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Blame Hormones in the Food Supply for ED and Cougars?

blame-hormones-in-the-food-supply-for-ed-and-cougars-1.jpgThe rise of cougars is an interesting phenomenon – and we aren’t talking about the big cat. Older women are partnering up with younger men, and the reason isn’t just about their more desirable youthful appearance. It’s about the oldest motive in the book: sex. Older women tend to have full, active sex drives, but what about older men? Unfortunately, men are experiencing a decrease in sex drive after their twenties and an increase in impotence or erectile dysfunction (ED), and it could be in part due to what they’re eating!

Sex drive, erections, and orgasms require hormones to be finely balanced in men. This means normal testosterone levels, estrogen levels, and thyroid levels. Yes, you read right – estrogen is present in both women and men, and like all hormones, it works in perfect tandem and balance with your body. Think of your body as a delicate ecosystem all unto itself, and when one of the working parts is disrupted or changed, it can spell disaster for the whole. This is what happens when hormones in our food throw off the balance of our body’s natural hormones.

Foods that are high in the hormones prolactin, estrogen, and progesterone are known to cause not only a disruption in a man’s normal sex drive, but also ED and breast enlargement. These hormones are present in all dairy products, as well as in legumes such as soy. Also, while it may seem to make sense to increase your consumption of foods with testosterone, this may also throw off the balance of your hormonal environment and cause sexual complications.

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We advise you eat no more than 2 servings of red meat per week, because it’s high in fat and has been genetically engineered with high levels of testosterone. This could cause your body to gain weight and put stress on your heart, which also increases your risk of ED and low sex drive. In fact, the extra fat cells in your belly will convert testosterone into estrogen, which interferes with your normal balance of testosterone/estrogen.

Furthermore, if you’re eating foods packaged in cans or plastic, watch out! This packaging is lined with a chemical called BPA, which has been found to decrease sexual desire and increase your risk of developing ED, infertility, and other hormonal disorders. If you’re purchasing food contained in plastic or canned packaging, make sure its label says “BPA-free” to lower your risk of developing these health issues.

The hormones in our food supply are meant to help us enjoy inexpensive high quality animal proteins, but on the whole it seems they present an uncomfortable amount of health risks. For men, this includes lowered sex drives, impotence, and other sex-related health problems. The trend of older women partnering up with younger, more virile, sexier men who can match their own sexual needs will continue long into the future unless older men make some changes to their diet.

If you’re interested in learning how HRC can help you feel and look more attractive and are experiencing hair loss, schedule an appointment today. Call our office at (800) 966-9505 and we’ll help give you the confidence you need to show cougars that young men aren’t the only hot ones in the jungle!

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Hormones Present in our Food Affect Hair Loss

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Our health is at risk, but the source of worry is well hidden and under-challenged: it’s the hormones present in our food, and the effects are felt by men, women, and children alike. From self-esteem debilitating issues like hair loss and early puberty to potentially fatal health problems like breast cancer and prostate cancer, hormones in our food could be posing a huge crisis for the future of our health and wellness.

Unfortunately, there’s very little research going on to dig into the heart of this problem. The research done by the FDA is conveniently inconclusive at best, and at worst the FDA has even concluded that the hormone amounts present in our food is considered negligible. In other words, “Don’t worry about it.” However, some hormones used in our food are referred to as probably carcinogens by the National Institutes of Health. Estrogen (present in dairy) has been linked with breast cancer, testosterone (present in red meats) has been linked with prostate cancer, and the hormone progesterone increases the growth of breast, ovarian, and uterine tumors.

food-effect-2.jpgThe genetically engineered growth hormone called rBGH (used on cattle) was even banned in Europe and Canada due to the concerns that arose for animal welfare and human health. Yet in the United States, the FDA approves the hormone and claims it presents no risk to human health. Interestingly, there is also very little we can know about the illegal use of hormones, because the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) does not test animals for natural hormones, and only does sporadic testing for synthetic hormones. It clearly isn’t enough, because in 1999 an organization of more rigorous testers in Europe detected a drug called diethylstilbestrol (DES) in two shipments of US beef. DES was banned by the FDA in 1959 as a growth promoter in chicken and lambs, and again in 1979 for use in all animal feed.

The European Union has completely banned the use of growth hormones, while the EU’s Scientific Committee for Veterinary Measures has clearly stated that all growth hormones used in the US could pose the risk of cancer.

Meanwhile, the hormones present in our food also affect hair loss. Diets rich in animal fats are shown to cause excessive testosterone, which directly impacts hair loss. This is because oil glands in the hair follicle begin to grow, and the production of DHT is increased. DHT is a hormone that results from the breakdown of testosterone, and it’s widely accepted as the principal cause of hair loss.

Ultimately, if you’re worried about the health concerns of hormones in your food, it may be best to change your diet. For example, you can purchase organic meats that state no hormones were used on the animal, and you can even increase your consumption of foods that help lower DHT levels. If hair loss is a primary concern, a diet change alone will probably not reverse your hair loss, so other measures such as hair growth therapy and hair replacement would be beneficial to work in tandem with your altered diet. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call our office today at (800) 966-9505.

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Your Beauty Routine May Be Thinning Your Hair

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We are constantly striving for a gorgeous head of locks and the perfect good hair day. We’re always chasing after the latest products or the best gadgets to get THE look – you know the one! But the question is, at what cost do we continue our favorite beauty routines? The truth is, it could be contributing to thinning hair.

Flat irons, harsh hairbrush bristles, and product chemicals can be seriously damaging to your hair. The chemicals and intense heat can even affect your roots and cause male pattern baldness! Other stressful things for your hair include tight hair styles that pull on your scalp such as braids, buns, cornrows, and weaves can also cause thinning hair and hair loss.

But that doesn’t mean you have to give up your beloved beauty routines! Here are some helpful tips that will help you avoid damaging your hair:

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  • Use brushes that have soft bristles.
  • Make sure your shampoo has a proper pH balance.
  • Condition often.
  • Avoid products with sulfates and parabens.
  • Be careful with how often you dye or color-treat your hair. Try not to overexpose it.
  • Reduce your weekly use of curling or flat irons.
  • Get your hair trimmed regularly to lose the split ends.

If you’re suffering from thinning hair or hair loss and you’re concerned about your luscious locks and beauty routine, come meet privately with one of our skilled hair loss specialists at HRC. Contact our office at (800) 966-9505 to schedule a free consultation today!

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Sex, Hair Loss, and Propecia

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When the hair loss treatment Propecia hit the market, it quickly became known as a miracle drug for men who suffered from male pattern baldness. Suddenly, it was a blockbuster treatment that was touted for being less messy and more effective than Rogaine. Propecia’s sales are now at over 400 million dollars annually, making it one of the top sellers of the pharmaceutical company Merck. Unfortunately for hundreds of thousands of patients taking Propecia, Merck failed to disclose just how serious and long-lasting certain side effects of Propecia can be: namely, erectile dysfunction, decreased libido, and inability to orgasm.

This has resulted in hundreds of lawsuits in the US and Canada. Patients have reported that Propecia’s side effects could even last an average of 40 months after discontinued use of the drug. What’s more, serious sexual dysfunction wasn’t the only serious risk of taking Propecia – other side effects include difficulty breathing, depression, anxiety attacks, loss of concentration, insomnia, memory loss, and an increased risk of high-grade prostate cancer.

These lawsuits allege that the medication – also marketed as “Proscar” – has devastating sexual, emotional, and mental side effects that last for years after the men stop taking it. They claim that Merck failed to adequately warn users about the risks, even after European regulators demanded for a stronger warning label. Merck has made a statement that some users of Propecia experience erectile dysfunction, but the company still won’t say how long the side effects last and if those issues worsen over time.

If you or a loved one is taking Propecia, don’t risk your health another day. The Hair Restoration of California has several safe, effective treatment options for hair loss. Call our office at 800-966-9505 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Options for Thinning Hair

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Thinning hair and hair loss are most commonly caused by genetics in both men and women. Things like your diet, stress levels, medications, illnesses, and even your cosmetic habits can also play big roles. For example, if you tend to wear very tight ponytails or buns, or style your hair in a way that pulls at your scalp, you’ll likely experience some degree of hair loss or thinning hair. Thankfully, there are several options for you to take to decrease or reverse the effects of thinning hair.

Medication:

There are currently two drugs that are approved by the FDA to treat thinning hair and hair loss. The first is called Rogaine, which is statistically better at slowing down hair loss than actually helping with hair growth. The second is called Propecia, which comes in the form of a pill and must be prescribed by your doctor. This is an effective treatment, but your results may not necessarily be maintained if you stop taking it.

Hair Transplant/Hair Grafting:

This procedure uses various methods to graft, or transplant, hair onto your scalp. It’s performed by a dermatological surgeon, and is a good option if you are interested in hair replacement. The specific procedure may vary depending on your circumstances and needs. Hair grafting or transplanting results in natural-grown hair and is relatively easy, with a quick recovery time.

Scalp Reduction:

A more intensive option than the simpler hair transplant, scalp reduction is a procedure that essentially removes areas of your scalp that aren’t growing hair as desired, so that areas where your hair growth is fuller can be stretched. This is more suitable for those with loss of hair than just thinning hair.

Hair Pieces:

The quickest way to get a head of full, thick hair is to purchase a hair piece. Hair pieces are available to blend in to your own grown hair, so you can still have a great natural look! There are many types of options with hair pieces, so we recommend researching what would be the best fit for you. Our hair technicians are always happy to answer your questions.

You may have heard of many “natural” options to treat thinning hair or hair loss, but many experts agree that these “natural remedies” make false promises. If you’re interesting in treating your thinning hair or hair loss, we offer a free consultation to help you determine what option is right for you! Call our office today at 800-966-9505.

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