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  • Just In Time For High Anxiety Hair Loss

    December 10, 2021: by Bill Sardi

    Resveratrol Stimulates Hair Re-Growth.  Really?

    A lot of people have suddenly found they are prematurely losing hair.  In this age of high anxiety, hair loss is one of the most discouraging and depressing aspects of modern life.  And nobody knows how to deal with it.

    More problematic, hair loss sufferers can’t easily relate it to any particular causal event when they are informed it often emanates from acute stress because it usually doesn’t occur till about 3 to 6 months after a stressful event.  Hospitalization, or the stress of caring for a loved one, or dealing with a potentially life-and-death situation where shortness of breath, chronic cough, temporary loss of memory, are commonly associated with delayed hair loss.  Locking down people in their homes has also been as stressful as jail time for many.

    One survey found about a third of adults suffering from what they believed were symptoms caused by a COVID-19 viral infection reported hair lossMore than 20% of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 lose hair 3 to 6 months after discharge.

    If you are searching online about this problem, it is medically called telogen effluvium.

    This problem has increased by 400% since the pandemic was declared.

    Hair growth phases

    Hair grows and regrows in phases.  ANAGEN is the growth phase; CATAGEN is a transition phase when hair growth stops; TELOGEN is the resting phase (about 10-15% of your hair follicles).  When hair follicles are pushed into the TELOGEN phase earlier than normal, hair will start falling out months later.

    And once you look in the mirror and realize your hair is thinning and falling out in your hands in the shower, well, the idea of being bald may cross your mind.  Maybe a wig?  Hair will regrow, but not for about 3 to 6 months.  You start wearing hats.

    Resveratrol to the rescue

    Now think in your mind you hear the William Tell Overture (1812 by Rossini) and thundering to your rescue is resveratrol, that red wine molecule that made Dr. David Sinclair at Harvard Medical School famous (Sinclair linked a survival gene, Sirtuin1, which is activated by a by a lifespan/healthspan-doubling limited calorie diet with resveratrol, the now infamous red wine molecule).

    Shall we just drink wine?  Well, not quite, though that might actually be part of the problem.  You see, the high anxiety of Covid-19 has increased alcohol consumption at home by 500%.  We’ll get back to this in a moment.

    So along comes a study published in the journal Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology which says when resveratrol was topically applied to laboratory mice their hair grew faster.  You can read and see the photos of the mice online.  But does this just apply to pet mice, or will it work for you?  And just how do you get some resveratrol to apply to your scalp?

    Let’s dig a little deeper.  Is this for real?

    Resveratrol for women Women who have their estrogen interfered with by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) often find they are losing their hair. In a study of women age 18-40 with PCOS who were given a whopper dose of oral resveratrol (not recommended), return of normal menstruation was 76.47% vs. 51.61% in the placebo group and lower hair loss 32.10% vs. 68.00% after 3 months.  Quite striking.  Another similar molecule, fisetin (strawberry molecule) has also been found to promote hair growth.

    Hey, maybe we add some resveratrol to our hair shampoo.  A capsule of resveratrol can be opened and the powder mixed with the shampoo.

    I can recall a man in Hawaii who in 2004 when the first discoveries about resveratrol were being unveiled, he doused his body in resveratrol every day, skin, hair, and internally.  The blonde hair of his youth returned, his skin looked younger, his wrinkles diminished, and well, that is precisely what is desired, a youthful appearance.  In fact, surveys show people would prefer to look younger in the mirror than live longer.  Youthfulness over longevity.  Can’t blame anyone, vanity or not.

    Wait.  There is more to this.

    Turns out increased alcohol consumption, and loss of sleep which has caused many to drink caffeinated beverages (coffee, tea) has resulted in an under-diagnosed condition called beriberi.  Don’t tell me, you never heard of it. Well, it is so common yet so ignored.

    In our modern society we all our vulnerable to this “high calorie malnutrition” problem.  Well fed, but vitamin deficient.  Beriberi is vitamin B1 (thiamine) deficiency.  B1 controls our autonomic (automatic) nervous system, breathing, heartbeat, digestion, as well as sense of smell and taste.  The beriberi epidemic was in full swing long before the arrival of Covid.  But the stress of Covid increased alcohol, coffee, tea consumption, the B1-blockers.

    So many people who thought they had Covid really had beriberi, which is called the “great imitator” by Dr. Derrick Lonsdale, the reigning beriberi expert.  As Dr. Lonsdale explains, he only sees patients with idiopathic (unknown origin) conditions.  Hair loss is one of the common symptoms of B1 deficiency.  Loss of appetite, weakness, panic attacks, crushing fatigue, loss of balance, migraines, salt craving, are just some of the common symptoms of B1 deficiency.

    For this reason, as well as the fact thiamine B1 is considered a longevity molecule.  Even the B1-sufficient can benefit from B1 supplementation.

    FYI: Longevinex and Longevinex Advantage will now include vitamin B1 in its more absorbable form (benfotiamine).

    Final note: male pattern baldness is another condition entirely.  For that, this writer finds pumpkin seed oil restores hair growth and softens/shrinks the prostate gland.  See the evidenceWorks for female pattern hair loss as well.  To thicken hair, oral hyaluronic acid, a water-gelling molecule, is beneficial (and included in Longevinex Advantage).

    The Many Symptoms of Beri Beri (Thiamine B1 Deficiency)

    Common Among COVID-19 Coronavirus Patients

    Loss of smell and taste Tingling (feet & hands) Insomnia, oversleeping Constipation
    Breathlessness (sailor’s astma) Involuntary eye movement (nystagmus) Ataxia (walk like a drunk) Small intestine bacterial overgrowth
    Profound weakness Pain (fibromyalgia?) Rapid heart rate Hair loss
    Cough, hoarness Memory loss, amnesia Difficulty speaking Abdominal pain; hiccups
    Diarrhea Confusion, delirium Swollen lower legs Distended abdomen
    Nausea, vomiting Double vision Tiny blood clots Horizontal ridges / nails
    Loss of hunger (anorexia) Weight loss / muscle loss Skin rash Ear ringing (tinnitus)
    Fever (from hypothalamus) Eyelid droop, eyelid twitch Seizures Loss of tendon reflexes
    Heart failure Kidney failure Numb feet Hallucinations / delusion
    Confabulations Irritability Low blood pressure Celiac nerve pain
    Learning impairment Brain shrinkage Loss of bladder control Sudden infant death
    Leaky gut Slow bile release/liver Tender calves (legs) Hypoglycemia
    Sweating Hand tremor (Parkinson’s) Difficulty swallowing Body stiffness
    ©Knowledge of Health, Inc.

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