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What does hair loss, iodine deficiency and heavy metals have in common?

It’s normal to shed hair every day, and the truth is, we loose between 100-125 hairs on a given day. Hair that is shed falls out at the end of the growth cycle. 10% of your hair will always be in a resting phase, and after 2-3 months resting, it falls out and new hair grows in its place. As we get older, both men and women experience some hair loss. It’s a normal part of the aging process, called Androgenetic Alopecia, it accounts for 95% of all hair loss (this often runs in families).

Then there are some other types of hair loss, that can be sudden or abnormal. It’s caused by medications such as blood thinners, gout medication, birth control pills and too much vitamin A. It can be the effect of a crash diet, sudden hormonal changes, menopause, chemotherapy and radiation. Medical conditions such as hypothyroidism and fungal infections along with emotional stress, pregnancy, or surgery can also cause our hair to fall out.

Stress can cause a slowing of new hair growth because a larger number of hair follicles enter into the resting phase and no new hair growth is experienced. Wearing pigtails or tight rollers that end up pulling on the hair can scar the scalp and cause permanent hair loss. Hair products such as hot oil treatments and chemicals used for permanents can cause inflammation to the hair follicles, which can also result in scarring and hair loss.

Fungus like organisms, also causes arthritis, in particularly the ligament, joints, and hard collagens, which joins the bones in knees and spinal columns, but fungus and mycoplasma is found to cause hair loss by attacking the hair follies. When the body is high in HEAVY METALS, it becomes a paradise for fungus, mycoplasma and bacteria with fungus abilities. The fungus need food near the heavy metals and the heavy metals protect themselves from hostile antibiotics, so basically antibiotics get destroyed or oxidized in presence of heavy metals. Hmmm, maybe this is the reason why antibiotics doesn’t work!

Then we have a deficiency, that most people don’t take seriously enough, and it’s a worldwide and widespread problem right now. IODINE DEFICIENCY. Iodine is really important in today’s polluted environment, which incl. the constant high levels of radiation in our food sources and environment (Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster).

Iodine deficiency is a serious problem which started about 40 years ago when the food industry switched over the use of iodine to bromine. Bromine is a processed food enhancer widely used today in breads, pasta and most bakery items. The problem is that bromine is a toxic halide-additive that blocks your body from absorbing and replenishing its iodine reserves.

Youthful aging requires more iodine supplementation for several reasons. For instance, your cells will mobilize iodine reserves to heal the body and boost immunity, battle inflammatory conditions, and maintain good hormone balance. Iodine contains potent antibacterial, anti-parasitic, antiviral and anticancer properties as it treats numerous conditions. Science does not fully understand iodine’s entire function to human health, such as its dominant role in preventing skin and fungal infections. Signs of insufficient iodine levels in the body manifest as fatigue, depression, sluggish thinking, lowered libido and unwanted weight challenges (loss or gain).

Why does iodine have the ability to restore hair? Iodine kills the fungus that helps the fungus from eating up the ends of the hair follicle. But it doesn’t stop here… fungus exists because your body is already high in heavy metals. Without heavy metals they die. So the message is clear, get rid of the heavy metals and then make sure to protect your health, by taking iodine and natural herbs. Iodine deficiency reduces your body’s ability to get rid of heavy toxic metals, such as cadmium, mercury, lead etc. When heavy metals are high in the body, they seem to make themselves at home by colonizing in your various glands, such as the thyroid gland, which may bring about hypothyroidism, and in the adrenals, it may create adrenal exhaustion and so it goes on. Iodine deficiency is easy to see: auto immunity, low stomach acid, lack of energy, adrenal exhaustion, fungus problems, arthritis (fungus caused, rheumatoid), high cadmium, high mercury are all part of the picture.

There are many supplements, that are great for hair loss, incl. zinc and manganese, and I always say get off the GLUTEN (which is good to do for so many other things). The number one thing is to spread the love of iodine and avoid bromine. There are some Chinese herbs, that are great for hair restoration and they are:

  • He Shou Wu (Fo-Ti/Polygonum Multiflorum), can also restore grey to its original color
  • Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum), known as the mushroom of immortality – support kidney energy and blood flow
  • Nu Shen Zi (Ligustrum lucidum) improves circulation of the scalp
  • Stinging Nettle (prevents hair loss and stimulate hair loss)
  • The bark from a real cacao tree (not a bush) (special way to make it), is also said to be able to cure male baldness


My number one favorite is Iodine, which is required for vibrant health and longevity. It’s part of my family’s basic health regime, and I can’t say enough good things about iodine.


The trick is not take iodine every day for hair loss, as the iodine detox and protects the body… take iodine for 3-4 days and then stop for 4 days and start again…. the reason for this is to follow the body’s natural cycle. The body needs to repair and it needs to rest in order to heal.


University of Maryland Medical Center: Hair Disorders

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