Thirty million women suffer from hair loss in America alone, yet most people see hair loss as something that only effects men. It is usually a sign of poisoning. This problem is traumatic to the self-esteem of women, especially when they do not know that their hair loss is caused by their supposedly "safe" medications. Contrary to what women are told, female hair loss is not genetic or hereditary, but a documented side effect of their prescription drugs. A massive portion of pharmaceuticals cause hair loss, including antidepressants. This is a particularly disturbing finding, because those who are being treated for depression may suffer from this side-effect, and become further depressed from the hair loss. This combination is common for menopausal women. Beta blocker drugs that are used to treat angina, panic attacks, and social anxiety can also cause female hair loss. All hormone-effecting drugs are likely to cause hair loss, including anti-acne medications, and medications that are prescribed to increase a woman's libido. Birth control pills are especially bad for causing hair loss and other health problems that can last for years after they are discontinued. "The Pill" is one of the most dangerous things that a woman can do to her body.

Doctors rarely inform women that the hair loss was caused by them. It would require ethics and taking responsibility. Doctors instead attempt to correct the condition with even more pills. There is only one prescription product that is F.D.A. approved for dealing with hair loss, which is minoxidil (brand name Rogaine). Minoxidil must be used consistently for 6 to 12 months before there are any signs of improvement, and the patient can never stop taking it without the hair loss resuming. In addition, minoxidil darkens the pigmentation of hair throughout the body in more than 80% of patients studied, and it produced heart attacks and cardiac lesions in animal test subjects.

Finasteride (brand name Propecia) is also being prescribed to some women "off-label" (without F.D.A. approval). It causes birth defects, and is therefore usually given to post-menopausal women. It is also known for causing dizziness, nausea, hypertension, and sexual frigidity.

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The first thing that a woman should do if she is experiencing hair loss is look toward the medicine cabinet, and start throwing things in the trash. If the medications are anti-depressants, then be careful in discontinuing them. Most of these drugs cause severe withdrawal symptoms, because they were specifically designed to be addictive. Psychotic episodes are common withdrawal symptoms, as is the impulse to commit suicide.

Two of the most common causes of female hair loss, excluding pharmaceutical side effects, are iron deficiency and hypothyroidism. The root causes should always be dealt with instead of just utilizing symptom treatments, or else much more debilitating problems could eventually replace the masked symptoms. Vegetarians and vegans are most likely to suffer from iron deficiencies, due to their lack of beef. Eating organic, grass-fed beef will correct this condition. Certain pharmaceuticals deplete iron in the body.

Many women experience hair loss due to extreme stress, such as the loss of a loved one. Remember to take time out for yourself, and to do something that you love; especially physical activities. You may also wish to supplement with Saint John's Wort, a natural antidepressant. Do not take St. John's Wort whilst pregnant, or while trying to become pregnant; because it is an abortive and can cause pregnancy complications.


There are many people who use the following supplements to deal with hair thinning that is associated with aging. They can also be used to help in the re-growth of new hair, after the root cause of hair loss has been dealt with. We generally recommend vitamin E and green tea to everyone, regardless of current health problems. While silica supplementation is recommended by quacks, there is already ample silica in everyone's diets, and there is no credible evidence of it having any supplemental benefit.

  • Saw palmetto is a very popular remedy for hair loss. It is believed to work by balancing the hormone levels.
  • Pumpkin seed oil stimulates hair growth, and it appears to block dihydrotestosterone in the liver, a major cause of hair loss.
  • Vitamin E is used to strengthen hair, and stop the thinning of hair. Food sources of vitamin E include almonds and hazelnuts.
  • Green tea is full of nutrients, and is great for the health. It is believed to help prevent hair thinning that is associated with aging, because it balances estrogen levels.
  • Zinc is vital for normal hair growth. It thickens the hair, increases the speed of its growth, and prevents hair loss. Zinc is best utilized by a body when there is sufficient copper, so chlorophyll should be used as a safe copper supplement. Zinc should not be taken on an empty stomach.
  • Iron deficiency causes hair loss. The safest way to increase iron is by eating beef, and beef's organic iron is considerably more effective than the iron of supplements. Lamb is an equally good source of nutritional iron.

The issue of female hair loss is an accurate demonstration of the way in which the medical establishment operates. It initially creates the problem with its drugs, then it attempts to treat the problems with even more drugs. If side effects were correctly identified, instead of being rationalized as new conditions, less people would die each year as the result of this incredibly broken system.


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John Schmeida
# John Schmeida 2010-01-22 00:00
What about male hair loss? I don't take any medications. I eat well. I'm interested in bringing back the lost hair. Do these same herbal tips apply ?
Thomas Corriher (Managing Editor)
# Thomas Corriher (Managing Editor) 2010-01-22 13:08
Unlike most of the topics we write about, we cannot make promises about curing with hair loss. Hair loss is difficult to reverse, and it seems to be impossible in many cases. The situation is even worse in the case of men. Men have had hair loss since the beginning of history, so it would seem that it can be truly genetic for men.

Prevention is a better option than curing. We know that the problem is exaggerated by acidosis, long-term illnesses, stress, and drugs. Wearing hats can make the problem worse too.

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