Archive for the ‘Inflammation’ Category

Study: Treatment of Male Pattern Baldness with Botulinum Toxin: A Pilot Study

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Comment by Ethan:

This study is important because it reminds us that T conversion to DHT occurs in low oxygen environments, that the muscles (or anything) that constricts blood flow also reduces the availability of Oxygen in the scalp and dermal papilla.  Thus, relaxing these muscles, via botox (something I would not recommend since botox is a toxin), other approaches to relax the muscles and/or increase circulation and Oxygen levels include: various types of scalp massages, acupuncture, diet and nutrition, reducing inflammation, relaxation exercises etc is helpful to men with hair loss resulting from a genetic sensitivity to DHT.

 

 -:: This Abstract is posted here for posterity and archival purposes only ::-

Treatment of Male Pattern Baldness with Botulinum Toxin: A Pilot Study

Freund, Brian J. D.D.S., M.D.; Schwartz, Marvin D.D.S., M.Sc.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery . 126(5):246e-248e, November 2010.

doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3181ef816d

Author Information

Crown Institute; Pickering, Ontario, Canada

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Ginger Juice for the Scalp

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

I have used ginger topically on the scalp, it kills the itch very effectively.

It also works great on facial acne (zits) it dries them up, killing the bacteria.

Ginger applied topically is a TCM (traditional chinese medicine) technique.

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I have compared brewed ginger (ginger tea) to squeezed ginger (juice) and the ginger juice works better for me.

Updated: 3/23/2011

Essential Oils, Plant Oils, Animal Oils and Herbal Teas to Apply Topically

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

These are the most commonly mentioned oils for topical applications to stop hair loss and improve hair thickness.. I will write more about each of these. Many of these topicals could: Reduce inflammation, kill bacteria or other scalp parasites, and reduce dandruff.  Naturally, when an oil is applied one must massage it into the scalp, so an oil could simply be a used for the sake of facilitating a scalp/head massage. Also,  some of the topicals are simply carrier oils, that’s not to say that carrier oils by themselves are not beneficial!

Why the ones below?  I have found at least one person saying that at least one of these worked for them. If one person reported a benefit from a topical, that oil gets listed below.

note: Not one oil or one oil combination works for every one it seems, thus you have to experiment with single oils and combination (recipes).

The list of promising oils and teas for topical use and scalp massages:

  • rosemary oil
  • lavender oil
  • thyme oil
  • peppermint oil
  • cedarwood / atlast cedarwood oil
  • tea tree oil
  • eucalyptus oil
  • aloe vera oil/gel
  • grapeseed oil
  • arnica oil
  • sandalwood oil
  • lemon / lime oil
  • Amla oil / indian gooseberry, amalaki, amlaki  (Emblica officinalis) (Ayurvedic)
  • almond oil
  • sage oil
  • rosewood oil
  • lemon balm (melissa officnalis)
  • broccoli oil
  • tata oil
  • cactus oil
  • clove oil
  • cinnamon oil
  • chamomile oil
  • ginger root oil/ ginger juice (extract) / ginger tea
  • borage oil
  • castor oil (black jamaican castor oil)
  • hemp oil
  • burdock / burdockroot
  • ylang-ylang
  • Sesame
  • Agrimony (Ayurvedic)
  • Camphor (Ayurvedic)
  • Keshuth (leaves) (Ayurvedic)
  • Ashwagandha (leaves and stem) indian winter cherry (Ayurvedic)
  • Brahmi Oil (Ayurvedic)
  • Bringaraj oil / Bhringaraj oil (Ayurvedic)
  • Shikakai (Ayurvedic)
  • Bhringaraja / Bhringraja – Thistles  – (Eclipta alba) (Ayurvedic)
  • Daruhaldi – Berberis aristata, English Name: Indian barberry (Ayurvedic)
  • Karpoor Camphor or Karpoor – Cinnamomum camphora Nees (Ayurvedic)
  • Olive oil (carrier)
  • Coconut oil (carrier)
  • Emu oil | Emu Oil vs. DMSO (carrier)
  • jojoba oil (carrier)
  • herbs, powders:
    • chamomile, a-bisabolol
    • Amalaki /Amla fruit powder
    • Henna

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  • Emu Oil vs. DMSO

    Saturday, March 12th, 2011

     

    When I first heard of Emu oil I was excited about it, as it penetrates skin tissue and could be used a solvent that delivers various topical oils into the scalp. I then found that this oil should be prepared carefully to prevent contamination, it is from the Emu bird, the largest bird in Australia. I have only used topical plant oils so far and ingested plant oils and the other old fashioned cooking oils, butter or lard, and also consumed fish oil, cod liver oil and krill oils.

    I’ve never applied a fish or animal oil topically and was uncomfortable with that idea, so I put off purchasing Emu oil.

    In my search I came across DMSO. DMSO is Dimethyl sulfoxide, it is an organosulfur compound  with the formula (CH3)2SO.  It is a  colorless liquid, it is an important polar aprotic solvent that dissolves both polar and nonpolar compounds and is miscible in a wide range of organic solvents as well as water.It is weakly acidic.

    DMSO’s ability to penetrate the skin readily is what interested me, and many other researchers.  DMSO is used as a solvent for chemical reactions involving salts, most notably Finkelstein reactions and other nucleophilic substitutions. It is also extensively used as an extractant in biochemistry and cell biology.

    DMSO has a very high boiling point (189 °C; 462 K), this means it evaporates slowly. In labs reactions conducted in DMSO are often diluted with water to precipitate or phase-separate products.

    DMSO is something one could add to shampoo (along with many beneficial topicals) and then wash off.

    DMSO is used in medicine. Around 1963, a University of Oregon Medical School team, headed by Stanley Jacob, discovered it could penetrate the skin and other membranes without damaging them and could carry other compounds into a biological system.

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    Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?

    Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

    This article is posted here for archival purposes. It has been posted here with the author’s permission.

    Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?
    by: Stephen Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C.

    Throughout practically all of history, we humans have walked barefoot and slept on the ground, largely oblivious to the fact that the gentle surface energies of the Earth harmonize and stabilize the body’s fundamental biological rhythms and keep inflammation at bay.

    In our contemporary Western world, the widespread use of insulative rubber or plastic soled shoes has disconnected us from these nurturing energies and, of course, we no longer sleep on the ground as we did in times past.

    New research, which I am proud to be involved in, indicates that this physical disconnect from the Earth creates abnormalities in the physiology and contributes to the chronic inflammation, pain, fatigue, stress, and poor sleep that are so rampant in our modern society.

    Along with the research has emerged an amazingly simple remedy for many health problems, including the chronic inflammation regarded as the cause of most common modern diseases, including cardiovascular disease.  The remedy is something right beneath our feet – the Earth itself!

    The Greatest Health Discovery in My Career
    During my nearly forty years as a practicing cardiologist, I have encountered and used many wonderful natural treatments and seen first-hand astounding lifesaving technological advances. The greatest health discovery of my career, however, is something totally different and more natural than anything I could ever have imagined.

    This discovery is called Earthing and it means reconnecting the human body to the Earth’s natural and subtle electric frequencies that few people even know exist. The surface of the planet, science tells us, brims with health-sustaining energy, but until recently the extraordinary benefits that it offers were basically unknown.

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    Inflammation and Diet

    Sunday, December 12th, 2010

    Inflammation has been linked to hair loss and to diet. A diet that produces systemic inflammation is more likely to exist with hair loss than do anti-inflammatory diets.

    Several inflammatory cytokines are induced by oxidant stress.  The fact that cytokines themselves trigger the release of other cytokines and also lead to increased oxidant stress makes them important in chronic inflammation. Toxic cytokines can be influenced by diet modifications.

    Over production of pro-inflammatory hormone-like messengers (ex. prostaglandin E2 PGE2) and a lack of production of anti-inflammatory messengers (ex. prostaglandin E1 and E3) is a common cause of inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids seem to suppress the production of PGE2 and promote the production of the beneficial prostaglandin PGE3. Thus the recommendation is to reduce foods that are high in omega-6 fatty acids and increase the intake of foods high in omega-3. This will lead to more of the beneficial prostaglandins (E1 and E3) and less of the PGE2 linked to inflammation.

    Also, Gamma linolinic acid (GLA) induces the production of the anti-inflammatory PGE1.

    Arachidonic acid is a precursor to both the pro-inflammatory prostanglandin E2 (PGE2) and the pro-inflammatory cytokine leukotriene B4. Limiting foods that lead to the synthesis of arachidonic acid can also help reduce inflammation.

    A high-glycemic index (GI) diet cause excess production of insulin often leading to sharper spikes in insulin. Consuming GI foods could lead to the production of arachidonic acid. So, naturally one should avoid all high GI foods.

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    Ending Inflammation

    Friday, December 10th, 2010

    What can I do about inflammation?

    Inflammation could be caused by many factors, therein lies the challenge of knowing what is causing such inflammation. Fixing the problem at it’s root is much better than masking it.

    Topically:

    • Emu oil (comment: I have not tried this)
    • copper peptides
    • ketoconazole can be used to topically partially inhibit cytokine formation.
    • Essential oils (comment: easy to apply)
    • Anything that kills scalp parasites can help reduce localized scalp inflammation
    • ACV (comment: good)
    • Kefir (comment: tried it, works but messy)
    • Xylitol (comment: I have not tried)

    Diet:

    Diet and nutrition:

    • Ecklonia Cava Extract (rich in phlorotannins/polyphenols with uniquely strong antioxidant properties)
    • Curcumin 95% (95% curcuminoids including curcumin, demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin, which are antioxidants)
    • Krill Oil
    • R-Lipoic Acid (anti Oxidant)
    • Fish oil
    • DHEA
    • Stinging Nettle extract
    • GLA
    • Other antioxidants (vitamin E and N-acetyl cysteine)

    Read the anti-inflammatory diets posted on this website. This website has a few anti inflammatory diets and diet recommendations. To find them visit:

    You should consider finding food sensitivities that you have that might be sub-clinical. These could be causing chronic inflammation that you have grown accustomed to. The best way to find foods that don’t sit well with you is to go on the elimination diet then slowly reintroduce one food item at a time. You may enjoy the benefits of eliminating foods enough to not even care to re-introduce some items.

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    Prof. Ayers Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Lifestyle

    Friday, December 10th, 2010

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    Components of an Anti-inflammatory Diet (focus on meats, fish, eggs and leafy vegetables)

    • Low starch and other simple sugars — insulin and high blood glucose are inflammatory; so use complex polysaccharides (not starch); starch only in small portions (1/2 banana or one side of a hamburger bun) and preferably in unprocessed, less available forms, e.g. coarse ground or fat coated — bread with butter; less than 30 gm in any meal, less is healthier, grains are frequently a problem — gluten intolerance
    • No high fructose corn syrup — high free fructose (in contrast to sucrose) is inflammatory and contributes to crosslinking of collagen fibers, which means prematurely aged skin; sucrose is much better than alternative sweeteners
    • High ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats — most vegetable oils (olive oil is the exception) are very high in omega-6 fats and are inflammatory and should be avoided; omega-3 fats from fish oil cannot have their full anti-inflammatory impact in the presence of vegetable oils; omega-3 supplements are needed to overcome existing inflammation — take with saturated fats
    • No trans fats — all are inflammatory
    • Probiotics and prebiotics — the bacteria in your gut are vitally important in reducing inflammation; most of the bacteria that initially colonize breastfed babies and are also present in fermented products seem to be helpful; formula quickly converts baby gut bacteria to inflammatory species and should be avoided completely for as long as possible to permit the baby’s immune system to mature (at least 6 months exclusive breastfeeding.)
    • Saturated fats are healthy and reduce the peroxidation of omega-3 fatty acids at sites of local  inflammation, e.g. fatty liver.  Saturated fats should be the major source of dietary calories.
    • Vegetable antioxidants — vegetables and fruits, along with coffee and chocolate supply very useful, anti-inflammatory anti-oxidants
    • Sensible daily supplements: 1,000 mg vitamin C; 2,000-5,000 i.u vitamin D3 (to produce serum levels of 60ng/ml); 750 mg glucosamine
    • Associated anti-inflammatory lifestyle components:
    exercise (cardiovascular and muscle building),
    minimizing body fat,
    dental hygiene
    vagal nerve stimulation

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    Chronic Inflammation and Hair Loss, an Intro

    Friday, December 10th, 2010

    Chronic systemic inflammation and localized scalp inflammation are directly related to hair loss in both men and women.

    Many degenerative (aging) diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancers, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, depression and androgenetic alopecia are accompanies (or caused by) chronic systemic inflammation. Several studies have been published showing that inflammation is often present in androgenetic alopecia cases. Not only for your hair health, but in order to avoid a myriad of degenerative diseases inflammation needs to be curved and eliminated.

    Often, the degenerative diseases mentioned above are accompanied by a pathological increase of “inflammatory cytokines”. Our goal is then to lower such pro-inflammatory cytokines as in: tumor necrosis factor –alpha, interleukin – 6, interleukin 1(B) and/or interleukin B4.

    Lowering excessive cytokines can be done internally (systemically) and topically (more localized) using  drugs, nutrients, supplements, dietary changes, oils, hormones, etc…

    In this website I do not discuss pharmaceuticals, I rather concentrate on nutrition, diet and life style to fix the root causes of inflammation. Most if not all pharmaceuticals have side effects if not toxic effects on the body.

    Ending inflammation could go a long way. Find out what you can do to eliminate inflammation here.






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    Grounding or Earthing and Holistic Health

    Thursday, December 9th, 2010

    GroundingHow I learned of grounding:

    I always had a connection (felt connected) to nature and our planet, once this connection was compromised I experienced dis-ease. I know this from personal experience.

    In my quest to reverse my male pattern baldness, improve my vision and heal decaying teeth I researched many diets and theories, trying to figure out what the right thing to eat was, more accurately what my body evolved to eat.

    I learned of great concepts such as paleolithic dieting and metabolic typing. Dr. Weston Price, like many others, also figured it was all in the diet, that natives and uncivilized people had great teeth (and hair) due to their diet.

    One morning as I continued to research the correct genetic type of foods for me, I had a very simple idea sprout from my mind and catch my attention, “it’s not all in the diet”. While diet is a major factor of the body’s health, I believe looking at diets, supplements and chemicals only for an answer misses 1/2 the reality.

    Yes the paleolithic humans ate differently, yes the uncivilized white-teethed tribes ate differently. Some ate raw foods, some ate a vegetarian diet of roots and fruits, some drank raw milk, others ate mostly sea food or meat. Finding commonalities in these diets has been the obsession of many researchers and remains an interest of mine; the same with metabolic typing. One convincing answer that explains why different diets had similar results in natives is that these people ate what was right for their metabolic type.

    Keeping that in mind, I sifted through facts and theories on ancient and uncivilized diets, then I noticed something that was even more in common between these ancient people, besides how different their diets were than the typical SAD (Standard American Diet). they all were barefoot (or used thin leather sandals), sat on rocks or the ground, climbed trees, swam, and got a lot of sunshine. These people were more “grounded” than us today. I cannot comment on their spirituality, life habits, culture, mind-set, or rituals but I know they were grounded, got a lot of sun and plenty of functional physical activity.

    I theorize that it was not just the diet that made our ancestors healthy, it also must have been their lifestyle: especially grounding activities, functional paleo-type physical activity, and plenty of sunshine. This is not to discount diet, diet is a huge part of health, but not the answer-to-all solution to a holistic whole health.

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