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Caustic - your expertise on a couple of points.

Post  bevnae on Wed Jan 27, 2016 12:21 am

Apologies for the first post being a request rather than an offering - I do hope that I will be of use in the future as I'm continually educating myself on a natural approach to hair loss.

Brian - I've been looking through some of your old posts and I noticed that you recommend Aubreys keratin shampoo. I've read several recent reviews and their are people complaining that the formula has recently been changed. Given that I never knew of the old one, I was wondering if you knew what changed and if you still recommend it as your go-to shampoo?

Which leads me on to your shower routine. How often do you wash your hair? Cold water? Shampoo and conditioner? 2 applications? How often do you leave it in? Topical after? Coarse bristle brush to spread any of the aforementioned? If I don't wash my hair daily I notice that it has a rather horrible smell, which leads me to believe that their might be some kind of fungal element to it. Ketonconazole (Nizoral or Regenepure) just doesn't seem to be getting rid of it. I know you recommend Lithium/DMSO, do you think this would cure it? If so, could you remind me of the ratios and how to apply it (technique and frequency). Would removing this topically just be getting rid of the surface byproduct? Would it make sense to tackle it systemically. Once again, fluconazole orally doesn't seem to rectify this. I keep getting reoccurring red flaky patches on my skin, I think this is all part of the same problem, perhaps a gut flora imbalance? (Despite taking probiotics!)

Your help would be extremely appreciated, honestly.

Thank you,

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Post  CausticSymmetry on Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:13 am

Yes, I also read those complaints. I haven't used that shampoo in quite a while.

These days I use this

Acure Organics

Sometimes I use nothing.

Some people have reported good results with scalp pain Ortho Organic Shampoo
However, that is with scalp pain.

I use the typical warm/hot water (I did try the cold rinses for a while, but I don't think that was necessary for me).

Lithium/DMSO - additive to a shampoo works rather well for fungal/yeasts. If you try it, would not recommend using it very often, because it can dry the scalp. (I realize this is usually not a concern in the beginning). So it offers relief from itching and greasiness.

Depending on the nature of the fungal infection or yeast....a cure is possible, but would say more positively that is something that could be used while working on the internal source.

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Post  bevnae on Wed Jan 27, 2016 4:18 am

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Do you use a conditioner after you've used the Acure organics?

Other than avoiding silicone/SLS, does washing the hair exacerbate hair loss at all? I'm a bit worried as I literally do it every day.

What do you recommend for working on the internal source of yeast? Are there any definitive tests so I know I'm not pissing in the wind? Preliminary searches of candida tests don't appear to be very promising. Perhaps I could go to a dermatologist and they may be able to give me some kind of scalp swap, if such a thing exists? I'm unsure why fluconazole and probiotics don't work internally. Hopefully intermittent use of lithium/DMSO at least helps with the odour...

One thing I forgot on my original post. Can you recommend a hexane free borage oil for moisturising the face? Also, how do I detect the hexane from the ingredients list (in case one gets discontinued so I don't have to pester you again).

Lastly - regarding saunas. I'm saving up for my own outdoor 2 seated infrared sauna. Do you know much about them, what to look for, what to avoid. Near/far?

Once again, much appreciated.

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Post  CausticSymmetry on Thu Jan 28, 2016 4:07 am

bevnae - Conditioners, no (makes my hair too soft).

Whatever comes out would haven't come out eventually.

About the yeasts...wouldn't expect PCP or dermatologist to run anything. It's not in their realm.

overgrowth of yeast is a complication of something bigger...so eliminating it is not the solution can make things worse. 
antifungals can cause deeper problems.

These types of questions cannot be answered without a lot of background information, but would look at the gut/diet as start.

Not exactly what you are looking for (contains more than just borage oil). Face serum

I cannot really summarize the part about saunas, because there is a lot to it. I use the ultra cheap variety (indoor) and do not worry about EMF's, but others may have a good reason to worry. NEAR is better than FAR.

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Post  bevnae on Thu Jan 28, 2016 9:10 am

Just to clear up a couple of things:

I use the Ortho Shampoo and really like it, but it doesn't tend to clear up the mild and recurrent scalp odour. I'm guessing the silver in it isn't quite enough for my condition. It's lovely for the hair, however. Ive just got the Acure Organics, Shampoo, Moroccan Argan Oil. Thanks for recommending the Acure facial serum, I'll try this instead of a hexane free borage oil. It recommends to apply 'over your moisturiser'. I don't have a moisturiser and I've never used one. Will it be OK to use this serum by itself after showering?

"These types of questions cannot be answered without a lot of background information, but would look at the gut/diet as start" - where do I recommend I start? I would be happy to pay you for some help. I'm steering very clear from antibiotics and antifungals. I'm using high doses of glutamine to help repair my gut, probiotics, caprylic acid, ~3000mg odourless garlic, topical castor oil on the scalp to help with the smell. The concoction doesn't seem to be quite strong enough to completely rid it, frustratingly. I don't think there's much more I can change in terms of diet/supplementation. I use your entire Orthonutrition stack, alongside a wheat/gluten/dairy free diet (in conjunction with very low sugar).

No need for a crazy amount of info, but just to help inform my decision on which sauna to purchase. Is there anything I should know other than NEAR is far superior to FAR. I'm assuming youre alluding to ex-cancer patients that should be avoiding EMF's?

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Post  CausticSymmetry on Thu Jan 28, 2016 1:51 pm

On EMF, those with lingering fatigue, toxic mold and multiple chemical sensitivities should avoid it.

I was happy doing low priced infrared sauna (the portable indoor type).  However, NEAR penetrates better.
I think either will be fine and are both terrific ways to detox.

I'm not certain about the serum use after the shower. I have no experience with it.

Hard to recommend on a start, since everyone's constitution is different.

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