Posts Tagged ‘Testing’

How is Patterned Baldness Tested for?

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Evaluation for causative disorders should be done based on clinical symptoms. A mainstream physician wont do much if any testing once they’ve determined their patient has male-pattern and female-pattern hair loss. Many readily available blood, urine and saliva tests could be done to understand metabolic, hormonal and nutritional issues in the body. Other articles will discuss these further.

These are hair tests that could be done on the scalp/hair itself:

The pull test: to evaluate diffuse scalp hair loss. Gentle traction is exerted on a group of hair (about 40–60) on three different areas of the scalp. The number of extracted hairs is counted and examined under a microscope. Normally, <3 hairs per area should come out with each pull. If >10 hairs are obtained, the pull test is considered positive.

The pluck test: In this test, the individual pulls hair out “by the roots.” The root of the plucked hair is examined under a microscope to determine the phase of growth and used to diagnose a defect of telogen, anagen, or systemic disease. Telogen hairs are hairs that have tiny bulbs without sheaths at their roots. Telogen effluvium shows an increased percentage of hairs upon examination. Anagen hairs are hairs that have sheaths attached to their roots. Anagen effluvium shows a decrease in telogen-phase hairs and an increased number of broken hairs.

Hair mineral analysis: Tests for minerals and heavy metals.

Scalp biopsy: This test is done when alopecia is present, but the diagnosis is unsure. The biopsy allows for differing between scarring and nonscarring forms. Hair samples are taken from areas of inflammation, usually around the border of the bald patch.

Daily Hair Counts: This is normally done when the pull test is negative. It is done by counting the number of hairs lost. The hair that should be counted are the hairs from the first morning combing or during washing. The hair is collected in a clear plastic bag for 14 days. The strands are recorded. If the hair count is >100/day is considered abnormal except after shampooing, where hair counts will be up 250 and be normal.

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The Barnes Basal Temperature Test

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

The Barnes Basal Thyroid Test

Transcript of clip:

Lee Swanson: It’s interesting, most people think to diagnose a certain health condition they need to go to their doctor and have a blood test or some other diagnostic work done. There is a simple home test people can use for diagnosing thyroid problems. Could you talk about the Barnes Basal Test for thyroid function?

Dr. Stephen Langer: Sure. I just want to put this in perspective because I did write about it extensively in the book. It really is not a diagnostic test; it’s a presumptive test. In other words, if you’re suffering with a number of the symptoms which we’ve discussed, particularly chronic fatigue and it can be a whole host of other symptoms and you suspect, or a person thinks that it could be their thyroid or is unsure whether or not it’s their thyroid; the simple test is just to shake a thermometer down. We used to be able to get the mercury thermometers which have been actually banned because of environmental reasons, but if a person uses a basal thermometer and puts it snugly under their arm first thing in the morning the temperature reading, the auxiliary temperature, in other words, the underarm temperature leave it there for 10 minutes it should be between 97.8 and 98.2 on the Fahrenheit scale. If it is below 97.8 and you’re symptomatic, a person should see a holistically oriented doctor to see whether or not their thyroid is involved, and more often than not, it is.

Lee Swanson: I know when I was diagnosed with underactive thyroid in 1984 my body temperature in the morning was about 96 and after being on armor thyroid for about a month my body temperature went up to about 97.9.

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Dr. Stephen Langer: There’s no doubt about it because when you’re on thyroid medication it does rev up the metabolism of all your cells. That’s why Barnes was a genius.

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