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discomfortzone

Member Since 06 Sep 2013
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In Topic: Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)

23 October 2013 - 10:15 PM

So has anybody heard about kerastase densifique? It's suppost to be the latest best thing for hairloss and claims to reawaken hair follicles. It also says you can regrow upto 4000 new hairs in 3 months.

Nice find, man. I'm curious as to how effective it really is.


In Topic: Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)

19 October 2013 - 06:34 PM

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.


In Topic: Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)

28 September 2013 - 11:46 AM

Dhea is produced by the adrenal glands which again goes back to my theory that the adrenals are playing a massive part in the hairloss. The only reasons that the adrenals will produce more dhea than normal is due to, toxins in the body, Pollution, stress, And medications. We could be getting somewhere here.

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).


In Topic: Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)

27 September 2013 - 01:07 PM

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.


In Topic: Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)

26 September 2013 - 11:53 AM

I lost hair for a while and did not know the cause until i did a blood test, it was all over the scalp and i also lost color of hair, i mega dosed chelated copper for a while and it resolved, maybe 2/3 weeks.

 

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?