GHP Q1 2018

12 GHP / Q1 2018 , HBW17035 A Story of Hair Regeneration The seeds of Replenology were planted in October 2007, when Deborahwas enjoying a little trip away fromhome with her teenage daughter. Driving down South Ocean Boulevard in beautiful Sunny Isles, Florida, with the sun shining and singing to the latest hit on the radio, Deborah brushed the hair back fromher face. But when her hand reached the back of her head, she knew something was terribly wrong. She felt a completely bald patch, perfectly circular and just larger than a pound coin or a US quarter. Deborah’s first reaction was disbelief. For one who had hair so thick that stylists had charged her extra for a blow dry, this came as a complete shock, followed immediately by a knee-jerk reaction of terrible fear. Keeping her reaction from her daughter was a challenge and she didn’t mention her discovery to anyone, not even her husband. She became so concerned that she made an appointment with her family doctor on arrival home. The rest of what should have been a wonderful getaway was mired by Deborah’s underlying fear that was escalating by the hour. Unfortunately, the family doctor didn’t have the answers Deborah wanted to hear. She was told it could be an autoimmune disorder called ‘Alopecia Areata’ and that a consult with a dermatologist would confirm whether the cause was fungal or unknown. Sure enough, the dermatologist confirmed that Deborah’s condition was not easily treatable as it was not fungal in nature and, the doctor had no treatment advice for her. As she found this unacceptable, Deborah sought out a new dermatologist for a second opinion. What occurred next was absolutely shocking: the second dermatologist told Deborah she could indeed be prescribed medications, however, the drugs had a 75% chance of failing and Photo Credits: Hudson Taylor, Toronto Left-Right: Peter Feldman, Deborah Cahan, Dr. Luciano Marra