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Hair III 12 - 08 - 2003

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Hair III Greetings, Yes, believe it or not, another week has passed. Ready to resume our exploration on hair disorders? Here goes… It would appear that young men are increasingly bald. Few males seem to reach maturity without some hair loss. In fact, implants and the fitting of toupees is a growing and lucrative business and appear to be a phenomenon of our times. A normal head of hair, thick and luxurious, is indicative of a sound body. The appearance of baldness is believed to be indicative of systemic deterioration being manifested in the cranial area. Among the more common signs of a progressively serious hair and scalp pathology we can include the following: 1. Persistent dryness of the hair and scalp 2. Dandruff 3. Scaling 4. Tenderness to the touch in certain areas 5. Itchiness 6. Falling hair with increasing thinning of the hair 7. Receding hairline 8. A bold spot appearing on the top of the head in a limited area 9. Excessive oiliness 10. Discoloration of the hair, streaking, etc. 11. Small bumps or concretions. It appears that most people who suffer from chronic diseases of the hair and scalp have been constipated for years and, more often than not, the solid-fluid ratio within the body has become deranged to the extent that their bodies lack suppleness and flexibility and the body channel routes have become clogged with abnormal amounts of solid debris accumulated through wrong living and eating habits to such an extent that the circulatory powers of the body have been greatly curtailed. Obviously, such systemic deterioration does not occur overnight. It is one that takes time: such conditions are no doubt, like all chronic diseases, years in the making. It is believed that a lack of vitamin A in the diet may cause the hair to be coarse and ugly, that a lack of some of the B vitamins or of iron, copper, and/or iodine may cause the hair to fall out and that lack of other vitamins, especially panthotenic acid, para-aminobenzoic acid or PABA, and inositol, may cause the hair to grey prematurely. Some forms of eczema of the scalp may be due to a lack of essential fatty acids in the diet. All 3 anti-grey hair vitamins can be produced in the intestinal tract by bacteria that normally, in healthy people, reside there. When the food intake is correct and well adapted to human needs, there seem to be no deficiency in any of these vitamins. It is quite normal for some hair to fall out when being combed. Hair grows to its potential length, then the hair follicles involutes, that is, cease to produce hair for a while, and the hair shaft falls out. Then the hair follicle begins growing a new hair in its place. This is normal. It is abnormal when hair falls out daily by the brushful. This occurs occasionally after long febrile conditions, and in some people after a long fast. In each case the hair grows back. If a child, or anyone for that matter, has dandruff, it is generally because they are on too high a refined carbohydrate diet. Too many sweets, too many sugars. Soaps and shampoos that are said to eliminate dandruff only cause more dandruff. All that is needed is to wash the hair daily and use a natural bristle brush. Hair is fed from within, not from without. Whether one uses Protein shampoo or any other feeding preparations, they do not feed the hair because these cells are nourished by blood only. Hair cells, which are part of the outer layer of the skin, harden in the process of growth.. After they are hardened they no longer receive nutrition. They are dead cells. They are kept pliable and soft by the oil secreted by the oil glands. Hair automatically is lost. Every person has a growing span or a particular length or potential length which the hair may reach before the follicle turns under to take a short rest. A hair follicle will turn under every so often and this involution is a natural process. It should always be remembered that the care of every part of the body comes from within. It is our total way of life that makes these parts beautiful. Whether it’s our skin, or our hair, or our eyes or our teeth, they are all nourished from within. We need sunshine, we need exercise, rest, proper diet and emotional poise, in other words, we need all the requisites of normal physiology. These things are just as necessary for various parts of the body as they are for our general health. When our general health is good, then nine times out of ten, our hair and skin will be normal. They will be fed properly because they are fed by the bloodstream. All of the cells use about the same nutrients. There’s not any special nutrient for hair, or for teeth etc… , but protein is essential in our diet; that is protein supplied from within, not applied on the surface. Next week we will take a closer look at stress management. Have a great week,

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