Role of Heavy Metals in Hair Loss and How to Eliminate Them
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If you are seeing a decent doctor, they may have already ordered a bunch of blood tests for you to figure out why you are losing your hair.
https://drbrighten.com/what-causes-hair-loss-how-to-stop-it/ is to a website that breaks down the protocol for solving the hair loss mystery.
I have listed the tests below, but the website gives a more thorough explanation of the tests.
-CBC & Ferritin
-TSH, free T3, free T4, anti-TPO, anti-thyroglobulin, RT3
-ANA & RF
-CRP & ESR
-Testosterone, free testosterone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT)
-FSH, LH, Estrogen, Progesterone
-Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)
-Cortisol, DHEA-S, 17-hydroxyprogesterone
-Fasting Insulin, Fasting blood glucose, Hemoglobin A1C
-Heavy metal testing** (Genova Diagnostics)
Remember, don't need a doctor to order these lab tests. You can pay out of pocket and order them yourself. I think it is better to review the list and make sure your doctor has explored all of the possibilities. A doctor may also be required to prescribe a treatment, so it is good to consult with one.
One other thing that I would like to mention is heavy metals. These are things like mercury, lead, barium, thallium, gadolinium, etc. For some reason people with inflammatory events tend to retain these metals. This retention worsens the original problem.
You may not realize it, but you encounter heavy metal regularly. For example, thallium is used in agriculture and pesticides. Usually your body would eliminate these metal toxins, but for some reason they linger when the body is in an inflammatory state. Barium is another type contrast that you ingest for special x-rays which can also be retained.
The most recent and well known example of this is the gadolinium lawsuit. In this situation it is believed that a person who is experiencing an inflammatory event, such as we have, may retain gadolinium (MRI contrast) even though they have healthy kidneys and should be able to excrete it. Whatever the case, I see attorney advertisements every day now.
Regardless of how you encounter heavy metals, you should make sure that your body is not holding on to them and causing/worsening your hair loss.
Glutathione (GSH) is an antioxidant that eliminate heavy metals
Heavy metals are toxic to humans and should be eliminated from the body with the help of antioxidants like glutathione.
This leads me to glutathione. This is something that we normally produce in our livers. Glutathione defends our body against disease, toxins, and poisons. It removes these things from the cells. It is the mother of all antioxidants.
If your liver is not producing enough of the glutathione, you may be holding on to a lot of toxins. Coincidentally, people with autoimmune reactions tend to have low glutathione. Some researchers believe low glutathione, may contribute to the development of systemic disease like lupus, as toxins build up in the body over time.
There is a lot of legit science behind glutathione which can be given orally or through an IV. Actually, many cancer patients will receive IV glutathione right before they receive IV chemotherapy. Chemo can be toxic to the entire body, not just the cancer it is treating, and glutathione is given to decrease the unwanted damage.
If you are curious, glutathione levels can also be assessed with a blood test. If you are having more reactions or side effects to drugs after your BB experience, and especially if some of your other symptoms mimic autoimmune disease, it may be worth your time to check these levels.
BB is a toxin that penetrated and altered skin cells on the scalp. Glutathione is an antioxidant that removes toxins from cells.
There are some studies where glutathione is incorporated into the treatment plan of alopecia areata. It is believed that inflammation of the scalp can cause oxidative stress, leading to cellular damage to the hair follicle cells. If this is true, antioxidants like glutathione may help combat this oxidative stress.
I don't know for certain why I was able to dye and chemically treat my hair with all kinds of crap for years without a reaction. I now realize that tons of hair products contain harsh preservatives so the BB was likely not my first exposure.
I don't know why I never suffered from side effects of any medications my whole life until now. It makes you wonder if something has changed in the way my body deals with these toxic exposures. If you are like me, you have probably wondered the same.
I hope we get a break through soon.
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