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    Old 03-22-2007, 09:32 AM   #1
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    Old 03-22-2007, 08:56 PM   #2
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    Re: Update on hair loss/iron/biotin

    Littlebunnyfoo I'm so pleased to hear your good news. You must be feeling so much better now! I'm also taking iron and hoping...
    Good luck!
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    Old 03-28-2007, 01:53 AM   #3
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    Re: Update on hair loss/iron/biotin

    That's great news I posted on the old thread re your Cleveland specialist appointment to see how you were getting on.

    The thing to remember for everybody is that it takes TIME. Nothing happens too soon. The type of iron supplement is also important. I think a lot more people could be taking a much higher dosage (check with doctor first) than is recommended on the usage directions.

    Have you been back for a blood test to see where your iron levels are up to now?

    I'm still losing hair, but my iron levels where rock bottom so i know i will still lose more before i eventually see results. The important thing is that new hair is always growing through so it's not as though my scalp is showing. Still i can't wait to get to the level my doc wants me to get to. I'm half way through my medication and will see my doc again in mid-late may.

    Keep letting us know your good results b/c as you said, happy news always gives others hope

     
    Old 03-29-2007, 12:17 AM   #4
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    Re: Update on hair loss/iron/biotin

    Hi littlebunnyfoo.........I get retested in mid May. My specialist informed me at my first visit that my iron would have to be over 70 for a minimum of 3 months to see results so i know i have to be patient. Frankly i dont feel my levels will be up to 70 in another month & a half so i anticipate being on my supplements for a bit longer. My specialist wants to see my levels up at 150 to prevent hair loss again incase my iron levels drop. This is going to be hard work.

    On the bright side, when i got a blood test for something entirely different recently it was good to see my levels were on the way up at least

    Best of luck at your appointment and keep us posted.

     
    Old 04-02-2007, 03:01 PM   #5
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    Re: Update on hair loss/iron/biotin

    Hi Audrey, Glad to see your iron is on the way up! Could you recommend a good shampoo for fine thinning hair? I've not been able to find anything really good. Most recommended here are American.

    All the best.
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    Old 04-03-2007, 12:28 AM   #6
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    Re: Update on hair loss/iron/biotin

    Hi Jacinda, my hair is very fine and soft, has a tendency to get greasy quickly so i have to wash it every 2nd day and then i have to keep it conditioned as it's between my bra strap and waist in length. I mostly use shampoos that do not contain sodium lauryl or laureth sulphates. These are basically detergents. I buy shampoos that have natural sulphates from plants/fruit. The doctor i'm seeing for my hair issues stated that it's fine to wash your hair daily if you have to so long as you dont use harsh products and be gentle when washing your hair.

    The first one i began useing a few years ago is by a company called Avalon and the name of the range of shampoos is Organic Botanicals. I buy mine through a wholesale pharmacy for about $11. You can look this one up on the net actually have a read on what they have.

    There is another one which i have not used but a lot of people seem to rave about it. It is natural as well and i have seen it in David Jones and in the Meyer stores. I think chemists would have it and even healthfood stores these days stock natural shampoos as well as hair dyes that do not contain some of the harsh chemicals. These are approx $12 and you can buy it in a bigger pump bottle for $20 i believe which is much better value if you like the product.

    Recently i purchased a shampoo and conditioner at Price Attack which is made by a company called Mastey and the one for fine hair is in a green bottle and it's called Enove. I think it's a French range. It is a little pricey at around $16 but you only need a little of the shampoo and it goes a long way.

    As for conditioners, i simply use whatever as i never put conditioner on my scalp.

    Here is something else i used to use regularly prior to knowing my hair loss was due to the iron. I now do this a couple of times per week. I pour boiling water over a good heaped tablespoon of either fresh or dried rosemary to make a good cups worth and let it for about 20 mins or half an hour or even over night. I then strain it and add a bit of cool water too it if its too warm or warm water to it if its cooled down. After my shampoo and conditioning i pour the rosemary water over my scalp and as i do i massage gently. Let the rosemary water collect in a container so that you can pour it repeatedly over your head about 3 or 4 times. Then pat your hair dry gently with a towel and dry and style as you normally would.

    Instead of using rosemary you can use nettle (you can buy it in teabags or some markets and healthfood stores might sell it in loose leaves) or sage. These herbal rinses give hair so much life and body, help strengthen hair and are great cleansers for hair and scalp. It might leave a slight natural stain on your towel or your shower floor tiles, but it all comes off when washes so dont worry.

    Hope some of this helps you out. Have you pin pointed an actual cause for your hair loss yet?

     
    Old 04-04-2007, 08:31 PM   #7
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    Re: Update on hair loss/iron/biotin

    Hi Audrey,
    Thanks for all the information on shampoos, I shall look out for them in the shops. Also, I’ll try the rinse you suggested with rosemary tea.

    A while ago I bought some shampoo called Alchemy from a Health Food Shop. It has all natural ingredients from plants and no sodium lauryl sulphates or silicones, but I found it hard to use as it doesn’t lather very well.

    I still don’t know for sure what is causing my hair loss, but my suspicions are thyroid and maybe iron as well. My doctor ran a blood test for thyroid antibodies and I do have them and they are higher than normal. So I may have an autoimmune thyroid condition, Hashimotos, which later leads to Hypothyroidism. My TSH levels have been getting higher over the years but still in the normal range for Australia. My doctor won’t treat me until they get higher. In America they have new TSH reference ranges now I believe and mine would be over the normal range there.

    In 5 months time I shall have another blood test to see if the TSH has risen again. If it has risen sufficiently I shall get treated. I don’t understand the iron factor, but for some reason people with thyroid conditions often have low iron ferritin levels and mine have been low for years, so I shall keep taking iron supplements.

    I do have hypothyroidism in my family history so perhaps that’s the way I’m heading.

    All the best to you, hope your iron keeps going up and up.
    Jacinda

     
    Old 04-05-2007, 06:38 PM   #8
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    Re: Update on hair loss/iron/biotin

    Hi Jacinda..........Now i recall the shampoo i saw at DJ's and elsewhere, it's the one you mentioned, Alchemy. The one i said i have used, Organic Botanicals, it will lather up and i like using it. I'm not sure where you are located, but if you are in the Sydney area, then there is a Pharmacy Direct place in Silverwater and they sell a lot of stuff at a slightly discounted price. Otherwise, i'm sure most cities have those discount/wholesale type pharmacy places where you get cheaper prescriptions and other stuff.

    I guess if you have thyroid issues within your family then it could be genetic, but then being very low in iron over a long period of time and not having it treated can lead to it affecting your thyroid.

    It's a shame that not all countries are in line with each other when it comes to medical issues. I have read on the Heathboards for a long time that if your thyroid levels are in the ok range, yet close to the cut off point that you should be on medication but i guess that's what doctors in the USA are doing and ours are yet to catch up.

    I hope your are able to find something that works for you and if i hear of anything else i will post it on here. Have a wonderful Easter too

     
    Old 04-16-2007, 10:48 PM   #9
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    Re: Update on hair loss/iron/biotin

    Hi Audrey,

    Organic Botanicals sound good, I'll look out for them. I'm in Brisbane but I expect I'll find them somewhere.

    I'm really puzzled about iron and hair loss. Recently I met someone who has just recovered from cancer and extensive chemotherapy treatment. She lost all her hair but it has since grown back, nice and thick just like before. She's in her 50s and is anaemic and taking iron supplements. However, I was under the impression that hair wouldn't grow back if your iron was below 70 and hers would be well below that. So how can this be?

    You've probably done quite a bit of research on iron and hair loss Audrey, perhaps you can enlighten me?

    All the best,
    Jacinda

     
    Old 04-18-2007, 03:18 AM   #10
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    Hi Jacinda.........i dont know why that is. Like i've mentioned a few times in other posts, i've known people on bad diets and bad lifestyles who have what i would regard as a normal head of hair, yet i'm healthy and eat healthy and this is happening to me. My specialists checked my nails and was surprised that i had reasonably strong and good nails considering my iron levels.

    I think at the end of the day that our bodies are all different and for some reason someone's body may absorb all vitamins and minerals very easily and for some of us our body lacks absorbtion power when it comes to a certain thing eg: iron, calcium, zinc.

    It is odd how people who have gone through chemo usually end up with a nice head of hair when it grows back and some have said that they end up with far better hair than the hair they previously had once the chemo is over.

    All i can do is keep taking this iron powder and hope for the best. The human body is such a complex thing and i find it difficult putting together all the pieces of the puzzle.

    Wishing you all the best with your progress

     
    Old 04-18-2007, 04:56 PM   #11
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    Thanks Audrey. You're right the human body is certainly a complex thing, just wish doctors knew more about it!

    All the best to you.
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