Yet another plague of modern living. Think of the portraits of the Cavaliers! And no, they weren’t wigs, wigs came later!
Then the men started to go bald. In the 20th Century, I think, it became more common. Now women, even quite young girls,
are devastated by hair loss.
Alopecia after child birth happened occasionally, but was quite rare. Now I keep hearing “I lost so much hair after the last baby,
I hardly dare have another pregnancy.” “Even my eyebrows disappeared. I ended up with a great big patch on the back of my head with
almost no hair.” “It was so embarrassing. After my last pregnancy I’ve had to wear a wig. It is so hot in the summer. I hate it”.
Well, as far as I can see, it is just another deficiency disease. If we can get a hair sample we take one!
If not, we work by guess and by God! If you test the hair from a balding person (male or female) there are
many deficiencies, and as these are replaced the hair grows again.
On one occasion I was asked for a programme for a totally alopecic patient (post-natal), by her doctor.
“It’s no good asking for a hair sample” he told me, “She hasn’t got a hair on her head – nor anywhere else”.
We gave her a comprehensive nutrient programme and hoped for the best.
A few weeks later we heard from him, “Mrs. X walked into my room this morning, pulled off her wig,
and said LOOK! It was so thick but so short it looked like rabbit’s fur. Anyway, she is absolutely
delighted with it, and that’s all that matters”.
Yes, well. If it all starts from scratch you have to go through the “rabbit’s fur” bit before it gets longer.
Sometimes we are filling in a gap, and I get told, “It’s growing in from round the edges, the patch just
seems to be getting smaller all the time…”
“It was receding from my forehead, now there seems to be little fuzzy bits coming back…”
“It seems to be getting thicker and darker at the same time”.
It seems to be more difficult to get it back for men than for women. Or perhaps they are not so anxious,
therefore not so assiduous in taking the programme.
In young men, however, we do seem to be able to stop it disappearing – at least for the time being.
Some of it with the women may be due to the testosterone in the pill (in which case it would be a good idea
to go over to Natural Family Planning). But this is not always the case, as it can also happen in school children.
There is also the question, can some of it be due to hair dyes? Some of them can set up allergic reactions.
There can be dermatitis and so on. Maybe go over to Boots Herbal Range of ‘wash in wash out’ dyes. Or maybe it
will come in with the new stuff, a good vibrant colour and you can give up dyes altogether. Because you’re worth it!