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Posted by Karim on 03/31/2007

Dear Ted, I am a 19 year old male. I have had hairloss due to an itchy, scaly, scalp for 3 years now. The scalp forms small balls of skin which are visible on the root off the hairs when they fall out. In fact, it appears like the body is attacking the hair follicles and focing them out with the root. The scalp is very itchy and covered in various eruptions which can have pus inside. This I believe is lichen plans or some other fungus as I also have large scaly raised areas on my elbows and smaller raised areas on my arms which look like permanent goosebumps. My hair has also started to grey prematurely, which might also be from stress I suffered this past difficult year, and some of the hairs falling out are very small and weak and look more like hairs from eyebrows. This is very worrying. As my hairloss is spread out it is not very visible, however there are small scars on my head where no more hair grows and my hair is not very thick like it used to be. The hairline is also frequently affected by pimple like eruptions which have cause hair thinning. My face is also oily and I have occasional pimples. I'm not sure what I might be deficient in that is causing these problems, and how such a chronic fungus can be killed. I also frequently have acidity, which may be connected to this issue, and my mother claims that she had a similar itchy problem when she was growing up which also caused her hair loss. Please help me as I have become very desperate after trying many steroids, antibiotics and shampoos, which I now belive are useless, and I'm sure the cure is available from nature! Many thanks

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

Dear Karim: From my experience, most medications sold, at least for hair and scalp, are not designed to cure the conditions. It makes marketing sense for you to keep on buying while helping some of the conditions. And if you stopped, it gets much worse.

If the formula does cure, people will just buy it only just once. If it does not, people will spend thousands of dollar with no cure in sight. It therefore makes economic sense for an investor, to look at those medications that will cause people to keep on buying.

When I was a chemist doing industrial formulations, that was one of the important requirement. It is actually more difficult for me to formulate some medications to keep coming back again and again without a cure, or to cause an "addiction to the product". If I were a genius for that kind of formulations, I would be a millionaire.

The issue therefore is not that natural remedy works, simple chemicals will work also, but that is never the intention under commercialism scenario. If you want something to cure, you just got to do it yourself.

For your condition, it is often initiated by the body's limited capacity to remove toxins from the body, and even if constipation does not occur, reduce frequency of bowel movements, which ideally should be at least twice a day. For your conditions and your age, it appears to be 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda at least taken twice a day in 1/2 glass of water. This will at least increase bowel movements and reduce the pus. 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt may cause increase bowel movement to be more liquid if added to the baking soda, and this will further helped the reduce pus. I had one person whose pus was coming out in streams. As an emergency, he had to take 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of sea salt to cause a mild diarrhea, some borax did help, such as 1/8 teaspoon. It stopped immediately when he went to the bathroom. But for your case this does not seem to be that bad, so a milder remedy is only needed.

The baking soda of 1/2 teaspoon in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day is taken every day. As for the scalp problems there are several remedies to most of the problems. A saturated borax solution with epsom salt of 1 tablespoon per one half liter of water, should do. Soaking them in the hair should rid of most of the bacteria and fungus. If that does not work, then apple cider vinegar or vinegar that is soaked or even kept overnight in severe cases is used instead. However, I think a saturated borax with 1% hydrogen peroxide is more effective at least to reduce the itching, but since your wounds have opened up, this solution may cause stinging, so a milder epsom salt with borax may be more reasonable. Once it gets better and the wound closes, than a saturated borax in 1% hydrogen peroxide is the one to use.

Usually a scalp problem is an indication of imbalances of essential fatty acids, vitamin A, and vitamin D. The lack of sodium ascorbate vitamin C may worsen the condition. Usually that is taken about 1000 mg. Basically you can get them from taking fish oils, flaxseed oil, cod liver oil, and evening primrose oil. Omega 3 is high in fish oil. Usually 1000 mg is sufficient and I think taking for about a week should help. Vitamin D3 is important in my experience, but the dose is closer to 20,000 i.u. Commercially this is not available except from hospitals, so I guess striving for a lower dose such as 2000 i.u. to 10,000 i.u. would be more practical. Getting out in the sun, can also cause the body to produce more vitamin D also, it can get as high as 10,000 i.u. Vitamin A is available commercially and quite cheap at 25,000 i.u. and easily obtained. It is usually taken 2 a day. Vitamin C sodium ascorbate is important to reduce the hair loss, along with 400 i.u. of vitamin E.