IS ANYBODY WORKING ON SOLUTIONS FOR WOMEN WITH THINNING HAIR/HAIR LOSS?
ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS AND THE CONSIDERATION FOR WOMEN WHO ARE EXPERIENCING THINNING HAIR AND HAIR LOSS
By Robert Jew, CEO- Universal Biologics
Although the two most recent FDA approved treatments, Merck's Propecia® and Upjohn's Rogaine® 5% Minoxidil® Solution, include warnings to women prohibiting the use or (in the case of Propecia®) the mere handling of the drug, it is apparent that women are not sure whether they may use either product in the treatment of their thinning hair/hair loss condition. A female dermatologist approached me at the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Conference and told me that it is safe for men and some women to use Propecia® and that the indicated side effects in men and women are of minimal concern. One of the major web sites involved in offering information and advice on hair "regrowth" treatments responded to an e-mail inquiry from a woman suggesting that she consider Propecia® and Rogaine® Extra Strength (or custom Minoxidil® 5% solution) and implies to be wary of other non-FDA Approved treatments that base their success on their own materials and data. Thus, the questions still remain: Is there anything really safe for women to use? and Why haven't companies developed a treatment that concentrates on women?
Since we at Universal Biologics believe that our natural treatment, HairPrime®, (among other such treatments) is safe for women and relies on the successes achieved by most of our current female customers and their letters of satisfaction, the latter question is more thought provoking and unsubstantiated.
It has been our experience in recruiting women for clinical studies and personal testimonials that women are reticent to participate in forums that expose their hair loss condition with someone other than their physician or other trusted hair professional. In my tenure with Universal Biologics, I have only encountered two women who were willing to participate in a double-blind clinical study to test a hair treatment product, but neither would agree to the Price-Menefee protocol (developed for hair growth evaluation in the Minoxidil® study) which requires tattooing a 1 square centimeter area on the scalp and cutting the hair from this area every 8 weeks for a period of 6-12 months. Furthermore, after contacting over 100 of our satisfied customers to secure a few testimonials for a syndicated television series on health, none of the women were willing to give a testimonial even with an offer not to disclose their names and to place them behind a screen to protect their identities. Finally, we have observed that women prefer to buy our products for treating thinning hair by phone or mail order rather than off the shelf at a salon. Why are women unwilling to participate in the open discussion and development of thinning hair and hair loss solutions?
To take control of your hair loss situation, you should FIRST, consult a dermatologist or other qualified professional to determine the exact cause of your hair loss before starting a treatment, especially a costly one. Hair loss or thinning hair may be the result of hormonal changes (e.g. menopause), hormone replacement, medical ailments, medicines, dietary habits, stress, etc. Thus, sometimes using a hair loss treatment product may be ineffective only because the product does not address the particular cause of the hair loss or the product is unable to overcome the effects of the factors related to the individual.
SECOND, you should research and understand the causes of your hair loss and verify the information you are relying on. You should especially avoid advice, claims or information that is clearly illogical (e.g. "Upon applying this product, you can see new hair sprouting out instantly.") or misleading. Furthermore, beware of false claims of conducting a clinical test and study that was actually performed in a "kitchen laboratory" or in less than subjective forums (e.g. "Tested on our own employees and relatives in our own labs."). Be sure to read carefully the research and claims behind the product and understand what they are claiming (e.g. In a test tube, in vitro, or using real live subjects, in vivo. Tested on animals or humans. Tested on scalp hair or arm hair.)
FINALLY, you must realize and understand that even the best and real treatments may take months to work, if at all, as such is the time nature has set for the human hair growth cycles. With a proven treatment that you understand to be related to your diagnosed condition, true compliance and a lot of persistence and patience, you may be successful in heading off your hair loss. The sooner you start taking steps to stop your hair loss the better your chances are to keeping what you have. It is up to you to empower yourself to find the proper solution for your hair loss and thinning hair. Fortunately, there are now new solutions, including natural herbal treatments, which offer new hope for women who are restricted from the use of the current drug choices available.
As for what alternative treatments are available for women, we are most qualified to disclose information on our own HAIRPRIME® SYSTEM FOR THINNING HAIR, although it is only fair to admit that we have received positive and negative feedback from our women customers who have tried our treatment as well as other topical treatments using high dosages of Minoxidil® prescribed by their physicians, azelaic acid, aldactone, spironolactone, retin-A, copper-binding peptides and phenytoin.
The following are important points to consider in determining whether women should view HairPrime® as a possible solution to their thinning hair or hair loss problems given that there are only two FDA approved treatments for hair loss:
To summarize, the key is not so much as to grow (new) hair, rather it is to allow hair (whether new or old) to continue to grow healthy to full maturity. Thus, we prefer to say "HairPrime® Promotes a Healthy Environment for Hair to Grow" rather than claiming that it grows hair.
We hope that the treatment of women with thinning hair and the distinction regarding "Conversion To Terminal Hair" that we have delivered to the medical and scientific community (e.g. the IBC Scientific Conference - Short Hills, NJ - Feb.,1999, the 57th American Academy of Dermatology Conference -New Orleans - Mar, 1999) is clearly conveyed for your understanding and consideration. More important, we hope that after reading this article women will feel empowered to press for solutions that addresses their concerns.
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