Auto-Immune & Hair Loss

Recommended reading – Wheat Belly By William Davis, MD. Here are some extracts from the book.

Autoimmunity occurs when your immune system can no longer able to distinguish friend from foe. It’s like a mother not recognizing her children, and sometimes as tragic as friendly fire.

Depending on which tissues or organs are attacked, the misdirected immune attack of autoimmunity can express itself in many ways such as various forms of Alopecia, autoimmune hepatitis (liver tissue), primary biliary cirrhosis (bile ducts), type 1 diabetes (pancreatic beta cells), uveitis (iris of the eye), skin (psoriasis), platelets (autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura), muscles (polymyositis), thyroid (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Grave’s disease), and can also effect any other organ or tissue.

Wheat consumption has now been identified in both the initiating process of autoimmunity, and as a perpetuating factor.

Autoimmunity is one way the body tells us that “this food” was never appropriate for human digestion. Wheat was first consumed around 10,000 years ago. Humans had not consuming grains for the preceding 2.5 million years. Wheat was then altered by the efforts of geneticists and agribusiness with increased wheat consumption accounting for the increase of multiple autoimmune conditions, especially type 1 diabetes in children and adults, Hashimoto’s, and inflammatory bowel diseases.

Auto-Immune & Hair Loss. Here are some reasons modern wheat can cause such misguided immune responses:

  • Increased intestinal permeability
  • Gliadin peptide toxicity
  • Wheat germ agglutinin
  • Molecular mimicry
  • Dysbiosis

None of these phenomena leading to autoimmunity require the presence of celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. The abnormal intestinal permeability induced by gliadin develops in 80-90% of people and the toxic effects of wheat germ agglutinin can affect everybody.

Anyone diagnosed with an autoimmune condition should avoid wheat and its nearly genetically identical cousin rye and barley (identical gliadin and wheat germ agglutinin sequences), as well as corn (some overlap of corn zein with gliadin) and rice (identical wheat germ agglutinin).

Along with vitamin D restoration (e.g., achieve a 25-hydroxy vitamin D level of 60-70 ng/ml or 150-180 nmol/L), omega-3 fatty acid supplementation, and correction of disrupted bowel flora (probiotics, naturally fermented foods, prebiotics) are all crucial steps in maximizing hopes of reversing autoimmune conditions. [1]

Check out Wheat Belly and other associated and interesting books by following this link…

Contact Absolique Hair Health Clinic Trichologist Carolyn Evans-Frost for more information on Auto-Immune & Hair Loss and auto-immune scalp conditions. Auto-Immune & Hair Loss is on the rise and is now as common as diffuse hair loss compared to being a rare condition 18 years ago. Contact reception on 07 3229 3242 or email

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[1] By Dr. Davis | December 13, 2013


Auto-Immune & Hair Loss