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Remedies to Cure Male Pattern Baldness

Posted by Allan ( Toronto) on 10/01/2006

Does Ted know anything that can stop male pattern baldness, my hair to the sides are receding and the front top of my hair is falling out seems it went back a few inches. thanks.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

Dear Allan: The single most difficult cures that I have ever witnessed is not the cure for deadly diseases, but cosmetic problems, especially alopecia due to male pattern baldness or baldness that occurred. in woman.

This is especially true of people who wants his hair to grow back and he looks Yul Brynner, Patrick Stewart or Kojak! Even Gurus from alternative medicine are almost bald such as Dr. Mercola. So I guess it is a difficult issue from them too!

In fact several readers from earthclinic actually contacted me directly on this issue. After doing research, I found that people who are faced with being bald have a pattern. They often have low zinc and manganese level, while at the same time their copper status is very high.

There is some debate on the tin deficiency issue, which can easily be resolved by just eating a can of lynchee from China or from Thailand. Most canned lynchees in Thailand are still tin-plated inside and does not use the plastic coating. As a result, tin gets dissolved in a can lynchee.

A hair can fall off for a number of causes, each will have a specific remedies depending on the cause. I make a short list of some cause that I have witnessed:

1. Hormone problems.
2. Mineral Deficiency.
3. Vitamin Deficiency
4. Immune Suppression
5. Fungus and Pathogens.
6. Buffer Deficiency

Hormone problems are either your body has too much adrenals, such as DHEA. When this happens the hair can fall of fairly rapidly. The other is the lack of certain growth hormones, which is known to have links to hair growth.

One such product, called minoxidil 5% with possible addition of azelaic acid, tretinoin, BHT, polysorbate 60 should get your hair back but it is going to take many months to a year.

The lack of stem cells is a possibility and therefore the possible use of colloidal silver, however remote, might increase the number of undifferentiated cells but of course, I think adding some DMSO will help their absorption to the skin.

For those who have read Dr. Robert O. Becker, in his book, The Body Electric, he mentions of stem cells which he referred to as dedifferentiated cells in the presence of colloidal silver. So perhaps such application might help.

Minoxidil was originally used to control blood pressure medicine, but it had an interesting side effect in causing hair growth. However, it is not the minoxidil itself. The active form is minoxidil sulfate, which is processed in the liver which causes hair growth. So the fact that you are spraying on the hair might not work as well since the body must somehow convert this to minoxidil sulfate. There is currently no minoxidil sulfate sold in the market as the price is currently prohibitive so most of the products are still marketing the minoxidil.

Researchers have found out that propylene glycol should not be added in a minoxidil compound as this might cause problems. However, the addition of polysorbate 90 or similar ones were seen as beneficial. The addition of azelaic acid 5% and tretinoin also helps. Some researcher mentioned that if you apply azelaic acid first before spraying on the minoxidil this will help.

There are also some conflicting research, but its conflict can easily be resolved. The addition of zinc pyrithione were not seen as beneficial. However some other hair products do add zinc, but in the form of zinc acetate to the minoxidil compound. Based on very few tests I have performed here, I found that zinc really do not help if applied on the head, despite a well known fact that people who have alopecia have zinc deficiency. While on the other hand the use of the so-called "copper peptide" is witnessing some success. Again this is my initial impression. In my opinion, minoxidil compound might not work together well with a zinc compound, but it might work together better with a copper compound.

So that you do not get confused what is a copper peptide. It is basically a copper chloride solution reacted with a protein or an amino acids. Copper is fairly reactive to most organic substances. I in fact applied a concentrated copper chloride fixated to my sandals to permanently kill the fungus locked up in the sandals and shoes. A strong solution can get some faint smoke, this is how strong the solution and therefore reactive to proteins.

The reason why a minoxidil works is that it acts like a pseudo growth hormone. The reason why I know this is a study of one person on overuse of minoxidil compound for a long time. It causes a condition called "pseudo acromegaly". Thus lack of hair growth might be due to lack of human growth hormone, of a certain kind of course, since the minoxidil compound also causes reduced blood pressure.

The problem about the use of minoxidil compound is that once you stop using it for 3 months, your hair will start falling off again. The best recommendation that I can make is if you want to go through this route, you will be using it for the rest of your life.

For me, if this happens, I might try a more speculative ways, such as taking some colloidal silver which will create some stem cells inside our body, in hopes of a remote possibility for hair re growth or perhaps try some growth hormone. Again since I have no feedback on this route, it is just a lot of trial and error in this area.

Have I seen any results from minoxidil use? Yes. But the statistics, at least from my side are dismal. One in four after three or four months of use bought results, but this was not purely from the use of minoxidil alone. They were also taking supplements.

Baldness is often the results of too much DHT, or dihydrotestosterone. It not that the body have too much testosterone, but the accumulation of DHT is too high in the hair.

This is actually a more practical route by suppressing DHT. Applying to your hair azelaic acid 20% can significantly reduce your DHT. There is a 90% inhibition with such use and this should stop the DHT.

One possible clue that the body has DHT is the prostrate enlargement. This is a good clue since it also breaks new grounds and implicate the use antioxidants to reduce DHT formation, as well as eating more scallions.

In one research they found a significant reduction in prostate gland, upon consumption of scallions, which indirectly implicate the possibility of scallions might also help reduce DHT, and might also be helpful with male pattern baldness.

I have also observed that by drinking antioxidant mix formula also helped reduce prostate enlargement too. The formula is simple: 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, plus 1/4 teaspoon of ascorbic acid vitamin C, mixed in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day, once in the morning and once before bedtime. 1/8 teaspoon of potassium bicarbonate should help also, if you can find the needed supplies. It also helps increase capillary circulation in your skin, thus also helping scalp circulations as well.

2. Mineral deficiency. Common mineral deficiency I have seen is zinc, manganese, silicon, and possibly boron. Research have shown that people who lost hairs are low in both zinc and manganese. You can easily tell if the person has low zinc indirectly. If you catch colds easily or used to catch colds very easily, you have zinc deficiency. The zinc I used is usually zinc acetate, zinc chloride, zinc citrate or zinc gluconate. I do not recommend the use of zinc sulfate, it causes you to throw up within three or four hours after consumption.

The other possible clue that your body is zinc deficient is excess sebum production, or oily hair. I have seen in many instances of people who are going bald are forced to shampoo their hair almost everyday. The culprit of excess sebum production is zinc deficiency. For some reason or another, if the sebum production is excessive, the hairs fall off.

I have a friend who for years have been loosing hair and have only this year told me about it. I first started her off with zinc acetate 50 mg. per day for 3-4 days. No results. Then I tried tea tree oil and lavender, some results, but not something you can use. Then finally, almost about to give up, I gave her manganese sulfate, only one dose 100 mg. It worked like miracles. The next day and over the course of two months now, she no longer lost her hair! Of course, taking manganese over the course of several weeks should be better, but at the time I was busy with other things and gave her only one single dose. 25-50 mg. should be more of an ideal dose then 100 mg., however. For those people who can't find manganese I required, you can try drinking soy milk. Soy milk is high in manganese. This is why Asians don't go bald as often as the people who drink cow's milk. The secret is in the manganese. Dr. Mercola is anti-soy, so it might not be surprising that he too, is somewhat bald, perhaps on low manganese. Silicon supplements is well know to help hair and skin growth too. The preferred form of silicon is silicic acid. Of course you can find oatmeal high in silicon also.

3. Vitamin Deficiency. Common vitamin Deficiencies are usually vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid or panthenol) and vitamin B8 (inositol) both of these vitamins helps with your hair and skin growth. You need to take this along with vitamin B complex. Taken in moderation, I believe is best of about 100 mg. -250 mg per day for B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B8, while 100 mcg for B12. The yellow urine color comes from the B2 riboflavin, in case you are wondering.

4. Immune suppression. People start loosing their hair when they start to get colds very easily. This reflects immune problems. Zinc, Vitamin C, N-Acetyl Cysteine, selenium, kelp, should help raise your immune system. N-Acetyl Cysteine is also interesting, it helps hair and skin growth also. Oral EDTA chelation in removing heavy metals will also increase your body's immune system. But so well taking 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day, one in the morning, and one before bedtime. By alkalizing your body, the body will have enough oxygen therefore raise your body's immune system. Normalizing your body's buffer is important so that the immune system can function properly.

5. Fungus and Pathogens. I have seen people going bald because of itchy scalp. If this is your problem, then this is the most easiest of all treatment to cure. The solution is 50% lavender oil plus 50% tea tree oil. One possibility is applying a 2% solution of copper chloride only once a week. But please rinse quickly, it tends to cause green scalp, but this is only temporary. I mention to you in case the lavender/tea tree oil doesn't work. To use it, please apply them liberally on your scalp until the itchiness is gone. If not, then use 100% vinegar solution to rinse your hair and keep their for a couple of minutes before rinse. If that doesn't work then add a saturated level of borax and do that again. If all remedies doesn't work, copper chloride always does but it creates green skin or scalp. The green color of the copper chloride tends to stay for a day or so. So if you wash it, most will go away.

The pathogen issue is a bit more difficult if that is the cause or you suspect it is so. You can tell if it is pathogens if the pattern looks strange, extremely itchy or you feel something crawling. For this you need to do what I did with the dog mange. Prepare a saturated saturated borax solution and add enough hydrogen peroxide to get you a 1% solution. Apply to the head. Most insects and related pathogens get killed by borax. But the real secret of this formula is the hydrogen peroxide. It acts as a super penetrant. This is also true of vinegar, but I have had more successes with the hydrogen peroxide idea.

6. Buffer deficiency. Buffer deficiency is the only area in medicine that have not recognized the fact that people get sick often is because the body's buffer is deficient. A simple remedy is simply the 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid plus 1/2 glass of water, taken twice a day, once in the evening and once in the morning. The other is similar, but it focuses on raising your body's antioxidant levels, which is 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, plus 1/4 teaspoon of ascorbic acid in 1/2 glass of water also. Of course you can combine both formulas to get 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid and 1/4 teaspoon of ascorbic acid. This is the buffer-antioxidant formula that I have tested and worked quite well with me.

I can't cover all the possible causes, but if you are loosing your hair, the most important thing to do is to take zinc acetate, manganese sulfate, and take plenty of buffer formula to increase your scalp circulation. And if the head is itchy, tea tree+ lavender oil will usually work in eliminating them. I haven't as yet found a cure for baldness, but I can certainly stop your hair from falling off!

And yes, I have found way to get some people's hair growing back again, but not everyone!

Here is one possible observation that might help you further your experiments. My dogs hair grew back overnight from mange, after applying hydrogen peroxide 1% solution with a saturated borax solution. Was it because the insects mange stopped the hair growth or was the borax/hydrogen peroxide not only kill the insects, but also encouraged the hair growth? Perhaps you can experiment yourself and give me this feedback! I can't do it on myself since I am not bald! And I have the lack of willing volunteers here in Bangkok to do the experiments!