The Kidneys produce DHT and PGD2 (hormones) !!!
Check by doctor if you have a bit more Creatin in Blood than normal.
Fats and Folicles: Hair Loss, Balding and the Kidneys
Premature hair loss and balding are thought of in Taoist Medicine as related to the kidneys. «The kidneys manifest in the head hair.» -- Su Wen.
Our Friend reports thinning of the head hair, frequent coldness and sluggishness. These three symptoms fit a kidney deficiency pattern. The kidneys are referred to as «The temple of fire and water» -- they are understood to warm and energize the body and give rise to the will. The kidneys also rule sexual functions.
Western science has discovered that premature hair loss is a function of the over- abundance of dihydrotestosterone, a testosterone derivative catalyzed by the prostate. As prostate health in the West deteriorates (one in seven men now gets prostate cancer), hair problems increase.
«Studies show that while balding men don't have higher than average circulating testosterone levels, they do possess above-average amounts of a powerful testosterone derivative, dihydrotestosterone in the scalp follicles…
«The conversion from testosterone to DHT is driven by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase, which is produced in the prostate, various adrenal glands, and the scalp. Over time, the action of DHT causes the hair follicle to degrade and shortens the anagen phase. Thought the follicle is technically still alive and connected to a good blood supply--it can successfully nurture a transplanted follicle which is immune to the effects of DHT--it will grow smaller and smaller (figure 3). Some follicles will gradually die, but most will simply shrink to the size they were when you were born which produce weaker hairs. With a steadily shorter anagen growing cycle, more hairs are shed, the hairs becoming thinner and thinner until they are too fine to survive daily wear and tear. Balding hair gradually changes from long, thick, coarse, pigmented hair into fine, unpigmented vellus sprouts.
«However, the sebaceous gland attached to it remains the same size. As the hair shafts become smaller, the gland continues to pump out about the same amount of oil. So as your hair thins, you will notice that your hair becomes flatter and oilier.
«But the hormonal link in balding is complex. Eunuchs, who produce no testosterone, never go bald -- even if carrying a baldness gene. However, if castrated men with a family history of baldness are given testosterone, they lose hair in the classic horseshoe-shaped pattern. »
-- Hair Loss Book
Unless Our Friend has himself castrated, his hair loss will likely proceed -- unless of course he addresses the underlying organ issue: the malnourishment of the kidneys.
It has been found in modern people that the kidneys become dysfunctional when the diet includes: Excessive Omega 6 oils, deficient Omega 3 oils and deficient cholesterol. Yes, cholesterol, that magical substance from which the nervous system is built and which constitutes 60% of the brain. Healthy kidneys are usually swaddled in the richest, most concentrated fat of the body. The kidney / adrenal complex is the site of significant hormone production; when inadequate fats are available, this hormone production cannot proceed. Apparently the prostate react to this condition as equivalent to old age -- in old age due to reduced enzyme levels there is less efficient fat digestion and storage, and frequently this impacts are ability to produce hormones, including regulatory hormones. Relatively speaking, the production of 5-alpha reductase rises. Hormones exist in balance. By starving ourcells of fats we throw off that balance and force our bodies to act as if they are old, before their time.
A Chinese friend mentions that his grandfather, a peasant, who ate simply of many whole animal foods, including raw eggs and cured pork, had thick black hair in his nineties. Both his sons, who lived in the US and ate modern food were balding in their forties. The Taoists recommend both eggs and pork as benefitting the kidneys -- the salty flavor, not from table salt, but from naturally salty foods, like eggs, pork, seafood and sea vegetables, benefits the kidneys.
The old man's diet was rich in healthy fat: Rich in cholesterol in utilizable form. Cooked fats are far less digestible than raw ones, and their metabolic byproducts cause havoc in our glandular and circulatory systems. Societies in which raw fat consumption is high -- from cured pork, pickled fish, raw eggs, raw meat, raw unpasteurized dairy -- tend to have very few deficiency related diseases and low rates of cancer.
According to Mary Enig, PhD, author of Know Your Fats: The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils, and Cholesterol, an imbalance of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids in the diet causes renal damage -- damage to the kidneys.
In this particular case Our Friend reports that the fat in his diet comes primarily from peanut butter. According to The Peanut Institute, a one ounce serving of peanuts contains 4.5 grams of Omega 6 fatty acids and less than .1 grams of Omega 3 fatty acids. Our Friend should definitely stop eating peanuts.
In primitive people, the ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids is one to one, according to Dr.Cosmas Ho. The decline in Omega 3 oils in civilized societies has seen the rise of diseases which now kill two thirds of us, including cancer and heart disease.
What could Our Friend eat instead? Raw oily ocean fish, like wild salmon or tuna. Raw dairy products from grassfed cattle (strictly grainfed cattle produce dairy with skewed fat contents, lacking in CLA -- conjugated linoleic acid -- shown to be highly beneficial in fat deficiency diseases); raw unpasteurized butter, milk, cream or cheese. Fatty meats from grassfed livestock -- chicken or beef. Raw eggs. Organic coconut oil. Organic flax oil.
How much could he safely eat? Plenty. What should he watch out for? Salt. Many of us are supersaturated with sodium chloride from table salt. High salt levels elevate blood pressure. Poor quality fats coat and weaken our blood vessels. The combination of high fluid pressure and poor quality pipes leads to heart attacks, hemarrhoids, varicose veins, aneurysms and strokes. Improving quality fat intake while decreasing salt intake can be healthy and wise. Addressing copper and other mineral imbalances may be important as well. See the first edition of Eating Awake , recipes and resources section, under hemarrhoids.
Sour foods dissolve fatty plaques and increase in the digestion of fat. Salad dressings containing oil often contain vinegar. Our Friend would do well to use raw organic apple cider vinegar (such as Braggs) -- many other vinegars contain sulfites. Sulfites are known to trigger extreme reactions, including asthma attacks, in an assumed 5% of the US population. Other useful sour foods: Raw sauerkraut, lemon juice or lime juice.
Local resources: Western Grasslands Beef. Rosie Organic Chicken. Kaki Farms Eggs, Fresh Catch Salmon or Highland Hills Beef (Berkeley Farmers' Market). Organic Pastures Butter and Cream. Tree of Life Coconut Oil. Spectrum or Barleans Organic Cold Pressed Flax Oil. Swiss Gruyere or French Fourme D'Ambert Cheeses (The Coffee Mill). Unless noted, these items are all available from Berkeley Bowl or Whole Foods.
A final note: Hair, like skin, and much of our tissue, is made of protein. Eating sufficient protein is essential to healthy hair growth.