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Dr. Foster Carr
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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I have alopecia and celiac disease. Is it likely that my hair will come back if I cut gluten out of my diet and eat mostly meat, veggies, and fruit?

I have alopecia and celiac disease. Is it likely that my hair will come back if I cut gluten out of my diet and eat mostly meat, veggies, and fruit?

Possibly: Alopecia and Celiac and two autoimmune diseases. Avoidance of gluten is essential with celiac because ingestion of gluten will increase your risk for gastric cancers. Although unlikely, it is possible that once your immune systems calms with avoidance of gluten your alopecia will improve ...Read more

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Can celiac disease be the cause of dry skin, brittle nails and limp hair?

Can celiac disease be the cause of dry skin, brittle nails and limp hair?

Yes: If not treated, celiac disease can cause malabsorption, iron and other micro/macro nutrient deficiencies. Dry skin / brittle nails and limp hairs are all clinical symptoms of malnutrition. ...Read more

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I've a red spot on my forehead near hair (like cherry angioma), doesn't bleed, but sensitive. I did scratch. Tight ponytails = hair loss? Skin cancer?

I've a red spot on my forehead near hair (like cherry angioma), doesn't bleed, but sensitive. I did scratch. Tight ponytails = hair loss? Skin cancer?

RED SPOT ON FOREHEAD: DEAR DOROTHY5 I AM SORRY, BUT I CANNOT SEE THIS "RED SPOT". SHOW IT TO YOUR REGULAR DOCTOR, OR BETTER YET, LET A DERMATOLOGIST CHECK IT OUT. AND I DO NOT KNOW HOW LONG YOU HAVE HAD IT. ...Read more

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Do people with celiac disease always develop cancer?

Do people with celiac disease always develop cancer?

Celiac Disease: No, this is a fallacy. Very very very few people with celiac disease develop cancer and oftentimes it is a completely separate entity. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is just having celiac disease the same as having cancer?

Can you tell me is just having celiac disease the same as having cancer?

No: Cancer occurs when a cell type begins to reproduce itself and invade/destroy surrounding or distant sites.Celiac disease represents the injury caused by antibodies your body makes to proteins in gluten.These antibodies mistakenly consider gluten as a foreign invader but also injure your gut tissue triggering symptoms.Stop eating gluten and the injury stops,letting the gut heal. ...Read more

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Are there any types of cancer that are more common in people who have celiac disease?

Are there any types of cancer that are more common in people who have celiac disease?

Only certain cancers: Population-based studies have confirmed that patients with celiac disease are at increased risk of mortality. However, they do not seem to be at an increased risk only to lymphoproliferative malignancy (of lymph nodes) and gastrointestinal cancer. A gluten free diet may reduce those cancers, possibly reduce the increased mortality as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Dr. John Chiu
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Celiac Disease (Definition)

An immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in ...Read more