I started Paleo roughly 2 years ago. I have been 100% strict on gluten and mostly strict on other grains, legumes, and dairy. In September 2011, I developed alopecia areata and it is pretty severe. I am now wearing hair pieces. I see some growth, but it is still falling fast. In January, I started a strict Whole 30, and I have maintained that eating, but it is still falling. Since I know that gluten is not the culprit, does anyone think that an autoimmune protocol is worth it? It is so strict, and I eat eggs, tomatoes and peppers regularly. Any other thoughts on what works? I am just confused on how I would have developed this while eating Paleo. Thanks.
asked byDeidre (1354)
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on March 18, 2012
at 04:58 PM
I would try the autoimmune component for a month or two to see if that helps (even though it sounds really tough to give up nightshades). I've been very impressed with PrimalGirl's success fighting hidradenitis suppurativa once she removed nightshades. The condition had persisted even when eating paleo. It turned out that potatoes were a big trigger for her. So obviously, HS and AA are different conditions, but since they both have an autoimmune underpinning, it would be worth while to try it. Her blog is www.primalgirl.com.
on March 18, 2012
at 03:32 PM
Make sure you are taking Vitamin D3.
on March 20, 2012
at 03:20 PM
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