For men, few things are more devastating than the first signs of hair loss.
You immediately begin to panic and ponder how this will affect your sex appeal to the ladies. Sure, there are good-looking dudes out there with a great shiny bald spot. However, you’d probably prefer advancing into your golden years looking like Harrison Ford rather than John Lithgow.
Here’s a shocking truth about hair loss (also known as male pattern baldness): you can regrow hair naturally, and it doesn’t involve a pack of Rogaine.
In fact, there’s research to back this up. Unfortunately, the studies are often obscured or buried thanks to Big Pharma (they’d rather have you buy their expensive over-the-counter products for the rest of your life).
We’ll uncover the truth and show you that the real hair loss solution is much simpler than you realize.
What Does Conventional Science Say About Hair Loss?
If you ask any doctor about hair loss, they’ll likely attribute the cause to excess testosterone, DHT and heredity with some environmental factors thrown in. The doctor will write a prescription and send you on your way. Aside from prescription pills, hair loss surgery has also become a big thing; it’s basically the hair care version of Lasik.
Big Pharma is keeping the truth at bay because the hair treatment industry is a huge money grab. In the U.S. alone, the industry was a $3.6 billion market in 2016.
Take a look at the figures above, part of ISHRS’s 2017 Practice Census Results. This is part of a report from the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. The numbers reveal the whopping jump in hair loss procedures. Between the years 2014 and 2016, hair treatments jumped by 18 percent in the United States. However, that’s nothing compared to Central and South America, which saw a 132 percent increase, largely due to Westerners traveling south of the border to seek more affordable treatments.
Surgery aside, medications like Finasteride are also on the global rise, especially in China. A recent Chinese poll showed that 60 percent of 4000 respondents indicated they were suffering some degree of hair loss. (The cause was conveniently attributed to the usual suspects…)
Maybe we’re just being conspiracy theorists, but this seems a tad suspicious: An industry proclaiming to cure baldness becomes a booming market, while instances of hair loss increase.
The Androgen Hypothesis
The Androgen hypothesis is the commonly accepted scientific cause of hair loss. We believe it’s flawed and outdated. Why? Because the entire hypothesis is based on just two research papers, and flawed ones at that.
The Castrates Study
The first study is an oldie from 1942. The subjects consisted of 104 castrated men (i.e., men that had their testicles removed). As such, their bodies produce zero testosterone. Researchers noticed sufficient quantity of hair with minimal dandruff.
When the subjects were given testosterone injections, male pattern baldness began to arise in four of the men.
Researchers concluded that testosterone was the cause of the baldness because four of the 104 subjects — less than 4 percent — went bald.
We don’t know about you, but we find it odd that a multi-billion-dollar industry would base their entire reason of existence on this study.
Even if the injections did lead to hair loss, synthetic T injections should not be confused with natural testosterone production. The former has also been linked to a number of other health issues, such as cardiovascular problems, liver toxicity and more. Natural T production has no such adverse effects.
The Guevedoces Study
Guevedoces, or female pseudohermaphrodites, are men born with female characteristics and often believed to be female. Their true gender isn’t realized until puberty kicks in. One study in the Dominican Republic analyzed several guevedoces, all of whom had normal testosterone levels but lacked the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme. The men also had abnormally small prostates. Their female-like appearance also meant long, glowing hair.
Merck, a giant pharmaceutical company, learned of this study and immediately saw dollar signs. The company at the time was already peddling a drug for treating prostate enlargement in the west. Using the study, it also began selling the same drug as a cure for hair loss. It argued that prostate enlargement was linked to baldness, using the study as proof.
The drug in question? It’s the aforementioned Finasteride.
Exposing Merck and Finasteride
Here’s some food for thought:
If testosterone and DHT cause baldness, then why does baldness usually begin to occur once men hit their 40s and beyond? This is also the age range when T levels naturally begin to decline. If testosterone indeed causes hair loss, then wouldn’t men exhibit baldness in their 20s when T production is at its peak?
Here’s the truth: Balding men who undergo hormone tests are almost always found to have androgen levels comparable to non-balding men.
What about Merck’s Finasteride? Is it truly the one-stop solution for baldness?
In one 12-month study, researchers concluded a “significant” difference in hair volume in a Finasteride group versus a placebo. At face value, this may seem like a win for Merck. However, the study came under scrutiny in a report from Harvard Law. The report pointed out that after five years the Finasteride group only had an additional 277 strands of hair per 1-inch diameter. That might seem like a lot until you realize that the average human head has about 2200 strands of hair per square-inch. That means after five long years of dedicated use, Finasteride users only have an additional 10 percent of hair volume to show for it.
It should be noted that a generic, 30-day supply brand of Finasteride costs about $44 at Walmart. If you were to take the supplement religiously for five years, that comes out to a cost of $2,640. Is that cost really worth it for a measly 10 percent of extra hair?
Hefty cost aside, Finasteride also comes with side effects. This includes testosterone loss and lethargy. Watch this CNN video and skip to the 7:18 mark. It features a former Finasteride user who is now on testosterone replacement therapy because of the aftereffects of the drug. The negative effects for the unfortunate user did not go away, even after discontinuing use.
Do you think a mega-corporation really gives a darn about users who experience worse-case scenario side-effects? Hell no. They only care about raking in the revenue and becoming an even bigger conglomerate. Merck brings in about $400 million a year from its sale of Propecia, it’s brand of Finasteride.
The REAL Cause of Hair Loss
Consider these interesting facts:
- Babies lose their hair not long after coming out of their mother’s womb
- The mother also loses hair after giving birth
- Menopausal women also lose some of their hair
- The same goes for women on contraceptive drugs
Now, what about Men? Well, let’s see…
So, what do all the above scenarios have in common? They all include:
- Elevated cortisol levels
- Elevated estrogen levels
- Low thyroid function
- The free flow of fatty acids in the bloodstream, which stimulates estrogen production
- Elevated prolactin levels
- The buildup of mucopolysacchardies, a long-chain sugar molecule that causes calcification of the scalps
- Drop in the protective hormone progesterone
Hormonal imbalance leads to all of the above. It can be corrected through proper nutrition intake and stress management.
The 4 Keys to Hair Loss Prevention and Hair Regain
Now that you know the TRUE cause of male pattern baldness, you can take the correct steps. This doesn’t involve synthetic medications that cost an arm and a leg. All it takes is whole foods, natural remedies and supplementation, and some lifestyle changes.
Here are the steps for controlling each of the imbalances.
Step 1: Lower Estrogen
- Take a choline and betaine supplement
- Get your bodyfat levels to 15 percent or below
- Increase intake of vitamins A, D and K2
- Reduce exposure of estrogenics in your diet and environment
Step 2: Keep Cortisol in Check
- Do more low-volume anaerobic exercises
- Limit endurance workouts (45-minute jogs and stationary bike sessions)
- Eat high-quality foods; avoid refined foods and hormone-injected meat
- Practice deep breathing, about 10-20 minutes a day
- Chill out and don’t get stressed out from day-to-day occurrences (in other words, be a glass-half-full type of person)
Step 3: Lower Prolactin
- Take a KSM-66 ashwagandha supplement. Testro-X is rich in potent ginseng, which not only improves libido but also stimulates follicle production.
- Increase vitamin E intake, either through food or supplementation. Vitamin E lowers prolactin.
- Supplement with dopa mucuna, which controls the release of prolactin
- Up your zinc intake. Deficiency in this mineral has been linked to hair loss. Zinc also cuts prolactin levels.
- Increase B6 consumption. Vitamin B6 increases growth hormones while also slashing prolactin production.
Step 4: Improve Thyroid Function
- A damaged thyroid ultimately affects your hair production. To restore your thyroid, take a desiccated thyroid supplement along with a supplementation of iodine and selenium. A four- to eight-week supplementation regimen should correct deficiencies.
- If you’re on a low-carb or keto diet, stop immediately.
- Eat plenty of whole fruits and tubers for ample carb intake.
Your skin and hair actually tell you quite a lot about the state of your thyroid.
Hair Loss and the Keto Diet
We just mentioned that a low carb diet is one of the culprits behind poor thyroid and hair health. We will actually discuss this at length in a future post. However, we would like to discuss it briefly here just so you understand why ketogenic diets are a bad idea.
In short, hair production requires glucose. Without adequate glucose, the organ (yes, the hair follicle is an organ) lacks the needed oxygen for hair production.
Without these fuel sources, the fatty acids and ketone bodies also cannot sustain hair growth.
We realize it’s a shocker to learn that the low carb diet peddled in health and muscle mags are actually counterproductive to hair growth. However, the truth is certainly liberating. If you’re still skeptical, watch this video, which was created out of multiple responses from keto followers enquiring about hair loss and receding hairlines.
Instead of addressing the thyroid issue or discussing why hair loss occurs in a low carb diet, the presenter actually recommends consuming more protein. There was no explanation whatsoever of cortisol, estrogen or excess fatty acids in the bloodstream.
Just view the comments in the video; several commenters have confirmed that they have lost hair within mere months of eschewing carbs. One commenter even calls out the BS and tells it like it is:
We recently created an entire video dedicated solely to the effects of keto diets on baldness. For this article, we just wanted to get the word out, so you can reconsider if you’re currently on the low-carb bandwagon.
Summing It All Up
We realize that this is a longer-than-usual post, so let’s quickly recap:
- The Androgen Hypothesis is based on flawed scientific studies and not grounded in reality whatsoever. The hypothesis has been exploited by Merck and other large-scale pharmaceuticals to sell their snake oil products (that in many cases has led to permanent damage).
- Hair loss in men, women and children is caused by elevated cortisol, estrogen and prolactin. Thyroid imbalance is a contributing factor as well. These conditions arise due to nutrient deficiencies and higher ratios of stress to protective hormones.
- Hair follicles require glucose, fructose and pyruvate, hence why low-carb diets are detrimental to hair growth.
We realize that everything we laid out in this post challenges what you have been taught to believe by Big Pharma. Now that you know the truth, you won’t be at the mercy of the latest synthetic drug. Natural hair regrowth requires a very side effect-free process.
Before we go, we want to give a special shout-out to Danny Roddy for his dedicated work on revealing the truth on this subject. See Roddy’s YouTube channel for videos that uncover what Merck doesn’t want you to know.
We also recommend checking out our revised edition of Master Your T, which references some of Roddy’s brilliant revelations.
Supplements to Stop Hair Loss (And Even Regrow Hair Naturally)
The Hair Regrowth Stack contains all of the key nutrients necessary for addressing hair loss to regrow your hair. It is specifically formulated using research shown to lower prolactin levels, lower cortisol and lower estrogen production (a.k.a. the leading hormonal causes of hair loss in men and women). This stack also supports healthy thyroid function.