Finding My Alopecia Universalis Cure: Take 22

Alopecia universalis is a tricky one. No, really. There are people online who tell you that their GAPS diet, AIP diet, carnivore diet, and nutrition response testing will cure autoimmune conditions. 

Well, maybe. 

Maybe I just didn’t stick with the diets long enough. I will mention that some of these diets dehydrate me and leave me lacking minerals which will trigger seizures in me. 

Nutrition Response Testing

This concept sounded so promising. Your body would tell you which nutrients and supplements that you needed. Your muscles would go weak if you needed the supplements that you were holding. It was a weird phenomenon. 

I did notice my muscles weaker when holding certain supplements and stronger for others. However, after a year and a half of that nonsense and no results, I ditched the program. A year of my hard earned dollars and no new hairs. My seizure control wasn’t any better or worse. (Very good, but under too much stress I was still prone to have one.)

The Carnivore Diet – Why I Quit

I loved the theory of the carnivore diet. You eliminate all toxins and only eat nutrients. The life force that you consume is all you need to survive. 

Some people are healing on this one. Sadly, there is some adjustment phase where your body pees out all the minerals and leaves you depleted. I started to feel like the water I was drinking wasn’t hydrating me. That triggered a seizure. Once I realized that I was dehydrated, I could predict the seizure. As long as I don’t get dehydrated, I tend to be fine. 

I contacted Zsofia Clemens of the Paleomedicina group to ask for some guidance. She had me do some blood tests, which indicated high cholesterol, low vitamin D levels and slightly elevated TSH. Basically, my month and a half on the carnivore diet had increased my cholesterol and hadn’t improved my hypothyroid issue at all. 

Not good, carnivore diet. Not good! 

Do I think the carnivore diet can be done correctly and heal people? Most likely! However, I needed more minerals and to stay hydrated. That was something that I hadn’t been warned about. 

GAPS and AIP Diets

I will admit, I don’t think I gave these diets a fair shot. I spent about 3 months on each of them. However, they are very complex and difficult follow. 

The GAPS diet has an introductory phase that I skipped over. It was basically all meat stock, all of the time. Really? How am I supposed to adjust to that? I did discover that I could do all meat all of the time on carnivore, and its not that difficult. 

The problem? 

I’m not seeing any new hair growth. It is SO incredibly difficult to stick with these complex diets without seeing any results. I don’t have weight that I need to drop. In fact, I look a bit emaciated if I lose any weight, so I’d prefer to stay the same size. 

Another difficulty that I had in following this diet was that you reintroduce foods and “test” out intolerances. I didn’t feel like my digestion was bad. I could eat junk and it wouldn’t impact my digestion. I wouldn’t see diarrhea. Maybe the inflammation in the hair follicles would return and it was so minute that I couldn’t see it. Testing when hair fall out is your main symptom is very tricky. 

What’s Next? 

I’ve concocted a combination approach that takes a bit of the highlights from each of these. From the Magnesium Miracle, I’m supplementing with Carolyn Dean’s ReMag and ReMyte. 

  • Taking an epsom salt bath each week.
  • Bone marrow supplements – 1 ounce per day (6 capsules). Since the GAPS diet was so difficult and making bone broth daily was not happening in our Virginia summer heat, this is going to be a great way to get some consistency with the nutrients in bone broth/bone marrow. I’m excited to test my TSH levels at the end of a month. I read a customer was able to lower her levels in only 5 weeks. It would be amazing if I could do that! 
  • Grain free, sugar free and dairy free. This seems to be a theme among the “healing” diets and alternative communities. So, I’ll cut out sugar for the next month. This will have to start after my trip to Seattle this weekend. 

Will it Work? Stay Tuned! 

I’m really not sure. I know that my tooth sensitivity seems to go away when I omit sugars and breads. I indulged in them a few weeks ago and now everything cold is bothering me when I eat it. Time to eat healthier. I know that it improves my tooth health. Growing back hair may be another story. 

I’ll keep you posted as I progress. It has been years of experiments with no real results. However, I’m combining the wisdom of Dr. Carolyn Dean’s Magnesium Miracle with some of the more nutrient dense components of the autoimmune diets. I’m very optimistic!

Wish me luck as I test out Collagen peptides and Bone Marrow supplements this month! 

The Magnesium Miracle Audiobook Review – Is Magnesium at the Root of All Health Issues?

Magnesium Miracle Audiobook Review

Name: The Magnesium Miracle

Website: Amazon.com

Price: $14.95

Owners: Dr. Carolyn Dean

Overall Rank: 80 out of 100

The Magnesium Miracle Audiobook, Product Overview

This is an audio recording of Carolyn Dean’s book on Magnesium.

Magnesium plays a vital role in our health. It is one of the most needed minerals and one that is being depleted from our diet. Carolyn Dean estimates that all Americans are magnesium deficient due to our modern farming practices and agricultural based diet.

Dr. Dean is well-researched and has great credentials. She has selected a number of common health complaints and linked them to magnesium deficiency. In her book, she discusses how magnesium deficiency can contribute to anxiety, seizures, heart palpitations, cramps, tension, headaches, weight gain, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and more.

Carolyn Dean also delves into the ways that you can increase your magnesium levels, vitamins and minerals that work with magnesium to address health conditions and how certain diets can actually lead to magnesium deficiency.

The Magnesium Miracle is a good resource on the mineral magnesium and how it impacts your health. If you have been stuck in a health rut, magnesium deficiency may be at the core of your health problems. This book will give you some insight into how adding magnesium to your daily routine can improve your health.

The Good & the Bad

The Good:

  • Well researched and informative. It is clear that Dr. Dean has done her homework on magnesium and how it impacts health.
  • Easy to understand. Dr. Carolyn Dean lays out the information in laymen terms. You don’t need a medical degree to understand how magnesium will help you.
  • Actionable steps to increasing magnesium levels. She doesn’t leave you hanging. She provides easy to take steps that will increase your magnesium levels as well as your health. Whether you prefer an Epsom salt bath or a magnesium supplement, there are tips to improve your health with magnesium.

The Bad:

  • The book can leave you with the impression that all health problems are due to magnesium deficiency. This may have some people neglecting healthy eating for taking a supplement.
  • The book can come across as a promotion for her magnesium supplement.

Who is The Magnesium Miracle For?

The Magnesium Miracle audio book is great for people who listen to health books in their car or on the go. That isn’t always me, but I wanted to try out audible.

One of the nice things about this book on audible is that you can listen at double the speed and get through the material twice as fast without missing information. You do need to pay attention a bit more when you do something like this!
The Magnesium Miracle Tools & Training

Some of the important take aways from The Magnesium Miracle

  1. Take an Epsom Salt Bath on a regular basis. When starting out 2-3 times per week.
  2. Magnesium will calm your nerves and eliminate cramps. A supplemental dosage of about 400 mg per day is needed for most people.

The Magnesium Miracle Price
The book is priced on Amazon at $14.95. However, if you are testing out an audio book service, such as Audible, you may be able to get it as one of the free introductory books like I did.

The paperback book is definitely worth $14.95, but I don’t place as much value on audio books because you can’t easily reference them. I feel like they are worth a bit less, so I do think the book is a bit overpriced in the audio format.

My Final Opinion of The Magnesium Miracle

This book was definitely written with the bias that magnesium deficiency is at the root cause of every disease. There is research that Dr. Dean has done to back up her statements and that is helpful. However, I remain a bit of a skeptic. After testing out many elimination diets and supplements (even hers!), without regrowing my alopecia universalis. I think that sometimes there are many factors involved.

It is nice to pinpoint a deficiency and correct it. It is great that she has recommendations for increasing your magnesium levels and monitoring them. But, some people may not experience relief from her recommendations.

I’ve actually been using her magnesium supplement for the last six months. While I feel great, I’m not really noticing a huge shift in my health. She does give you a time frame for correcting the magnesium deficiency of six months to a year, which is a pretty long time. Most people want to see immediate results.

The Magnesium Miracle Audiobook at a Glance…

Name: Magnesium Miracle

Website: http://rnareset.com

Owners: Dr. Carolyn Dean

Price: $14.95

The Magnesium Miracle (Second Edition)
List Price: $31.49
Price: $26.95
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Overall Scam Rank: 80 out of 100

VERDICT: LEGIT – I do recommend this book because it provides an alternative way of viewing common health conditions. I love tips and tricks for improving my health that do not require me to visit a doctor. My experience is that most doctors only have a temporary quick-fix to your health problems. This is more of a long term approach to correcting a deficiency that is causing health complaints.