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Due to childhood illness, Laura Hudson has been completely bald since she was nine years old. Laura's hair loss is due to Alopecia Universalis, an auto-immune disorder for which there is no cure.

Laura says, "I would have given anything to have someone tell me they understood what I was going through, that it was OK to be different, that if I just hung in there and was strong I would be victorious. It would have made all the difference in the world. I could have been spared so many doubts, questions and fears. Since I didn't have that person, I want to be that person."

Laura Hudson is a motivational speaker and the Marketing Director for Aviv Moon Productions.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Effective Treatment for Alopecia - Part 2

I am not a doctor. I am not prescribing this plan in an attempt to treat a disease or illness. This is merely my opinion and the results of my own experience. Consult with your doctor before ceasing any medication.

Here we go, Part 2 of this blog series on how I effectively treated my Alopecia. I have gotten a few questions, so I wanted to address those in this blog.

How long were you on the diet?

I have now been on a modified version of the vegan diet (as mentioned in Part 1 of this blog series) for nearly a year now. I say modified because I cheat - often! I cheat out of laziness, being so busy, and pure cravings. However, I eat vegan more often than I do not.

How much hair growth did you have?

I only did the Fish Oil for about a month. I gave my bottle to a family member who needed it worse than I did. However, I am buying a new bottle today. That said, in the month that I did the fish oil, I did have peach fuzz on my head and nothing more. This is significant because I have had AU for over 25 years with no regrowth.

I am not going into this to grow hair but rather to build my cells and immune system. Hair growth would just be the icing on the cake.

Where do you get your calcium if you are not drinking milk?

This is a big one! Here is a FAQ that answers the why and now I will answer the what! I get my calcium through natural plant sources and then supplement with Vitamin D so that it is better absorbed.

Here are some plant sources of calcium (as found on Livestrong.com):
  • Green Leafy Vegetables
  • Legumes
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Whole Grains

In Part 3 of this blog series, I'll answer more questions and maybe even throw in a delicious non-dairy milk recipe!



5 comments:

  1. Interesting. I too have AU. Thing is, I ate mostly vegan, no to low gluten diet for almost 15-20 years ... then my hair fell out. I still eat as you describe and am still AU. I do now eat some gluten although mostly vegan, grain free. I think because I ate such a strict diet for years and then lost my hair, I became skeptical of how much of our health we can ultimately control. I would love to have lashes and brows again.

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    1. Hi Elsa! I too saw no change with the diet until I added the Omegas, specifically fish oil. I have found that no two Alopecians are the same. That's an issue within itself! I intend to address the fish oil in detail in my next blog.

      Got any good vegan recipes to share?

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  4. It’s good to hear that you were able to discover a treatment that really works for you! Treating alopecia is never easy, because it really takes time for your hair to regrow. And I agree; what works for you doesn’t mean it would to everyone. That’s why it’s really important to keep an open mind about other methods and treatments. All the best!

    Evelyn Barrett @ Good Look Ink

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