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  1. Celiac.com 05/14/2018 - An imbalance or defect in gut bacteria function may be a major cause of hair loss and pattern baldness. Pattern baldness (alopecia areata) affects approximately 1.7 per cent of the population and we still don’t know precisely what causes it. In addition to promoting a healthy digestive tract, our gut bacteria play an important function in our overall health. Recent experiments with antibiotics and bacteria-free mice reveal how a single a single gut bacteria, Lactobacillus murinus, could cause pattern baldness by triggering deficiencies in biotin. Biotin, vitamin B7, is a crucial vitamin. Biotin deficiency can lead to skin disease and hair loss. Some bacteria in our gut produces biotin, while other bacteria breaks down and consumes biotin. Biotin deficiency is most often seen in patients with serious conditions, such as celiac disease, but it can also be common among pregnant women. Previous research has shown that bacteria-free mice that lack biotin in their diet, develop mild hair loss (alopecia). Could an imbalance or defect in gut bacteria function be a major cause of hair loss and pattern baldness? To determine if the underlying cause of hairless might be an imbalance of our gut bacteria, a team of Japanese scientists conducted experiments with antibiotics and bacteria-free mice to see if variations gut bacteria might cause pattern baldness by influencing biotin levels. The team first fed laboratory mice a diet with and without biotin, but saw no impact on hair loss. They then repeated the experiment, but this time they also gave the mice a long course of antibiotics to destroy the balance of bacteria in their gut. The laboratory mice on a biotin-free diet coupled with antibiotics saw an increase in a particular gut bacteria that corresponded to patten hair loss, as was previously shown in bacteria-free mice. By studying what had happened in the gut bacteria of these mice, the scientists discovered that a particular type of lactic acid bacteria, Lactobacillus murinus, had expanded after the antibiotic treatment. When the team fed bacteria-free mice with Lactobacillus murinus, they saw that the hair loss became even worse and the mice became almost entirely bald. Further tests followed, in which regular mice and bacteria-free mice received a regular diet with normal levels of biotin, but added Lactobacillus murinus. These mice showed no hair loss at all. Direct injections of biotin also stopped hair loss; although the team did concede that skin bacteria could also play a role. The discovery that gut bacteria and diet to influence hair loss creates new avenues for treating baldness and hair loss simply by adjusting gut microbiota. It’s possible that probiotic dietary supplements can be used to influence gut bacteria, and prevent the biotin-eating bacteria now known to cause hair loss. Stay tuned for news on the role of gut bacteria in hair loss, and on any new treatment approaches to hair loss and alopecia that may result. Their results appear in the scientific journal Cell Reports.
  2. Lori HC

    Anger?

    Hello everyone, I am new to join this forum, though I have been look at your posts since I was diagnosed in September (it's now end of October). Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Lori. I'm 43, female, and have had stomach issues for my whole life. As a child, I was ALWAYS tired. My doctor couldn't figure out what was wrong with me and just told my mom to get me into sports to help tire me out at night. I missed a lot of school because I was sick quite a bit, but got good grades so no one seemed to be bothered by it. Over the past 2 years my symptoms were consistently getting worse. Just before I had my gallbladder removed (gall bladder attacks that were getting longer), I started vomiting on a regular basis. Didn't seem to matter if I had an empty or full stomach or if I felt okay. I would be vomiting at least 2 times a week and chewing on ginger tablets constantly. Diarrhea also got worse but I didn't think much of it because I had been diagnosed with IBS when I was 20 and the celiac biopsies came back negative. I was taking 2 to 4 Immodium gel pills every day just to get through work. My doctor did numerous tests to find out why I was so sick all the time but no positive results for anything. She decided to send me for another gastroscopy and colonoscopy since it had been over 20 years since my last one. There, the doctor found out that I have a sliding hiatus hernia, ulcers, and bile reflux. He also did some biopsies which came back "blunted villi" so he recommended that my doctor send me for celiac blood tests. Sure enough, they both came back positive. This after a psychiatrist told me I should be tested again - years ago when the depression medication didn't work and my inflammation levels were through the roof. Today I also found out I have osteopenia. I thought I had worked through the anger that I hadn't been diagnosed years ago (when it wasn't too late to prevent a lot of the issues I have now), but it has raised it's ugly head again. My question to all of you is, how did you get past the anger at all the missed/wrong diagnoses over the years? I would have gone back and insisted on the doctor doing something if I hadn't assumed I had IBS for over 20 years. Maybe I could have had children. Maybe I could have prevented the bone loss and hair loss. Also, did anyone find that their hair grew back? How long did it take? Happy to have found all of you! Lori Here are my symptoms/related illnesses: Depression (diagnosed at 19 with intermittent success with medication combinations) Chronic inflammation Joint pain Skin rashes Chronic fatigue B12 and Iron deficiency anemia for years - I have had to take strong supplements for over 20 years. Hair loss PCOS (but I still ovulate so I'm wondering if this is true) Insulin resistant/pre-diabetic Very overweight beginning in 20s with difficulty losing weight for years (except the time I eliminated ALL grains)
  3. I was diagnosed with Celiac in Sept 2016. I have been gluten-free for 7 months. Pre-diagnosis: hair thinning, dry skin, head aches, awful bloating, etc. Symptoms have steadily improve with bloating here and there. Now, the past month, my hair has taken a dramatic turn for the worse with loss and thinning of hair again - but worse!! Why is this? I need help!
  4. My Celiac disease went undiagnosed for years due to a lack of GI issues. In fact, for years and years the only symptom that showed from my disease was missed by doctors -- that of my hair falling out. It was after a particularly stressful time with my job and a home invasion robbery that actual GI issues showed up. But my doctor believed they were side effects of a drug I was taking for stress. So, I got sicker. I lost 50 pounds in 2 months, lost all my hair, the ability to walk or even hold my head up and ended up in the hospital at 69 pounds. I died and was revived twice. The doctors didn't believe they would save me. But, I got better with a PICC line and TPN. I've had a little over two years of good health on a gluten-free diet. But, just recently, though still gluten-free, my hair is falling out again (and in great amounts). The one and only good thing that came of my illness and diagnosis was that my hair grew back thick and strong. Now I'm losing it again and I'm just distraught. I know I shouldn't get stressed but I can't help it. I am so tired of looking awful. I have an appointment scheduled with my PP on Tuesday and, even when she approves a visit to my specialist, it will take probably a month or more to get in to see him. So, please, if anyone knows of information on how to defeat this hair loss in the meantime, I would be so grateful if you'd share it. Just FYI: I've started using minoxidil again. I've quit all alcohol. I'm also taking vitamins and supplements including: Multi Calcium with D B Complex Iron Magnesium Fish Oil Probiotics Digestive Enzymes L. PS -- While in the hospital I was checked for everything under the sun. At the time I didn't have any thyroid issues or other side illnesses that would contribute to the hair loss (at least not then). I suspect the recent loss is due to increased stress and irregular self-care habits (I get super busy with work and forget to take pills, etc). Correcting that now but would also like to know if there is anything else I can do to stop loss quickly. Thanks!
  5. Has anyone suffered from hair loss PRIOR to being on the gluten free diet?? Was there regrowth AFTER being on a gluten free diet? I have been newly diagnosed.
  6. Hi, I am new here, looks like I am pretty well in early diagnosis of celiac disease with a positive DGP test and my son has been experiencing some strange symptoms and I was looking for anyone whose child maybe going through the same whose child was dx'ed with celiac. It all started when he was about 2, he started getting swollen glands all over the neck. I was worried and took him to his pediatrician who did blood tests and all came back normal. Then about a year later I noticed more popping up so his doc had him referred to an ENT who decided to do a biopsy of the nodes which came back clear for cancer and they were mainly suspicious of lymphoma. They said the nodes were reacting to something, but they didnt know what and that he would most likely grow out of it. About 8 months ago, my son began acting differently also. He would get extremely hyper, and I know kids are hyper, especially little boys, but this was not normal. He was so full of energy that he couldn't stop running around the house and had a very very hard time sleeping. My husband commented about it saying he was very worried he has ADHD. I also noticed that he was sweating in his sleep profusely and he would often complain of ulcers in his mouth hurting while he was trying to eat. I took him to another pediatrician in the same office as his main doc who looked at the ulcers in his mouth and she said it could be autoimmune related and that she had never seen anything like that before. But she said autoimmune disorders are very hard to dx in kids. He gets reoccuring mouth sores quite often. My husband just pointed out the other day that he had bald spots on his hair, and I dismissed that thinking he just inherited my fine, thin hair, but today I noticed a patchy bald spot at the top of his head. Now I am franKly worried. I have been having my own health struggles and barely had one test come back positive as I said earlier in my post that indicates celiac disease. I want to know if any of you parents have had similar issues in your kids who you found out had celiac disease or possibly an allergy to milk, lactose or anything else. ANY input is so welcome and thanks in advance.