Bad Breath Linked With Male Pattern Baldness

Sep 21, 2013
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In male pattern baldness (MPB), oral sulfur-containing gases were found to be significant in those who bald, independent of age in the level of CH3SCH3 and severe MPB in subjects with gastrointestinal diseases, hypertension and high cholesterol. What is CH3SCH3? It is a sulfur-containing gas that causes bad breath.

Upon examination of the data, there were significant differences between the levels of sulfur containing gases and baldness, independent of age. Whether the association was linked to systemic health condition, a strong significant association was observed between the level of CH3SCH3 and severe MPB in subjects with gastrointestinal diseases, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia.

Lack of Beneficial Bacteria is Partly to Blame
Perhaps without some irony, those who have bad breath typically rely on antiseptic mouthwashes to kill “bad” germs. However, these germs are not always
bad, they are often good. In fact, killing “good” germs will destroy beneficial nitrates found in food that are converted into nitric oxide (NO) by way of the bacteria (germs). Nitric oxide is that special, chemical gas that is responsible for an erection, and also keeping blood pressure levels normal. Moreover, nitric oxide is necessary for the stomach to “relax” to empty food into the duodenum into the small intestine.

Imagine for a moment the pyloric valve sphincter, the determining factor of how long ingested food “sits” in the stomach will linger around and ferment. If this
valve does not open freely, there are at least a few culprits to consider. When food is either bathing in insufficient stomach acid, it tends to ferment, causing unpleasant, odorous gases. Or, if there is not enough nitric oxide present, the valve may fail to open, not allowing the contents of digested food to empty in a timely manner.

Solution is not Far Away
First, if you suffer from bad breath, eliminate your mouth wash or oral antiseptic! All too often in our germ phobic society, we tend to be
overzealous about killing germs. Due to the advent of disinfectants, chlorine (including in a Jacuzzi and swimming pools) contribute to the decline of beneficial bacteria, not to mention the more obvious antibiotics that are given freely by physicians.

Fermented foods, such as those like homemade yogurt (not the store bought variety) contains active bacteria that help reduce levels of hydrogen sulfide (CH3SCH3), one of the major causes of bad breath. Researchers have found that eating yogurt reduces levels of hydrogen sulfide in 80 percent of volunteers tested. Do note that this study was limited and the cultures introduced were streptococcus thermophilus and lactobacillus bulgaricus. Perhaps more benefits would be realized with a broader spectrum of cultures.

Certain types of bacteria are a main threat to gum diseases, such as those which are associated with bad breath. So naturally incorporating more fermented food and probiotics can be the missing link to good oral hygiene.

Many illnesses are worsened by an abnormal ratio of intestinal bacteria, usually caused by poor diet or toxins. A diet rich in probiotic foods is known improve gut health, thereby engendering longer life, aiding the body’s production of vitamins, helping to break down toxic substances, elevating mood, and improving glucose metabolism.

Bulgarian peasants dwelling in the Caucasus Mountains were found to be very long lived, with life spans in excess of 100 years being not uncommon. What was their secret? They consumed an abundant amount of fermented foods, namely sour milk which is similar to drinkable kefir or yogurt.

What Else Should I know?
Beyond that, today more than ever, gut problems are seen more widely due to GMO (Genetically modified organisms), which can contain either gut altering effects on bacteria and/or herbicide soaked into the foods, which can disrupt the gastrointestinal tract. Moreover, soil levels of important minerals are lacking, which facilitate the production of enzymes and digestive acids. The element sulfur, as paradoxical as this may seem can likely reduce “sulfur-containing” gases in the mouth and GI-tract.

Petrochemical “fertilizers” used around the world for decades have impaired the uptake of sulfur into the plants, rendering this very necessary element in short supply in the human diet. NPK (Nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium) in these chemical fertilizers interfere with sulfur uptake.

Boosting your intake of sulfur will improve digestion. Search for sources of organic sulfur. Here is an inexpensive source. A word of warning, it tastes exceptionally bitter, it’s easier to get down by allowing it to be dissolved on the tongue, followed by water or juice. However, I do not recommend mixing it with anything–the result will be quite bitter. Furthermore, it will not work effectively if used in tablet or capsule form, due to poor assimilation. To be more specific, anti-caking agents, silicon dioxide, flow agents, etcetera will interfere with potential benefits and assimilation. So stick with the bitter tasting powder. We use the Gold Standard MSM-powder.!

[1]. BMC Public Health. 2009 Mar 13;9:82. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-9-82.