Friday, November 16, 2007

Marie Antoinette

You know the story. Marie Antoinette's hair suddenly went white when she learned that she would be guillotined the next day. Who wouldn't? Well, now Scientific American said that the sudden whiting may have various reasons:
There are at least three possible explanations: She may have suffered from sudden onset of the rare autoimmune disease alopecia areata, which attacks pigmented hairs, causing them to fall out, leaving the white (nonpigmented) strands behind. Or the stress of the situation could have generated a swarm of free radicals in her hair follicles, which traveled along the hair shafts, destroying pigment and creating a bleaching effect. Or maybe she just stopped wearing her wigs—revealing she had gray hair all along.

Also, along the way, the scientists are hinting stress may prematurely make your hair white.

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2 Comments:

Blogger marionne said...

Tell that to Rocky and Joemol!

2:13 PM  
Blogger frank cimatu said...

marionne, be ready with Bigen

2:35 PM  

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