*RX for Readers: Hair scare*
June 26, 2014 13:17
Are new immigrants susceptible to hair loss?
Once cause of hair loss is iron deficiency, more prominent in women than men.
I am a 65-year-old woman and came on aliya seven years ago with a thick mop of hair. During the first two months, my hair shed. I noticed many Israeli women, including my own stepdaughter, who have very thin hair. A Russian-immigrant doctor told me that during the first year after she arrived, she lost half the volume of her hair. We hosted a 19-year-old German volunteer who was here for nine months; her parents visited and were shocked by her thin hair. Israelis will tell you the problem is the hot climate, but I come from northeast Australia, where it was hotter and more humid than here.I believe there is something missing in the water we drink and would like to find out what it is so I can put it back. – G.T., Kiryat Tivon