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The John Kender Diet For Trichotillomania

In the late 1990's John Kender found success by eliminating certain foods from his tricster daughter's diet, to see which foods increased her urges to pull her hair. Since then many others have kept detailed food diaries, testing certain foods against their urges. Many people have stopped pulling completely by following the John Kender diet alone.

The basis of the JK diet is that people with trichotillomania seem to experience irritation and itchiness from Malassezia, a naturally occurring skin and stomach yeast. The foods on the right hand side of the table (the bold foods) are known to increase the skin yeast, Malassezia.


Sugars & sweetener aspartame found in Diet drinks

Apples Glucose
Fructose Egg Yolk
Red wine Caffeine
Lemons Chocolate
Cherries Popcorn and corn
Beef Tomato seeds
Garlic Nuts, especially peanuts
Onions Monosodium Glutamate
Kiwi Alfafa sprouts
Limes Apartate/asparagine
Ripening bananas crustaceans (lobster, prawns, crab)
Decaffeinated tea Soy products of any kind
Ginger root Legumes
Papaya Butterfat
Guava Fatty fish, e.g. tuna, herring
Kefir with yoghurt Sardines, salmon, mackerel
Pineapple Most shellfish : Mussels Shrimp, Prawns, Lobster & Crab
Mustard Nitrites
Cabbage Peas
Unsweetened live yoghurt Beans of any sort
Brussel Sprouts Hair roots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vegetarians and Vegans : Check out specialist John Kender sites to see what you can and can't eat as soy products are not recommended for people with trichotillomania.

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