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IFWH Can Help Those with Thinning Hair

Posted 02/05/2015

Anyone suffering from hair loss can now visit the Institute for Women’s Health for a wonderful new treatment.

Hair loss is a very common problem that causes distress in patients who have it, including stress and negative effects on self-esteem. Recent surveys from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and American Academy of Dermatology show that more than 80 million Americans suffer from hair loss. Those numbers break down into 1 out of 2 men and 1 out of 3 women – which seems staggering!

Losing hair is not just a “cosmetic” problem. Since it can be the manifestation of an underlying disease, you should discuss it with your doctor. Thinning hair is accepted as a natural part of aging for most men and some women, so it’s often just attributed to the genetic “luck of the draw,” if you will.

I’m also seeing thinning hair in younger patients, and it’s a difficult problem to treat. There are so many things that can cause thinning hair: thyroid dysfunction, anemia, stressful events like delivering a baby, or having a surgery, as well as chemotherapy. Other causes can be harder to diagnose if physicians aren’t aware to look for them, such as nutrient deficiencies, environmental toxins, hormonal imbalances, food allergies, and the generalized inflammation that occurs when people suffer from chronic medical problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, and other auto-immune diseases.

IFWH Can Help Those with Thinning Hair
The market has several different products, from vitamins to Rogaine, designed to help patients suffering from hair loss, but the Sunetics Clinical Hair Growth Laser actually works to HEAL the damaged cells that have lost their ability to grow hair. This low-level laser light therapy is also FDA-cleared to treat hair loss in men and women.

The laser’s light waves decrease inflammation of damaged hair follicles, which allows them to do their job and grow hair again. Patients experience a decrease in the excessive loss and gradual growth of new hair; they will see hair that is thicker, stronger and less prone to breakage. The results are so exciting, and for patients who have suffered from thinning hair, they can be life-changing.

For patients who want to try nutritional supplementation for hair loss, below is a list of some nutrients that are required for hair growth. Tests can be done to tell exactly what deficiencies a person has, and almost everyone has some deficiencies. In truth, most need high quality, “pharmaceutical grade” nutrients such as

  • L-lysine 700mg per day
  • L-arginine 900mg twice a day
  • Saw palmetto 160mg twice a day
  • Green tea extract 725mg daily
  • Grape seed extract 200mg per day
  • Omega-3 fatty acids 2,000-3,000mg/day
  • Vitamin D3 2,000-5,000 IU/day
  • Biotin, Vitamin E, zinc, iron, protein

The Sunetics Laser for Hair Growth Therapy is installed and ready to help patients with hair loss at our Hardy Oak office.

Dr. Wendy Askew
The Institute for Women’s Health

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