No you need to check the exact value, as guidelines have changes and unfortunately most docs are not updated on this.
Normal to them can mean up to 5 on TSH
While over 2.5 is probably hypothyroid, which can cause hair loss.
That needs to be checked.
Alopecia arreta might indeed be autoimmune and following a nutrient dense, anti-inflammatory, anti-autoimmune diet would be a first step in addressing this functionally.
Probiotics are fine but only address bowel flora. If there are other problems with the bowel, such as overgrowth, more extensive treatment is needed.
But, you can add probiotics on your own safely and see, along with the diet I mention, which will establish the correct pre-biotic stimulation.
The diet, in order of preference in quantity, should look like this
whole fruit, beans and peas
Whole grains no yeasted breads, dry cereals or anything refined
Seeds and nuts, but cut out seeds if you have any diverticulosis.
A little tofu or tempeh daily
A little high quality soy or coconut milk yogurt
The soluble fiber in this strategy will stabilized colon function in about 6 to 8 weeks, then about 2 or three helpings of animal foods a week, preferably fish, can be added back.
See the book Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, for instructions on this type of diet.
This of course is only the beginning of a full functional medicine approach, but you would need a doctor to take the correct labs, and take this approach.
You can find them here.
See the find a practitioner link, upper right.
Find an MD or DO, preferably family practice, or internal medicine.
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