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Why Chemotherapy Causes Hair Loss

Cancer is characterized by an uncontrollable division of abnormal cells in the body, so chemotherapy aims to target and destroy those cells. Unfortunately, this results in the death of many healthy cells and tissues as well, since some types of cells naturally divide rapidly. This includes the cells of your scalp and hair, and patients of chemotherapy often experience hair loss because of this.

Thankfully as research progresses, side effects like hair loss are becoming more and more manageable. For example, new treatments are now able to be more precise in targeting specific cancer cells instead of attacking all cells that divide rapidly. This helps reduce hair loss that’s experienced by chemo patients. Many still use older drugs, so we’ve compiled a list of drugs and their effects on your hair:

  • Adriamycin: Causes all hair on the head to be lost, sometimes including eyebrows and eyelashes.
  • Methotrexate: Thins hair in some patients but not in others. Complete hair loss is rare.
  • Cytoxan & 5-fluorouracil: Results in minimal hair loss in most patients, but can cause significant hair loss in some.
  • Taxol: Often causes total hair loss over the entire body including head, eyebrows, eyelashes, legs, arms, and pubic area.

By understanding the effects of chemo treatments and drugs, you can be better equipped to discuss your best options with your doctor. We understand the emotional and physical difficulties cancer patients face, and we work with many patients who are experiencing minimal to severe hair loss. Our team will help you regain your confidence with comfortable and high-quality wigs and other options. Simply call us today at (800) 966-9505 to schedule your free consultation.

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Five Nutrients Your Hair Needs to Stay Healthy

Did you know that there are five essential nutrients needed to maintain great healthy hair? Simply using products to take external care of your hair won’t get the job done alone. You also need a healthy and well-balanced diet to keep your locks full and shiny! These five nutrients are found in everyday foods that you can easily add to your daily diet, resulting in a healthier head of hair.

1. Iron
Iron
is a vital nutrient that helps your hair from becoming dull, thin, and dry. Delicious iron-rich foods that you can add to your diet include spinach, dried fruit, beans, fish, red meat, and poultry.

2. Fatty Acids
Healthy Omega-3 fatty acids
are a very effective means of increasing the shine of your hair. We recommend consuming them twice a week to prevent dry brittle hair, and they’ll also help you avoid a flaky scalp. Try eating foods like fish, walnuts, flax seeds, and leafy greens. You can also start cooking with vegetable oils and flaxseed oils for that extra boost.

3. Vitamin C
If you want to improve your hair growth and decrease hair loss, Vitamin C is the perfect addition to your diet. It will also help reduce split ends, and increase the amount of iron your body absorbs! Start eating more citrus fruits, papayas, berries, bell peppers, dark leafy greens, and broccoli to get more Vitamin C in your body.

4. Vitamin E
Another aid to hair growth is Vitamin E. This vitamin can be found in foods such as avocados, dark leafy greens, almonds, broccoli, seafood, and squash. It’s also rich in olive oil and kiwi fruit.

5. Biotin
Lastly, the fifth key nutrient to healthy hair is called Biotin, which is a B vitamin. It’s been found to help reduce hair loss and improve overall scalp health, and a deficiency results in dry brittle hair. Biotin-rich foods include eggs, salmon, almonds and peanuts, avocados, and low-fat cheese.

Taking care of your body with these five key nutrients will not only help you stay healthy, it’ll help your hair stay healthy too. But when changing your diet isn’t enough to keep your hair thick and full and on your head, HRC and our expert hair technicians can save the day. We’ll help you overcome hair loss through a variety of methods and cutting-edge technology. Book a free consultation today at (800) 966-9505.

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Women’s Hair Loss & Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

b2ap3_thumbnail_polycystic-ovarian-syndrome-1.jpgHair loss is one of the unfortunate symptoms of an endocrine disorder called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), which affects the function of a woman’s ovaries. Other common symptoms include fatigue, weight gain, and increased facial hair. The excessive hair shedding and thinning that PCOS causes is primarily due to a genetic predisposition, coupled with sensitivity of the hair follicle.

But exactly what is it about PCOS that makes women to lose their hair? In reality, it is because of something called hyperandrogenism. This basically means that your body is producing an excess of male hormones called androgens. These hormones are found naturally in all women, but PCOS causes a dramatic increase that throws your hormonal system off balance.

b2ap3_thumbnail_polycystic-ovarian-syndrome-2.jpgAndrogens affect the frequency and degree of bleeding when you menstruate, and they can also cause oily skin and acne. Typically that’s about it, but when you also have androgen-sensitive hair follicles, the hormones can actually decrease hair growth on your scalp and increase hair growth on the rest of your body!

Follicle sensitivity is genetically inherited, so it isn’t something that you just catch or randomly acquire during your lifetime. It’s been with you since birth. If you don’t have significant follicle sensitivity, PCOS may not really affect your hair. However if you do carry this sensitivity, an imbalance of androgens may cause hair loss.

b2ap3_thumbnail_polycystic-ovarian-syndrome-3.jpgThe treatment for PCOS can be complex depending on your various symptoms. Fortunately, if you only struggle with hair loss or if it is simply your predominant symptom, treatment is quite straightforward! We recommend consulting your doctor about an oral or topical anti-androgen solution. If you would also like help styling and cutting your hair to make it look the best it can be while undergoing treatment for PCOS, make an appointment with one of our skilled hair technicians today! Call our office at (800) 966-9505 for a free consultation.

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Blame Hormones in the Food Supply for ED and Cougars?

blame-hormones-in-the-food-supply-for-ed-and-cougars-1.jpgThe rise of cougars is an interesting phenomenon – and we aren’t talking about the big cat. Older women are partnering up with younger men, and the reason isn’t just about their more desirable youthful appearance. It’s about the oldest motive in the book: sex. Older women tend to have full, active sex drives, but what about older men? Unfortunately, men are experiencing a decrease in sex drive after their twenties and an increase in impotence or erectile dysfunction (ED), and it could be in part due to what they’re eating!

Sex drive, erections, and orgasms require hormones to be finely balanced in men. This means normal testosterone levels, estrogen levels, and thyroid levels. Yes, you read right – estrogen is present in both women and men, and like all hormones, it works in perfect tandem and balance with your body. Think of your body as a delicate ecosystem all unto itself, and when one of the working parts is disrupted or changed, it can spell disaster for the whole. This is what happens when hormones in our food throw off the balance of our body’s natural hormones.

Foods that are high in the hormones prolactin, estrogen, and progesterone are known to cause not only a disruption in a man’s normal sex drive, but also ED and breast enlargement. These hormones are present in all dairy products, as well as in legumes such as soy. Also, while it may seem to make sense to increase your consumption of foods with testosterone, this may also throw off the balance of your hormonal environment and cause sexual complications.

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We advise you eat no more than 2 servings of red meat per week, because it’s high in fat and has been genetically engineered with high levels of testosterone. This could cause your body to gain weight and put stress on your heart, which also increases your risk of ED and low sex drive. In fact, the extra fat cells in your belly will convert testosterone into estrogen, which interferes with your normal balance of testosterone/estrogen.

Furthermore, if you’re eating foods packaged in cans or plastic, watch out! This packaging is lined with a chemical called BPA, which has been found to decrease sexual desire and increase your risk of developing ED, infertility, and other hormonal disorders. If you’re purchasing food contained in plastic or canned packaging, make sure its label says “BPA-free” to lower your risk of developing these health issues.

The hormones in our food supply are meant to help us enjoy inexpensive high quality animal proteins, but on the whole it seems they present an uncomfortable amount of health risks. For men, this includes lowered sex drives, impotence, and other sex-related health problems. The trend of older women partnering up with younger, more virile, sexier men who can match their own sexual needs will continue long into the future unless older men make some changes to their diet.

If you’re interested in learning how HRC can help you feel and look more attractive and are experiencing hair loss, schedule an appointment today. Call our office at (800) 966-9505 and we’ll help give you the confidence you need to show cougars that young men aren’t the only hot ones in the jungle!

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Hormones Present in our Food Affect Hair Loss

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Our health is at risk, but the source of worry is well hidden and under-challenged: it’s the hormones present in our food, and the effects are felt by men, women, and children alike. From self-esteem debilitating issues like hair loss and early puberty to potentially fatal health problems like breast cancer and prostate cancer, hormones in our food could be posing a huge crisis for the future of our health and wellness.

Unfortunately, there’s very little research going on to dig into the heart of this problem. The research done by the FDA is conveniently inconclusive at best, and at worst the FDA has even concluded that the hormone amounts present in our food is considered negligible. In other words, “Don’t worry about it.” However, some hormones used in our food are referred to as probably carcinogens by the National Institutes of Health. Estrogen (present in dairy) has been linked with breast cancer, testosterone (present in red meats) has been linked with prostate cancer, and the hormone progesterone increases the growth of breast, ovarian, and uterine tumors.

food-effect-2.jpgThe genetically engineered growth hormone called rBGH (used on cattle) was even banned in Europe and Canada due to the concerns that arose for animal welfare and human health. Yet in the United States, the FDA approves the hormone and claims it presents no risk to human health. Interestingly, there is also very little we can know about the illegal use of hormones, because the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) does not test animals for natural hormones, and only does sporadic testing for synthetic hormones. It clearly isn’t enough, because in 1999 an organization of more rigorous testers in Europe detected a drug called diethylstilbestrol (DES) in two shipments of US beef. DES was banned by the FDA in 1959 as a growth promoter in chicken and lambs, and again in 1979 for use in all animal feed.

The European Union has completely banned the use of growth hormones, while the EU’s Scientific Committee for Veterinary Measures has clearly stated that all growth hormones used in the US could pose the risk of cancer.

Meanwhile, the hormones present in our food also affect hair loss. Diets rich in animal fats are shown to cause excessive testosterone, which directly impacts hair loss. This is because oil glands in the hair follicle begin to grow, and the production of DHT is increased. DHT is a hormone that results from the breakdown of testosterone, and it’s widely accepted as the principal cause of hair loss.

Ultimately, if you’re worried about the health concerns of hormones in your food, it may be best to change your diet. For example, you can purchase organic meats that state no hormones were used on the animal, and you can even increase your consumption of foods that help lower DHT levels. If hair loss is a primary concern, a diet change alone will probably not reverse your hair loss, so other measures such as hair growth therapy and hair replacement would be beneficial to work in tandem with your altered diet. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call our office today at (800) 966-9505.

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