Lifestyle May Affect Baldness More Than Genetics

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Most people assume that male pattern baldness is genetic. In fact, there is even evidence that shows that the "baldness gene" is passed down from the mother's side of the family. However, I'd like to propose that "genetic baldness" is not a done deal. I believe there is a PROCLIVITY towards baldness that is passed down and inherited. But the actual hair loss occurs when this genetic tendency is COMBINED with certain lifestyle events.

There may be more that is passed on than merely genetics. Environmental and lifestyle habits can ALSO be passed on from generation to generation. This means that the behaviors and diet habits of a bald man can be passed on to his son and it may be THOSE influences that make the hair loss to APPEAR hereditary.

Is the son's baldness genetic, or does he just have bad scalp circulation? The baldness lifestyle could be so similar between a father and a son that the baldness is similarly induced! For example, a love of greasy foods, which are known to block the small capillaries to the scalp, can be passed on from a father to his son. Or, drinking water from a source that is contaminated with pesticides could also be "passed on" from father to son if the son lives in the same area. Or maybe the son "inherited" a preference for a particular shampoo that is known for being damaging to hair.

One of the pioneers of the concept of "lifestyle baldness" originates from an interesting book written in 1985. The author of this out-of-print book from Japan theorized that the loss of hair is the result of a "westernized" diet including "fatty foods." Dr. Masumi Inaba shows a correlation between a diet with increased animal fats, increased levels of sebaceous gland activity in the scalp, and an increased incidence of male pattern baldness in Japanese men in the 40 years since World War II. Before World War II almost every Japanese male in Japan had a
full head of hair! When they move to Hawaii or California, or change their diet in Japan, many Japanese men start losing their hair. The book is called "Can Human Hair Grow Again?: Baldness: New Steps Toward Prevention and Cure" Publisher: Azabu Shokan (1985).

Whether you have the baldness gene or not, there are many natural treatments for hair loss. These can include scalp massage, exercise, colon cleanse, liver flush, skin brushing, alternations of heat and cold, reflexology, homeopathy and acupuncture. In addition, reducing the fat intake in one's diet has been shown to help to reverse the tendency towards baldness.

To help counter the baldness lifestyle, you should try to avoid the following: dandruff shampoos, hair conditioners, hair dye, margarine/hydrogenated oil, elemental calcium supplements, and over-thinking/worrying.

About the Author:

Howard Richman has compiled a detailed resource list of natural hair loss treatments for hair regrowth. http://www.soundfeelings.com/free/natural_hair_loss_treatments.htm He is the author of many self-help articles and books. His specialty is to help people break through their most stubborn blocks. 1-818-757-0600 Copyright (c) Sound Feelings Publishing. http://www.soundfeelings.com/

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