You Wouldn’t Believe What I Learned About Dandruff!

For those who haven’t been around the block a few times; you may not have heard the term, dandruff. These days, it’s known as “dry scalp,” but I think that newer terminology is part of this condition’s evolution.

I’ve had this condition since I was about sixteen. That’s when I recall first noticing little tiny flakes occasionally dotting my shoulders after I had brushed or styled my hair.

I don’t remember ever really noticing commercials on this condition before that time, but that’s typical.

We usually don’t notice things that don’t apply to us. We may be exposed to it, but we dismiss it. However, Proctor and Gamble began advertising dandruff medicated shampoos since 1961.

When I began to notice these small flakes, I began purchasing Selsun Blue. I remember that was the specific brand my father used. I don’t know if anyone else in my family used it. It was not really discussed. It should have been. No one thought of it as hereditary thing at that time.

I don’t know why my father choose to use Selsun Blue. Proctor & Gamble’s Head and Shoulders products became hugely popular through an anxiety based marketing strategy that told us, “You never have a second chance to make a good first impression.”

Regardless of brand, these products all had Zinc Pyrithione as their main ingredient to control dandruff. Back then, the public at large was not that concerned about what was in our food our the products we used.

Knowing this, however, could have saved me years of seeking answers on the merry go round of trying to connect the dots to my health related symptoms. I am just now questioning this situation, which, years later, seems to have systemic implications.

You see, as I have aged, I noticed that what started out as a bit of itching and small flakes, has been changing. In the last several years, the bit of itching has turned into full blown irritation, and the flakes have gotten larger; not just for me, but apparently, the population at large. So much so, in fact, that the advertising and well-known name of the condition changed as well.

The name, in the advertising, went from “dandruff,” which sounds small, light and fluffy; to “dander,” which sounds heavier and bigger; to “dry scalp,” which sounds like it encompasses large segments or territory on your head; and finally, to “dry scalp flakes,” which sounds like the big segments are breaking off.

Considering that we know flakes (from our cereals) to be fairly large, that’s an unsettling thought. It’s also an unsettling experience to see such large flakes in your own, or someone else’s hair or scalp.

It’s not just bigger flakes. When scratched, it’s actually chunks coming off the scalp. I have seen this excessive flakiness before on old guys who look like they don’t clean around their ears. I’ve also seen it on women whose hair looks very greasy.

I can’t stand how that looks, so when I began to notice these big flakes or chunks of dry scalp (I call them crusties), if I scratched my head, I got concerned.

I’d pull them completely out of my hair if I scratched them up, but I noticed that despite regular washings, the irritation in certain areas of my scalp was getting worse, and I was scratching up the big flakes more. Sometimes, I wondered if it was scabs from so much scratching.

I started to research what was at the heart of this problem. What was kind of condition caused dry scalp? Somehow, after finding the answer, I felt that I should have known; because I’ve been fighting this battle most of my life, whether I recognized it or not.

Years ago, I went into Tunie’s because they had a natural doctor there that could look at you, ask a few questions about your family’s history, and tell you immediately what your body’s weaknesses were; what you were most susceptible to developing.

Everything he advised me to be careful of…the areas he said were potentially weak have indeed materialized. It was not because I believed it would happen. He was trained, and I now see that he had an eye to see patterns.

Once he got the General family picture, he could see a pattern of weakness systemically occurring, much like I can read patterns for pain in the body just by looking at my clients, or at one specific body part.

All things being related, I can now see that this is just another piece of the systemic battle I’ve had for years. Upon searching, I discovered that the irritation and resulting evolution of flakes in my scalp is the direct result of a fungus.

Fungus can grow in many areas of the body, particularly areas that tend to be more enclosed and subject to more moisture build up. In fact, larger people are more prone to these conditions due to more areas subjected to moisture, such as flesh folds or pockets. I’m not huge, but I’m no small potatoes either.

However, this affects all ages, from 0-60+. I was not overweight all my life, and, I was affected by this as a child with Tinnitus as the starting point. Tinnitus is an irritation in the ears due to candida yeast. I always had ear infections as a kid, and had colds or flus frequently up through my twenties; so this had early origins.

Areas of typical high susceptibility for fungus would be in between or under the toes (Athlete’s foot); in the crease between the legs and the groin, and generally in the groin area (Vaginal yeast infection); and orally in the mouth as a strange white rash, or a white coating on the tongue (Thrush).

Finally, it can show up on the skin and nails. For large breasted women, it can show up as a rash or irritation on, under and between the breasts.

The skin is the largest organ of the body, so basically, that means this fungus can show up anywhere on your body. Your scalp is no exception. In the scalp, the condition, which has been cited for years as being caused by numerous factors such as dry skin, oily skin, too much or too little hair washing, hygiene, stress or diet, has, I’m sure, confused many.

I too have heard all of these cited causes for years from the news and advertisers, but what it boils down to is Malassezia Globosa, which is a yeast-like fungus that lives on the scalp, feeding on skin oils. All of these conditions are fungal related, and are all part of the cycle of a systemic Candidiasis problem in the body.

So now, finally, I’ve found the truth. Now the question is, how can I naturally, effectively combat it? I’ve been fighting candida all of my life since I first became aware of it, and I’m still fighting it. I thought I was making progress, but apparently, not enough. How can I naturally get rid of the fungus and the candida problem that causes it?

See Part Two Here

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