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Posted by: northernstars, Tuesday, May 30, 2006, 7:54pm
I got quite a shock this week when I was working on my hair.  For years I've had quite a streak of white above my temple and white hairs were getting quite pronounced throughout, too.  Well, there aren't any striking white hairs on my head!  Even looking up close everything is varying shades of brown.

The biggest change to my diet is the addition of the flax seed oil and the lecithin.  The flax seed oil is a beneficial and the lecithin is a neutral for O's.  I've also increased my fruit consumpation daily by making and drinking my smoothie which incorporates the flax seed oil and lecithin with fruits and fruit juice.

I've said it before and will say it again.  Thanks to the BTD I'm feeling and looking younger and now, I'm also looking even younger yet, too.  This is fun!  Almost 60 and turning BROWN!
Posted by: ISA-MANUELA (Guest), Tuesday, May 30, 2006, 8:08pm; Reply: 1
(sunny)(dance)(clap)(smarty) ;) ;D ;D :D :K) :K)  well done :D
Posted by: Poly, Tuesday, May 30, 2006, 8:17pm; Reply: 2
That's amazing! Maybe you should change your screen name to Brunette!?! ;D

(dance)
Posted by: 1195 (Guest), Tuesday, May 30, 2006, 8:57pm; Reply: 3
That's amazing!! Never heard of hair color reversal thru diet. I have to use the wash gray away stuff.
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, May 30, 2006, 9:12pm; Reply: 4
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Mrs T.,

The white hair I have reverts back to brown when I follow ER and take supplements, but I don't know which supplements are responsible for it. I just know that when I stop, the white comes back again.

Anne

http://www.dadamo.com/bloggers/i/archives/00000040.htm
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Speaking of hair colour, my hair, which was becoming VERY grey, has coloured up considerably since starting to take the supps for the cardiovascular protocol. My hair has been a good barometer over the years of how healthy my body is on the inside. I have watched it turn quite white overnight when I have fallen ill in years past, and then slowly return to some hint of colour as health returned. I keep looking in the mirror at this soft brownish colour that is appearing around my face and marvelling at this sudden change, which I never expected to see again.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Tuesday, May 30, 2006, 10:48pm; Reply: 5
Quoted from Sassy
That's amazing!! Never heard of hair color reversal thru diet. I have to use the wash gray away stuff.


I remember one of the regular posters on the old board back in 2001 mentioning that her gray hair was disappearing via the BTD.
Posted by: northernstars, Tuesday, May 30, 2006, 10:54pm; Reply: 6
I just got back from my prolotherapy shots.  While there I asked my ND what might be causing the hair color reversal and he thinks it has to do with the B-6 shots I get.  Whatever the cause, I'm delighted.  It is another outward expression of inward health.  
Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, May 30, 2006, 11:38pm; Reply: 7
Traditional Chinese Medicine states weak kidney energy (perhaps low adrenals? ) as the main cause of graying hair.  As the kidneys are nourished and healed, hair color returns.

BTD would certainly be a healer of all organ systems.
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, May 30, 2006, 11:50pm; Reply: 8
Victoria,
how would you go about nourishing and healing the kidneys?

what would you suggest?
anyone?
Posted by: RedLilac, Wednesday, May 31, 2006, 2:07am; Reply: 9
I heard somewhere that the lack of trace minerals in the soil causes our food to be deficient and therefore affects our hair.
Posted by: italybound, Wednesday, May 31, 2006, 2:26am; Reply: 10
Quoted from Arlene
I heard somewhere that the lack of trace minerals in the soil causes our food to be deficient and therefore affects our hair.


I heard this was the cause also. Many years ago when I was looking at doing the Juice Plus capsules. I have inquired about which mineral it is from the girl I went with to the people who work at Juice Plus. No one seems to know. That's pretty strange given that the people at JP don't know. Seems it was Boron, but I for sure am not sure, nor even close to sure.  :o  Would be VERY interested to know since the color returning to my hair seems to come straight from a long  pointy plastic thing.  ;D   Of course, even if my color did come back, it wouldn't be red.  :'(     Then again, if I had no gray, I might not be SO tempted to color.
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, May 31, 2006, 2:43am; Reply: 11
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Quoted from Lola:
"Victoria,
how would you go about nourishing and healing the kidneys?

what would you suggest?"
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TCM is an ancient and complex medical system, and I apologize for abbreviating too much.

Ideally you need a balance of Yin (moistening, nourishing and cooling) herbs with Yang (strengthening, concentrating, energizing and heating) herbs.  You should not take yang herbs without the balance of yin, or you can become overly heated and dry.
Most people would buy one of the formulas from a company like Plum Flower, which sells excellent pre-made blends.

However, for our needs, here are some tonics that are said to feed the Kidney Jing.  (vital essence or life force)

Strongly essence (Jing) tonics:

polygonum (Ho Sho Wu)                                     yin
Cordyceps                                                         yin and yang
Lycium (Wolfberry)                                             yin
Schizandra (not to be used if cancer is present)     balanced jing
Steamed Rehmannia                                           yin
Deer Antler (pantocrin)                                       yang and yin
Asparagus Root                                                  yin
Dendrobium (orchid)                                           yin
Epimedium                                                         yang
Eucommia Bark (rubber tree)                               yang with yin

Moderate essence (Jing) tonics....primarily Chi (energy) tonics:

Siberian Ginseng                                                chi and balanced jing;  good adrenal tonic
Gynostemma (Jiaogulan)                                     balanced jing
American Ginseng                                              yin and chi
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, June 1, 2006, 12:26am; Reply: 12
thanks a lot for taking the time to explain, Victoria! )
Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, June 1, 2006, 2:12am; Reply: 13
Quoted from lola
thanks a lot for taking the time to explain, Victoria! )


You're welcome, Lola.  :K)
Tonic herbs are a favorite study of mine and I really enjoy talking about them.  
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, June 1, 2006, 2:18am; Reply: 14
;)

would also be nice to know what herbs are better suited for which BT .......
Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, June 1, 2006, 5:02am; Reply: 15
Quoted from lola
;)

would also be nice to know what herbs are better suited for which BT .......


Maybe if I go into practice with Dr. D........... 8)
Posted by: Carol the Dabbler, Thursday, June 1, 2006, 6:27am; Reply: 16
I suspect that loss of hair color is like a lot of other problems (headaches, for example) -- how to cure it depends on what's causing the problem.  There are several nutrients that are said to contribute to healthy hair color -- Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), Biotin, Copper, and probably a host of others.

Posted by: lblackbu, Friday, June 2, 2006, 5:44pm; Reply: 17
What type of "lecithin" are you taking?
Posted by: Carol the Dabbler, Friday, June 2, 2006, 8:44pm; Reply: 18
Quoted from northernstars
Whatever the cause, I'm delighted.  It is another outward expression of inward health.



That's an excellent point, Sharon -- the natural color returning to your hair is not just a cosmetic issue!  It's also a sign that your body now has something it needs that it was lacking for a while.

Same thing goes for fingernails becoming strong enough to grow long, skin becoming supple and well hydrated so that wrinkles don't show as much, and so on.

It's easy to forget that a lot of these changes reflect our general health of several months past.  If I notice that my fingernails have stopped breaking, for example, the relevant question would be what changes did I make about six months ago?

Posted by: italybound, Saturday, June 3, 2006, 3:07am; Reply: 19
Quoted from Carol_the_Dabbler
the natural color returning to your hair is not just a cosmetic issue!  It's also a sign that your body now has something it needs that it was lacking for a while.


Absolutely!!  Hopefully some day I'll find out what is making my grey hairs so happy!  ;)
Posted by: OSuzanna, Saturday, June 3, 2006, 3:38am; Reply: 20
...leaning into the mirror, examining scalp....
Posted by: italybound, Saturday, June 3, 2006, 3:42am; Reply: 21
Quoted from osuzanna
...leaning into the mirror, examining scalp....


LOL............and no grey hair for me.............I just got it colored.  ;D         What did YOU see?  :o
Posted by: 774 (Guest), Monday, June 12, 2006, 2:17pm; Reply: 22
That's interesting. I am coloring my hair now, because I wanted something different.  ;D  But I will check when the color outgrows again and see if my greys are leaving as well (did have some, but not too many).
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, June 12, 2006, 4:29pm; Reply: 23
Just a head's up for those of you coloring your hair:

There is a pretty strong connection between the darker shades of hair dye and Lymphoma.  So if you are using the dark commercial dyes, maybe consider the natural dyes from the natural foods stores.

Jackie Kennedy died of Lymphoma, and there was a lot of talk at the time of her use of dark hair dyes.  A year later, my husband died (in the late '90's), also from Lymphoma, and he had been a devoted user of hair dye, since he had grayed early in life.
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Friday, June 16, 2006, 11:40pm; Reply: 24
I just started coloring my hair every few months last year at age 57 3/4.  I like the dark colors.  How dangerous is it?  I don't mind some gray showing, but decided finally to start coloring.  I kept putting it off & am glad I did.  Believe it or not, my former chiro suggested "Just for Men" & it works OK.  It fades with washing, not growth as they claim, but I have fine hair & it is geared for coarse hair.
How much danger am I in?
Mrs "T"    O+
Posted by: RedLilac, Sunday, June 18, 2006, 3:01pm; Reply: 25
I started dying my hair maybe 6 months ago.  Before that I streaked it.  I researched products and ingredients using http://www.ewg.org/reports/skindeep/

I settled on use Herbatint  and bring it with me to my hairdresser.

When I have my nails done I bring my own nail polish.
Posted by: italybound, Sunday, June 18, 2006, 3:21pm; Reply: 26
Quoted from Arlene
I settled on use Herbatint  and bring it with me to my hairdresser.


just kind of curious why you chose Herbatint when it's rated at the Higher Concern level.
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, June 18, 2006, 4:07pm; Reply: 27
Quoted from Mrs_T_O+
I just started coloring my hair every few months last year at age 57 3/4.  I like the dark colors.  How dangerous is it?  I don't mind some gray showing, but decided finally to start coloring.  I kept putting it off & am glad I did.  Believe it or not, my former chiro suggested "Just for Men" & it works OK.  It fades with washing, not growth as they claim, but I have fine hair & it is geared for coarse hair.
How much danger am I in?
Mrs "T"    O+


There's enough connection between dark hair dyes and cancer, that it's worth the effort to research it a bit if you're going to dye your hair.  If I had time, I'd pursue some links, but it's my busy time of the year in my work right now.
You can click on that link I provided in an earlier post, which was just my Google for the general topic of risks involved in dark hair dyes, or something like that.

There are enough options that are non-carcinogenic, maybe you can get the desired results without risking your health.

You could also google natural hair dyes, or safe hair dyes, or something of that sort.
Posted by: italybound, Sunday, June 18, 2006, 4:17pm; Reply: 28
For someone who knows about henna, I'd like to know the answer to this:
I believe years ago, I was told that once you use henna, you cannot use any other hair colors, dyes, bleaches on your hair until it has completely grown out/ been cut out.  Does anyone know if this is true?
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, June 18, 2006, 11:20pm; Reply: 29
Quoted from pkarmeier
For someone who knows about henna, I'd like to know the answer to this:
I believe years ago, I was told that once you use henna, you cannot use any other hair colors, dyes, bleaches on your hair until it has completely grown out/ been cut out.  Does anyone know if this is true?


Pat, I've had lots of experience with henna, but I haven't dyed or bleached my hair since I was in college.  I don't know a time frame for waiting after henna before you can use dye, but just looking at it from a common sense standpoint, I would guess that there's some truth to the statement.
Henna does not dye the hair.  It is a cellophane-like substance that coats each hair shaft with little transparent plates similiar to the scales on a fish.  They seal the hair shaft, protect it and make it highly glossy.  Colored henna has natural plant dyes in the transparent plates that coat the outside of each hair, so the hair looks colored but it's only on the surface.
People usually re-apply henna about as often as you would hair dye.  If you stop using henna, it gradually washes away, over many weeks.  I can see how chemical dye would not penetrate the hair very well, if there's any henna still on the hair.
Posted by: italybound, Monday, June 19, 2006, 1:05am; Reply: 30
Thanks Victoria. Good explanation! :-)
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