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Dear Humorous Herbalist, My best friend’s son lost all his hair between the ages of 2 and 3 years old. He is now 8 years old and has sprouted a tuft here and there but they shave it because it’s only in a couple of spots. He was diagnosed with Alopecia. His mother noticed that in the summer when his head is exposed to the sun a lot, there is minor hair growth. About a year ago, the boy’s mother started losing her hair. Her scalp is now showing through all over and she doesn’t have much hair left. She has also noticed that her hair is unusually greasy. If she washes her hair in the morning, by the middle of the afternoon her hair looks greasy. (This woman also has another son, age 5, who is not experiencing any hair loss problems.) She also has severe allergies (the worst I’ve ever seen) and has been taking allergy shots for about three years now. Her son started on allergy shots about two years ago. Also, in April, eczema blisters started bubbling up on her right hand pinky and since April this year, has spread over her pinky and over her ring finger next to it. The itching is almost unbearable. About two years ago, they moved to an all raw fruit and vegetable diet during the day, with a balanced cooked meal in the evenings which starts with a salad and includes meat or protein. The diet is known as the Hallelujah Diet and is a Biblical way of eating. Other than hair loss and occasional bouts of allergy attacks, they have been very healthy with little to no illnesses. Could you offer insight into what my friend and her son can do about the hair loss? Thank you! Georgene (via e-mail) Dear Georgene, From what you’ve described, the mother and son’s problem appears to encompass three elements: the immune system, circulatory/blood system and a lack of vital nutrients. Let’s start with the immune system. The drastic body response to environmental allergens and various foods is a key signal that the immune system is in over-reaction mode. Allergy shots put that response to “sleep” temporarily but do nothing to strengthen the body and bring back balance. One of the premier herbal remedies for an overreactive immune system is astragalus and marshmallow. Purchase the herb capsules separately and take two of each, three times a day with meals. This is an herbal food, thus you cannot overdose on it. The dose is the same for adults and children. If the boy cannot get down that many capsules, open up the capsules and dissolve the herbal powder in water or rice milk. Stinging nettle is another excellent herb for combating all allergies. Two capsules, three times a day is the correct dose. I would also investigate essential fatty acids, such as flax seed oil. You can take the oil straight or mix one tablespoon in a half cup of cottage cheese. This classic remedy has proven to work wonders for a host of problems, including faulty immune response. Regarding the circulatory/ blood system, it is vital to maintain a clean and strong pumping station that removes toxins and revitalizes the body. Skin disorders, such as eczema, are a sign of “dirty blood.” To nourish and clean the bloodstream, drink chlorophyll water every day. The ratio is one tablespoon of liquid chlorophyll (unflavored) for every pint of water. Adults can consume as much as two quarts a day. An eight-year-old should drink at least two cups of this remedy. There is a 1,000-year-old Chinese herbal formula known to promote hair and nail growth, remove toxins and release stagnant energy. The product is simply called “Hair & Nails” and can be purchased through Dragon Herbs. Follow dose directions on the bottle for adults and cut the dose in half for the boy. Their toll-free number is (888) 558-6642. Finally, from a holistic perspective, the loss of hair for a child and a young woman is indicative of the body not receiving vital nutrients. The diet that you described seems to be working at cross purposes. People either opt for a raw food diet or a cooked diet, not both. I’m not personally in favor of a permanent, 100 percent raw food diet because too many people cannot properly digest and utilize the food. I think it’s much healthier to lightly steam one’s vegetables before eating them so the enzymes can be more easily broken down and assimilated. Hair loss (and allergies, for that matter) respond very well to mineral therapy. However, I’m not a big fan of popping hard, mineral supplements. I’d opt for a liquid mineral supplement. The one I take is called Sea Minerals. It is imported from Australia and comes in various herbal varieties. The Hawthorn Sea Mineral would be excellent for the boy, due to its circulatory enhancing effects. Their Stinging Nettle Sea Mineral formula would be great for the mother since it helps with hormonal imbalances and helps detox the liver. Their Web site is http://www.seamineral.com. Their toll-free number is (877) 835-5555. Email your questions to The Humorous Herbalist at writer8@sopris.net. The information in this column is not meant to take the place of your physician, nor is it intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe. Pregnant or nursing women should consult their doctor before using herbal therapy.The information in this column is not meant to take the place of your physician, nor is it intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe. Pregnant or nursing women should consult their doctor before using herbal therapy.


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