How to Diagnose Hair Problems with Blood Tests

The amount of information these can give is often crucial in the treatment of falling, thinning hair. My consultants, as well as myself, have a number of ‘blood profiles’ that we recommend in relevant cases. The tests are administered by a doctor who sends the blood drawn to a laboratory for analysis according to the profile we recommend. Alternatively, we send the client direct to the laboratory for the profile. Within a week or so, the doctor’s laboratory sends a copy of the results for our own analysis as to how they can effect the hair. A typical profile, and one we use most, looks at all iron levels, including ferritin (iron stores), red and white blood cells, zinc, vitamin B12, folic acid and thyroids. Sometimes we ask also for hormonal levels and full blood chemistries. The problem with hormone tests, i.e. oestrogens (female hormones) and androgens (male hormones), is that they may be within the normal reference range but still affect the hair. So much depends on the susceptibility of the hair follicles. For example, androgens. You don’t need to have excessive androgens to have the hair affected adversely. It is known that much female and male pattern thinning is ‘androgen dependent’, i.e. it depends on the presence of androgens. But arguably you can have a high level and they have no effect on somebody who doesn’t have genetically susceptible hair follicles. On the other hand, normal or even low normal levels can effect those more genetically sensitive. Similarly, readings in the normal reference range of thyroid, iron, ferritin, B12, folic acid, etc. effect some people’s hair follicles more than others.

Then there is the question of how to read blood test results. In many instances all the results may be in the normal reference range, and if you have asked your doctor to arrange the tests, he may well say that everything is normal – and don’t worry! But you do (and should) worry, because your hair is thinning and there are normals and normals, so to speak. There can be low normal, mid-normal and high normal. The highs and the lows can certainly be a culprit. Ferritin may have a reference range of, say, 10-130. The results show a reading of 20 and your doctor may say, ‘There you are – it’s normal.’ However, for hair, it’s not. Opdmum ferritin for hair is about 70. Anything considerably less can be problematical. Haemoglobin, by which anaemia is measured, has a reference range of 11.5-16.5. A ‘normal’ reading of 11.5 or even 12 can also result in hair growth interference.

Thyroid is another example of how low or high normals can effect hair. The thyroid can be very complicated, and those with hypo (low) or hyper (high) who are on medication can fluctuate, and this often causes sporadic hair fall.

Biochemistries are somedmes required. These measure various liver and kidney functions, proteins, cholesterol, triglycerides, potassium, sodium, etc., all of which can have an effect on hair.

Blood tests are best taken after a fast of twelve hours, ideally in the morning before 11 a.m., without having breakfast. Subsequent tests should be taken at approximately the same time and circumstances for accurate comparison as the hair condition improves, so that any supplements or medication can be adjusted.

How do you differ a Nutritionist from a Dietician?

Finding the right career that you like maybe hard, but they will give you a sense of fulfillment.  You need proper education so that you can serve people who want to avail of your expertise. Another important factor is financial support – you need a career that can support your cost of living.  That is the reason why you need to know how an average nutritionist makes make.
nutritionist and dietician

Nutritionist
A nutritionist’s job is to advise people about proper diet and nutrition. They are the health experts hired by large food manufacturers to provide them with recommendations of nutrient contents in food items.  They must not only have experience, but also need to be update d in the developments in medicine and knowledgeable of the positive and negative effects of various foods.

In today’s world, people seem to be more conscious about their body, and they want foods that are healthy.  That is the reason why this job is one of the best sought jobs worldwide.  A nutritionist knew what kind of diet a person suffering from any diseases needed to prevent anything bad from happening to that person.

 

Dietician
A dietician differs from a nutritionist in a way that must finish a four year course in nutrition and dietetics, then his internship, a well as pass a national registration exam.  Whereas, a nutritionist need to finish a food or nutrition related courses, but they are not required to pass a licensed exam. Dietitians have higher salary than the nutritionist because they have the license to practice their expertise.

Nutritionists need to have a Master’s degree in Nutrition, and they can choose to specialized in fields of pediatric care, cardiovascular, renal, clinical, managements, and diabetic. These health professionals are the people that you can see in day care centers, school, nursing homes and care facilities and hospitals.  Their job is to ensure that all the patients gets the right nutrition.

Nutritionists are allowed to conduct educational seminars and workshops at schools, establishments, and the community in order to promote public health and proper eating habits.

Salary of a health expert ranges from forty thousand dollars to fifty five thousand dollars yearly. Some of them choose to work in laboratories and conducts health researches. These health professionals are paid even more than those who works for public health organizations.

Towards Healthy Humanity

In the plan of production of a regenerated and healthy humanity, every individual of this kind must be regarded as a foe who interferes with the prevention of disease both now and in futurity. To win such an one over, to make him an enthusiastic believer in the theory that health is a necessity, and, a task less easy, to prevent his relapse into his previous degenerate manner of life and health,—this is another branch of science for which psychology and physiognomy are more needful than anything else.

Here again it is the true physician’s principle to enlighten the layman, and not to surround his methods with a mysterious, but imposing wall of secrecy. We do not hesitate to reveal the main points of our system of diagnosis, which is much broader than the old system of scholastic medicine,—the performance with auscultation, percussion, X rays and the rest. Certain knowledge of these things will lead every one, ere long, to submit all disturbances of health to the hygienic physician while prevention is still probable and possible, instead of waiting until disease has taken firm hold.

It will also enable men to realize that the old-school practitioner who pronounces them sound while they feel for themselves that there is something wrong within has yet “a something” left to learn. The realm of psychology, however, is beyond the scope of my present endeavour, save in so far as it may serve to show that we are fortified with this particular knowledge, and to the end that this book may constitute a help to the aspiring hygienic-dietetic physician, calling his attention to the necessity of acquiring as profound a knowledge of psychology as may be.

I will confine myself at present, therefore, to the external symptoms which must be observed, though they are not generally considered as symptoms of disease; and yet they indicate disease or the disposition thereto, individual or hereditary, as the case may be.

I shall consequently deal with the peculiarities of hands and feet, nails and hair, eyes and ears, nose and teeth, mouth, forehead, tongue, chin, cheeks, neck, chest, abdomen, legs, and general constitution. Nature has endowed us with strong discriminating faculties against certain external indications of disease. We experience a pleasant feeling when the hand is pressed by another hand that is warm and dry, but we shrink from the hand that is cold and moist and clammy.

Perspiring hands and feet are a sure indication that some process of degeneration is going on within the body, the production of diseased cells being in excess of what the body, under normal conditions, is able to excrete, and therefore they seek unusual channels of leaving the body, that is, through the skin and mucous membranes.

Perspiring feet are a symptom of disposition to colds and possibly tuberculosis, while perspiring hands indicate certain nervous diseases and disposition to gout; constantly cold hands and feet are usually found in people who suffer from scrofulosis or anaemia.

In many cases the quality of nailsleads to the conclusion that there is a thorough disturbance of the process of nutrition. If they are fragile and brittle, there is no question but that there is lack of certain nutritive salts in the blood. Swollen and deformed nails indicate special disturbances in circulation, chronic heart and lung diseases.

Hair, or rather the absence of hair, especially in early life, is sometimes another indication of faulty nutrition. Baldness or premature gray hair is usually a pathological indication, as is also the dishevelled hair of nervous people and children suffering from scrofulosis, while rich, glossy hair is always a sign of good health.

The development of the hair depends upon the activity of the skin, the nerves and the composition of the blood. The blood of dark-haired people is lacking in water and fat, but richer in albuminous matter. Poor quality of hair is indicative of living in bad air, poor nutrition of the skin, hard mental work, pain and sorrow. Sexual excesses during youth are often the cause of premature baldness and thin hair.