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CATEGORY: 4: Auto-Immune

                      1: Simple Malnutrition

                      2: Inflammation/Infection                

RECOMMENDED SUPPLEMENTS: Bee Pollen, Folic Acid, Biotin, B Complex-100, Beta Carotene, Vitamin D3

There are few people who don’t face some sort of hair trauma. Hence the term “bad hair day,” indicating that something bad has happened besides messy tresses.

Hair loss can be life altering in a literal sense, because hair is a significant part of our personal identity. When it goes, or is impaired in some way, we also suffer emotional loss that can affect us on many levels. Hair loss may even change how we interact with others, which can then lead to other harms.    

I developed a stress-related case of Alopecia Areata my first year of law school. I had never felt that kind of unrelenting anxiety before, and not since I graduated.

The classes were large in number, a hundred students on average. Held in towering classrooms of old wood and polished rock, with tall cathedral-like windows. The solemnity of a medieval place of worship. And you left class each day humbled, but enlightened.   

Whenever a professor paused and glanced down at the seating chart that held our names and photos, hearts froze. As did bodies. You could hear the proverbial pin while we waited. Don’t pick me, a silent mantra prayed by all except the looniest.

If your name was called your stomach fisted. You cleared your throat and girded your loins for a challenging ten minutes of forced discourse called the Socratic Method. Longer, if you said something naive that displeased them. Your tormentor would then move across the rows to their next victim, leaving you feeling mentally whipped.   

With so many rows, unless you sat up front—which I never did for obvious reasons, you were looking at the backs of a lot of worried heads. I noticed two things happening to those heads a couple of weeks into the first semester. Hair was turning grey, and bald spots were sprouting—some dime-sized, some much larger.

One morning I was washing my hair and found three, round, larger-than-a-quarter spots on my scalp. I hadn’t seen clumps of hair, but there was nothing under my fingertips but exposed skin. The spots seemed to have developed overnight.

I was terrified. You don’t know if it’s going to stop or keep on going until you’ve lost all your hair. I made it through the first year and my hair grew back, but I had to comb over bald spots the whole year.

Since then I’ve learned to successfully treat most Alopecia disorders with nutrition, because most are caused by nutritional deficiencies.

That’s why it’s necessary to continue taking a “maintenance dose” even after hair grows back, or risk a recurrence. Maintenance doses are taken when you’re not sick for the same reason you have to eat every day—to avoid deficiencies that cause sickness, disease, and death.


Alopecia is the umbrella term for hair loss anywhere on the body. Bald spots appear suddenly where hair used to grow and no longer does.


Cause: Auto Immune Imbalance

The term Areata, without further designation, always refers to hair loss on the scalp only. Areata presents as two or more bald spots.

All Areata hair loss disorders are auto-immune conditions, occurring when the immune system attacks hair follicles. Think, friendly fire. It is the most common type of friendly-fire hair loss. It is sometimes referred to as patchy baldness.

Other types of Areata hair loss are discussed further down.


1. AREATA Monocularis

Cause: Auto Immune Imbalance

Monocularis presents as one bald spot on the scalp. This single patch is usually on the larger size, but not always.

2. AREATA Barbae

Cause: Auto Immune Imbalance

Barbae hair loss presents as one or more bald spots and is  limited to the male beard. 

3. AREATA Totalis

Cause: Auto Immune Imbalance

With Totalis, hair loss can occur anywhere on the head, and can lead to complete balding of the scalp, eyebrows, and lashes.

4. AREATA Multicularis

Cause: Auto Immune Imbalance

Multicularis refers to one or more bald spots that occur anywhere on the body, not just the scalp or face.

5. AREATA Universalis

Cause: Auto Immune Imbalance

Universalis can affect the body’s entire epidermis, leaving the subject completely hairless from head to toe. This is the most severe case of Areata hair loss. It is also very rare, presenting in only ten in one million.  


Cause: Inflammation and Subsequent Scarring of Follicles

Cicatricial hair loss arises from inflammation of the hair follicle. As the inflammation heals it leaves behind scarring, which destroys the follicle over time. Cicatricial is often referred to as Scarring Alopecia.

Scarring prevents the follicles from receiving nutrients from the blood stream and expelling built up toxins, because nothing can get through the scar tissue. Giving the follicles no life support. This is a disastrous combination that kills the follicles.  

A Note On Inflammation: The body can handle reasonable amounts of it. But in excess, inflammation can kill us. It depends on the individual as to where it will show up, but it’s all the same creature.

For example:

Inflammation in nerve endings can lead to multiple sclerosis; Inflammation in soft tissue and bone can lead to cancer; Inflammation in the lower intestines can lead to Crohn’s Disease; Inflammation in the lungs can lead to asthma.  

Inflammation in the hair follicle can lead to baldness. And so forth.

An obvious conclusion would be that all you have to do to stop these diseases is stop inflammation. But that’s for another blog.

Almost half the diseases identified are due to uncontrolled inflammation. All are treatable with nutrition.


Cause: Rough Handling That Puts Too Much Stress On Hair

Traction hair loss is caused by careless behavior in the way you address your hair. Hair is not indestructible. Neither are hair follicles.

If you’re rough in the way you handle your hair, pulling on it or stretching it or brushing hard, you can destroy the follicle. When a follicle dies no hair can grow out of it again. This abuse can also cause inflammation that accelerates the hair loss.  

Follicles can also become stressed by certain hairstyles that traumatize them, like wearing a tight ponytail or bun for long periods.

Other hairstyles like weaves and hair extensions, that make the follicle take on more weight than it can handle, can also damage and destroy it. Rotating hairstyles helps protect your follicles from Traction and let’s you still be hair fashionable.

Be gentle when you work with your hair. When you wash it, don’t dry it and your scalp with vigorous rubbing with a towel. Instead, pat and squeeze gently.

If you’re trying to detangle your hair, use a detangler like Pantene Leave-In Conditioner, to make brushing it out easier.

Hair is most vulnerable to breakage when it’s wet, so be especially careful when trying to brush or comb it right after it’s been washed.


Cause: Hormonal Imbalance

Androgenic hair loss is commonly known as male or female pattern baldness.

In women, complete baldness is rare. But you will notice a widening of a part, accompanied by overall thinning of the hair. In men the condition can lead to partial or total baldness.

Nutrition cannot help this type of Alopecia.


In this instance, the following schedule is both crisis dose and maintenance dose. So it basically won’t change when your hair grows back. Except for Bee Pollen, you should continue these same amounts on a daily basis.

What matters in maintaining good health is what you do the majority of the time. You don’t have to be a saint, but try hard to make sure you don’t miss more than three to four day’s doses per month.


You can purchase Bee Pollen in whole granules or caplets. It will calm down the immune system, balance it, so that it stops attacking the hair follicles. Bee pollen in any form should not cause or worsen allergies in those with hay fever.

Note: Thirty days after you consider your hair to be grown back, cut your Bee Pollen dosage in half by eliminating the evening dose. Reinstate the evening dose if hair loss starts up again. Do not decrease the dosages of the other supplements.

Whole granules can be mixed with a hot liquid like tea, or in a blender drink to dissolve them. Even sprinkled whole over cereals or grains.

Caplets can be swallowed or mixed with a blender drink.


Breakfast: 5,000 mg (1 heaping tsp of whole granules, or 5 caplets)

Dinner: 5,000 mg (1 heaping tsp of whole granules, or 5 caplets)

Suggested Brand & Strength

Whole granules: Y. S. Eco Bee Farms; 5,000 mgs per heaping tsp

Caplets: Puritan’s Pride #4390; 1000 mg per caplet



Folic acid is part of the B Complex-100 formula, a mixture of all the B vitamins. Once bee pollen balances the immune system, folic acid will start hair growing again. You can’t believe how effective it is in strengthening hair and making it grow.

Besides helping Alopecia disorders, Folic Acid will stimulate growth where hair grows intolerably slow. Or where hair grows only a few inches long before it stops and sits there. If you’ve dreamed of long hair but haven’t been able to grow it, folic acid might be your answer.

You need a strong dose of Folic Acid on a regular basis to get your hair to grow in earnest. When you stop taking it you notice the difference in just days.

The more folic acid you take, the faster your hair will grow, up to a point. I’ve set the dosage at a level to give you good hair growth but not cause a deficiency in other B Complex elements. 

If the dosage I’ve set doesn’t show the results I’ve promised, it  means you need to increase your dose slowly over time. Adding one tablet every few days until you see growth. When you reach that point, level off and make that amount your maintenance dose.

The folic acid I recommend comes in very small tablets. Easy to swallow several at a time. Or mix into a blender drink.


Breakfast: 16,000 mcg (20 tiny tablets)                                        

Dinner: 16,000 mcg (20 tiny tablets)

Suggested Brand & Strength

Puritan’s Pride #2845; 800 mcg per tablet



Biotin is also part of the B Complex-100 formula. It is used in many hair and nail improvement products. Here it is used as a support to the main hair growth supplement, folic acid.


Breakfast: 5,000 I.U. (1 softgel)

Dinner: 5,000 I.U. (1 softgel)

Suggested Brand & Strength

Puritan’s Pride #29634; 5,000 I.U. per softgel


4. B COMPLEX-100

B complex-100 contains all the B vitamin elements, plus more:

Thiamine/B-1, Riboflavin/B-2, Niacin/B-3, Pyridoxine/B-6, Cyanocobalamin/B-12, Folic Acid, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, and PABA. Plus, Choline and Inositol.

When you take any element of the Complex over time, like Folic Acid or Biotin, you have to supplement small amounts of the entire complex to ensure you don’t drain others out and cause a different deficiency. The elements in B complex work together; too much of one over time will deplete others.


Breakfast: 100 mg (1 capsule)

Dinner: 100 mg (1 capsule)

Suggested Brand & Strength

Solaray Vegcaps; 100 mg per capsule



Beta carotene destroys inflammation. No matter how severe it is. If your follicles are under attack by the immune system, it means additional inflammation is occurring in various parts of your body.

Remember, one form of Alopecia (Cicatricial) is caused solely by inflammation.


Breakfast: 187.5 mg (25 small softgels)

Dinner: 187.5 mg (25 small softgels)

Suggested Brand & Strength

Puritan’s Pride #1223; 7.5 mg/25,000 I.U. per softgel; The softgels are small and easy to swallow.


Vitamin D3 is a more potent type of Vitamin D. It is a support vitamin to Beta Carotene. The body needs Vitamin D3 to properly assimilate Beta Carotene. If you take large amounts of Beta Carotene without Vitamin D3 supplementation, you will end up with a Vitamin D3 deficiency.


Breakfast: 5,000 I.U. (1 softgel)

Dinner: 5,000 I.U. (1 softgel)

Suggested Brand & Strength

Puritan’s Pride #19377; 5,000 I.U. per softgel


Note: Try to stop thinking of food supplements as “pills,” which suggests medicine. Rather, think of them as what they are, “concentrated nutrition.” Food, in other words.



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(See Comments at end for a brief discussion of male pattern baldness.)

CATEGORY: 1: Simple Malnutrition


Hair so thin your scalp is showing where it didn’t before. Hair that falls out, won’t grow back and leaves bald spots behind. Hair that grows maddeningly slow then weakens and splits at the ends. Hair that grows to a certain length shorter than you want and won’t grow longer. Hair that used to grow to your satisfaction, but has slowed way down. Hair that has fallen out due to a medical condition or treatment, but is growing back too slow for you. These kinds of hair trauma are no joking matter. Any one of these problems can be devastating to one’s sense of self, but it’s particularly hard when you’re only 11, like Natalie L., and think that all the other kids notice.

Natalie is a beautiful, cerebral child, the oldest daughter of my friend, Rita L., a preemie RN, who herself is one of nine siblings—five girls. Natalie’s brown hair had grown so thin and wispy that her scalp was visible, and she wasn’t alone. All the women on that side of the family, including Rita, have similar problems. They always assumed it was an inherited trait because they all have the problem. That may be true, but another way of looking at it is to say that what they actually inherited was DNA that gives them all a need for extra B Complex in general, and Folic Acid in specific. The lack thereof is what causes the hair loss.

It is known that family members share similar health issues, like hair problems in Natalie’s family, or breast cancer in another family, simply because they share similar DNA. But there’s more to it than that. The similar health problem may come originally from the shared DNA, but it is the lack of the proper food supplements later that permits the disorder to present itself. In other words, vulnerability to a given disorder is due not only to the shared DNA, but also to a common way of eating—all those family recipes and eating rituals passed down, and over—which is nutritionally deficient. Since family members are eating similarly deficient diets, they are developing similar health problems.

I have heard of women in breast cancer prone families having one or more healthy breasts removed, because their sisters, mother, or aunts developed breast cancer. This is certainly one approach to avoidance, but please understand that you don’t have to do anything nearly so drastic. Shared DNA may result in deficiency X. But X can always be treated with the correct food supplements, and thereby controlled and completely avoided.

I put Natalie and Rita on the same supplement regimen, with Natalie’s dosage slightly lower. A little over a month later, Rita had two inches of new growth and it’s growing in thicker and healthier looking. Natalie had four gorgeous inches of thicker new growth! When Natalie looks in the mirror now, she beams. For the first time in years, Natalie’s hair in front is long and thick enough to flop over her eyes and cheekbones. She’s got a real Veronica Lake thing going on, and you can’t see her scalp.

As an assist for the Folic Acid, I also gave them B Complex, Biotin, and Silica. Folic Acid is part of the B Complex. These support vitamins help grow hair, but if your funds are tight, start with Folic Acid and B Complex right away, and add Biotin and Silica when you can. Folic Acid will also stimulate eyebrow growth.


You need a lot of Folic Acid on a regular basis to get your hair to grow in earnest. (Remember, you’re not thinking of supplements as “pills” any more, which suggests medicine, but rather as what they are, “concentrated nutrition.” Food, in other words.) When you stop the Folic Acid, it’s like turning off a tap; your hair stops growing immediately. You have to take it regularly, like clockwork, twice daily. The more Folic Acid you take, the faster your hair will grow, up to a point. (There is a point at which taking more Folic Acid will actually cause your hair growth to slow down. But you’ll notice when you get there.) If you’ve chosen a certain number to start and don’t see results in a few days, it just means that you need to increase your dosage.

I take 18 tablets twice daily for optimum growth; Rita has been taking 15 twice daily, and Natalie 7 twice daily. I use Puritan’s Pride brand because it works well, and the tiny, tic-tac size makes it easier to take so many. I started with 10 tablets twice daily a couple years ago, and that worked for a while. But over time I have had to increase the dosage to keep my hair growing the way I want. I have been taking 18 twice daily for over a year and am happy with the results.


FOLIC ACID 10-18 tablets 10-18 tablets Puritan’s Pride #2845 800 mcg
B COMPLEX 100 (capsules only) 1 capsule 1 capsule Puritan’s Pride #10282 100 mg/mcg
BIOTIN 3 tablets 3 tablets Puritan’s Pride #7961 1000 mcg


FOLIC ACID 7-10 tablets 7-10 tablets Puritan’s Pride #2845 800 mcg
B COMPLEX 50 (capsules only) 1 capsule 1 capsule Puritan’s Pride #19973 50 mg/mcg
BIOTIN 2 tablets 2 tablets Puritan’s Pride #7961 1000 mcg


When using Folic Acid in high doses for an extended period. The individual components of B Complex depend on each other to interact properly within your system. Folic Acid is part of the B Complex. If you take any one component for an extended time without the whole complex, you will deplete another component and create a different deficiency. Therefore, you have to take the full B Complex mixture as long as you take Folic Acid.

I highly recommend staying away from tablets and using only B Complex capsules. Tablets can be very hard to digest. I also suggest taking B Complex with food, again because of the digestion issue. If you have a cast iron stomach, don’t worry. Otherwise, it can cause a terrific tummy ache for some people.

Please be nice to each other, and look for my next blog: Blog 3: The Danger of Inflammation, where I explain why it is the single biggest health threat that you face.


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