What Causes Alopecia Areata and Universalis?

What Causes Alopecia Areata and Universalis?

Greetings, friends. This is Dr. Nik Hedberg
and today I’m going to be taking about all the possible causes of alopecia areata and
alopecia universalis. Autoimmune diseases are significantly on the rise, and alopecia
can be a devastating condition, not only personally but also professionally. And there are a lot
of holistic options out there for alopecia. And I’ve had some great success over the
years identifying the underlying causes of alopecia and helping patients regrow their
hair. So I wanted to share some of my knowledge about alopecia and what I’ve found to be,
really, the main causes of alopecia. So I’ve created this diagram for you with all of the
main potential causes of alopecia. Now, if you’ve been watching any of my YouTube
videos over the years, I talk a lot about the Epstein-Barr virus as a potential trigger
for autoimmune disease, and also a perpetuator of autoimmune disease. So, there’s a lot
of research on the connection between the Epstein-Barr virus and autoimmune diseases,
including alopecia. And we test for the Epstein-Barr virus through blood testing, and if it’s
reactivated we have some holistic protocols to manage that virus. Stress and adrenal imbalances, I’ve seen
a lot of patients who develop alopecia after a very, very stressful event. So we want to
evaluate their adrenal function, their cortisol levels. Elevated cortisol can cause significant
dysfunction to the immune system and can just really break down the body and create hair
loss. So that’s the second thing that we’ll look at. Helicobacter pylori, the second infection
that we’re going to discuss connected with alopecia. Helicobacter pylori is found in
the stomach of most individuals. But when they’re been under a lot of stress or if
their immune system is compromised, then H. pylori will begin to overgrow. And if you
know any one who’s ever had an ulcer after a very stressful period of time, H. pylori
is usually the culprit. But there’s a lot of research out there connecting H. pylori
and alopecia. So, there’s three ways to test for H. pylori, a stool test, a breath
test, and blood testing. And we’ll usually do the breath test because that’s the most
sensitive test to identify H. pylori activity, although the other two methods can be highly
effective as well. Excessive estrogen levels are going to be
a problem with pretty much every autoimmune disease. This isn’t going to be specific
to alopecia. And the connection there is that too much estrogen inhibits the body’s ability
to control chronic infections. And sometimes chronic infections are the cause of autoimmune
disease. So, estrogen levels rise, a particular part of the immune system is suppressed, and
the infection is able to take hold and stay active. So, we’ll test estrogen levels as
well, to see if those are elevated. And then use some holistic protocols to decrease those
estrogen levels. Retroviral activity, especially the human
intracisternal A-type particle. Unfortunately, there’s no good testing for this particular
particle at the time of this recording, but retroviral activity can be connected with
autoimmune disease, especially alopecia. And if we don’t really find any other infections
then we may just treat the patient as if they have retroviral activity. But we will usually
see this on blood testing, where it’s just clear that the immune system is chronically
fighting an infection, especially a virus. Syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease,
can trigger alopecia. Ringworm. Folliculitis, mainly meaning that the hair
follicles are inflammed. Celiac disease – so celiac disease is, of
course, the disease involved with gluten, and people with celiac disease cannot eat
gluten. But if you have celiac disease, you do have a higher risk for having alopecia.
And some patients will do much, much better on a gluten-free diet if they have alopecia. Fungal infection. Excessive androgens, so PCOS (that stands
for polycystic ovarian syndrome). This happens in women. They usually have too much testosterone.
They may be insulin resistant. Hair loss is a common side effect of having PCOS, too many
androgens. One of the ways you’ll know if you have this is if you have an abnormal menstrual
cycle, if you have really oily skin, if you have acne, those are the main signs of PCOS.
But definitely a connection there with alopecia. Nutrient deficiencies, this basically means
the basic building blocks for growing hair and making hair just aren’t there. That
would be things like vitamin A, and some of the B vitamins, iron, and making sure that
you have enough protein in your diet. All of those can be connected with alopecia. Dental infections, often overlooked if you
have a bad root canal. You can have what’s called a cavitation, which is an infection
in the tooth, in the gum area, or in the root canal. And dental infections are connected
with, not only autoimmune disease, but also cardiovascular disease as well. So, your dental
health should be another thing that you’d want to have evaluated if you have alopecia. Thyroid disorders are a really big factor.
We’ll see the autoimmune thyroid disease known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which
is the number one cause of hypothyroidism in the world. Autoimmune thyroid disease is
the most common autoimmune disease in the world. And the other side of Hashimoto’s
is Graves’ disease, which creates hyperthyroidism. And patients with Graves’ disease have way
too much thyroid hormone, and that can also create hair loss. And then, you can also have
hypothyroidism that’s not autoimmune, and that can also create hair loss as well because
there’s a deficiency of thyroid hormone that’s very difficult for your body to function
properly and manufacture hair. You should always have your thyroid checked in detail,
not just your thyroid numbers, but you should also be tested for the autoimmune diseases
that are connected with the thyroid. The flu, some people will develop alopecia
after a really bad flu outbreak, really bad flu virus. So those are, really, the main causes that
I’ve found over the years, and also, what I’ve found in my research through the published,
peer reviewed medical literature on the connections with alopecia areata and universalis. There
is a new drug available that’s been showen to be highly effective for alopecia. In cases
where conventional medicine isn’t really working, we have had some excellent success
with a number of patients when we’re able to identify the underlying cause, and just
get the immune system in balance so the body is no longer attacking the hair follicle.
And that’s basically what alopecia is, when there’s autoimmunity, is your body’s immune
system is making antibodies against the hair follicle, so the hair falls out and it can’t
grow. So, the objective is to identify the underlying cause of the autoimmunity, address
that cause, also use some holistic methods to balance the immune system, and just get
the patient healthier and feeling better overall. In some cases, we’ll get excellent results
and the hair will grow back and stay that way. So, for more cutting edge information, visit
my website drhedberg.com. I do have a newsletter all about thyroid, but I also cover information
about various autoimmune diseases and a lot of other health topics, including alopecia.
So you can learn more about the thyroid connection with alopecia, as well as alopecia areata
and alopecia universalis itself. So check that out. I hope you enjoyed this video. I’ll
see you next time. Take care.


  • lezmido says:

    ThanKyou For your Info I have had Alopecia for  2 years & also had fungal infection on both big toes but being stubborn wont go to doctors but watching your vid! making me relise need ta go! also i dont like dentists got a infection in bottom tooth so guess best make sOme appointments Thankyou ;-}

  • sz-i says:

    thanks for this infos,  all the best and I'm waiting for more about hashimoto (I would be greatful)

  • Stewart Small says:

    Jump to 0:54 for the diagram showing all the causes of Alopecia. Very informative. It's amazing how the immune system plays such an important role when it comes to hair loss.

  • omegafile says:

    Gluten and Casein cause it. Even the bears get it after eating our breads that we throw out in the dump.

  • Lsu31 says:

    So i have barbae. I got the flu twice close together and they flooded me with antibiotics and this is when it started. Had perfect beard before to now all around my chin is gone. How can i fix this doc?

  • Keren Hu says:

    I have been getting AU for 15 years since I was 13…not sure if I still can get my hair back

  • Jessica Hoyle says:

    I have Alopecia Universalis Mine is triggered by the flue my hair is falling out for the second time I am off methotrexate a it was not a long term solution.

  • Zahid sofi says:

    I have a alopecia areata what can i do plz comment me i m from india

  • ArthurMagno says:

    I've never had Alopecia Areata in my entire life until at 30 years old I had a very stressful episode in my life and it began. However nowadays I'm not stressed anymore, but I still have episodes of Alopecia Areata. Why is that? Also, I have a lot of acne in my head, and it started with the Alopecia Areata. Is my imune system crazy?

  • yargul jan says:

    i have also alopecia areata some one please guide me

  • 3dfx Voodoo says:

    Sun rays make the hair grow. Stay in the sun a lot with the affected area !

  • Heather Stickland says:

    So there's no possible way for someone who wants total hair loss to get this it's a freak of nature that depends on your genetics well I'm f*** I got both the hairiest m********** you can have in genes that being German and Italian I'm sorry but with new things coming out to help people with this condition I rather just go completely hairless not have to shave and throw on a wig every time I want change of my style and from what I know about zits it depends on the clogging between sebum and hair less likely it can get rid of it but instead of having to worry if I'm just going to end up bald and still have hair all over me like some balding Bigfoot

  • The Stacy Foster Show says:

    I have AU. On this list I know I have H.Pylori, PCOS and Nutrient Deficiencies. I still haven't accepted my condition, but I'm trying.

  • R V says:

    Hello sir my name is ravi kumar and i am suffering from alopecia universal from 2 years help me sir what do

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