Getting To The Root Of Male And Female Hair Loss: A Functional Medicine Approach

Episode 30 43m


Hair loss is an issue that an estimated 50% of men and women will experience at some point in their lifetime. And as there are many different types of hair loss, there are also many various drivers of hair loss. These drivers of hair loss range from everything including autoimmune issues, hormonal imbalances, poor gut health, insulin resistance, environmental toxicity, and more.

In this episode, Dr. Hyman sits down with Dr. Elizabeth Boham to discuss the Functional Medicine approach to treating hair loss, and how it differs from the typical conventional medicine approach. They also share details about specific patient cases in which they have treated hair loss. Elizabeth Boham is a physician and nutritionist who practices functional medicine at The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Through her practice and lecturing she has helped thousands of people achieve their goals of optimum health and wellness.

She witnesses the power of nutrition every day in her practice and is committed to training other physicians to utilize nutrition in healing. Dr. Boham has contributed to many articles and wrote the latest chapter on Obesity for the Rankel Textbook of Family Medicine. She is part of the faculty of the Institute for Functional Medicine and has been featured on the Dr. Oz show and in a variety of publications and media including Huffington Post, The Chalkboard Magazine, and Experience Life. Her DVD Breast Wellness: Tools to Prevent and Heal from Breast Cancer explores the functional medicine approach to keeping your breasts and whole body well.

In this conversation, Dr. Hyman and Dr. Boham discuss:

  • The various types of hair loss including male pattern baldness, diffuse hair loss, thinning, and more
  • How autoimmune issues can drive hair loss
  • The link between PCOS and hair loss and irregular hair growth
  • How insulin resistance can lead to hair loss
  • Hair loss and underactive thyroid function
  • Common dietary triggers and nutrient insufficiencies that cause hair loss
  • How environmental toxins can contribute to hair loss
  • Patient cases in which Drs. Hyman and Boham have treated hair loss


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Dr. Elizabeth Boham: One of the most common signs of an underactive thyroid is shifts in your hair. So, we see more thinning of the hair, the hair can become more dry and brittle, and the eyebrows can shift. Dr. Mark Hyman: Welcome to The Doctor's Farmacy. I'm Dr. Mark Hyman and it's farmacy with an F, F-A-R-M-A-C-Y, a place for conversations that matter. And if you suffer from hair loss or you know someone who suffers from hair loss, or you're worried about hair loss, this podcast is going to matter to you because it's one of our special additions of The Doctor's Farmacy called House Call with my friend and colleague, Dr. Elizabeth Boham, here at the UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, where we see a lot of..

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Ep. 30 - Getting To The Root Of Male And Female Hair Loss: A Functional Medicine Approach