I’m a 38-year old male and around 8 years ago, I noticed a small patch of hair missing from my beard when I shaved in the morning. I didn’t think anything of it but over the years, I noticed more and more patches (primarily in my beard). 4 years ago, as I was getting my hair cut for a friend’s wedding, the person cutting my hair stopped midway through the haircut and said that I needed to see something. She handed me a mirror so that I could see the back of my head and she showed me 3 or 4 spots (each about the size of a quarter) where my hair had stopped growing. Not knowing what was wrong, I went to my doctor. I was diagnosed with alopecia areata. By all accounts, this is not a life threatening condition but watching my hair fall out in clumps didn’t exactly make me feel healthy. Over the next 2 years, I went to see many doctors; from general practitioners to dermatologists, thyroid experts, etc. The answer was always the same. I had alopecia areata and there was no known cure. Basically, my body was attacking my hair follicles as if they were a harmful, foreign agent. I did countless hours of research, contacted the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, went through numerous tests and even had an expert from British Columbia fly in to meet me in New York. I was told that there was nothing that could be done other than what I was already doing (which was basically getting 30-40 painful steroid/cortisone injections in my scalp and eyebrows once per month). The hair loss was getting worse and was now evident all over my body. Around 2 years ago, I had to shave my head. I had lost approximately 75% of the hair on my scalp and 90% of my eyebrows.
I was still looking for answers and started to see Dr. Dornfeld. I started taking the supplements he suggested and changed my diet. I even went on an all-organic diet for 3-4 months (some positive results were evident when I tried this but I seemed to peak after a couple of months and then not see any more changes). I continued to do the steroid injections with my dermatologist. I noticed some changes. My eyebrows were growing back (and sometimes falling back out) and the hair on my scalp seemed to be coming back in some places. While progress was clearly being made, it certainly wasn’t a “success”. Less than a year ago, Dr. Dornfeld suggested that I have a hair analysis performed to see if I had abnormal levels of heavy metals present in my body. The results came back and showed very high levels of aluminum, mercury and arsenic. He suggested that I start Chelation treatments. I resisted for a while but I eventually agreed to try it. At this point, what did I have to lose? Nothing else was really working. After a few months of treatments 1 or 2 times per week, I started noticing more hair growth. My eyebrows mostly grew back and even my eyelashes were filling in again. The hair on my scalp was even coming back. Toward the end of 2008, I decided to let my hair grow back in to see if it would fill in all the way. There were some small bald patches but, after a month or so, I had an almost full head of hair (the few bald spots are not visible at this point). I even got my first haircut in 2 years the other day.
As I mentioned earlier, I have done a lot of research. It all says that this condition is unpredictable and hair loss/re growth is often cyclical. It’s possible that Chelation had nothing to do with the spontaneous re growth of hair. But, after years of trying other methods, the absolute best results came after trying Chelation. As many doctors have told me, they don’t believe in coincidences. I have not felt any side effects and feel completely safe undergoing this treatment. There is no guarantee that my hair won’t fall out again partially or totally but, if you have this condition, I certainly think this method of treatment has merit and should be explored.