Homeopathic HCG in drops, sprays and __ have been banned by the FDA for weight loss
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently sent warning letters to seven companies that sell Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) as a homeopathic weight loss remedy. The FDA will most likely ban HGC as a weight loss supplement. This ban may be doubly good news, because HCG is suspected of contributing to hair loss in susceptible individuals.
HCG is a protein produced by the human placenta. It was sold as drops, pellets or sprays to weight loss centers. The weight loss program included taking HCG and reducing caloric intake to as low as 500 calories per day – a dangerously low number that can be dangerous.
The FDA said there is no evidence that HCG helps people lose weight, and that the weight loss from the program was caused by the low caloric intake.
Homeopathic remedies are highly diluted drugs that are made from natural ingredients. Homeopathy is not accepted by allopathic medicine, and the dilutions are so small that doctors typically consider them to be harmless but ineffective. Homeopathics are regulated in the United States the same way as pharmaceuticals.
HCG has an approved use: for infertility. Marketed under the names Profasi, Pregnyl, Novarel and A.P.L., HCG injections help couples have children. In women, HCG stimulates ovulation. In men, Continue reading
How much should a hair transplant cost?
Question: I am worried about the cost of a hair transplant. How much does a good hair transplant doctor cost? What are the options? If my hair transplant costs more, am I really getting more? I want the best results, but I don’t want to get soaked. How much should a hair transplant cost?
Dr. Shapiro, Hair Transplant Doctor Answers: You need to get reliable information about hair transplant costs and then use your own common sense. Some hair transplant doctors or their salespeople will give incomplete or incorrect information just to get your business, and you won’t get the results you want at any price.
There are three numbers we need to examine:
- How many years of full-time experience does the hair transplant doctor have?
- How many hair follicles can be transplanted in a session (sitting)?
- How much does it cost per follicular unit (hair follicle)? Continue reading
A 30-year-old Polish man had a consultation with Dr. Marwan Saifi for help with his hair loss. Dr. Saifi, a general surgeon and diplomate of the American Board of Hair restoration Surgery, practices hair restoration in Wroclaw, Poland. Dr. Saifi recommended a hair transplant for the patient’s male pattern balding. He also screened the patients’ use of anabolics (hormone-altering drugs & supplements), and asked the patient to take Help Hair Shake after the hair transplant.
The patient had much faster growth of the transplanted hair than a typical hair transplant patient. The photos on this page tell the story. Before, the patient showed typical male pattern balding. Two weeks after Dr. Saifi transplanted 1500 hairs, we already see growth of the transplanted hairs starting. The photos at 5 weeks and 7 weeks were significant. Remember, the patient took Help Hair Shake twice per day after the transplant, and was following directions to reduce or eliminate the use of hormone-altering compounds (anabolics).
Normally, transplanted hairs fall out soon after they are transplanted from one part of the scalp to another. This is called “shock loss”. The hair follicle goes into a “dormancy” phase, called the “telogen” phase, for several months before it starts to grow. In this AFR patient, we saw an extremely short telogen phase.
The combination of Help Hair Shake with the Low-Anabolic Profile is called “Accelerated Follicular Restoration(TM)” or “AFR(TM)”. This term was coined by Dr. Shapiro, the American hair transplant surgeon who wrote the book “Fight Hair Loss and Win!” Dr. Shapiro trained Dr. Saifi on how to use AFR to help his patients get faster results from hair transplants.
Hair extensions can cause hair loss
Recently, Good Morning America did a segment on hair loss caused by hair extensions. Dr. Shapiro typically gets several cases a year from this particular type of hair loss. Hair extensions CAN cause hair loss, depending on the condition of the hair and how long the hair extensions are worn.
The type of hair loss that hair extensions can cause is called “traction alopecia”. This is when hair falls out because it is pulled too hard for too long. The hair follicles become inflamed and damaged.
Hair extensions can be permanent or clip-on. Permanent hair extensions can be made of synthetic or natural hair. They are tied on or weaved. They can pull or the weight of permanent extensions can cause traction alopecia.
Clip-on hair extensions are temporary, which makes it easier to limit the amount of time Continue reading
Hair transplant physician Dr. Shapiro will exhibit his line of nutritional supplements at the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) Annual Scientific Meeting September 14-18 in Anchorage, Alaska. His line of hair restoration products titled Help Hair Shake, also available in shampoo and conditioner varieties, as well as his Help Hair Vitamins are designed to make transplanted hair regrow at a faster rate. At the ISHRS meeting, hundreds of hair restoration surgeons, surgical assistants and hair transplant staff will convene for workshops, lectures, booths and meetings on “New Vistas & Trusted Techniques in Hair Transplantation.”
During Dr. Shapiro’s 24 years of experience as a hair transplant surgeon, he began to question the link between nutritional supplements and hair loss. His research led him to develop a line of Help Hair(R) products containing nutrients specifically designed to improve the quality of the hair. He studied the effect of one of his products, Help Hair(R) Shake, after hair transplants and discovered that the transplanted hair grew in much more quickly than usual.
The term Accelerated Follicular Restoration(R) [AFR(R)] is used to describe using Help Hair after a hair transplant. Other hair transplant doctors Continue reading