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Hormonal (contraceptive) Therapy – its Effects on Hair & Health

When reading a younger female patient’s pathology testing, health providers might note ‘elevated-out-of-normal-reference-range’ Copper levels, Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) – and if tested – Reverse T3 (rT3). Conversely they may find this patient has low or depleted iron stores, zinc deficiency (absolute or relative…

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Female pattern hair loss not always Genetic

As a Trichologist specialising in female hair loss since 1999, I’ve treated thousands of women across the world for thinning scalp hair density. The trends I’ve observed in many women has led me to believe – despite prevailing medical opinion – there are two forms…

Iron Deficiency and Hair Loss – an Interpretation

Iron Deficiency and Hair Loss – an Interpretation As a continuously growing & metabolically-active tissue, hair requires high levels of available nutrients for hair cell DNA synthesis & development. In terms of nutrient supply however, hair is a ‘non-essential’ tissue – receiving its full nutrient…

Vitamins, Minerals and your Thyroid-what your Doctor may not know

Upon completing my Trichology studies I decided to specialise in female hair loss issues. I’d discovered early – contrary to general opinion – female hair loss is quite complex in what both influences and impels it. Moreover there seemed to be few Practitioners around who…

Insulin-induced ‘pattern’ hair loss

From the time I resolved concentrate on female hair loss issues as a professional specialism, I was never convinced – or more honestly asked by my female clients not to be convinced – that ‘pattern’ hair loss (in women) is always ‘inherited’. After almost 20…

Hair Loss in the Pregnant and Post-Partum Woman

Nothing reveals the unique beauty of a woman quite like a healthy woman displaying her pregnancy. The additional life growing inside her presents a glow that no cosmetic make-over could ever replicate. Her hair too is usually at its most lush density and soft manageability….

Vitamin D – the Re-discovered Key to Illness Prevention

Residing in a land of year-round sunshine & outdoor lifestyle, it may come as a revelation that many people here in Australia are Vitamin D (25(OH) D) deficient. Vitamin D (as Cholecalciferol) is synthesized from sunlight when our bare skin is exposed. In a further…

The Laser Therapy Revival

Low level laser light therapy (LLLT) has been recognised as an effective treatment modality since the 1950’s. When used by qualified operators, LLLT is very safe, versatile and valuable primary or adjunct therapy. Unlike Dermatology or other surgical laser devices, LLLT is ‘bio-stimulating’ not tissue…

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Alopecia Areata & other autoimmune conditions

Autoimmune states are thought to be polygenic, i.e. there are multiple genetic factors to their susceptibility. These factors eventually interact with physiological &/or environmental issues to activate the condition. Some initiating triggers are: Decline in nutritional, metabolic or hormonal status creating disturbed homeostasis; e.g.: deficiency…

Alopecia areata (+ other autoimmune issues) 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…