You probably know, or can easily imagine, that people often lose excessive amounts of hair within months of severe illness, accident, or major surgery. This is one of the ways our bodies cope with stress. It only makes sense that the body would conserve energy on less vital functions (like skin, fingernail, and hair production) in order to be able to expend more energy on more vital functions (like healing and surviving).
You probably also know, or can easily imagine, that after the stress has passed, normal body function (like hair growth) is supposed to come back up to normal again.
But what if there was a condition where people’s bodies sometimes remain stuck in “conservation mode” and continue to have problems with hair loss and poor hair growth even after the stress has passed? As it turns out there is such a condition and it’s called Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome.
I’m on my second round of T3 and have finished my first week of holding for two weeks at 75 mcg per dose…I feel fanatically better!!! I have at least two inches hair growth when it hasn’t grown since more than five years ago. I have baby hair growth along my entire hair line and can see more standing up throughout the top of my head. I still am fighting acne from week to week, but far less than before. I have regular bowel function restored to my great relief!
The T3 that Rhonda mentioned above is a thyroid hormone. The connection between thyroid and hair loss is well known. When the thyroid system becomes unbalanced, either going high or low, hair loss can result. Female hormone imbalances can also result in hair loss. And under stress there can be big changes in the adrenal hormones. Thus, whenever the body is thrown into imbalance, hair loss can result.
When people are thrown into stress, their metabolisms can naturally slow down, with their temperatures dropping, helping them to conserve energy. Some people are better at slowing down and conserving energy under stress than others. The people that can slow down the best are logically better at surviving famine. People who survive famine tend to pass this trait to their children. The people who slow down more easily are also the ones that are more prone to get stuck that way. Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome tends to be more common in people whose ancestors survived famine (like Irish, American Indian, Scot, Welsh, Russian, Polish… people who are part Irish and part American Indian seem especially prone).
Wilsons Temperature Syndrome is more common in women. Women are more hormonally flexible and can more readily get stuck in a hormonal imbalance. Wilsons Temperature Syndrome is characterized by low temperatures and normal thyroid blood tests. The blood tests are normal but the stress is still there and is manifested by the persistently low temperature and symptoms.
Some people are able to gain their health back again by getting their own temperatures back up with diet, exercise, stress reduction, and rest .
Some people require a special thyroid protocol to get their temperatures up.
…My hair was thinning for about 6 months before it finally gave up and just fell out all together. I would lose four or five handfuls in the shower every morning. It would come out in clumps when I brushed my hair. I really noticed it when my part kept getting wider and wider. It was extremely stressful, especially since I had always prided myself on my thick, wavy hair. Once I cut it all off and started on the T3 therapy, plus the change to a high protein/low carb diet, it started growing like crazy. I covered up with bandanas for about 3 months (I had one to match every outfit! :o)) until my friends finally convinced me I looked fine. Once it started growing back, it came in thick. Really thick. And it’s growing pretty fast too. Less than a year after being totally bald, my hair was just reaching my shoulders. It’s so thick my friends are jealous.
…This really works.
–Beth (brushing hair out of face. ;op)
Low body temperatures are more than enough to explain hair loss and low body temperatures can often be corrected.
Understandably, people that have hair loss due to low temperatures are going to have difficulty growing back hair if their temperature is not restored to normal. If the problem’s not corrected, how can the symptom go away?
To be sure, recovery upon normalization of body temperature can sometimes be miraculous (just like when any problem is solved). However, we’re talking about balancing an imbalanced system. Can you see how balancing an imbalanced system can be a little unbalanced? Meaning, a system is not balanced until it’s balanced. In the meantime, it’s unbalanced. When systems are unbalanced hair loss can continue. Thus, people sometimes continue having trouble with their hair loss even while their temperatures are being normalized. Some people’s hair doesn’t start growing back until their temperatures are normal and they are off treatment for a while! This suggests that their systems were brought into balance and given a chance to settle down into a normal pattern of function.
The body temperature is probably the most important reading doctors rarely check!
If you feel you might need a physician’s help to get your temperatures up, you can check our list to see if there is a doctor near you. Or you can use the information on this website (such as our free eBook and free eManual and Guide and CD) to work with your own doctor.
If you have hair loss you owe it to yourself to start checking your body temperatures by clicking here: How to measure body temperatures. You can track your temperatures on our free temperature log which you can print.
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