Dealing with Herxheimer Reactions

Well, I am on day 14 of the Hair N’ Heal program. I must say that this week has been harder than I anticipated. I did actually have Herkzheimer reactions to cleaning up my diet. They were kind of scary and pretty annoying. At first, I thought the program wasn’t working. I had changed diets before in the past with no problem, so I didn’t anticipate having some break outs and headaches. 

I was a bit nervous about taking supplements that supported MORE detox, so I didn’t order the plethora of supplements that were recommended right away. I think if I had started taking them all right away, I would have been hugging the toilet while they all came up. (It has happened before when I started taking multiple vitamins at once.)

Exercise during Herxheimer Reactions

While I was advised NOT to exercise, in the past NOT exercising has kept me constipated. I find that a daily walk helps to massage the intestinal organs and keep things moving along. So, I have been doing a walk for about an hour a day. 

The other exercise that I have included is Pilates. I love Pilates because it is low-impact and not too strenuous. When you get tired, you can easily modify the exercise to suit your abilities. For my routine, I have found some simple beginner Pilates videos on youtube that are only 30 minutes in length. I feel like this is the perfect length to get some movement into my life without overdoing it. 

Hydration and Herxheimer

Lots of people tell you to drink tons of water and it is hard to know exactly how much is enough or too much for that matter. I personally have found that I’m drinking extra water while taking the supplements. This causes me some concern about staying hydrated. You will end up peeing out the excess water and with it some of your minerals if you take too much. 

I have focused on only drinking when I am thirsty or when I’m taking supplements. I have been consuming bone broth daily and that is full of water and electrolytes, so I shouldn’t have to worry too much about dehydration. 

Sleeping and Detoxing

It was recommended to sleep a ton. Johanna mentioned that she sleeps up to 9 hours each night. I haven’t noticed much desire to sleep that much. There were just two days this week when I came home from work completely exhausted and feeling bad from the detoxing. I crashed and went right to bed. 

I will say that didn’t last long. I’m back to my normal sleeping pattern and feel pretty good with just 6-7 hours per night. I don’t feel the need to sleep during the day. I do notice that if I take a walk that I get energized and feel much better. 

Tips for Dealing with a Herxheimer Reaction

So, now that I’m in the midst of a good Herxheimer reaction, I’m going to share my tips for dealing with it. 

  1. Allow yourself to rest if you feel you need it. 
  2. Take walks to keep your body moving. 
  3. Keep a box of tissues nearby. You never know when your nose will start dripping. 
  4. Eat plenty of food. Don’t starve yourself. 
  5. Drink bone broth to keep your electrolytes up.
  6. Meditate. 
  7. Eat plenty of fats to help moisturize your skin if you have rashes. 

Herxheimer reactions don’t last forever, but they can seem scary when you go through them especially if you rarely ever have headaches like me. It is always a bit unnerving to experience something uncomfortable like a Herxheimer reaction especially when you normally don’t experience headaches. I just keep reminding myself that this is part of the healing process! 

Alopecia Angel’s Group Coaching Review

I joined Alopecia Angel’s Hair N’ Heal program last month. She started the online group coaching on January first. The program is broken up by weeks with some information on the nutrition and products that support hair regrowth. She has scheduled a few group coaching sessions and I have my first session with her on Saturday. 

Structure of the call: 

I will give this about a 3/5. She started the call on time and it seemed like she had information that she would be covering. As a teacher, I have had instructions on how to create an effective lesson plan, address questions, and strategically move from one topic to the next. Johanna is lacking in this area. 

She spent a lot of time talking about her own experience which bored me to death. She ended the call with questions from the group. That is a good way to end a call, but I felt that her answers were somewhat repetitive and bored me. 

Quality of the call information:

This will rate as a 3/5. The information that was provided by Johanna (Alopecia Angel) was not new to me. It was information that I had tried to incorporate in my life over the last 15 years of having alopecia. Some of the information was conflicting. For example, she instructed the group to eat the Autoimmune Paleo Diet, but then when questioned about snacks reported that bell peppers were great snacks. 

Bell peppers are a nightshade. They are not allowed on the Autoimmune Paleo diet. The dietary recommendations conflict with the recommended diet. 

I was frustrated by the conflicting recommendations and her lack of knowledge about nutrition. I was somewhat bored as she emphasized doing things that I had been doing for years to no avail. 

Quality of the call technology:

I will give her a 4/5 for group call quality. The call took place on Zoom and the technology worked well. It was easy to see and hear Johanna during the call. I personally had no issues with sound. I think one other person cut out when asking a question, but Johanna asked her to repeat it and was able to answer the question. 

Time of the group call:

The call was scheduled for 5 pm Central European Time, which was 11am Eastern Time in the United States. I found that to be ideal for me. It probably worked well for the people in Europe. It would have been a bit earlier in the morning for anyone on the West Coast of the United States, but they could have made it work. 

Overall, I think that she had a good time scheduled to accommodate the people in the group, which included others on the East Coast and some people in London. 5/5

Overall opinion: 3.5/5

I probably won’t recommend the Alopecia Angel’s program to anyone. I’m kind of frustrated by the number of supplements that she recommended for me and her evident lack of knowledge about some of the foods that she is recommending. She has been able to help some people get results, so I will take her recommendations into consideration. 

I definitely would not have continued with the program if she had allowed me to see some of the recommendations beforehand since many of them are online and I have already tried them. 

One thing that is important to understand with alopecia is that for many people it comes and goes, so while she may have had some success with her clients, it may not have been her recommendations as much as she thinks. 

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails Supplement Review

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails Supplement Review

I took the Nature’s Bounty Hair Skin and Nails supplement for about a month to try to cure my alopecia universalis. This is my opinion of the product.

Name: Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails Supplement
Website: Hair, Skin, and Nails Supplement
Price: $23.50
Owners: Nature’s Bounty
Overall Rank: 80 out of 100

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails Vitamin Supplement, Product Overview

This is a combination of vitamins that are thought to nourish the hair follicles, skin, and nails. Many people rely on this supplement to strengthen their nails and encourage their hair to grow stronger. This supplement comes as 150 rapid-release liquid soft gels.

The softgels feature 5000 mcg of biotin to support good hair and healthy nails. It also has a daily dose of vitamin C & vitamin E to support glowing skin in the person taking the supplement. The B vitamins in this product help with energy metabolism and vitamin A assists with overall health.

The Good & the Bad

The Good:

PRO #1: Easy to take softgels. There is no gross flavor.
PRO #2: Inexpensive. The product is less than a dollar per day.
PRO #3: Produces some results even for people who don’t have hair.

The Bad:

CON #1: Contains ingredients that are not beneficial for people with autoimmune conditions including soybean oil, vegetable glycerin, soy lecithin, carmine color, mica, silica, titanium dioxide color. These additives can be problematic for someone who has an autoimmune disease.
CON #2: Accidental overdose will cause vomiting.

Who is Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails For?

This product is probably ideal for someone who is experiencing hair thinning but does not have any other major health conditions. It is also good for someone who wants to strengthen their nails because they are weak and chipping.

Nature’s Bounty Tools & Training

While taking a daily vitamin is not difficult, Nature’s Bounty does provide information on their website about Beauty, Food & Vitamins. You can find a lot of beauty tips and good information on their website. They will recommend other supplements for you as well.

Nature’s Bounty Support

Nature’s Bounty has customer service representatives that will answer your questions about the product. You can use this contact form to get in touch with them if you have a question about drug interactions, dosing, medical conditions, and vitamin product information.

The Hair, Skin, and Nails Price

The cost of the hair, skin and nails vitamins for a one-month supply is $23.50. This is fairly reasonable and most middle-class families can afford to buy this supplement. The cost is actually on the lower end for hair supplements. There are some more natural supplements that cost three times that amount.

My Final Opinion of Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails

I would continue to take this product if it weren’t for the fact that it has some fillers that are bad for people with autoimmune diseases. It is not recommended in the online hair n’ heal coaching program that I joined, so I won’t try taking it again for at least two months.

I do think that these vitamins played a role in helping to regrow my vellus eyelashes on the bottom eyelids. I was definitely encouraged and saw other people saying that it takes about 4 months to see real progress. Unfortunately, I found this other program that is specifically targeted to the autoimmune hair loss that I currently have.

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails at a Glance…

Name: Hair, Skin and Nails Vitamins

Website: NaturesBounty.com
Owners: Nature’s Bounty
Price: $23.50
Overall Scam Rank: 80 out of 100

VERDICT: LEGIT! I do think that these vitamins are priced reasonably and will produce results for most people if they continue to take them. I purchased them because I was tired of taking the Purify gummies. I think I simply prefer to swallow my vitamins!

Hair and Heal Update

I have been on the Hair N’ Heal program for about five full days. Almost a week. Unfortunately, I’m not seeing new hairs coming up. I did experience some negative effects from the dietary changes. I was slightly constipated and had some bloating. I felt terrible for two days. 

Symptoms Resolve

Yesterday, I made a point to eat fewer foods that cause gas and made sure that I got some exercise into my day. The Washington, D.C. area still has a lot of snow and ice, so many people are staying indoors. I will admit that I opted for Pilates yesterday instead of taking a walk in the neighborhood, but it worked! The Pilates helped my muscles stretch out and eliminated some of the gas in my system. 

When I woke up this morning, I didn’t have any bloating. I was not feeling uncomfortable at all! I included cabbage in my morning breakfast, but the gas was easily eliminated instead of building up to be uncomfortable. I’m so relieved. 

Additional steps I took

Some of the other things that I made sure to do yesterday were to listen to my meditation audio, avoid high histamine foods, and get exercises and stretching into my day. I drank plenty of water and pretty much rested most of the day since our area had a snow day. 

I did go onto Amazon and look into DAO supplements because I had read that sometimes when you don’t have enough DAO to break down foods, you suffer from histamine intolerance. I ordered a histamine and immune supplement from Heart and Soil. They have supplements that are made from grass-fed and finished animals that don’t contain fillers. 

While I didn’t get a chance to take the supplement and it may be different from the ones that Alopecia Angel recommends, I’m pretty excited to take it. Someone wrote a testimonial about how the supplement helped regrow his alopecia barbae. That type of alopecia is autoimmune in nature like mine is, so that is promising. 

Any hair regrowth?

Nope! I still have a few strands here and there. My bottom eyelashes have not fallen out, but they also haven’t gotten their color yet. I can’t see any hair regrowth on my head. 

I don’t really expect any new regrowth for another two weeks. I haven’t started with the supplements yet because I don’t know what Alopecia Angel will recommend for my specific hair loss. She has promised to get that to me by the end of the week, so I guess I’ll just have to be patient. 

What’s next?

Looking forward, I have a group consultation with the Alopecia Angel on Saturday. Hopefully, by then she will have gotten back to me on the supplements that she feels would be helpful for my condition. I am documenting every symptom no matter how minor in a journal. 

I’m continuing with the ThinkRightNow “I am Healed” audio. I think it is helping me to stay positive during this process. I can also see how in the past I may not have had enough supplements. I did eat liver and fresh bone marrow and occasionally supplemented with dehydrated stuff, but I don’t know if it was consistent enough to make a difference. 

Fingers crossed this program works! I’m not shopping for my next wig, but rather my next volumizer or topper. I’m assuming that I’ll have hair regrowth and just need a volumizer to cover up some of the patches. I love the hairband that I got just before Christmas, so I’m excited to see what the next month will bring and if I’ll need something less than a wig! 

What is the Cause of Bloating and Gas?

I just started this “healthy” elimination that Alopecia Angel recommended and now I’m plagued with bloating and gas. What? Oh no! I’m frustrated because I paid for a solution to my hair loss and suddenly I’m feeling gut pains that I normally don’t feel. 

The nice thing about the Hair N’ Heal program is that you do have some email support. I sent Johanna (Alopecia Angel) a message and let her know about my discomfort. She responded within 24 hours to let me know that I will receive a list of supplements to take along with the program that will alleviate the bloating. 

In the meantime, walking and Pilates exercises seem to be helping to reduce my bloating. I’ve been documenting everything that I eat to try to identify the cause, but it is difficult. 

Cause of Bloating

There are actually many causes of bloating and it is important to identify the one that is causing your bloating in order to eliminate it and gain some relief. Bloating results from gas trapped in your intestinal track. The following are things that can cause bloating:

  • Swallowing air 
  • Foods known to cause gas
  • Constipation
  • Overeating, eating too quickly
  • Reflux (GERD)
  • Weight gain
  • Menstruation (in some women)

While I examine these, I see two potential causes other than specific foods that may be the culprit. My menstrual cycle will start in a few days and I have been constipated for a couple of days. The cause of my bloating could be due to hormones and not a dietary change. 

Foods Known to Cause Gas

Since a dietary change is still a possibility, I can’t rule out the foods that I started eating on the Autoimmune Paleo diet that Alopecia Angel recommended. Eating more foods that have a high histamine content or that produce gas could also be the cause of my bloating. 

Below are some of the common foods that are known to cause gas: 

  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Turnips
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Artichokes
  • Onions
  • Pears
  • Wheat
  • Soft drinks
  • Processed foods

These vegetables contain gas-producing elements such as raffinose or fructose. While they may have many health benefits, these sugars can create excess gas and produce pain for some people. Since I’m avoiding processed foods and wheat products, it is possible that I’m eating too many of these gas-producing foods. 

Because I have been able to handle these foods in the past without too much issue, it is also possible that it is a combination of the menstrual hormones and the gas-producing foods that is giving me pains. 

Tips on Controlling Gas

While I’m suffering from bloating, I’m going to make a plan to reduce the gas-producing foods in my diet and relieve the bloat. The following are some tips that I discovered on another website as well as some that I think may help my situation. 

  1. Reduce the amount of gas-producing foods. 
  2. Take a long walk. 
  3. Limit eating to only meals. 
  4. Increase consumption of foods that don’t produce gas – meat, lettuce, zucchini. 
  5. Avoid seltzer water and carbonated beverages. 

Hopefully, this plan will get me through the next few days while I wait for Alopecia Angel to evaluate my intake form and recommend supplements for me to take during this program. I also feel that the bloating could be due to a histamine intolerance as the foods also triggered some sneezing this morning. I’m going to look into low-histamine foods and consume them. 

Periogen Tartar Removal Review

Periogen Tartar Removal Review

Name: Periogen
Website: Amazon
Price: $26.95
Owners: The Periogen Company
Overall Rank: 85 out of 100

Periogen Complete Oral Health, Product Overview

Periogen is a minty oral rinse that was developed to reduce tartar build-up and eventually end bleeding gums. It has been studied and peer-reviewed by Dental Universities worldwide. The users typically see 40% or greater improvement in oral health scores.

Periogen’s patented tartar reducing formula will improve the longevity of your dental implants, bridges, kids’ braces and orthodontic appliances. By reducing the tartar in your mouth, the gums stop bleeding which makes your mouth feel better each time you brush.

Periogen comes in a powdered concentrate which makes 3 gallons of mouth rinse. The three-ounce bottle lasts for months and the rinse is just pennies per ounce.

 

The Good & the Bad

The Good:

PRO #1: The taste is good. It isn’t overpowering and has a minty freshness to it.
PRO #2: It is inexpensive. You will get a lot of use from one bottle.
PRO #3: Periogen comes in a concentrate, so it doesn’t take up much room in your medicine cabinet.

PRO #4: It works! While I didn’t see the tartar dissolve overnight, with 3 months of consistent use, I noticed that the areas of tartar were getting smaller.

The Bad:

CON #1: You won’t see overnight results. You must use it consistently for at least 3 months.
CON #2: You must mix the water and concentrate. This could lead to inconsistent solutions that you use.

CON #3: This is not a replacement for brushing. The tartar removal works best when you brush, floss, and use periogen.

Who is Periogen Tartar Removal For?

This product is for the person who hates going to the dentist. If you dread the dentist because they scrape and scrape your teeth, invest in Periogen. Your next dental visit will be a breeze.

If you have noticed that your gums are bleeding and you have some tartar buildup, you may want to start using Periogen tartar removal as part of your daily oral health care routine. Periogen is also for the person who wants to prevent any tartar from building up. It is a great preventative measure.

Periogen Tools & Training

Periogen has a blog that covers dental tartar prevention. They also review topics that include bad breath, brushing pet’s teeth,

Periogen Support

You can contact Periogen to ask questions and get advice. Simply fill out a form on their website or send them an email with the email address below!

contact@periogen.com
Monday – Friday 9am-5pm (Pacific Standard Time)
(619) 275-5200
Fax: (619) 376-6235

Periogen Price

The oral rinse comes at $26.95 for a 3 ounce supply of the concentrate. This amount is good for 4-5 months worth of mouth rinse. I think that for what the product does (remove tartar), this is a very reasonable price. My dental assistant removes tartar painfully during a visit that costs three times that amount.

My Final Opinion of Periogen Tartar Removal

This is my new oral rinse. I think that it is working and it makes my mouth feel clean. I love it and recommend it to my friends and family. Periogen will naturally improve your oral health and it is the only oral rinse on the market that is targeting dental tartar build up. It got rid of my bleeding gums and started reducing the tartar on my bottom teeth.

Since the 1960’s mouth rinses have been colorful and minty, but done absolutely nothing for oral health. They will temporarily freshen your breath, but destroy your oral flora each time you use them. This is not the case with Periogen. It actually prevents the hardening of dental plaque buildup.

Periogen is not acidic. It has a healthy 7.5 pH. It doesn’t damage enamel, gules, or dental appliances. It is great for keeping tartar buildup in check. Periogen makes oral health easy and affordable.

Periogen at a Glance…

Name: Periogen

Website: Available at Amazon
Owners: The Periogen Company
Price: $26.95
Overall Rank: 85 out of 100

VERDICT: LEGIT! I highly recommend using this product!

My Autoimmune Paleo Diet Plan for Alopecia Universalis

The Hair N’ Heal program incorporates the autoimmune paleo diet plan into its two-month protocol. While I haven’t had success with regrowing hair the last time I did the AIP diet, I’m open to trying it again with supplements and meditation. I feel that the AIP diet is much less restrictive than the carnivore diet, which is completely meat, or the Paleo Ketogenic diet which is only meat in certain measurements. 

The autoimmune paleo diet allows for some vegetables and fruit, which relieves a bit of dietary stress that happens within my family. My mother is convinced that kale is a superfood and broccoli must be eaten for great health. I won’t be able to convince her otherwise. Sometimes it is nice to have a different flavor or texture anyway. 

Autoimmune Paleo Diet Plan for Breakfast

The breakfasts that I plan on eating are going to be based on ground meats and low carbohydrate vegetables sauteed together. This morning I ate some pork with butternut squash and onions. It was delicious and has filled me up quite well.

The following variations are going to be used in my daily AIP diet plan:  

  • ground beef
  • ground pork
  • country sausage (no nightshades or nitrites)
  • butternut squash
  • shredded cabbage
  • onions

Lunch Autoimmune Paleo Diet Plan

Lunches are a bit trickier because I am taking them to work with me. I have to be able to carry them in a lunchbox. This eliminates foods like hamburgers and steaks. Those don’t taste so great when reheated in a microwave. I’m also not eating luncheon meats that have preservatives in them. So, I got creative with soup!

Soup is ideal because I can carry it in a thermos. There are loads of vitamins and minerals in bone broth. It is easy to digest and can be very filling depending on what you include in the soup. 

Each week I plan on making a full pot of bone broth and scooping out two cups of bone broth each day to make a soup. The vegetables that I plan to use include the following: 

  • celery 
  • onions
  • carrots
  • cabbage
  • cauliflower
  • broccoli

Unfortunately, no legumes or beans are allowed on the AIP diet, so I can’t include my favorites like peas and beans. I have to use the above vegetables and any others that are on the AIP diet. 

I have made these soups before and taken them to work. I simply heat them to boiling and add some frozen vegetables or fresh chopped vegetables along with about 1/5 lb. of ground meat. The ground beef provides the protein and the vegetables make it interesting. 

Autoimmune Paleo Diet Plan Bone Broth

My AIP Diet Plan for Dinner

I definitely want dinner to be different from breakfast and lunch. While I love the vegetable and meat scramble that I eat in the mornings, having it for dinner just seems repetitive. I checked out Amy Myers’ tips on how to make a ketogenic diet AIP friendly and came up with some great ideas for dinner. 

The base of the meal is going to be a meat. I will also have a side dish of vegetables. The following are items that I plan on including in my Autoimmune Paleo diet plan for dinners. 

  • mashed sweet potatoes
  • sweet potato fries
  • steamed broccoli
  • steamed cauliflower
  • sauteed cabbage and onions
  • veggie stir-fry
  • salad
  • roasted carrots

The meats that I plan on eating for dinners include the following:

  • hamburgers
  • London broil
  • steak
  • sardines
  • pork chops
  • pork roast
  • chuck roast

AIP dinner - hamburgers

Plan for Success

The Alopecia Angel’s Hair n’ Heal program has you plan out each week. While I have a general idea of the foods that I will eat on the AIP diet, I haven’t taken the step of meal planning in quite some time. Today, I took that step again. I planned out my meal for this week. 

This was challenging because I had gone grocery shopping yesterday and hadn’t made a list of foods that I would need in order to follow AIP. I knew that I had plenty of meat from my NearCountry.com meat delivery. I also knew that vegetables could be optional after doing the PKD diet and I had plenty of pork fat to keep me satiated. 

But what was I going to eat? 

My general meal plan is to have a hash or a vegetable and ground meat scramble for breakfast, a soup for lunch, and a hamburger patty with some vegetables for dinner. This week was no different really. The only deviation is that I have some sausage from NearCountry.com that has cane sugar added to it. Because the meat is so high-quality, I’m choosing not to worry too much about the small amount of cane sugar that they added to it. I will make sure to request that I don’t have meats with cane sugar in my next delivery. 

  • hamburger patties
  • ground beef and butternut squash hash
  • vegetable and beef soup
  • London broil
  • salad
  • apples
  • carrots
  • broccoli

Each day I will mix it up a bit, so I don’t feel like I’m eating the same thing over and over again even though I am. I love the concept of taking a hot soup to work in my new thermos. Something about hot foods at lunchtime makes me feel healthy. 

Planning out my homework

The weekly planner encouraged us to plan out the homework items that we are going to get done. I had already watched the video that they wanted us to watch. I had also read through all of the attachments except the vegan ones. So, my plan for the week includes scheduling some meditation and exercises for my week. 

Here’s a picture of me with the Hair N’ Heal weekly planner. No makeup and no hair. You can tell that I have lost my eyebrows and eyelashes here. The lighting makes my skin appear blotchy. We can use this as the “before” photo. Hopefully, the “after” picture looks much better! 

Starting the Hair n’ Heal Program

Today is the first day of the Hair n’ Heal program by Alopecia Angel. I’m excited, but also a bit skeptical. These are things that I have tried in the past that didn’t pan out. I’m not sure if going through the program this time will make a difference, but I’m taking it very seriously just in case. 

The Diet

The Hair n’ Heal program is based on the Autoimmune Paleo diet. This makes sense because the hair loss for alopecia areata, totalis, and Universalis is all autoimmune. Getting the autoimmune triggers out of the diet can’t hurt. After having such a bad reaction to hot peppers last month, I’m open to eliminating different foods and trying to reintroduce them after a few months. 

Stress Reduction

Alopecia Angel emphasizes stress reduction as part of the healing process. This is great. We all have too much stress in our lives, so I’m definitely going to incorporate stress-relieving techniques into my life. 

I’m going to keep up with meditation with my Think Right Now program. I do feel that the binaural beats and the positive affirmations help to change my subconscious thoughts. I am noticing that my actions are changing slowly as I listen to the audio. 

Supplements

There are supplements as part of the Hair n’ Heal program, but I haven’t found out what they are yet. I had to fill out an intake form and answer a lot of questions. There will be a consultation with Alopecia Angel where the supplements will be recommended. They are meant to be taken every day. 

I do expect vitamin D to be one of the recommended supplements. I think that biotin is probably going to be recommended, as well as vitamin B12. These are often vitamins that are deficient in people with alopecia and autoimmune conditions. 

The supplements that are recommended are very specific. There are often filler ingredients in supplements that can cause inflammation and ruin the progress of someone with an autoimmune condition. One of the supplement brands that was mentioned during the video was the NOW brand. That is a huge relief because that brand is reasonably priced and easily accessible. 

Program Length

The program is set up to be two months long. It is expected that all of the participants will realize some regrowth within those two months. I am very optimistic that my hair will regrow during this time. When I took the hair vitamins in November, a few hairs did come back. One or two pubic hairs even have some color to them. Unfortunately, there are only two hairs. 

There are plenty of videos and homework to do during the program. I expect that it will go quickly. I know that I can stick with the diet for two months. The challenge for me will be continuing on with the diet if I don’t see any hair regrowth. 

My next step is to create a weekly menu and prepare for the week ahead. I plan on having plenty of bone broth, weekly servings of liver and bone marrow. These are elements that I feel are probably very helpful. I learned them from the paleo ketogenic diet.  

Finally, I will be starting a journal and documenting my progress. This can be really difficult because hair regrowth is really slow. I’m grateful that the videos and homework are spaced out into weekly assignments. Otherwise, I may try to do it all at once and get frustrated when I didn’t see progress. 

Stay tuned for more information on my progress through Alopecia Angel’s program!

Review of The Nourishing Fats Book By Sally Fallon Morell

Nourishing Fats Book Review

While I have been focusing intently on alopecia, not much hair regrowth has been made since my hair regrowth update, so I thought I’d provide a review of the latest health book that I received as a gift.

Name: Nourishing Fats
Website: Amazon

Price: $24.99
Authors: Sally Fallon Morell and Nina Teicholz
Overall Rank: 85 out of 100

Nourishing Fats, Book Overview

Sally Fallon Morell is the president of the Weston A. Price Foundation and has been at the forefront of mindful eating for the last two decades. Her book identifies the origins of our current health misconceptions. She supports and expands on the scientific research that eating a wide range of good fats will improve our health.

This book draws on extensive research that indicates that saturated fat plays a role in developing a healthy brain, heart, kidney, lungs, and endocrine system. Healthy fats are essential for proper tooth and bone formation.

The Good & the Bad:

The Good:

PRO #1: The origin of current health is established and Sally Fallon Morell identifies the weaknesses of the research that indicates that saturated fats are bad for you.
PRO #2: The writing is interesting and engaging.

PRO #3: There are recipes for traditional healthy fats in the back of the book. You will learn how to make a healthy version of ice cream, sour cream, mayonnaise, and ranch dressing. The recipes include healthier versions of main dishes as well.

The Bad:

CON #1: The short lesson on the biochemistry of fats is not all that simple and easy to understand.
CON #2: Much of the content in this book is explained in her online interviews promoting the book.

Who is Nourishing Fats for?

The information in this book is ideal for anyone who wants to improve their health. Parents raising children with ADHD and autism will benefit immensely from the ideas and content of this book.

As someone with epilepsy, I appreciate learning more about fats and how they support brain function. I have increased my intake of healthy pasture-raised fats and feel great.

Nourishing Fats Tools & Training

This is a paperback book, so there are no tools or training included. You simply need to know how to read. The nice thing about this book is that you don’t need a laptop and electricity to read it. You can simply use a bookmark when you want to stop. It is very old-fashioned.

I do believe that the book is also available on kindle.

Nourishing Fats Price

The book is listed at $24.99 on Amazon. This seems reasonable for a 250-page paperback book now that we have increasing amounts of inflation on just about everything. Normally, I like to spend below $20 for a book, but we are experiencing massive inflation due to government spending. The cost of this book is likely to go up in the coming months. It is a good time to buy it.

My Final Opinion of the Nourishing Fats Book

I really like the book. I’m definitely enjoying reading a physical book again as opposed to staring at a screen and scrolling down the page. I do like knowing where the ideas around fats being bad came from and how the studies don’t exactly indicate that fats are bad.

I think that it is important for people to understand that many studies can be designed to create the result that the company wants them to reflect. This means that manufacturers who pay for studies are likely to hide the negative impacts that may occur from drugs. That is why we so often see lawsuit advertisements only a few years after a new drug comes on the market.

 

Nourishing Fats at a Glance…

Name: Nourishing Fats

Website: Available on Amazon
Owners: Sally Fallon Morell, Foreward by Nina Teicholz
Price: $24.99
Overall Scam Rank:85 out of 100

VERDICT: LEGIT! I do love this book. I can’t wait to try some of the healthy recipes in the back of the book.