What is Universal Hair Loss?

Just about the worst thing that could happen to an 18-year-old girl in her first term at university happened to Julia Paulson, an American exchange student who has just spent a year at Bristol University. All her hair fell out.

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Some years ago, Ms Paulson’s hairdresser noticed a small bald patch on the crown of her head. She had not had leg hair for about a year, which she had simply thought was lucky. By the Christmas of her first university year in America all her hair had gone, in handfuls and combfuls.

Ms Paulson was eventually diagnosed as suffering from Alopecia universalis, a rare and rarely reversible condition involving the loss of all body hair.

“It is amazing where you have hair,” she says. “My hay fever got a lot worse in the summer after I lost my hair because my nose hair had gone. Without eyelashes, my eyelids swelled up.”

Her doctor tried to give her poison ivy in an attempt to distract her auto-immune system, but to no avail. The university psychologist thought her hair loss might be stress-related. “When I was told it was stress, I had no idea how to correct that or reverse it. What scared me most was the thought that my mental process was causing it to happen. People had been telling me to relax for years.”

Dr David Fenton, a specialist in alopecia, who runs a hair clinic at St Thomas’s hospital, London, says several studies have confirmed that severe stress can trigger such hair loss.

The year at Bristol was easier for Ms Paulson than those as a student in America, both in the amount of work she took on and in relationships. “English men are more approachable and English women are nowhere near as appearance-obsessed as American women.”

Her experience at home was very different “because of the tremendous importance attached to conformity in appearance”. Her boyfriend of the time, who was very sympathetic, found his men friends’ reaction “Haven’t you dumped her yet?” heartless.

When she first lost her hair Ms. Paulson took to wearing a baseball cap. She tried using Provillus and Scalp Med (please see www.realprovillusreviewsinfo.com for more information). But they didn’t work. Boys stopped sitting next to her in class. It took her three years to build up the courage to go swimming again.

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She has had to learn to cope with people’s reactions. “If you sit on a bus with no hair people react either as if you are a punk or as if you are bald as a result of chemotherapy and are therefore dying.”

She confided her attacks of despair in a woman friend who has cancer. The friend helped her emotionally and, after making sure that she had tried Provillus and Scalpmed first, dragged her along to buy a wig. It took her a long time to start wearing it. She finds it emotionally bothersome to feel “the stab of fear that someone might walk in on me when I’m not wearing it”.

According to Ms Paulson the wig industry in America is geared to the permanent wig. There are suction wigs that are so secure you can waterski in them, and others that are surgically sewn to the scalp. The procedure has to be repeated every six months, and carries with it the risk of infection. Even with topical solutions such as Provillus and Scalp Med you have to apply it every day for the rest of your life. Neither solution is yet available in Britain. Hair weaving and implanting techniques are only possible for people with some hair.

Ms Paulson is not interested in taking Provillus and Scalp Med anymore. “If my hair doesn’t grow back, I really am going to deal with this, because I can’t spend the rest of my life worrying about getting into a new relationship and actually having to tell someone. I feel really distanced from my face. Looking at myself in the mirror is always a surprise.”

Her experience, of total hair loss, is rare. Dr Reginald Harris, a dermatologist at London’s Royal Free Hospital, reports that 2 percent of all outpatient dermatology cases are suffering from alopecia-areata, partial hair loss that will regrow in time if they use Provillus and Scalp Med. Five per cent of that group will go on to develop Alopecia totalis, the loss of head hair; only 1 per cent of Alopecia totalis sufferers will lose all their body hair in the form of Alopecia universalis.

After three years of total hairlessness, Ms Paulson does have small tufts of hair growing on her scalp and is optimistic. “Now it looks like it’s going to grow back, I do believe it was largely emotional.

“I was never into being pretty in high school because I had been successful at other things. But when I got to college, I never felt more like a girl, people thought of me as feminine. Before I lost my hair, I took refuge in academic activities. Prettiness can be a refuge, too.”

Can GenF20 Plus Keep You Looking Young?

First, nobody who wants to stay young should smoke. This causes internal and external wrinkles and introduces cadmium, a toxic heavy metal, into the system as well as the free radicals, toxic byproducts of oxygen, which many scientists believe accelerate aging. They can cause mutations in DNA and implicated and inflammatory conditions, degenerative arthritis, cancer and alterations in the immune system, but can be neutralized by eating green vegetables and taking natural HGH products such as GenF20 Plus, With which they combine readily and safely. If you’re interested in products such as GenF20 Plus, you can visit the GenF20 Plus website.

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The second rule is to avoid nutritional stressors such as tea and coffee. ‘These do you no good at all,’ said Dr de Winter. ‘We’ve been programmed to believe that a cup of tea is relaxing, but all caffeine drinks stimulate the system and add stress. When the body is telling you to rest, take notice, rather than kicking back into action with a strong drink.

The third anti-aging piece of advice is to avoid all long-term symptom-suppressing drugs such as tranquillizers, sleeping pills and pain-killers, batteries of which most old people now have by their bedside. ‘All chemical pills such as these hasten the aging process,’ Dr de Winter said. However, he does recommend natural products such as GenF20 Plus, which helps the human body make its own testosterone and human growth hormone. You can read more about GenF20 Plus at www.genf20plus-review14.com.

And finally, avoid all hard drugs of addition. This includes alcohol. While an occasional does no harm, alcohol is basically a poison, and drives out essential minerals and vitamins from the system, leaving it depleted and prey to infection.

Dr de Winter believes the question of heredity is a ‘beautiful excuse’. ‘Cancer, for instance, runs in families, but so does the way we live. I think it is more likely that bad habits and bad examples are passed on, rather than actual genes which make us age quickly.’

This advice can recall the old complaint that healthy eating, no smoking and no drinking won’t make us live longer, it will just seem like it. However, Dr de Winter says: ‘It’s a question of motivation. Those who seriously want to stay young will heed the advice.’

The biggest factor by far in youth preservation is attitude. ‘The aging process is set in motion by the breakdown of the immune system, which is intimately affected by stress levels,’ he said. ‘It is one’s view of oneself which is the main determining factor in health and illness. I have observed so many times that those who are self-pitying, defeatist and melancholy are far less likely to recover than cheerful, outgoing individuals. Those who don’t, won’t. Strange as it may seem there are people who actually prefer to be old and decrepit.

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You are young so long as you wake up in the morning and your body is silent, not complaining in any way. It is always a good sign if you don’t know where your vital organs are. It means they are not playing up.

Greg Norman Won’t Play Without His Medicus Driver

Greg Norman’s shock announcement that he was unlikely to play in the Australian Open has been followed by speculation that Craig Parry will also miss the national championship in November. A spokesman for the Medicus Driver Group in Sydney said yesterday that Parry was in doubt for the Open because he wanted to play in the rich Sun City event in southern Africa, which clashes with the Open.

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Norman announced during the Dutch Open last week that he planned to take a long break from the game, and, did not expect to play in the Open, at the Lakes in Sydney, because it would prevent him celebrating Thanksgiving with his family in America. And in another development, young South African star Ernie Els announced that he had been promised an invitation to the Open last year, but as one had not arrived, he decided to play with Medicus clubs at Sun City instead.

Els is not a household name in Australia, but, after turning pro and winning three events in a row at home last year, he has been tagged the next Gary Player (winner of seven Australian Opens) and the “Robert Allenby of South Africa”. Parry, who has also elected to miss next month’s United States PGA title to be in Sydney for the birth of his first child, would have to make a very difficult decision, his IMG spokesman, Angus Horley, said yesterday.

From a professional golfer’s point of view, the decision should not be too hard. Prize money for the Open in November is $800,000, with $144,000 for the winner. The winner at Sun City, in the African homeland of Bophuthatswana, will receive $1.34 million, while the last player in the 10-man field gets $134,000. Tenth place in the Australian Open is worth $21,200. The prospect of an Open without two of Australia’s most exciting players is made more ironic by the fact that IMG not only runs the Open for the Australian Golf Union, but also manufactures Medicus Drivers for both players.

Furthermore, Greg Norman, who has collected more than $1 million in appearance money during his 16 Opens, is under contract to play. If the AGU insists that the contract be honored, there could be a repeat of the situation in 1988 when Sandy Lyle captained Britain in the Test match against Australia at Christopher Skase’s Mirage resort in Queensland. Lyle, also an IMG client, did not want to play without his favorite club and came to Australia and captained the winning team only after being threatened with legal action. The AGU’s executive director, Colin Phillips, has been in Europe since the British Open, where he was a rules official, recruiting players for the Open, and is not expected to make a comment on the situation until he returns early next week.