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Hypervitaminosis D: the complications of excess Vitamin D supplementation.

The discovery, isolation and research into the fat-soluble vitamins (A + D) occurred in the first decades of the 20th century by scientists seeking to understand the causes of the centuries-old diseases: rickets, scurvy and beriberi. In the past hundred years, researchers increasingly appreciate the essential functions Vitamin D has on maintaining a healthy human …

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Chronic health or hair loss problems? Methylation may be your answer…

What is Methylation? The Methylation cycle is an essential bio-chemical process which occurs in all mammals to detoxify, synthesise DNA/RNA and repair our cells. Methylation is crucial to production and activation of our brain chemicals (termed: neurotransmitters), hormone regulation and certain metabolic functions. DNA methylation is a biological mechanism (termed: Epigenetics) to regulate gene receptor …

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Treating hair loss – where many get it wrong (and why we are different)

Sudden and obvious or slow imperceptible loss of scalp hair density is one way your body is communicating things have changed. These changes can be: Insufficient nutrient reserves to support hair growth activity. Internal metabolic-hormonal disturbance compromising the hair follicle process (ie: maintaining a normal growing phase). Onset of disease or chronic illness. The natural …

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Haemochromatosis – what it is and how it affects the hair.

Haemochromatosis is a hereditary disorder where the controlling hormone for iron absorption (hepcidin) is flawed. This causes excessive dietary iron absorption (which is not excreted) but continually deposited into the major organs: liver, spleen, heart and pancreas. The adult body ordinarily stores approximately one gram (1G) of iron as a constant reserve but this is …

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Premature ‘grey’ hair – what it is and why it happens

‘Premature greying’ is defined as onset before age 20 in Caucasians + before age 30 in people of dark skin colour. In younger people what they see as ‘grey’ hair is actually a mixture of white & pigmented (or colored) hair – or ‘vellus’ hair growth due to follicle miniaturisation seen in androgenic scalp hair …

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The downsides of iron supplementation by injection or infusion

Iron injections or infusions are increasingly becoming the standard medical ‘quick fix’ response to low iron levels in women. And whilst they obviously may be necessary in life-saving or severe anaemia situations, they are not the ideal method of replenish one’s iron stores for the following reasons: Iron is highly oxidative with a very reactive …

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Male Hair Loss

Skin Mites as a cause of hair loss & scalp problems

There are numerous mites, bacteria and fungi that reside on or in our skin’s outer layers (epidermis). Some are helpful in maintaining skin pH or preventing other harmful microbes from establishing themselves. Others such as Ringworm (Tinea), head lice or scabies are not ‘host friendly’ and their presence will result in intense skin irritation or …

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Unsuccessful IVF & thinning scalp hair density – what’s the connection?

The Scenario: Young woman in her 20’s actively but unsuccessfully attempting to become pregnant. Similarly late 30’s – early 40’s woman aware of her ‘biologic clock’ and desperately seeking assistance with fertility enhancement from one of the reputable clinics in this field. Hormonal therapy is undertaken; medication to suppress menstruation, temperature charts, sperm count investigation …

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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. A pregnant woman’s scalp hair growth (anagen) cycle – usually …

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