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    hair loss???

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    Chef# 616082
    Sat Jun 28, 2008 2:52 pm
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    I bought virgin coconut oil as well and got my daughter to try it. It burns the back of her throat when she takes it straight. She's not intolerant to it though because it doesn't bother her in baking.
    Did you experience that at all?
    Chef #807468
    Sat Jun 28, 2008 7:17 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    no, no burning, although i've heard of that happening to people before.
    the kind i buy is spectrum brand and is unrefined.
    but i may be used to it because i had previously been cooking with it.
    Chef# 616082
    Sat Jun 28, 2008 7:22 pm
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    Thanks.
    I'll just keep baking with it and hopefully it will be of some help.
    Chef #1374841
    Sat Sep 05, 2009 2:16 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I am 38 years old and in the last year I have lost over half my hair. It use to be beautiful. I have been devistated. I was just tested by an allergy doctor, after several other doctors said it was just female pattern baldness. The results were fascinating, allergic to wheat and gluten, and eggs, bananas. There goes my entire menu.. I really hope that the other women out there experiencing hair loss can get educated on wheat allergies and chemicals like Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate.(Nasty Stuff). Look ladies it is in most of our shampoos, dish soap, toothpaste and much more. Do your research on both food and environmental allergies. It will pay off.
    Chef #1374841
    Sat Sep 05, 2009 2:17 pm
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    Sorry this post got put on the wrong page.
    Chef #807468
    Sat Sep 05, 2009 4:38 pm
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    Hi chef,

    very interesting, i got tested for celiac's once but it was negative. however i do notice i feel better when i omit certain things from my diet.
    I have some questions for you. what kind of allergy test did you do? was it covered by insurance or out of pocket?

    have you noticed an improvement in your hair?

    i used to have beautiful hair too. iron supplements are helping some I think but i wonder if i have food allergies.

    thanks,
    kathy
    Chef #1374841
    Sat Sep 05, 2009 9:34 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Hi Kathy,

    After several dermatologists ,hormone testing, blood tests, blah,blah,blah. I wasn't willing to listen to conventional doctors. I work for a doc. of chinese medicine. She told me to start looking on various websites for answers. After seeing so many women online discussing the symptoms like, scalp feels sunburnt sometimes, itchy-but no dandruff.
    I also dyed my hair red for roller derby last year at this time. So I think it was the Sodium Lauryl sulfate in the dye, combined with me changing to all wheat crackers and bread that triggered my problem. I recently did skin testing, and then I was offered a panel of like 90 food tests for $126.00 through Bio-Tech, I think they are in Florida. My insurance doesn't pay. It was the best money I think I will ever spend, the results are so detailed. You can find out about them through an allergist. There are other companies out there, in which you will pay a lot more for the same thing.

    christal
    Chef #807468
    Sun Sep 06, 2009 5:42 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    thanks crystal.
    my naturopath did reccommend allergy testing for my other symptoms of general un-wellbeing. the company is alcat and it does look a little more expensive.

    i know the scalp burning sensation you were talking about. when i switched to morrocco method shampoos and started using an apple cider vinegar rinse, that got rid of that.

    i was interested to hear that after you colored your hair is when you noticed a big amount of hair loss. I had my hair professionally colored about 3 weeks before my hair started thinning real bad. i didn't know there was SLS in hair dye.

    thanks sharing your experience with food allergy testing. maybe that is something i should look into.
    kathy
    Chef# 616082
    Sun Sep 06, 2009 6:53 pm
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    I just had to go on an antibiotic for tonsilitis. I generally take at least two weeks of probiotics afterwards to re-populate my good flora but didn't this time cause I felt fine. Within a week fistfuls of hair were falling out with every shower and my hair was lifeless and strawlike. I started the probiotics and within two days the loss stopped and my hair was back to normal within a week thank goodness. I had also stopped my regular vitamin regemin and restarted it too. I take a really good multi, omega 3, B-Complex 100's, 1000 extra C, alpha lipoic, CoQue 10 and Spirilina
    Chef #1450416
    Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:55 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Gluten is not essential, but if you are Gluten or Wheat intolerant it can have horrible and everlasting effects on your body. I actually had one blood test come back negative and one positive for celiac and have basically had a diagnosis of IBS since then. Many ppl suffer from a gluten or wheat intolerance and most ppl never even know it. I have also noticed that I am losing my hair or it is thinning out. I have been trying to avoid Gluten and wheat in my diet, but at times it is very difficult to find anything to eat as I am not a very good cook and everything seems to have it in it. I have actually been to a natropath as well who has you eliminate basically everything from your diet at first and re-introduce certain foods. Anyway to make a long story short, I am going back to a completely gluten free/wheat free diet (but trying to eat the right nutrients that your body needs as well) and taking some vitamins I read such as Folic Acid to help with the hair regrowth as many women lack vitamin B in their diets. Hope this helps both of us.
    carolinakath
    Tue Nov 17, 2009 8:59 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in March of this year. It was 18 years earlier when I first started having gastrointestinal issues, but no one ever thought to look for CD. The past 4 years have been the sickest of my life; and the 2 years before my diagnosis I wished many times to just give up because if it could go wrong with me medically - it did. Many mornings I'd wake up and feel like I was dying. I'd always been really proud of my hair - dark and thick (even as I turned 50 and gray began to set in). However, I began to notice a large amount of hair in the bottom of the shower when I washed my hair. The whole year before my diagnosis I was afraid to wash my hair for fear of how many handfuls I'd have to throw away. I tried many things suggested to me from family and my hairdresser. After the diagnosis I thought it would stop falling out, but it didn't. My thyroid was out of whack before the diagnosis (as was all other levels constantly checked), so several months after the diagnosis I had it checked out again and it was back to normal. I've gone as totally gluten free as I can (if I get any, it's strictly by a fluke accident) for the last 7 1/2 months. I am beginning to see less hair in the shower when I wash it. I usually get 1 perm a year (skipped last year due to fear of it all falling out). I got one last month, and could tell a big difference in the texture and thickness. My hairdresser even commented on how much thicker it felt to her (she's cut my hair for the past 10 years) in contrast to how it's been the last 1 1/2 year. I truly believe the years of undiagnosed CD, and how sick I'd gotten played a major part in the loss of my hair. Now that I'm getting healthier, my hair loss has decreased tremendously. That surely makes me a happy woman. OK, so I may not be vain about anything else - but I do love my hair. icon_biggrin.gif
    If you've begun to loose hair and have currently had a CD diagnosis - give it some time to see if it reverses itself.
    k
    Chef# 616082
    Tue Nov 17, 2009 9:02 pm
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    I've since confirmed that I loose hair from dairy. Ice cream is the worst for me, but all dairy causes hair loss within a day or so.
    Snowpeas
    Tue Apr 13, 2010 2:54 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    Wow, I've been reading this topic and I am sooo happy to hear that a gluten free diet is helping. I have been losing more than my share of hair in the shower for the past year and a half or so. I recently read that HCl and Pepsin might help, so I started taking them. At the same time I decided to give up all grains. And I can definitely tell you that there is less hair in the shower. My husband has even noticed! I do not know what to attribute it to, but I feel so good since I gave up the grains. I'll experiment with the HCl/Pepsin supplement later, but right now, I'm sticking with whats working.

    Someone earlier in the posts asked about giving up wheat - remember that grains are not really essential to our physical health. They give us a lot of pleasure and we grow up on them, but they aren't necessarily good for us. Check out "Going Against the Grain", the "Paleo Diet" or any of the many other books about the effects of grains and especially gluten to learn more of the specifics.
    Jamilahs_Kitchen
    Sat Jun 26, 2010 7:40 pm
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    [quote="Chef #807468"]no, no burning, although i've heard of that happening to people before.
    the kind i buy is spectrum brand and is unrefined.
    but i may be used to it because i had previously been cooking with it.[/quote] I put mine in a smoothie or mix it in something.
    Jamilahs_Kitchen
    Sat Jun 26, 2010 7:41 pm
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    SWalker wrote:
    I've since confirmed that I loose hair from dairy. Ice cream is the worst for me, but all dairy causes hair loss within a day or so.
    Same for me! I had to say bye bye to ice cream lol. I haven't tried any of the rice or almond ice creams yet though.
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