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Polysorbate 60 & The Helsinki Formula for Hair Regrowth

The Helsinki Formula was much in the news in the 1980s and 90s: first as a miracle cure for hair loss; and then as the center of a long drawn-out legal battle and media circus. It is a compound whose active ingredient was originally Polysorbate 60 and later Polysorbate 80, ingredients still found in many hair treatment products today.

The Finnish developer, Dr. Ilona Schreck-Purola, basically gave her formulas to any company which wanted them. She accepted stipends if offered; but many manufacturers offered none. You may see the Helsinki Formula laughingly referred to in hair loss forums, but in my opinion, much of the bad press is undeserved. So what was all the fuss about?

Two manufacturers of Helsinki Formula-based hair loss products were hauled into court by the U.S. Postal Service for making unsubstantiated drug claims through the U.S. mail. After years of legal wrangling involving: the two companies; the combined forces of the FTC, the FDA and the U.S. Postal Service (jointly referred to as “the weenies” by one of the defendants); and the U.S. Federal Court system, some of the trial judges had very interesting comments to make.

In reversing a decision against one of the Helsinki Formula manufacturers, Judge Bruce Thompson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada commented, “It’s troublesome that the U.S. Post Office has wasted so much time and taxpayer money on a product that seems to help some people with male pattern baldness alleviate, what they perceive to be a problem”.

Just a year later, Judge Thompson’s ruling was overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In part, the Court’s opinion read, “The common opinion within the medical establishment is that nothing will grow hair”.

Six years later in 1992, District Judge Richard Gadbois, writing for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California said, “There is a fair amount of evidence to the effect that perhaps the Helsinki Formula should not be effective, but in large measure the same could be said for Minoxidil (Rogaine) … Who’s to say that a balding gentleman in his middle years who comes forward and testifies fervently that his pate is becoming younger because of the Helsinki Formula is simply deluding himself.”

There were 107 people who wanted to testify that the Helsinki formula worked for them. The prosecution had no witnesses ready to testify that it didn’t.

As for hard evidence, I’ve read in hair loss forums that there have only been two scientific studies of Polysorbate 60 as a treatment for hair loss: the 1974 pro-Polysorbate Schreck-Purola study; and the 1985 con-Polysorbate Groveman et al. study. This is simply not true.

In Judge Gadbois’ Findings of Fact, he cited studies by French physicians which “seemed to support the views of Dr. Purola, and a British photographic study of Helsinki Formula users [that] also suggested its efficacy. The European studies were done by careful and experienced scientists working in good faith.

Dr. Purola herself was a credible witness as to her observations and the work of others in Europe. … Although neither the Finnish, French nor British studies pass muster under state-of-the-art scientific methods now in use, they do establish that The Helsinki Formula most probably works some of the time for a lot of people.”

Of the Groveman study, Judge Gadbois commented, “There are a number of serious defects in that study, not the least of which is that it did not test the precise formula marketed as “The Helsinki Formula” and probably did not involve a sufficient number of subjects.

The study has apparently never been cited in responsible professional literature and was not much enhanced by the testimony of [the prosecution’s expert witness] Dr. Ganiats, who is not a dermatologist and lacked knowledge about many details of the study.” Interestingly Groveman et al. equals “Groveman HD, Ganiats T, and Klauber MR.

Finally, the judge opined, “There can be little doubt that the Upjohn Co. [the manufacturer of Rogaine], a competitor … whose attorneys attended these proceedings assiduously, was a prime mover in the F.T.C. action here.”

I would say the jury is still out on the Helsinki Formula.

Hair Loss Products Which Contain Polysorbate 60 or Polysorbate 80

Polysorbate is a surfactant, Natural Moisturizing Factor, a dispersing agent and an emulsifier. As a surfactant, it is very effective at removing surface oil and debris.

Dr. Schreck-Purola used Polysorbate 60 in her skin cancer study on mice. It is not as widely known that she used Polyusorbate 80 in successful human hair loss studies. She theorized that the surfactant action of Polysorbate cleaned DHT from the hair follicles and prevented more DHT from locking on.

DHT starvation of hair follicles is the leading theory for the cause of pattern baldness.

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3 Herbs That Work Like Magic for Hair Growth!

Anyone of us may experience hair thinning or hair loss at some point in time. This usually happens during middle-age, but there are some people who experience this stage at their 20s. There are now so many products that you can buy over-the-counter to help prevent baldness. However, if you want to treat yourself naturally, you can use some herbs for hair growth.

Herbs are proven to be effective for hair growth. Some of these herbs are Horsetail Silica for women and Saw Palmetto for men. There are also vitamins which can nourish and promote hair growth such as vitamin B6, Magnesium and vitamin B7. These vitamins can help rejuvenate hair follicles and balance the levels of hormones. Hormonal imbalance is one of the major causes of male and female pattern baldness. Here are the three herbs that work like magic for hair growth.

  1. Horsetail Oil – This oil can maintain the healthiness of the scalp and stimulate hair re-growth. Oil should be rubbed and massaged into the scalp. Massaging will help improve the circulation of the blood in the area and distribute the necessary nutrients needed for hair rejuvenation.
  2. Burdock – This herb is already proven to be effective in preventing hair loss because of its capability to get rid of the harmful toxins that got trap in the follicles. Burdock that comes in the form of oil is packed with essential fatty acids or EFA that naturally prevents inflammation of the scalp, which is another reason for hair loss.
  3. Aloe Vera – This is also another herb that works effectively when it comes to hair growth. It is also a natural treatment for baldness and thinning hair. It can also wash away bacteria and dirt that clogs the hair follicles. Once these dirt, chemicals, toxins and bacteria are released, hair rejuvenation will naturally follow.

Men and women should start a positive step toward hair nourishment and rejuvenation, most especially if they are experiencing hair thinning and balding on some areas of their scalp. Start taking these magic herbs if you notice hair loss. Practicing a positive stand will help stimulate hair follicles before it gets worse.

 

Try checking out your local health store for these magic herbs or you can also search for them online. These herbs are very natural, all organic substances. They do not have any chemicals, toxins or pesticides. Once you have found the right product that truly works on you, stick to it.

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Secondary Syphilis Causing Hair Loss

If you get infected by syphilis the first time and you do not treat it, it will move on to attack you another time with different symptoms altogether and is known as secondary syphilis. Syphilis is a disease that is caused by spiral bacteria. The disease is spread through direct contact with a person that has a chancre (a sore that is caused by syphilis). These chancres normally occur on the genitals, the reason why it is a sexually transmitted disease. Chancres can also however occur in the mouth and lips. In the first stage syphilis,it does not cause any hair loss except if the hair happens to be where the chancre is. When the disease is allowed to move on to the next stage it will cause hair loss. We are going to look at secondary syphilis causing hair loss.

In the secondary stage, syphilis becomes characterized by skin rashes and lesions on mucous membranes. These rashes can make their way to the scalp where they can form inflammations on the hair follicles. This will affect hair follicles making them itch such that you may scratch out the hairs yourself. The rashes can also be responsible for damaging hair follicles and affecting the integrity of hair shafts thus causing hair loss. Hair loss associated with syphilis is in the form of patches and follows no specific pattern. The lesions of this secondary infection contain bacteria that will infect other people if they come into contact with the lesions. Secondary syphilis has to be treated once you have noticed it from its secondary symptoms, if it is not treated the disease will go on and advance each and every time such that the result may be death, for syphilis can kill.

The moment you realize you have syphilis, you need to consult a doctor straight away so you can be prescribed some medicine that will help kill this deadly bacterial disease. Syphilis treatment involves the use of some antibiotics. Once you have treated the disease, there are likely chances that damaged hair follicles will recover and hair patches will begin to show signs of hair growth. If the hair follicles have been extensively damaged, it is possible for them to be treated, so they can continue to produce hair and remove hair patches.

Common treatments for hair loss due to syphilis include drugs such as finasteride and minoxidil. These two drugs have been approved by the FDA and have been proven to be effective at bringing even the most dormant hair follicles back into the hair production cycle. The good part of using these drugs is that they are in the form of topical creams and capsules, so you do not go under any surgical procedures when you are treating hair loss problems with these drugs. Secondary syphilis causing hair loss cannot be diagnosed through seeing. This means in order for the doctor to correctly diagnose the cause of your hair loss, some scalp flakes have to be collected and tested for bacterial activity.

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After Your Hair Sheds Or Falls Out, How Long Does it Take it to Start Growing Back?

I’m asked this question quite a bit. After going through the trauma of seeing shedding hair all over your clothing and home, many people are more than ready to begin regrowing their hair and to have this process finished and over. People want to know when they should starting looking for small signs of regrowth. Many people will look, see nothing, and worry that their hair just isn’t going to grow back. Knowing the correct time frame will help you to determine if everything is happening as it should. I will discuss this more in the following article.

Typical Hair Regrowth Rates: Sometimes people confess to me that they think hair that has shed out or been involved with telogen effluvium (TE) regrows differently than hair that comes out as part of a normal follicle cycle. This really isn’t entirely accurate. Once a hair comes out of the follicle, it generally then reverts back to the growing phrase (so long as there is not some autoimmune or androgen mechanism taking place as in disorders like alopecia areata or AGA where the follicle is being attacked or compromised.) So, once the shaft is forced out of your scalp and falls out, then the follicle will begin it’s regrowth phase and this process happens quite rapidly.

However, what’s not so rapid or fast is human hair regrowth rates. For most people, this is about 1/2 a millimeter per day so that over a month’s time, you’re looking at about 1/2 inch or regrowth. A good rule of thumb is that most people should start seeing decent levels of regrowth at around 2 – 3 months after the worst shedding took place. Some people see this earlier and some see this later, but 1/2 inch per month is considered typical or average.

If you’re not seeing any new hairs coming in, try spraying some dry shampoo right at the top of your head by the part line (or any other area where you’ve been particularly hard hit.) This will coat your strands and should make those new regrowth strands that are just coming in stand out from the rest. Yes, these hairs will be quite short, but if you give them a little time, eventually they will begin to fill in and to give you some volume. In about six months to a year, your hair should resume a normal appearance.

Another thing to try to see the new hairs is to pull your hair straight back or to comb it forward or against the grain. This will make those new little hairs stand up where you should be able to see them. So what happens if you’re not seeing anything? You may have somewhat slower grow rates. Recheck every week. Hopefully, in the next few weeks you should begin to see some little sprouts coming in. If you don’t, you may want to consider that perhaps your hair loss was caused by something other than TE or common shedding.

Because in TE or seasonal shedding, the follicle is just being reset into the shedding phrase, but nothing has happened to damage it. There are other causes of hair loss (like androgenic alopecia or AGA) that will compromise regrowth. Another potential indication that something else might be going on is seeing miniaturized or very fine or flyaway regrowth that is coming in, but not really providing any volume or coverage.

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Hair Loss in Women – Enter Mesoscalp

Since hair is a very important part of a woman’s body image, women are more likely to go through fear and anxiety compared to their male counterparts, who regard hair loss as part of aging. “Women really look at their hair, some even cry in frustration when they see clumps of hair falling out.”

Hair loss is seen to begin at a much younger age today than it did before, and affects both men and women in equal measure. If present trends are any indication, it is likely that 50 per cent of men and 40 per cent of women would suffer from thinning/loss of hair before they turn 50. The condition is particularly prominent in women as they grow older and reach menopause.

Factors contributing to hair loss are many and varied, ranging from hereditary factors to the increasing number of environmental pollutants. Erratic and faulty eating habits, eating nutritionally deficient food, illnesses, anaemia, poor blood flow to the scalp region, skin pathology, hormonal imbalances and excessive dandruff are major factors.

Mesotherapy for the hair or Mesoscalp, a revolutionary treatment developed in France that promises to aid hair re-growth in women experiencing specific type of hair loss and delay male pattern baldness in men. Originally a medical technique devised in 1952 by Frenchman Dr. Michel Pistor to treat such conditions as infectious and vascular diseases, Mesotherapy has subsequently been extremely successful in the treatment of fat reduction and the elimination of cellulite. Now, it has been discovered that Mesotherapy can be used as a prolonged treament for men and women experiencing excessive hair loss.

Mesoscalp replaces the vitamins and minerals that the body loses as with age. Vitamins such as Biotin in Mesoscalp treatments cause an increase in blood circulation to the scalp area and stimulate the hair follicles. Unlike Biotin hair supplements or other commercial preparations on the market, Mesoscalp claims positive results in just a few weeks, because the medicines are injected directly into the scalp. Hair vitamins or topical medicines can be ineffective in some cases because they are not properly absorbed by the body. Mesoscalp solves this by problem by targeting the medicine directly at the roots. Mesoscalp works by injecting small amounts of specially formulated vitamins under the skin, very close to the hair follicles, using micro-needles. This solution stimulates blood circulation and stimulates re-growth of hair.

Hair destruction and hair fall are continuous processes accompanying advancing age. Mesotherapy cannot do anything for those who are completely bald. It is neither a cure for hair loss nor can it stop natural hair fall associated with ageing. But what it does is to strengthen weakened hair follicles and help them grow into thicker hair. But mesotherapy alone is not sufficient to ensure maintenance of healthy hair state.

It has to be complemented with other healthy habits, including eating nutritious food, avoiding junk food, drinking plenty of water, tackling stressful lifestyles and nourishing the scalp with appropriate hair-care agents.

Persons seeking the treatment are checked for medical history to see if they are fit to undergo the process. They are advised not to use sauna or any other hair treatment, including application of cream or oil, for a whole day prior to the treatment. They are, however, asked to rinse the hair with shampoo.

The duration of each mesotherapy session depends on the hair condition and the person’s pain threshold, but usually lasts 10 – 15 minutes. The injections do not penetrate deep into the skin, but as nearly a hundred pricks may be required at a single time, the scalp tends to become sore. A typical treatment schedule involves therapy once a week for four weeks, followed by once a fortnight for one month and finally tapered down to once a month for four months. On completion, maintenance therapy may be undertaken once every three months.

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A Simple Hair Loss Solution: Chasteberry (Agnus-Castus) – Will It Work for You?

Agnus Castus, a ‘gentle’ herb,has long been effectively used as a hormonal regulator, against acne, for PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), hormone-based infertility, menstrual disorders and even menopausal and pre-menopausal problems. In brief, Vitex has been known to effectively work against a large number of hormone-based imbalances and health problems.

Although I could write about how Agnus Castus Vitex can work really well against acne, since it’s often a hormone-based skin problem, in this article I am concentrating on how this natural supplement can help against hair loss. The type of hair loss I am referring to here, the type Agnus Castus can treat, is the hormone-based hair loss commonly known as androgenic alopecia: this is where the hormone testosterone is converted to DHT (dihydrotestosterone) on the scalp and skin; DHT then binds to hair follicles receptors, weakening them until the hair falls out. It is the most common form of hair loss and it affects men and women. Agnus Castus affects the pituitary gland (the ‘master’ gland of the endocrine system) and helps it regulate the productions of certain hormones, resulting in a shift in the oestrogen-progesterone ratio, increasing progesterone, a very important hormone (and factor) in the most common form of hair thinning. Why is progesterone important against the falling out of scalp hair? Because, simply put, progesterone on the scalp binds to hair follicles and, this way, it prevents DHT from binding to them.

The ability of Vitex to lower prolactin levels (or rather, to decrease the pituitary gland’s secretion of prolactin) also affects hair loss. Excess prolactin levels in your body (which can be due to stress, for example) causes a number of health issues such as loss of libido, hirsutism, weight gain and hair thinning. If you are a woman and you think that your (scalp) hair loss is connected to a number of hormonal problems, such as acne, irregular periods or ovarian cysts, pre-menstrual syndrome, excessive body hair (hirsutism), early menopause (and so on), taking adequate amounts of Agnus Castus may help greatly against (scalp) hair thinning. If you suspect your prolactin levels are high, even if only slightly, it may be wise to have a blood test. My levels were almost normal, almost marginally higher than normal: yet, by taking Vitex, I resolved my hair problem and, significantly, I no longer have the great difficulty I used to have in losing weight! This to me was a ‘bonus’ result.

Make sure the doses are adequate and not too low, otherwise it won’t affect prolactin levels enough to make a change. I took 4 pills a day of 80g each until I began to notice significant results, and continued to take a similar amount later on; that was my choice after a long research. However, I recommend you do your own research and consult your doctor before taking Vitex, especially because it can interact with certain drugs; also because, as a rule of thumb, before starting any supplement (no matter how safe), it is always best to talk it with your doctor. The more you know about Vitex Agnus Castus, the better you can utilize it to stop your scalp hair from falling out.

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Frontal Hair Loss Treatment – Rescuing Your Hairline

When thinning hair becomes apparent on your hairline and temporal regions, it is not only difficult to treat; it is also devastating, due to its obvious location. This type of balding affects men most often, and it’s difficult to come to terms with. Fortunately, there are medications that specifically target this particular problem.

If you wish to discuss your frontal hair loss treatment options with your doctor, he may provide you with a prescription for Propecia. Propecia is a tablet that is ingested and works by countering the follicle thinning effects of a converted form of testosterone known as DHT. This altered hormone has been proven to be directly responsibility for up to 95% of all male baldness. Blocking DHT’s ability to attach itself to the base of hair follicles prevents it from shortening hair cycles and thinning existing hair. This drug has outstanding clinical and real life results, with around 66% of users seeing significant hair growth. This drug continues to maintain and stimulate hair growth, and is considered a leader in frontal hair loss treatment, working for as long as it is taken. This is an excellent way to restore hair, but can be slightly challenging to the wallet. Before you begin investing in this product and becoming enthralled with its results, make sure you are aware that it is a lifelong investment, and one that you can afford. Propecia is changing lives every day and giving men the confidence they lost when their hair began to thin.

Another frontal hair loss treatment that is effective for both men and women is minoxodil, more commonly known as Rogaine. This is an excellent drug for restoring the most noticeable hair lost at the front of the skull. It is a topical approach to hair restoration and is less expensive than its pill counterpart Propecia. The price drop is due to the increased amount of effort that needs to be put forth by the user. Used twice daily with four hours of application time, it can save a wallet, but consume quite a bit of time. This drug will stop hair loss at the temporal zones, but it will not produce new hair at that location. Rogaine is highly popular and successful, but requires dedication on the part of the user. This, too, lasts as long as you use it.

The most permanent and effective, but costly, frontal hair loss treatment is to undergo a hair transplant to restore hair that has already been lost. This procedure is done at a clinic where specialists can perform the procedure and monitor its success. Expect this process to carry out over a course of one to two years and bruise your wallet with an average cost of $15,000.00. Success is possible because the hair is transplanted from the back and sides of the head to the front and temporal areas. Although it may seem all the same, the hair on your head, depending on its location, is quite different. In fact, the hair at the back, base, and sides of the skull is immune the effects of DHT.

Frontal hair loss treatments are usually the priciest hair replenishing systems, due to the difficulty of restoration. All are proven effective; it is just a matter of deciding which method is within your budget and patience range. All systems will take time to produce full results, so patience is the key. Remember: it took time for hair to become thin and fall out, and it will take time for frontal hair loss treatments to work and the hair to restore itself and become full and strong again.

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Which Remedies For Baldness Work?

WHICH REMEDY FOR BALDNESS WORKS?

With each remedy for baldness I have split up into two categories: “drugs” and “natural”. Both remedies for baldness are said to work to a degree. The drugs (creams and pills) have had various clinical trials performed on them, but on the downside they are occasionally susceptible to unwanted side-effects. The natural remedies for baldness most often have had no clinical trials attached, merely word of mouth recommendations, but normally have fewer side-effects (at least less unwanted ones) reported. If you are unsure on which type to try, it is possible to try both (but please get advice from a physician before doing so).

ALLOPATHIC REMEDIES FOR BALDNESS

Before I start on any allopathic remedies for baldness, I have to explain the current thinking in science behind the causes of losing hair so that the mechanism and effectiveness of the drugs are easily understood.

Men convert excess testosterone into a more potent form called DHT by the enzyme 5a reductase. The DHT is highly active on the hair follicle receptors, readily latching to them and restricting blood flow to the hair. This causes the hair to become thin and miniturized creating the “peach fuzz” look. There is apparently a greater quantity of this enzyme in the scalp of men who are susceptible to male pattern baldness.[1]

Women, however, have excess of the enzyme aromatase which converts their testosterone into a form of active estrogen called estradiol. The theory is that after women hit menopause, their levels of natural estrogen lowers letting the testosterone be converted into DHT which makes them more susceptible to losing hair post menopausal. However, that doesn’t explain why post andropausal men lose hair when they become older and their testosterone levels die down.[1]

Well, that’s the theory, so now lets look at each remedy for baldness in turn and determine its effectiveness and availability as of July 2006. Below is a list of each remedy for baldness:

Rogaine (Minoxidol)

Propecia (Finasteride)

ROGAINE

Mechanism – unclear. Seems to open potassium availabilty to the hair.

Effectiveness – average increase of hair per cm2 was 18.5% after 48 weeks. 1 to 3 months after stopping, hair condition returns to pre-treatment levels.

Side-effects – Dizziness has been reported. Local irritation, itching, dryness, and erythema may occur with use of topical minoxidil, most likely caused by the vehicle formulation of alcohol and propylene glycol.[2]

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – $10 to $15 per bottle (one month).

PROPECIA

Mechanism – inhibits the 5a reductase enzyme responsible for DHT production.

Effectiveness – A third study of 326 men with mild to moderate frontal hair loss found that after 1 year, finasteride treated men had statistically significantly higher hair counts on the frontal scalp. Approximately 50% of treatedmen and 30% of those who took placebo thought the appearance of their hair had improved. Hair regrowth was not reported in older men taking 5 mg finasteride.

Side-effects – A decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, or a decreased volume of ejaculate have been reported in less than 2% of patients, which in reality is between 0.5% to 1% when compared with placebo.[2]

Availability – was prescription only. Generic version now available.

Cost – $69.95 for 3 months

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR BALDNESS

Most natural remedies for baldness also work by blocking DHT, either by inhibiting the enzyme or blocking the hair follicle receptor, or providing the nutrient for the hair follicle receptor which DHT blocks. There is also an alternative interpretation of the “DHT alone causes hair loss ” theory. Some believe that it is too much active estrogen-like substances as well as too much DHT that is to blame for prostate cancer and losing hair, and not enough free testosterone in the body.[3]

This sounds contradictory to the allopathic argument, and concerning estrogen it is. Some naturopaths say that it is all about what blocks the hair follicle receptors. It is these protein receptors which attract nutrients to the hair. DHT and estrogen-like pollutants both block the receptor.[3] Apparently, certain bacteria which thrive on fat, produce estrogen-like substances[4], and there is excess of the aromatase enzyme (which turns testosterone into estrogen) present in fat cells of obese and balding men. Aging, a high fat diet and lack of exercise can create too much estrogen and too little testosterone. Even if testosterone is at normal levels, active estrogen levels can still be way too high.[3] Although this doesn’t explain why women with high estrogen levels don’t get male pattern baldness.

Here is a list of each remedy for baldness and nutrient:

Beta Sistosterol (from the herb: Saw Palmetol)

Chrysin (from the herb: Passionflower)

Vitamin D

Vitamin B12

Biotin (vitamin B7)

Iron and L-lysine (for women)

Folligen (copper peptide)

Soy

Rooibos tea

BETA SISTOSTEROL

Mechanism – blocks DHT from the androgen receptors sites found on the hair follicles.

Effectiveness – untested. Mixed reviews from people on health forums.

Side-effects – None, but side-effects of the herb Saw Palmetol can be male breast enlargement.[2]

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – 90 Capsules 400mg $7.95.

CHRYSIN

Mechanism – increases free testosterone by inhibiting the conversion to estrodiol.

Effectiveness – shown to be effective at stopping aromatase in the petridish, but not in the body. Not known if it helps with losing hair.[5] Not a proven remedy for baldness.

Side-effects – none.

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – MRM, Chrysin 500, 30 Caps. $14.99.

VITAMIN D

Mechanism – binds to the many vitamin D receptors in the scalp and hair follicle.

Effectiveness – shown to dramatically stimulate hair follicle growth in “nude” mice.[6]

Side-effects – none, unless taken over 50 micrograms per day.

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – 400iu (10 micrograms) 60 capsules $4.99.

VITAMIN B12

Mechanism – deficiency causes hair loss.[7]

Effectiveness – 40% of Americans are deficient. Not proven to remedy hair loss if taken.[8]

Side-effects – None, unless taken over 100 mcg daily.

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – 1000 mcg, Tablets $7.99.

BIOTIN (VITAMIN B7)

Mechanism – increases blood flow to the hair follicle.[9]

Effectiveness – it can promote hair growth in high doses, although not a proven remedy for baldness.

Side-effects – none.

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – 300mcg tablets $2.99.

IRON AND L-LYSINE (for women)

Mechanism – deficiencies in both these nutrients have been associated with losing hair in women.[10] Interacts with zinc and copper.[11]

Effectiveness – proven effective remedy for baldness for women with losing hair.[10]

Side-effects – none unless taken over 250 mg daily (iron).

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – 100 Tablets $7.29

FOLLIGEN (copper peptide)

Mechanism – most effective blocker of the production of both types of 5a reductase enzyme.[12]

Effectiveness – low copper and zinc enzyme levels caused hair loss in mice.[13] A topical copper peptide solution created near perfect hair rejuvenation in 6 months in a woman with 10% of her hair at the start.[14] No studies on the remedy for baldness Folligen itself, but some reports of success by women on forums.

Side-effects – none.

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – 2 oz tube, $21.95. 2 months.

SOY

Mechanism – promotes the production of the good inactive estrogen. Blocks the receptor sites for active estrogen and inhibits 5a reductase.[3]

Effectiveness – proven to inhibit the enzyme 5a reductase.[15]

Side-effects – none.

Availability – over the counter. A food substance, not a remedy for baldness.

Cost – ?

ROOIBOS TEA

Mechanism – unclear.

Effectiveness – in a 10% lotion called herbasol, 89% had increased speed of hair growth. 45% saw an increase in hair growth. 78% reported no further hair loss.[2]

Side-effects – none.

Availability – over the counter. A food substance, not a remedy for baldness except as above.

Cost – ?

I would personally recommend trying Beta Sistosterol with a powerful multi-vitamin and mineral supplement coupled with the Folligen solution as a good remedy for baldness.

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[1] Have Scientists Accidentally Discovered the Answer to hair loss?

http://www.emaxhealth.com/65/6131.html

[2] Treatments for hair loss.

[http://www.hairlosstalk.com/download/sawaya1.pdf]

[3] Grow Young and Slim

[http://www.growyoungandslim.com/articles/Mens_Health_102a.pdf]

[4] Health Loss Education

http://www.stuff4beauty.com/page/hairlosseducation.htm

[5] Chrysin: Is It An Effective Aromatase Inhibitor?

http://www.vrp.com/art/1208.asp

[6] Vitamin D3 analogs stimulate hair growth in nude mice.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=12399436&query_hl=41

[7] Diet and Nutrition – vitamin B12.

http://www.internethealthlibrary.com/DietandNutrition/VitaminB12.htm

[8] Do You Need B-12?

http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blb12anemia.htm?terms=vitamin+B12+and+Tufts+

[9] Biotin and Hair Growth

http://www.add-hair.com/Biotin-hair-loss.htm

[10] Nutritional factors and hair loss.

http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/links/doi/10.1046/j.1365-2230.2002.01076.x/abs/

[11] Interaction of iron, zinc and copper in the body of animals and humans

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=2700243&dopt=Abstract

[12] Folligen

http://www.folligen.com/

[13] Age-related cochlear hair cell loss is enhanced in mice lacking copper/zinc superoxide dismutase

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=10466888&dopt=Abstract

[14] Have Scientists Accidentally Discovered the Answer to hair loss?

http://www.emaxhealth.com/65/6131.html

[15] Regulation of Male Sex Hormone Levels by Soy Isoflavones in Rats

http://www.leaonline.com/doi/abs/10.1207/S15327914NC422_9;jsessionid=nFFp1FovOhX-OhcS3V?cookieSet=1&journalCode=nc

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Why You Don’t Need Any Hair Loss Treatments to Stop Hair Loss

In this article I’m going to explain how several of the most popular hair loss treatments work and then I’ll explain how you can achieve the same results without buying the treatments, using alternative methods.

Topical Minoxidil

The most commonly known brand of topical Minoxidil is Rogaine, but there are several others. Minoxidil works by increasing blood flow to the scalp. Hair needs a good supply of nutrients in order to grow and the nutrients are supplied via the blood stream. If you increase the flow of blood to the scalp you help the hair grow.

Minoxidil is a popular treatment for hair loss and it has been shown in various studies to work on many users. However there are other ways of increasing blood flow to the scalp without having to spend a penny. Here are a few tips for increasing blood flow (and so supply more nutrients) to the scalp and also to generally improve your circulation:

1. Tap your head with a hard bristled hair brush fifty times, two to three times per day. If you have light coloured skin, try tapping your head with a brush around fifty times fairly rapidly. You’ll notice that your skin goes red. Why is that? Well it’s quite simply because you’ve made the blood flush to the skin, which is exactly where you want it.

2. Exercise hard, three times a week. Exercise until you are out of breath, sweating and hot. Again, if you have fair skin you should be able to see your skin go red because the blood has flushed to the skin. Try to sustain this hard exercise for around twenty minutes. Not only will this help improve circulation, it will also help relieve stress (another major cause of hair loss), strengthen your heart and keep you in good shape.

3. Get a nice head massage once a day. Again this will increase flood flow to the scalp and also help relieve stress. It may also help exfoliate the scalp, which is a good thing. Keeping your pores clear is important for hair growth.

There are several other ways of increasing blood flow to the scalp and there are methods of cleaning the body’s blood vessels to improve overall circulation. Generally it’s fairly easy to increase blood flow to the scalp without having to spend any money on Minoxidil. Furthermore the methods outlined above have excellent secondary benefits.

Nourkrin Hair Loss Supplement

Nourkrin is a popular hair loss supplement but there are many others on the market. Some hair loss/hair growth supplements do contain some powerful ingredients that do provide benefits for the hair in some people. However it is possible to achieve similar results and (as with the circulation examples) gain further secondary methods.

You don’t need supplements to provide all the nutrients you need for hair growth. Using some ‘superfoods’, available in all major supermarkets and by slightly adjusting your diet you can supercharge your nutrient supply, for hair growth.

Here are a few foods that you could include in your diet to boost hair growth:

1. Raw eggs. This may sound disgusting but you could add your raw eggs to a smoothie if you can’t hack them on their own. Generally though try to minimise the number of ingredients you consume at any one time. Your digestive system is far happier digesting one ingredient at a time than lots of different ingredients – and this is another argument against supplements. Raw eggs contain some great nutrients for hair growth and overall health (particularly for your appearance). Inositol, choline, B vitamins and vitamin E are all nutrients that benefit your hair. Some B vitamins can only be found in animal products and egg yolks are a good source.

2. Green leafy vegetables. Green leafy vegetables, such as baby leaf spinach, watercress and rocket contain the types of nutrients needed for maintaining a healthy appearance. Generally rich coloured vegetables are rich in nutrients. Strawberries, oranges, broccoli are all good examples.

3. EFA oil. If you’re going to use a supplement, make it ‘EFA oil’. EFA stands for essential fatty acids and these are good fats that cannot be produced in your body – they can only be obtained through diet. So if you’re going to get a supplement, organic cold-pressed extra virgin EFA oil is a good choice – I call it a supplement but it’s a ‘whole food supplement’, usually containing no more than three different seed oils – it’s not the same as a capsule type hair loss supplement, which will usually contain a multitude of various ingredients.

Above are a few tips for achieving the same results as some of the popular hair loss treatments without paying for them. And if you use these alternative methods you will gain secondary benefits. By following a healthy diet you will help maintain your overall health and appearance.

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Natural Hair Loss Treatment That Stops Hair Loss in 7 Days!

There are effective natural hair loss treatment options available today. The hair is one of first features that people notice about us. Naturally the health and beauty of our hair is very important to us for it represents our image and our social, professional, and cultural affiliations.

However, not everyone has the healthy and beautiful hair that they truly desire. Today, many people suffers from hair and scalp problems, even among a younger age group. The primary problems of hair are hair loss. In this article, we will discuss the causes of hair loss and the natural treatment options available.

Causes of hair loss may include:

o Use of Synthetic Hair Care Products – The use of harsh, chemical-based hair care products is one of the major causes.

o Emotional Stress – An epidemic condition prevailing in the world today, consequently affecting the physiological functioning of the hair growth. Intense anxiety, sadness, depression, grief, long-standing fear, apprehensive habits, aggressive behavior, violent expressions, hurried and impatient behavior are examples of emotional stress.

o Nutritional Deficiency – It affects the overall growth & quality of hair.Vitamins B group, Vitamin A, proteins, iron, minerals are directly involved in the maintenance of hair growth.

o Hormonal variations – example of hormones are progesterone, estrogen, testosterone.

o Systemic Diseases – diabetes, thyroid problems, elevated cholesterol level in the blood leading to arteriosclerosis. It causes the constriction of blood vessels and blood circulation in the scalp is vital to the health of the hair.

o Medicine and Drug Toxicity – cancer medications, steroids, antibiotics, anti-hypertensive medications, contraceptives pills are just a few that cause hair loss.

o Genetic Factors – this is expected to influence hair growth when the individual reaches the age of 40 and above.

Excessive hair loss, consequently, may lead to eventual baldness. The good news is that there are various natural hair loss treatment options available to treat hair loss and baldness. Treatments for hair loss and baldness include:

o Surgical – Hair Follicle Transplant, Hair Graft, Hair Flap, Scalp Reduction, Tissue Expansion. This is an expensive and can be painful treatment option.

o Medical – Topical solutions such as Rogaine with Minoxidil as active ingredient and oral solutions such as Foltene , Propecia – Finasteride as active ingredients. Again, this is an expensive option and can lead to harmful side effects and risks.

o Ayurvedic Massage, Relexology, Hair Spa, Acupuncture – These holistic treatments improve circulation and blood flow, which promotes the health of the hair follicles.

o Herbal Hair Care Products – Example: THE TOTAL LAUAT CARE . Winner of the 27th Salon International des Inventions award in Geneva, Switzerland, The Total Lauat Care line of herbal hair care products is an effective natural hair loss treatment option.

Laut herbal hair care products use proven natural ingredients to stop hair loss!

The Lauat line of herbal haircare products are made from natural extracts (namely gugo, coconut virgin oil, and lawat) from the Southeast Asian regions that are traditionally proven to treat hair loss and dandruff problems. Lauat herbal hair care products also contains essential fatty acids to moisturize, nourish and accelerate growth of hair follicles.

Additionally, they also help to clean the hair from dirt, debris and other environmental wastes to give you a clean, healthy, and dandruff-free scalp. These products are so revolutionary and effective that it received the 27th Salon International des Inventions award in Geneva, Switzerland. The Total Laut hair care products are infused with the following herbs known to promote healthy, beautiful hair and stop hair loss:

Lawat (Litsea glutinosa)

Lawat leaf extracts are traditionally used in preventing hair loss, promoting hair growth and releaving itchiness and skin inflammation.

Gugo (Entada phaseoloides)

A very large, woody climber that increases micro-circulation of blood in the scalp with anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocus nuciferas)

Rich in vitamin E and is processed without the use of heat to preserve all the good cholesterol, enzymes and other inert substances that help in maintaining the skin’s natural beauty.

Rosemary (Rosemarinus oficinalis)

It is primarily used as hair lotion that is effective in sustaining the hair bulbs to renew its activity. It also prevents premature baldness.

Carrot (Daucus carota sativa)

Rich in Beta-carotene and pro-vitamin A which is important in the maintenance of the skin and hair.

Clinical study based on sample size of 96 subjects has shown a 48% reduction of falling hair after only 7 days of using the Lauat natural hair shampoo! With prolonged use of the Laut natural hair shampoo, hair falling reduction of up to 89% is possible as shown in the clinical study.

The Lauat line of herbal hair care products are proven and have been used by many satisfied customers in the USA since 1994, in Australia since 2001, and in South Korea since 1997.

As you can see, there is hope if you have hair loss or scalp problems as various remedy options are available. If you’re looking for a safe, effective, and affordable treatment for your hair loss or scalp problems, then natural hair care products such as the TOTAL LAUAT CARE system may work for you! Try the Total Lauat natural hair care system today and start delighting your friends and family with your beautiful and healthy hair and scalp.

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