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10 Things that Stopped My Thyroid Hair

Loss
November 6, 2014 by Dana Trentini 299 Comments

Dear Thyroid,
You will NOT take my hair.
Sincerely,
Me
I always had very thick curly hair. Around the age of 30 I started noticing my hair
clogging the shower drain from time to time. However since I still had so much hair, it wasnt
high on my personal list of worst hypothyroidism symptoms.
Then all of a sudden one close look in the mirror last year at age 43 changed all that.
As I was brushing my hair something caught my eye in the mirror.
Waitis that my scalp showing through?
A closer look.
My hair was noticeably thinner on both sides of my head above my ears, front, and at the
temples.
My gut reaction was a scream, then tears.
What happened to my hair?
Then anger.
Hey Thyroid, Do NOT mess with me.
I went into deep research mode, searching for every article I could get my hands on related to
thyroid hair loss.
I was determined to save my hair
AND I DID IT.
Now my hair appears fuller, far less scalp shows through, baby hair has grown back at my
temples, and the rate of hair loss has dramatically slowed down. Im so thankful. Yes I know

that may sound vain to be focused on my physical appearance but losing my hair was
devastating to me. I have a feeling Im not alone.
It took over one year of research, extensive lab testing, and trying various supplements to
write this article (plus a fierce determination to get my hair back), so yes this article
is lengthy.
(An incredible thing happened when I first posted this article on my Hypothyroid Mom
Facebook page on November 6, 2014 at 3:50PM ET. So many followers tried to access this
article that we crashed the server by 4:00PM ET. What a powerful group of Facebook
followers gathering on my page capable of crashing the server within 10 minutes.)
Please note that I am not a doctor. Im just sharing the ten things that worked for me in the
hopes that you will discover what works for you too. Ive included links to brands of
supplements that I personally take. As with all things in particular supplements mentioned at
Hypothyroid Mom, consult with your doctor to be sure they are right for you and that you are
taking the right dosage for your body. Our physiology is unique so what works for each of us
will be unique too.

1. Optimal Thyroid Treatment


Every part of the body requires thyroid hormone for proper functioning, and that includes the
hair follicles. In 2008, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism presented the
first evidence that human hair follicles are direct targets of thyroid hormones. This research
demonstrated that the thyroid hormones T4 and T3 modulate multiple hair biology
parameters from cycling to pigmentation.
Youll notice that I bolded the words thyroid hormones T4 and T3. Why is this so important
for those of us with hair loss?
In mainstream medicine, Levothyroxine drugs are the gold standard for the treatment of
hypothyroidism. While these drugs work for some people, they fail for others. Levothyroxine
drugs contain T4 thyroid hormone only. Our bodies are supposed to convert that T4 thyroid
hormone to the active T3 hormone our cells need. For some of us our bodies dont convert T4
to T3 properly, leaving us symptomatic. This is why many of us do better on a combination of
T4 and T3 thyroid hormone replacement treatment.
The noticeable hair loss was a red flag for me that I needed to get to my doctor for thyroid
testing. Im on the natural desiccated thyroid Nature-throid plus a compounded time-release
T3. My doctor did comprehensive testing including the essential thyroid tests TSH, Free T4,
Free T3, Reverse T3, and thyroid antibodies. Turned out my Free T3 was middle of the range.
I personally feel terrible when my Free T3 is low or even middle of the range. Optimal Free
T3 for my body is when it reaches top quarter of the normal range, so adjusting my thyroid
medication dosage was an essential piece to my thyroid hair loss. What is optimal is
individual and its about finding whats right for you.
There are many different thyroid medication options. Finding a doctor open the treatment
options to find what is right for you is key. Sadly not all doctors are open to the options and it
can be a very frustrating journey. Ive put together resources to help readers locate great

thyroid doctors across the globe. Given that comprehensive testing has been important in
saving my hair I will include links in this article to lab testing you can order on your own in
case your doctor is not open to them.
If your doctor refuses to do full thyroid testing, you also have the option to order your own
thyroid lab tests. A trusted brand where you can order lab tests yourself is True Health
Labs. Here is a thyroid panel plus Reverse T3 for U.S. residents and here is thyroid lab
testing plus Reverse T3 for those in Europe. Since comprehensive lab testing was key to
saving my hair I will include links in this article to lab testing that you can order
yourself. Use coupon code Limited_5 for 5% off an order.
While optimal thyroid treatment was an essential piece of the puzzle, there were additional
pieces critical to my hair loss solution.

2. Low Ferritin
Low ferritin (the stored form of iron) is one of the most common causes of hair loss in
women. Given low ferritin is also a common problem for hypothyroid people, it is important
to have iron testing including ferritin especially if you are experiencing hair loss. It is not
enough to be told by your doctor that your iron levels are normal. Ferritin levels are not
always tested. Get a copy of your lab results and be sure ferritin has been specifically tested.
Even if ferritin is within the normal range that doesnt make it optimal.
Dr. Philip Kingsley is called the Hair Guru by the New York Times. Why Is Ferritin
Important? appears on his website:
Correct ferritin levels maximize your hairs anagen or growing phase and encourage your
hairs to grow to their full length. When you arent getting enough iron through your diet, your
body takes ferritin stored in non-essential tissue, like your hair bulb, and gives it to essential
tissue, such as your heart. Because your hair bulb is where all your hair cells are produced,
this leeching of ferritin can cause your hair to shed before it reaches its maximum length.
The average reference ranges for ferritin are 14-170 micrograms per litre, but our research
shows that ferritin should be at least 80 ug/L (micrograms per litre) in women for hair
follicles to function at their best.
Treating low ferritin was another major piece of my hair loss solution. Its not surprising to
me at all that I had low ferritin given the decades I spent with irregular heavy menstrual
cycles (which is another symptom of hypothyroidism by the way) and my doctors all those
years never tested to see if I was low.
I tried various iron supplements and many of them gave me digestive issues
including constipation. With a life-long history of constipation, that was the last thing I
needed. I have personally found that iron in the form of liver concentrate such as the
brand Carlson Labs Buffalo Liver works well for my body. My doctor regularly tests my
ferritin to be sure I am taking the right dosage of iron supplements for my body and that Im
not taking too much because over-dosing on iron can be dangerous.

Im careful to take iron supplements including multivitamins with iron at least 3 hours apart
from my thyroid medication to ensure the iron doesnt interfere with the absorption of my
thyroid medication.
True Health Labs offers an anemia panel that includes ferritin for U.S. residents and anemia
testing for those in Europe.

3. Low Stomach Acid


I read a fascinating interview with Dr. Jonathan Wright by Suzanne Somers Honey, I Shrunk
My Ponytail! Turns out this article would change the fate of my hair.
DR. WRIGHT: If stomach acid is low, protein isnt efficiently digested and hair and nails
are made up of protein! If we are deficient in protein, our bodies know that we can live
without hair or nail proteins, but we cant survive without heart muscle proteins or other
important body proteins. So if we are short in supply of protein, the hair or nails are the first
to go.
Turns out low stomach acid results in malabsorption of iron (which as you know is necessary
for maintaining our hair) and many other essential nutrients. Thanks to this article I
discovered my own issues with low stomach acid and now take this Betaine Hydrochloric
Acid with Pepsin just before heavy meals containing protein. This has also helped me
personally with heartburn, gas, acid reflux, and bloating.
There are two additional ways that I increase my low stomach acid. Every morning before
breakfast I drink warm water and lemon. Before the larger meals of the day I take 1
tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in water. I use Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar . This raw
organic apple cider vinegar contains the mother of the vinegar. The mother is made up of
beneficial living nutrients and bacteria.

4. Nutrient Deficiencies
Nutrient deficiencies are a common issue for those of us with hypothyroidism. Not only are
nutrients essential for thyroid function, but they also play an important role in keeping the
hair on our heads from falling. A good quality multi-vitamin is important and of course a
healthy diet is essential, but still nutrient testing is important because many like me will
require additional supplementation to bring us to optimal. Testing should include iodine, zinc,
vitamin D, B12, and magnesium (for each nutrient listed I attached an article that explains its
connection to hair loss).
Nutrient deficiencies are an issue for me personally. I supplement every day to maintain my
nutrients at optimum. When I noticed a worsening of my hair loss last year, nutrient testing
revealed that I was deficient in all those nutrients necessary for hair health.

5. Drug-Induced Hair Loss


There are many different types of drugs that can cause hair loss. Here is a list of What Types
of Drugs Cause Hair Loss by WebMD:

Acne medications containing vitamin A (retinoids)

Antibiotics and antifungal drugs

Antidepressants

Birth control pills

Anticlotting drugs

Cholesterol-lowering drugs

Drugs that suppress the immune system

Drugs that treat breast cancer

Epilepsy drugs (anticonvulsants)

High blood pressure medications (anti-hypertensives), such as beta-blockers,


ACE inhibitors, and diuretics

Hormone replacement therapy

Mood stabilizers

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Parkinsons disease drugs

Steroids

Thyroid medications

Weight loss drugs

Did you notice that I highlighted thyroid medications on that list?


Ive heard from many readers who had sudden worsening of their hair loss when they started
one or another thyroid drug brand. Think back to the start of your hair loss, did it happen at
the same time you started a specific thyroid medication?
Recently I was a guest on a Gluten-Free Twitter Chat devoted to thyroid hosted by Jennifer
Fugo, founder of Gluten Free School. Fellow guests included thyroid disease expert Mary
Shomon and Naturopathic Doctor Dr. Kevin Passero from Green Healing Wellness Center.
Mary is author of the book Living Well with Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesnt Tell
YouThat You Need to Know. Here is an important Tweet she made about hair loss.

6. Alopecia Areata
Alopecia Areata is a hair-loss condition that typically causes patchy bald spots on the scalp. It
is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the hair follicles.
What does this have to do with hypothyroidism? A lot.
It is estimated that 90% of people with hypothyroidism have the thyroid autoimmune
condition known as Hashimotos Thyroiditis. Hashimotos is an autoimmune condition in
which the body attacks its own thyroid gland. Despite the prevalence of Hashimotos, thyroid
antibodies are often NOT tested. You may have Hashimotos and not even know it. There are
two thyroid antibodies to test for Hashimotos: Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOAb) and
Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb).
When you have one autoimmune disease, you are at high risk of developing other
autoimmune diseases. In her guest post for Hypothyroid Mom Autoimmune Diseases Brew
In Your Body FOR YEARS Before Diagnosis Functional Medicine nutritionist Tracy
Konoske wrote:
Dr. Gerald Mullin from Johns Hopkins says statistically somebody with an autoimmune
disease is at risk of a total of 7 autoimmune diseases in his or her lifetime.
I hear from readers all the time with multiple autoimmune diseases including Hashimotos
and Alopecia. If this turns out to be the cause for your hair loss, it is important to address the
underlying autoimmune issue.

7. Sex Hormone Imbalances


Perimenopauseare you freakin kidding me?!

The signs were there. My menstrual cycles changed very suddenly and became much shorter
in length. At that exact same time my hair loss accelerated. Coincidence? I dont think so.
I went to my doctor and had my sex hormones tested.
For me it turned out I was in perimenopause. What is perimenopause? Its that rocky road of
hormonal shifts leading to menopause. When perimenopause starts varies for each woman,
but it can start 10 years before menopause.
In my case I had estrogen dominance, too much estrogen relative to progesterone. The term
estrogen dominance was coined by Dr. John Lee, author of the books What Your Doctor May
Not Tell You About Menopause: The Breakthrough Book on Natural Hormone Balance and
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause: Balance Your Hormones and
Your Life From Thirty to Fifty.
Sex hormone issues are common in women with hypothyroidism and even more reason why
they should be part of thyroid testing for every person presenting with thyroid issues. Thanks
to Dr. Lees premenopause book I discovered the benefits of natural progesterone cream
(which turned out to be a major help in saving my hair).
Dont forget testosterone testingyes testosterone. Harvard-trained MD and author of
the New York Times Best Seller The Hormone Cure Dr. Sara Gottfried had this to say about
testosterone in her article The Horrors of Hair Loss for The Huffington Post:
Another possible reason for hair loss? Too much testosterone. Thats right: Women also
produce the hormone testosterone. In fact, testosterone is what gets us in the mood, gives us
self-confidence, and keeps us vital and sassy.
But if testosterone levels are too high in women whether because of menopause, excess
weight, or other causes we see symptoms of male-pattern baldness and rogue hair growth
on the face. The hairs on your head are falling out, but youre finding new ones on your chin?
Totally unfair!
High testosterone can cause hair loss but so can low testosterone. Be sure to have yours
tested.
Dr. Josh Axe has a very helpful video on his website called 6 Secrets for Reversing Hair
Loss. According to Dr. Axe, hair loss is also linked to an increase in an androgen hormone
called DHT (DiHydroxy Testosterone).
Im fortunate to have a great doctor who did extensive testing including DHT when I went in
tears to her office about my thinning hair. I wonder though how many doctors know to test
DHT? HmmmIt means being an advocate for yourself and insisting on the right tests, or
finding a good doctor who will do them.
True Health Labs offers sex hormone testing for women and men, including DHT in the U.S..
They also offer women and men sex hormone testing in Europe.

8. Blood Sugar Imbalance

Author of the book Hashimotos Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating
the Root Cause Dr. Izabella Wentz wrote the following information in her article Hashimotos
And Getting Your Hair Back
Balance your blood sugar! Blood sugar swings brought on by eating too many carbohydrates
and not enough quality proteins and fats can wreak havoc on your health and hair! Blood
sugar swings encourage the conversion of T4 to reverse T3. Reverse T3 is a inactive hormone
that blocks the bodys utilization of T3, resulting in increased hair shedding.
In an interview with Dr. Datis Kharrazian Gluten: Why hypothyroidism patients often fail to
get better he said,
Theres just no question that many people that have Hashimotos and hypothyroidism have
gluten sensitivity. For some patients, its life-changing when they go gluten-free.
I find these two sources very interesting because Ive been on a gluten-free journey now for 1
year and Ive been working on stabilizing my blood sugar levels. I was a white flour and
sugar addict and I remember too well the swings up and down and crashes in my blood sugar
throughout the day. Since going gluten-free Ive been more mindful of my blood sugar levels
and I dont experience the sharp crashes in energy that I used to. I have to be honest and tell
you that I find it hard to go 100% gluten-free but when I do I feel better and it motivates me
to continue. What Ive noticed is that when I do cheat and eat a heavy gluten meal my hair
comes out in handfuls. Is it a coincidence? I dont think so.

9. Hair Loss Supplements


Here are supplements that I take on a daily basis that have made an obvious difference in my
hair.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Dr. Andrew Weil is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine.
In his article Two Supplements for Thinning Hair, he wrote:
Make sure youre getting enough omega-3 fatty acids. Eat wild Alaskan salmon, sardines,
herring or mackerel two or three times a week, or sprinkle two tablespoons of freshly ground
flaxseeds per day on cereal or salads. You can also supplement with a high-quality fish oil.
Supplement your diet with GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) in the form of black currant oil or
evening primrose oil. Take 500 mg of either twice a day for six to eight weeks to see if it
helps.
I take this brand of Cod Liver Oil free of detectable levels of mercury every day and I take
evening primrose oil as Ill describe next.
Evening Primrose Oil
Author of the book Thyroid Guide To Hair Loss Mary Shomon wrote this in her article at
About.com Thyroid Hair Loss Solutions For Thyroid Patients:

According to endocrinologist Dr. Kenneth Blanchard:


For hair loss, I routinely recommend multiple vitamins, and especially evening primrose oil.
If theres any sex pattern to it if a woman is losing hair in partly a male pattern -then, the
problem is there is excessive conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) at the
level of the hair follicle. Evening primrose oil is an inhibitor of that conversion. So almost
anybody with hair loss probably will benefit from evening primrose oil.
I use this brand of Evening Primrose Oil .
Biotin
Biotin is available at many local stores. Ive read mixed reviews about biotin with some users
loving biotin and others complaining about acne breakout. This particular brand of Biotin not
only has great online reviews but also works well for me. Again were all different.
Silicon
I read this study on the benefits of a bioavailable form of silicon called choline-stabilized
orthosilicic acid (ch-OSA) on skin, nails, and hair. Sure enough this silicon (ch-OSA)
supplement called BIOSIL has made a difference not only in my hair but also my skin and
nails.

10. Adrenal Fatigue


The body relies on the adrenal glands located on top of each kidney to manage stressful
situations. Given our busy stressful lives its not surprising that many of us suffer from issues
of adrenal dysfunction.
How would you know if you have adrenal fatigue?
Check out these symptoms
fatigue, insomnia, chronic pain, headaches, migraines, anxiety, depression, weight gain, joint
inflammation, gastrointestinal issues (constipation or diarrhea), tendonitis, bursitis, low
libido, fibromyalgia, irritability, anger, fidgety, nervous, addictions, obsessive, frequent
urination, heart disease, blood pressure problems, light-headedness, and dizziness upon rising
from a bed or chair
Dont many of these symptoms sound a lot like the symptoms of hypothyroidism? Hmmm
Ive read that many hypothyroid people also have adrenal fatigue (whether they realize it or
not). From this very list of symptom thats not surprising really.
At that time when my hair loss noticeably worsened, I was going through an extremely
stressful time in my life. At that very same time my menstrual cycles dramatically changed
and my progesterone levels plummeted. The thyroid, adrenals, and sex hormones are all so
intricately connected, and my experience showed that loud and clear.

The problem is that the adrenals are often NOT tested. In fact adrenal fatigue is not even a
recognized diagnosis in mainstream medicine yet the problem is a serious issue for thyroid
patients.
An essential part of my hair loss solution was the testing and treatment of my adrenal fatigue.
Im fortunate to have an open-minded doctor who understands the importance of the adrenals
in thyroid health.
I took a saliva test (where I took samples of my saliva at 4 different times over the course of
one day) that tested my cortisol. Cortisol production varies throughout the day with levels
normally highest in the morning and lowest in the evening before bed (did you know that too
high cortisol at night can be a cause of insomnia!). The advantage of saliva testing is that it
takes cortisol levels at different times of the day and lets you know how your cortisol levels
vary during the day.
If your doctor doesnt do saliva testing to test adrenal function, you can order your own
testing. Here is saliva adrenal testing for U.S. residents and here is an adrenal panel for those
in Europe.
My results showed that my cortisol levels were below normal throughout the day. I was
obviously struggling with adrenal fatigue and Im so fortunate to have discovered this.
There are different ways to treat adrenal issues and whats right for a person is individual too.
I personally do well on adaptogenic herbs including Ashwaghanda, Rhodiola, Holy Basil, and
Schisandra. I take adaptogenic herbs in this supplement Gaia Herbs Adrenal Health .
Dr. James Wilson wrote an incredible book called Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress
Syndrome where he outlines the treatment options for adrenal fatigue (that have helped my
hair too!).
Last year when I was losing so much hair I was under too much stress.
Im not always good at being good to myself.
I put other peoples needs before my own and let myself fall to the bottom way too often.
I take on far more than I should because I feel guilty to say NO.
NO
Im not sure why that word is so hard for me to say.
I try to be everything to everyone, but me.
The particularly stressful events in my life at that time along with an unhealthy way of
putting myself last wreaked havoc on my hair. I knew at that moment that I had to take better
care of myself otherwise I would lose all my hair.
While all the testing, treatments, and supplements mentioned in this article were essential in
stopping my hair loss, there was an even bigger thing that saved my hair above all else

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About Dana Trentini


Who knew that little butterfly-shaped thyroid gland at the base of my neck could affect my
life so completely? I founded Hypothyroid Mom in memory of the unborn baby I lost to
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Comments

1.

Meenu says:
November 6, 2014 at 8:23 pm
Thanks so much for this article. Ive had tremendous hair loss over the last 3 months
and its distressing to say the least. Have had some of these tests done and levels
appear fine but I am going to check out the rest and also talk to my doctor again.
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sushmita says:
August 25, 2015 at 4:46 am

Hi Dana,
The article was very helpful. I have almost everything that you mentioned. I
take multivitamins, and fish oil tablets. Can I request you for a diet. My
Thyroid level was 7.3. Added to all that you mentioned , I am also having
severe itching problems, which sadly I do not know what is triggering. I have
given up meat and fish. I only take eggs; fruits such as papaya and pear and
vegetables. I take warm water with lemon.
Thanks
Sushmita
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Erin Vallee says:

September 22, 2015 at 1:58 pm


Damage thank you I never made the corrolation of why I was so itchy
all the time.
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lavs says:

September 14, 2015 at 5:33 am


Hi,
Thank you so much for putting all this in one place.
Am 29yrs old, got married 8 months before and i have been suffering from
hair loss since few months.
one fine day i saw my thyroid glands swollen went to the thyroid check and
my Thyroid level was 8.8. is this a serious issue am facing with? am worried
now, can any one of you suggest me what to do.
we are also planning for kids do it effect for my pregnancy.
Please reply me.
Thank You
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Desire says:
October 27, 2015 at 11:25 am

Have been dealing with thyroid issues for the pay 13 years. I started to
suffer I was 20 and I am now 33. I op-ed for full removal of my
thyroid in April. They found cancer after testing my removed thyroid.
*I had been getting a biopsy every 2 years and they never found
anything!
To answer party of your questionyes, get checked out completely
(e.g. Scan, blood levels) if you are anywhere low have them push
deeper with more in-depth test. Also get a copy of all your test results.
Thyroid issues can have an efffect on getting pregnant and even the
development of your child.
More importantly the medication can cause conception issues.
The best thing is to catch everything early if you can.
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Alyona says:

September 14, 2015 at 10:17 pm


THANK you for this article. I have been hiving hair loss problem for about 10
years now. Its really bad sometimes I feel its like a horror movie where I
can just pull on my hair and they all just about to fall out. So.I checked my
iron Many Times and its always showed normal!!!! After reading this article I
asked my doctor to check the level of Ferritinand surprisingly to me it came
back low like 40 I will begin the treatment and hopefully I will stop to lose
my hair,
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Anrahyah Arstad says:


November 6, 2014 at 8:47 pm
I stopped a drastic period of hairloss by eliminating soy from my diet. Soybeans take
a lot of minerals to digest, especially when they are not fermented. At the time when I
had patches of hair falling out, I was using soy a lot in my (then) vegetarian diet. It
was an amazingly easy fix, thanks to a timely google search.
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emily says:

March 25, 2015 at 10:04 am


How long after you stopped eating the soy, did the issue resolve?
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Jinny Snow says:

April 23, 2015 at 2:31 am


Every time I ate something with soy in it or took a supplement with soy, my
lips and tongue swelled and I got (not rash) but actual sore and inflamed lips.
The allergist I went to said I was not allergic to soy. Why do they put soy in
everything now? It sounds like all of this would cost a fortune which I dont
have.
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Jordan says:

July 4, 2015 at 8:37 am


My personal experience is that Soy really helps improve my skin a lot,
and i dont have hair loss issue when i am drinking soy milk at least 4
glasses a week over the past 10 days. I guess everyones situation is
different eg. the nutrition intake etc.
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jean says:

April 27, 2015 at 11:37 am


be careful. most farmed animals are fed gmo soy so you would still be getting
soy in your body. I highly recommend a soy free vegan diet for thyroid health.
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3.

ML says:
November 6, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Thank you so much for putting all this in one place. I am about to get some tests run
at my own cost at a free standing lab because my hair has begun to shed at an
alarming rate. I am perimenopausal, but doc wouldnt send me to endo or diagnose
hypothyroid at last physical because my levels were clinically normal. I believe I will
have to fight to get the doctors in my medical system to pursue this to a solution.
(Obviously, I have more symptoms than hair loss.) Thank you for this article where I
can see all at once which tests will me most useful to me to get at this time. Brain fog
makes it hard for me to stay organized!
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Kay says:

January 9, 2015 at 2:33 am


Please let us know how things worked out for you, especially with regard to
the brain fog.
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LB says:

February 25, 2015 at 2:18 am


I has severe brain fog and went grain free. It cleared up 95%! I dont have to
ask people to repeat what they said, I can focus, and pay attention to my world
around me. So many other symptoms disappeared as well.
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Kelly Morris says:

March 8, 2015 at 10:33 pm


What other symptoms got better or went away when you went grain
free?
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Nicole Johnson says:


March 18, 2015 at 8:27 pm

What do you mean by grain free exactly??


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kavita says:
November 6, 2014 at 8:54 pm
I love your articleI have been struggling for over a year. And after my research I
found these main culprits and you have put it so beautifully and simply. I wish people
benefit from your work and not re-invent the wheel.
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Meenu says:
November 6, 2014 at 9:25 pm
Does hair lost to thyroid related issues regrow?
The docs give varying responses to this question.
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6.

Cheyenne says:
November 7, 2014 at 8:52 am
Wonderful article. It is so kind of you to share your knowledge. Thank you so much!
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Vera says:
November 7, 2014 at 2:57 pm
I too am suffering from hair loss. It started as soon as my Peri-menopausal symptoms
began. I have been on Levothyroxine for at least a decade. However my insurance
will not pay for any extensive blood testing on my thyroid because the initial testing
appears normal I simply cannot afford to pay for the blood work out of my own
pocket. The kinds of tests recommended here would run into thousands of dollars
combined.
Maybe I will just try some of these recommended supplements. *sigh*

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Pam says:

November 16, 2014 at 7:35 am


I finally went to a doctor of natural medicine. The 2 things that helped me the
most were: He put me on a natural thyroid hormone called Armour Thyroid (a
little more expensive but not much). I have it prescribed as a 90 day supply &
get it at Walmart which helps considerably with the cost (about $15/month
now). The other thing is called Thyrocsin made by Thorne Research. I get this
on Amazon (I have a Prime membership so get free shipping). Its for thyroid
and adrenal support. He has me on 2 per day instead of the 4 that is suggested
on the bottle. I think thats because Im on the natural hormone. My MD has
my blood tested 2 times a year because of this instead of 1. I would think you
could ask your MD to put you on this to give it a try, and your insurance
company wouldnt give you any trouble. I havent had hair loss issues, but this
may help you, and it definitely helped with my energy issues. I hope this
helps. God bless!
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Vera says:

December 11, 2014 at 1:07 am


Great info Pam, Im going to try this. Thank you!!!
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Kay says:

January 9, 2015 at 2:53 am


I requested and tried Armour Thyroid at the outset but I had a weird
allergic reaction to it even though I have always eaten pork. When you
have a chance could you find out what the other options are for natural
thyroid if someone has an allergic reaction to the Armour? I cant get
my endocrinologist to do anything and the naturopath I saw said he
could fix me, for $3800. :/
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Kim says:

January 30, 2015 at 2:24 pm


There are several NDT (natural desiccated thyroid) you might
try:
NP Thyroid
Naturethroid
WP Thyroid
Armour
Thyroid-S
Thiroyd
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Crystal says:
February 10, 2015 at 10:26 pm
Just an FYI, I went to my endocrinologist to inquire
about the T4 to T3 conversion and if perhaps that could
be effecting my *still* hypothyroid symptoms (I have
hashimotos, diagnosed an on levothyroxine for over a
decade, now 37). I read a paper recently in Nature
reviews Endocrinology about how Doctors once treated
with desiccated porcine thyroid and how levo- isnt as
efficient as people had hoped (for all). She was attentive
to my concerns, but warned my that the natural thyroid
replacements can be up to 25% off the labeled dosage.
There is a liothyronine (T3) available, and my Doctor
highly recommended.

Cherie says:
April 23, 2015 at 12:38 am
You can also have desiccated thyroid pills such as
Armour compounded for you at your local
Compounding Pharmacy. They make the prescription
specifically for you. You can also request hypo
allergenic fillers by used instead of the conventional
ones. This enables the person/doctor to play with the
doses until you find the right combo for you.
Sometimes, as we all know, this is not such an easy

task!
Also. have any of you had allergic scalp reactions to
hair color? Also ~ does it seem to any of you that in
addition to losing your hair, the color is also losing
pigment and becoming a flat/lifeless color.
I am so grateful for this web site!

Rebecca Burton says:

February 9, 2015 at 4:16 pm


The reaction you had may have been from Bromide detox and
not from the Armour. You didnt mention your symptoms, but
you might check into that and see. Dr. Brownsteins book
Iodine: Why you need it, why you cant live without it, may be
helpful. Also, the website,
http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/ was very helpful to
me.
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Mary says:

February 26, 2015 at 12:55 pm


I started taking Armour a year ago after being on levothyroxine for 15
years or more. I lost half my hair on Armour. I am taking every
supplement there is and seeing doctors for the hair loss. In the last 3
months I dont see one single new hair coming in. Dont ever change
thryoid meds if your not losing hair. There was no good reason to
change my meds except my naturopath thought it would be a good
idea. Its is not broke, DONT FIX IT!!!
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Mary says:
February 26, 2015 at 1:23 pm
I started taking Armour a year ago after being on levothyroxine
for 15 years or more. I have been on natural hormone
replacement therapy for 4 years. I lost half my hair on Armour
the last year. I am taking every supplement there is and seeing
doctors for the hair loss. In the last 3 months I dont see one

single new hair coming in. Dont ever change thryoid meds if
your not losing hair. There was no good reason to change my
meds except my naturopath thought it would be a good idea.
Its is not broke, DONT FIX IT!!!
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eve says:
March 8, 2015 at 1:52 pm
If you have lost half your hair then indeed it is Broke!
More so if you are a female!

NinaChristian says:

April 5, 2015 at 5:48 am


Doctors and medical professionals get a dollar stipend cut back
from the pharmaceutical companies that they prescribe from
and refer patients to use.
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Anne Alexander says:


August 8, 2015 at 2:20 pm
I have heard this about Doctors and Pharmaceutical
companies for a long timeI am wondering what proof
you have about this issue want to say I had my
Thyroid removed over 30 years ago and have been on a
Thyroid Rollercoaster ever since this web site has
been very encouraging I am going to be talking to my
doctor to see if there is any interest my hair is falling
out and I am encouragedThank you

hugo barriga says:


April 7, 2015 at 10:54 pm

TRY IODINE star with 3 drops every day then increase , but no
more than 20 drops use common sense and take 2 capsules of
BLACK CURRANT OIL. every day
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janice says:

July 16, 2015 at 2:51 am


Ive been on levo for decade. Lost a bunch of hair. Just
switched to armour.
At times I went for months without the levo. nd my hair grew
and came back but when I got back on it hated washing my hair
just a bunch all the time fell.
Right before I went to endocrinologist and got on armour my
pain Dr told me to get off the synthetic switch to synthroid she
as well has thyroid problems.
Bless you for all you go through
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moe says:

January 31, 2015 at 3:20 am


I know the feeling
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moe says:

January 31, 2015 at 3:21 am


I know the feeling
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Nancy says:
March 8, 2015 at 7:49 pm

Vera, my husband doesnt have insurance. our fibro Dr. gave me a link so he
could get some blood tests down she needed for him. I dont have any medical
background, so I have to ask her if I have the correct one sometimes. It is
cheaper than most labs. Hope this may help.
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Sally Aversa says:

June 4, 2015 at 1:40 pm


My tongue swells up too and I didnt know it may be due to soy which is even
in my cherished mayonnaise now.
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Beverly M. says:

June 11, 2015 at 5:09 pm


Im not alone. I was heartbroken over my mayo and soy. Sadly, soy is a
known thyroid suppressor and allergen. I miss it.
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Marcia K says:

June 22, 2015 at 12:01 pm


Alas, but there is great mayonnaise out there that is soy-free. I go to
Sprouts or Whole Foods to purchase; or, you can make your own using
pasteurized eggs!
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Andria says:
June 11, 2015 at 3:28 am
If you live in a city that has a state college that has a medical program, Google
if they do clinical trials. I live in California near UCLA and they offer
tests/scans and payment for volunteers that qualify for their studies.

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8.

Clutter says:
November 8, 2014 at 2:59 pm
I think FT3 being over range is the reason my hair has started shedding again and
nails are splitting again. Reduced dose 6 weeks ago and hope it will all calm down
again. Ive noticed skin/nails/hair take 2/3 months to improve/deteriorate when
thyroid meds arent right.
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9.

Jill says:
November 9, 2014 at 8:59 am
This article is very helpful. I have been stuggling with hair loss for over ten years. I
have seen two dermatologists, endocrinologists, ent, family md. The only advice I got
was to use Rogaine from the Derms. I have used it intermittenly, with some
improvement, but still obvious thinning over top and crown. Its a daily, futile struggle
to attempt to cover scalp. I have been mildly anemic for years. Current ferritin 7 and
iron 11. I feel this and my hypothyroidism, post-thyroidectomy are to blame. Im only
on levothyroxine so checking t3. I am taking biotin, mvi, fish oil, iron, vit d now and
am hopeful as I do have baby hairs coming in. I am trying to do a multipronged
approach this time for I am tired of looking so bald.
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Kay says:

January 9, 2015 at 2:48 am


Your iron and ferritin levels are more than mild anemia. Always take it with
something like orange juice or vit c to absorb much better, away from caffeine.
You might try, in addition to what youre doing now, to take a really good
multiple vitamin with minerals such as My Favorite Vitamin by Natrol, True
Balance by Now brand, and Maxi Hair Plus by Country Life. I take 2 Maxi,
and 1 of each of the others as a daily multiple. the iron is extremely important
to keep your hair, Ferro Sequels is a decent one.
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erica says:

April 27, 2015 at 2:18 pm


By taking these supplements do you have less hair fall out and do you
see new hair growth? thank you
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Dana Trentini says:

April 27, 2015 at 2:46 pm


Hi Erica, The ten things I list here have helped the amount of
hair falling decrease dramatically as well as bring new hair
growth in particular in my balding areas at the temples where
the new hair growth is very obvious. As an example, every day
when I took the shower it got to the point where my hair would
clog the shower drain every day. Now yes the hair falls but now
its dramatically less and in the shower the change is most
obvious because my shower drain isnt clogging every day
anymore.
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Diane says:

April 29, 2015 at 12:00 am


My hair has been falling out off and on for what I
believe is over a year. I do have hypothyroid which I
just found out has been undermedicated (Naturethroid).
My Naturopath has increased that. In addition, my DHT
levels while in the normal range are high. I am taking a
supplement for that now. How long did it take for you
hair shedding to slow down? I am obsessed count the
hairs, dread the shower, dread the morning because of it
and am just basically driving myself crazy.

Sally Aversa says:


June 4, 2015 at 1:47 pm

I feel your pain. I have been on Armour for two months now because Levo,
synthroid and tinyosend kept me in a stage of dysfunction. My hair is now
falling out and from this article I feel its due to all of the 10 things but mostly
stress and gluten. I like the Armour. Im Post thyroidectomy and I feel great
except for the hair loss.
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Mari says:

July 20, 2015 at 10:17 pm


I have had all what this lady is describing. I was in levothyroxin for 7
years. Up and down. Seen another doctor and gave me another brand
synthroid. 3 months later I lost my hair by the patches. My doctor sent
me to a specialist. No surprise giving me more medicines like hormone
pills and another to counteract the hormone pills. Well guess what
folks. I refused to take all these medicines. I stopped taking them all. I
felt like my room is a pharmacy. From hair growing to shampoos and
biotin. I only take iron pills and blood pressure pills now. Guess what?
The first week I stopped taking my thyroid pills made me think that my
thyroid worsen. No way. I told myself it cant be because the little
lump Imy throat is no longer there. I lost weight. For 4 months now
was 160 now I weigh 139 lbs. my hair is coming back!!!! I sleep good.
I am sweating now which I never did much. I eat better. All my aches
and pains are gone! I feel happy and dont have to worry about thyroid
anymore!!! Sometimes we just have to try and listen to our body. Eat
well. Rest and do excercises. I am 58 and was once a captive of so
called thyroid. Now I happy my hair is at an inch length and growing!
Just thank GOD! Prayed everyday to grow my hair back. FYI- not
everyone is the same! I may add I loss all my hair includes my
eyebrow. Now I have my eyebrows back and fuller eyelashes. I felt
like a freak for 8 months!!! My doctors keep callings that it is time to
get my test done! I told them that I will call them back when needed!!!
I still wear wigs. But what matters is I am back to an active woman
again!!! Not like sluggish one!!! Good luck to all!!!
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nancy says:
August 6, 2015 at 1:54 pm
Hi Mari.
Was your thyroid removed?
What did you mean when you said I told myself it cant be

because the little lump Imy throat is no longer there.?


Thanks,
Nancy
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darlene says:
November 9, 2014 at 11:23 am
Hi Dana
I had my labs done and tsh is 0.477 and my T4 is 0.91 but my T3 is 5.08 my dr. said
t3 is to high i went to lab corp. for my testing i am on nature thyoid but my dr. is
going compound my thyroid med so it will slowly release during day do you know
anything about this. please help it will cost me 40.00 a month for this new med
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11.

darlene says:
November 9, 2014 at 11:25 am
Hi Dana
Update on labs I had my labs done and tsh is 0.477 and my T4 is 0.91 but my T3 is
5.08 my dr. said t3 is to high i went to lab corp. for my testing i am on nature thyoid
but my dr. is going compound my thyroid med so it will slowly release during day do
you know anything about this. please help it will cost me 40.00 a month for this new
med
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12.

Nancy says:
November 10, 2014 at 6:17 pm
Very nice article
Thank You
Really appreciate
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13.

Nick says:

November 10, 2014 at 9:08 pm


My wife had hypothyroidism. One of the symptoms was hair loss. As soon as she
started taking Synthroid her hair stopped falling until 6 months ago when
everything went back to how it was before the pill. After alot of research we realized
that her thyroid started working again. Not too long ago she stopped taking the pill
and now her hair is not falling as much. This thyroid rollercoster is killing us. What
you posted here is very helpful for us. Thank you for sharing.
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14.

Bri O'Brien says:


November 11, 2014 at 4:29 am
In my experience with hair loss, even after dealing with anemia, hypothyroidism (and
finally getting on a T3-only med), taking a high-dose Biotin supplement (which is
making my hair grow long for the first time in my lifeif only I discovered it before I
was 50), and taking every possible vitamin and mineral for hair, one of my daughters
told me about the biggest culprit in my shampooand its just about everywhere! Its
not just in shampoos, but soaps, body washes, toothpastes, and even some muscle
relaxant products, especially those containing Methocarbamol. Its called Sodium
Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). Avoid it like the plague! Also avoid its close cousin, Sodium
Laureth Sulfate (SLES). Read labels to avoid these ingredients. What are they?
Foaming agents that overstrip the hair follicles of natural oils. Among the muscle
relaxant products are Tylenol Muscle Pain and Tylenol Body Pain Night. After
eliminating these sulfates from everything, I suffered the worst episode of hair loss
while taking cheap generic muscle relaxants from Costco containing SLS for months
for my fibromyalgia without realizing that they contained SLS. After I discovered the
problem, within three days of discontinuing them, my hair loss slowed to a normal
level (i.e. what would be normal for a healthy person to lose on a daily basis).
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Dana Trentini says:

November 11, 2014 at 1:53 pm


Thanks Bri for sharing this! Ill watch out for this ingredient.
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Tiffany says:

December 5, 2014 at 2:12 pm


Hi Dana! Thank you so much for this fascinating article! I have
bombarded both my endo and GP to run a plethora of tests:) I have a
question though: I have been on Levothyroxine since 2/14 and feel
okay most of the time but my hair continues to thin and isnt growning
back:( I just had my free T3 and T4 tested and realize my free T3 is on
the low side, 2.7 (range 2.4-4.2). I continue to read that it is optimal to
have this # in the upper quarter of the range? So, I asked my endo to
supplement a T3 and she wants me to try the name brand Synthroid to
see if I feel better first; I find this just plain stupid! So, I just requested
to dry NatureThroid (she is open to this but claims the ingredients can
sometimes differ between batches. Is this true or is she BS-ing me?).
Im reading that NDT is better for optimal well-being to include
conception and pregnancy; we are trying for baby #2. Your thoughts on
this would be so greatly appreciated!! Thanks for this website!!!!
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Kim says:

January 30, 2015 at 2:33 pm


Shes BS-ing you. FDA does not allow for differences between
batches.
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Cherrielane says:
March 5, 2015 at 9:24 pm
You know, years ago the pharma reps had started this
incorrect rumor that the levels in natural thyroid meds
were not consistent. They had suggested this to doctors
who are now repeating the rumor. There has never been
any study to confirm their rumor, in fact there have been
random testing which have proven otherwise.

Angie says:
March 9, 2015 at 8:23 am

I have been told by multiple pharmacists because the


dosage of thyroid medications is so small there can be a
slight difference between brands which is
uncontrollable. I had to switch pharmacys to one that
could supply me with the same brand each month. My
hair loss has stopped since after months of trying to
figure out why it stated again only to find out the
pharmacy I was using started giving me different brands
each month.

KARMEN says:

March 5, 2015 at 2:52 pm


THANK YOU FOR THE ARTICLE. I HAVE BEEN ON ARMOUR
FOR ABOUT A YEAR MY NEW DOCTOR STATED SHE WOULD
NOT REFILL IT BUT ONLY PUTS PEOPLE ON SYNTHROID. The
armour never took away my constipation-hair loss, or sensitivity to
cold. But it did do a heck of a good job on my brain fog and extreme
fatigue. I have been on Synthorid for 4 days and am into a brain fog. I
forgot to clock in at my job, took the wrong exit off the free way to get
to work and my car and desk at work look like a train wreck. It is
difficult for me to focus. Could four days turn that around? age 53
what is parimenapause and what is thyroid?
suggestions should I get a new doctor and get more armour?
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Kay says:

January 9, 2015 at 2:56 am


would you mind sharing what the name of the t3 med is and how you were
able to get your doctor to prescribe it? Thank you.
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aliah says:

January 28, 2015 at 9:54 am


thanks for sharing.
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Cate says:

March 9, 2015 at 9:30 pm


To Bri OBrien: I have 4 autoimmune disorders one is RSD (I call it
fibromyalgia on steroids). I have discovered that using iodine reduces pain
AND it is now my belief that patients (like us) need a systemic enzyme go
read David Getoffs material online. I am getting tremendous help with
systemic enzymes as well as a host of other supplements, but the recent
addition of the enzymes really did the trick.
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15.

Dana Dale says:


November 11, 2014 at 3:37 pm
Ok so through results of a nuc med uptake scan and blood work my results show.
24 hr uptake at 10.4% (normal is 35%) (hypo)
TSH 0.12 (hyper)
RT3 conversion 12.4 (normal 23-24) (hypo) overdrive
Drs. reportI poisoned and ruined my own thyroid by taking an over the counter
iodine supplement and feeling better when I took it was just in my head and that drug
addicts feel better when their on drugs as well. So nice right? I love great bedside
mannered doctors. So I will take a moment to laugh real hard herefor laughter is
good medicine plus it will keep me from crying! LOL!!!!!!!!!
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Dawn Oglesby says:

November 13, 2014 at 12:12 pm


So do you believe that to be the case? I am about to start taking the Iodoral
supplements this week.
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Dana Trentini says:


November 14, 2014 at 9:01 am

Hi Dawn, Were all different in terms of what is right for our body. I
personally had a bad reaction to Iodoral supplements and wish that I
had started at a much lower dose to start and increased gradually. My
doctor warned me that some of her patients didnt do well on iodine
supplements and recommended that I watch my symptoms and have
my thyroid levels retested several weeks after starting. I also took
selenium for several months prior to the iodine to be sure I wasnt
selenium deficient. Again were all different. What you can do as a
starting point is have your iodine level tested to see if you are deficient.
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Dawn Oglesby says:

November 14, 2014 at 2:08 pm


My iodine level was 50. Of course the first thing they
recommend is just adding more salt to your food but I really am
sensitive to tastes and I cannot imagine eating saltier food. I
also do not eat seafood. I am starting to make a batch of Sole
and intend on drinking it daily. I also have started the Iodine
Co-Factors of Selenium, B2/B3, Vitamin C, and Magnesium
Glycinate (AMAZING if you have IBS-C. Has totally changed
my life). All of my numbers are off. One knocks out the other
and then you fix one and it messes up the next. The more I
research, the more I can advocate for myself. The more I
research though, the more the mystery of my health deepens.
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Dana Dale says:


November 14, 2014 at 3:57 pm
Hi Dawnlike Dana explained and as I would say
everyone is different. I am finding out how amazingly
complicated the little thyroid gland is.
I feel soooo much better when I am on iodine 25-38
MG BUT and thats a big fat BUT doctors with a s
..meaning severaltell me it is bad, poison, destroying
etc..nice words like that. But I just got my reports from
my cardio doctor that clearly shows my heart on iodine
is fine, perfectly fine then without, as I was hooked up
to a monitormy heart looks as bad and irregular as I
feel. And I know this article is on hair loose and BTW I
will be bald if I dont get some replacement treatment

here real quick.


You do have to be careful thou supplement can make
you feel better in one area and cause another problem
somewhere else. think of it as Ibuprofenit can help
a headache but too much and now you have a hole in
your stomach:)
Psselenium and adrenal sups did nothing for me
actually made me worse I had to stop then asap.
IDKit is frustrating, depressing..I need to lay down
LOL!!!

Kay says:

January 9, 2015 at 3:13 am


Thank you so much for such a detailed, comprehensive article.
I shared it with my mom today and cant wait to soak in the
details once I get back home to my laptop. Many years ago a
naturopath type person told me I was had adrenal fatigue. I
didnt understand what it was and I didnt have money for the
supplements at the time. a lot has happened since then and I
could almost be writing this article myself, but the worst of my
symptoms, that I have not been able to fix with anything, is the
dense brain fog and short term memory loss. Im currently
cutting out all sugar sticking with something like the Paleo diet.
The only thing I havent tried here were the adrenal supplement
you recommended, which I ordered and look forward to getting
them. I just wonder if you could think back to work through
your progress when you added the adrenal supplement, how
much of a percentage do you think that helped? And did you
suffer from much brain fog? Thank you!
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Kay says:
January 9, 2015 at 3:02 am
Ive read that if you put iodine 2 percent on the patch of your skin your
body will absorb what it needs and leave the rest. I had a goiter about
twenty one years ago and to this day with all my other thyroid
problems now having radioactive iodine done, no one ever once
suggested to test my iodine levels. I begged the endocrinologist to do it
and she said she would not and my PCP would not. I still dont know
where this stands. I would be afraid to take iodine orally but I dont
think it would hurt if you put it on in patches just to see what happens.

The iodine that you should use would be the colored iodine to see the
rate of absorption. When I put it on the color its gone in about 15
minutes. That would suggest to some that the body is very low.
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Shawn says:
November 11, 2014 at 4:29 pm
Dana, a great article with lots of help. I lost my eyebrows and I can not tell you how
upsetting this is. The body hair I can live without (I lost that too) the hairline that
receded, I can cover with my bangs as I always had thick hair but losing my eyebrows
just looks horrible. Either I use a pencil and paint them on and God help me if the rain
gets to me or sweat.or some use tattoos for their eyebrows but the toxic load from
that would probably kill me as the ink for the tattoo eyebrows must also be toxicso
any ideas how to get the eyebrows to grow back? Thanks.
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Dana Trentini says:

November 11, 2014 at 4:39 pm


Hi Shawn, Good to hear from you. Its interesting you ask about the eyebrows
because I had the classic hypothyroidism symptom of thinning of the outer
third of my eyebrows. These 10 things that helped the hair on my head has
also had the effect of growing back my eyebrows. I have my eyebrows shaped
and the woman who does them has been noticing over the last several months
that I have new hair in my eyebrows that I never had before. Now with this
has also come more hair in unwanted places thats resulted in extra need for
shaving and waxing. However I happily do the extra shaving to have more hair
on my head and my eyebrows.
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Shawn says:
November 11, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Yes, so would I, no problem!


Ok, Dana, Thanks. I will
scour the list and make sure my own levels are optimum. Will be
getting some new test results back this week coming upand take it

from there. So happy for you, too!

Shawn

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taylor says:
February 11, 2015 at 1:46 pm
Hi Shawn how are your eyebrows coming along? I also have
a big problem with my brows. I noticed that they were thinning
out about 2 years (Im on 120 m of Tirosint) and my hair was
also falling out now with biotin and whole food supplements
my hair has stopped falling out. About 6 months ago I got off
BC and I thought maybe that is what my brows get to their
worst point, then they started to grow back in, or so I thought. I
have had thick, nice brows my whole life and guess what?
Again this month they are breaking off and falling out and I
keep my hands off them as much as possible. Not just the outer
third, but all over. My endo is usually great but he has not info
for me about this problem. Ive been using gentle eyebrow gels,
etc., to try and lightly fill them in because theyll just fall right
out if I try and use even the nicest of soft pencils. It is really
bringing me down. I wake up with tiny hairs on my pillows,
and my bangs can only cover so much. I was wondering if you
had gotten yours to come back in, and what you were doing.
And, to make matters worse, I apparently have what are flat
warts coming in on my left cheek. I feel like a troll I know
warts are viral and I probably got the outbreak just before the
2014 holidays as I was under a ton of stress, but nothing is
getting rid of them Ive tried tea tree oil multiple times a day
for more than 2 months, Ive tried bananas, Ive tried
EVERYTHING. (I cant wear ducktape on my face all day, and
either way I am allergic to most adhesives.) Even natural
remedies seem to make them worse, Im pretty sure they are
spreading. Im trying to boost my immune system to fight them
off and hopefully itll help elsewhere too, but I cant seem to
get there. It has caused a lot of tears and self consciousness.
Anyone else experiencing this? Thanks!

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Flavia says:

April 16, 2015 at 10:21 pm


Hi Taylor,
Those tiny flat warts on your face sound like
molluscum. My son had it on his face and two different
doctors couldnt diagnose it. So I took matters into my
own hands and found ZymaDerm on Amazon and it
cleared it all up in a week! It was the best $30 I spent! I
recommend you try it. Good luck!!!!!!!

Patty says:

January 21, 2015 at 3:03 am


Omg help I have no eyebrows or eyelashes , hair not falling out yet ,
but now Im scared very scared I feel funny with no eyebrows Im
already im stressed cause I put on abot20 lbs I dont no what to do can
anyone help give me ideas
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Candace says:

April 15, 2015 at 4:03 pm


Sounds like Alopecia areata, which is an autoimmune disorder.
Check out Yuri Elkaim.
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Wendy says:
December 12, 2014 at 9:51 pm
The is a product called RevitaLash, for eye lashes, and RevitaBrow for the eye
brows These work amazing. We sell this in our salon and I use both with
amazing results. Look up the website for them and find a local salon that sells

it. They dont recommend buying this from Amazon or ebay apparently the are
knock offs from China being sold by both sites.
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jane says:

January 4, 2015 at 7:29 pm


I have found that LiLash which I found on line is making my eyelashes
grow like crazy. I never had such long lashes. I was diagnosed with
Hashimotos about a year and a half ago have been on three
medications so far all made me feel achy and just plain terrible . I even
was on armor for 6 months but I noticed one day my hair was coming
out in my hands when I washed it. My doctor took me off all meds and
told me to wait a few months now he has given me a prescription for
synthroid ( not the generic) and I am afraid to take if for fear of losing
bunches of hair again. My numbers are borderline but the Doctor
insists I will feel better with some thyroid meds.
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Ann Schiller says:

June 20, 2015 at 3:38 pm


Hi Jane-was wondering what ever happened? Did u end up
taking the Synthroid? What happened with your hair loss? I am
curious because although I do not have hashimotos, my t3 & t4
are low and tsh very high so my doc wants me on Synthroid, 50
mcg, 5 times a week, and I have previously lost all of my
eyelashes, and experienced hair thinning-also hope you are
feeling better!!! Thanks so much-ann
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Diane says:
June 22, 2015 at 11:48 am
I dont know how much longer I can deal with the hair
loss. This is destroying my life, my relationshipsjust
killing me.

shalom smith says:

June 22, 2015 at 7:07 pm


Diane, you need to try shaklee. Im serious. People
assume all problems are cured by modern medicine.
Hippocrates, the father of medicine, said let food be thy
medicine. This company is working wonders and even
reversing cancer. Please email me and i will give you
details about who to talk about supplements. If nothing
else is working, why not give something completely
different a shot? There is no risk. If it ddoesnt work for
you, you can request a full refund. Please try it. Email
me and i will get you in touch with their lead
nutritionist. Shalom@sanctuarysafehouse.org

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Dawn Oglesby says:


November 13, 2014 at 12:14 pm
Dana,
My iron levels are a tad low. 69 is my Ferratin level. Im going for optimal though. I
want to know more about the Carslon Buffalo Liver that you take. Do you take 6 pills
per day? I am already taking so many supplements at this point but I am willing to do
it if it will help with my hair and my health.
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Dana Trentini says:

November 14, 2014 at 8:58 am


Hi Dawn, My ferritin level was at 16 so yes much lower than yours. So I took
the pills as recommended on the label 6 a day that I separated out over the day.
If I didnt have digestive issues including constipation when I took normal
iron supplements, I would have taken those instead. Given your Ferritin is
close to the 80 that is written about for hair loss, you probably wouldnt need
the 6 a day. Speak with your doctor about the iron supplements and let them
know how 80 is the recommended level for hair loss and what amount you
should take. Be sure that you have your ferritin tested again after some time on
any iron supplement because you also dont want to take too much iron.
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Dawn Oglesby says:

November 14, 2014 at 1:52 pm


I have major digestive issues at well. That is why your article really
spoke to me. Ill start out with half the dose (so 3) and see what my
blood results show in 4 weeks. The hard part with all of the
supplements is figuring out how long each thing takes to stabilize in
your blood.
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Kay says:

January 9, 2015 at 3:20 am


I appreciate this iron building suggestion too, Im going to try it, its
been taking me a very long time to raise my levels due to the
backwards nature that I go with my cycle. Although, they are very
slowly rising, my ferritin is still super low, it might be in the early teen
digits. How long did it take before you were able to raise your level is
using this and did you use something else before and found this more
effective? Thank you.
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Kay says:
January 9, 2015 at 3:51 am
Im very interested in getting my ferritin levels up to that optimal
number. Right now it is just past the 10 mark and somewhere in the
teens probably at this point. What I want to say while others are
reading this is that while my ferritin is still low and Im working
desperately on it, the other vitamins I have mentioned in another
comment and taking them regularly, have helped my hair
tremendously. It depends on exactly what your issue is but it seems to
me when you have one, often times you find another or a few more
issues that are happening. Just the way you outline it in your article. It
is coming in thick and doesnt fall out at all. Im amazed and still
hoping that maybe its the low ferritin that is giving me the brain fog.
At any rate, I think these are all interconnected as our bodies do work
with optimal nutrients on all fronts.

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Dana says:

March 19, 2015 at 12:53 pm


Hi Dana.
My ferritin is at 18, am losing eyebrows and hair as well.
Amenorreia, grumpiness, fog, etc, all normal for tireoid problems
But the eco graphs shows only a slightly enlarged tireoid and the T4 is
at 0.70, TSH at 1.73 and Tiroglobin at 52.2.
Doctors a tell me is all stress
What you reckon?
Pales diet would help? I am mainly vegetarian although been craving
red meat lately
Iodine Lugols could do something?
Thanks
Dana
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Renee Yamashiro says:


November 16, 2014 at 1:14 am
Hello Dana, great news about 10 things that stopped hair loss. Please help me deal
with this. Im losing my hair for the past 2 months. I have beautiful long hair but now
so thin and brittle/dry. Four months ago I had a right side thyroidectomy which I only
had a nodule. I wasnt hypo or hyper at the time. So for a year and a few month I was
taking 25mg levothyroxine before my surgery. No problems with it. After my surgery
3 months later I see my endo and she says my levels are low??? And bummed me up
to 25 mg so its 50 mg levothyroxine . Im going through major side effects losing my
hair, hot flashes and Insomnia. I informed her about the changes. She said its because
of your surgery. I know my body. So she leaves on vacation and I go see her colleague
and she puts mr down back to 25 mg Synthroid. Im still losing my hair. So I decided
to look for a new endo who has compassion for me. And he said my levels are low
and he was going to give me T3 Liothyronine. So Im hoping that this will help my
hair from falling out??? Or could it be from the medications??? Im definitely going
to get some notes from you and get all these ten things working for ME!!!! Im feel
very alone and sad. I really need help and support so that I know Im going to be
normal again. Please help me!!!
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Donna says:

December 10, 2014 at 9:49 pm


Renee, did your doctor explain that you could lose some hair from the
anaesthetic that was used during surgery? Ive had problems with my hair
since was 23, thats what sent my to the dr. Now at 60, that is my first sign of
thyroid needing adjustment. One thing that has helped me is taking bioidentical hormones (compounded) and having all of my hormones check. Im
seeing a doctor that is an ob/gyn that has had the training to deal with the
hormone problems. I had been on the same dosage for over a year, which was
very unusual for me, but started having heart palpitation . After seeing a
cardiologist,wearing a heart monitor and an echo cardiogram, it turned out to
be my thyroid dosage. Getting the dosage adjusted has been great. So have a
full panel thyroid ran and also all of your sex hormones. You will feel so much
better. This is the best I have felt in I dont know when. Dont give up, take
care.
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Stacie says:

June 14, 2015 at 11:03 am


Donna,
Thank you for your positive encouragement. It is so depressing to read
all of these negative posts going from doctors not listening to meds
causing you to lose more hair. Its just very depressing to feel so bad
and to be losing my hair, along with a long list of other symptoms. Will
definitely have my doctor run a thyroid panel as well as female
hormones. I also have been on Ferrous Sulfate for a period of time and
probably need to be back on it because that causes hair loss too!
Thanks again for positive input.
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Diane says:
June 22, 2015 at 6:50 pm
I cant take this anymore. The hair loss is killing me, killing my
relationships and controlling my life. I dont know what to do!

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Dana Trentini says:

June 22, 2015 at 7:27 pm


Diane, Im sorry to hear how hair loss is affecting your
life. I remember all too well what is was doing to my
self-esteem. Im hoping that one or more of the tips I
mention will help you too.

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Linda says:
November 18, 2014 at 8:38 pm
For years my mothers hair thinned. She was diagnosed hypo yes ago. Fast forward 20
yrs to my own hair loss. I was told that my moms hypo had nothing to do with my
hair loss. Then came my Hashi diagnosis. When I asked her GP if it was possible that
mom had Hashis he said,probably and nothing more. No testing to see, nothing. All
this time I had been told my hair loss was just genetic. No doctor ever connected the
dots!! Unreal.
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cindy says:
November 29, 2014 at 11:43 pm
I was taking levothyrozine 50mg and I truly think the doctor misdiagnose memost
of the females at the this doctor office is on the same strength 50mg and I find that
very weirdI am on natural thyroid medications now.I first notice my hair falling
out, right in the middle of the head, the crown. I am just out done by this. When I
mention it to the doctor he took a uninterested attitude and just blew me off as if he
didnt careI call the natural health clinic in Oklahoma and so far the herbs are really
working for me..so far so good.thank you for having this site for all of usGod
bless youI stepping out of the levo medsso far so good and my hair is coming
back quickly.
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Arlene says:
October 5, 2015 at 6:30 am

Cindy,
What herbs did they put you on that is helping you. I am 47 years old, and I
was diagnosed with being hypothyroid. I have lost hair, my eyebrows have
thinned and I am tired throughout the day. I stopped drinking green tea and
coffee for they say not to drink anything with caffeine. I was thinking of just
to stop taking the Levrothyroxin and take Cod Liver Oil and Evening Primrose
and see I feel. I am really tired of feeling tired, my hair thinning, and having
problems with my eyes.
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Kristian says:
December 1, 2014 at 3:39 am
One vital element off anti-Revitol Phytoceramidess
for men arre hydroxy acids (polyhydroxy alpha-hydroxy acids aand
beta hydroxy acids), which exfoliate the kin and removes
dead skin cells, makingg it a burst to the facial skin.
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Kat says:
December 4, 2014 at 4:20 pm
One thing I would add to this list is candida. Candida can cause hair loss and many
with weakened immune systems & thyroid disorders often have this issue. Great
article, thank you for sharing!
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cindy says:
December 4, 2014 at 5:48 pm
Thank you for sharing the comment about the candida how do you get it out of your
system ? I really need to know.I never knew about candida to cause hair loss.
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Christi says:

June 16, 2015 at 1:43 pm


Ive read that taking a good probiotic can help keep Candida under control. It
helps good bacteria thrive, while knocking out some bad bacteria.
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Giampaolo Floris says:


December 5, 2014 at 12:54 pm
I have a friend, 36 yrs older, and suffering from thyroid and she already has problems
with her hair, which has started thinning. I have even dedicated a post on my own
blog to this: http://endhairloss.eu/the-best-natural-solution-to-stop-hair-loss/hair-losstreatment-for-thyroid-patients/
I will definitely recommend her to read the posts of this website which is way more
informative about this disease, then any other information that I have personally
found on line.
Thank you,
Giampaolo Floris
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jyothi says:
December 6, 2014 at 1:04 am
Hi
I am having maximum symptoms ..all are going to be vanish if I go through
hypothyroidism treatment ? please me let me know . thank you
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Dana Trentini says:

December 6, 2014 at 9:19 am


Hi Jyothi, yes with optimal treatment we can improve our symptoms including
hair loss. I have baby hairs growing in where there were once bald spots and
less hair comes out in the shower drain each time I shower so yes its possible.
However of course the key is being optimally treated.
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Kathleen says:
December 12, 2014 at 8:32 pm
Thank You So Much for this information!!
I read a lot on Hypothyroid & Adrenal Fatigue. Your Information is Invaluable &
gives me Hope!
Very timely too. I had a lot of hair fall out today.
Thank You for your Information & support.
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Kelly says:
December 12, 2014 at 10:18 pm
I want to thank you for this information. I also suffer from hypothyroidism and iron
deficienct anemia. I have problems with my hair getting very fine and thin spots,this
is very embarrassing. Right now my level is 9.667 and taking 150 synthroid. I do not
have a life because I feel so bad all the time Its all I can do to get out of bed everyday
Some days I just cant. I have a lot of medical problems and just wander if some could
be related to this problem. None of my doctors Have ever said. Feeling terrible in
SC
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Karen says:
December 13, 2014 at 11:19 am
I have no brows or lashes and have noticed my hair thinning. So frustrated with my
Dr. My levels have been low normal and my Dr. is fine with that even though I cant
lose any weight w/o severe calorie restriction (under 800) and constant exercising.
The one time my levels were high normal, I felt great, had energy and lost weight.
What did she do? Cut my dosage. Sure wish I could find someone who understands.
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Kay says:
January 9, 2015 at 3:30 am

Oh my goodness, it is crucial that you remove yourself from such a restricted


calorie diet, you are not getting proper nutrition, that will make everything fall
apart fast and I speak from experience. Read the above on my response for
someone on a good multi vitamins with minerals that helped my hair. Get your
iron tested before you start taking it as taking too much can also cause hair
loss and you have to make sure you are low first. Get your thyroid checked out
by an endocrinologist (or another one). When you eat, try to make sure you get
some good protein from free range livestock and organic veggies, no sugars or
breads. the vitamins I suggested are for people who have trouble absorbing
nutrients. These things dont work overnight but in about 3 months youll start
to really notice things changing if not sooner.Best wishes to you.
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Meira says:
December 15, 2014 at 3:29 am
Hi,
I suffer from both hair-loss (on my head) and hirsutism (everywhere else) I have
hair in all the wrong places.
Do you know if hirsutism can get worse with these treatments?
Thank you.
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Dana Trentini says:

December 15, 2014 at 2:19 pm


Hi Meira, I know that these things I mention in particular the biotin, evening
primrose oil and silica resulted in overall more hair on my head, eyebrows
(which I needed because mine were thinning), my eyelashes but also in
unwanted areas which means I find myself waxing and shaving more often
yes. Have you been tested for PCOS? I ask because I hear from readers with
hirsutism who have PCOS.
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Meira says:

December 16, 2014 at 2:53 am


Ive been diagnosed with PCOS as well as hyperprolactinoma (besides
Hashimotos).
I still havent been able to get a proper answer from any doctor whos
ever treated me which of those came first and caused everything
else.
Today I went (for the last time) to my latest endocrinologist, who said
to me that because all my blood tests are fine and everything is within
its proper range, then its all fine and all the symptoms that I learned
lately can be related to Hashimotos are either because Im overweight
and should undergo bariatric surgery ASAP or else there is nothing to
be done about it and I should learn to live with it.
Thank you for inspiring me to look for a better treatment and a better
doctor who will be more open to treatments besides Eltroxin.
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Fara says:
March 24, 2015 at 2:58 pm
Dear Meria,
Please see below:
Hairsutism
-Causes
Over production of Androgens hormone.
-Reasons:
-Abnormality in ovarian
Adrenal gland or pituitary gland over production of androgen.
Symptoms
A woman with the mildest form of hirsutism may notice
significant growth of hair that is mature (the same color as
scalp hair) on the upper lip, chin, sideburn area, around the
nipples or lower abdomen. More advanced hirsutism will cause

mature hair to grow on the upper back, shoulders, sternum and


upper abdomen.
Diagnosis
If you need more testing, you are likely to have several blood
tests:
The hormones testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone may be
measured to check for signs of polycystic ovary syndrome,
ovary tumors, adrenal gland tumors, adrenal gland hormone
deficiencies (causing overgrowth, or hyperplasia, of the adrenal
glands) or tumors that can stimulate the adrenal glands.
The hormone prolactin may be measured to check for signs of a
tumor in the pituitary gland.
Blood sugar and cholesterol levels may be tested, because
diabetes and high levels of cholesterol commonly are
associated with some causes of hirsutism.
Depending on the results of these tests, your doctor may order
additional hormone tests to help clarify the reason you are
producing too much androgen by evaluating the function of
your adrenal gland and pituitary gland. In some cases, your
doctor will want to see a picture of one or more organs.
Commonly used tests are magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
of the brain, a computed tomography (CT) scan of the adrenal
glands or an ultrasound of the ovaries.
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Arlene says:
October 5, 2015 at 6:39 am
Dana,
I am thankful for all the information in which you have put for us
thyroid people. I take Levrothyroxin 25mg, and was thinking of just
stop taking it and just try to take Evening Primrose and Cod Liver Oil
and see how that goes. I have been taking my thyroid medicine for
almost 3 years and it doesnt seem like it does anything for me. I have
been anemic since the early 90s, actually when I had my child, thats
when it was discovered, for they said I was going to be bed rest for the
majority of my pregnancy. my iron was very low and I had miscarried
twice before I finally was able to carry my child. I just wonder if my
doctor had maybe misdiagnosed me when I had been told I had thyroid
issues. I now have pains in my joints in my muscles, and I swell every

day. I eat lots of veggies and for the most part stay away form sweets.
What to do.
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Kay says:

January 9, 2015 at 3:40 am


I second Danas motion about PCOS you can actually have polycystic ovaries,
too. They can detect the polycystic ovaries with a pelvic ultrasound. For the
PCOS, with blood work testing your sex hormones. This affects my daughter
in a terrible way and she found help by taking Now brand Maca root.
Somehow it helps regulate the hormones in the female body by cutting down
on the male hormones/ androgen percentage. It is a cousin to the turnip,
sounds so simple but look up Now MACA root results on amazon reviews and
it has helped a lot who suffer from the same issue. The hard part is trying to
get doctors to order the tests so they can get paid for by your insurance. But
dont give up. its important to take them throughout the day to keep the
androgens at bay. You should notice a difference in several weeks. If that is
your issue. also try the supplement regimen I recommend it to someone else in
these comments. And dont forget vitamin D it is actually a hormone through
synthesis and drives your whole bodys hormones system, get it tested first
.Best wishes to you.
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Anuradha says:
December 15, 2014 at 2:14 pm
Best Article so far i have read on Hypo thyroid. Thanks for such a consolidated
information.
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Dana Trentini says:

December 15, 2014 at 2:16 pm


Thank you very much Anuradha. Wonderful to have you at Hypothyroid Mom.
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Yolanda P. Lopez says:


December 16, 2014 at 7:43 pm
I am so happy to read all this information. I have been diagnose with Hypothyroidism,
severe years. I have been loosing my hair for years. I have try so many different
products to regain my hair, but no luck . Until now that you are helping all of us. I feel
so grateful. I am calling my endocrinologist tomorrow ,. to check on my blood test.
and wil ask the right questions now. I also have: depression , anxiety, fibromyalgia,
and osteoarthritis ;( .and no libido. I have taken lots of notes from you and I will get
more blood test that I know I need. Thank you so much for all your info and
knowledge that you have pass to all of us. Thank You .
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Kay says:

January 9, 2015 at 4:20 am


Please see some of my comments to others on here in case they might help
you, too. I tried to get my endocrinologist to test my sex hormones but she
wouldnt do it stating that they were not going to do anything no matter what
the levels were. Well, it explained a lot when I found out my testosterone level
was almost at zero. I dont know how Im going to raise that yet but I am
trying different herbal supplementation, I would be afraid of taking synthetic
hormones. At least youll know your baseline. I ended up buying my own
blood work thats available online without having to obtain your personal
physicians request, the negative is you have to pay out of pocket. Its
available in most states, at the time of this writing. Google online blood tests,
there are many just look at which one would work best for your needs and
budget.
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Barbara says:
December 17, 2014 at 12:08 pm
Hello everybody. I would love to hear some advice from you people. I was diagnosed
with hypothyroidism 18 years ago as a 15 years old teenager. My neck was slightly
bigger than normal, apart from this symptom; I had a sudden growth of my body
height and reached 185cm. This growth happened mainly from my age of 11 to 15
years. I was incredibly thin and constantly tired with low appetite. My hair was thick,
heavy and long, I never had to worry about. At the age of 15 my mother started to be

concerned with my missing period in that age. My visit to the doctor landed me in
endocrinology and my Euthyrox 100 mg was swiftly medicated. Within couple of
weeks I have experienced first hit of massive hair loss and also extreme form of dry
cracked skin in my face on my arms. I was furious, but my doctor said to me not to
worry about it that it will grow back and my skin will be fixed too. Needless to say
that never happened. My originally beautiful long hair was irrevocably gone, but my
skin at least went back to normal. I do have long hair now but they are far from what I
used to have. I am constantly going through stages of sudden hair loss and then its
somehow stops. Truth to be told I have been lacking on taking medication regularly,
my schedule of day and night shift and new bachelor degree I am trying to complete
messed up my schedule massively. Ridiculously though, whenever I forget to take this
awful medication my skin is immediately better. Anyway, I was told taking this meds
is vital and fighting doctors is not really my desire. I am anaemic my entire life as
well, but apart from that, I have maintained skinny, muscular body shape without
much of a workout, which is a constant source of questions in regards of my diet and
fitness training (needless to say none of it is responsible, just my thyroid). I am
thinking about starting on some of the supplements mentioned here such as Biosil and
awful iron supplement which same as with probably everybody caused me
constipation but I would try it but I really dont feel like investing ridiculous amount
of money into blood tests and would prefer to go with the method try and see.
Would you people from your own experience recommend this or not?
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Cathy says:

January 7, 2015 at 5:54 pm


I too am anemic (& have thyroid issues). I take Ferro-Sequels iron. I find that
its not too constipating & it doesnt upset my stomach if I take it with food. I
also take calcium & magnesium at night to counteract the constipating effects
of the iron. Might be worth a try
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Kay says:
January 9, 2015 at 3:59 am
I also have been using Ferro Sequels. I will be trying the supplement that Dana
suggests in her article for iron supplementation. Please see my other comments
scattered below her article and see if any of those supplements can help you,
too, a taking them regularly has caused my hair to come back like it was when
I was in my teens and twenties, something I havent seen for some 30 years.
Best wishes to you.

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Phena says:
December 26, 2014 at 4:11 am
This is something, thanks a million for sharing .Its a pity we cannot enjoy and access
the elaborate Health service here in Africa like you have there. I suffer thyroid, hair
loss but unable to get this service. I will try to work to get the essential minerals -iron,
zinc, vitD rich foods and seek to get further tests and possible medication for my
thyroid as the doctors I have seen mention that its within the normal range and I
require no medication. Such an eye opener
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Elizabeth says:
December 31, 2014 at 10:59 am
Thanks for the information. Ive lost much of my hair recently. I think mostly due to
malnutritionhad surgery and illness and have been unable to eat much for months,
but I also have hypothyroidism..
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35.

Crowarez says:
January 2, 2015 at 5:09 pm
Gran, estoy de acuerdo en muchas cosas. Creo que generalmente photoshop ha
mejorado muchisimo en las ultimas versiones en cuanto
a facilidad de uso, aparte de las caractersticas que se
han ido agregando.
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Bridgette says:
January 3, 2015 at 7:34 pm
Hi I have had hypo since giving birth to my daughter 9+yrs ago I went yrs before
starting meds for it becaise well even though I knew right after I giving birth I never
felt the same as I did before for 2yrs I thought my symptoms were from being a new

mom &thought came with the territory then after I finally did go to the dr&they
diagnosed me I didnt think it was anything that bad( out of ignorance&being young )i
never followed up till the symptoms got wayyyy worse another 2yrs later I thought I
was preg but drs told me might be my thyroid soo I finally got on medsbeen on meds
5yrs(dang didnt realize been that long) my hair slowly gotten better &i.still go thru
moments my hair comes out or breaks off as I run my fingers thru but I think my hair
gotten way better &i do always see new growth hair or baby hairs soo I always been
postive because of that my sides used to be the prob but now I just wish my crown I
guess (the back )was thicker I cant tell any new growth myself from the back I
did.research a while ago & its a few things I changed I think thats help the majority of
my hair.i went to.washing my hair once.a wk my bangs I do wash whenever look
oily but besides that I was my full head once a wk &imstead.washing at night I wash
during the day I put less heat on my thin hair & cut down on ponytails which I should
stop usong at night but I can not sleep with my hair everywheremy hair is long
&while the majority is thicker than a few yrs ago the back feels thinnest right now to
me &i avoid straightening thinking my scalp might show
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says:
January 5, 2015 at 8:26 pm
Youre so interesting! I dont think I have read through anything like this before.
So great to find another person with some unique thoughts
on this issue. Seriously.. thanks for starting this up.
This website is something that is required on the web, someone with a little
originality!
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kristie says:
January 7, 2015 at 5:13 pm
I was doing research yet again for my hair loss because it has gotten so bad in the last
couple of months and found this list. The true question is, Why WOULDNT I have
hair loss? See, I have every one of those listedI was born with low iron and low
thyroid.(knowing what I have researched and my daughter is repeating my symptoms
at a very young age) PCOS got kick started when I hit puberty at age 9. No one knew
what was going on. I was out of control with weight gain, always broke out, horribly
heavy periods, grouchy, couldnt grow hair in front to save my life, and cold all the
time. I have seen 20+ docs of all studies in my 41 years and no one has been able to
make much of a difference. I had gastric bypass (RNY) 11 yrs ago because I thought
my weight was due to my addiction to food. It was due to the Hashimotos and PCOS
I have been suffering from. I have PCOS with severe insulin resistance and secondary

hyperaldosteronism. (that is another hormone like testosterone) That means I have to


watch my sodium intake because my body doesnt release it..where salt goes water
follows. I have taken some Byetta for the insulin resistance and strunk my pouch so
much I do NOT have stomach anymorethat means no HCl, complete
malabsorption, no iron absorption so I must have IV iron for the rest of my life. I do
not absorb essential fatty acids, I eat extra protein just so I can absorb enough and I
take supplements for the rest of my life BUT found my liver to be twice the size so
must watch those too. I am on 150mg of Armour and 12.5mg of Iodoral which I love,
however, I tested high on iodine so I gradually stopped it. I have gone back on it to
hopefully help my thyroid make more T3 and grow more hair. I take selenium with it
and that really helps. I take big doses of Biotin but that is making me grow fuzzy dark
facial furso I wax, all skin and nails are completely dry and brittle and the winter
doesnt help. I notice my sleep patterns are affected when my iron is low. Also, that
messes up my periods which are better since I started getting my Hashimotos better
with Armour Thyroid and enough iron. I seem to feel better cutting my gluten way
low. I can not lose weight at all unless the stars are aligned just right which doesnt
happen often. If I cut my calories too low say 500-800/day I actually gain water
weight65 lbs in 8 months was the last stint so I am on spironolactone to help w/
hyperaldosterone and water and its supposed to be helping the PCOS factor too. Last
test we found my aldosterone too high again which makes no sense given that is what
spironolactone does-suppress aldosterone. Too much exercise is out of the question as
it causes a large amount of inflammation and no iron, no oxygen; no oxygen no fat
burn and no muscle building. I do mild walking and some yoga in hopes to keep
muscle wasting at a minimum. I wish this list would help the 35+ lbs of excess skin
hanging off my body from 190 lbs of weight lost. If it wasnt for the internet, and
patience and a little blessing of brains from the Lord I would not be alive at this point
and feel my days are shorter than most. However, the most important part now is
figuring out how to help my daughter so she doesnt have to suffer like me.
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Kay says:

January 9, 2015 at 4:07 am


You do have a very special circumstance compared to most of those who have
posted here but I would like to invite you to read my comments in case there is
something there that might help you with your doctors guidance. I might also
suggest that you could benefit from taking those such as a whole food vitamin
made by companies like Standard Process. the thing is, no matter which of the
supplements you take they still do take time yours might take longer. The
whole food vitamins are much more easily absorbed, so I think you would
have a pretty good chance with them. since youre having such a struggle
maybe you can try both and see what happens. I find them at some of my local
chiropractor offices. Best wishes to you.
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kristie says:

January 9, 2015 at 12:22 pm


Thanks! Just knowing I am not alone in this struggle and going crazy is
help enough. Its as if I wrote the article abovethat list is in my head
everyday as reminder of what to do. I find it very difficult to find
someone to talk with that has a true grasp and understanding of natural
health and wellness as you. I thank you so much!! I have taken various
Standard Process supplements in the past and really feel the result and
can confirm they work on my yearly labs. I also take some
powdered/liquid supplements to help absorption and seems to go ok. I
love powdered inositol!! It has helped with amazing things like sleep
and PCOS symptoms and liver cleanse. I know my hubby could attest I
am more calmdidnt even realize I suffered from anxiety until
inositol. You should see my medicine (supplement) cabinetI have
tried them all. I have a little of everything for every ailment. My family
and I swear by Cod Liver and Vitamin D capsules by Carlson. We have
dodged the flu bullet at the beginning of school as well as peak season
because of it. I also would not go without my probiotic. I am on a
prescription version called VSL mostly because in my case it takes
HCl to keep good gut health which means I need more potent probiotic
swimmers. I have tried to supplement HCl and may try again but it
gives me terrible heartburnI think because it has no stomach to stay
ingoes straight to my small intestine and I must take good care of
that. Dont want to cause any irritation or holes. I find VSL to be vital
in staying regular (which is vital for bypass patients so we avoid colon
cancer) and my skin is much clearer and helps with those pesky hive
breakouts from hypothyroid I get. I think I am allergic to my own
sweat! HA!! Most people do not understand the importance of nutrition
in health and well-being. You tend to take notice once you have lost the
ability to uptake nutrients. One last thing that has been a life saver, the
ability to enjoy exercisealthough I can not do what I would like, I
love it and miss doing a full yoga class or boot camp. Oh, one more
thing, finding a really good chiropractor who truly understands how
the body works and a good massage therapist can save a world of hurts
that I promise you NO doctor is aware and wants to be aware. Put your
emotions aside and dont let anyone tell you to do something before
you have done the research and fully understand pros/cons. You will be
better off in the long runcoming from someone who is still
overweight and insides are a mess. I work everyday on
accepting/loving myself for who I am.
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Barb says:

January 9, 2015 at 11:36 am


Wow! I so needed this! Im 62, have had hypothyroid symptoms most of my life with
blood sugar issues controlled by diet. I started loosing hair for a couple years. Some
may have been linked to medication (lorazepam) that Im no longer on for sleep. I
talked to my doc about my hair which was, more or less, blown off. Another visit at
the doc bringing up my dismay over my hair loss. You have long hair. It just looks
like youre losing a lot. My lack of libido: Why do you want to be concerned with
that? You dont need it anyway. Yeah, I need a new doc and found one in an allergy
doc of all professionals! He is treating me for Candida, he put me on 1 gram of
Armour that has been heaven sent! His test for thyroid issues was having me take my
temperature in the AM before rising and late morning. Hypothyroid people have low
temps. Im still having alarming (to me) hair loss. Im Native American and my hair is
very much a part of my identity. Im taking Arctic Cod Liver oil, heavy doses of
probiotics and a vitamin he carries. This article is so very helpful and so wide ranging
in your research! You are an answer to so many prayers for me and others! I know it
takes time. Ive only been on Armour for 5 months but now I have other options and
feel vindicated in my concerns. Thank you for the work youve done and sharing via
your web site.
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Tricia says:
January 10, 2015 at 11:50 am
Thank You for all the information. I have alopecia aerate. Just saw an Endocrinologist
and she is running some test here in St. Louis, Missouri. But I think I am going to
look for another Endo because she does not act like she really cares about my hair
loss. It means a lot to me if the doctor shows compassion as well as intelligence. I
wish all of you long hair growth and good health. Happy New Year 2015.
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Dana Trentini says:

January 13, 2015 at 2:23 pm


Hi Tricia, resources to help you locate a good thyroid doctor:
http://hypothyroidmom.com/30-online-resources-to-find-a-good-thyroiddoctor/
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PJ says:
January 13, 2015 at 12:51 pm
I, too, suffer from hypothyroidism and thinning hair at times. It has come back in
when I keep my thyroid in check. I have found the following things help (it cut my
TSH number in half from 8.3 to 4.1 in just 3 months):
Increase Selenium, Cut back on caffeine and
Avoid foods with goitrigens in raw form (cooking destroys goitrigens so the same
foods are okay to eat, if cooked): Heres a link showing foods containing goitrigens:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goitrogen
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PJ says:

January 13, 2015 at 12:53 pm


Loved the article, thanks for posting this info!
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Dana Trentini says:

January 13, 2015 at 1:28 pm


Thanks for sharing what works for you PJ. Great to have you at Hypothyroid
Mom. I too monitor my raw goitrogens but cook them to reduce the
goitrogenic effect.
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Lori says:

January 23, 2015 at 5:17 pm


Is there a way to get the hair to grow back around the temples and
hairline?? Thank you!
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43.

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January 16, 2015 at 10:45 am
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han ido agregando.
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Suhel Shaikh says:


January 18, 2015 at 5:17 am
I am 27 year old male. I am suffering from heavy hair fall. My hairs was curly and
Very healthy but suddenly my hairs got thin n heavy hair fall I am facing. i am eating
almonds for vitamin E, and amla juice for vitamin C, also eating protein rich foods
but hairfall is not getting stop. I dnt knw what happen to me. Please suggest me what
test I need to do. Please help as I dnt have knowledge what steps I need to take.
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January 21, 2015 at 5:44 am
Fastidious answers in return of this issue with solid arguments and
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46.

Maggie90 says:
January 25, 2015 at 4:45 am
Hi Dana, thanks for the article. My grandfather had a low thyroid and was on
medication for life. A couple of years ago I began testing as I was struggling with
things like poor circulation, brittle hair (mild thinning), poor mood, low energy and
bouts of severe brain fog (Im in my early 20s!).
Turns out I have high Cortisol which my doctors put down to the contraceptive pill
and stress as there were no signs of Cushings, and my thyroid is on the low side but
not in the danger zone. Because of that, I really had to battle to try medication, I was
told constantly that because I was slightly underweight and not overweight, my
thyroid couldnt be struggling. Eventually I was prescribed the lowest dose of Levo,
but felt awful while taking it. My Hair seemed to get worse and I was constantly
anxious with a rapid heartbeat.
Decided to try to go the natural route and lower my stress levels and it worked a little,
life became manageable again; at least for 5/6 months. But now Im experiencing
extreme circulation problems again, and the tell-tale brittleness of my hair has
returned, along with lack of energy, constipation and depression. Do you think its
worth me asking for some kind of treatment other than the Levo?
I seem to have bouts of low thyroid issues after experiencing a period of stress in my
life, I wonder if medication will ever help or will I have to train my body to repair
itself every time life gets difficult!
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Bridgette says:
January 26, 2015 at 6:31 pm
Hi im currently on 75mcg levo daily .and recently been percribed a vitD booster
50,000units for the next 5more weeks .i was told b12 is a tad low too..after my 8wk
booster up im told to take a daily vitD ..im trying to figure out my vitamin list for
when I go to the store while I have the money soo far vit d,vitb12, and ive tried
primrose oil but didnt keep up due to it being ten dollars for a little bottle but I really
want to keep up on it to see the benefits MY QUESTION IS HOW MANY MGS
SHOULD I TAKEA DAY? (i take my levo first thing in morn &vit at nite soo %ve
seen some peop say twice a day)
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Tina says:

January 26, 2015 at 7:40 pm


Im 46 and noticed hair thinning the past 9 months. I know peri menopause is an issue
low progesterone, my estrogen isnt high and my testosertone levels total and free are
in the mid to top quarter range. My dheas are slightly above range. Ive been tested to
death and my ferritin was low its now as of December 2014 at 76. From 23. So Im
getting there anyway, my question was were your dth levels high Dana or dheas? You
said you has temple and top thinning as in male like pattern? Thats some of my
problem too. My dht leveled have been fine though I also had low t3 What
specifically do you think helped Mose with the temple balding? And its regrowing
now? How long did it take to see a difference?
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Tina says:

January 26, 2015 at 7:48 pm


I also have the typical hair breakage for thyriod Im taking a b100 complex
and vitamin c Iron and just started taking epo . No dr takes my thyriod issue
seriously they all say Im fine Ive been to 6 different o es this year with no
luck. Im still looking for someone however if need be I will take it into my
own hands. The hair loss has been the most difficult for me to deal with and
unfortunately the one drs give the least amount of thought to. I too have been
researching hair loss the past year, I just need it to stop now and Id be happy
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Bridgette says:
January 26, 2015 at 8:35 pm
I agree my dr told me a few yrs ago when I asked about my hair
&weight that everything should be back to normal once my meds get
to the right dosage &i do have to say my weight did at one point I lost
alot of weight due to stress my thyroid was going crazy &i couldnt
keep food down for 6wks straight &i didnt know it was ciz I
was.dealing with personal issues I let bottle up &eat at me which
stressed me&my tjyroid out&now I lnow I cant stress at all cuz once I
due my thyroid wil let me know..but my hair still gets its
vmoments&drs dont seem to care like its a small physical thing that
dont matterwhats crazy is hair falls out cuz of hypo but read ur meds
side affects it says may cause hair fall out&breakage..i dont stress thayt
much no more cuz my hair may fall or break but I ALWAYS have new
growth thats how I can tell it falls pr br breaks sometimes I feel as long

as I have new growth than I have hope..but I am a person who always

see the bright side


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Tina says:

January 27, 2015 at 4:51 pm


Id feel the same way..if I saw any new growth but
unfortunately I havent yet. Which is why is so devestating to
me right now..Im also not on any thyriod meds yet so I know
meds arent causing the issue
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Meh says:

January 30, 2015 at 9:54 pm


Doctors generally vouch for the benefits vs the risk. If loosing a few
locks of hair is worth saving your life they will obviously not care too
much for your hair loss problem. Look at it another way at least you
dont have breast cancer.
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Tina says:

January 31, 2015 at 3:24 pm


At least I dont have breast cancer????? There is no
comparisons obviously.
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Kay says:
January 31, 2015 at 4:41 pm

What an awful comment, Meh (the name is befitting).


Suffer the fools, Tina, dont let the igorance of one take
you away from Danas precious insight and the support
of others going through a similar experience. For
heavens sake, I was so excited to find her article I was
up all night! (Now that I see what I did, gulp, I hope
shes not too upset I wrote all over it with my own

experiences). Sorry, Dana.


While you are
sorting through the thyroid situation, have your iron,
vitamin d and b vitamin levels checked. Meantime, try
boosting your system with good foods and quality
supplements, a few are mentioned around in this thread.
The supplements I suggested helped my hair a lot! but
not the brain fog, and although I bought adrenal
supplements several months ago, I worried about trying
them. Danas article encouraged me to move forward
and Im trying them right now. Good luck.

Tina says:

February 3, 2015 at 7:29 pm

Thank you Kay


I never would have thought
at my aged Id be suffering such sever hair loss. Its
hard and sad the lack of concern esp from people who
dont suffer from it. My iron was down so was d3. Im
working on both the past year but free t3 is low in the
range and my progesterone is low too. Ive tried
everything. Im not giving up mind you but sometimes I

just get so depressed. My life was stolen

Diane says:
April 29, 2015 at 12:25 am

Please tell me what you dht levels were. I just found out mine and they are
considered within normal range, but kind of high normal. My hair is shedding
similar to yours.
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Bridgette says:
January 27, 2015 at 6:56 pm
Not being on meds can make symptoms worse..i know from.experience !!! I really
believe my hair has gotten better since my meds been adjusted I might still go thru
spells where my hair falls/breaks but my over all head of hair is thicker &healtjier
looking than a few yrs ago..at one point my hair was soo overall thin my ponytail was
sad looking & my hair(which always was naturally curly )went limp no curli wasnt
on meds for yrs(never followed up not knowing what hypo really was&what all
entails )till I got very sick &i swore I was preg &i think in the long run I made things
worse for myself . I did a little research a few yrs back I used to was my hair at nite
while taking my nightly shower before bed which I put my damp hair in ponytail..now
I wash my hair during the day once a wk cutting down on washing helps build up oil
in your scalp &lessens breakage during washing(i do wash my bangs every couple of
days &wear my hair in a bun if looks like needs to be washed) ,dont comb hair while
wet wait till its dry and ive cut down on ponytails and heat. When I do wash I use a
good clarifying shampoo with natural ingrdients or sometimes a baking soda wash..i
really think some of those things helped including taking my meds and not letting
stress affect me as much..my curl came back and to me looks better
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Bridgette says:

January 28, 2015 at 1:52 am


Dont get me wrong I still wish my hair was how it was before my
daughter/hypo esp cuz looking back I didnt appreciate my hair in my younger
yrsbut its gotten alot better the back of my head now seems thinner than the
sides which a few yrs ago was reversed but I know a major reason is cuz I
wear a ponytail at night (i cant sleep with my hair on my neck) &the thinnest
is right where I put my ponytail every nightsmh its been soo long an issue in
my house with my hair falling/breaking that my hubby&daughter dont get
grossed out when they find it in theyre food anymore ..good luck:)
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Williams says:
January 28, 2015 at 1:23 pm
Thyroid hormone imbalances is one of the main reason for hair loss. Maintaining the
hormonal balance may help in reducing hair problem.
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51.

Cari Dickenson says:


January 28, 2015 at 8:52 pm
I wonder if mine is related to thyroid, I have always had very thin fine hair. It grows
slowly.. I dont lose much but sometimes you can see my scalp, It was quite bad when
they first removed my thyroid. they had me on such low levels I was literally dying.
88 mcgs a day was no where near what I needed. I had one of those docs following
the old methods, I could barely walk. I reported the docs and found a new doc I
now take 225 mcgs a day of synthroid as my doc said that the generics are not always
as stable and the amounts are not as level as with the name brand. I am interested in
the t4 t 3 conversion info. What test would I ask for. I am lucky I have a really good
doc. in the salt lake area Dr Goodman in the offices behind Pioneer valley hospital
( for info purposes) in case anyone else is in the area.
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acoustic says:
January 31, 2015 at 4:18 pm
http://www.lifeborder.com/2015/01/29/how-to-stop-hair-loss-in-women/
very helpfull post
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acoustic says:
January 31, 2015 at 4:19 pm
http://www.lifeborder.com/2015/01/29/how-to-stop-hair-loss-in-women/
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54.

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February 1, 2015 at 8:34 am
Treatment aims to stop issues by handling blood-glucose levels, along with
cholesterol
levels and blood pressure, and by achieving health
weight.
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February 5, 2015 at 7:17 am
Awesome post.
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Aida says:
February 7, 2015 at 9:43 am
I am one of those who started to lose much hair since Im on Synthroid. Should I
change my medication? I can literally see more scalp than hair in my receding lines
Im depressed.
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Laura says:

February 23, 2015 at 10:26 pm


I was on Levothyroxine Sodium for 14 years. In March of 2014 I was
switched to Synthroid. In September I started noticing hair loss. It continues to
get worse. Im going to ask my doctor to switch me back to the generic.
Hopefully thats the problem. Im beyond depressed.
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Sara says:

February 7, 2015 at 9:27 pm


So glad to see all this great info in one place- thanks so much Dana. Im already doing
a lot of these things but still having episodes of shedding without seeing new growth.
Just wondering if you experimented with. saw palmetto ( to go after she) or if any if
you reading have, and what dosage you tried, in what form and if it helped. Many
thanks
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Sara says:

February 7, 2015 at 9:29 pm


To go after the DHT !!! Sorry for typo
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Nina says:
February 8, 2015 at 8:18 pm
Thank you for this article. I will give my doctor this information and request she test
me in those areas that may help me determine what supplements I need to take to get
my hair back. I continue to lose my hair at a rapid pace recently due to stress and I am
so ashamed. It reeks havoc with your self esteem. I would like to print this article to
carry with me to my drs appointment. Is there a link that allows me to do that?
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bona says:
February 8, 2015 at 11:36 pm
I take armourselenium kelp for iodine rodhiola for adrenals.. sublingual b12
d3 and c
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Sarah says:
February 10, 2015 at 5:42 am

I was recently told I have Hashimotos by a nutritionist. I asked my doctor for thyroid
tests because I knew something wasnt right .. and showing the nutritonist the results.
During and after those tests and after changing doctors and seeing an endocrinologist
(all of whom were helpful) interestingly, no-one in the NHS told me I had
Hashimotos. I asked my endo if I had it. She is lovely and super helpful. She said
yes. I asked how she defined it.
She explained it and when I asked what treatment they offered she said there is no
scientific evidence to support the fact that diet change can help thyroid malfunction,
therefore they can only monitor and then treat with drugs when the readings get
worse. I guess they dont see the need to name the condition .. just to monitor it.
I learned from this process to always ask for results on paper and question them
myself.
A friend of mine had B12 loading jabs. I pushed to get them. I hadnt heard of them
from anywhere else. (Its a series of jabs within a short period of time, with the aim to
raise levels.)
I was just within range (160-900, my reading: 170) and was considered fine. I
experience fatigue most of the time and felt that could be one of a reasons. I have
weak/positive Intrinsic Factor antibodies, but I read about a lot of people with thyroid
issues who have low B12.
I asked to see my entire medical history and discovered that I have had Hashimotos
for at least 13 years without knowing it. It was there in my test results.
I now want to study nutrition, to learn more about how I can help myself and make
better recipes to share on my new fermented food blog.
I was told, by chance just under 2 years ago that fermented food and drink help
balance the good flora in our gut and therefore help the immune system.
85% of our immune system is based in our gut. Helping autoimmune is about starting
with the gut. Its like fixing electrical equipment. Start at the source and from there,
healing can begin.
I have mild Bronchiectasis (I didnt know about my autoimmune until late last year)
and had suffered from constant colds/flu/ infections/ bugs I researched and started
making these foods and drinks and I did my first 18 month run with no germs in 20
years. I fell in love with them. Winter was so hard for me before that.
It seems that thyroid issues are a bit of a grey area in medicine. It also seems that we
need to be researching ourselves if we want to try to reverse symptoms or just
stabilise any autoimmune.
Finally, I ditched the hair dye recently. Someone here mentioned Sodium Laurel
Sulphates in shampoo.

I am now questioning PPD in hair dyes and have given up inviting chemicals into my
skin (have changed to organic shampoo/conditioner/body cream and will do same
with make up as I renew and household products). This is a BIG deal for me. Until
2 weeks ago I had long brown hair. Before summer I will have short white hair! All
worth it, if it helps our health.
This is a brilliant article. Thank you Dana.
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Jessica says:
February 11, 2015 at 10:24 am
Thank you for this article! It really helps to know Im not alone. I just had my second
son in November. The delivery was not as easy as my first, and landed me back in the
hospital just days later. They still have not figured out what went terribly wrong (and
almost cost me, my life). Now 3 months later, my hair is falling out at alarming rates.
I now this sounds stupid, but every time I shed (if Im home) I have been putting it in
a pile in my shower, so I can take a picture before my next appointment. The doctor
insists that I am going through post-partum hair loss.but this is about 3x the amount
that I lost after my first pregnancy. Being as my mother has hypothyroidism, I think
its in the realm of possibilities.
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Darlene Thompson says:


February 13, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Thank you so much for all this information! I have been fighting hair loss ever since I
started taking thyroid meds almost 15 years ago! Now I have less than half my hair
and it is still thinning. I have just placed an order on Amazon for many of the
nutrition supplements that you have recommended especially the iron tabs
dissicated buffalo liver!
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Dana Trentini says:


February 14, 2015 at 10:31 am
Hi Darlene, its scary losing our hair. All the best to you. Be sure your doctor
checks your iron level. As I mention in the article 80 is considered the optimal

Ferritin level. You also dont want to over-dose on iron either and why its
important to test your iron while taking iron supplements. Also if youre on a
T4 only Levothyroxine medication like Synthroid then you may be like many
of us who do better on a combination of T4 and T3 thyroid meds. Above all
this was number one in getting back my hair. Here is more about the thyroid
medication options and a list of resources to help you locate an open-minded
doctor:
http://hypothyroidmom.com/which-is-the-best-thyroid-drug-forhypothyroidism/
http://hypothyroidmom.com/30-online-resources-to-find-a-good-thyroiddoctor/
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KathyC. says:

March 24, 2015 at 10:55 am


Hi Dana,my tsh was 5.53 and my ferritin is a 5. My iron is a 27. My
obgyn told me to start taking 50mcg of levothyroxine. So I decided to
go to a endo first. He only spent about 10 minutes with me and told me
to take the medicine and it will make me feel better and loose weight. I
started taking it and now my hair is thinning I have put on about 3 lbs
so far and I still have no energy.it has been about 3 months. I have very
heavy menstrual bleeding and my obgyn wants me to have a
hysterectomy or ablation done. My vitamin d is 22.7 . I only take 45
MG of iron with vitamin c once a day. All of the doctors I have gone to
even my family doctor who did blood work has never mentioned my
ferritin level. They just say if you want to feel better take this.do you
think if I get my ferritin level up I will start feeling better. I am a
hairdresser and standing all day is so exhausting.
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KathyC. says:
March 24, 2015 at 11:35 am
Also I am 47 years old and I have been on blood pressure
medicine for 10 years and now they want to raise my dose from
50mg to 100 of losartan. I am always short of breath with a
rapid heartbeat. Even my cardiologist has never said anything
about my ferritin. I was wondering if that could be causing the

shortness of breath. Thank you so much for taking the time to


read this.
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sheryl fisher says:


February 13, 2015 at 6:23 pm
My shower drain has clogged with hair every day for 20 years. I had radioactive
iodine 9 years ago for Graves. Was on Synthroid for 9 years. Switched to Armour in
November. My hair is still falling out and my husband is tired of plunging the shower
drain.
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Dana Trentini says:

February 14, 2015 at 10:28 am


Sheryl, my hair was clogging my shower drain every shower and it scared me.
That is why I spent over a year researching the causes of hair loss. As you see
in this list number one for me was my thyroid hormone medication. While
switching to natural desiccated thyroid in my case Nature-throid was
important its key for me that my dosage is right. I feel awful if my Free T3 is
low or even middle of the normal range. I feel my best when my Free T3 is top
quarter of the normal range. Heres more about this:
http://hypothyroidmom.com/the-thyroid-worlds-queen-t3/
Also there are two key things that can be the reason when someone is not
doing well on T3 medication including natural desiccated thyroid: adrenals
and iron. Heres more about this too:
http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/ndt-doesnt-work-for-me/
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Heather says:
June 14, 2015 at 1:05 pm
Hi Dana,

Ive heard from an integrative nutritionist that Armour thyroid is


harsh. I know we are all different, but is Nature-throid, more highly
regarded? Is there a medication that people have better luck with for
hair? I have been on Armour for almost a year. My hair came back a
little, shed when my ND dropped my meds, and we just increased it
again. This is taking too long, I want to wake up one day with Chia
pet hair, all grown in and beautiful!

Thanks
Heather
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Joana says:
February 14, 2015 at 7:03 am
Hello,
I just want to ask if its ok to take Evening Primrose Oil when you have a
hypothyroid? I read in a few sites that EPO slows down the thyroid function is this
true?
Thank you very much,
Joana
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Dana Trentini says:

February 14, 2015 at 10:18 am


Hi Joana, My doctor has me taking evening primrose oil to manage my hair
loss and Im hypothyroid on thyroid hormone replacement medication.
Thyroid advocate Mary Shomon from the About.com Thyroid Disease also
writes about evening primrose oil for hair loss for thyroid patients:
http://thyroid.about.com/cs/hairloss/a/hairloss_2.htm
As with all supplements, how our bodies react to supplements is individual.
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Kristi says:
February 15, 2015 at 10:08 am
Is Black Currant Oil a better alternative to Evening Primrose Oil for hair
loss/thinning?
I have read that black currant oil supplements have higher GLA concentrations.
Please advise.
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Lynne Marshall says:


February 16, 2015 at 7:13 am
I have just started noticing my hair thinning on the top and sides. I had my thryoid
removed many years ago and am taking levothyroxine. I also have MS diagnosed 2
years \ago. I am now 57. Because of all the meds I am taking I find it difficult to
decide what is attributed to which part of my body! I am taking comfort from your
posts and am carrying on with all my research. Thank you again.
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67.

ira loans says:


February 17, 2015 at 7:55 am
Great post.
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illi fraser says:


February 20, 2015 at 10:09 pm
Hi Dana,
This problem I have may not have been brought up on this web site. Background:
Over the years I have had adrenal fatigue, now stabilised, and hypo thyroidism also
stable on Naturthroid. I was until very recently on natural hormone replacement
therapy, to stabilise menopause symptoms and supposedly to help with bone health.
Now at 63 years old, I have been finding for a few years that my hearing is declining
faster than it would seem normal and have read in a few places that Progesterone

replacement over 60 years may be the culprit. I wondered if you have any knowledge
of this. Thanks, illi
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pinky says:
February 22, 2015 at 5:37 am
Hi,
Thank you soooo much for your tips i have hypothyroidism since around 19 years n
my hair is vecoming thinner year by year. I have tried many supplements which were
sold at the pharmacist, in vain. do tors never take this subject as a real issue and all
say dont worry ur hair will grow blablabla there is nothg to do ect
I really cant wait to try all your tips, coz it is really making me sad to see my hair in
the mirror, sooo depressed.
Thx againnnnn
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Elaine says:
February 25, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Wow your story was so accurate & detailed so many more tests I need to get done
after reading your article, heres my story Im 28 years old with a healthy lifestyle, I
went off the pill last May my hair has been shredding from root to tip non stop, I went
to so many people they kept tellin me my iron is low but nothing to worry about I got
so many tests done and they jusy kept sayin My range was normal but my hair was
stil falling out so much that I just knew there was more to it, so a month ago I went to
a naturopath he checked my iron & thyroid after so many doctors did before but it
came back my thyroid was 3.8 and my iron was 24 he told me my iron needed to be at
least 60-80 to stop hair loss, so i went on liquid iron double dosages for a month &
Ive been eating red meat nearly everyday to up my Iron, I go back a month later & my
iron hasnt changed at all he doesnt know say is wrong with me, my cycle is very
irregular & light, i am so frustrated & fed up of doing so many tests and getting
nowhere, I went to a doctor today and ask for Her to tests for hemoglobing,b12 and
iron, she said yes your iron was at 25 last year but she thou that was normal even thou
my hair was falling out so much, I also got my thyroid Tsh first & t4 checked kidneys
& liver, so Im just waiting on the results now I really dont know what to do anymore
if she says these tests are normal, like how would any doctor think iron at 24 was
normal, i just would really appreciate any help if you can understand my situation or
any recommendations of who to see about this,
thank you x
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Elaine says:

February 25, 2015 at 5:30 pm


She also sent me to get my sugar levels checked.
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Wendi says:

June 25, 2015 at 2:56 am


You mention having had your iron checked but I wonder if youve had ferritin
checked as well. Mine was a 5-way to low. I went on iron and was faithful
about taking the supplement but when it was rechecked after 6 months, had
only risen to a 17. My ND told me this indicates malabsorption and has
suggested a powerful probiotic as well as HCl. She asked if I have an A blood
type (which I do) as people with this blood type more commonly have issues
with low HCl which leads to problems with nutrient absorption. Knowing
what Ive recently learned about this, it might be an area to investigate with
your doctor as well to improve ferritin levels, increase iron and thereby
hopefully, boost hair growth.
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Jessica says:
March 3, 2015 at 12:31 pm

After having my most recent bloodwork done, it makes me want to just pull (whats
left of) my hair and scream. Yesterday morning I pathetically counted 793 hair that
had fallen out (yes, Im using a wide tooth comb, stopped dying my hair, stopped
straightening, no pony-tails, cut 6 inches off, and Im minimally brushing). Thats not
even including what came out during the rest of the day. In addition to the hair loss, I
feel like a lizard with my skin being incredibly dry. My complete metabolic panel, tsh,
and cbc came back Normal even though I can clearly see some things are slightly
lower than the norms listed. My doctors answer is that its normal after pregnancy to
lose more hair and hes sending me to a dermatologist. I just asked him to test for the
things in this articledoes anyone else have any suggestions on what to test?
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Tracy says:
March 3, 2015 at 7:54 pm
Ive been on Levothyroxine for a decade now. I found out Im estrogen dominant and
low progesterone. I just started my progesterone cream on on the 12th day to the 26th
day of my cycle. How long did it take for you to see your hair loss subside?
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Margret says:
March 8, 2015 at 1:38 pm
I had a Thyroidectomy in 1985. Along with that, came a gradual hair-loss. Getting to
the point of being able to see my scalp, I serched for shampoos without any sulfates
(man-made-product), which was near to impossible. Finally realizing, Im not going
to find a shampoo in any beauty salon or store, without sulfates, I went Organic.
Sulfates clog your pores and leave a never ending invisible film on your hair & scalp,
no matter how many times you switch brands. Ever since I switched to a truly
organic shampoo, I stopped loosing my hair and I have new hair grown. Today,
several years later, I have a full head of hair!!!!
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Nikki says:
July 16, 2015 at 11:25 am
MargretMay I ask which brand of organic shampoo you use?

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Dr John Gonino says:


March 8, 2015 at 3:45 pm
Dana,
Excellent article on hair loss and hypothyroidism. Thank you for pointing out that
nutrient deficiency can be a big player in hair loss. 1/3 of people are iodine deficient ,
and the thyroid, as you know , incorporates iodine into its structure.
As I am fond of saying, if you are going to build a house, you need some wood. If
you are going to build thyroid hormone you need adequate iodine.
In our office we test for other nutrient deficiencies with a test called Spectrox. It is a
simple blood draw.
Lastly, in my 28 yrs of clinical experience , although obviously possible to have more
than one autoimmune disease, I dont see it much. I think the reason some people get
up to seven of them is they never addressed the causes of the first one.
The Holy Spirit has a loving way of getting its point across. If the person doesnt
address the cause of autoimmune disease 1, ex.- Hashimotos thyroiditis, then
others(Exs.- ulcerative colitis, Lupus, psoriatic arthritis , etc, ) can pop up.
In our office controlling and/or curing all of the autoimmune diseases is simple.
1) Avoid gluten
2) detoxify your heavy metals. We discover what you are toxic in by doing a 24 hr
urine collection after an EDTA chelation push the previous day.
3) controlling chronic Epstein Barr Virus.
This is the mononucleosis virus that 90% of the population carries and 85% of that
group of people dont know they have it.
If the reader is interested in finding out if they have the genes that code for gluten
antibody , or want to do the urine test to qualify and quantify their toxic burden , or
want to test for EBV and learn our program for controlling it , I encourage them to
visit goninowellness.com, or call (469) 402-2800.
Thank you for hosting this forum and opening up dialogue on this topic
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Nina says:
March 8, 2015 at 4:08 pm
Due to the cold and snowy weather the past two months, Ive taken to wearing hats
everyday with a scarf underneath to protect what hair I have left from the fabric of the
hat, be it wool or some sort of yarn. Today, with the predicted 45 degree temperature,
I chose NOT to wear a hat and Im so depressed at how much my scalp is now
showing around the crown of my head. I am devastated. The biotin I take religiously
helps my hair to grow but does not fill in the bald spots. I take hypertensive meds and,

combined with the stress Im under on a regular basis, I guess I shouldnt be


surprised. I need to see an decent endocrinologist to get some kind of help.
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Doreen VanOoyen says:


March 8, 2015 at 5:07 pm
I began taking magnesium and noticed an increase in energy immediately.
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Vanessa says:
March 8, 2015 at 7:22 pm
No mention of low iron because of the irregular heavy periods also causes hair loss?
Indirect domino effect of this horrific condition.
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Dana Trentini says:


March 9, 2015 at 1:09 pm
Very good point Vanessa. Ill be sure to come back to this article and include
that point. As heavy irregular periods have probably been a major cause of my
low ferritin.

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Karen says:
March 8, 2015 at 10:52 pm
Thank you so much for all of this useful information, As one person posted, all in one
article!
I have been on this spiraling journey of thyroid issues for about 7 or 8 years. At first I
thought it was just stress, then it escalated in to asking the questions, is my stress
creating these illnesses or is an illness creating my stress. This is what has prompted
me to continue to search for the right answers!
I have went to several doctors and they have tested me. They smile sweetly and say,
all results come back in normal range Thank you for coming in, pay me thousands
of dollars. And go away There is nothing wrong with you! I leave frustrated and
broke, and still not fixed!
My issues starting with anxiety, followed by chest pain brought on by anxiety,
followed by major hair loss then the biggies, monthly cycle issues and weight gain
and now fibromyalgia! Ive heard it all by a variety of Dr.s Its my age, when
women hit 40, life and body changes. You eat too much, consume less, exercise more.
Meditate. Blah blah blah.
I had started to give up hope. I was training for the mini marathon in Indianapolis
when I started gaining even more weight, when I exercised on a strict regiment, ate
only healthy meals and ate 6 small meals a day to maintain blood sugar levels. I
started have digestion issues, loosing more hair and gaining fat rapidly. I know my
body very well and it is rare that I wake up in the morning and say Ahhh I feel
good. Its more of a level of how bad do I feel today Functional, tired and achy but
determined Or oh my god I hurt, I just want to go back to bed! Im only 44, yet I
feel like 80!
One major thing for me is the fatness feeling I feel in my neck. Often times I feel as if
someone is chocking me. It is uncomfortable and unsettling. I snore now if I lay on
my back, and have developed a bad hip from laying on my right side mostly, because
that is how Im comfortable.
I want so much to be normal again. My last Dr. Visit was devastating as it said for my
50 frame, at a weight of 153, I was severely obese. Wouldnt you tend to think that
going to the Dr., having those readings, and saying I need help, would be a reason
to explore further? Having the specific tests to ask for, is extremely helpful! Thank
you!
My question for readers battling this same plague is this, how does an uninformed
person supposed to know what is in range and what tests to ask for? Since there is so
many variations and since height and weight are a factor. Where do you go for
help? I have since given up asking Dr.s.
Thanks for any responses!!!
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Wendi says:

June 25, 2015 at 3:06 am


I felt similar frustrations you mentioned in terms of being in the normal
range but knowing that something wasnt right. The most positive spots for me
in my journey back to feeling like my best self have been experienced with the
help of a Naturopathic Doctor. The NDs Ive worked with have all been so
much more knowledgable about basic body chemistry than the other GPs Ive
seen and SO much more thorough. NDs often arent in-network providers but
your HSA or FSA funds can be used to pay the office visits and most
supplements. I know this is a general suggestion but I would highly
recommend identifying a good ND to be your partner and coach in working
through the issues youve described.
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Julie says:
March 9, 2015 at 2:29 am
I noticed that you take Naturethroid along with t3. Naturethroid has t3 in it. Im
wondering if taking extra t3 would help me lose weight. Nothing else seems to help
me to lose the last 20 pounds. Did that seem to make a difference in your case?
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Nancy says:
March 17, 2015 at 5:17 pm
Excellent resourceful article! Would have been even better with before/during/after
pictures, as you look amazing now! Thanks
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Jill says:
March 21, 2015 at 9:04 pm
Thank you for this article & information. I just happened to find it when I googled
thyroid hair loss.
Im now 36. I found out that I had thyroid cancer about 9 years ago. I had a full

thyroid-ectomy & have been on levoxyl ever since. Ive also had 3 children in the last
8 years. Im always tired, but have chalked it up to kids, work, lack of sleep
Since last year Ive noticed so much of my hair coming out in the shower and just
finding it allover the place. I get bloodwork done & have Thyroid Ultrasounds every
year. My endocrinologist always says my levels are fine. Im definitely not fine &
feel like Im going insane! I just had bloodwork done yesterday & I have an
appointment to see my endocrinologist this coming Wed. Im really hoping she has
some options for me. Im not fine & I need something to help me. Its so frustrating.
Tears were pouring down as I read this article because I can relate to everything
Fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, skin problems, trouble sleeping, heavy 10-day
menstrual cycles Im 36 & I feel like Im 86 & I will never be back to myself!?
Sorry for venting, but this article really hit on so many things that are bothering me.
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Kay says:

March 21, 2015 at 10:20 pm


If you havent already, while youre working on thyroid, also have your iron
w/ ferritin, B 12 and vitamin D levels checked. Many of us found were also
very anemic. But dont take extra iron until you confirm youre low first. I
found My Favorite Multiple and Maxi Hair Plus helped a lot with my hair,
took about three months of taking them (in my case with iron, too, because I
was very low) but it made a large difference.
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Naomi says:
March 25, 2015 at 8:01 am
Thanks for a concise list of helpful options!
I didnt get help from Armour, and turned to a supplement for help, which did help but
not as much as I needed.
Finally, an ND was able to find exactly what I needed- KyoGreens, a powdered drink
mix of kelp & young grasses that has the best source of bioavailability for iodine. In
my case, I no longer need a thyroid supplement because the greens have supplied the
iodine needed to kick my thyroid into producing the right balance of hormones.
Life. Changing.

I had to take more than the box suggested- 1 TBS at least three times a day, but I have
my energy back, my hair is coming in now, and BONUS my new hair is less grey!!
(Apparently wheatgrass can help reverse the aging effects on hair!)
Sharing in case someone is looking for an option like this. I feel so blessed to have my
life, energy & hair coming back!
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Bella says:
March 28, 2015 at 2:26 pm
Do you have a list of endocrinologists or doctors in New Jersey who can help me with
my hair loss?
I have been to several internists for the past 40 years complaining about my thinning
hair from the time I was 25 and all they do is check TSH (?) and its normal. Now half
my hair is gone, bald spots and all are showing, tried Rogaine when it was available
only by prescription and Minoxidil for women was not out in the market yet. You can
see how long Ive been trying to save my hair if it started from the days of Rogaine.
Thanks!
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Dana Trentini says:

March 28, 2015 at 8:21 pm


Hi Bella, Here are resources to help you locate a good thyroid doctor. They
may not specialize in hair loss but since low thyroid is a key cause of hair loss
it would be worth it to be sure your thyroid is well checked:
http://hypothyroidmom.com/30-online-resources-to-find-a-good-thyroiddoctor/
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Tina says:
June 14, 2015 at 2:59 pm
There is a couple places in New Jersey I know that prescribes ndt and check
hair loss. ( I too struggle) dr Jennifer Phillips a natropath who is reasonable in

merchantville and in Sewell Sewell too. And a place called Revita life in

Sewell Google both

good luck! I pray for us all :/

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Joan says:
March 31, 2015 at 2:30 pm
You mention hypo-thyroid issues and hair loss but I am wondering if hyper-thyroid
issues also cause hair loss I have Graves disease and have been having hair loss for
years with an increase in the hair loss in the last years or so I am 67 and was
diagnosed in my late 40s any information you can give me regarding hair loss and
hyper would be greatly appreciated.
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Kari says:
April 2, 2015 at 12:55 pm
I am 24 and was diagnosed with Hashimotos at age 15. My symptoms have been
coming and going for 10 years now, I am constantly increasing my synthroid doses, I
recently added cytomel and now my symptoms are back once again with the biggest
issue being hair loss! I have been taking biotin, but will have to talk to my doctor
about some of these other things that could help with my hair loss. I will do anything
to save my hair!
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P. Rangel Mrtz says:


April 2, 2015 at 9:58 pm
Thank you for this information. i have very similar issues as you did and for the
longest time (10 years)i suffered from hair loss and cysts on my ovaries. i was able to
research and found a holistic doctor and she tested my blood and we started to work
on getting me back to normal. i still struggle with my hair but Ive accepted it as it is.
I do pray the thyroid can be corrected and no operations are needed.
thank you.
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Susie says:
April 24, 2015 at 1:40 am
Hello,
This website is amazing! Thank you so much for all the information. I profoundly
appreciate your efforts. Thank you! I have a question. I had a terrible hair loss and
skipped periods for two months last year. I consulted with a doctor and I was
diagnosed with hypothyroid in November 2014. Im 28. My doctor has stabilized me
on 75mcg thyroid tablets (after trying 50 mcg). I havent had much problems until the
beginning of this April 2015- I had No hair loss. But period skipped just for a month
(Feb 2015) and then it was fine for March , April. Now my hair loss has again started
for past few days like how it happened before. There is more hair fall than usual. I
havent missed my everyday dose of tablets. Thyroxine Sodium 75 mcg. Do you think
I have to test for Sex hormones or Ferritin? I would like to know your opinion on my
condition.
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Cat says:
April 24, 2015 at 3:48 am
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buck off someone? Disgusting.
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Dana Trentini says:


April 24, 2015 at 8:31 am
Cat, For over 2 years I have spent at minimum 20-30 hours a week on this
blog in particular answering emails that come in from people needing help
without having made a single dime as of yet. I am currently in the hole 10,000
dollars from Hypothyroid Mom because it costs money to have a dedicated
server to manage the huge flow of traffic here which has cost me $3,000

dollars a year alone not to mention the thousands on paying technical support
people whenever my site has crashed from people visiting. Im happy to
contribute my time free of charge no problem but I will not have thousands
coming out of my pocket on a yearly basis and I dont think anyone would be
willing to do that. So yes there are affiliate links to things I love and use
myself to help cover those costs otherwise there isnt anyway I can financially
keep this site going.
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Grace K. says:
April 24, 2015 at 11:51 am
I guess Ive got to go Paleo, which is a HUGE challenge. I found out I was
hypothyroid and vit D deficient in 2011. Felt rested for the first time in a long time
once I got on the meds, but after a few more months I slumped again. Fatigue, joint
pain, depression/anxiety. I didnt even realize it then, but I had brain fog, too. Had my
levels checked as a routine and mentioned to the dr I was still tired, cold, etc. so the
he offered to check TPO abs (late 2013). I didnt know what that meant and he said it
would explain why I was hypo and that I would need to be on meds the rest of my
life. Sure enough, they were really high: 700+. Cut and dry. Well, I got into graduate
(nursing) school and did some research of my own and developed a relationship with
a doc who is on board with the GF and autoimmune diet. I started making changes
almost a year now. Im not 100%, but avoid gluten and soy, and Im dairy light. I
even changed my vit D capsules to olive oil based and my thyroid med to a gluten
free manufacturer. I eat Brazil nuts for selenium. After going GF and doing the Brazil
nuts as best I could for a few months I had TPO abs rechecked and they had gone
down to 500+. Still high, but perhaps an improvement? And wouldnt ya know, on top
of it all, I have PCOS, AND a MTHFR gene mutation which can contribute to brain
fog/depression/fatigue among other things. Its obviously complicated with my crazy
body, and Im working on being consistent with supplements and diet etc. All of this
hasnt really made me feel any better, though. It certainly doesnt bode well for trying
to get pregnant or having any amount of energy to carry on a busy life. Maybe Im not
consistent enough with it, and my random schedule and being social yet unorganized
are another part of this horribly bad combo that is my life. And now I have to throw
away half of my kitchen and start over? Ugh. Im exhausted. Ill keep at it, but Lord
help!
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lil says:
April 28, 2015 at 9:09 am

Hello.
How much primrose oil should one take to hair loss related to thyroid imbalance?
Thanks a lot!
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Kao says:
April 30, 2015 at 1:49 am
Thank you so much for writing this article Dana. It was very helpful. Ive brought up
my hair-loss concerns to my doctor before but it seems like she wasnt too concerned
about it and was just like, Oh its probably just your thyroid and low iron and not to
worry about it. Its been 3 years already and Im STILL losing a lot of hair Ill have
to bring up my concerns again and be adamant about it cause its getting ridiculous. At
this rate I will have to rely on wigs in a few years
You mentioned that retinoids (acne medication) can also cause hair loss, and I think
that definitely have some effect on me. In the past three months I was prescribed a
retinoid cream by a dermatologist, whom I told I have thyroid problems prescribed it
to me. I didnt know about this side effect then of course. But since all the acne
creams he gave me cause my skin to be irritated I seldom used it, thank god.
I have a question though, and anyone can feel free to answer if you might know
something about it. I avoided dyeing my hair after I started losing a lot of hair. But
today, I felt like I just finally had to try and change my color a bit. BAD idea well it
was fine until I applied the conditioner that it came with. When I was just washing the
dye out, I didnt lose that many hairs, but as soon as I put the conditioner that comes
with the package in, oh my god, Ive never lost so much in one go! I had my aunt help
me apply it and she kind of handled my hair very roughly too so that might have
added to the hair loss -_-;
Please let me know if dyeing is okay but dont use the conditioner it comes with? Or
just dont dye at all period?
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Emily says:
May 19, 2015 at 8:42 am
Ive always noticed that i lose a lot of hair when i wash it or brush it, even when I was
a little kid, but Ive always had gut issues and ridiculously thick hair. Its certainly
gotten worse lately and I know my hashis isnt being treated properly. Ive been in
tears about it more times than I care to say Im 23 years old Im too young for
bald patches!
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Rachel says:

May 22, 2015 at 5:38 pm


dana, you are so inspiring. thank you. other people think it is shallow of me and are
just like get a wig then and its not the end of the world they say but hair loss has
been the most devastating thing to me because of my low thyroid not to mention I
have like a bazillion other symptoms. its devastating. i noticed that i could start
seeing my scalp and this was about a month and a half to 2 months ago when the
thyroid symptoms started to flare up and soon after I was diagnosed hypothyroid. i
went on Prozac months ago but stopped because i dont know if that was causing it
too plus i didnt know if it was periomenopause? but i was diagnosed hypothyroid. i
have a TSH of 4.8. i went to a dermatologist and she was pretty rude and told me that
I am just balding cause of age. I am only 40 and this happened so quick that my hair
got thinner. she told me to go on rogaine and she said in 30 years shed never saw
someone lose hair from a thryoid condition. I felt so hopeless walking out of that
office. My primary physician prescribed levothyroxine and was just like see u in 4
months so I have a doctor appt on the 30th of may with a reputable doctor that does
naturethroid plus supplements and extensive testing. In the meantime Ive been going
crazy because Im on nothing and Im scared and so depressed I cant take it. Im
scared that my hair loss is because I am just becoming a bald woman like the doc said.
I pray that once I start treatment and perhaps go on supplements that my hair fills in
because I dont want to live like this. I am so depressed. its like my hair is thinner up
there and i can see my scalp more. i am so scared that once i start treatment that my

hair will never grow


? i have 2 daughters that need their mom to be healthy
and happy. its tearing me apart. i need hope but i dont have any anymore. help?
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Granny says:

May 24, 2015 at 7:31 pm


Rachel, Ive been on thyroid meds most of my life and levo for the last ten
years or so.
I was also told by my doctor that my hair loss was an aging thing. I have
ignored my doctors advice before, so I just went to plan B. I knew biotin was
helpful, so I bought some biotin shampoo and conditioner. The directions said
to massage the scalp with fingertips briskly while shampooing. Not sure if that
was it, but in a few months I saw very short hairs coming in. My haircutter has
remarked about my healthy hair.
Ive stopped using commercial products for personal hygiene where I can.
Goat milk soap in the shower and coconut oil deoderant, minimal makeup
most days. Im diabetic and I ditched sugar and grains long ago. In short, Im
avoiding what chemicals I can.
Last year I started sleep problems, which made me crazy. I think it was low
blood sugar that triggered 4am panic attacks. I was sleep deprived and gained
weight. The advice was a small protein/sugar/fat snack before bed. That
worked, and Im sleeping all night and have my personality back. I just added
L-Theanine to help with the anxiety. Meditation and quiet time helps too.
Every step took time to workweeks at leastexcept for the bedtime snack.
That was instant. Hope I helped.
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Cassandra says:

May 27, 2015 at 2:55 pm


After mounds and mounds of research I did on why my hair was falling out and
having unexplained weight gain and acne, this post is the ONLY one out there that
spoke to me and ended up with getting me diagnosed with hypothyroidism and on
synthroid. I really appreciate the time you took to be so thorough. I ended going to
one of the recommended doctors in wellington, Fl and I was SO happy I did. Ive only
been on medication for about 3 weeks but I am pretty sure its working. Ill be
interested to see my results at 3 months. Thanks again for all your help.
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Erica says:

July 2, 2015 at 10:37 pm


Im also in Wellington What dr did you go to
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Jennifer says:

June 4, 2015 at 11:09 pm


Following. will comment after I read thoroughly. ty.
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Jennifer says:

June 4, 2015 at 11:12 pm

Repost?

Following. will comment after I read thoroughly. ty.

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Heather says:

June 6, 2015 at 3:07 pm


Hi Dana,
Ive been reading and re-reading this article for months, looking for something I
missed. I am Paleo, exercise frequently, take 4,000 mg of high quality fish oil, take
methylated B vitamins and folate, adrenal and thyroid support, 8,000 mg of biotin,
and collagen. However, my hair loss has recently accelerated! My ND had reduced
my compounded thyroid from 60 to 45 due to my T3 rising a bit. I was really
bummed, because I was feeling great with 60 mg!
Fast-forward one month: It was disastrous! I was losing energy, had trouble getting up
in the morning, and didnt want to exercise. We then increased it to 55 mg.

Prior to my last blood test this past week, I asked her whether or not I was supposed
to take my medication before having my lab test. I had never asked that question
before! While I was clear on the fact that thyroid tests should be completed in the
morning, it never occurred to me that I should NOT take my medication before my
blood draw. My TSH is 4.8 and my T3 is 2.6.
Several months back, when I was taking 60 mg, my TSH was around 2 and my T3
was 3.9. This is when I was feeling better and was quite disappointed that she was
reducing my dosage to 45 mg. Clearly, the T3 was inaccurate.
This could be a game-changer for those who are hypo and are seeking optimal
treatment-for hair and everything else!
Thanks for reading, and for creating this amazing resource!

Heather
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Lisa says:

June 7, 2015 at 8:53 am


Thank you for your wonderful site and information. I have felt extremely
overwhelmed with recent hair thinning and loss, a feeling of my body being in
constant flight or fight mode, insomnia, irritability, stress, stomach pain, fatigue, sore
throat around thyroid area (I have only the left side) etcand was diagnosed recently
as peri-menopausal and with hashimotos due to high antibodies. I am not on any
thyroid medication as my Dr says my TSH level is within normal range, even though
it is at the lower end of normal? Im taking Vit D, Super B complex, Co-Enzyme
Q10, evening primrose oil and St Johns Wort. I also take 1/2 sleeping tablet to assist
with a decent nights sleep! There is so much information out there and I feel your site
coves what I need to know to reverse the effects and manage my condition in an easy
to understand format. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!
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shalom smith says:

June 8, 2015 at 5:51 pm


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sickness, or medicines you are on. There is a solution to help balance that. I have

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loss was due to early menopause at 36 and the doctor wanted to put me on hormones
which was known to cause cancer. I refused to do and found Shaklee. I have been
shocked at the results. I have tried so many drug store supplements and biotin and
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Maz says:

June 12, 2015 at 5:38 am


Thank you so much for this article. My hair literally fell out at Christmas and have
been taking every supplement I vaguely read might perhaps have an impact on its
continuing thinning. But nothing seems to work. Ive been on Levothyroxine for 10
years (diagnosed after I had had breast cancer at 36 and they just happened to measure
it among a hundred other things when I didnt pick up after the chemo and radio
effects should have passed. Losing my hair to chem was one of the most distressing
parts of the treatment. People assume you are just pleased to be getting help. But
walking around bald is vile).
Pre finding the lump of doom, I had previously been putting my utter exhaustion
down to having two small kids and had even given up my professional job cos I
couldnt keep up with life (and had started hating the career I loved, Id invested my
education and 10 years of my time into. Sometimes I want to cry when I ponder the
idea that that could have been due to thyroid issues even back then) and now kind of
just assumed I was okay bumbling along on 100mg a day for eternity.
But now at 47, my moods, reactions, levels of anxiety where I can literally feel my
scalp tingling with kind of fear, thinking is just off whack on top of losing my
hair Thing is, GPs dont seem to join up the dots and I think your article does.
When I mentioned my periods going wonky, Menopause, (but Ive already done the
menopause once while taking Tamoxifen for five years and it never felt like this lol);
when I mentioned my thinning hair, Get it cut short and go a lighter shade, (Yes, I
know, 7 years of training and thats their considered medical opinion lol); crazy
moods, Calm down dear. Everyone has problems.
Anyway, Ive had enough. Got a doctor appointment for Monday and I have made a
list of the blood tests I want (courtesy of your article) and Im booked into seeing a
private endocrinologist at the end of the month, which is a big deal, big step to take in

the UK for an average person like me since we have the NHS. But because a middleaged grumpy anxious woman who has her hair falling out is hardly up there with
someone with a brain tumour, Im not exactly top billing for my allocated 8 minutes
with a GP!
I may turn out to have the most normal and well-adjusted hormones in the world (in
which case, next stop the hairdressers and Ill take my GPs advice). But I might not
and if I dont, if Ive found out that I dont have to feel like this and have my hair fall
out when doctors dont seem to care, then Im going to feel bloody marvelous, and Ill
be heading towards managing all this stuff.

So a massive thank you, Dana!


Mx
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DeeAnn Hendricks says:

June 12, 2015 at 12:00 pm


After reading this article a few months ago I started to take most of the listed
supplements. I think my hair started to fall out less so YEA! Ive been on thyroid
meds since I was 18 (40 years) and the last 10 years Ive had several thyroid
symptoms indicating things arent working, the worst for me emotionally is the severe
hair loss. It took me a while to figure out the thyroid connection and doctors told me I
was wrong and it was the aging process! I talked my endocrinologist into doing a T3
test and found I was severely lacking I wasnt even on the chart. I asked for a
natural desiccated supplement, but was prescribed Cytomel and had my levothtroxine
lowered and switched to generic. 1st week 5mcg of Cytomel then up to 10mcg
thereafter. I feel horrible. Ive had to quit yoga because I feel like Im going to pass
out when Im upside down or overheated and I had to reduce the distance and
frequency of running. My normally low blood pressure has gone WAY way up! My
hot flashes are back too. The doc said it was unrelated to the meds (I dont believe
this!!) Has anyone else had this reaction to Cytomel? Will it get better with time? Ive
been on this drug 6 weeks. She says my levels look pretty good now
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Courtney says:

June 13, 2015 at 11:03 pm

Hi!
This gave me so much hope and that means the world to me. I have been losing hair
for 3 years now. I noticed my temples thinning at first. Now my temples are bald and
the middle/front of my hairline is receding. It makes me very depressed and I try to
hold hope. I have been visiting doctors for this and do not want to start medication. I
found out that I have a few things that can cause hair loss:
1. Low Ferritin (My ferritin was at a 3 when I first discovered it. I received iron
injections through the i.v. and muscle, but they would never last very long due to
heavy menstrual cycles). I now found an iron supplement that my stomach can
tolerate so I am hoping to get my ferritin above a 70 and keep it there!
2. Low progesterone. My progesterone was 2 when it was suppose to be high during
the time of the month the test was taken. My naturopath said she would like to see it
above a 15. Estrogen is normal, but I dont have the progesterone to balance it out.
She has me on an oral micronized progesterone.
3. Low iodine. I am taking liquid iodine to help get my levels up.
3. Slightly sluggish thyroid. My naturopath didnt want me to start thryoid meds
because she thinks addressing my progesterone and iodine will fix my thyroid.
4. Very Low vitamin D.
I have suffered multiple injuries (herniated discs, avascular necrosis, and some
circulation problems stemming potentially from them over the last 3 years). This has
caused tons of stress that I am working on as well.
I am hoping there is hope in regaining my hairline. Do you have any other suggestions
for me and do you believe my hair can get better?
Thank you in advance!
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Tina says:

June 14, 2015 at 3:04 pm


You sound exactly like me :/ mt natropath went the same route and I continued
to lose my ferritin is fine now but I still have low progesterone, iodine, oh and
have your cortisol level checked that can cause loss and depending on what it
is it can cause male pattern loss. I have the breaking along with the thinning
Truly stinks. Have your dheas and testosterone levels checked as well
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Tina says:

June 14, 2015 at 3:05 pm


You sound exactly like me :/ mt natropath went the same route and I continued
to lose my ferritin is fine now but I still have low progesterone, lo liodine, oh
and have your cortisol level checked that can cause loss and depending on
what it is it can cause male pattern loss. I have the breaking along with the
thinning Truly stinks. Have your dheas and testosterone levels checked as well
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Jess says:

June 16, 2015 at 1:59 pm


When I had my second son I had complication after complication. Doctors were
stumped, and I was losing over 1,100 hair per day. (I know this for a fact, because I
sadly counted day after day. Trying to prove to my doctors that I was losing more than
the 300-400 norm, post partum). I was tested for many things, most of my levels were
a few points away from normal (whatever that means). They had no explanation
whatsoever, other than its normal. I tried everything! Finally, I found cinnamon
shampoo. Cinnamon stimulates hair growth, and its sulfate free/organic so it also
doesnt clog pores..allowing new growth. My son is seven months old now and my
hair is growing back fast!! In my mind I look dumb because it looks like I have a buzz
cut (new growth) mixed in with my long hair. I just had to share because Im sure
there are other moms in desperation. Looking for something, anythingthat will help.
I bought mine at lush for $11, it lasts a long time so its well worth smelling like big
red while in the shower.
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Ram says:

June 16, 2015 at 5:55 pm


Jess Cinnamon shampoo?? No other supplements?Amazing!
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Jess says:

June 17, 2015 at 9:02 am

Yes, the cinnamon shampoo was the one that did it for me!
The other things I take: I have a low tolerance for
medications/vitamins so I take a childrens multi twice a day & I take a
half dose of Biotin daily. My doctors laughed when I told them I tried
taking biotin to help. I was only told it will strengthen my hair, not
help with re-growth. They could be right, but they were wrong about
so much. Hard to believe anything they say. The biotin did help a TON
with my brittle nails, and I continue to take it (not sure if it helped with
regrowth though)
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Ram says:

June 17, 2015 at 5:12 pm


Thank you! I will google cinnamon shampoo we do not have
a lush in CA.
I have tried so many different products and NOXIN did not
thing for me.
again thank you for your response.
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Suman Goyal says:

June 17, 2015 at 11:24 am


Hi Dana, how much do i thank you for this article of yours! i turned to the web for
answers to my hairfall issue; and i came across you and your wonderful advice. i
conducted all the tests you mentioned and High anti bodies in my blood attacking my
thyroid was detected. am sure i will get a hand over it soon! thank you so much,

again
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Dana Trentini says:

June 17, 2015 at 2:18 pm


Oh Suman, that means a lot to me that Hypothyroid Mom has been helpful to
you. Now that you know the cause of your condition is Hashimotos (I assume
by high antibodies you mean for Hashimotos and not Graves disease) there is
much you can do about it. There is a fabulous book that I recommend because
many of the things can be done by you yourself.
http://hypothyroidmom.com/hashimotos-thyroiditis-lifestyle-interventions-forfinding-and-treating-the-root-cause/
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Jaime says:

June 20, 2015 at 10:09 am


Hi! I am very grateful for your website as I have been researching thyroid and hair
loss and finally starting to have some hope..I have had low thyroid sx for many years
including hair loss, extreme fatigue, memory issues, cold intolerance, and recently I
feel i have about half of my hair I used to have and the texture is horrible! I had a lot
of bloodwork done by my general (who is a nurse practitioner) and had her assistant
call to tell me my everything was normal. However when I requested my results, I
saw that my free T3 is low and in BOLD. Why would she ignore that? When I started
to research what free t3 is Im reading that is one of the most important thyroid tests!
My free t3 is 1.69 (range 1.71-3.71). The other levels were within range TSH, free t4.
My iron and ferritin were in range too, however i was taking iron supplements for a
few months before the test. I also have cysts on both sides of my thyroid. Im seeing
an endo on Tuesday and was hoping for any advice on how I can convince her to
prescribe armour or some t4/t3 supplement. Do you think that would help me? Are
most endos reluctant to prescribe this?
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Tina says:
June 20, 2015 at 10:38 am
Hi Jaime,
I had the same issue low t3 that the dr clearly ignored! It too was in bold! You
have to be your own advocate its sad I know Ive been fighting hair loss and
extreme breakage for over a year. Best advice I can give you is if shes not on

board and sees that there is a thyroid issue find and dr who will! I went to
several Drs endos dermatologist until I found someone that acknowledged
there was an issue. I worked on iron levels d3 tested sex hormones and started
iodine I also tested adrenals all of these can cause hair loss. Im just started ndt
about a month ago and Im hoping to see results soon. Good luck and never
give up!!
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Kathleen Dobbelaar says:

June 21, 2015 at 8:17 am


I was diagnosed with Hashimotos in 2002 and was commenced on Eltroxin 25mg.
This dose has increased as the years progressed and according to my blood results I
am now taking 125mg Eltroxin daily. I have numerous other auto-immune diseases
including gastritis,cystitis .psorasis of toe nails and lichen planus of my finger nails.
Really I dont know where it is all going to end. I started losing my hair in 2010
following a very stressful time and had bloods done . My ferritin and vitb12 were low
and started supplements and using rogaine and my hair seems to go through various
stages of growth and then extreme loss. Really I am at my wits end and dont know
what way to turn please help.At times I have dreadful brain fog poor short term
memory and insomnia.
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Amy says:

June 22, 2015 at 9:35 am


I just wanted to say thank you for this article. I just turned 30 and have been treating
my hypothyroidism for about 3 years now. I have noticed ups and downs in my
weight, thinning hair, crazy skin changes it is good to know the right questions to

be asking and to know that I do not have to suffer through these things just to make
my hormones regulated. THANK YOU!!!
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Diane says:

June 22, 2015 at 8:15 pm


I am on Naturethroid my last level check was 3.2 T3 (4 or 5 weeks ago). My hair feels
like it is dying. It seems dry, very thin and fly away. It has been falling out off and on
for over a year. Does anyone else feel a pulling or pinching sensation in their scalp?
This feeling drives me crazy! Please I need support. Or a positive word.
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Diane says:

June 22, 2015 at 8:20 pm


Have been trying to get to the right level now for months. Last test T3 was at 3.2.
Hair loss continues and is driving me mad. Is anyone else experiencing pain and
pinching on the scalp. The weight of my hair or whats left even seems to hurt my
scalp. Any ideas or suggestions. I am at my wits end! This is destroying me
emotionally.
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Maz says:
June 23, 2015 at 6:16 am
Hi Diane. Funny you mention this. Ive had a horrible sort of fear feeling
going on with my scalp for ages. Sort of prickly. Its just so hard to pin
everything down now as to is this anxiety? Is this something else? Is it a skin
condition? lol
My initial post on this thread is up there somewhere. Like you, Ive been
around the houses a bit in an attempt to self-help but had my blood taken this
AM for a load of things; I marched to my GP and basically listed all the tests
on here and demanded they do it! Three tubes of blood later But Im seeing
an endocrinologist on Friday.

Keep at it and make people listen. Feeling low and tired can make a person
(me, at least) flop over and give up a bit and just feel like, whats the point,
with hair gone and feeling like its all downhill from now on. lol Its very easy
to feel like you are going mad. But lets refuse to give up finding solutions!
Hugs. Mx
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lil says:

June 25, 2015 at 6:21 am


Thank you so much for the advice about the Evening Primrose Oil. I used to take it in
only a few days per month to control PMS and breast pain (it works!) but started
taking about 1.000 mg three times a day for hair loss and growth (I had a
thyroidectomy years ago) . After 2 months, yes, I can definitely see a big difference,
my hair is growing! =)
Thank you!
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Marsha says:

June 28, 2015 at 2:19 am


Im having these same issues of significant hair loss. My current dose of Synthroid is
112mcg, and so Im going to ask to switch medication to natural dessicated thyroid,
but Im scared what my doctor will say. Is this the only option to synthetic? My TSH
is 1.72 which my doctor says is good
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Marsha says:

June 28, 2015 at 2:25 am


I am experiencing the same hair loss and Im on Synthroid 112mcg. My doctor only
tests for TSH and I dont see an endochrinologist. Should I switch?
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Kim Saghy says:

July 7, 2015 at 4:31 pm


Hi Dana,
Thanks for the great info. Just starting this struggle with hypothyroidism, taking
levothyroxine, inability to lose weight, insomnia etc. Gyne is titer-ing me up, and I am
just up to 50 mcg. Been on it about 2 months. Hair just started falling out about 3
weeks ago. Dana is it possible the levothyroxine is to blame? I will definitely be
taking your article with me to the gyne. I have been on Evening primrose oil for
breast cysts for 2 yrs and yes it works wonderfully for that. Also, through a friend of
mine heard about a hair care line called Surface. Their Awaken line is for thinning
hair, is environmentally friendly, and is working for her. It has helped slow down the
loss but I have not seen any re growth yet, just hasnt been long enough, I hope! Just
an FYI I have no connection to the product. But since I have to wash my hair
anyway, why not? Thanks for all you have done and are doing we need women like
you!
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Jill Wilson says:

July 8, 2015 at 6:40 am


Hi, I am self-diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and Hashimotos. When first blood tests
came back they were all normal, second lot said T3 slightly above 18 months ago.
Nothing to worry about the doctor said!!! All fine!! I insisted they were NOT and
have now been referred to an endocrinologist. I feel wretched most of the day,
especially the mornings going into late afternoon. I have headaches, chronic hair loss,
fatigue, constipation, diarrohoea, nausea, stomach pains, my body seems to react to
most things I put in it or on it; I have cut out soy, caffeine, sweeteners and all fat. I eat
fruit, fresh veg, fresh chicken, salmon, mackerel, potatoes and fresh veg; I drink
herbal teas and dandelion coffee plus fresh fruit juice. But the worst things are the hair
loss and BRAIN FOG, plus a total disinterest in people, activities and anything going
on around me. I cant work because I cant focus on anything or understand

instructions; the slightest thing throws me into a state of utter confusion. I am really
struggling with life. I have read Danas article and it sounds really helpful but I cant
take it all in, it is just too much for me to understand and act on. The brain fog is so
bad. Any suggestions please? I really am desperate.
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Staci says:

July 10, 2015 at 8:36 pm


Love the article, but it seems like you are taking a LOT of supplements & meds. What
is your schedule for taking it all?? Btw, switching to Armour def helped most all of
my symptoms. Now if I could just lose weight!!!!
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Diane says:

July 15, 2015 at 4:51 pm


Now I have read that many fish oils have too much vitamin A and can in fact cause
hair loss. I actually heard this initially from a hair stylist who was experiencing
problems. Any ideas? I have been taking Cod Liver oil regularly.
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Diane says:

July 17, 2015 at 8:38 am


How do you know when the hair loss is ending? Some days is seems like it is but
maybe Im just not paying attention to it on those days. And some days it seems like it
isnt. Although I do feel it is slowing down. When will it stop?
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Carlene says:

July 20, 2015 at 5:49 pm


Thanks to this forum and going to Phil Kingsley, my hair finally started to grow
back :). I am so happy!

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SJM says:

July 23, 2015 at 12:28 am


I have been losing my hair since October of 2012 which coincided with a period in
my life when I lost almost 15 pounds eating like a fat man and drinking lots of wine.
(!)
Now I realize that my thyroid probably went from hyper to hypo.
I only found out that I was hypo because I dont have my levels checked when I was
skinny.
I gained back the weight and then some. All around my middle so my pants dont fit
and my stomach looks pregnant.
I was put on Levyothyroxine and while my levels improved I got so sick I was
diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I was suicidal, crying, achy all over, horrible pain, no
energy, and crazy appetite.
A few weeks ago I put my dry, brittle, and thinning hair in a pony tail and saw bald
spots.
Mortifying.
I switched to Naturethroid and wonder if that caused worsening in the hair loss. The
good news is I feel great on the naturethroid. I have energy, the aches have gone away,
my mood is better.
I went to a dermatogist today and HE SAID MY HAIR WILL NEVER GROW
BACK.
How can that be true!??? He told me to use rogaine but that my bald spots will always
be there.
Im 38 and single.
Someone tell me he is wrong!!!
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Olivia says:

July 29, 2015 at 3:36 am


Oh My Goodness. I found this post because I was going round in circles trying to
choose hair care products and really getting nowhere. So much of what you say

resonates so strongly with me, I cant begin to tell you. I am really pleased to see that
I am doing so many things right and only wish that there were more doctors here in
the UK prepared to test for things like Reverse T3 (it doesnt exist) and DHT.
Thank you for a great post and Ill definitely be adding your blog to my bookmarks.
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Jess says:

July 31, 2015 at 6:33 am


I just wanted to stop and share my experience. Im a 34 y/o woman and I had my
thyroid removed about 7 years ago. About three months ago, I noticed that handfuls of
my hair was falling out. Every time I touched it, it came out. I was loosing between
300-500 and probably more per day and I think this had been going on for at least
4 months. I didnt really pay attention until the hair in my bangs started falling out
and the top was noticeably thinning to the point where I was developing a bald spot.
Obviously I was terrified and I started reading everything I could. I started taking
vitamins and following advice in things I read, but none of it made any difference
(though the vitamins did make me feel good and Im still taking them) Anyway, I selfreduced my thyroid medicine from 120 to 100 and made an appointment to see my
doctor. She decreased my dose further to 88 and the hairloss IMMEDIATELY
STOPPED literally within days. Its perfectly normal now. I lost about 1/3 of my
hair volume in about 7 months and I was forced to cut my long hair off but I am
pleased to see that my hair is also growing back and my scalp is covered with little
spiky hairs.
I dont know if what I am writing is helpful, but for me the cause and solution was my
thyroid medication dose. If you are experiencing unusual hairloss and youve not had
your thyroid hormone levels tested, I strongly suggest that be your first stop.
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Leah says:
July 31, 2015 at 12:22 pm
What were/ are your thyroid levels?
So much of my hair has fallen out that I have bald spots and my scalp is
showing.
I am either wired and tired at the same time or so exhausted I feel like I am
drugged and cant see straight.

Taking Naturethroid and I swear my hair loss has gotten worse but the the
Levythoxine improved my TSH levels but I still felt horrible.
Im so sick of this! I want my hair back!
I dont want to he up at 3am most nights wide awake but tired all day.
I dont want to have body aches or anxiety or cry at the drop of the hat.
Yes I kind of want stop taking my medication just to find what normal is!
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YB says:

August 3, 2015 at 2:40 pm


Hi, I am 36 and I am taking synthroid for hypothyroidism. Last year I had what they
call thyroid storm because I was off my meds for 2 months which the doctor said was
a huge mistake. Since last year, my periods have been very irregular and out of the
two gynecs I talked to, one said I am already post-menopausal (I am still getting
periods), the other said all my tests are normal and I am not even peri-menopausal. I
do not know what to believe. As for the hair loss, at this rate, I may not have anything
left in few months. I lost almost 2/3rds of hair and every time I touch my head, I am
pulling bunches. Please help.
My other question is how did you all figure out that you are peri-menopausal.
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jay says:

August 14, 2015 at 10:31 pm


Great article. I am going to add something that may help people. For the last 45 years
Ive managed to hold on to my hair through countless alarming sheds. In my humble
opinion all the imbalances caused by thyroid issues, or otherwise are part of the
picture. What any of those imbalances does is affect the amount of sebum and hair
depilatory chemicals that are released through the folicles and end up festering in the
scalp. At the end of the day you must thoroughly, completely, meticously, remove that
sebum from the scalp. There is no beneficial oils in the scalp. Look at the scalps of
people with great hair, they are clean and dry, and now look at the ones losing their
hair, they will be greasy, full of sebum, shiny with oils. You must wash your hair
every single day of your life, even twice a day if needed. Never, ever go to bed with a
greasy scalp. Try my regime for 90 days and I guarnatee you that you will alter the
hair growth/hair loss ration in your favor. Actually I wrote a lot more on this but my

finger touched the mouse pad and deleted a whole bunchplease reply and let me
know if you want more infoits late and im tired but I want to help.
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jay says:

August 14, 2015 at 11:14 pm


1.- It is very very rate for nutritional deficiencies to cause hair loss. Billions of people
around the world are nutritionally deificinet yet dont lose their hair.
2.- Hormonal imbalances may alter the amount and strength of the sebum in the scalp
that creates a chemical depilatory if left for many hours.
3.- You can wash as often as you want. If your hair gets too dry, just add a dab of
aveeno daily lotion which may reduce scalp inflammation.
4.- From now on observe carefully the scalps of people with great hair and those that
lose their hairTHIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ADVICE so that you can for
yourself see why you must remove the sebum!
Reply with questionsive been doing this for 45 years. I know it works. Please do
not post anything negative unless you try it for 90 days. Short of a magic bullet, this is
today the most important thing you can do to save your hair.
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brit says:

August 16, 2015 at 12:15 pm


Just wanted to warn people about this idea that taking iodine is ok. For instance if you
have autoimmune thyroid (Hashimotos which is very common and what I have)
taking iodine is extremely dangerous. I am currently on Levoxyl with a small amount
of compounded T3 (extremely over priced and insurance wont cover it anymore). I
was on more T3 but due to an ignorant holistic doctor overdosing my Armor thyroid
meds and sending me into hyPERthyroid I went into atrial fibrillation and now have
be extremely cautious about T3 and in fact at my next blood test (I get
TSH/freeT4/freeT3 tested) I hope to perhaps eliminate the T3. As for iodine, I eat an
organic vegan diet and include a piece of Nori seaweed once a week (Nori is the
lowest in iodine of all seaweed).
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135.

Renee says:

August 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm


There is a lot you can do naturally for low thyroid. I started taking organic black strap
molasses (B6 10%, Magnesium 8%, Iron 15%, Potassium 20%) and my heart
palpitations and constipation are completely gone! A lovely side effect of the molasses
is if you had dark hair and are graying, your hair will come in darker again. My hair
however, has started falling again. I have heard people say they actually CURED their
thyroid using these methods, so maybe I should have tests done again to see if the
100mg levothyroxine I am taking is not needed any longer.
Braggs ACV for low stomach acid, which also restores acid alkaline balance. Also
helps to regulate hormones, detoxifies the liver and improves energy. ACV also
lowers cholesterol, a side effect of hypothyroid.
Coconut oil for medium chain fatty acids; helps thyroid function. It also raises basal
body temperature and boosts energy.
Pink Himalayan salt, fish oil (or eat fatty fish 2x a week), vitamin D, all B vitamins,
ginger (good source of zinc, magnesium and potassium).
All of these help me. Good luck!!
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136.

Renee says:

August 20, 2015 at 6:15 pm


so confusing lost more and more eveyday that i read about this disease i just did the
math for the optimal free t3 my chart would be 4.6 5.2 my lab for t3 was 4.5 ?? so i
am not in my chart do i want to me near 4.6 or 5.2 lost cant lose weight, i can see
my scalp depressing i have ankle stiffness in the am i sweat like crazy when active but
the hair thinning i cant except that
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137.

Constance Marbury says:

August 22, 2015 at 5:44 am


I am 66 years old, 66 years old com 381 pounds, and have hypothyroidism. And Ive
been confined to my room for like 5 years. I only come out when I have to go to the

bathroom, clean my apartment,or maybe eat, and thats only once a day but I still
dont lose any weight at all. My digestive system is very slow and I stay constipated,
even though I take the thyroid pills. I only go outside when I have to go grocery
shopping to pay bills, other than that Im in my bedroom 24/7 Im not a people
person. I had been having trouble with my back before I even got fat, and now I can
hardly walk. I stay tired all the time no matter what I do. So now I dont do anything
Im tired of life.
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138.

Julie says:

September 3, 2015 at 7:11 pm


Thank you for this. I just realized that terrazyme from my company has the necessary

digestive enzymes.
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139.

Dominique says:

September 9, 2015 at 9:05 pm


Hi Dana! I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism 2 years ago now, while
pregnant with my youngest daughter. I didnt pay too much attention to it back then, I
had way too many other very stressing things going on, so I never got on any type of
treatment for it. Never felt bothered by it either. Fatigue and mood swings were so
much a part of my life I thought it was just that way I was, and I didnt think
medication would contribute. So I left my condition untreated during the pregnancy (I
had no idea it could affect the fetus, which in my daughters case, didnt, but I guess I
was just lucky). Finally, in March of this year, I get my hormone levels checked again,
and it appeared that my condition had worsened, quite high TSH and low T4 (never
got my T3 tested), so on my own, I decided to start myself on Levothyroxin (I live in
Chile, and it is the only option available), and decided to go increasing the dose every
other week until I felt the symptoms improving. I finally got up to the 75 mg dose. I
got my levels checked again 2 months ago, and my TSH and T4 were within normal
range. So far so good Or not at all. Months ago, I also started noticing a sudden and
severe hair loss. I wasnt losing hair while I was untreated, I must emphasize on this.
And it has now been going on for about 4 months. meaning, about 1 month after
starting on Levothyroxin. I went to doctors, etc, with the expected results of
nothing. Today, I went to a dermatologist and I told him I had read Levothyroxin
could cause hair loss, which he of course denied right away. Yet, I can try to look at
this the way I want, my hair loss problem started after I got on my thyroid drug, not

before. And it is very drastic and noticeable. A friend of mine just send me the link to
your page, and oh surprise! You say that Levo can cause hair loss, which can even
become permanent (that doesnt make me feel better at all!). I am to get my T3 levels
tested this week (finally). So my question is, if my T3 is low, can adding a T3 drug to
Levo help with the hair loss, or is the Levo my definite enemy?? And if my T3 levels
arent bad, would quit the Levo help my hair (then Id try to get some substitute on
internet, cause here in Chile, not only are the drugs bad, but the doctors are worse). I
am absolutely convinced that Levo is responsible. I have not changed anything to my
diet, I dont take any other drug. I do take supplements (biotine, spirulina, zinc, and
vitamin d which I had very low). Id rather be hypo than bald, really. I cant explain
how devastating this is for me. I had such profuse hair, and now it is lifeless and thin,
like baby hair, and scarce, very scarce. And as you can imagine, this situation is
causing a stress that doesnt help at all. I wake up thinking about my hair and I go to
bed thinking about it. Doctors wont help. Can you actually go completely bald on
Levo? Are there cases out there of women who went bald due to the drug? Is there
more info on this?
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140.

Misty says:

September 12, 2015 at 4:01 pm


Hi Dana- I was about the order the Carlson Buffalo liver pills, but noticed a recent
review on Amazon stating that they have significantly changed their formula/ Do you
know anything about this? Also, did you know 6 pills only provides 2% of daily iron
needs? Are you still a fan of this product? have you noticed any difference? What are
you taking now?
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141.

Elizabeth says:

September 19, 2015 at 7:13 am


I have known since age 20 that I had the inherited form of Hypothyroidism called
Hashimotos. Unfortunately, I couldnt convince a doctor of it. They would do the T4
test and tell me I was within normal range. So, I continued to have symptoms. 15 yrs
ago I finally showed low enough levels of T4 to be put on levothyroxine. Then I
became seriously ill from another malady, (Hep C), and 2 yrs later, did chemo light.
I was cured of the Hep C, but my thyroid hormones crashed. I finally convinced my
doc to test for available T3 and he put me on L-Thyroxine also. Ive been
experiencing symptoms still and could never convince him, even when I ended up in
the ER with grey skin and nearly comatose. The ER said my thyroid hormones had
plummeted dangerously. My tests a month later showed my levels to be normal, so
my doc insisted there had to have been an error. I could never convince him to test me

for Hashimotos. He said it wouldnt matter if it was Hashimotos, as the treatment


was the same. ::sigh:: Im finally changing doctors. I will find one who is willing to
do what is necessary.
Thank you for this article. I used to have hair so thick and long that extra large rubber
bands were required to make a ponytail. Now I can see the scalp through my hair at
the top and sides. I also did not know that Hypothyroidism could cause miscarriage.
Perhaps that helps to explain the 5 miscarriages I had between my daughter and son.
Im so tired, and tired of feeling like I do. Again, thank you.
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142.

Bethany Matthews says:

September 23, 2015 at 11:18 am


I was diagnosed with hashimotos and then Lyme in 2013. Was sick for YEARS prior.
Still sick, just not as bad. Now, the hair loss kicks in with a vengeance I had beautiful
natural golden red hair. Armour thyroid had been effective for treating the hashi-hypo,
but not since the med company sold about a year ago. The hairloss is very upsetting. I
also have NO eyebrows now and am growing a beard and moustache(Im a 44
yr.woman, dang it!). Have been organic and whole foods diet and very outdoorsy for
many many years before it became popular. Looking to change the armour to any
NDT consistent in formulation and Price(armour s new owners are pricing it out of
reach for most patients.Plus, the formula has changed but we, the patients, were not
informed. Activas cares for its investor$$, not the patients actually using their
product). So heres to the downfall of evil pharma overlord Activas.
I wanted to spread the gospel re: Evan Healy natural health/beauty products, and she
has a great website.She makes some terrific natural cleansers thatmay be used as
shampoo and all her products smell like heaven! The Lyme has left me with FAR too
sensitive skin and sense of smell and none of the E. H. products screwed with either
of these issues. Really, the whole world has become one stinky place, makes me
nausesous and headachey. I cannot afford these awesome products anymore, but wish
I could. They have biz philosophy that is great, and great customer service. A glass
bottle of their moisturizer froze and burst in transit last winter and they replaced it for
free, no questions. Unfortunately that was my last order due to either I buy meds or
buy Evan Healy. I HAD to have the meds to merely survive. Currently awaiting reply
from Dr as to what I can take instead of Armour.
So glad I found this site last eve, as I was researching what the h#$% is going on with
the previously-getting-stable me. What a wellspring of info. Thank you so much for
what you do to serve us, you are a blessingB Matthews in NC
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143.

Susan M says:

September 30, 2015 at 10:12 am

Also I had to have my gall bladder taken out a couple years ago . This was because of
my Thyroid problems and Hashis So if you have pain from gall bladder and the dr
shows you your ultra sound picture and you need to have it taken out, it could be from
your thyroid I started taking Armour about 10 years ago when I went through
menopause at age 52.
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144.

>MarkGoldberg says:

October 13, 2015 at 4:22 pm


>>The problem with hair loss remiedies is not every remedie works. Some of them
really works, some are compleate bullshit After 2 years of fighting with hair loss now
i know what works http://stop-hair-loss.org
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Tina says:

October 16, 2015 at 9:25 am


Looking to make a profit off desperate people trying to reverse their hair loss?
SHAME on YOU!
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145.

Chrissy Taylor says:

October 23, 2015 at 2:23 pm


Armour thyroid, betaine hcl with pepsin, pure encapsulations thyroid supplement with
iodine, diatomaceous earth & my hair & nails are growing like Im a teenager again:)
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146.

Danyel says:

November 1, 2015 at 7:09 am


Hello,
English is not my native so im sorry for all the grammar mistakes.
im a 28 years old male. been taking Euthyrox 50 mcg (which includes

Levothyroxine) since i was 22. i have low ferritin leves. i have vitamin D defiency.
im losing my hair, my eyebrows, my beard and even sometimes my body hair. they
grow back but i lose them again one day i know, it always comes and goes. im
sweating like a pig summer or winter doesnt matter. in february 2015 i started losing
weight. it was so quick that i have lost 10 kg in just a 3 weeks. even i sleep for 9 or 10
hours i wake up like i never slept. doctors never find the solution even i told them
theres something wrong with my thyroid. they say your test results are fine well
im not fine.
so im now using supplements. to raplace my hair. and im eating more not to lose
weight. i need your help. can you suggest me any other hypothyroid medicine? you
dont have to mention the brand but the main ingredient. thank you so much. waiting
for your reply.
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147.

Cate says:

June 23, 2015 at 9:10 am


I had problems with hair loss and the endocrinologists were worthless. They only
prescribe more medications or do nothing when your hair loss can be exacerbated
by another medication or even food. I found this out during a desperate time when I
had many of the symptoms described by some of you in these posts. My face was
even swollen and I had a green-yellowish goo on my scalp which would run down the
side of my face. I was a horrible mess with clumps of hair falling out if I tried to comb
my hair which wasnt too often because my scalp hurt to touch it.
Heres what I did. I got the idea from a dermatologist who used natural supplements
for himself. He told me that he suspected one or two of my meds as being behind the
problem. I went to the Lab Corp site and looked up each medication that I was taking
and then I went to the tab for thyroid tests. Imagine my surprise which turned into
anger when I discovered that a medication I had been on for almost 20 some YEARS
was now responsible. Many medications that doctors prescribe can and will suppress
our thyroid hormones and when we eat soy, and other foods or even water with
fluoride in it your bodys immune system gets hit over and over again until it attacks
back with Hashimotos. IMHO going to physicians (especially Endocrinologists) for
answers today is a waste of time and money. I finally found THE one and only
doctor who had some common sense and even he could not give me exactly what was
causing it just offered up his own theory behind what was an aggravating influence
on my body. He was correct, but it took me investigating the meds and my foods to
get the answers. The list of meds that can suppress hormones for thyroid include birth
control pills among others for pain medications. See if you can find a pharmacist to
help you I have retained (paid of course) two pharmacists to help me even further.
Even if you have to pay out-of-pocket, their input will save you countless weeks,
months and in my case years of torture and health issues.

I appreciate the contributions by everyone on how to relieve or reduce the symptoms,


but once again it does not get to the root of what causes the problem in the first place.
Please understand as someone who has battled this disease for years if you think
things are bad now wait until you have diabetes, MS, RSD, Parkinsons, or other
autoimmune diseases along with hair loss and other thyroid issues all compounded by
more medications or treatments. A good place to find a pharmacist to help you is a
compounding pharmacy. Wishing everyone success in finding out what triggers your
hair loss and scalp issues. (Note: Once I learned that medications can be dangerous
for me, I am no longer willing to take multiple drugs for long periods of time when I
have to take thyroid medications. Also, I limit my exposure to radiation/x-rays,)
Please take this as a suggestion. I dont want patients stopping meds cold turkey
without carefully titrating off of them. Before you schedule your next doctors
appointment, you might try asking a question of his nurse or assistant BEFORE you
schedule your appointment. Ask how many patients has the doctor helped with
thyroid problems who suffer from hair loss? If you get a vague answer or no
response go to someone else. You wouldnt take your car to a mechanic who cant
fix the problem and yet pay for the visit then why do we continue to use doctors who
do not have a clue as to what is wrong. Maybe one day some of them will get a
Facebook account or start reading the posts on Stop The Thyroid Madness,
hypothyroidmom dot com or Thyroid dot com so that they can start using their
medical education to actually help us.
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148.

Maz says:

June 23, 2015 at 9:31 am


When I go see the endocrinologist on Friday, Im going to unashamedly give him all
the website and blog addresses I rate regarding where Ive got my info. If he
disregards the idea that actually patient knowledge and those people who put these
places together know a thing or two, then Ill know Im seeing the wrong guy! Patient
power! I touted this place when I went to see a GP to get the referral and he clearly
didnt think anything I said Dana had said was off the wall. Before I admitted that Id
got the list of things I wanted testing for off this site he asked, Do you have a

medical background? He he! So Dana definitely gets a big prize for that!
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