sodas and once again I started to feel bad. I had diarrea and i started to feel sleepy and tired. And I had this huge headache. do you think eating and drinking these things have anything to do with my problems? You mentioned in the previous emails that what you recommended were just the basics. Is there anything better than the basics that you would recommend to do so that my hair can regrow and be completely and healthily restored?
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: If the opposite has occur, then it may not be a vitamin D problem. But interestingly, a vitamin K2 is antifungal and vitamin K might still be needed, but in addition to that, because it's NOT winter, magnesium citrate is taken. That's because vitamin D is high in calcium which occurs somewhat during summer, and magnesium helps lower that. MSM can be taken, but not a large dose such as 250 mg with plenty of water. The reason for that is it helps oxygenate the scalp basically, killing of the fungus and somewhat antifungal. If MSM does have side effect for me, then I won't take it. When in uncertainty or have problems before then MSM is not taken, and I may replace it with just eating raw vegetables, garlic cloves and onions into a meal which DOES have some MSM, and still they are antifungal also. When in doubt try some other things, although I never have problems of MSM, perhaps I drink plenty of water, some people do have problem and if that's the case, I will avoid it. It's the same even with garlic.
H replies: I just wanted to clarify the fact that most hair loss does not occur in the winter but in the other seasons that are NOT the inter. Specially during the summer. Should I still follow these instructions? I heard some side effects of MSM. You suggested I take this but, does taking MSM have anything to do with what I have? And how much MSM should I take?
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Meats are high in iron, phosphate and acid forming food, which is why the hair loss. High protein supplements tend to raise some cholesterol or stickiness of the blood. A history of fungus, especially itchiness, peeling skin, is a sign of fungus taking advantage of iron, and acidosis of the body. Black stools is indicative again of excess iron, they come as black stools. The fact that most hair  loss occurs during winter is a sign of vitamin D2 and vitamin K2 deficiency. An oily skin and excess sebum
 production is a sign of zinc deficiency. Certain body building supplements tend to cause extreme acidosis that constricts apillary flows and kill of the hair  follicle, along with oily scalp makes it very unfavorable for hair to grow. A blood rich with free
 metal irons attack the hair follicles.

 Basically the remedy is MSM, methylsulfonymethane, eating more vegetarian, alkalizing remedy, reduction of iron trhough green tea, better iron utilization through vitamin C sodium ascorbate, increase vitamin D3 and vitamin K2 to help increase immunity to prevent more hair from falling off. I find omega 3 flaxseed oil helpful if taken ocassionally. Taking daily
 sodium ascorbate also reduced hair loss. Oily skin a zinc gluconate 50 mg, taken such as every other day and
 watch for signs of drier skin, will tell me when the body has enough of the zinc. Most help I find was manganese supplements, but vitamin C are quite helpful too.

 The alkalizing remedies will prevent constriction of  capillaries, increase blood flow, and the remedy is 2
 tablespoon of lemon juice plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water twice a day. If it is too inconvenient, then 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water twice a day. Ideally this is not the best remedy, however, if some potassium citrate such as 1/8 teaspoon is added it helps. 

Quite often fungus is what kills off the hair, but nutritional problems are the real cause. Hence, baking is seen as helpful. Shampoo using borax is the best so far when mixed with baking soda. While it is relatively mild, the borax will kill off the fungus, yet borax is also an essential mineral needed by the body to protect against autoimmunity, which in this
 day an age, is often a mycoplasma.
 What I cover here is just the basic and may help reduce some hair loss, and hair growth is further helped with biotin such as about 3-5 mg, and some ocassional B50 or B100 B complex taken twice weekly. Certain liver problems may cause hair loss, so I think I will use one tablespoon of granulated lecithin once a day. Taking some cranberry juice may help.

Peroxide and Borax for Itchy Scalp

03/13/2008: D : Hi Ted, my scalp has been itching and burning for about a year now. I have some hair thinning because of this. I was wondering if I could use a borax mix or something to help combat the problem. I want to give up on commercial shampoos all together. Is there a borax and peroxide mix that you can recommend to get rid of the itching and burning. Also what is the difference between 1% and 3% H202. Which is stronger and which should I use. Thanks so much for all of your time and help.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: A borax solution such as one tablespoons in one half or one liter of water could be used as a' mild shampoo. The solution can be stronger to kill the fungus and inflammation by adding 1/2 tablespoon of on sodium carbonate. Fungus are killed better if the solution is alkaline. However, in event the borax you add hydrogen peroxide, a strong remedy it will be 1%, never 3%. A 1% percent used for a long period of time will cause the hair to become orange. Therefore it is best that a borax is mixed with a milder hydrogen peroxide solution of 0.5% instead of 1%. As to what is the differences between a 3% hydrogen peroxide and a 1% hydrogen peroxide, quite simply there is three times more hydrogen peroxide than a 1% solution. Usually it is sold either in 35% or 3% before we actually use it in greater dilution around 0.5 to 1% and this means I must dilute with more water, or otherwise if the solution is too strong, it will cause irritation. The key is to reduce the concentration where it is biologically friendly rather than harmful to the skin or hair. C1= beginning concentration of H2O2 in decimal points Amt1 = beginning amount of water in cc C2 = ending concentration of H2O2 in decimal points Y = The amount of water you should add in milliliters [(C1 x Amt1)/C2] - Amt1 = Y So if you have a 500 cc of 3% H2O2 and wanted to make a 1% H2O2, how much water would you add? [(.03 x 500 cc)/.01] - 500 cc = 1000 cc of water That means you add two parts of water to the 3% H2O2 to make a 1% H2O2, or in simple language 2 bottles of 500 cc of water to a 1 bottle 3% H2O2 solution to make a 1% H2O2 solution. However, I prefer a 0.5% concentration. so how much water would I add with 3% H2O2 as a beginning concentration? [(.03 x 500 cc)/.005] - 500 cc = 2500 cc So this means I would add 5 bottles of water to a 1 bottle 3% H2O2 to make a 0.5% H2O2 concentration to be mixed with a saturated solution of borax to help with my scalp condition for example, or at least used as a weaker shampoo. In the long run, I might take some supplements to help reduce inflammation such as zinc gluconate 50 mg taken perhaps once or twice a week, some selenium 200 or 300 mcg everyday, some vitamin B complex taken about three times a week to help reduce the inflammation. Also a peppermint oil, about 2 drops x 3 times a day acts as like a hydrocortisone to help reduce inflammation too.
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: It should be noted that long term alkalizing reduces long term inflammation such as 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in a half glass of water taken twice or three times a day help.

Another natural remedy may also help such as 2 tablespoons of lemon juice plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water taken three times a day also reduces inflammation of the scalp too.

Facial Hair Growth

02/21/2008: Sujatha : Hi Ted, There has been thick hair growing in my chin and in my neck region. There has been scar and black mark and is looking very ugly. Is there a way to get rid of the hair growth and stop the under growth of hair.


Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: The easiest way is to get permanent hair removal, using either electricity or light pulses that I am aware of. Those are slow and might be expensive in some places, but this will stop the hair growth permanently.

The other way is to use wax hair removal and shaving. Shaving deeply can often kill off the roots of the hair and may not grow back. I remember Lucille Ball shaved her eyebrow, but because the shaving was so deep, the eyebrow never grew back either. Certain supplements such as fenugeek and fennel taken internally might also reduce some general hair growth somewhat that relates to hirsutism. Soy seems to prevent both hair loss and hirsutism too.

In woman an ovary problems such as Polycystic ovary syndrome may also lead to this problem due to lowered estrogen. Hence, 2 tablespoon of lemon juice plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day may alkalize the body and allow the less calcification of ovaries may also help too. The fennel oil has some estrogenic qualities, which is why fennel or fennel oil is used and is taken internally. Such as 2-4 drops taken 3 times a day.

There may be other causes of hirsutism such as adrenal glands disorders, in which case magnesium, zinc, and vitamin B complex, especially B5 and B8 to be most helpful. Usually the dose for B complex is about 100 mg.

Treatment for Hair Loss and Scalp Infection

01/04/2008: JF from Atlanta, GA: Hi Ted, I am a 42 year old african-american woman and have been battling acne since the age of 15. I have read and tried many of the acne cures posted on this site. I drink the ACV, baking soda, and water three times daily. I have been doing this for about a month now, and have noticed how smooth my skin is all over my body. At my local health food store, I bought Herpanacine supplements that contain antioxidants. I am noticing some results, however, I have dark spots from old blemishes that will not budge. I do have a bleaching cream, but I think after a while my skin becomes immune to skin products that I've used before. Are there any natural remedies that you can suggest that would fade away dark spots? Do I need to detox or what?

My daughter (10 years old) has always been dealing with hair loss from the back of her head, just below the crown, and now around to the right side of her head. She does have eczema, but over the years it seems to be subsiding. She has had scalp infections over the years, and even that seems to be subsiding. With her scalp infections, I just kept her hair braided and did nothing but use a mild shampoo, because whatever her pediatrician told me to use, just caused her scalp to be irritated. I think she's growing out of it. She's never completely bald, but her hair breaks and thins out. Lately, I've been doing the 1:10 ACV, Hydrogen Peroxide, and water as a shampoo, and following up with tea tree, and lavender oils at night. Her hair is very shiny , and since it has only been a week so far, I haven't really seen any hair growth. I made the lemon, baking soda, and water drink, and she absolutely hated it. Is there an alternative that you can suggest? I also noticed your suggestion to another person on this site about maybe eliminating milk. My daughter loves chocolate milk, should I do away with it? Thanks so much for your time, and I truly appreciate you sharing your knowledge with the world.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Yes, the secret to smooth skin, which is hardly a secret for me is the baking soda and ACV, or baking soda and lemon remedy. I am about 49 years old and still don't have wrinkles. It works better than any cosmetic product I know since it deals directly with the cause, which is restricted capillary flows in the skin due to metabolic acidosis.

Rough skin is a sign of long term metabolic acidosis or when the body is excessively acid. Most Westerners have very rough skins, since their diet is quite acid, actually I finally found from white bread, cured meats, corn syrup (fructose) and fried foods. They can also initiate hair loss since a rough skin will eventually cause hair thinning problems. Most Asians, American Indians and African-Americans have lactose intolerance from milk, which means the body can't digest them properly and causes a reaction which can lead to other skin problems. Some White Americans actually have lactose intolerance from milk, but they don't know this, which leads them to a digestive problem.

Dark spots are generally difficult to deal with, but what I used, is a milder bleaching effects H2O2 1% applied to the skin 10 times or more a day, using a white towel. Mind you the skin application that is safe is between H2O2 1-1.5% concentration, NEVER exceeding the 1.5% as it causes stinging skins. When the concentration is generally low, I can apply as often as I wish. It takes about a couple of weeks to notice improvement. It should be noted that some people with aging spots, or liver spots, or skin spots, whichever name I called it, is due to liver's inability to detoxify and the bile or other toxins are thrown off to the skin. Hence, I will try a couple of remedies to deal with that (Milk thistle I don't know since it's too expensive in Thailand), one is granulated lecithin, the other is selenium yeast. The dose for granulated lecithin, often taken with food is 1 tablespoon a day. Soy milk seems to work best for people like me with lactose intolerance, instead of cow's milk. Even a raw cow's milk can be a problem if there is lactose intolerance. So the solution may lie in the lactose issue. The selenium supplements I used is 200 mcg, but there are many dose. Quite often, I will take it for about a month. However, it is somewhat not likely new age spots will form with the baking soda and ACV as it supports some detoxification, however, lecithin and selenium I think is important.

I do see cases of some people dark spot, so liver supports using lecithin and selenium is needed still. If there is any other thing, I think will have to be the sodium thiosulfate, or dechlorinator added to drinking water. I used a 10%, but the solution can be anywhere from 5%-15%, and I just add between 5 drops to 10 drops of sodium thiosulfate to 1 liter of drinking water.

03/25/2014: Judy from Yakima, Wa replies: I also have very dry and itchy scalp. I went on a vegy fruit and meat diet as I was allergic to every thing. I found a shampoo and conditioner called free and clear has no bad stuff in it that I sometime use. I also at night do a bath with epson salt and soda I dunk my head in it a few times then dry my hair in the am I wash it out and use free and clear conditioner and put a cap on it and a towel for about 1/2 hr then rinse good and dry and comb out let it air dry. I also make my own shampoo I use sometimes 1/2 c water, 1/4 c liquid castile soap, 2 tsp avocado oil, 1 tsp vegetable glycerin 10 drops each peppermint oil, tea tree oil, jojob oil, rosemary oil, lavender . My hair is starting to grow and my head doesn't itch so I hope this helps someone :)

Hair Falls Out in Handfuls

10/15/2007: W from Pakistan: i am from pakistan.. i really need your help as i can't find anybody like you in our country. here, people don't pay attention to ailments, they live with them and don't even bother to treat the disease.. i am writing this letter to you with a lot of hope.. i have been losing my hairs since i was 14.. now 1 am 27. whenever i shampoo my hair it's like i am gonna shed all of my hair today. they fall handfulls. they keep growing and keep on falling but they have become very thin now. i used to have very thick hair. besides, i got a lot of dandruff on my scalp, which never disappears, my roots are very painful, my scalp odors and it gets oily after 12 hours of wash, if i don't wash my hair frequently i start falling my hair and roots become more weak and painful..other than that i have got eczema around my mouth which has become very frustrating for me.. i work 12 hours a day and work in the aircondition room, i think the airconditioning has aggravated the eczema beacause i am applying steriods cream daily but it is not working.. i am really upset beacause all of this happening to me.. i have been to almost every dermatologist but nothing really worked.. i want you to please advise me and suggest me how to tackle with these problems of hairloss and eczema.. i would be very thankful to you...

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: The eczema can be best dealt with if borax is used asa soap instead of ordinary soap. Sometimes eczema isdue to a fungus problem, especially if offices are airconditioned. I take sometime 1/4 teaspoon of boraxmixed in one liter of drinking water, at least to helpreduce some skin problems too. In other cases peoplewho don't eat eggs or egg yolk at all can also resultin eczema from lack of sulfur. Sometimes adding garlichelps especially if that person never eat the garlic.Garlic is an antibiotic and may relieve the eczema. Asimple eczema remedy is simply to use distilledvinegar applied to the area, or use just 1% hydrogenperoxide applied to the area. Sugar and acid formingfood should be avoided. Vitamin C and alkalization mayhelp reduce the condition too.

Severe Hair and Eyebrow Loss

09/28/2007: SRT : I am 32 yrs female from India We moved to USA in 2005 and since then I have been losing hair continuously, but in the past 6 months it became severe My Scalp and my neck and chin are itching So, I went to a General Physician and she told me, that I have a hypothoroid She gave me levothyroxine 100mcg, which I used it for 3 weeks. During that period I felt restlessness, short breath, weight gain and fatigue After 3 weeks use of levothyroxine, she confirmed that my thoroid levels are improved and she recommended to use the 125 mcg Because of the side effects that I have seen as I said above, I have stopped using the medicine. After a little research in internet, I found the herbal medicine "Thyroid Support" from Gia's Herbs and I have started using this.

From past one week again the itching raised on scalp, chin and neck And I am not finding anything different on itching parts and it doesn't showup any redness, marks It looks like normal I started applying the essential oils (teatree, lavendar, rosemary and neem) again on itching parts But, there is no result And I almost lost all my eyebrows Past two days, I am following one of your suggested remedy (ACV, lime and backing soda) for itching Sofar, I am not feeling any relief.

Later I have seen a holistic specialist and she collected hair samples for TissueMineralAnalysis and we are yet to see the reports. And she said, she won't be able to say anything for itching until she see the reports.

Could you please help me by suggesting any kind of remedy to improve my eyebrow regrowth and hair regrowth.

And also, I am wondering, Whether you can suggest any remedies if I sent you the copy of hair analysis report. Thanks

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: A thyroid problems might be cause whenever heavy metals block normal functions, halogens are high (fluoride, chlorine for example competes against the iodine), mycoplasma which may bring about improper glandular functions.

To stop the hair loss, in this instances, I might consider taking some 25 mg of manganese supplements, and should be chewed, grounded or powdered and mixed with water taken on an empty stomach either in the form of manganese sulfate, or chelated manganese. That seemed to help several cases of hair loss I have seen most effectively. A more immediate remedy is a 1% hydrogen peroxide applied to the area which is suffering hair loss.

The peroxide is a penetrant and may help kill the fungus that may lead to hair loss. However, vitamin C sodium ascorbate 1000 mg helps too and are also synergistic with the manganese.

Those are the simple remedies I would concentrate on first and if that doesn't work, just tell me.

04/18/2009: Lynn from GR, Mich replies: I am experiencing the same problems. I have fluorinated/chlorinated water and copper pipes and wondering it that's the problem. My hair has been falling out for a few years now and recently becoming rather thin as well as my eyebrows. I want to try using Borax and when you say 1% hydrogen peroxide, is it mixed to that percent or can you buy it already at that. I only have the normal peroxide commonly found that contains stablizers-will that work? Or should I look for another type? I am also going to get some EVCO and mangnese and other supplements you mentioned to see if that stops the hair loss, dryness and thinning.

Balding From Front

09/12/2007: Adi : Dear Ted, I hope you are fine. I need your help to stop my hair loss. For the last 2 years I am suffering from hair loss. I am balding from the front. I consulted a homeopathic doctor. But it did not help. He said I have infection in my scalp. But I dont feel so. Sometimes I feel pain at the root of my hair when I move my hand through my hair. I am 27 and from India. Please help me solve my problem when you find some time. Thanks in advance

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Adi: Sometimes an agressive sort of bacteria sets in like a staph bacteria, and sometimes its the fungus. But the bacteria sets of more pain. If a remedy that remains to be some sort of bacteria, then the hair loss might be more easily helped with mostly zinc, magnesium and sometimes maganese. Alkalizing remedy such as 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day may help the body alkalize better. However it I might be helpful at least for me if a scalp pain is witness to avoid bakery products, sweets, ice cream and white flour products. Those cause the most pain as they seem to fuel the root hair pain the greatest. Stopping those at least two weeks seem to helped the most. I remember if I allowed them to continue its path, they manifests themselves as a large pimple of boils which can be even more painful. I would very likely take 50 mg of zinc gluconate, for about 4 days out of a week for a month, some manganese chelated supplements about 25 mg (usually 4 days out ofa week), 250 mg of magnesium citrate for 5 days out of a week, which would be most helpful. The bacteria tends to flourish under certain conditions of acidosis, low magnesium, and low zinc in the blood, and higher than average sugar. Once they set in even if they are normalize are relatively more difficult to kill them as they have already colonized. Hence, I might consider the topical application of milk of magnesia with magnesium sulfate (50/50) and some iodine is added (where resultant solution is very like purple color), applied to the hair overnight, and if that doesn't work for a couple of days, if some improvements should be noted then I would continue to do so for a couple of days. If not, I may decide to kill them outright using some lavender oils.

Whichever the case, hair loss, at least for me is a microbial problems, whether it is from fungus, or bacteria in origin, and quite often magnesium, zinc and manganese are the longer term solution, as well as the alkalization. The head is the area that gets the most highest fungus count, dusts, pollution and bacteria. The hair acts as a sort of air filtering (almost like an antenna for microbes) and hence it is why the hair fall off, but the rest of the body doesn't, generally speaking. If anyone is observant most hair medications against hair loss works on that simple principle, whether their ingredients be coal tar, selenium, zinc, for example. But they don't cover everything, such as magnesium, alkalization, heavy metals, for example which can also lead to the same condition. Whichever the case, sugar, white flour, vegetable oils are the foods I would avoid, and I would likely add more foods having more soy proteins, or other high amino acid source. Green tea without sugar and milk helps. It should be noted that I won't drink milk with other foods. The milk proteins is an antinutrient due to their binding capacity to other nutrients, which is why milk is sometimes used against food poisoning. But in event of a nutritional crisis, those is best taken in isolation away from other foods or avoided altogether.

Hair Shedding Issue

09/05/2007: Anonymous : I am a 33 year old female who has always had a full healthy head of hair. Over the past several years, it seems like I "shed" more hairs than usual, but still maintained healthy thick hair (figured shedding was due to stress, etc.). For the last month or so, I have seen a major increase in the "shedding" and can tell that my hair is thinning. I have also realized that I do tend to scratch my head frequently. I have been to my primary care physician twice which he told me to start using a very mild shampoo and don't use products, etc. on my hair, no coloring, etc. (I do have some highlights which I have had for 2 years or so maybe, but not ever noticed a problem).The second time I went to see him, after no product and using baby shampoo, he did a blood test to check thyroid and prescribed cimetidine (spelling??) stating that might help promote stimulation of the hair follicles (or something like that).

That was when I noticed your website. I have since tried the ACV and peroxide solution as well as the tea tree and lavendar oils.The ACV and peroxide seems to sometimes help, but am still losing more hairs than normal when shampooing or combing my hair. I eat relatively well, have started taking vitamins again, and have been very gentle with my hair using no harsh chemicals, etc. As an example, I just gently ran my fingers through my hair and counted 20 hairs in my hands. This doesn't sound like much, but 10 minutes ago, after combing my hair from rinsing with the ACV solution, there were probably at least 100 hairs that came out. This has been happening most days just during one combing and then periodically throughout the day, more come out.I am estimating around150-200 per day, maybe more, depending on if I shampoo or not.

I did wonder if my issue might be hormonal as well since I have noticed an increase in acne. I have taken the same birth control pills for probably 10 years if that makes any difference. How often and for how long should I continue the ACV and peroxide? Do you have any other thoughts or suggestions? Thank you so much for your input.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Anonymous:

Using hormonal birth control pills may result in hairloss as it increases the free radicals in the body byleaps and bounds. Also a hair loss can be initiatedwith mineral deficiency. A sign of acne is anindication of both liver problems due to oils andfats, as well as lack of zinc. So a zinc gluconate 50mg twice a week plus 1000 mg vitamin C taken threetimes a day, and manganese sulfate or chelatedmanganese in case it can't be found about 50 mg takenfor about 3-5 day out of a week. I would prefer tochew or grind the manganese supplements before takingthem so that the body can absorb them as tablet formsof vitamin are not water soluble and the body can'treceived them. Manganese is generally, at least frommy experience best absorbed on an empty stomach.Eating some chinese parsley (coriander) may helpreduce some free radicals caused by the heavy metal.Granulated lecithin one tablespoon taken one a day mayreduce the liver congestion of rancid fats, which may clog the pores. Baking soda 1/4 teaspoon in 1/2 glassof water taken twice a day at the very least will helpthe microcirculation of the scalp. There are manycauses of hair loss, but most frequent ones are thefungus and the mineral and vitamin deficiency. For thefungus, I prefer to use borax added to do shampooingas borax are anti fungal in nature.

Where to Get Mangenese Suplements?

08/29/2007: Y : Dear Ted, I am sending you my list of problems. I am a Indian female living in NY from last 3 yrs. I started having lots of hair fall when i moved to NY from India. I am also having lots of dandruff. As per your suggestion I applied tea tree oil but i think i have overused it. It stopped my itching..but created very big flakes..seems like dandruff got combined into a big large flake.and lots of hair were coming out of it. I stopped using tea tree oil.. I want to stop my hair fall...otherwise I will become bald. My hair have become so thin and very weak. If i apply oil also lots of hair fall...I don't know what to do? Please help me. i want to save my hair. I want to try codliver oil + mangenese + vitamin C+ vitamin A. Can you please tell me where to get mangenese suplements? I am requesting again to please help me... Regards

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Most manganese supplements are available in most health food stores. They can have chelated manganese or other kinds, but most importantly is to grind them to powder and dissolve them in a glass of water to help increase the bioavailability.

The use of borax as a shampoo can also stop the fungus which causes the hair loss, but some borax residues should ideally be left on overnight. To further the killing of fungus eating up the roots of the hair and I would do it likely every day for only 4 days or 5 days out of a week.

In case those don't respond, then it may be of a bacterial origins and a simple Magnesium hydroxide solution would help, often sold as milk of magnesia but preferably without the aluminium. To use those, it should be well shaken and applied directly to the skin, with some partial rinsing, but ideally most of them should be left overnight. If done only two or three nights, the bacteria causing hair loss should be killed, but actually one application we should probably know nevertheless.

In case the antioxidants are low certain zinc and molybdenum might be considered as well should the above remedy were non responsive.


08/04/2007: R : Dearest Ted, I found your email on earthclinic and for the past few months I have been consulting the site to help cure my hair loss. I am a 30 year old female and have been experiencing hair loss since the age of puberty (15 years old). My once fantastically thick hair is now a quarter of what it used to be and I have turned to natural remedies to solve it as every other traditional/pharmaceutical product did not work.

About 7 months ago I started an aryuvedic treatment with natural oils and pastes applied to the hair overnight. This is working very well and I have noticed a good reduction in hair loss of long hairs; however, I am still loosing a substantial amount of short, fine, baby hairs. As I suspect that my hair loss is perhaps hormonal, as well as due to the my very oily, itchy scalp and plugged hair follicles (a lot of times I see the hair fall out with a big oily hair bulb attached) I began using zinc as you suggested for three weeks (5 out of 7 days). This did not seem to work that well for me and I didn't notice a great reduction in oiliness. So I began using your mixture of Aloe, Tea Tree and Lavender Oil once a week in addition to the aryuvedic treatment that I had been using (aryuvedic oils 2 nights a week, tea tree oil mixture once a week).

This has done a lot in helping the itchiness of my scalp, as well as reducing some of the oiliness. However, I applied it last night and noticed to my horror this morning that I was able to pull hairs out of scalp if I gently ran my hands through my hair. What I have noticed is that the once oily hair bulb attached to the root of the hair is now dried out and on some hair strands I can see that dried skin from the follicle has dislodged itself and is moving down the hair shaft. Could it be that the tea tree oil has dried out the oily bulb and I am loosing the entire hair strand because it is no longer connected to the scalp? I have not heard of this problem while reading the other testimonials on earthclinic and I thought to contact you for your advice. I have also been doing a final rinse with white vinegar diluted in water and this has also helped the condition of my scalp. I have finally been able to manganese sulfate which you suggest and will start this next week. One other note, I was not able to find pure aloe vera gel, the one I purchased has some tea tree oil and vitamin E mixed in, although I am adding more tea tree oil to it when applying - I hope this has not affected the treatment.

Ted, I want to thank you in advance for any suggestions you have for me and your opinion regarding the tea tree oil. I have read some of your feedback on the site and I would like to commend you on your great work. You give hope to all those who have almost given up on finding a cure for their ailments. I wish you the best of luck in all you do. With kindest regards.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Actually it is both vitamin C and manganese. As to the hair bulb being dried out, that might come from excess use of tea tree oil and other topical formulas. If done way too much, those can also lead to some hair loss. I usually do it for fungus conditions rather than hair loss when using lavender or tea tree oil.

The hormonal issue to hair loss is at issue, but which hormone is that, I am not too certain, but I suspect it has something to do with growth hormones as certain medications to stimulate hair growth such as minoxidil have certain properties of human growth hormone. Although certain other amino acid supplements such as glycine, glutamine, and vitamin B3 niacinamide for example can cause the body to raise human growth hormones to if taken before sleep. Glycine are usually 2000-4000 mg, glutamine is about the same, while niacinamide is about 200-300 mg. Most human growth hormone are produced during the sleep, which is why those are taken during sleep.

It is important to realize that nitric oxide production is also necessary for hair growth and some vitamin C is needed to enchance manganese absorption, as well as vitamin C itself, such as rose hips is a common remedy around my house needed to stop hair loss. It is taken anywhere from 1000 mg to 3000 mg. If 3000 mg, then it is likely to be 1000 mg 3 times a day. Manganese sulfate, is taken from anywhere between only one day at 25 mg to about 5 days and usually I would top taking them once the hair stops falling. Generally speaking I take it only as needed basis, but some people liked it so much they continue to take a while longer because sometimes manganese have a good effect on depression and helps improve the mood.

Generally I excess oils and fatty acid blocks hormone functions and 1 tablespoon of granulated lecithin can help emulsify the fat to reduce the excess oils and fats that tends to congest the liver preventing detoxification and also may initiate hair loss.

Now generally speaking, two supplements that has helped me with hair loss is the vitamin C and the manganese, but vitamin B complex are also synergistic.

It's really difficult to cover all aspects of why hair loss since the I got results, however, to stop hair loss using tea tree only a couple of applications were generally sufficient, such as one to three. I wouldn't likely to overdo it, and most often one single application were sufficient in most cases. However, if the tea tree does not resolve itself, generally I will look at other obvious factors such as vitamin C and manganese.

As to while the scalp continues to produce oils, it is also quite often excess dietary fats and liver trying to remove the excess oils and vegetable oils in the body as one possible issue. Therefore, I would try to avoid meats, fried foods, and stick to complex carbs (pasta, spaghetti, rice), vegetables and fish (a good clean one!) while avoiding deep fry, stir fry and go with baked and boiled.

Hair also needs a fair amount of protein for normal growth, so fishes usually help, and sometimes amino acid supplements. There are also biotin 10 mg/day which is a form of vitamin B which seems to help with hair growth.

In some instances, not everytime, taking baking soda with lime such as 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and one whole lime in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day, once in the morning and once before bedtime can also helps with the capillary circulation as alkalizing tends to expand microcirculations to the hair resulting in somewhat more thicker hair. Certain Southern Indians also use coconut oil application applied lightly and has helped them with thicker hair, of course, they don't apply them heavily.

In general I wouldn't try to use too much topical application if it's not working after a couple of tries, as long term use such as 10 applications in a row for example will obviously damage the scalp. A damaged scalp can often lead to problems with the hair since it is the scalp that holds the hair together.

Natural Remendy for Hair Fall?

07/18/2007: M : Hi there i am a 22 year old woman .. and i still have fairly healthy hair .. i know for a fact that it has been thinning out over the years. i know that styling and blow drying as well as coloring and bleaching play a huge roll in damaging hair folicles, but there are alot of ppl that do not have this problem and bleach their hair all the time. i am a strong believer that a woman's hair is her crown .. but if the hair falls out than the whole face is altered. when i was younger i had a FULL head of hair and is now half of that. this scares me a whole deal because i have heard after having kids ur hair falls out even more... im afraid if that happens i would be close to bald!! PLEASE if you know of a natural remedy for this like using ACV or somethign else let me know and i will follow it religiously and let you guys know the progress. step by step instructions and amounts would be greatly appreciated!! thank you so much!

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear M: After pregnancy a woman's body is depleted usually of minerals and to certain extent the vitamins. The most common minerals and vitamins that I found to be deficient in the order of importance (subjected to change as new information arrives):

1. Manganese
2. Molybdenum
3. Zinc
4. Magnesium
5. Silicon
6. Copper
7. Iodine (vitamin A is synergistic with iodine for the thyroid function)
8. Boron

The two vitamins I found to be frequently low is the vitamin Bs where ocassionally it is taken and vitamin C sodium ascorbate or rose hips are frequently taken.

The dose for manganese (manganese sulfate or chelated amino acid manganese) is between 25-50 mg/day for only a couple of days. The problem about manganese I have seen is that the tablet form should be grounded and mixed in water AND TAKEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH.

In my experience manganese is synergistic with vitamin C. So usually vitamin C sodium ascorbate is taken in the morning 1000 mg, then an hour later manganese 25-50 mg is taken hours later.

The vitamin C enchances manganese absorption and bioavailability. Both of these supplements vitamin C and manganese do almost stop the hair loss either within 24 hours or within a week, assuming others were not considered. This usually covers roughly a majority of the cases of hair loss. The supplements I prefer those were taken only 3-4 days out of a week. Generally the vitamin C, vitamin B complex, and manganese should cover most of the hair loss problems relating to DEFICIENCY.

In event of a hormonal imbalance, certain minerals and alkalization can take care of that. This is the boron (from borax 1/16 teaspoon, in a liter of water, once a week), magnesium citrate (or magnesium gluconate) 250 mg/day taken only 5 days out a week, iodine (either once a week iodine foot painting) or kelp. Iodine supplements support glandular functions and not just the thyroid gland. The same can be said for boron supplements also. Glandular function and usually the immune systems are lowered whenever the body's antioxidant levels are low, and can be increased through zinc, copper, molybdenum, vitamin C and vitamin E. Molydenum are commonly ignored mineral but relates to the body's antioxidant through the superoxide dismutase involved in reducing free radicals.

If Zinc deficiency is at issue, the most telling signs are acne, oily scalp or catching colds easily or difficult to recover from colds. Those are generally taken at 50 mg of zinc gluconate once or twice a week.

Vitamin B's you can tell if it relates to issue that you can't eat, or lack in energy. Those are usually taken about twice a week until the conditions go a way.

Silica rarely relates to hair loss, but they do happen in event of hair thinning and then they begin to fall off.

If hair thinning or tightness of the scalp, those might relate to acidosis, if hair loss and constipation is seen. A constipation in my opinion is bowel movement is one a day or less, while an ideal one is twice or three times a day. Usually alkalization will dilate microcapillaries by sweating more and increase the circulation not just the scalp but the entire body. The remedy I prefer is the 8 teaspoon of lemon juice plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day, for only 5 days out a week. The body for some reason needs at least a 2 day rest otherwise the body's biochemical balances may be detoxifying too quickly.

To keep things simple, it is manganese, vitamin C, vitamin B, molybdenum, magnesium, alkalization and zinc if the situation is one due to giving childbirth. The hair loss should stop within a week or so. However, it is the manganese and vitamin C is the most important of all generally speaking.

I would likely to use borax to shampoo my head and not use shampoo for the time being also. Mixing some epsom salt (magnesium sulfate), of a small amount (1% -5%) might also help too as the magnesium's do have some antibiotic properties, while the borax has the antifungal properties.

Regrowth of Hairs

07/13/2007: V : I have been severely losing hair from march due to itching and some times Im seeing dandruff and some times not.Is itching associated with dandruff or not?? I used shampoos like T-gel for 2 weeks and T-sal for 2 weeks but of no use..itching still continues...so I went to dermaetologistand she prescribed me the Luxiq foam(which is a corticosteroid) to get relieve from itching and also Loprox shampoo for 4 week trail.I used it for almost 2 weeks but the foam is giving me only temporary relief from itching .After browsing some sites , I came across ACV . I am using it as diluted(2 teaspoons of ACV+6teaspoons of water) to my scalp and keeping for overnight and also using 1/2 cup of ACV +2 cups of warm water as a final rinse after shampooing but still itching continues may be it reduces slightly..I dont know. Can I use undiluted ACV to my scalp and how long i have to keep that??I'm also using coconut oil to my scalp.Can I use that?? Usually I dont prefer medicines.so I want to use ACV only for my scalp.Even I started taking boiled soyabeans after they get sprouted and also drinking 2tablespoons of ACV , honey with a glass of water .will they help for my itching and hair loss?? I was confused that when I should take that in early morning or at any time??Approximately,with in how long itching disappears becoz I am not able to concentrate on my work and Im feeling tensed whether this itching leads to baldness.Ihave one more question like if itching disappears will the hair starts regrowth or not?? Suggest me what is the food to be taken and what is not to be taken?? Can I drink fruit juices or eat fruits ??which fruits should be taken?? Waiting for ur reply ... Thanks in advance...

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "A couple remedies that might help. I usually used either ACV or plain distilled vinegar undiluted works best.

If the acv remedy doesn't work, I will try borax to be used as a shampoo and for taking baths. Borax are a good antifungal and generally helps the body reduce mineral deficiencies associated with lack of boron. I am also helped greatly with a bottle of Milk of Magnesia (10 tablespoon - about - in 1 glass of water) to be used as a hair lotion solution on the hair left overnight before rinsing in the morning. Milk of magnesia is quite soothing, at least for me.

If the milk of magnesia was greatly helped, I would probably expect that the body is depleted of magnesium and would probably take some 250 milligrams of magnesium citrate (or magnesium chloride) for 5 days out of a week for a couple of weeks.

However underlying body's acidity often bring on the itchiness too. So I would at least take 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda taken twice a day, in 1/2 glass of water, once in the morning and once before bedtime.

For the hair loss, manganese supplements (chelated, or manganese sulfate) about 25 mg, twice or three times a week and vitamin C sodium ascorbate 1000 mg/day would help. However manganese works best generally if taken on an empty stomach and the tablets should be grind to powder and mixed with water. Other ones if no result is a pinch of borax (1/16 teaspoon) in a drinking water and some sodium molybdate supplements may also help.

Dandruff with Hair Loss

04/30/2007: Y from New York: Hello Ted, I am a female from North India, living in NY from last 3 yrs. My problem is Dandruff and hair fall. I get lot of itching because of dandruff which is accompanied with hair loss. I think i am having some infection on my scalp because i am also having dandruff in the form of small balls and sort of acne on my scalp. My scalp is oily. I am taking ACV daily (once diluted with water) from last one month. I am also applying ACV on my scalp which seems to increase my itching. Please suggest me something which can stop my hair fall and cure my infection.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Most Indians who I helped from extreme dandruff and itchiness, often lived in either Europe, England, or New York. The issue seems to be a vitamin D deficiency due to dark skins filtering out vitamin D. The remedy is to take about 20 pills of cod liver oil, which has some vitamin D3, or about 20,000 i.u. of vitamin d3 for about a month. It takes about 2 week to notice result. Usually tea tree oil is applied overnight, and shampooing is done with either a mild soap, no shampoos, or the use of borax solution being the best overall remedies to rid of dandruff. Other supplements supportive, is omega 3, fish oil, evening primrose oil, vitamin A (25,000 i.u.), vitamin E (at least 200 i.u.) each taken about 1000 mg for only a couple of days out of a week. Tea tree oil should help the most as well as the vitamin D content in the cod liver oil, but plenty must be taken to get to the level of at least 10,000 i.u. As you know there is very little vitamin D in a cod liver oil. Apple cider vinegar alone will cause rash, it is the baking soda when pH is neutralize that can help the most. In case some people do have problems with apple cider vinegar despite adding baking soda to neutralize it and still have problems, then just use white vinegar with baking soda to neutralize the acidity might help too.To deal with oily scalp, taking a twice weekly zinc gluconate for a couple of weeks at 50 mg should reduce the oily scalp. Usually, excess oils is due to zinc deficiency. The other secondary cause is magnesium and vitamin B complex deficiency.

Natural Treatment for Hair Loss

03/31/2007: Karim : Dear Ted, I am a 19 year old male. I have had hairloss due to an itchy, scaly, scalp for 3 years now. The scalp forms small balls of skin which are visible on the root off the hairs when they fall out. In fact, it appears like the body is attacking the hair follicles and focing them out with the root. The scalp is very itchy and covered in various eruptions which can have pus inside. This I believe is lichen plans or some other fungus as I also have large scaly raised areas on my elbows and smaller raised areas on my arms which look like permanent goosebumps. My hair has also started to grey prematurely, which might also be from stress I suffered this past difficult year, and some of the hairs falling out are very small and weak and look more like hairs from eyebrows. This is very worrying. As my hairloss is spread out it is not very visible, however there are small scars on my head where no more hair grows and my hair is not very thick like it used to be. The hairline is also frequently affected by pimple like eruptions which have cause hair thinning. My face is also oily and I have occasional pimples. I'm not sure what I might be deficient in that is causing these problems, and how such a chronic fungus can be killed. I also frequently have acidity, which may be connected to this issue, and my mother claims that she had a similar itchy problem when she was growing up which also caused her hair loss. Please help me as I have become very desperate after trying many steroids, antibiotics and shampoos, which I now belive are useless, and I'm sure the cure is available from nature! Many thanks

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Karim: From my experience, most medications sold, at least for hair and scalp, are not designed to cure the conditions. It makes marketing sense for you to keep on buying while helping some of the conditions. And if you stopped, it gets much worse.

If the formula does cure, people will just buy it only just once. If it does not, people will spend thousands of dollar with no cure in sight. It therefore makes economic sense for an investor, to look at those medications that will cause people to keep on buying.

When I was a chemist doing industrial formulations, that was one of the important requirement. It is actually more difficult for me to formulate some medications to keep coming back again and again without a cure, or to cause an "addiction to the product". If I were a genius for that kind of formulations, I would be a millionaire.

The issue therefore is not that natural remedy works, simple chemicals will work also, but that is never the intention under commercialism scenario. If you want something to cure, you just got to do it yourself.

For your condition, it is often initiated by the body's limited capacity to remove toxins from the body, and even if constipation does not occur, reduce frequency of bowel movements, which ideally should be at least twice a day. For your conditions and your age, it appears to be 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda at least taken twice a day in 1/2 glass of water. This will at least increase bowel movements and reduce the pus. 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt may cause increase bowel movement to be more liquid if added to the baking soda, and this will further helped the reduce pus. I had one person whose pus was coming out in streams. As an emergency, he had to take 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of sea salt to cause a mild diarrhea, some borax did help, such as 1/8 teaspoon. It stopped immediately when he went to the bathroom. But for your case this does not seem to be that bad, so a milder remedy is only needed.

The baking soda of 1/2 teaspoon in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day is taken every day. As for the scalp problems there are several remedies to most of the problems. A saturated borax solution with epsom salt of 1 tablespoon per one half liter of water, should do. Soaking them in the hair should rid of most of the bacteria and fungus. If that does not work, then apple cider vinegar or vinegar that is soaked or even kept overnight in severe cases is used instead. However, I think a saturated borax with 1% hydrogen peroxide is more effective at least to reduce the itching, but since your wounds have opened up, this solution may cause stinging, so a milder epsom salt with borax may be more reasonable. Once it gets better and the wound closes, than a saturated borax in 1% hydrogen peroxide is the one to use.

Usually a scalp problem is an indication of imbalances of essential fatty acids, vitamin A, and vitamin D. The lack of sodium ascorbate vitamin C may worsen the condition. Usually that is taken about 1000 mg. Basically you can get them from taking fish oils, flaxseed oil, cod liver oil, and evening primrose oil. Omega 3 is high in fish oil. Usually 1000 mg is sufficient and I think taking for about a week should help. Vitamin D3 is important in my experience, but the dose is closer to 20,000 i.u. Commercially this is not available except from hospitals, so I guess striving for a lower dose such as 2000 i.u. to 10,000 i.u. would be more practical. Getting out in the sun, can also cause the body to produce more vitamin D also, it can get as high as 10,000 i.u. Vitamin A is available commercially and quite cheap at 25,000 i.u. and easily obtained. It is usually taken 2 a day. Vitamin C sodium ascorbate is important to reduce the hair loss, along with 400 i.u. of vitamin E.

Doses to Increase Daimeter of Hair?

03/10/2007: L : Hi Ted, ... I'm 40 years old (but look about 23 according to friends and strangers alike). Anyway, about 3 years ago I noticed that my hair was thinning. I was losing more than what I consider the acceptable norm in the shower and was very concerned. However, I was experiencing a lot of stress and attributed the loss to that. Soon after doctors discovered I had an abdominal tumor as well as fibroids, which had been causing excessive blood loss and my iron levels were nearly nonexistent. I have since gotten my iron back to normal, but my hair did not improve. In fact, it has gotten worse. My gynecologist said that there is no relation to the surgery because she left my ovaries, but uterus has hormones, too. I have been to a couple of dermatologists, but I knew more about trichology than they did! I just need help! I have examined my scalp and most pores have hair coming out, but it is thinner in diameter than normal, soft and fine. My ponytail is less than half the diameter it used to be. It has not been for lack of trying, but I do not know what to do. I read your website last night and felt hope for the first time in over a year. I have been using emu oil on my scalp with minimal success. I think it helped grow some hair, but like I said it is very fine, not like it used to be. Also, sometimes my scalp itches like mad. I have recently started using Nizoral shampoo and that helped a lot, but it still itches at the front and crown sometimes. I resist the urge to scratch as I know that will cause the hair to come out. I take Green Tea (about 5 months), Lysine (about 4 months), Biotin (4 months). If it's doing anything, it's just slowing the progression, not changing the pattern. I'm so frustrated that I sometimes just sit and cry. So far, no one knows but me, but if this keeps up, I'll have no hair. today, I am getting the apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, borax, manganese, and evening primrose oil capsules. Ted, I know that you are probably overwhelmed with emails, but could you please suggest some doses or tell me what I need to do to increase the diameter of my hair? I don't think traditional medicine is helpful, but natural cures probably work best... I mean how many bald Native Americans or Chinese do you see?! Anything you tell me to do, I will do. Thank you and I await your response.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Most native American and Chinese urinary pH, tends to be more alkaline than the Westerners eating Standard American Diet. Alkalinity dilates capillary circulation and helps hair growth. Basically try out 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda plus one lime, taken 3 times a day. The hair thinning as I later found out has a lot to do with the body's ability to produce nitric oxide. If you ever bother to check urinary pH, taking enough baking soda to get it to a reading of 7 helps. Also raising the body's nitric oxide through supplements of L-arginine, especially L-citrulline helps a lot. Those tend to increase the hair diameters. Thicker hair is due to many deficiencies, such as vitamin B5, and B8 also. B5 pathenol, is important for skin, hair and nails and those that I take is 500 mg, and B8 inositol is about 500 mg also. Sodium ascorbate is the real issue not the iron that you are having problems since it is the vitamin C that increases iron's utilization, bioavailability, and absorption. Take those at about 1000 mg a day. The itchiness should be greatly help with tea tree oil you are using.

It would seem that itchiness is a clue to the thinning of hair. Itchiness often occurs when the biochemicals in your body goes against yourself, or that capillaries are constricted causing accumulation in fungus. Nizoral has helped primarily because it is antifungal. But what is the biological terrain of the blood that is supporting the fungus growth? Namely constricted capillaries due to lack nitric oxide. Acidity and lack of bicarbonates. Fungus growth are encourage by high blood sugar, so reducing any sweets is an important fact, which includes sugar, fruit juices, honey. Acid forming food bread and white flour are quite acid forming. Chromium and borax, for example prevents further fungus growth, but then so does molybdenum (sodium molybdate) and tungsten (sodium tungstate). Both molybdenum and tungsten are somewhat synergistic with these too. Perhaps shampooing in a 1% hydrogen peroxide solution, which quite often causes the itchiness to go out quite quickly. Do not exceed the 1% concentration. Ideally, it is between 0.5 to 1% concentration. Application directly using plain vinegar to itchy scalps really help, but then so does Apple cider vinegar. Those have antifungal properties but you must leave it on long enough for vinegar solution such as at least 15 minutes. Some are so desperate the leave it overnight. For hydrogen peroxide you leave it on the hair only about 2-3 minutes would be more than sufficient.

Hair thinning this could be also lack of body's hormones. What is causing the lack of body's hormones? Basically stir fried food, oily foods, vegetable oils, and other similar conditions cause the body to increase in free fatty acids, which is actually a free radicals, but it also blocks body's natural hormones, causing an immune suppression.

Just remember that most people with hair loss have a mineral deficiency of vitamin C, zinc, and manganese being the major ones. Iodine also helps a lot, but I prefer the colorless iodine, which is actually a mixture of sodium iodide and potassium iodide in a water solution. It can be applied to the scalp or taken internally. Hair thinning is often bought on by hypothyroidism so if your body's temperature is below normal than iodine and hair thinning might be one of the problems.

In some instances I have found an increased trend of people's hair loss bought on by heavy metals. So chinese parsle coriander and oil pulling should do the job.

Many think that cysteine might detoxify heavy metals and also help in hair growth. I disagree, I think it is the N Acetyl Cysteine, taken at 500 mg seems to reduce both mercury and possibly other heavy metals an it is more bioavailable.

One interesting example that had nothing to do with deficiencies are of people of Southern India, regularly used coconut oil to eat and applied to their hair had a lot thicker hairs than people who live in Northern India because of that.

Even certain doctors medication such as Minoxidil is found to increase in hair diameter, but then so does nitric oxide promoters, such as L Citrulline, borax, and even zinc.

As you can see it is quite difficult to tell you all the possible causes of hair thinning. But those mentioned here should at least be a start.

Red Scalp and Burning Feeling

03/10/2007: L : Dear Ted, I have seen where you have helped alot of people out on Earthclinic.com and was wondering if you had any suggestions for my symptoms: Last year i began to lose my hair in a diffuse pattern and didn't think much of it b/c i figured it would stop. About 6 months later i began to lose hair all over my body. My scalp gets really red and i get a burning feeling. The dermatologist can not figure out what's going on because the last time i got a blood test my ANA was negative. Well then i started to get a bunch of different symptoms. For a month there was always something going on. I had a burning feeling in my hands and feet with sharp pains, double vision, muscle weakness like i had worked out for hours, bad headaches, dizziness, memory fog,numbness in face, my eyes were very sensitive to light. For a month these symptoms were really bad and they eventually went away for a lil while. The doctor ran a lupus test on me and he said everything came back negative. Ever since that bad episode i continue to get little episodes of many diff symptoms that don't last very long. I know that sugar and any kind of white bread triggers these symptoms. I keep getting urinary tract infections and weird infections, like nail fungus and my hair is continuing to fall out, growing back very slowly. my last blood test was 3 months ago and i only had my ANA checked and it was still negative they didn't run any other test on me. I wake up every morning with stiff hands and a sore throat. i have been taking Flaxseed oil grape seed extract for antioxidants msm ( just started) calcium with magnesium at least one garlic clove every other day and have just started using tea tree oil and lavender on my head for the hair loss Please do u have any advice? my hair is getting really thin and i have no idea what to do or what to do to help these symptoms. The Doctors i went to months ago didn't seem to take me seriously , i plan to go soon to get some more blood work done.

Email #2: I forgot to mention that about 2 yrs ago before all this started i was on antidepressants (wellbutrin) for a few months and didn't see the need for them and stopped them abruptly without really winging off them like i should have and i had what they called a "withdrawal syndrome" for about a week i was really dizzy, weak, and really nauseated. and for the first time in my life i had allergies. Then maybe 2-3 weeks later the hair loss began...im not sure if this caused my symptoms or just triggered my symptoms? but ever since i haven't been the same. The hair loss has not stopped since and has spread all over my body(eyebrows,lashes,etc). The hair that's falling out is almost white & thin near the bulb of the hair strand along with the burning and the red scalp. Along with all the other symptoms above i just feel like its some sort of autoimmunity..sorry for all the writing..im just really worried and trying to find some hope!

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: I keep getting urinary tract infections and weird infections, like nail fungus and my hair is continuing to fall out, growing back very slowly

First drink cranberry juice all day and then take later in the day 1 tablespoon of sea salt in 1 glass of water, one dose only. You need not take any more sea salt for about a week.

The sea salt is both alkaline and will discourage the nail fungus growth also.

The body needs chromium in addition to supplements mentioned plus selenium.

The body appears to be acid, so 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda taken twice a day on an empty stomach, mixed in 1/2 glass of water.

For the hair problems, if it is not serious, just take vitamin B complex 2 or 3 times a week. Take some manganese, zinc and biotin should be helpful.

That burning feeling on the scalp appears to be fungus or acid skin, 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water with 1% hydrogen peroxide concentration applied to the scalp for a couple of minutes. The body's lack of nitric oxide production causing slowed hair growth can be enhanced with possibly, L citrulline supplements, or L arginine supplements, usually 1000 mg to 4000 mg.

If your hair has some form of autoimmunity response, than try some iodine foot painting, of if there is some iodine supplements usually of sodium and potassium iodide at 1-5 mg/day, but not every day (4 days out of 7) along with the other supplements mentioned should be helpful. You need not take them every week either. Just once every other week might do for iodine and then once conditions are better, you can discontinue. Iodine foot painting are easier and you need not worry about the dosage, just the frequency is enough like every other day, for example.

Cause for Hair Loss

01/31/2007: Majed from Montreal, Canada: I actually just wanted to ask a question. For the hair loss page how do I find out which is my cause for hair loss, i.e hormone problem or mineral deficiency Plus, where can i find these cures? Thanks

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Majed: The problem about hair loss is most websites are too busy copying information off each other, rather than looking at what is actually happening to people with real hair loss. Therefore, I decided to put a fresh addition on this old topic.

Frequently the most common hair loss I have observed is the following, the list is not all inclusive:

1. Fungus 2. Mineral Deficiency 3. Vitamin Deficiency 4. Protein Deficiency 5. Excess Acidity 6. Bad diets and habits 7. Chemotherapy and other hospital drugs

As for hereditary, it really doesn't occur as often as I would expect. In fact I haven't encountered one yet. The last one that had reported tufts of hair growing within a week told me his hair loss was "hereditary".' And he cites all his parents having hair loss at 30 something. Of course he is in his 40s and his hair loss is a thing of the past now. However, it is quite true that hair loss runs in the family. I won't deny that, but it must also be observed that bad dietary and habitual dietary patterns runs in the family much more frequently than by blood as being the cause of hair loss.

Fungus is frequently the major cause. Tea tree oil, lavender oil, apple cider vinegar, vinegar, borax, and hydrogen peroxide remains on the top of my list. Dandruff is usually an indication of that, besides the other deficiencies of vitamin A and vitamin D.

For mineral deficiencies, the most common deficiencies I encounter are zinc, manganese, silicon and magnesium. The other ones that are helpful are iodine, boron, selenium, tin, chromium, tungsten, and others. I am currently testing on the importance of boron on hair loss, it may be more important than I expected as a supplement, but for now I used only as a external application using borax in place of soaps and shampoo. That alone can even cause hair growth.

For vitamin deficiency, most often it is sodium ascorbate vitamin C, vitamin B complex, especially biotin, and vitamin A.

For protein deficiency, which brings about hormonal imbalances it occurs because the body simply isn't producing enough nitric oxide, so the supplements relating to both nitric oxide is L-glutamine, L-ornithine, N Acetyl Cysteine, L-glycine and others. Hormonal can have perhaps three causes, mineral deficiency (iodine, boron, etc. ), protein, and doctor's med (vaccinations, hormone pills, antibiotics, chemotherapy, etc.)

Excess acidity causes vasoconstriction, supports fungus growth, lowers immunity and hosts of other problems. They are easily dealt with using bicarbonates, acetates, malates and other acid buffers necessary to achieve optimum urinary pH between 6.5 to 7.35, but in practice, people simply tries to attain about 7 would be sufficient.

Bad diets and habits: Obviously no need to mention those! Just know that many foods are acid forming, especially soft drinks, fried foods and snacks. Fast food is acid yes quite acid, but not as bad as those snacks we eat in the supermarket, e.g. potato chips. The exceptions are seeds, such as sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, which are rich in mineral.

Doctor's meds, obviously, a long bout antibiotics promote fungus growth, because antibiotics are made from fungus. They cause excess acidity, resulting in acid reflux, hair thinning, etc. Chemotherapy is almost a certainty. But I would think IF POSSIBLE, at least a three weeks to month prior to chemotherapy to lessen hair loss is to take 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda twice a day and take 1000 mg of sodium ascorbate three times a day. Hair loss will be LESS a problem if done before any chemotherapy. I remember one case that didn't have hair loss because one person started a month before the scheduled chemotherapy.

If you want to know where to get treatment, usually it is the supplements and topical applications. Some alternative natural medicines do treat hair loss, but with the way the present medical stronghold at the moment, they have basically gone underground.

The ones you can get from the hospital for hair loss is either a topical applications of minoxidil, coal tar solution, and other remedies. Most hospitals might recommend surgery using hair transplant. Of course, they don't last as long, and with bad diets and other things they may fall off again. So if you do get hair transplants, taking supplements and good diets I think is important.

03/15/2010: Jenay from Los Angeles, California replies: hi ted, i am using tea tree oil and lavender shampoo at the time, my questions is can i mix that with borax? (i have scalp folliculitis) i am also doing the acv and baking soda at the same time.

Scalp Fungus

12/30/2006: Karen from Amelia, VA: I have been having dramatic hair loss since Sept, 2006. My primary doctor was treating me for a scalp fungus but after 3 weeks when I was still losing more hair, he sent me to a dermatologist. They tested for thyroid, lupus, and low iron. He took a skin graph and found that I have inflammatory alopecia scarring and non-scarring. I found your site and have been using oils instead of continuing on the cortisone shots in my scalp. I am not sure, but I think that I do have a fungus also. The doctor -dermatologist did take a sample to grow but after two weeks-no growth. my primary care doctor said that a fungus takes six weeks to grow and that since I had been being treated for this, a fungus may not show up. Any suggestions in all of this? I have been using ACV and hydrogen peroxide the last two days and it seems to have calmed the redness in my scalp. I will see a thyroid doctor on Tuesday and maybe that will give me some answers. Any suggestions would be wonderful.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Try iodine foot painting every two days. This should stop the scarring, raise the immunity and lower the fungus problems.

Supplement with some manganese supplements, usually manganese sulfate on an empty stomach, if not then chelated manganese powdered will do. Zinc supplements, 25 mg. day or 5 days out of 7 if you have oiliness problem. Taking it until oiliness disappears.

Most people with hair loss have deficiency of manganese, zinc, molybdenum, and sometimes iodine. An easy way to tell of a possible molybdenum deficiency is excessive cavities, or problems seeing in the dark (a little bit), pH problems, or of course fungus problems.

Stop doing ordinary shampooing and instead use borax for shampooing. Borax have amazing antifungal properties. A small pinch in a drinking water will rid of the problem from deep internal issues causing the fungus. Apple cider vinegar + baking soda always help and sodium ascorbate 500 mg/day will stop hair loss as well as increase manganese absorption.

Hair Loss and Itchiness on Scalp

12/08/2006: May from Hong Kong: Ted, I recently moved to Hong Kong from Austin and am experiencing accelerated hair loss. My hair loss already started one year ago but it was gradual. Now it is at an alarming rate! Worst still is the itchiness on my scalp. Been to many dermatologist over the past two years and nothing cures. I travel often, as a result, have lack of sleep and the dry air on planes aggravates my scalp - resulting is more hair loss. Would you kindly recommend?

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: To best stop hair loss usually 25-50 mg of manganese sulfate single dose will see results the next day, worse case is taken for three days then stopped. However, applying tea tree oil to the scalp will also stop the problem. Most of the cause for hair loss is quite often fungus problem. Manganese sulfate is taken only internally, while tree tea oil is applied topically. In my opinion, manganese should be taken on empty stomach, which will help absorption and taking plenty of vitamin C in form of sodium ascorbate will help further the manganese absorption. This is just a quick remedy.

Iodine and Hair Loss?

12/06/2006: Mim : I had a question for Ted. I am having hair loss all over my head and was wondering how long the iodine painting takes to work. I have been painting for two weeks and it has cured my fatigue and my throat seems to be much clearer but my hair loss continues. What should i do from here?

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Mim: I would discontinue the iodine and start take zinc acetate (or zinc gluconate, zinc citrate) and manganese sulfate supplements. While iodine can be helpful with a lot of conditions, the body needs other supplements too. Holistic medicine are always like that.

Ideally the zinc supplements is about 25/mg day and manganese sulfate is about 25-50 mg/day. However manganese is taken only for no longer than 5 days just enough to get the hair from stopping its loss. Zinc are often taken for 5 days out of a week for only 2-3 weeks and then stop. The body don't need a lot. It just needs enough and this would not push the body too an extreme.

I would prefer that manganese sulfate be taken on an empty stomach before bed time. In the morning I would consider taking plenty of vitamin C sodium ascorbate about 500 mg to 1000 mg. When the body has sufficient vitamin C, it enhances manganese absorption, provided that they are taken on an empty stomach.

A very old remedy even when I don't have the needed supplements, is the use of tea tree oil and lavender helps a lot. I would consider applying tea tree oil on the hair liberally, possibly with added lavender oil. It is left on while sleeping. The application should stop hair loss overnight or within 2-3 days. However, it is only a superficial remedy and many of our conditions are really skin deep.

14 Year Old with Total Hair Loss

11/29/2006: Sylvia from UK: Dear Ted, I have a 14 year old daughter who lost all her hair three years ago at the age of 11. Her eyelashes and eyebrows went. The eyebrows and eyelashes has since come back, but not the hair on her head. Please could you advise me what to do. I have been reading about hair loss on this site, but there are so many information and not sure which to do first. I stopped all medication from the doctor nearly two years ago. I only eat organic food. I cook with coconut oil and that is what I use for her skin. We use a shower filter and only drink osmosis water Any suggestion would be helpful.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Sylvia: What to do first? Try lemon and baking soda, just once a day. The formula is simple, one whole freshly squeezed lemon add baking soda until the fizz stops and add to 1/2 glass of water. The lemon will taste exactly like water.

The second thing is take some manganese supplements in form of manganese sulfate on an empty stomach at about 10 mg/day, for only 3 days out of week, on a weekly basis, not exceeding 2 month period.

Possible zinc deficiency if the scalp is oily, if not then this is not it. Otherwise I have seen someone completely lost her hair on mistaking monosodium glutamate for be salt.

After about month or so, just take simple vitamin and mineral supplements.

10/22/2008: Annette from Nashville, Tennessee replies: your daughter has alopecia totalis, where she will lose her eyelids and or eye lashes and maybe hair on her entire body, there is no cure for this. go see your dermatologist. I am sorry to tell you this.
05/02/2011: Gary from London, Eng replies: Dear Mother

There may not be a known cure for this or numerous problems. However take heart, we can assume everything has a cause and that therefore everything will have a cure. It is our job to keep searching until we find the cause/cure and then pass on the findings. Firstly I would start with everything that is ingested. (Look at your water content ie flouride chlorine heavy metals estrogen etc)... These all have health implications! Then consider eating non cooked vegetables. Of cousre cut out sugar. And further I would advocate taking a multitude of vitamins and minerals in addition to what is stated in this forum by Ted. I am sure the cure lies here.

take care gary

Question on Hair Break

11/27/2006: Joy from Chicago: I have a question. I wanted to know if anyone had any tips for jump starting hair growth. My hair reaches a certain length and then begins to break off. I have read your tips for conditioners and had already been using olive oil in addition to my leave-in conditioner, and it has worked wonders for the condition of my hair. Now, I just want it to grow beyond it's normal breaking point. Also to note, I believe that there is a difference between hard and soft water areas. When I lived in a town with soft water, I didn't have as much trouble with my hair growing, but now that I live in Chicago (a hard water town) my hair is not as healthy and doesn't grow as fast. I love your site and thank you for all that you have posted. I discovered it a few days ago, and have visited everyday since then. Your resource is a godsend.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: I once lived in an old town area of Chicago. The water there was not only hard, but they used copper pipes. Copper are often toxic to the hair causing hair loss.

One possible way to know whether your water is contaminated with heavy metals rather than "hard water" is to add 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt in one liter water. If it tastes extremely salty and if you even reduced it to 1/8 or 1/16 in the tap water, then you have a possible heavy metal coming from the old pipes.

Copper is often the culprit causing your hair problems. I do not know whether you drink the water or not from the city's tap water. But if it is unavoidable to drink it about 1/8 teaspoon of disodium EDTA will in one liter of water will remove the active heavy metals from the water.

The other thing that will help your hair is a copper antagonist, which is zinc. So supplementing them with zinc acetate or zinc citrate could reduce the or negate the effects of copper.

However, the best way is just buy a bottled water and avoid drinking the tap water. And if you have to drink the tap water, and you can afford a Reverse Osmosis water, this will remove the metals in the water.

The body still needs a delicate balance of pH from the bicarbonates which you can add some baking soda twice a day to help normalized the lack of it by adding 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda with 1/2 glass of water once in the morning and once before bedtime.

Yes, olive oil helps the hair a lot, but preferably adding some tea tree oil and lavender (any amount would be o.k.) will help prevent hair from lost.

The real cause of hair loss for me it just to take manganese sulfate 25 mg/day on a weekly basis to prevent deficiencies. You can take 4 days out of 7 days on your first week to raise the manganese level. The hair should stop falling out in its usual pace within 1-3 days.

Hair Loss After Accutane

11/20/2006: Amanda from Boston: I have a question for Ted. My hair loss started after Accutane. I know Accutane creates deficiencies of certain vitamins and minerals - is manganese one of these? Also, ever since the Accutane, my scalp has been dry - does this mean it cannot be related to DHT since there is no buildup of sebum? Finally, with the dryness, my scalp has been itchy and has small pimples - filled with pus - all over. What can this possibly be? Any cures suggested?

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Amanda:

My hair loss started after Accutane. I think the company that make Accutane would be far more qualified than me in answering this question!

You think it might be a vitamin/mineral deficiencies, but most problems I found was a vitamin A toxicity. Since the active ingredient of Accutane product is a a modified form of Vitamin A, which is have a tendency to cause hair loss by causing the dryness of your entire system, not just your skin.

So if I follow the leads, then the product is basically a vasoconstrictor drug. The cure is obvious, vasodilation. Vasodilation is based on your body's ability to produce nitric oxide, which is basically the stuff we do in chemistry lab by reacting copper in a nitric acid solution. Of course that is toxic.

However, you can take vitamin C, sodium ascorbate, and plenty of it! This will do the alkalizing, which expands the capillaries and at the same time increase your body's nitric oxide production indirectly. You can also alkalize the body by taking one whole lemon freshly squeezed and add baking soda until the fizz stops and add to 1/2 glass of water. You can take this twice a day on an empty stomach. This will neutralized the excess acidity that exists which comes from the accutane. Molybdenum is related to the body's control of pH. I take it now and then too, so 5-10 mg. once or twice a week to prevent deficiencies.

The other thing is taking granulated lecithin 1 tablespoon 3 times a day on an empty stomach would rid the body of acid oil soluble compounds. The peppermint oil will neutralized this too. Apple cider vinegar with the baking soda will be helpful too, differently in detoxifying your body.

In my opinion taking a bath in vinegar plus some baking soda to make it pH neutral (the fizz stops) throughout your whole body will neutralized whatever toxic oil soluble compound there is, while it won't rid all of them will do this too. Just use it on the head if you experience a hair loss.

Just remember, that whenever you alkalize the body, the blood vessels will expand, and when it does that the hair loss may be stopped. If you want to increase more micro circulation, just take gingko extract and some unsweetened ginger tea.

Whatever you do, you must avoid all sweets, this includes fruits too. It will allow your body to recover faster from the negative effects of hair loss due to accutane use.

If you have acne, the best medication for me is zinc acetate, no sugar, no chocolates, no fried foods, and plenty of antioxidants, such as vitamin E.

Finally, with the dryness, my scalp has been itchy and has small pimples - filled with pus - all over.

Vinegar un buffered will kill the small pus and dry the pus some. But this is not the real answer, it just gets rid of local problems. The real cause is when you take accutane, a semi constipation occurs, and if this is so, your pus will be reduce in a matter of minutes by just taking pure Milk of Magnesia (no aluminum please!) Follow instructions as per bottle. You can easily buy this from any local drug store. This will induce a loose stool. Another way I do it, in case the milk of magnesia is not available is to take 1 teaspoon of sea salt plus 1 teaspoon of baking soda. This will induce a diarrhea, alkalize your body, increase the salinity, kill the bacteria, alkalize the body all at once. The pus can be dry fairly quickly but you need to get a bottle of alcohol (isopropyl alcohol applied to the area of pus). One single application will often dry the pus.

I must remind you again that you need to take plenty of baking soda to reverse this problem. And if possible monitor your urinary pH to 6.5 - 7.3. If it doesn't reach this figure within 1-2 hour after you consume it, take more. If you can maintain this level for about 2 weeks, everything should be much better.

Remedies to Cure Male Pattern Baldness

10/01/2006: Allan from Toronto: Does Ted know anything that can stop male pattern baldness, my hair to the sides are receding and the front top of my hair is falling out seems it went back a few inches. thanks.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Allan: The single most difficult cures that I have ever witnessed is not the cure for deadly diseases, but cosmetic problems, especially alopecia due to male pattern baldness or baldness that occurred. in woman.

This is especially true of people who wants his hair to grow back and he looks Yul Brynner, Patrick Stewart or Kojak! Even Gurus from alternative medicine are almost bald such as Dr. Mercola. So I guess it is a difficult issue from them too!

In fact several readers from earthclinic actually contacted me directly on this issue. After doing research, I found that people who are faced with being bald have a pattern. They often have low zinc and manganese level, while at the same time their copper status is very high.

There is some debate on the tin deficiency issue, which can easily be resolved by just eating a can of lynchee from China or from Thailand. Most canned lynchees in Thailand are still tin-plated inside and does not use the plastic coating. As a result, tin gets dissolved in a can lynchee.

A hair can fall off for a number of causes, each will have a specific remedies depending on the cause. I make a short list of some cause that I have witnessed:

1. Hormone problems.
2. Mineral Deficiency.
3. Vitamin Deficiency
4. Immune Suppression
5. Fungus and Pathogens.
6. Buffer Deficiency

Hormone problems are either your body has too much adrenals, such as DHEA. When this happens the hair can fall of fairly rapidly. The other is the lack of certain growth hormones, which is known to have links to hair growth.

One such product, called minoxidil 5% with possible addition of azelaic acid, tretinoin, BHT, polysorbate 60 should get your hair back but it is going to take many months to a year.

The lack of stem cells is a possibility and therefore the possible use of colloidal silver, however remote, might increase the number of undifferentiated cells but of course, I think adding some DMSO will help their absorption to the skin.

For those who have read Dr. Robert O. Becker, in his book, The Body Electric, he mentions of stem cells which he referred to as dedifferentiated cells in the presence of colloidal silver. So perhaps such application might help.

Minoxidil was originally used to control blood pressure medicine, but it had an interesting side effect in causing hair growth. However, it is not the minoxidil itself. The active form is minoxidil sulfate, which is processed in the liver which causes hair growth. So the fact that you are spraying on the hair might not work as well since the body must somehow convert this to minoxidil sulfate. There is currently no minoxidil sulfate sold in the market as the price is currently prohibitive so most of the products are still marketing the minoxidil.

Researchers have found out that propylene glycol should not be added in a minoxidil compound as this might cause problems. However, the addition of polysorbate 90 or similar ones were seen as beneficial. The addition of azelaic acid 5% and tretinoin also helps. Some researcher mentioned that if you apply azelaic acid first before spraying on the minoxidil this will help.

There are also some conflicting research, but its conflict can easily be resolved. The addition of zinc pyrithione were not seen as beneficial. However some other hair products do add zinc, but in the form of zinc acetate to the minoxidil compound. Based on very few tests I have performed here, I found that zinc really do not help if applied on the head, despite a well known fact that people who have alopecia have zinc deficiency. While on the other hand the use of the so-called "copper peptide" is witnessing some success. Again this is my initial impression. In my opinion, minoxidil compound might not work together well with a zinc compound, but it might work together better with a copper compound.

So that you do not get confused what is a copper peptide. It is basically a copper chloride solution reacted with a protein or an amino acids. Copper is fairly reactive to most organic substances. I in fact applied a concentrated copper chloride fixated to my sandals to permanently kill the fungus locked up in the sandals and shoes. A strong solution can get some faint smoke, this is how strong the solution and therefore reactive to proteins.

The reason why a minoxidil works is that it acts like a pseudo growth hormone. The reason why I know this is a study of one person on overuse of minoxidil compound for a long time. It causes a condition called "pseudo acromegaly". Thus lack of hair growth might be due to lack of human growth hormone, of a certain kind of course, since the minoxidil compound also causes reduced blood pressure.

The problem about the use of minoxidil compound is that once you stop using it for 3 months, your hair will start falling off again. The best recommendation that I can make is if you want to go through this route, you will be using it for the rest of your life.

For me, if this happens, I might try a more speculative ways, such as taking some colloidal silver which will create some stem cells inside our body, in hopes of a remote possibility for hair re growth or perhaps try some growth hormone. Again since I have no feedback on this route, it is just a lot of trial and error in this area.

Have I seen any results from minoxidil use? Yes. But the statistics, at least from my side are dismal. One in four after three or four months of use bought results, but this was not purely from the use of minoxidil alone. They were also taking supplements.

Baldness is often the results of too much DHT, or dihydrotestosterone. It not that the body have too much testosterone, but the accumulation of DHT is too high in the hair.

This is actually a more practical route by suppressing DHT. Applying to your hair azelaic acid 20% can significantly reduce your DHT. There is a 90% inhibition with such use and this should stop the DHT.

One possible clue that the body has DHT is the prostrate enlargement. This is a good clue since it also breaks new grounds and implicate the use antioxidants to reduce DHT formation, as well as eating more scallions.

In one research they found a significant reduction in prostate gland, upon consumption of scallions, which indirectly implicate the possibility of scallions might also help reduce DHT, and might also be helpful with male pattern baldness.

I have also observed that by drinking antioxidant mix formula also helped reduce prostate enlargement too. The formula is simple: 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, plus 1/4 teaspoon of ascorbic acid vitamin C, mixed in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day, once in the morning and once before bedtime. 1/8 teaspoon of potassium bicarbonate should help also, if you can find the needed supplies. It also helps increase capillary circulation in your skin, thus also helping scalp circulations as well.

2. Mineral deficiency. Common mineral deficiency I have seen is zinc, manganese, silicon, and possibly boron. Research have shown that people who lost hairs are low in both zinc and manganese. You can easily tell if the person has low zinc indirectly. If you catch colds easily or used to catch colds very easily, you have zinc deficiency. The zinc I used is usually zinc acetate, zinc chloride, zinc citrate or zinc gluconate. I do not recommend the use of zinc sulfate, it causes you to throw up within three or four hours after consumption.

The other possible clue that your body is zinc deficient is excess sebum production, or oily hair. I have seen in many instances of people who are going bald are forced to shampoo their hair almost everyday. The culprit of excess sebum production is zinc deficiency. For some reason or another, if the sebum production is excessive, the hairs fall off.

I have a friend who for years have been loosing hair and have only this year told me about it. I first started her off with zinc acetate 50 mg. per day for 3-4 days. No results. Then I tried tea tree oil and lavender, some results, but not something you can use. Then finally, almost about to give up, I gave her manganese sulfate, only one dose 100 mg. It worked like miracles. The next day and over the course of two months now, she no longer lost her hair! Of course, taking manganese over the course of several weeks should be better, but at the time I was busy with other things and gave her only one single dose. 25-50 mg. should be more of an ideal dose then 100 mg., however. For those people who can't find manganese I required, you can try drinking soy milk. Soy milk is high in manganese. This is why Asians don't go bald as often as the people who drink cow's milk. The secret is in the manganese. Dr. Mercola is anti-soy, so it might not be surprising that he too, is somewhat bald, perhaps on low manganese. Silicon supplements is well know to help hair and skin growth too. The preferred form of silicon is silicic acid. Of course you can find oatmeal high in silicon also.

3. Vitamin Deficiency. Common vitamin Deficiencies are usually vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid or panthenol) and vitamin B8 (inositol) both of these vitamins helps with your hair and skin growth. You need to take this along with vitamin B complex. Taken in moderation, I believe is best of about 100 mg. -250 mg per day for B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B8, while 100 mcg for B12. The yellow urine color comes from the B2 riboflavin, in case you are wondering.

4. Immune suppression. People start loosing their hair when they start to get colds very easily. This reflects immune problems. Zinc, Vitamin C, N-Acetyl Cysteine, selenium, kelp, should help raise your immune system. N-Acetyl Cysteine is also interesting, it helps hair and skin growth also. Oral EDTA chelation in removing heavy metals will also increase your body's immune system. But so well taking 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day, one in the morning, and one before bedtime. By alkalizing your body, the body will have enough oxygen therefore raise your body's immune system. Normalizing your body's buffer is important so that the immune system can function properly.

5. Fungus and Pathogens. I have seen people going bald because of itchy scalp. If this is your problem, then this is the most easiest of all treatment to cure. The solution is 50% lavender oil plus 50% tea tree oil. One possibility is applying a 2% solution of copper chloride only once a week. But please rinse quickly, it tends to cause green scalp, but this is only temporary. I mention to you in case the lavender/tea tree oil doesn't work. To use it, please apply them liberally on your scalp until the itchiness is gone. If not, then use 100% vinegar solution to rinse your hair and keep their for a couple of minutes before rinse. If that doesn't work then add a saturated level of borax and do that again. If all remedies doesn't work, copper chloride always does but it creates green skin or scalp. The green color of the copper chloride tends to stay for a day or so. So if you wash it, most will go away.

The pathogen issue is a bit more difficult if that is the cause or you suspect it is so. You can tell if it is pathogens if the pattern looks strange, extremely itchy or you feel something crawling. For this you need to do what I did with the dog mange. Prepare a saturated saturated borax solution and add enough hydrogen peroxide to get you a 1% solution. Apply to the head. Most insects and related pathogens get killed by borax. But the real secret of this formula is the hydrogen peroxide. It acts as a super penetrant. This is also true of vinegar, but I have had more successes with the hydrogen peroxide idea.

6. Buffer deficiency. Buffer deficiency is the only area in medicine that have not recognized the fact that people get sick often is because the body's buffer is deficient. A simple remedy is simply the 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid plus 1/2 glass of water, taken twice a day, once in the evening and once in the morning. The other is similar, but it focuses on raising your body's antioxidant levels, which is 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, plus 1/4 teaspoon of ascorbic acid in 1/2 glass of water also. Of course you can combine both formulas to get 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid and 1/4 teaspoon of ascorbic acid. This is the buffer-antioxidant formula that I have tested and worked quite well with me.

I can't cover all the possible causes, but if you are loosing your hair, the most important thing to do is to take zinc acetate, manganese sulfate, and take plenty of buffer formula to increase your scalp circulation. And if the head is itchy, tea tree+ lavender oil will usually work in eliminating them. I haven't as yet found a cure for baldness, but I can certainly stop your hair from falling off!

And yes, I have found way to get some people's hair growing back again, but not everyone!

Here is one possible observation that might help you further your experiments. My dogs hair grew back overnight from mange, after applying hydrogen peroxide 1% solution with a saturated borax solution. Was it because the insects mange stopped the hair growth or was the borax/hydrogen peroxide not only kill the insects, but also encouraged the hair growth? Perhaps you can experiment yourself and give me this feedback! I can't do it on myself since I am not bald! And I have the lack of willing volunteers here in Bangkok to do the experiments!

Does L-lysine Works?

L : Dear Ted, Thank you so much for all of this detailed information. I'm a bit overwhelmed -- in a good way. I ordered Manganese, as i could not find it in any of the stores here. I also ordered azalic acid. I forgot to buy baking soda, though. Should I not drink the Apple cider vinegar if acidity could be the problem.? i started doing that based on the website and so many people having good luck with it. I have yet to use it topically, but plan to the next shampoo. I also bought Borax, but i'm not sure how to use it. i will get the other supplements you recommended tomorrow. I take plenty of vitamin c and I see that's a good thing to continue (at least I'm doing something right). You are definitely right about the tea tree oil. I got some this afternoon and when i felt the slightest itch I applied it and it immediately stopped. I'm not much of a bread eater, but I eat candy every now and then (not much) I'll stop that. Will defintely get nitric oxide tomorrow and baking soda to counter balance the acv. Thank you for helping me through this. I'll add what you recommend to my regime and keep you informed of the progress. Does L-Lysine work or is it just a waste? Thanks.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Borax common doses are mixed in 1/8 teaspoon in one drinking liter of water that you can drink throughout the day. If you drink more than one liter than your next bottle will be just plain water. Borax is antifungal, which is why it helps.

Take the baking soda with apple cider vinegar. It works best when taken together.

Try always use baking soda whenever possible, don't take it alone. Some people have trouble adjusting to the apple cider vinegar.

As to L-lysine, only a reasonable amount is helpful. If taken in excess this may not help much. Some studies imply taking too much causes hair loss, but this is not proven. Lysine formulation for alopecia is not yet popular. Most medications that seemed to work for that or increase in diameter has a lot to do with increasing capillary circulations. In the near future natural antifungal medications and nitric oxide promoters (l-citrulline, or supportive as in baking soda and potassium bicarbonates) are more likely to help hair growth based on my experience.

Dandruff with Hair Loss

Y : Thank you so much Ted..But one thing i really cannot understand. When you say that 20 pills of cod liver oil for about a month, you mean 1 pill daily for 20 days or is it 20 pills daily??? Similarly Vitamin A(25,000 IU) daily??? ACV should me mix with borax to apply in hair? how much amount should be mixed for external applications? and is it for drinking too? How much borax should be added if I am using it internally?

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: The vitamin Ds are very small in the cod liver oil. If you don't feel confident, then just know that the healthy body produces about 10,000 i.u. - 20,000 i.u. of vitamin D in a sun. Most cod liver oil, read the labels, are between 50 i.u. to 100 i.u. While a mother breast feding her babies needs at least 1500 i.u. of vitamin D per day to prevent a deficiency. If you know the conversion a 100 i.u. is equal to less than .1 milligram of vitamin D which is extremely small.

Here is a statement of using vitamin D for treating rickets:

source: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ druginfo/natural/patient-vitamind.html

"Rickets: Rickets may be treated gradually over several months or in a single day's dose. Gradual dosing may be 125-250 micrograms (5000-10,000 IU) taken daily for two to three months, until recovery is well established and alkaline phosphatase blood concentration is close to normal limits. Single-day dosing may be 15,000 micrograms (600,000 IU) of vitamin D, taken by mouth divided into four to six doses. Intramuscular injection is also an alternative for single-day dosing. For resistant rickets, some authors suggest a higher dose of 12,000 to 500,000 IU per day."

The numbers look a lot, until you realize that the dose you are taking is below a micrograms (which is 1/1000th of a milligram). Most vitamin As sold in supermarkets are in fact between 20,000 to 25,000 i.u.s SO this is hardly an overdose.

Dandruff with Hair Loss

Y : You suggested me to take vitamin D of 10,000 IU but I am getting vitamin D of 1000 I.U. Is it ok if i take it once along with cod liver oil. Also I forget to mention one thing. I moved to New York from India 3 yrs back. Since then my hair started falling badly. Initially I didn't notice it but now they have become very thin. Please suggest something for hair loss also. Also I am a vegetarian. I have started using Tea tree oil for my dandruff plus I am taking Vitamin A, C and cod liver oil right now. I don't know whether this stops hair fall or not? or it only helps in Dandruff? I have applied Tea tree oil only once but my itching seems to have gone by 50%. Thank you so much.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: 50% reduction means your scalp seem to be in poor condition that is why the itchiness is there. I can conclude that you haven't started on the borax for shampoo, mixed in 1% hydrogen peroxide. Quite often the lack of tea tree effective is the amount applied to the scalp is too small. Avoid using plastic combs as tea tree dissolves lower grade PE plastics. Just use you hands or a better quality combs (metal) to run through the scalp. The scalp should have tea tree applied directly, undiluted. Colorless iodine applied to the scalp helps a lot too, especially for staph type scalp problems. It may further reduce the itch applied overnight. I found newer cases of hair loss were also beginning to show some staph as it causes bleeding. Fungus don't cause scalp bleeding, but they do cause extreme itching.

You suggested me to take vitamin D of 10,000 IU but I am getting vitamin D of 1000 I.U. Is it ok if i take it once along with cod liver oil.

Yes you can. Magnesium supplements helps. Most Indian diets are high in vegetarians. The protein imbalance or the lack of it does happen. To get a protein source of vegetarian you can get them from soy milk. Whey protein for me is a good source too. The dose for that is about 1/3 cup two times a day mixed in water or follow the the packaging labels. Soy milk is drank three times a day. If manganese level is still low, blackstrap molasses 1 teaspoon two times a day may help or manganse chelated or manganese sulfate. Finally, take some 8 teaspoon of lemon plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water, once in the morning and once before bedtime to alkalize and further killed the assumed fungus issue. My understanding here is you haven't used borax in 1% hydrogen peroxide solution to wash your hair (no rinsing) which more directly treat the condition, followed closely by tea tree oil overnight application.

Dandruff with Hair Loss

Y : I applied tea tree oil again. I must say it is helping a lot. I feel when apply tea tree oil, i could not cover whole scalp so my itching remains but the areas i covered are itch free now. Can I continue to use tea tree oil twice a week? But I will use borax also. When you say "borax in 1% hydrogen peroxide solution to wash your hair (no rinsing)" what does no rinsing means? If i am not going to rinse borax with plain water then how its going to come out? I am also confused with lemon and ACV. Should I take lemon with baking soda or lemon with baking soda? Also I have started taking soy milk. I am hoping that soon my hair will stop falling too.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: If your scalp is oily, you have a zinc deficiency which could trigger hair loss. The other one I found is manganese deficiency (after expensive trial and error) can also trigger hair loss too. As to no rinsing, it means you keep it overnight and rinse the next day in the morning. You need not confuse between baking soda and apple cider, or baking soda and lemon. You alternate the use and try one and the other on different days. Soy milk is high in manganese and can help. In case you have low copper, cocoa or black strap molasses can help you as it has both manganese and copper too
11/24/2011: Fletcher from Ny replies: Medicated shampoos for dandruff are not really a solution because after you start using them, you'll have to use them basically all the time.

Try something natural, for normal hair and normal ph. ayurvedic formulas, for sensitive skin, baby shampoos.




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