How Mysterious Hair Loss Changed Dr. Taz’s Approach to Medicine

So, tell me about your health journey. I know you had one and sort of
how you feel and what happened? I would love to tell it. I think it pales in
comparison to yours quite honestly. I felt like you went
through so much more but, you know, mine was just
– a lot of what I’m seeing nowadays, you know, in young women as well, is just
the combination of being super stressed. I was in medical school, you know,
I was going into residency. My eating was off. My sleep was off.
I didn’t know how to take care of myself. I didn’t really know anything
about my health quite honestly, and all of a sudden, just started getting what
today I know are more inflammatory symptoms, but at that time I had no clue.
I would have joint pain, I was gaining weight and
didn’t understand why. I had horrible acne and then I started
to lose hair and the hair loss became, you know, more and more
progressive until it really crescendoed and became something
that everybody noticed. Like, it wasn’t where
you could hide anymore. Even though it was happening
and even though it was so visible, I’m still – you know, when I look back,
I still wonder – I still didn’t really – I still wasn’t motivated
to figure it out. I think I was so in my head and
just so determined to, like, power through, you know, “I got to get to my shift,”
“I got to do this,” and “I got to do that,” that I just thought this would go away
and it would just magically disappear. It just clues you in into how tiny things, tiny shifts – because ultimately,
it came down to food quite honestly. It came down to, “I need to be
gluten-free.” My thyroid was shot. I needed iron, I needed B vitamins.
As long as I kind of stayed there, that even to this day,
so many years later, I’m good. I feel pretty good and I’m healthy. The minute
I fall off again, those signs come back. So yeah, I mean, like the – you know,
just the idea that tiny things can shift your health so dramatically
was fascinating to me because in Western medicine – remember,
I was working in the Emergency Room and I had ICU doctor in the brain. I was going to be an ICU doctor
and all this other stuff. Those are heroic efforts.
We do a lot, right. I mean, there’s like 50 things
to do at any one given time and when you’re sitting back and
looking at this field of medicine, it’s like, oh my gosh, tiny things shift
the body so dramatically and affects so many different pathways and it takes you away
from hero medicine kind of. It takes you more into like,
okay, let’s work with the body, not like jump in this like this savior that
like we’re going to do 50,000 things and get everybody where they need to be.

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