Alopecia totalis refers to the complete loss of scalp hair. The dis'ease normally begins with a patient noticing one or more small bald spots on his or her scalp (at which point the disease is classified as alopecia areata). As the condition progresses into total hair loss, it will become classified as alopecia areata totalis.
This autoimmune dis'ease occurs when affected hair follicles are mistakenly attacked by a person’s own white blood cells. This causes hair to stop growing and then fall out. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy may also be responsible for alopecia totalis; this is known as drug-induced alopecia totalis.
Alopecia totalis does not discriminate, affecting as many males as it does females. Although alopecia totalis may occur in people of all ages, it most commonly affects children. This disease is difficult for all who experience it, but it can be especially painful for children and their families—especially those children aged four and above, as they begin to pay more attention to the way that others react to them.
This is one dis'ease worth getting to the root of. The first question is always, why is the immune system attacking the hair follicles? Let's look briefly at some reasons of those reasons.
It could be Gut Permeability, which most know as Leaky Gut Syndrome. Certain local skin ailments are known to lead to hair loss. Local skin infections such as overgrowth of C-albicans which include; fungal forms, metal toxicity, mycoplasma infections or, what we refer to as "vague and inconsistent symptoms" contribute significantly to autoimmune disorders. Autoimmune disorders known as mycoplasmas or ""Cell Wall Deficient Forms"" - the ""Stealth Pathogens"", are the underlying cause(s) of a myriad of conditions including eczema and psoriasis.
Deficiency of certain vitamin B's, vitamin A, may also lead to hair loss (or too much vitamin A as well). The deficiency in proteins, iron, especially minerals, may affect hair loss including short to long term alopecia. Iron deficiency in most cases is due to an overabundance candidiasis/fungal forms. B-12 while important to our health, can be chelated (pulled out) from the red blood cells due to certain microorganisms feeding on this vitamin. Bascially... A total depletion of minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and hormones results in hair loss.
The mind plays a vital role in maintaining the health in general developing a wide range of disorders. Worrying about anything, anyone or just about everything sets us up for the disorder affecting the physiological functioning of every part of our immune system including "hair loss". Simply, the loss of hair is a ‘sign' that there's something out of balance within the immune system!
Since 2000 studies have been conducted by Taiwan, Turkey and Mexico linking diabetes to hair loss. There are two types of diabetes (well... technically three, but I'll save that for another post) and both can have many adverse effects on your body, including thinning hair and hair loss. Hair growth is one of the many cycles in the complicated systems that are our bodies undergo. If this cycle is disrupted, hair that is shed may not regrow right away, or it may not regrow at all without treatment. Most diabetologists consider this to be only a cosmetic symptom of diabetes, but it is actually a very real problem. The ongoing insulin resistance and inflammation in a diabetic's body causes damage to the cells, tissues, arteries and capillaries due to the following:
And finally another factor could be toxins residing in the liver. The most common factors include; industrial toxins, intoxicated water (with high levels or minerals and metals), local dermal infection, parasitic infestation and local allergic ailments which is a result of these mentioned plus more.
While doctors don't consider alopecia or hair loss to be a medical problem, you don't have to be devastated by the loss of hair. We can help you get to the root. Contact us to schedule your consultation.
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