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July 12, 2012


Gael in Vermont

Great post Deb! You always get around to addressing most of my issues...sooner or later. My friends and I have all been "harvesting hair." I didn't think it began when I switched to a plant-based diet but I was unsure. Ginny Messina listed all the theories I thought about and put some truth behind them. This was reassuring. I'm wondering if you notice the same or if your HRT protocol helps the hairs hold on because of the estrogen. Might be a reason to estrogenize!


You are the best! Have a beautiful time with your family. Looking forward to hearing all about it. Convince all of your readers to follow you on Facebook. Love having you there.


Fantastic post. Enjoy your vacation and time with family. We will be here when you return.


I am a post menopause woman (nealy 59) who reversed hair loss on lowfat vegan diet. I attribute this to attending to my omega 3:6 ratio.

In addition to consuming chia seeds and homemade flax milk in my daily oatmeal, I take a high potency plant-base source of omega 3s. I also consider the omega 6 level of my food choices, but do not "avoid" them.

Additionally, the flax milk might be boosting estrogenization (re: Gael) due to their lignan content.

I am looking forward to your discussion on calcium!

Pamela Wildermuth

Have a great Summer Holiday with your Family, yes we will all be here waiting for you when you return. Pamela

Healthy Librarian

@Gael: Hard to say about the HRT--but, honestly, I don't notice any thinning or excessive hair loss. Knock-on-wood on this one. Scalp showing through would be scary stuff. I know my gyno said that the HRT would be of benefit re hair & skin.

@Amy, Jen, & Pamela: Thank you all so much for your sweet wishes.

Healthy Librarian

@Janet: Very interesting theory re the omega 3:6 ratio & the flax-estrogen connection. Please Please share your flax milk recipe!!! I saw a few on the web after reading your comment--but they're wildly different. I'm with you on the plant-based omega-3's. Mind sharing your high-potency supplement's brand name?


Loved the photo. Lab Rat has cleaned up well since then, and you are still adorable. Enjoy the family.

Healthy Librarian

@Babs: You must have been taking it, right? Who's that adorable guy on the right, & whatever happened to him. Did you ever hear? Looking forward to seeing everyone. Thanks for the well-wishes. Have fun tonight!


Thanks for your B12 Update.
After my high results and my still to high homocystein levels I still wonder whether the high result was a fluke.
I take chlorella every day so there could be a case of B12 analoga measured and I should continue with 1000µg/day B12.
Methylcobalamin testing is pretty expensive here in Germany and only very few hospitals do it so I think I'll pass.
All in all I think I prefer to err on the side of supplementing B12 a bit too much versus too little.

I cannot thank you enough for the good work you do!
Hope you have a really wonderful vacation!


The flax milk tastes "sprouty" or "green", but I don't drink it. I like it for my oatmeal and for cooking. Some of the recipes sweeten the milk, which might cut the 'greeness'. One could also use a mix of nuts/seed & flax to change the flavor (soak the nuts first). The store-bought milk included ingredients: Filtered Water, Cold Pressed Flax Oil, Tapioca Starch, Tricalcium Phosphate, Canola and/or Sunflower Lecithin, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, Vitamin B12, and it did not taste 'green'.

I am not good at following directions, but to make the flax milk I measure (using the container I will store the milk in) some well-filtered water. I put about 1/3 cup of flax seeds (more or less) in the blender. Add about 1/3 of the water and let it rip for a few minutes. I pour that in a nut bag (or one can use panty hose) in a bowl with a pour spout and gently squeeze the milk out (it is actually a bit like milking a cow ;>). I then return the masticated flax seeds to the blender and add the next 3rd of the water and repeat, then repeat with the final 3rd of water (same flax seeds). I just have a regular blender and those with the high speed might be able to streamline this. I then use the masticated flax seeds bread, muffins, or whatever.

I have been taking Ascenta's NutraVege. Its is a bit pricey and I suppose I could more cheaply obtain the high ALA/DHA oils Ascenta uses, but its easy. It also does wonders for my fingernails - no longer pealing or brittle.


I made the Tu-no Salad and loved it! The herb I used was dill seed. I have missed using dill seed which I used to put in my tuna salad. What a surprise I got that great refreshing taste without the tuna. The dressing was Fab. I made it today, instead of vegan mayo, to put over a macaroni salad. what a great dressing. Thanks for sharing what works for you!

Ellen (Gluten Free Diva)

I was diagnosed with Alopecia, an autoimmune disease that causes your hair to fall out. Six months later I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. After three years of being gluten free (strictly), about 75% of my hair grew back. Four years later, I still have part of my scalp with hair loss. But I'm grateful that most of it has grown back. I thought your readers might like to know about the connection between hair loss and Celiac Disease.

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