Project End Alopecia (Gluten-Free): Day 109 – CONCLUSION
September 14, 2018
Day 109 and the conclusion of our Project End Alopecia with gluten-free diet experiment.
I’m bringing this journal to an end with a few notes:
- While on a gluten-free journey, we are seeing hair regrowth in previous hair loss patches. Hair growth rate varies between spots around the head (some spots are more stubborn than others). Further hair loss seems to be slow but new patch can appear to form in some areas, for example, the right parietal patch is seeing significant regrowth but the patch also seems to be expanding downward toward the right ear, and hairline area was starting to thin out.
- We were not 100% gluten free during the 109 days. It goes to show that restrictive diet, even not an extreme one, is difficult to sustain.
- The increased hair loss after a period of gluten-low instead of gluten-free diet could be coincidental and it is inconclusive if gluten had a direct link to our case of Alopecia Areata.
- We are encouraged by the regrowth that we are seeing, but we are moving on to figuring out a way to treat this condition from the source of the problem, not just the symptoms.
We believe that we’ve got basic daily nutrition (based on recommended daily intakes of basic macro and micro nutrients) and topical treatment aspects covered. In some ways I even feel that we’ve gone the extra mile on the basics, so the answer doesn’t lie in getting more of the basic nutrients like protein, biotin, omega-3 and so on.
Little Claire is a happy, healthy child who is thriving without any other signs of developmental challenges. However, something in her immune system is attacking her hair and this is where the problem lies. We are going to get to the bottom of the problem by tackling the issue at the source.
With her hair at a reasonable state at the moment, we are in a good position to get on the journey of rebalancing her immune system to attempt to restore it, hopefully once and for all.
Right parietal ridge area on September 10, 2018
SC | Winning Alopecia
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