Hello friends... I am 59 years old, and I have been dealing with alopecia areata for ten years. It first began as two quarter sized spots on the back of my head which worried me greatly, but which also disappeared within a few months with no treatment. A few months later, I began losing hair along the outside margins. This pattern has slowly but steadily crept upwards until it now has nearly reached the crown. There is a 1/2 wide strip of hair on the top of my head, with a large horseshoe (2 inches wide) around it completely smooth, and the hair beneath slowly growing back in solid white and very fine. Over the years, I have tried everything from dietary supplements to essential oils (lavender, rosemary, atlas cedar, red thyme) to cortisone injections. Due to unrelated (???) digestive issues, I visited my gastroenterologist today. Because I believe all issues with the body are interconnected, I asked him about the alopecia areata. He took immediate interest and said that he had previously tested me for Celiac's, but that there was a "mounting body of evidence" that Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity could cause a plethora of health issues from mouth sores to hair loss. While he was not confident that a gluten free diet would result in regrowth of my hair, he was supportive of my interest in trying it, and he provided me with resources to get started. He warned that this would not be easy, as gluten is found in most unlikely places, such as cosmetics and detergents. "There's probably gluten in your lipstick," he said. He also said I would need to remain completely gluten free for nine-months to a year to see any results, if indeed gluten was the culprit. So, with nothing to lose (but more hair), I am embarking on a gluten free journey. I would like to hear your stories, advice, insights, but most of all I would like to share support as we cope with this benign (?) but frustrating condition.