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 […]
Myth and argument have long surrounded how frequently we should wash our hair: Regularly to maintain a clean healthy scalp and hair, or not at all to ‘preserve’ the scalp’s natural oils? Should we use shampoos and conditioners (and which ones are better), or just rinse the hair in water to effect a ‘chemical-free’ cleansing?
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
It would be the rare individual concerned about hair loss that hasn’t been told at least once it’s being caused by ‘stress’. Often a platitude and sometimes crudely correct, but what does the term mean? ‘Stressed, stress-out or under stress’ usually means that the circumstances of one’s internal or external milieu is causing hormonal changes
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
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.
Most practitioners of the various disciplines in health would or should have a sound working knowledge of the TSH, T4 and T3 (1) flow and ‘feedback loop’. Some may be aware of the importance of optimising Vitamin D, Cortisol and T3 thyroid hormone in balance to each other, with emphasis on T3 levels (Van Zanden
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
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
The incredible complexities of the human body, health, lifestyle, and increasing stressors in our troubled world, can give rise to the onset of scalp hair thinning. The ‘usual suspects’ are thyroid disturbance, diabetic states, nutrient deficiency, or ‘stress’. A cause which is often over-looked is the crucial role of adrenal gland influence to disrupt or