In May 2018, after coming back from Chicago, I realized that I have hit a rough spot when it comes to regrowing my hairs. I had hit a plateau and I wasn’t seeing any or much results with more of diet changes I was suggesting others but I somehow was hopeful and continued for the next few months with very minute changes.
However, I used to get one question quite often.
If you stop your diet, would you lose your hairs ?
Do I have to do it for lifetime ? How long do I have to maintain this ?
Frankly, as much as I wanted to answer them, I didn’t have good answers to all these questions and these questions were haunting me and a lot of people would come up to me to ask these questions.
I was oblivious to the answers so I thought “Chuck it with this diet and supplement thing, lets try or think of doing something new.”
But there was one problem. The problem was if I start losing progress what would I do ? What would I tell others ? Can I again get it back ? How long it will take to get it back ? Will I ever get it back ? What if I don’t ever get it back ?
I frankly never had answers to these questions as well but I knew one thing for sure. If I don’t try things, probably I am going to remain at same place as I am right now and its not a good idea to be in place like this for long time.
I had my periods of very rapid changes followed by periods of slow changes with periods of no changes.
I knew if I had gained hairs back then I can figure out how to get it back again in case if I lost it again. I took calculated risk and decided to embark upon the new journey.
There was one problem though, I didn’t know what to do if I stop everything.
Because I didn’t want to use topicals or oils or minoxidil or finasteride or Laser helmet or PRP or any similar therapy.
So there was a big question as to what I am going to start. However, I got answer to it very quickly.
I had heard of and used SUBLIMINALS back in 2016 with not much belief and no consistency although I had seen a lot of positive comments below the video.
I often wondered if those comments were fake and the channel owner hired someone on Fiverr to do the same along with a few negative comments.
My logical mind always thought this is impossible. How come these subliminals or mind affirmations can regrow hair or stop hair loss.
I mean I can understand if someone uses it for re-programming their mind, change their behavior. But hair regrowth. No way.
But because I was open minded and I still am. I decided to try it. I started with channel Mind Power (which doesn’t exist now, there has been a lot of discussion on their subliminals having negative or satanic affirmations) There is a lot of debate and petitions on internet about it. I am not going to discuss it here.
Frankly, I never experienced anything Satanic or Negative (on some days, I might have felt little downer but on most days, I didn’t feel that way at all)
I started using their videos for receding hairline and thicker hairs because that channel had highest number of positive feedback in comments section.
I was skeptical but I thought if this works out, great, if it doesn’t I definitely can figure out something else because I have figured out many things along the way.
I started with listening to their videos for hairs and next day after towel massage my hair loss which ranged from 100-200 for almost 2 years, suddenly came down to less than 40-50, I was amazed because I had not seen something like this before but I thought maybe its just my mind thinking, it may not sustain for long.
Check this video of Towel Massage
I continued to listen to subliminals and next day again it was less than 40-50.
I thought lets do one thing. Let’s use it for a week and then come to a conclusion. Even after a week, I saw my hair loss was brought down to 40-50 only which was frankly amazing.
However, I noticed something special. I could see my hairline hairs which were not growing earlier and which grew only 2-3 mm started growing longer and longer and I didn’t know what to expect so I started observing both my hairline hairs and hair loss for next few weeks while I continued to listen to subliminals.
After 3 weeks, I saw my hairline hairs, almost all of them had became longer and my hair loss was still less than 40-50 which i think was amazing. I had regrown close to 100 hairs total on both sides of my hairline to max length.
After all, so called placebo stuff or so called mind stuff was working for me. So the comments were real. I was seeing real changes and I also saw my crown hair loss diameter had reduced by few mm.
Check my pics.
I don’t have any before after pics because I didn’t know if it will ever work and I didn’t bother to take good photos to track it for long because a lot of people approach me for help are keen to see what results others are getting and not necessarily my results all the time.
However, after 3 weeks, my hairline hairs didn’t show much improvement further but my crown continued to show some improvement but it slowed down after a month but I still continued to use subliminals for next month too.
However, I could see my hair loss lowered down from 100-200 to 40-50 which was a huge change which I didn’t see with spending so much on supplements, foods, herbs etc etc.
Even after not using it that often or using it occasionally, my hair loss is still less than 40-50 even after 2.5 years, so definitely it wasn’t a fluke.
Then I started suggesting it to others and some people used only that to see changes and some used it along with diet/supplements to see the changes.
Here is a video of a woman who regrew her hairline hairs with subliminals
When I started seeing results, then I started suggesting it to a lot of people, they also started seeing results with that, especially reduction in hair loss which was very common and some people saw thickening hairs as well.
However, it didn’t work for everyone, there were still people who didn’t or couldn’t see results despite using them, for many, it showed results for few weeks and months and then results stopped showing which happens and quite common even with many DHT blockers, supplements, therapies and even minoxidil.
So Mindpower is not currently available. However, other channels like Hypnodaddy is available and you can use
Here are the links
Here are some rules to follow when using Subliminal channel and how to use it correctly and for maximum benefits.
Don’t use any channel that you find, some channels have developed good reputation. I know one Hypnodaddy. They share affirmations freely. They don’t add affirmations to manipulate you, control you or add some evil affirmations.
2. The best way to overcome this problem is to make your own subliminals and record in your own voice or automated software and play it at a speed which is incomprehensible to your conscious mind.
3. Read Channels Rules. Some subliminals need headphones, some may not need headphones or earphones. Some subliminals need to be played at a certain volume for remaining there is no restriction on volume as long as it’s audible.
4. Drinking sufficient water before listening to it is essential in most cases. Otherwise, it can cause dehydration, headache, fatigue.
5. Some subliminals don’t work when downloaded or their efficacy reduces when you listen to them at lower resolution. In that case, it’s better to listen to them at higher/highest resolution or buy original from the creator.
6. Some subliminals that have worked for others may not work for you at all.
7. Subliminal effects may diminish over time but if you are seeing smaller improvements, continue with it.
8. If you listen to some subliminals more than certain no of times than recommended or just overdo it (there is no particular frequency for overdoing it, when you don’t see results you have seen previously or if they become slower, it’s probably time to reduce the frequency) Always listen to your body and monitor your progress. Listen to it till the time the result stops showing completely, take a break of 2-4 weeks and then again resume it to see if it is still working.
9. Some subliminals show results within a couple of days. Some show after a week. Some show results after a month. Be patient. Give at least a month to one subliminal without giving up.
10. Just listening to hair loss, regrowth subliminals won’t regrow hairs. I have seen improvement with all different types of subliminals including Immune System, Regeneration, Scar Healing, Liver, Kidney, Pancreas Detox, Hormonal Balance, Teeth Repair etc etc
When can I listen to them ?
You can listen to them anytime in a day or night. Some of them might cause drowsiness or fatigue, so I prefer to listen to some specific ones at night. You can also experiment with them and those which cause fatigue, drowsiness, listen to them at night. Create a Youtube Playlist or Playlist on your Phone. I use Youtube Premium so I can do other activities in the background while playing them and save my battery.
You can do other work or study or sleep as long as they don’t affect your activity. I don’t prefer to listen to certain subliminals while working or studying.
You don’t need to focus on them at all. They will work in background without your conscious attention
If you listen to them at one stretch, then it will give you probably better results than if you spread it over the day. If possible, listen to it at one stretch (minimum 1 hour)
You can use a loudspeaker (make sure it has Stereo Capability) Cell phones don’t have this capability in some cases.
If you are interrupted, then you don’t need to start again from the beginning. But don’t let others disturb you all the time while you are listening to it.
You can listen to them literally at any time you want. Don’t do any activity which actively requires your brain and ear to function like driving a vehicle, walking or crossing the road, operating machinery etc etc
There is another way you can use Affirmations for much better results with consciousness tools, devices and methods. Currently, I am testing this method with myself and others so I am not revealing too much details here without any or much proof. I share it with people who are part of Hair Regrowth Blueprint, check it out here
I get this question too quite a lot along with receding hairline question. I observed it for very long time and similarly found trends I repeatedly see with those who start having crown hair loss.
Just like in case of receding hairline, a lot of people are clueless about what to do when it comes to crown hair loss.
In my quest to identify what really causes or initiates or aggravates crown receding, I have found this talking, chatting or communicating with people on phone, email, whatsapp, skype. Again, it has nothing to do with whether your paternal or maternal side has hair loss or receding hairline or not. Again it has to do with specific type of conflict.
Here is what I found
If there is Physical Separation from the close ones
If there is bad prognosis/unexpected illness/hospitalization etc etc of the close ones
If there is death of close ones
If you strongly want to separate from the closed ones
The close ones include your parents, your spouse, fiance, girlfriend/boyfriend/partner, close friend, colleague, relative, pet or anyone else you consider to be very close.
The faster you resolve this conflict, reduce the conflict activity by isolating yourself away from it, try to make peace with it, truly letting it go, the thinning would stop and recovery process will start.
If the older conflict gets reactivated again because of tracks or triggers or you couldn’t resolved it or let it go, the thinning would still take place, it will slow down if you manage to reduce conflict activity.
The more time you wait, the chances of recovery naturally would get slimmer and other interventions might be needed.
I have also seen “Separation from Hairs” conflict can further create vicious cycle causing even more thinning as you tend to look your hairs more often in mirror and get panicked, using comb again and again to see how much hairs you are losing. Some people start losing even more hairs as this creates even more panic.
One solution in such case is to cut your hairs short and not look into mirror often or count number of hairs you are losing. If you want to stop your hair loss and regrow your hairs naturally, check out Hair Regrowth Blueprint
I get this question quite often from people who are losing their hairs. Especially young people in age range of 18-25 usually get alarmed when their hairline starts receding.
They don’t know what to do. They don’t know what caused it, they don’t know whether it’s genetic or not, they don’t know whether they can reverse it or not. They don’t know if they can stop receding further or not.
In my quest to identify what really causes receding, in last 12 months, I got to talk, chat, communicate with at least 500 people and with 80-90% of them I found this common link. It has nothing to do with whether your paternal or maternal side has hair loss or receding hairline or not.
But it’s to do with certain conflicts. Strange, isn’t it.
I got to know about Conflict Hair Loss Connection from Dr Ryke Geerd Hamer in 2019. Since then I am trying to understand the Biological Meaning behind Hair Loss.
Here is what I found
If you have taken Acne medication of any type like Accutane (search Google for more of such medicines), Anabolic Steroids etc etc. This can cause receding but this is not very common.
Toxic Situation or Toxic Person : If you have any toxic person happening to you (i.e. custody battle for your child with your estranged spouse etc etc) or if you have toxic person in your life and you want to separate yourself from that situation or person, it can initiate or accelerate receding.
If you have financial problems happening because of job loss, sudden need of large sums of money, loss of money, not having or making enough money to make both ends meet, you will start receding or your receding would accelerate and you would also end up developing problems for your liver too.
This is similar to 3rd one. Starvation conflict but this has nothing to do with money. If you are following super restrictive diets to lose weight or accomplish some purpose, you actually have to force yourself to follow it, you will start losing overall hair and start having receding hairline. Or if you are the person who is not eating or fasting for longer duration through forcing himself or herself to do it. He will experience faster receding. However, the good news is in 2nd, 3rd, 4th case, you are likely to recover most or all of your receding if you happen to take action and resolve conflict quickly or get out of restrictive diets very quickly. If that gets prolonged for 12 months to 36 months, the chances of recovery become slimmer.
This post talks in depth about how I started reversing Male Pattern Baldness naturally.
Using the approach I am going to share with you in this blog post I didn’t only stop my hair loss/thinning, got rid of my dandruff, oiliness and itching but I also thickened my hair in front, started regrowing hair naturally in crown (after 9 years of hair thinning) and advanced my hairline by at least 7 to 10 mm over the period of 15 months (and I am still continuing with this)
I did all of it using just Pro-Thyroid Diet, Lifestyle Interventions and Scalp Stimulation Exercises. I am also going to show you my photos from time to time.
When I was 17-18 years old, I had joined swimming. I used to wear swimming cap then. I did swimming for over an year. On one fine day, one of the friends pointed out that I had developed bald patch on my crown area and soon everyone started telling me about it. I immediately stopped swimming.
But I didn’t do anything back then because I didn’t know what to do. Then in 2009, I took consultation of homeopathic doctor in our family, he was quite experienced doctor and he told me that one of his clients started getting hair in his late 60s. The client name was Hrishikesh Mukherjee so I was very optimistic about getting results. He told me to take the medication for an entire year. I took it only for 3 months and because I didn’t see any results. I stopped taking it.
See crown area, May 2012. If you look closely, you will see partial bald patch at crown area.
After that I didn’t do anything to reverse my hair thinning. I didn’t experience any hair loss in all those years except in 2015.
In 2013, I started experiencing a lot of issues concerning my health.
Migraine like pain, late afternoon fatigue, not feeling energetic despite getting more and more sleep, skin rashes, food allergies, stomach upsets, frequent bowel movements, cold hands and feet and lot more.
I started adopting different types of diets and exploring different methods to help myself dealing with symptoms. While researching forums for my symptoms, I came across few posts who had exactly same symptoms I had. According to those posts, these were symptoms of Candida/Fungal infection.
The popular advice, I prominently followed was restricting carbs because that was the “ONLY” way to starve mold/fungus. For first couple of weeks after stopping carbs (fruits, juices, rice and almost everything) I felt great. I thought this is the key to get rid of symptoms.
After couple of weeks, symptoms started worsening instead of improving. I developed severe craving for carbs and no matter how much protein and fats I would eat, I didn’t feel satisfied. I started feeling irritable and started having mood swings. I started getting anxiety attacks. I started getting upset over trivial things.
I started feeling more fatigued. I started having difficulty in sleeping. I started having more migraine like pains but I didn’t face any skin rashes so I thought I am getting better. I became even more stricter when it came to avoiding carbs.
I started having even lower energy, my hands and feet started becoming cold.
In July or August of 2015, I started experiencing uncontrollable itch on my scalp. I always used to have a moderate dandruff. No matter how many times, I washed my hair with different shampoos, nothing helped. For a day or two, my scalp used to feel good, I used to have no dandruff and itchiness and after that it would return with vengeance.
Shampoo used to strip off the natural oil in my hair and used to replace it with synthetic oils, so my hair used to become oily quickly.It was vicious cycle.
More shampoo–More oiliness–Even more shampooing—Even more oiliness
At the same time, I started getting clumps of hairs in my hands whenever I used to graze my hands through my hair. Earlier, it was gradual thinning, I never saw so many hairs in my hands when I used to graze my hand through my hair.
My hair become so brittle, they used to break very easily.
In August/September of 2015, while I was looking in mirror for combing my hair. I could see right through my frontal area. My crown area was visible. I didn’t like what I saw there.
“Where the fuck did my hair go ?” I said to myself in the moment of shock.
I thought this is probably the end and I am not going to get those hairs back. To get over severe itch and hair loss/thinning, I started asking my friends about it. The popular advice was to shave your head. I didn’t quite like the idea of shaving the head so I went to barber and I got my zero cut (army cut) like this
For the time being, I felt relief from supposedly hair loss, dandruff and itching. I felt joyous but it was short lived.
One on fine day in October 2015, while I was sleeping, my father woke me up at 7 AM.
“Sukrut, wake up , wake up. What happened to your hair ? Why don’t you something about it ? Have you thought of visiting a doctor ?”
I woke up in the state of panic and asked my father about severity of hair thinning. He told me that my crown was in very bad condition. He told me that I need to do something about this.
My father had never warned me about my hair before but after he told me that day, it seriously got me worried. If he is telling it, there must be something horribly wrong.
At the same time, I used to visit a close friend of mine. He also started pointing out this to me every time and he started making fun of it. Whenever someone used to point at my hair or lack of it, I would start getting severe panic attacks. I started to avoid my friend/s but then I realized that it wasn’t the option.
I used to physically tremble just at the thought of someone asking me the question about my hair loss. Looking at my hair in mirror used to give me panic attacks.
I didn’t know any other options.I only knew about one option. Hair Transplant.
In December 2015, I visited my friends sister wedding, there I met my friends friend who was in his early 40s, completely bald, when he was young, he also explored different options to treat his hair thinning but he didn’t succeed.
So I discussed different options of hair transplants with him including when I should go for it and which clinic I should visit.
He told me to wait till the time I lose all of my hair. He also told me not to cut corners when choosing a hair loss clinic. Choose the best one.
But then I came across research on Hair Transplants, I decided to stay away from it
How to perform Detumescence Therapy and Towel Massage
January to March 2016My photo in Mid January 2016
In January, I still believed my stomach problems are caused by Candida infection and I was still consuming lot less carbs. Apart from that, my diet was not particular. I avoided rice, avoided fruits and juices. I also avoided milk thinking it will aggravate my stomach condition.I used to shampoo quite regularly, every day or every alternate day. I also used to perform body-weight exercises and 5 Tibetan rites.I was doing nail rubbing (Balayam) every day at least once or sometimes twice.
In March, I started using Onion Juice. It helped me to reduce itchiness in my scalp but it was too much hassle to prepare juice. After few days of using it used to turn green. I didn’t face any smell problems but I certainly didn’t like idea of using Onion and then shampooing every day. Whenever I traveled, I had to carry the Onion Juice bottle and it created smell problems.So I got rid of it.At the end of March, while looking at mirror, I realized that I had regrown few new hairs in frontal area which were not there before.
Results : Very tiny regrowth in front. Itching reduced. Dandruff reduced a little. I used to wash hair daily so I didn’t see any oiliness.
April to June 2016
From April, I started increasing my carb intake, I started eating fruits and rice slowly. I continued with body-weight exercises, 5 Tibetan rites. I reduced shampooing frequency.I started using an oil (I don’t know the components, it looked red) which was supposed to grow new hair. After couple of weeks of using it, my close friend warned me that my crown patch had become even bigger. I told him to click the pics and show me and I realized that I had indeed lost more hair in my crown after using oil. I became alarmed and stopped using oil completely.
Note : I don’t know the effectiveness of this oil but whenever any treatment starts working, the first sign is little/moderate hair shedding at least for few weeks/couple of months. In very few cases, the hair shedding is heavy.Then I learned Galea relaxing exercises and I started doing it every day for 5 minutes along with nail rubbing. I shaved my head completely at the end of April because I thought I had lost lot of hair in my crown area and I was looking horrible.
Results : Itchiness reduced further. Dandruff reduced further. More regrowth in front and little regrowth in crown area.
July to September 2016 My photo in first week of September 2016, at my friend’s wedding.
From June I continued with nail rubbing. I also started Detumescence Therapy and Towel massage. After I started with Detumescence and Towel massage (especially towel massage) within couple of weeks, my crown area lost a lot of density. Almost everyone noticed it and asked me what happened to my crown hair. (see photo at bottom of this page)
Within few days, my dandruff, itchiness, oiliness problem went away never to return back. Since then I have shampooed probably twice in last 8-9 months. I started losing lot more hair and started seeing them on my towel. I continued with Five Tibetan Rites.I feared that I would not get those lost hair back but I was optimistic. Every single day, I performed Detumescence Therapy for 5-10 minutes and towel rub for 3 minutes throughout my scalp.
I started consuming Pro-Thyroid Food.More Fruits, More saturated fats, Milk, Chicken, Fish, Rice, Potato, Carrot Salad, organic eggs. I started eating 5-6 times in a day. I started measuring my temp and pulse test. My pulse was normal most of the times but my temperature at 3 was below range.If you want detailed advice on incorporating Pro-Thyroid Food in your diet, I have included that in Hair Regrowth Blueprint
I stopped eating beans, nuts. I also stopped gluten for a month and reintroduced it slowly. After stopping Gluten, some of my digestion issues went away and after reintroduction, they never re-occurred.I changed my diet to bring it up to the mark most of the times. After a while, instead of measuring temperature and pulse every day, I started relying more on my overall mood and energy. I started eating fruits or Chocolate Milk at night to reduce stress response in morning.My morning would typically start with fruits and I would perform light exercises after Breakfast instead of doing it on empty stomach.
Results : Dandruff, itchiness, oiliness completely gone, never returned back. Crown area density reduced. Frontal hair thickened a bit. The percentage increase in thickness was more compared to what it was before. I believe it’s the combined result of Diet, Towel massage and Detumescence Therapy.
October to December 2016
My photo in Mid December 2016
From September onward, my diet was more or less same. Other techniques were also same as I described in last 3 months. I added few new things to this regime. I started brushing my hair often. I also started hair pulling (from bottom and not from top) for a brief period (probably a month). I stopped using Soap completely (except washing my hands) I also started taking cold baths for a month. It didn’t quite work for me because I got cold.Whenever I used to pull my hair, 2-3 hair used to come in my hands (not much) but I continued it because my scalp felt better. I continued with Detumescence Therapy, Towel Therapy, Nail Rubbing. I started using Emu Oil + Castor Oil Mixture. I used it every 2-3 days.
Results : Hair thickened a lot in front, crown area started filling in very slowly but steadily. Dandruff, itchiness, oiliness was gone forever. My friends started asking me if I am on some treatment for my hair loss.
January to March 2017
My crown photo comparison
From January, I started supplementation with Vitamin D3, K2, Calcium, Magnesium to reverse Arterial Calcification and Fibrosis. I also started supplementing myself with Vitamin B12 to reverse grey hair. My diet was almost the same.I stopped nail rubbing. I use frequencies but not very regularly. I am quite occupied at the moment so when I don’t get time or when I am tired, I only do towel massage for 3 minutes.I started experimenting with Infrared Light Therapy. Exposing thinned areas to Red Light for 5-10 minutes every few 3-4 days. It gives me a hot tingling sensation after 5-10 minute long session.
I also started Power Yoga , Cycling and I continued with 5 Tibetan Rites. I stopped usage of plastic bags and switched to Tupperware.I have started using Hypnosis (recording affirmations in your own voice and listen to it overnight or when you are resting or working) I have continued using Emu Oil + Castor Oil Mixture. I use it every 5-6 days.
Results : My frontal hair has thickened a lot. Crown area has started filling up. Density in more than it looks in pic. My grey hair has started reversing slowly. New grey hairs are not coming in or coming in very rarely. Almost everyone who meets me after 3-6-9 months, ask me what I am doing with my hair.
April to June 2017
In April, I realized that although I have made a good progress with my frontal 1/3rd area but in my middle 1/3rd area and crown area, there was no significant effect. I realized that I need to do something different in order to achieve this effect.I had only 2 results to show for. I had received several messages like “When I started detumescence/towel massage I could see reduction in hair fall, dandruff, itching”
But there was one problem.I realized that Detumescence or Towel massage were able to induce the new hair growth or thickening of existing hairs but there were not enough to sustain growth from that point onwards.
Only right nutrition is required to sustain the growth and thicken existing hairs. Topicals might help temporarily but they won’t thicken the hair. Unless topicals have certain nutrients they won’t thicken hair. Period.When I realized that, I started reading more and more research on Hair loss exploring Nutrient connection.I came across several research papers on Zinc connected with Hair loss. I also started searching for answers on Forums to see if anyone benefited with Zinc regarding their hair loss.I found several threads on the same. Meanwhile I was also researching other nutrients which could potentially reverse hair loss. One of the prominent minerals was Magnesium. As Male pattern baldness is result of Calcification and Fibrosis. There was a lot of research and anecdotal evidence suggesting Magnesium can potentially reverse Calcification.So I decided to supplement with Zinc and Magnesium.
There was a supplement called ZMA which helped a lot of people to take care of Zinc and Magnesium deficiency and there were several people on internet who were benefited with ZMA for athletic performance , sex drive and hair regrowth however, there was a lot of contrary evidence suggesting that it didn’t help many in regards to reversing hair loss.So I was kind of in dilemma whether to try it or not. But I decided to give it a try for next 3 months. As soon I started with ZMA (which contains Zinc, Magnesium and Vitamin B6) within a week the hair at my middle 1/3rd started growing. In span of 1 month I saw good results. However, I had to stop it because I was having diarrhea like symptoms throughout the day and many of those who switched to ZMA based on my suggestions started having diarrhea like symptoms. While some didn’t face any of the symptoms.I started getting several people reporting that they started seeing improvement with their hair after they were on ZMA.However, I wasn’t sure about what was really responsible for hair regrowth.Was it Zinc, Magnesium or B6 ?
There was overwhelming evidence for Zinc so I thought it was because of Zinc. However, it was a big mistake because everyone who switched to only Zinc supplements, hardly any of them saw any positive results. However, some of them started reporting their hair started greying prematurely, So I stopped using it.
My photo in last week of April 2017 (front photo taken in harshest light possible)
Results : My frontal 1/3rd hair has thickened. Crown area has started filling up. Some of my friends confirmed that there was indeed an improvement in my hairs.
July 2017-September 2017
I started researching other strong links to reverse my hair thinning. I was bumping into dead ends all the time. I realized that I need to find a connecting link which explains the whole picture because resolving hair loss doesn’t seem like a separate problem, it seemed like it wasn’t isolated issue, it was a systemic problem. Isolated supplements may or may not help me.So I started reading a lot of books, research papers and watching youtube videos. I came across Morley Robbins video on Copper Dysregulation. I found it because I was researching copper in connection with my grey hair.
It didn’t make any sense initially after watching his video. so I started watching more and more of his videos.His advice seemed contrary to what other popular gurus were preaching .He talked about stopping Vitamin D, Iron, Calcium, Multivitamins supplement. Instead talked about adding more magnesium and food based supplements rather than synthetic supplements.It was first very difficult to believe his advice because whatever I had read in first 16-17 months, he mentioned to do 80% of the opposite. So I joined his group and started learning about his protocol.
But I saw several others in group benefiting from his protocol so I decided to dig deeper into the research behind it and started implementing the protocol.First of all, I ditched all synthetic supplements.I first bought Concentrace Trace Minerals and added things like Adrenal Cocktail, added Silica and other things in Protocol. I started seeing smaller changes in my hair.
Morley talked a lot about Iron—Copper, Magnesium—-Calcium Dance.Watch his video and you will understand
After learning Root Cause Protocol, I realized that my fatigue, IBS symptoms, hair loss, greying could be because of excess Iron. All I wanted to do was to get my blood tests done
My photo in July 2017
Results : I saw good changes in my other symptoms. Little improvement in my hair especially middle and crown 1/3rd.
October 2017 to December 2017
In September, I decided to check for my iron markers, vitamin D, liver enzymes, Ceruloplasmin, serum copper, serum zinc.Here are my values.I realized that my Iron markers are very high and I needed to reduce it. Check my reports below.
I went for blood donation. I also started taking Rice Bran, Wheatgrass. This helped me to successfully deal with many health issues I was still having. Changing my diet in September 2016 helped me a lot in many issues, however, there were other issues still there.
First improvement I had seen was reduction in fatigue. Earlier by quitting wheat and changing my diet, I had already seen the improvement in my fatigue and IBS but after a blood donation, I saw very good changes.I continued with Concentrace Trace Minerals till it lasted. Once they were over, I didn’t take any Magnesium supplement.
In November,I was supposed to fly to US for Business and Leisure Trip.When I flew to US, I was terrified because I thought I had to deal with IBS, Hair Loss and several other issues because Food System in US is seriously bad.
Genetically modified foods, Iron Fortified Foods etc etc.
Being an Indian and being health conscious, I never wanted to eat french fries, burgers, low fat milk etc etc. I chose not to eat bread, pasta there, stuck to fruits, seafood, rice, beans. I didn’t face any problems in US. Thank GOD.Even when I used to wash my hair with shampoo, I still didn’t face excessive hair loss.Here is me with my mentor Ryan Levesque
When I came back, I again went for blood donation and then I continued with Wheatgrass, Rice Bran. All values came into the range except D and I know why that could have happened. I stopped my Magnesium for 3 months. I don’t know why but I just stopped it.
Results : When I came back, I did see marginal improvement as confirmed by some of my friends.
January 2018 to March 2018
In January, I got my 23andme reports.Here are test results of my Genetic Testing
So by genetic standards, I am not supposed to lose hair by age 40 but I still lost it and I have started regaining it so you can say that it’s possible to activate or deactivate genes based on your diet and lifestyle.
I also started getting more magnesium, Vitamin A, I added Egg Yolks, Nutritional Yeast, Cacao Beans, Food based B, E Vitamins, Red Palm Oil. I started seeing major changes within few weeks.Earlier, although I had decent results in middle 1/3rd area, I was not able to part my hair sideways because they didn’t grow long beyond certain length but after this regimen, especially I believe course of B-Vitamins over 6-8 weeks, the hairs which were stagnant for last 8-10 years started growing back.
I don’t know it’s only because of B Vitamins or something else. I think they have played a major role. The key is getting most of them from food or food based supplement and not from Synthetic supplements. It’s not biotin. Biotin will help you to grow your hair faster but it won’t thicken or regrow the hair which are stagnant.The key to get all Vitamins and Minerals from high quality foods or superfoods.Pasture Raised Egg Yolks, Bee Pollen, Unfortified Nutritional Yeast, Stabilized Rice Bran (Brown Rice) for B-Vitamins
Here are my current photos from Mid March 2018
Results : Crown Area almost filled. I can part my hairs sideways without leaving any gaps, earlier, there used to be big gaps, now they are hardly there, unless I try to create it.Using oil still shows gap.So when it comes to reversing hair loss (stopping hair loss/thinning and regrowing new hair) it comes to implementing step by step approach.
April to June 2018
From May, I started regularly eating Pasture Raised Egg Yolks (at least 6 a day), I also started consuming more Pumpkin, Sunflower Seeds (10-20gms each)
I started consuming Organic Plant Protein, Hemp Protein, Kelp, Bee Pollen, Cacao Nibs, Unfortified Nutritional Yeast, Borax(to get Boron)
I started seeing further improvement in my hair. (You can see further improvement in crown area despite hair length being 4-5 cm less than previous photos)
In May, I again had chance to travel to Chicago, I didn’t face much problems with food.
Me with my Mentor Perry Marshall in Chicago
This was my journey, if you want to stop your hair loss, I have developed 5 step game plan to identify root causes, resolve them using diet & lifestyle changes, scalp stimulation exercises to stop hair loss and regrow hair naturally.
My maternal uncle and grandfather and thin hairs. My maternal grandfather was completely bald at the age of 40. My maternal uncle is not completely bald and had thin hairs since he was young. Same with my mother. Although, my genetic test shows something different.In 2013, I started having problems with leaky gut, food allergies, frequent bowel movements etc.I went on a low-carb diet. The low carb diet is usually bad for hair. Your entire metabolism runs on fatty acids instead of burning glucose. It’s very inefficient fuel compared to glucose. It causes hair follicles begin to miniaturize.I used to wash my hair with hard water for first half of 2015 and I used to shampoo my hair very regularly.When I started finding different possible triggers of hair thinning, I started eliminating them one by one. It wasn’t possible to eliminate every trigger but it was possible to reduce side effects of them. I started doing it with Diet, Scalp Stimulation Exercise and Lifestyle Interventions.If you want to find possible triggers, check out the program I have developed : Hair Regrowth Blueprint
Step 2. Reset Scalp
In order for hair to grow or regrow, your scalp has to be in optimum condition. If you have condition like excessive oiliness, itchiness, fungal infections, no matter how many different attempts you make to regrow new hair, the results will not be optimal.If you want help to reduce dandruff, itchiness and oiliness of your scalp, check out this blog post
I achieved optimum scalp condition through diet, Detumescence Therapy and Towel Massage.Detumescence Therapy consists of Pinching, Pressing and Stretching the scalp to reverse local calcification & fibrosis and restore natural blood supply. Towel massage achieves the same purpose at much faster pace.If you have lost almost all of hair, Detumescence is more effective to you and if you still have a lot of tiny hair still intact, towel massage is the best way to go forward.In Hair Regrowth Blueprint, I answer most of the questions revolving around Detumescence Therapy and Towel Massage.
Step 3. Reactivating Dormant Hair Follicles
To reactivate dormant hair follicles, I employed several methods.Notable ones are Detumescence Therapy and Towel massage. I also used Nail Rubbing, Onion Juice, Five Tibetan Rites and Emu+Castor Oil.In late 2016, I also started using supplementation like Ca along with Vitamin D3 and K2 to reverse Arterial Calcification. I started drinking Guava + Orange Juice every week to reverse Fibrosis. (Guava contains Apigenin and Orange contains Naringenin and both of them are known to reverse Fibrosis)
Step 4 : Regrow Hair
Using right food, supplements for deficiency or therapeutic purposes at right time which will not only optimize your metabolism and reduce metabolic stress but also help you grow your hair which were miniaturized or were not growing earlier to fuller length and keep the existing hair.
Step 5 : Retain Hair
Once you get your hair back, even if you start facing hair loss at any other time, you need to know troubleshooting steps to backtrace possible causes of hair loss and reverse it.So if you want to use this 5 Step Methodology to identify possible causes of your Hair Loss/Hair Thinning and, stop it and start regrowing your hair naturally like I did, check out Hair Regrowth Blueprint
October 2017 First Week
December 2017 Last Week
Pro-Thyroid Diet Diet popularized by Ray Peat which supports Thyroid but you shouldn’t eat fish, nuts, seeds, legumes, beans, grains. I tried for 6–8 months, I got good improvement in front. But it’s not sustainable. I now eat everything in moderation.
What you should do ?
a. Stop all types of diets like Keto Diet, Low Carb Diet, Low Fat Diet, Fruit Only Diet, Raw Food Diet or any kind of weight loss diet b. If possible, stop all medications like Vitamin A (Acne Medication), Painkillers, Gout Medications, Beta Blockers, Female Hormones, Male Hormones, Steroids/Immunosuppressantswith or without Doctor’s permission as you think is suitable. (I am not a Licensed Practitioner or Doctor) c. Stop Foods you are sensitive to and/or switch to higher quality foods Stop eating prepackaged wheat flour, eat wheat flour from mill. (This suggestion alone can help you reversing hair loss) d. Work on your mind first. Although you might think it’s not very important, I believe that it has major impact on your health and hair loss. There are certain methods I have used like EFT, Emotion Code, Journaling, Non-dominant hand writing, forgiveness etc et e. Improve your digestion by killing gut infection and restoring Gut Bacteria. (No antibiotics please)
1. Stop smoking, drinking, drugs, weeds 2. Change cooking oil to ghee, cold pressed coconut or groundnut oil 3. No Whey Protein or Soy or any man made protein extracted from foods. Eat real food even if it’s expensive 4. No Vitamin D, A, Zinc, Copper, Iron and Multi-Vitamin supplement 5. Donate blood every 3–4 months. (Very very important) 6. Add more magnesium rich foods in your diet sunflower, pumpkin, watermelon seeds, cacao, Magnesium Oil (to spray not to eat), hemp seeds etc etc 7. No oats, corn flakes, soya, museli and canned or packaged foods/snacks 8. Add B Vitamin rich foods, Moringa, Bee Pollen, Unfortified Nutritional Yeast, Brown Rice, Pasture raised egg yolks etc etc 9. Add Vitamin A rich foods especially animal based like Egg Yolks, Fish 10. Add lots of different types of fruits in your diet 11. Dont try to block DHT, IL-6, Prostaglandin D2 and other inflammatory mediators.
I always had this problem when it comes to comparing hair Before After photos. I get people sending me first photo with more length, different combing style, different camera, different lighting and the subsequent photos with totally different length, camera, combing style, lighting etc etc.
When it happens, when you can’t really compare 2 pictures, but the person says that he had seen density improvement or regrowth, you can imagine my frustration. I get such not so comparable pictures all the time.
I requested one of my clients who is Professional Photographer to teach us how one can take such comparable pictures without buying any expensive equipment, lighting etc etc.
He has personally seen the improvement with his hair in matter of 2-3 months. He is approaching 60 years. Look at his photos
Here is the procedure he sent me.
First Video is made under direct florescent light and there after a pic taken in the same setup, for the second Video same setup but a tenting with white cloth was made in between the light and the object (Head) remaining everything is same, a Video and a photograph is also done for the same setup,you can notice the difference between the two photographer’s in the first pic you can see shiny patches on the hair whereas in the second photo the shiny patches are not that visible, so in this way if you can do the details of the hair will be more visible,my intention is to show you the technique and suggest you to do it under sunlight in the same way, so that the details of the hair will be better, but while doing this please follow these steps, the sunlight should be 45°to 65°from the right side of the object (Head) the background and the dress of the person should be dark because most of the camera’s of the mobile phones are set in auto mode the exposure may change if the background or dress is light in color, the camera may take exposure for lighter colors and the main part(Hair) will become more darker and the details will be lost, since the details of the hair is important most of the photograph should be the head,the cloth that you use for tenting should be white and two to three feet above the object (Head) parallel in between the light and head, it will be better if you take help from someone to hold the four sides of the cloth or fix it accordingly. This Video and photos are done with a lower end mobile phone.
So, now you know how to take correct photos, go and read my advice, take your first photo using this method, send it to me.
Several times, I encounter people who think all of their MPB or Pattern hair loss symptoms are because of Hypothyroidism but unfortunately their Thyroid profile results show otherwise.
Their tsh values are usually within range. Their doctors tell them it’s fine but usually they have many symptoms of hypothyroidism along with Hair thinning.
What’s this conundrum all about ?
Today, I am going to share with you all I have learned about hypothyroidism and hypo induced hair loss and what you can do to stop and reverse it.
There are a lot of prominent internet personalities when it comes to dealing with Thyroid problems. Few names come to my mind which include Amy Myers, Izabella Wentz etc etc.
But personally I resonate much more with few with not so common theories when it comes to Thyroid problems.
First name comes to my mind is of Dr Ryke Geerd Hamer.
He developed a new branch of medicine called German New Medicine. When it comes to his theories, there are people who are hardcore opponents of his seemingly wild claims and on the other hand, there are people who are on totally opposite side, these people are hardcore proponents and who swear by his theories and use it regularly in their practice.
I have started studying the implications of his theories and started to find that there is quite a lot of truth out there. However, I will reserve my final opinion unless I test his theories for longer duration.
He coined term called Dirk Hamer Syndrome and discovered 5 biological laws. They are especially developed in regards to cancer but they can also be extended to other ailments. He has worked tirelessly and fearlessly for more than 35 plus years to validate his theories.
If you want a brief overview of 5 biological laws, check it out here
If I interpret his theory correctly, if you want to understand the true reason behind Hypothyroid, then you have to ask yourself this question
Have you ever been in a Conflict which involves Conflict Shock that has to do with feeling too slow, feeling lagging behind in life, not being quick enough to get something, failing to get rid of something due to being too slow, pressured to hurry, or another feeling along this general theme ?
When you experience any of these, your thyroid gland produces more Thyroxine in order to help you to cope up by speeding you up but eventually it slows down if it constantly has to produce more Thyroxine all the time.
How to resolve this ?
Answer to this may not be as straightforward as it sounds but it can include anything from
Waiting for natural resolution to happen or accepting things as it’s and learn to live with it. The later may not resolve it completely but symptoms will be much more manageable.
Looking at the situation from a totally different angle
Learning to emotionally let go of it through various methods like Forgiveness, Emotion Code, EFT etc etc
Change your priorities so that the problem would no longer bother you
There is no one solution which is valid for everyone. The person has to evaluate all the information and come to his/her own conclusion on what can be or needs to be done.
According to GNM, if you are diagnosed with Auto-immune disease , it’s usually Hanging Healing i.e. the condition never fully goes through the entire resolution/ healing phase. It just “hangs” because there are tracks or reminders that keep us in a low level of conflict activity and as a result, the condition never fully heals.
According to its laws, Hypothyroidism is always preceded by Hyperthyroidism.
I am not an expert on German New Medicine, I am not claiming it otherwise. It’s a huge topic, I have just begun to scratch the surface. I have outlined some authentic resources I found on it, so you choose the right ones instead of looking on sites which don’t truly reflect the work of Dr Hamer.
If you want to know or learn about German New Medicine, get more information here
He is truly an iconoclast when it comes to the topic of nutrition. He doesn’t just point out problems with Allopathic Practitioners but he also points out the biggest flaws in Alternative Medicine Practitioners through his truly classic writing style.
His Root Cause Protocol is culmination of 9 plus years of work with clients, research and his unparalleled success stories, case studies is a testimony of his work being truly revered by his clients.
I was personally diehard skeptic of his suggestions in 2017 till it changed my worldview once I started studying it and when people working with me started getting better results, I realized how valuable his research is.
In one of blog posts, Tom Brimeyer posts this graphic
According to this diagram, Thyroid Hormone can be blocked at 5 levels
So I thought I should combine their wisdom for better understanding and implementation
Minerals required for Thyroid
Iodine: T3 has 3 iodine molecules; T4 has 4. T4 (thyroxine) is 68 percent iodine by weight, and T3 (triiodothyronine) is 58 percent. Selenium: A necessary cofactor in the production of thyroxine (T4), It also converts T4 to the more active form, T3. A total 11 selenium-dependent enzymes have been identified as necessary for thyroid function and thyroid hormone production. If you take iodine without selenium, you can cause selenium deficiency. If you take selenium without iodine, you can cause iodine deficiency. That’s why Morley Robbins suggests taking RBC selenium test before you supplement with Iodine. Zinc: Required for the synthesis of thyroid hormones. Zinc deficiency can result in hypothyroidism. Thyroid hormones are essential for the absorption of zinc. The hair loss attributed to hypothyroidism may not improve with thyroid hormone replacement unless zinc supplements are added. According to Morley Robbins, we can get sufficient Zinc from food, there is no necessity of Zinc supplements and can actually worsen the problem.
Read my blog post,
Diffuse Hair Loss : Get more Vitamin B6
Molybdenum: Molybdenum-dependent enzymes function in the oxidative system of thyrocytes (thyroid epithelial cells). They also play an important role in T3 (thyroglobulin) release from the thyroid gland. (This mineral is a big no no from Morley Robbins as it blocks Ceruloplasmin production so get it from food) Boron: Helps the conversion of the storage form of thyroid hormone, T4, to T3, the active form. Copper: Plays an important role in the metabolism of the amino acid tyrosine, which is a precursor to T4 (thyroxine). It’s usually not supplemented but status should be measured in terms of Ceruloplasmin value. Chromium: Enhances insulin activity playing a major role in the regulation of insulin release and its effects on carbohydrate, protein and lipid metabolism. Conversion of T4 to T3 is influenced by insulin, so in a roundabout way, chromium helps this conversion. Manganese: Required to transport the hormone thyroxine into our cells. Magnesium: Calcium and magnesium must be balanced in the body to ensure proper thyroid function. If there is too much calcium, thyroid hormones can become diminished. Magnesium is the regulator of calcium absorption and utilization.
Vitamins needed for Thyroid
Vitamin A : T3 and Vitamin A is required to convert your cholesterol into all of your thyroid-protective youth hormones, so deficient in Vitamin A prevents you from being able to use thyroid hormone. Vitamin D : Magnesium is involved in each step of Vitamin D synthesis and storage so indirectly Vitamin D is also required for proper thyroid functioning.
If you really look at the list, with proper testing almost all minerals and vitamins are directly and indirectly needed for proper thyroid functioning but I definitely think there is hierarchy.
Magnesium (decided by your RBC Magnesium levels)
Vitamin A Retinol
Iodine (with RBC Selenium testing if you want to be 100% sure)
Vitamin D (from sunlight and repleting Magnesium levels)
Usually, I haven’t seen or hardly seen people overdosing Magnesium from foods or supplements, even if they do, I haven’t seen any side effects as such except more bowel movements. That’s not to say overdosing is OK.
Getting Retinol overdose is also not very likely unless you buy beef liver capsules consume it in excess, even if you do, I don’t think it’s physically viable to do it to that extent.
If you eat brazil nut or grain, egg yolks, fish you usually get enough Selenium.
If you get enough Sunlight, then there is no side effects of Vitamin D synthesis by your own body as it’s water soluble (when it’s produced by Sun exposure). Vitamin D supplementation is not necessary.
In case, if you want to read about my own experience with Vitamin D supplementation, read it here
But there is a good chance of getting Iodine overdose because of several reasons. First of all, RBC selenium testing isn’t cheap and that common.
When people want to get iodine, they use these 4 sources
Lugol’s iodine (major possibility of overdose)
Seaweed/Kelp (unless you are consuming standardized capsules, there is high possibility of overdose)
And also took Her Hashimoto’s Self Management Program
However, when I started researching more, in my personal opinion, the Work of Dr Hamer, Carolyn Dean, Morley Robbins advice holds more merit and value although they are not as famous or widely recognized as she is right now. This is not to take any credit away from what she has done for the entire Hypothyroid and Hashimoto community in general and she being my source of inspiration right from the beginning.
What’s ideal TSH value ?
I don’t know.Various experts have different opinion. Some say it should be less than 1 and more than 0.5. Some say it should be less than 2.5 and more than 0.5.
I usually consider 0.5 to 2 as ideal range.
Will reduction in TSH value will stop and reverse my hair loss ? Depends
Here is someone who reduced TSH and gained hairs
Here is someone who improved hairs but no changes in TSH, but with reduction in TSH, his hair became worse
In case of this woman, it was toxic situation with her spouse which also created Hyperthyroid issues for her along with frontal receding.
When she talked with her spouse and worked towards resolving the issue. She started seeing regrowth along hairline with no diet, no supplements, no topicals, no oils, nothing, on its own. She stopped her Thyroid medication completely 2 months prior (at the time she took before photo)
Note : She has colored her hairs on left. Both photos are taken with hairs tied at back.
What you should really look to see if there is an improvement in their thyroid functioning or not
Some people just look at TSH value and say there is improvement or no improvement.
I think that’s incorrect way of looking at the situation,
Instead this is what they should look for
You should first do Temp and Pulse Test (before and after results and see if there is an improvement in temp and pulse compared to earlier) More details here http://www.forefronthealth.com/lp/3-step-testing-protocol/
Symptoms. If you experience better digestion, better bowel movements, better sleep, better energy, better sex drive, better mood, better appetite, better health, better hair etc etc, then that’s sign of improvement
You should also look if they don’t have impending ongoing conflict as Dr Hamer points out, it’s either getting resolved, already resolved or you are using different ideas I mentioned in the beginning to mitigate it
Then finally you should look at their TSH value and other parameters like RBC magnesium, Iron Profile, Vitamin D etc etc and in case if TSH values are more than 5, you should also get testing done for Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody (TPOAb), Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb)
What I have learned in the last 4 years is those who are still losing density and are not seeing progress either because they are not following suggestions properly or they are going through active/hanging conflict or on certain drugs, hormones, medications etc etc
And then there are some more ways to improve thyroid function, inspired by Izabella Wentz book “Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis“
If you want me to help you analyze your blood work and tell you how you can balance thyroid and regrow your hair, check out Hair Regrowth Blueprint
In this post, I have purposefully avoided taking names of particular companies or brands except one.
Look at their ad
Now, in this photo, you don’t know whether it’s shown for representation purpose or is it real transformation with this oil. End user doesn’t know and because end user is usually naive, he/she believes this photo as a Testimonial.
Many would click the AD because they would see this photo and believe they are going to see this kind of transformation with this Oil. If they are using photos of a real person in the ad who have seen the results, then that shouldn’t really be a problem
In this ad, they are not technically lying but they are not telling the truth either.
2. Clinical Trials but no proof
This company claims their product grew hair in 85% of them so where are those clinical studies ? Where are the links so I can read them ?
You won’t find them because there are NO clinical studies.
There are many hair loss supplements which talk about their supplements passing clinical trials but if you don’t find them on their website, then their claims are totally fake and based and based on where they are located, they can get into deep trouble.
Here are supplements which actually did clinical trials.
I found this before after photo on one of the websites selling hair oil, so I just thought of doing reverse image search on person who posted the testimonial.
If it’s a product/service, if you see the photos, your job is to do reverse image search first.
4. Ways to contact them
Try to find their email address. Have they given it somewhere or they are actively trying to hide it ?
No Phone Number
Try to see if they have provided their phone number. If yes, call on it and see if anyone picks up the phone or respond to the message. Try it multiple times, if they respond to any of that or if you see automated voice message, then it’s time you should be careful.
Fake Video Testimonials
It’s easy to figure out. From their body language, voice tone, face expressions. Some fake product developers hire actors to make it look like a genuine testimonial. I can figure out such testimonials from a mile away. You may not, so sometimes it’s better to trust your gut feeling. If you don’t feel right, don’t buy that product or service.
Fraud companies like these change their product names and company names to save themselves from Legal Action.
Few other ways to spot SCAM or Fraud
Look at the customer service
See how they treat their customers, how they respond to their questions, how they address their questions/concerns, see their fulfilment service etc etc.
Responding to emails
Ask them a question over email and see how long they did take to respond ? Use Boomerang to check if they actually read your mail or not. If they don’t, gently follow up with them. Email them 4-5 times over the period of few weeks, if they read emails but don’t respond back, then don’t purchase from them.
Responding to Messages
If you have queries or questions or want help with after sales service, if they are hardly available to answer your questions, that’s a Red Flag.
Responding to calls
Call them, preferably 3-5 times at different times, on different days. Give them some benefit of doubt. If they don’t call back or if they respond through other mode of communication, it’s another red flag.
5. Look at Refund service
See whether they actually refund or not, if yes, how much do they refund ?
Ask them about refund. When do they provide refund ? How much refund do they provide ? On what criteria they provide refund ?
Also check if they actually provide refund or not, if yes, in how many days ?
It’s often tricky, difficult or time consuming but in order not to get scammed, you have to do the due diligence..
Some might have strong refund policy saying that if you follow this and do this and don’t see the results, we will give all the money back, some have very weak refund policy.
If they have guts to give guarantee almost everyone in the market is terrified to give and if they actually live up to it…That’s indication of great product/service.
(This is example of specific and strong guarantee, although it’s not from any hair loss product/service)
There are few things you can do to ensure you will not get scammed
Email/Call/Ask for Trial if it’s oil/topical
Check Person/Company on Google/Social Media, check for Complaint, Check Forum/Youtube
Reference Check (from a trusted friend) or someone you can talk/chat/email/meet
Mystery Shop. Call them, email them and place an enquiry or order and see if you can manage to spot any suspicious behaviour.
Reverse Image Search : Whatever photos they give, always run reverse image search on various websites. If you find those photos on other websites, you got your answer.
Unverifiable Mentions (or Paid mentions) : See if the video testimonials or those who have been mentioned as Testimonials are real people or not.
Unverifiable Clinical Trials : If you don’t find any document verifying clinical results, then it’s a big SHAM.
Gut Feeling : Despite doing all due diligence, it’s still possible that you will get cheated by some clever machinations of evil fraudster, always trust your gut feelings.
When I was experimenting to regrow hairs, I was trying different foods, supplements. In April 2017, I get message from a reader. His friend recovered entire crown with ZMA. It’s a supplement which contains Zinc, Magnesium and Vitamin B6. It’s supplement usually taken by those who want to boost their performance in Gym Performance, increase Testosterone.
Naturally, I was curious. After trying Detumescence and Towel massage for 8 months along with Ray Peat inspired diet, there was no sign of improvement on my crown area with this diet. Frankly, I was ready to try anything.
Before, I try any supplement, I usually try to research more about it on Amazon, Youtube, Forums. I found more than 10 people who swore by ZMA to improve density of hair. Many of the reviews raved about Positive effects of ZMA on their sleep, energy level, mood. I was completely sold on trying this new magic supplement.
Basically, ZMA has Zinc Aspartate and Monomethionine, Magnesium Asparate, Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCL)
For first few days, I experienced more stamina, more energy, deep sleep (I had in years) and within a week, middle 2/3rd of my hairs started growing. I checked it multiple times to confirm I wasn’t dreaming so I continued it further. I could still see continued improvement in middle 2/3rd area.
I couldn’t believe that I was seeing improvement. Many people also started messaging me about their improvement. Some people just wanted to wait for some more time.
I was in Heaven.
And then came a real shocker. I didn’t pay much attention to it earlier. I was experiencing more and more bowel movements up to 6 times in a day. Initially, I thought, this would eventually normalize after a week, but unfortunately it didn’t.
Then some others also started complaining about it so I started researching more about it. I realized it it’s Magnesium Aspartate causing this problem.
I was really seeing the improvement, but I didn’t want to get stuck up in washroom all the time. Every time, I would go anywhere, this fear would haunt me. So I had to stop it after a month and the problem vanished after that.
But there were few others who still continued despite problems and there were others who were not facing any problems continued too. Not everyone saw improvement with it.
However, that was the time, I started getting before and after pictures from people
And there few more and I also got several messages from people who could see the improvement but they didn’t have any before and after photos to share it with me.
This convinced me that it was Zinc that was helping. Was I right in assuming Zinc is doing this ? You will know it soon.
I started reading a lot of literature on Zinc in connection with hair loss.
Because this ZMA thing worked well for me. I decided to start Zinc supplements because it didn’t have side effects of excessive bowel movements.
I bought Zinc Picolinate (as it is most bio-avaialble form)
I started taking it every 2-3 days because dose was much higher than RDA. I took it for more than 3-4 weeks with zero improvement. Instead whenever, I used to consume Zinc without food, I would feel so nauseous that I would almost throw up but it worked well with Proteins/Fats.
I thought it was just me not seeing any improvement. Many people I was working with Zinc alone supplement, didn’t see any results at all except one who saw elongation of hairs along hairline.
In fact, including me, many started experiencing side effects like premature grey hairs. First of all, it was not producing any results for hair and on top of that, it was giving me and others premature grey hairs so I decided to ditch it and started researching on reversing grey hair on youtube and I came across Morley Robbins Root Cause Protocol.
And then everything started making sense. After studying and implementing it, I revisited same study of a woman recovering from diffuse Hair Loss and I realized the mistake I made. If you closely read her report, you will know something
“Thyroid function tests were as follows: T3 70 ng/dl (normal 80-200), T4 2 mcg/dl (normal 4-12), and Thyroid Stimulating Hormone 64 IU/ml (normal 0.30-4.5). All routine investigations including antinuclear antibody profile were within normal limits, except for a low hemoglobin level of 9 g/dl.
Her plasma zinc level was estimated, which was 62 mcg/dl (normal 66-144 mcg/dl and optimal levels 90-150 mcg/dl)”
Low Plasma Zinc and Extremely Low Hemoglobin. It was not just Zinc deficiency but it was clear case of Excess Iron. It was Zinc deficiency created by Excess Iron not necessarily lack of Zinc in diet.
There is difference between absolute lack of Nutrient and Bio-availability of Nutrient.
Watch this Video “You are not Anemic”
What should be done in this case is not supplement more zinc, instead run Full Iron Panel Test (Serum iron, Transferin Saturation, Ferritin and Ceruloplasmin)
Giving Zinc supplement in such cases, shouldn’t be even done. Watch this video which explains Root Cause Protocol succinctly.
It’s purpose is to reduce Iron Load and make Zinc bio-available. If you supplement with Zinc (without being truly deficient) then it would further reinforce the symptoms of Excess Iron and Zinc deficiency.
It’s just like taking Iron supplement if you have low Hemoglobin or low Ferritin. It can help you in short term but can cause damage in the long run because true Iron deficiency caused by lack of Iron in diet is very rare.
Heavy metals like Arsenic was used to increase Hemoglobin which stimulates RBC production, but just because Arsenic improves Iron levels doesn’t mean one should use it.
Then I started researching why so many people including me got results with ZMA. I then thought it was Magnesium.
In Root Cause Protocol, Magnesium is the key mineral. I was using Transdermal Magnesium, Ionic Magnesium and Magnesium Glycinate, I saw improvement in my hairs not as dramatic as I saw with ZMA. I started analyzing others lab reports and recommended them to get magnesium through all the means including food. Some saw very good improvement with Root Cause Protocol but those who just used more Magnesium, saw improvement with hair loss and other health issues but not much improvement in density.
I realized I was missing something. Zinc and Magnesium didn’t create much difference. Now it was time to test Vitamin B6.
Vitamin B6 is co-factor for Zinc and Magnesium, it potentiates effects of both. Then my research again started.
I found interesting connections on Forums than in scientific literature.
There is very little evidence of Vitamin B6 in Scientific Literature.
The evidence was so huge that at one point, I thought of ordering Zix but then I thought before I use Zix, I should at least try Vitamin B6 first. I bought food based Vitamin B supplements which contained all B-Vitamins.
As soon as I started consuming it, within a week I again started seeing changes in my hairs as I had seen in my ZMA days. This improvement lasted for 3-4 weeks and then it slowed down.
Then when I started connecting the dots, the picture started becoming more and more clear.
If you look at what people do to restore their hairs. Eat/apply Onion/Garlic/Fenugreek Seeds/Black Cumin Seeds. Each of them have substantial amount of Vitamin B6.
I have personally used Eggs, Unfortified Nutritional Yeast (the richest source of Vitamin B6), stabilized rice bran.
And several people reported improvement in their density and thickness after using it.
Of course, these photos are not comparable but this person mentioned of significant improvement. There was another one who also saw improvement
Both of them saw improvement after adding Vitamin B6 (overall B vitamin rich foods) in their diet.
If you have early cases of Pattern Hair loss and/or diffuse hair loss, you shouldn’t blindly supplement with Zinc. If you want to use Zinc, first check your Iron markers if they are perfect.
Rule out excess Iron creating Zinc deficiency symptoms. Then if you want to supplement with Zinc, use Wheatgrass (check labels to see if it has Zinc) or eat oysters and other Zinc rich foods. Don’t bother about Zinc supplementation.
If I were you, if I suspect I have true Zinc deficiency (not getting enough from food), I would first try foods and then get more Vitamin B6 from foods rather than supplementing with B complex or B-6 supplements.
Eat foods rich in Vitamin B6.
1. Grass Fed Beef (I don’t eat it, I suggest it to people who can eat it and are OK with it. If you are not OK for any reason, don’t eat it)
2. Unfortified Nutritional Yeast (Don’t eat Fortified, it’s good for nothing)
3. Salmon (Low smoked is better)
4. Pasture Raised Egg Yolks (4-6 a day)
Just because there are not enough studies doesn’t mean you should not try it. If you wait for studies for every food or nutrient, that will probably never happen.
Eat nutrient dense, organically grown, pesticide-chemical free real whole foods and test it for yourself. Don’t wait for double blind studies or any studies.
There is growing tendency among many so called “scientific” people who scour hair loss forums/reddit or read scientific papers. They are waiting for perfect studies before they try anything. Usually, these people don’t see any results or even if they see it, they can’t sustain them for long or without side effects.
Almost every study comes from Western Science is Reductionist. They study a single mineral or extract of something to study efficacy of something so that they can eventually patent something or sell their supplements. That’s the reason, there are very few studies on whole foods.
That’s why many so called “scientific” people are not going to try it because according to them if it’s not “Peer Reviewed” or “Double Blind” it’s not scientific.
I would use studies to educate myself about potential side effects (if any) and then instead of using a sole mineral or vitamin, I would instead find a whole food which contains that mineral/vitamin/enzyme/co-factor and try it for myself. This is better way to approach hair loss. Don’t ignore Anecdotal evidence. Use it for your own advantage but use it wisely, safely and with least side effects.
If you want help with understanding if you are truly Zinc deficient, I can help you do that by analyzing your lab reports and suggest you appropriate course of action. Check Hair Regrowth Blueprint
But don’t hesitate to try Wheatgrass/Oysters as well Pasture Raised Egg Yolks, Unfortified Nutritional Yeast, Salmon
Impaired Mobilization of Iron to Transferin (Requires Ceruloplasmin)
Impaired synthesis of Heme from Fe(III) (Requires Cytochrome Oxidase
Both of them are Copper Dependent.
So new definition of Hypoxia is
Hypoxia = Low Oxygen Activation = Lack of Bio-available Copper
Why Copper is so important here ?
Because Copper mobilizes Iron from Tissues/Organs to where it needs to be.
Ceruloplasmin is Copper binding Protein and without it Copper can cause Oxidative damage just like Iron. It oxidizes Ferrous to Ferric and gets reduced from Cupric to Cuprous.
For body to utilize Copper, it has to be in Cu (I) state. For Iron used for Storage purpose (like Ferritin) or Heme Synthesis, Iron has to be in Fe (II) state and for Transport purpose, it has to be Fe (III) state.
Ferrous i.e. Fe (II), Ferric i.e. Fe (III), Cuprous i.e. Cu (I), Cupric i.e. Cu (II)
When there is no Cu (I) available in last step of Cytochrome C Complex IV, 90% of energy is not made (34 out of 38 ATP) Instead ETC dysfunction causes ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species) formation giving rise to oxidative stress through formation of Super oxide , Hydrogen Peroxide, Hydoroxyl Radical etc etc.
Superoxides initiates Fenton reaction in presence of Fe (II)
To stop the propagation of free radicals, anti-oxidant defense system in our body starts working
In those experiencing Hair Loss, level of SOD (Superoxide Dismutase) is significantly lower compared to those who don’t have AGA.
The conclusion of papers says that
“Significantly decreased SOD activity but no change in catalase, glutathione peroxidase, non-protein thiols level and total antioxidant activity in erythrocytes suggest the presence of a compensatory mechanism for SOD dysfunction in red blood cells of patients with androgenetic alopecia.”