My thyroid doctor put me on the enzymes after i completed a stool analysis test which showed that i was not digesting proteins well, but was digesting fats and carbs very well.
I'm on a prescription only type of enzyme called Creon Forte. It's made in Germany and they use enzymes from pigs pancreas. Pigs really do come in handy, the more i read up on various things the more i begin to realise how much we utilise things from pigs in medication.
The hydrochloride tablets contain 650mg of the betaine hydrochloride; Pepsin (also from pigs or 'porcine' as they call it) 31.5mg; Gentiana Lutea Root Powder (Gentian) 20mg. Not sure what Gentian does.
My doctor now wants me to take the Creon Forte enzymes one hour before main meals and the hydrochloride 20 mins before. This is going to be so much fun, especially at work when i have no idea exactly when my lunch will be. Even dinner will be a challenge as sometimes i eat at 6.30pm or 7pm or even 8pm (i know that's bad eating late, but i get side tracked at times). Oh well, guess now that i have to marry up the enzymes with my meal times i might be eating at more regular hours
As to the hair shedding, yes it could be stress, but the dandruff could be linked to something in your diet. I have heard of people who had 'skin' issues, even on their scalp due to an intolerance to dairy foods. Then again, could the dandruff be stress related too?
My naturopath has gotten me to try some vitamin tablets for stress. They are from the Blackmores range and are called Duo Celloids PPMP, which are potasium and magnesium phosphate. Apprently they are good for people who have a lot of stress in their life and are supposedly more calming. I do feel clamer, but i'm not sure if it's the supplement or due to my new approach to stress at work. It could be the supplement as it's a "practitioner only" type medication, even though it's just a supplement.
Otherwise, have you thought of seeing a naturopath? I've known of a couple of people who have tried the Bach flower remedy oils and say it's been calming. there are various herbs which can help with calming. Obviously being herbal it wont take affect within days, but if you are persistent they can be helpful in so many ways.
I'm not sure whether Tgel is very effective for dandruff. I've only ever had dandruff at the very start of winter and i'll use some Selsun 2 or 3 times and it's gone, or i'd massage moisturiser into my scalp and leave it in over night and shampoo it out next morning and that was good too. Still, in your case i think it's either diet or stress related. If the biotin has helped in the past maybe stick with that for a while.
I can totally agree with you on all the pills and supplements. I feel i need a personal secretary to remind me when every thing should be taken. All mine sit in the corner of my kitchen bench in a box, otherwise i'd be taking them in and out of the cupboard all day, giving me RSI
and i'd likely miss one, then i'd stress out..... it's awful when your daily life revolves around pill popping!!