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Burning Scalp Syndrome

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: We all get an itchy scalp from time to time, but imagine a burning, painful sensation (similar to a sunburn on your scalp) that never goes away.
Air Date: 4/4/17
Duration: 23:22
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Ward Bond, PhD
Ward-BondDr. Ward Bond is widely known from his writings, his television and radio appearances, his lectures, as one of America’s most prominent authorities on natural health. He lectures on the human body’s ability to heal itself when we give it what it needs to thrive, improve and recover.

Dr. Bond hosts the daily television program, Dr. Bond’s THINK NATURAL, for the past 11 years, which airs daily across the United States and Canada in 41 million households on Christian Television Network, DirecTV (Channel 376) and Dish TV (Channel 267) Dr. Bond has filmed over 1,800 episodes of THINK NATURAL.

His past guests have included: Former LA Laker James Worthy, Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham, Former Anaheim Angels pitcher Chuck Finley, Lisa Osteen Comes, author of You Are Made for More!; Fitness Guru Kathy Smith, Nashville recording artist Danny Gokey, Nancy Alcorn of Mercy Ministries, Dr. Jonny Bowden, herbal researcher Mark Kaylor, Craig Johnson of Champions Club for Special Needs, Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, Dr. Ajay Goel of Director of the Center for Gastrointestinal Research, Olympic athletes and many more!

Dr. Bond’s Think Natural is about being honest about your health and providing the truth about nutrition. With an emphasis on keeping it real, Think Natural has been created with the desire to inspire and motivate those who tune in each week.

Dr. Bond has appeared on Daystar Celebration with Marcus and Joni Lamb; Fox News Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston, Orlando; ABC Phoenix; and CTN.

Dr. Bond Health-Related Accomplishments:
  • First to create the only oral nutritional program for Interstitial Cystitis.
  • First to bring awareness to the use of Hyaluronic Acid for Arthritis.
  • Created a very successful Hepatitis C Support Program to help reverse elevated liver enzymes and viral load counts, as well as reduce damage to the liver.
  • Created a very successful Multiple Sclerosis/ALS Support Program to help stop MS flare-ups and provide vital nutrients that feed the myelin sheath and the nervous system.
Publications:
  • Dr. Ward Bond's Vitamin, Mineral & Antioxidant Guide
  • The Top 20 Life-Changing Nutrients You Can’t (Shouldn’t) Live Without!: Volume One
  • The Power of the Lion’s Mane Mushroom: Regenerate Your Brain with Lion’s Mane
  • Cancer & the Mustard Seed (Ward W. Bond, PhD and Chef Susan Irby) November 2016
  • Book Title: Dr. Ward Bond's Vitamin, Mineral & Antioxidant Guide
  • Guest Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/ThinkNaturalTV
  • Guest Twitter Account: @DrWardBondTV
Burning Scalp Syndrome
We all get an itchy scalp from time to time, but imagine a burning, painful sensation (similar to a sunburn on your scalp) that never goes away.

It's a condition referred to as burning scalp syndrome.

Unfortunately, many doctors have a hard time diagnosing (and thus treating) the condition, leaving sufferers frustrated and at their wits' end. 

Symptoms include burning, itching, scalp sensitivity, pain when combing/brushing/styling, and may even result in hair loss.

Causes of Burning Scalp Syndrome

The number-one cause of burning scalp syndrome is chronic stress, whether from daily stressors or anxiety, depression, and even recovering from an injury. 

A neuropeptide called Substance P is the culprit. Substance P is the key "first responder" to stresses in your life. When stress becomes chronic, Substance P builds up and becomes too excessive for your body to handle. 

Aside from burning scalp syndrome, other issues such as restless leg syndrome, digestive woes, vaginal discomfort, hives for no reason, and even conditions such as fibromyalgia can all be caused by excessive amounts of Substance P.

Treatment Options

After studying the syndrome, Dr. Ward Bond has come up with certain protocols to address it.

Your diet is extremely important. Eat as naturally as possible and stay away from artificial ingredients and bad fats. Good fats have been found to bring relief to some patients, particularly flax oil and borage oil.

Magnesium is crucial as well. Low magnesium levels enable excess Substance P to respond. Dr. Bond prefers the Natural Vitality brand Natural Calm and advises to take it in morning and again in the evening.

You can also ingest cayenne internally. This tricks the nervous system into thinking an injury has occurred, but triggers the release of excess substance P.

Quercetin removes Substance P from the nervous system as well, and is also a natural antihistamine.

Acetyl L-Carnitine gets the left and right sides of the brain to communicate more efficiently and also reduces Substance P levels. This improves focus and optimizes release of serotonin and dopamine.

Regular exercise and stretching can also be beneficial, as well as focusing on the good in your life.

Listen in as Dr. Bond joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to share information on burning scalp syndrome, the other health concerns associated with excess Substance P, and how you can use nutrition to address your symptoms.
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