Can I Have a Break?

I have hair loss. My hair and my nails are brittle. My hair falls out in clumps in the shower. It has been doing this for the past two years. It just keeps escalating. I am naturally very anxious about this, worry creeps up on me often, and mostly when I don’t expect it. I could be happy one moment and then catch sight of my reflection in the mirror and suddenly I am falling down a long and heavy shaft of misery and despair and sometimes anguish.

Give me a break! I want to shout. Help me! Somebody! I am tired of fighting this battle alone.

But fight it I must, since those who claim they know what they are doing quite simply do not. Yes, the doctors don’t know. They give me blood test after blood test and just because the numbers on the page settle in nicely with their set spectrum of ‘normal’, they are afraid they really cannot help me, that it must be a cosmetic problem, and aren’t I being a little bit of a hypochondriac about all this? Do I stress a lot? Hmm, that MUST be it. That MUST be why my hair has been falling out for the past seven years, and only escalated in the past two. It must be why it is so easily broken.

So I am embarking on a new journey of healing, my chums. My extensive research has told me that brittle hair and nails can be attributed to weak digestion.

Do I suffer digestive problems? Yes I do. I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, I have lots of gas sometimes and I bloat very easily. I get abdominal pains and feel very uncomfortable after eating. I sometimes have blood in my stools, too.

When I told my doctors this they said it was nothing to worry about and I should relax.

Well. I am relaxed and very calm.

I am going to try a two week elimination test, in which I remove all dairy products, gluten, yeast, soy, processed foods, corn and eggs from my diet and record all the changes in my bowel habits and health.

At the end of the two weeks I shall (if I am still alive, that is) document any changes that I have experienced, and slowly add the eliminated foods back into my diet, one at a time, and see what changes occur then.

I will also begin taking probiotic supplements.

I read once that healing begins from the inside. It’s no use putting tonic on my hair and oiling it regularly with coconut and argan if the root of the problem is allowed to run rampant.

We shall see what this brings.