Hack my diet, itchy scalp.

Commented on August 22, 2016
Created August 18, 2016 at 10:13 PM

SO i am at my wits end.  Here is the background.

3 years of paleo/primal, experimenting with various combinations and finally at my happy medium.  Never did for weight loss, was mostly interested in feeling better and managing systemic inflammation.

Right now my diet contains:

- Dairy

- Some rice

- Close to 0g added sugar

- Heavy fat based, grass-fed beef, pastured eggs.


I have been no shampoo for two years.   Had dandruff all my life, always used T/Gel and other shampoos to manage it, but was really hoping that my copious coconut oil consumption and reduction of all sugar would do the trick.  It has not.  


Even got desperate and went on two months of Flucanozone to kill the fungus.  Nope, didnt do a darn thing. 


So now what?  Any ideas?


Other relevant items.


- Chronic pain for 20 years in my neck/shoulder

- Poor sleep (due to pain)

- Blood work looks great, very high Vitamin D.


Would love some suggestions.



on August 22, 2016
at 08:45 PM

To address some of the comments:

- Tried zinc supplementation several times, did nothing.

- Not much of a believer in the wole acid/base diet thing because there is very little evidence to actually support that and most the common myths have been debunked

- Ditching dairy is going to be super difficult as it is a large portion of my fat intake.

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on August 22, 2016
at 02:24 PM

I concur that you ought to try and ditch dairy and add a lot of vegetables. Pounds per day, added gradually.



on August 22, 2016
at 09:17 AM

For chronic pain sometimes getting more alkaline minerals (like potassium, magnesium and sodium) in the diet, and less of the acidic (like phosphorus) can be very helpful. Sodium bicarbonate / baking soda is very alkaline (unlike salt it has only sodium and not chloride) and can be an emergency solution if the problem is excess acids (such as an excess of lactic acid buildup after exercise). Chlorophyll rich foods like chlorella, spirulina, spinach, parsley, wheat grass etc is another option.


Also I´d try and increase choline in the diet, found in egg yolks, organ meats and lecithin supplements. Betaine can also be very helpful and «spare» choline. This is found in things like spinach beets and whole wheat. Higher intakes of those have been associated with less inflammation. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18258634




on August 20, 2016
at 12:44 AM

Try supplementing with zinc to get rid of dandruff, it might help with the itching.

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