Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wes Welker Hair Transplant

So New England Patriot football star Wes Welker has gone in for some hair transplants and will be doing ads for the doctor who performed the surgery. I'm not sure how happy he will be in the coming months because at this stage of the game he has no idea what the results will be, but I'm happy that someone so high profile will be talking about hair loss. Find out more here:

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Japanese Study Could Cure Baldness

Baldness studies usually show little promise or tell us something we already know.  Mainly, that we are years away from anything that works.

Well we have all heard that stress can cause baldness and now a study from Japan seems to prove it.  The good news is that it is giving scientists a new direction to go in to cure or hair loss problems.

Good luck guys, we are pulling for you.  Read about the study, It's hopeful.

Japanese Hair Loss Study
How The Study Will Help Grow Hair

Hair Loss Cures: We've Come A Long Way Baby!

I know most people out there do not think we have made any progress with hair loss cures over the centuries but they may be wrong.

There is no cure per say but there are drugs to control the hair loss and supplements to help with the sheds and shampoos to keep the scalp clean.

In the last 20 years or so we have identified the causes of male pattern baldness and target certain hormones which may prove to someday help grow hair.

But this hasn't always been the case and people have been selling hope since hope began.

Here is a vintage hair loss cure ad from 1947. Enjoy

Hair Loss Cure 1947

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Propecia Side Effects Examinined

Propecia has been prescribed for hair loss for a number of years and there has always been a cloud looming about just how bad the side effects were.

Men suffering from hair loss will grasp at anything saying it can help and have little regard for the consequences of taking a new drug.  I'm guilty of the same thing.

But as more information about the lasting side effects of propecia come to light, more and more men should think twice about taking it.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Resveratrol And Hair Loss Evidence

  Prostaglandin D2 (or PGD2) is a prostaglandin that is central to development of dermatologic inflammation, pattern hair loss, and allergic disorders, such as asthma.

      A newly released, 2012 study showed a cause and effect relationship between abnormally high levels of PGD2 and male pattern baldness. With topical application they found PGD2 prevents hair growth, and mice who were genetically predisposed to produce higher levels of PGD2 had diminished hair growth. They additionally discovered PGD2 levels were much elevated in balding scalp versus non-balding scalp tissue. The study concluded that one of the receptors involved in production of PGD2, GPR44, constituted a precise therapeutic target for hormonal hair loss in both men and women.

Sci Transl Med. 2012 Mar 21; 4(126):126ra34.
Prostaglandin D2 inhibits hair growth and is elevated in bald scalp of men with androgenetic alopecia.
Garza LA, Liu Y, Yang Z, Alagesan B, Lawson JA, Norberg SM, Loy DE, Zhao T, Blatt HB, Stanton DC, Carrasco L, Ahluwalia G, Fischer SM, FitzGerald GA, Cotsarelis G.
Department of Dermatology, Kligman Laboratories, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.

Testosterone is necessary for the development of male pattern baldness, known as androgenetic alopecia (AGA); yet, the mechanisms for decreased hair growth in this disorder are unclear. We show that prostaglandin D(2) synthase (PTGDS) is elevated at the mRNA and protein levels in bald scalp compared to haired scalp of men with AGA. The product of PTGDS enzyme activity, prostaglandin D(2) (PGD(2)), is similarly elevated in bald scalp. During normal follicle cycling in mice, Ptgds and PGD(2) levels increase immediately preceding the regression phase, suggesting an inhibitory effect on hair growth. We show that PGD(2) inhibits hair growth in explanted human hair follicles and when applied topically to mice. Hair growth inhibition requires the PGD(2) receptor G protein (heterotrimeric guanine nucleotide)-coupled receptor 44 (GPR44), but not the PGD(2) receptor 1 (PTGDR). Furthermore, we find that a transgenic mouse, K14-Ptgs2, which targets prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase 2 expression to the skin, demonstrates elevated levels of PGD(2) in the skin and develops alopecia, follicular miniaturization, and sebaceous gland hyperplasia, which are all hallmarks of human AGA. These results define PGD(2) as an inhibitor of hair growth in AGA and suggest the PGD(2)-GPR44 pathway as a potential target for treatment.

Because PGD2's correlation with asthma is well established, several drugs that down regulate PGD2 are already in clinical trials. PGD2 inhibitors would serve to promote hair growth. Scientists involved in this study, including Dr. Cotsarelis of stem cell research renown, state that they've already formulated pills containing the vital PGD2 blocking properties. But why wait for an expensive, patented medication. Resveratrol has been shown to significantly suppress PGD2 at low concentrations readily obtainable through oral dosing, as evidenced by the abstract presented below. Oral resveratrol has also been shown to have anti-asthmatic effects superior to that of dexamethasone, the side effect wrought, cortico-steroid of choice for managing asthma symptoms. 

Planta Med. 2004 Apr;70(4):305-9.
Resveratrol inhibits the release of mediators from bone marrow-derived mouse mast cells in vitro.
Baolin L, Inami Y, Tanaka H, Inagaki N, Iinuma M, Nagai H.
Department of Pharmacology of Chinese Materia Medica, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing, P. R. China.


Resveratrol is a natural phytoalexin occurring in grapes, vines and peanuts and possesses both antitumor and antioxidation capabilities. Its chemoprotective actions are attributed partially to its anti-inflammation effect. The present study is aimed at checking the inhibitory actions of resveratrol on the release of mediators from bone marrow-derived mouse mast cells (BMMC) in vitro. Mast cells were prepared by isolating bone marrow cells from intact mice femora and culturing them for 4 weeks in the presence of IL-3 and FCS. The release reaction was triggered by IgE or calcium ionophore (A23187). Mediated by IgE, the release of histamine and tumor necrosis factor-alpha was significantly inhibited by resveratrol at a concentration of 100 microM; IgE-mediated release of leukotrienes and prostaglandin D (2) was also strongly suppressed at concentrations of 100 and 10 microM.Also, A23187-mediated release of histamine and leukotrienes release was strongly reduced by resveratrol at concentrations of 100 and 10 microM, respectively. Resveratrol exhibited its behavior without a significant cytotoxic activity against mast cells. In conclusion, resveratrol is a potent non-selective inhibitor of mediator release from activated mast cells and deserves further investigation of its biological modulations.

      The ideal dose of Resveratrol has been a subject of debate for some time. The scientific community is coming to some agreement, that a dose between 200-300 mg optimizes health benefits for human use. Recent research in Italy revealed Resveratrol is particularly effective at stimulating hair growth when combined with Curcumin.

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Hair Loss Shampoo

Someone asked me recently what hair loss shampoo I used and it was really a great question.  The thing I want to say about it first off is that a shampoo will not stop your hair loss nor will it grow your hair back.

But, you should not be using shampoos that can harm your hair and even some of the best shampoos that claim they are specifically for thinning hair, contain harmful ingredients.  That's insane.

The main culprit?  Sodium lauryl sulfate .  Sulfates in general are bad because they are harsh solvent cleaners.  They are used in shampoos to create lather.  In the amounts used in Shampoos they are not lethal or dangerous but there is no good reason anyone concerned about hair loss should ever use Sodium Lauryl Sulfate on their head.

Now most hair loss shampoos contain the sulfates and I stay away from them.  Nioxin is a popular brand which makes several products to help you with your hair loss problem.  The Nioxin Shampoos all contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or some variation of it. 

All the Nioxin hair loss products do have one thing in common.  It is not that they work either.  It is that they are all expensive.  In fact most shampoo that is concert good is very expensive and it shouldn't be.  A bottle of my preferred Shampoo is on $2.90 and I'm known to not consider cost as a factor in the products I use. 

If it works, I will pay for it.  If there was a shampoo for hair loss that REALLY worked and it was $1000 a bottle, then I would by it.  So what I'm saying to you is that there is not one.

Now there are several Shampoos designed to help put your scalp in the best position possible to avoid hair loss if at all possible.  And just because something says "For Hair Loss" or "For Thinning Hair" does not mean anything other than it is expensive.

The answer is to find a completely natural shampoo containing no sulfates.  The one I use is called Trader Joe's Nourish Spa and is under $3 for 16.9 oz.

If you don't have a Trader Joe's Nearby do not panic.  There is another shampoo I like and is available at health food stores and online.  It's cheaper online because you don't pay sales tax or the overheads associated with retail stores. 

The other shampoo is called Aubrey Organics, Men's Stock, Ginseng Biotin Shampoo, 8 fl oz (237 ml)
It's only $8.46 a bottle at my supplier and there is no reason to every use anything else.  

If you want to try Aubrey Organics, Men's Stock, Ginseng Biotin Shampoo and receive $5 off the price visit  then enter Coupon Code LAT159 at checkout to get $5 off

Once you become a customer of iHerb, they will usually email you a coupon for $5 or $10 any order every 3 months or so.  iHerb is a terrific value and you can find anything you can find in a Vitamin or Health Store usually at around 30% off of retail and not sales tax.  The saving are significant.

iHerb offers free 2 day express shipping for orders over $40 so bulking up may be worth it if you are buying a $3.46 bottle of shampoo.  If you are concerned about your hair loss you need to be taking Maxi Hair Multi Vitamin anyway so you might take this opportunity to pick some up.

You will find all the supplements you normally take at iHerb so you should appreciate the deep discounts, no sales tax and excellent service regardless if you take my advice about hair loss shampoo.

The only other Shampoo that you may need is Nizoral 2% which is a prescription strength dandruff shampoo.  Even if you do not have dandruff, studies show Nizoral 2% has a positive effect on hair loss.  It is pretty common knowledge among physicians.  If you can find some, I would use it twice a week only.

Good Luck and stop spending money on fancy hair loss shampoos you don't need.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Watch Dr Bauman Live Hair Transplant On Radio Host

Dr. Alan Bauman is inviting us into the operating room on July 11th to witness a live hair transplant procedure on Radio personality Kevin Rolston.

Bauman is a leading hair restoration surgeon in South Florida and although this procedure is designed to spark local interest in his local practice, the web streaming will provide a lot of great information for hair loss sufferers around the world.

I have been a fan of Dr Bauman's work because he has always been forthcoming regarding new and innovative research in the cure for hair loss. He is not afraid to talk about the latest experimental treatments out there even if they promise to someday diminish the need for hair transplantation.

But for now, dispelling the myths about hair plugs and showing the world just how far this medical art form has come over the last several years will be educational and exciting for anyone considering tackling their hair  loss problem through hair transplantation.

Get all the details about the live hair transplant procedure, Dr Bauman and future replays of the procedure online.