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The hormones: Cortisol, Melatonin, DHEA-s – an overview.

About Cortisol: Cortisol is the major glucocorticoid (steroid hormone) produced in the adrenal cortex of the adrenal glands. Cortisol is a key stress response hormone – essential for carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism, anti-inflammatory tasks, blood glucose regulation, and appropriate immune system function.  Cortisol is essential for our active thyroid hormone (Triiodothyronine – T3) ‘expression’ […]

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Hyper-sensitive to your environment … you may have MCAS.

MCAS is an acronym for Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. Mast cells are a critical feature of our immunity, responsible for releasing histamine, prostaglandins, heparin, and inflammatory cytokines as a 1st line response to allergen, pathogen (certain bacteria and parasites), and other antigens entering our body. Histamine is an immune-signaling protein with many functions. Although commonly

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Intestinal worms – a problem in hair loss?

Two or three generations ago it was routine practice for mothers to ‘worm’ their families – particularly the children. In modern times, both ‘worming’ or discussion about intestinal worm infestation (1) is a rare topic. Intestinal worm infestation (aka: Helminthiasis) is a common occurrence in people of 3rd world countries – and in some instances

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Alopecia areata in children – a practical approach

Alopecia areata (AA) is a distinctive hair loss condition that is readily identified by most health practitioners and hairdressers. (A full explanation of Alopecia areata may be found within my article Alopecia Areata & other autoimmune conditions). The inclination to exhibit AA is genetically inherited within ‘atopic’ families i.e.: those families with an increased sensitivity

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Identifying chronic scalp itch and irritation

Of all the persistent maladies which beset the human body, one of the most challenging and confounding for practitioners is chronic scalp irritation or itching where no other obvious condition (1) is found.  The causes of chronic scalp irritation or itching (CSII) are widely multi-factorial, and in some instances polygenic from an atopic family history.

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Understanding Fibrosing Alopecia

Frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA) is a potentially permanent hair loss condition, believed to be of autoimmune origin (1). FFA belongs to a group of inflammatory ‘scarring’ alopecia (2) where underlying skin structures are destroyed, and microscopic scar tissue develops. FFA is overwhelmingly observed in post-menopausal women, but occasionally seen in pre-menopausal women and males. Although

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Chronological ageing vs. biological ageing – not the same thing.

Chronological age is how old you are: the number of birthdays you’ve celebrated. Biological age is ‘ageing’ at the cellular level. An individual may be 70 years in chronological age, but due to healthy eating, lifestyle, weight, regular exercise, and disease-free – mental and physical chronological age can be that of someone decades younger. Nicotine’s

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