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Dr. David Brownstein, M.D
Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

Tags: help for hair loss | thyroid problems | vitamin deficiencies | mineral deficiencies | unexplained hair loss | thyroid hormone | hypothyroidism and hair loss

Help for Hair Loss

David Brownstein, M.D. By Monday, 19 November 2012 08:13 AM EST Current | Bio | Archive

Question: Is there a solution for a woman with rapidly thinning hair?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

My experience is that there are two main health issues that can cause excess hair loss: thyroid problems, and mineral and vitamin deficiencies.

The most common cause of hair loss is hypothyroidism. Up to 40 percent of our population is suffering from an undiagnosed, abnormal thyroid problem. So the first step with unexplained hair loss is to make sure that your thyroid is healthy.

Many patients do better with natural, desiccated thyroid as opposed to synthetic thyroid hormone such as levothyroxine. Examples of desiccated thyroid hormone are Nature-Throid or Westhroid. It is also important to ensure that you are not iodine deficient. Iodine is vitally important to thyroid function, and taking thyroid hormone does not correct iodine deficiency.
In fact, taking thyroid hormone will actually worsen the iodine deficiency.

Hair loss can also be caused by mineral deficiencies. The hair follicle requires an adequate supply of minerals to function. Deficiencies of selenium, magnesium, iron, boron, and zinc can all cause hair loss. Deficiencies of vitamins C and D can also cause hair to fall out.

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Thyroid problems or mineral and vitamin deficiencies may be causing your hair loss.
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Monday, 19 November 2012 08:13 AM
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