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  1. discomfortzone added a post in a topic Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)   

    Thanks, pjjordan.
    Correct, 4 scoops add up to about 12g total.

    Yep, that's the serum I've been using.
    Lavender and Rosemary oil have shown to be effective in treating alopecia areata, which is an autoimmune disease (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9828867).
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  2. discomfortzone added a post in a topic Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)   

    2. Symbiotics.
    3. Mixture prepared as described in one of my earlier posts.
    4. I tried these from several manufacturers. In my experience, Now Foods makes consistently potent, quality products.

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  3. discomfortzone added a post in a topic Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)   

    Hi all,
    It’s been a while since I posted anything on this forum. Frankly, I’d been waiting to make sure that my improvements weren’t just a fluke and would actually last. So, I’m happy to report, my hair loss and scalp inflammation have completely subsided (and haven’t come back after about a month). The bad news is I can’t be sure that the symptoms will not return or how generalizable the approach I used is.
    The following is what I used to alleviate the symptoms of itchy scalp and diffuse hair loss (listed in what I believe is the order of their contribution to the improvement):
    1. Psoriatrax tar shampoo. Used every day for the first two weeks, then every other day (alternating with Jason Dandruff Relief shampoo and, occasionally, Nizoral),
    2. Colostrum Plus (2 scoops twice a day),
    3. Scalp serum with Lavender and Rosemary oil (been using it for a while). Apply about twice a week.
    4. Holy basil extract, ashwagandha, valerian root (adaptogens) taken before bed.
    It seems that the hair loss and scalp inflammation are manifestations of an immune response to vitamin B5 overdose. In any case, I hope this helps you guys.
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  4. discomfortzone added a post in a topic Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)   

    I tried those oils as well. You should try the combo I descibed, though. My scalp feels fantastic.
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  5. discomfortzone added a post in a topic Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)   

    As I have mentioned earlier, I've have been using the formula below to alleviate some of the most annoying symptoms of itchy, irritated scalp.
    The listed amounts are by %weight, so you may want to use a small scale to prepare this concoction.
    Jojoba Oil: 80.6%
    Castor Oil: 11.0%
    Lavender Essential Oil: 3.8%
    Rosemary Essential Oil: 4.6%
    Use a glass container. First, add castor and jojoba oils, mix them together and then add the essential oils.
    The essential oils I'm using are manufactured by Now Foods and the carrier oils are sold by Swanson (100% Certified Organic).
    I hope it helps.
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  6. discomfortzone added a post in a topic Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)   

    Hey guys,
    So, it seems that everyone is having scalp issues. I guess this is due to the peroxidation of and/or decrease in the amount of sebum our sebaceous glands produce.
    I've developed a formula (a concoction of essential and carrier oils) that is quite effective at alleviating the symptoms of itchy/irritated scalp. With daily applications of this serum, my scalp feels a lot better. I’d be happy to share it with you if anyone is interested.
    Has anyone had any improvement in his or her symptoms with the glandular and colostrum supplementation?
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  7. discomfortzone added a post in a topic Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)   

    Indeed, credit goes to itsoveriknowiknow. Sorry about that, I copied & pasted your name by mistake.
    Actually, I think everyone on this thread deserves a pat on the back - this entire ordeal has been a real bear.
    As far as mitigating hyperactive adrenals, it’s a pretty complicated feat. You can listen to this discussion on youtube to get an idea of what it might entail: youtu.be/SM9vDjCuhvQ
    I suggest that we each make a list of all the symptoms we’ve experienced. Include everything that seemed off: for example, insomnia, the periodic tingling sensation in the feet, the hardening of the sebum, itchy scalp, dry eyes, an increase in androgenicity (DHT is a powerful androgen that can cause back/shoulder hair), etc. This way we can compile a list of symptoms of this disorder, making it easier to troubleshoot and qualify/quantify progress.
    I would strongly suggest that we do this before reading other people’s accounts, so as to avoid being influenced by what the others describe. We can compare our notes afterward and create a composite list.
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  8. discomfortzone added a post in a topic Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)   

    Hi all,
    I've been keeping an eye on this discussion since my last posting back in October of last year. It has been very informative (well, for the most part:), so thanks to everyone who has contributed to this thread. I guess the bad news is that we're all still shedding, but the upside is that, perhaps, in collaboration we might find a way to remedy our common, self-inflicted snafu. Here is my $0.02.
    Over the past year, I have tried to tackle this problem from multiple angles via vitamin/mineral/antioxidant supplementation (vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B7, B12, D, E, magnesium, zinc, curmcumin, NAC); topical treatments (ketoconazole, minoxidil, corticosteroids, azelaic acid, essential oils); the use of adaptogens and adrenal support supplements (ashwagandha, valerian root, Relora, rhodiola, Seriphos); as well as anti-androgenic supplements (Saw Palmetto, Nettle Root Extract). Unfortunately, thus far nothing has worked very well – I still have scalp irritation/inflammation and my hair loss continues. If I had to estimate, I’m down to about 30-40% of the follicles in the anagen (active) phase.
    I can elaborate on what I’ve done and the rationale for why I’d chosen any particular approach if anyone wants to know.
    My background is in chemistry and pharma, so knowing the jargon and the basics of the healthcare reimbursement system I was able to convince my pcp to run a lot of tests for me, which he had reluctantly agreed to do. I have to double check, but I think that all of my vitamin/mineral panels came back normal, while some of my hormones were out of whack.
    I had my cortisol tested three times using two different methodologies. The blood cortisol test (sample drawn in the morning when the cortisol level is supposed to peak) came back normal while both of the 24h urine tests (urine collected over 24 hours and tested for the total amount of cortisol) showed my cortisol levels elevated (almost 4 times above normal). Our cortisol levels are supposed to follow the circadian rhythm – spike in the morning and diminish towards the evening. Apparently, my adrenals keep secreting cortisol throughout the day (hence the issues with sleep), This would also explain the discrepancy in the cortisol test results. As I’ve mentioned a while ago, I suspect that the B5 megadosing has thrown our HPA axis out of kilter, putting our adrenals in hyperdrive. If not corrected, this will eventually lead to adrenal fatigue, which will, in turn, affect the thyroid function.
    That is some excellent news, man. Hopefully, your results are generalizable and can be reproduced in others.
    I really like your idea of trying each of the components of Hermetic’s regimen to see which one did it for him, or if it was a combination of some or all of them. I suspect the glandulars are to “blame” though.
    I could also take part in this little experiment – take, for example, colostrums for 6 weeks and report the results. If other people are willing to participate, maybe we can assign and keep track of who is trying what. We should also come up with a list of symptoms and a qualitative way to measure outcomes (e.g. variable A ‘scalp irritation’ ranging from 0 to 5, with 0 being ‘no irritation’ and 5… well, you get the idea). Let me know what you guys think.
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  9. discomfortzone added a post in a topic Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)   

    Nice find, man. I'm curious as to how effective it really is.
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  10. discomfortzone added a post in a topic Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)   

    I got back the results of my latest blood work – vitamins B2, B6, B12, D as well as Copper, Iron, Lead, Mercury and Zinc – all came back normal. So, there is no deficiency/excess of any of these.
    In the meantime, I managed to slow down the shedding. What did the trick in my case is Magnesium + Chelated Zinc (400/15 mg twice a day) and some adaptogens along with calming herbal supplements to help keep cortisol in check. It seems to be working, so I’m a bit more optimistic now than I was a month ago.
    As a side note, my visits to the gym have become less of a drag, as I definitely feel more energetic.
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  11. discomfortzone added a post in a topic Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)   

    High DHEA levels are often associated with high cortisol, which in turn suggests hyperactive adrenals (out of balance HPA axis). As I have alluded to in my first post, megadosing on b5 seems to affect the HPA axis and cause overproduction of adrenal hormones (cortisol in particular), until the adrenals are exhausted.
    The question is whether high cortisol is what's causing the hair loss or if there are other factors (e.g. Cu/Zn/Mg deficiencies) that are more directly responsible for this symptom. I had an episode of rapid hair shedding back in December (2-3 months after I'd stopped supplementing with b5) and back then taking remedies for adrenal fatigue seemed to have helped quite a bit. There is a very interesting talk on this topic (youtu.be/SM9vDjCuhvQ).
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  12. discomfortzone added a post in a topic Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)   

    Well.. I got my blood test results back.
    My TSH, Prolactin, Testosterone (Free, Bioavailable) and DHT levels are within the normal range. However, both DHEA Sulfate and SHBG are higher than normal: DHEA@ 435 mcg/dL (normal range: 45-345 mcg/dL); and SHBG@75 nmol/L (normal range: 10-50 nmol/L).
    I guess DHT is not the culprit here, but something is definitely going on with hormones. Judging by the sleep problems, anxiety, and the constant feeling of being "tired and wired," my cortisol and probably epinephrine/norepinephrine are higher than they should be.
    I've convinced my pcp to order more tests to check my blood levels of some vitamins (B2, B6, B12 and D) and minerals (Copper, Iron, Lead, Mercury and Zinc). It might take a couple of weeks for results to come in, though.
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  13. discomfortzone added a post in a topic Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)   

    Did you have any other symptoms, besides hair loss (sleep problems, anxiety, weight loss, scalp problems, etc.)? How long have you been off of b5?
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  14. discomfortzone added a post in a topic Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)   

    I'm glad you're finally turning the corner and hope you'll continue to improve.
    you mention that you're using a steroid shampoo, do you happen to know what the active ingredient is in the prep?
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  15. discomfortzone added a post in a topic Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)   

    Sorry, 5-alpha reductase (the enzyme responsible for the conversion of testosterone to DHT).
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