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“The same foods that are good for your body and overall health are good for your hair, including foods that are high in protein and low in carbohydrates, with a reduced fat

content,” says Dr. Michael Reed, a dermatologist with New York University’s Langone Medical Center, in New York City.

hemp milk and seeds, walnuts, soy, canola oil and fish.

Protein: Protein helps the body build many kinds of cells, including hair. Lentils and kidney beans provide a healthy amount of protein, plus iron and biotin, which especially help hair and nails stay strong and healthy, says Andrea Giancoli, a registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.

Zinc: A zinc deficiency can lead to shedding more hair than usual, notes Dawn Jackson Blatner, a Chicago- based registered dietitian. Zinc is found in all kinds of beans, beef, whole grains and walnuts.

“Although eating healthier is always beneficial, that alone may not prevent or stop genetic, hormonal or age-related types of hair loss,” counsels Rassman. His practice has confirmed that more often, genetics are behind male pattern hair loss, which can some- times start in the teenage years. If nutri- tion has been ruled out as the pivotal cause, visiting a hair loss specialist is suggested to see what else can be done.

Judith Fertig is a freelance writer in Overland Park, KS; see AlfrescoFood

The Power of Men’s Circles by Tom Kelley T

o most men, ‘men’s work’ means such things as going to a job and achieving success, providing for a family, building a deck off the back of the house and helping out in the com- munity. We also have been taught that the term ‘be a man’ means to always have your guard up, don’t show any emotions except anger and never ap- pear vulnerable.

This style of thinking has evolved over the years. Hollywood’s 50’s and 60’s tough guys have morphed into slightly more multi-dimensional charac- ters. But the core message remains: real men still don’t eat quiche.

Our society and culture often does not encourage men to ever stop and feel; to look inside themselves and ask the questions:

n What do I want? n Do my needs matter? n What is my purpose? n How can I feel empowered in my romantic relationship and in my job?

This has resulted in generations of men out of touch with their feelings and their power with no way to articulate why they are frustrated and drifting through life.

Men’s Circles

One way for men to reconnect with themselves and increase their focus is to form a regular meeting circle with other men. The size of the group works well at anywhere from 5 to 16 men. The group should be large enough to shift the focus off the individual but not too have too many members thus prohibiting each man from getting to speak regularly.

In order for most men to be comfortable enough to discuss issues that previously have been off limits, the right environment must be created. One of the first ways to do this is to set up firm ground rules around how the group interacts. Certain upfront agree- ments are crucial to building the trust necessary to go to a deeper level of communication.

The first rule is no talking over or cutting someone off when they are speaking. Notice how common this is the next time you are in a group of men. It is the main form of communi- cation in bars, golf courses and work- places. Its absence in a men’s group encourages a free flow of authentic feelings to surface, which starts the process of reconnecting to our power. All men also must agree that all things talked about in the circle are confidential. When this trust is estab- lished the men are much more likely to go deeper into themselves. Another aspect of a highly func- tioning men’s group is avoiding try- ing to ‘fix’ the person or his problem. Rather, evoke from him the truth that he already knows but is feeling blocked from being able to do anything about. This is done by asking questions or of- fering new perspectives on the issue. In time, these techniques create a supportive, non-judgmental setting. It becomes a place where real break- throughs can happen and men can feel what they feel, know what they want and reclaim their power. And, if they want, they even can feel free to eat quiche.

Tom Kelley has a private counseling- practice in Nyack and is the founder of Rockland Men’s Circle. He can be reached at 917-279-4112 or tmkhhc@ For more information, visit

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