April 23, 2012
This week on The Bald Truth: Spencer Kobren discusses the FDA ruling concerning Merck’s relabeling of Propecia to add possible long term sexual side effects and also fields calls from Propecia users who discuss their experiences on the drug. Bill calls the show to ask why science can grow hair on mice, but not on humans and Board Certified plastic surgeon Andrew Klapper, M.D. calls the program to discuss the current state of cosmetic surgery in the United States as well as his breakthrough over the counter acne treatment.
Spencer Kobren’s The Bald Truth is internationally syndicated through the GFQ Network
March 20, 2012
This week on The Bald Truth: Spencer Kobren’s close friend Rafael hangs in studio with us to share his experience with hair loss, and using Proscar for the past 14 years. Joe calls in to tell the guys why his family said he was going to hell. George from Mobile calls in to tell us how his birthday went and being mistaken, once again, for being much younger than he he really is. Vic from DC asks Spencer to clarify how Replicel affects follicles. Spencer reiterates that he doesn’t withhold information about the hair loss industry from listeners, even though that’s the general consensus among many of the conspiracy theorists on baldtruthtalk.com. And Sam from New York calls to discuss how deceptive advertising can be. Should any hair loss advertiser be taken seriously?
Spencer Kobren’s The Bald Truth is internationally syndicated through the GFQ Network
Propecia Does Not Increase Prostate Cancer Risk According to Chief Medical Officer of The American Cancer Society
June 15, 2011
The news has spread far and wide through the hair loss community that the Food and Drug Administration expanded their warning last Thursday on a group of drugs which includes finasteride (Proscar/Propecia), stating that using these drugs may increase the risk of high grade prostate cancer.
The latest warning indicates that 5 alpha reductase inhibitors (which include the hair loss drug Propecia) are linked to a greater risk of high grade prostate cancers. However, many physicians, including prostate cancer specialists, believe that these drugs actually improve the ability to detect aggressive tumors that already exist in patients, which can prove to be life saving.
According to Otis Brawley, M.D., chief medical officer and executive vice president of the American Cancer Society, this latest FDA warning has been misinterpreted by many and he felt it was important to set the record straight.
Spencer Kobren speaks with Dr. Otis Brawley of The American Cancer Society
April 12, 2011
The hair loss community is in a panic, and our email boxes are full with correspondence from frightened hair loss sufferers from around the world.
According to reports on a recent study originally published online in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, men who choose to take the drug finasteride to treat their hair loss are playing russian roulette with their sex lives. Some researchers, anti-Propecia blogs, and the mainstream media assert either accept hair loss or risk permanent impotence by attempting to treat it.
According to the latest study conducted by Dr. Michael Irwig and his team at George Washington University Medical School, 92 percent of study participants reported developing erectile dysfunction after taking finasteride, with 94 percent reporting that they experienced low sexual desire, 92
percent reporting a decline in sexual arousal and 69 percent claimed trouble achieving an orgasm.
Well, these findings shouldn’t be too surprising especially since 100 percent of the study participants were men who reported suffering sexual dysfunction after taking the drug finasteride prior to participating in the study. [Read more]
September 20, 2010
No matter how well a person responds to Propecia, there are some men who seem to eventually see the hair raising effects of the drug wane over time. Does Propecia lose its effectiveness? If so, what can be done stop the further progression of hair loss?
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June 24, 2010
Fear mongering anti-Propecia videos and websites are popping up all over the internet making the decision to effectively treat hair loss even more confusing. Should consumers be legitimately concerned by claims of permanent long term adverse side effects from the drug, or are these videos and websites simply agenda driven anti-Propecia propaganda?
The bottom line: Out of more than 30,000 patients who were prescribed Propecia, not a single one has ever complained of long-term irreversible side effects of any kind.
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March 2, 2010
A six month pilot study conducted by molecular dermatology and research innovator Hair DX, suggests that certain genetic mechanisms can help predict if the breakthrough hair loss drug Propecia (Finasteride), primary prescribed to men, could actually be effective in the treatment of female pattern hair loss in post menopausal women.
“Results of our pilot study are very encouraging, as it appears we have found a key piece of the genetic puzzle which identifies women who can benefit from Finasteride therapy in the same way men do. Our findings suggest these women actually have a female corollary to male pattern hair loss (Androgenetic Alopecia), and that is an important finding,” says IAHRS Accepted Member Dr. Sharon Keene, Chief Medical Officer of HairDX. “Once these results are confirmed, it can usher in a new era of treatment for female Androgenetic Alopecia.”
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May 7, 2009
Setting goals may be the most challenging aspect of planning hair restoration. Many of us can be emotionally devastated by our hair loss. We tend to want to fix what’s missing right now.
Until hair cloning, hair multiplication, gene therapy, or anything else becomes viable and affordable, we are left to work within the confines of our available donor supplies. And for the sake of our discussion, our references will be to scalp donor. Hair harvested from other regions of the body are methodology still in their infancy stages and because of the lack of consistent results (yields), we cannot and will not rely on it as a realistic or feasible donor source. Hopefully that will change in the near future.
Hair restoration is an all encompassing term and extends beyond the realm of surgery. First and foremost, patients have to decide if they will use the available medications approved by the FDA for treating MPB. Interestingly enough, the earlier an individual decides to begin treatment after formal diagnosis, the better overall results achieved including regrowth. These medications are Propecia (men only, finasteride 1mg daily), and Rogaine (minoxidil 3% & 5% strength). Why is this an important element in setting one’s goals? We know that MPB is a progressive disorder in its nature so without the effective use of hair loss medications, the loss will continue in its predestined course. [Read more]
February 28, 2009
Looks like Finasteride, sold as Propecia to combat male pattern hair loss, has been clinically proven to help prevent prostate cancer but there are still questions left to be answered about the drug.
This is the first medication that has demonstrated the ability to help prevent prostate disease, experts said. The American Cancer Society notes that more than 186,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. Nearly 29,000 die of it. That is why such special attention is being paid to Finasteride.
While previous studies show that Finasteride reduces the overall likelihood of getting prostate cancer by 25%, some doctors are concerned that Finasteride may increase the risk of developing the deadliest types of tumors. However, the most recent analyses have nearly dismissed these worries. According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Urological Association, the drug’s benefits are a good enough reason for men to discuss Finasteride with their doctors. [Read more]
January 5, 2009
There is no doubt that Propecia works. The American Hair loss Association recommends this clinically proven, FDA approved hair loss treatment as the first line of attack for any man serious about effectively treating his hair loss.
As many of my readers and listeners already know, I credit Merck and Co., the makers of Propecia, for literally changing the course of my life. Having the ability to stop the progression of my hair loss provided me with the motivation to write my first book, The Bald Truth: The First Complete Guide To Preventing and Treating Hair loss.
Throughout the last decade, I have had the profound privilege to be in a position to educate and to motivate hair loss sufferers from around the world, and the one piece of advice that I give to every man suffering with male pattern hair loss is to speak to their doctors about Propecia.
Through my radio program, I have spoken to countless men who seem to be in a great deal of distress about the prospect of going bald, yet they continue to voice their concerns about the ongoing cost of Propecia. In my opinion, Propecia is a relatively low monthly expense when considering how this treatment can literally improve the quality of a person’s life. For less than the cost of a night out, a guy can enjoy the benefits of maintaining his appearance, his self confidence, and in many cases his self esteem. In my mind it’s a no-brainer. Never the less, Merck and Co. has created a new program to help motivated men begin treatment with Propecia while saving a significant amount of money. [Read more]