Here's a question I get quite regularly:
"Dr. Mike, why am I losing my hair at such a young age?"
Most people assume that hair loss is caused simply through aging or genetics, but many other factors can come into play.
Here are my top three causes:
Your body may rob hair for its minerals
First, your hair is full of minerals and when the body is low in those minerals it will rob them from available places - like hair. A typical symptom of this is thin, wispy hair that blows easily in the wind.
Secondly, you must consider hypothyroidism and parasites as a cause of hair loss.
Third, hair loss at the crown (the flat area at the back, top part of your skull) is associated with blood sugar problems or diabetes.
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Other causes can include:
When you get sick to your stomach from bad sushi, etc., your blood circulation can get upset and causes your hair growth to go prematurely into a shedding phase. This is called “Diffuse Hair Loss” and usually lasts about three months until damaged hair follicles are replaced by new ones. The good news is this should correct itself.
Extended high fever
This can cause the same reaction as food poisoning - disruption of blood circulation - and sometimes a hormonal shift. The normal life of a hair is anywhere from two to six years, but you grow new hairs every two to three months.
Similar to above, but your hair can also fall out or stop growing if you have eczema or psoriasis in your head and you are scratching your scalp, creating scabs, and preventing follicles from opening.
Car accident (or any sudden traumatic event)
When you go through any sort of extreme shock, you can develop what’s known as Alopecia Areata - small, bald patches that appear on your head. Trauma can trigger an autoimmune reaction, where white blood cells attack the hair bulb, which goes swiftly into the resting phase and falls out, but just in particular spots. These spots may also be tingly or slightly painful.
Dairy, wheat, soy, or other food allergies
When your body has a true allergic reaction, your immune system can act violently, sending signals throughout the body to ward off attacks. It is very rare, but in certain cases, these issues can contribute to scalp problems and Alopecia Areata. If your doctor says to avoid particular foods due to true allergies, heed this advice, along with GMO foods and food sensitivities.
In our office we offer many services like nutrition and lifestyle testing, cleansing, and anti-aging programs. If you have any interest or health issues that concern you, contact our office to schedule an appointment to resolve or prevent them.
Alternative Health Oasis is conveniently located on Sawmill Parkway near Powell and Dublin, and just a short, few minutes from Worthington, Westerville, Polaris, and Northwest Columbus, Ohio.
Source: Partial credit to yahoo news June 23, 2014
Are you paying proper attention to your personal foundation?
You certainly are aware of the importance of maintaining a strong foundation under your house. Have you ever considered the vital importance of the foundation of your own body?
A recent article on fitness in the Columbus magazine "614" discussed some common injuries that many of us suffer in the course of our fitness regimens and the piece inspired us to share this important information with you.
Whether it's jogging in the neighborhoods of Dublin, hitting the treadmill at the Liberty Township/Powell YMCA, or "mall- walking" at Polaris or Easton, our bodies - specifically our feet - take a pounding. It's crazy when you think about it, but the shock and stress placed upon the feet when walking is actually that of 2.5 times your body weight and 3.5 times your weight when running!
Did you know there are 26 bones, 106 ligaments, and over 100 muscles in your feet? They all help support your body and - if they are cared for properly - also serve to prevent conditions like Runners Knee, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Achilles Tendonitis, and Shin Splints.
Therefore, if we ignore the feet, their muscles, and their proper alignment, we are simply setting ourselves up for pain and injuries. And - when those injuries to knees and tendons, etc. do indeed occur - many folks tend to forget what may be the underlying cause: a problem in the feet.
When pain rears its ugly head, the Physical Therapy emphasis is typically focused on improving flexibility and strength training. These are good concepts and pursuits, but - as in any well-rounded endeavor - it's just plain smart to start at the foundation of your body: the feet.
Dr. Don Harris, D.C. is considered an expert in this field and he states "with any degree of flat feet(pronation), it will be impossible to have a level spine, and (this) will cause neck and low back translation, i.e. forward shifting along with a pelvic tilt".
At Alternative Health Oasis in Powell, we strongly recommend a variety of orthotics by a company called "Foot Levelers." (The word "orthotics" is simply a catch-all for any "externally applied device used to modify the structural and functional characteristics of the neuromuscular and skeletal system.")
Orthotics by Foot Levelers work to stabilize and balance feet while enhancing the body’s performance and efficiency, reducing pain, and contributing to total body wellness. The holistic health approach from Foot Levelers is just one of the many reasons that we're big fans of the company and their products, all of which are designed to support the arches in each foot, reduce the increased shock of walking or running and provide a more balanced hip and spine alignment.
Our dedication to the value of good orthotics comes from personal experience. Dr. Mike himself suffered shin splints on two different occasions, with the first painful episode popping up in 1975. Oblivious to the fact that he suffered from flat feet, the shin splints returned in 1986. But after purchasing his first pair of orthotics soon after, and using them to stabilize and properly support the rest of his body, he has not had a case of shin splints since!
We encourage you to be healthy and run, walk, and enjoy life! To keep your body working right and devoid of pain, take a moment to call our office or contact us here and schedule a free evaluation and recommendation to keep your foundation strong.