Hair Tales


Our hair doesn’t make the Top Ten list of what’s important about us, but it sure does get our attention. Especially us endocrine people.

So let me tell you of my hair adventures. They’re kinda weird, but going through life saying “Oh, really?” seems to be part and parcel of endocrine life. I’m thinking many of you will identify.

Life started me out with blond, wavy hair, which later turned to dark blond/light brown wavy hair. Though fine-textured, I had a lot of it.

While my endocrine problems started before my first birthday, they didn’t pick up a real head of steam until puberty-which didn’t go well.

So, my hair decided to leave home, slowly at first, then lickety split. By my twenties, my scalp saw a lot of daylight. My part looked more like a country lane than a fine line.

Hair changed color

Then what to my wondering eyes should appear but dark roots. Observers probably saw them as the grow-out of a dye job, but my hair simply changed color (a sign of severe adrenal distress, I later learned).

When the dark roots grew all the way out, I ended up a dark, mousy brown. Dark brown’s good; mousy, not so much.

As I got more and more into nutrition, though, new hair grew in. Unfortunately, it matched my new hair normal. It still wasn’t as thick as the hair of my childhood, but it cheered my heart. At least a little.

But then gray hairs started showing up here and there. If you want to look old before your time, try mousy, dark brown hair sprinkled with gray. Sheesh!

I must admit that about that time my prayers occasionally took the form of looking heavenward and asking “You’re kidding, right?” Turned out He wasn’t.

Well, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, so I went blonde, a shade not much different from that of my youth. Better. Much better. Still not much body, but better.


Fast forward a few years.

I read research that proved megadosing niacinamide rode herd on candida. Many endocrine people struggle with candida, including me, so I started chugging down the niacinamide.

And it worked.

One note of caution here: I had a complete nutritional program in place when I increased my niacinamide intake. Since vitamins, minerals and other nutritional supplements work as a team, I don’t know what niacinamide would do on its own-good, bad or indifferent.

After megadosing niacinamide for a year or so, my hair, which had grown grayer, started coming in dark again-unfortunately still the dreary, mousy, dark brown, though.

Well, who knew? It turns out reversing gray hair is one of niacinamide’s many talents.

Candie, the young lady who cuts my hair and keeps me naturally blond on a monthly schedule, verified what I thought I saw. She added that the back of my head was mostly dark, while the front was more mixed.

Along with the onset of this unexpected development, my hair started picking up body and bounce. Now that’s what I’m talking about!

What’s the point

The point of these ramblings? First, our bodies will respond when we give them the support they need. Perhaps in a more hiccupy way than a smooth flow, perhaps more slowly than we desire, but they do respond. And that’s good news.

Second, paying attention helps. I deal with my hair every day-sometimes more than once-so I notice what’s going on. Nobody pays that much attention to, say, the back of their knee or other obscure body parts. But we need to know our bodies well enough to notice changes.

Finally, the same symptom can mean different things. The first time dark roots sprouted from my head, they signaled disease. The second time, though, they flew the flag of healing. One symptom alone rarely tells the whole story.

We have amazing bodies. And they’re as complicated as all get out.

God is good,

Bette Dowdell  
Too Pooped to Participate

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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.

Bette Dowdell

Bette Dowdell writes about taking control of your own health because that's the only choice life gave her.

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