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What You Should Know About Acne

What You Should Know About Acne
 by: Amber Lowery

There are many different types of acne and with that come many theories, myths, and treatments. The exact cause of acne remains a mystery. Why some pores are affected by acne and others aren't, is not known. Each case of acne is as complex as the individual battling it and a treatment that works on one person's acne may not work on yours.
Acne obviously has physical effects but it can also have psychological effects, especially in teens. Most teenagers already feel awkward and different, add acne to the equation and they are identifiably different. Most teenagers with acne tend to have lower self esteem, than their peers with clear skin, and are not involved in as many activities.
Adult acne is on the rise and can also be very difficult to deal with. Due to the changes that our skin goes through as we mature, scarring is often worse in adults with acne than in teens with acne. Adults with acne are also less likely than teens to seek treatment for their acne, leaving them to suffer alone.
Whether you are an adult with acne or a teenager with acne, your acne probably falls into one of a two main categories, inflammatory acne or non-inflammatory acne. If you have blackheads or whiteheads, or both, then you have non-inflammatory acne. Inflammatory acne can be a little harder to identify. Inflammatory acne is characterized by papules, pustules, and in more serious cases, nodules or cysts.
Once you have determined which category your acne falls into, you can explore the treatment options for your acne. Keep in mind that even if you have tried several different acne treatments to no avail, there is always something else to try for your acne. There are new acne treatments coming up left and right and the next new acne treatment might be the one that goes directly to work attacking your acne and leaving you with the clear skin you've longed for.

About The Author

Amber Lowery is an online publisher and is responsible for maintaining a large network of health and beauty related sites. For more information on Acne, visit: http://www.acnehelp.info - the Acne Resource Portal. Comparisions of Acne treatments can be found here: http://www.acne-cure.us.

This article was posted on April 11, 2005


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Lipovarin Review: How Well Does It Work?

Lipovarin Review: How Well Does It Work?
 by: Peter Bracato

Since the ban on ephedra based products in April 2003 many ephedra free fat burners have hit the weight loss market with mixed success. A few of these new "ephedra alternative" weight loss products have performed a pretty decent job of burning fat and supplying a boost of energy while others have not been nearly as effective.
Lipovarin™ is one of the more popular over-the-counter ephedra free weight loss supplements on the market today. The product claims to be a powerful thermogenic weight loss compound that is also capable of suppressing one's appetite. Accompanying those effects is the claim that it can boost energy and elevate one's emotional mood.
As I have said in the past in reviewing nutritional products, for a product to have any real potential it MUST contain efficacious ingredients and they must be included in a high enough amount to prove potentially worthwhile. More importantly, product claims should always be supported by the inclusion of ingredients that have clinical research behind them. Too often products contain a concoction of ingredients that have no clinical proof as to their actual efficacy in responding to a physical condition. I will tell you that Lipovarin™ probably contains the highest grade quality of ingredients that I have ever analyzed in a weight loss product.
Let's take a close look at the Lipovarin™ formula. I will try and analyze each ingredient and see how important it is in delivering safe and effective weight loss:
1) Advantra Z™ (385mg) is a patent pending brand of citrus aurantium used in the clinical research studies that have demonstrated its safe and effective calorie burning properties. Unlike ephedrine or ma huang based products, Advantra Z™ stimulates only the metabolism boosting Beta 3 receptors, so there are no undesirable effects on your nervous system, heart rate or blood pressure levels. In fact, clinical results indicate Advantra Z™ is more thermogenic than ephedrine, without any of the associated side effects. I am extremely impressed by the inclusion of this ingredient in the Lipovarin product.
To read more on the structure/function claims on Advantra Z follow this link: http://www.winltdusa.com/about/infocenter/healthnews/articles/advantrafunction.htm
2) 7-Keto™ is a naturally occurring breakdown product of DHEA that has DHEA activity, but cannot be converted to testosterone or estrogen in the body. Research suggests that 7-Keto DHEA may increase fat-burning enzyme activity and support healthy thyroid function. 7-Keto may increase the levels of a thyroid hormone called triiodothyronine (T3) levels in the body, which are linked to resting metabolism. Increases in fat-burning enzyme activity may increase body metabolic rate and promote weight loss without stimulating the nervous system or changing caloric intake.
To read more on the clinical results of 7-Keto™ follow this link: http://www.humaneticscorp.com/ittrium/servlet/visit?path=A24x0x1y1xb9x1x72y1xbex1x65
3) Green Tea extract (150mg) is an ingredient that has so much positive clinical support backing it as a weight loss compound. I am a big fan of green tea because it reaches beyond weight loss and into other health defense areas. As it relates to weight loss, it has been shown effectively increase one's metabolism by as much as 4-6% This "speeding up" of one's metabolism can easily lead to the reduction in overall body mass, i.e., weight loss.
4) Serotain™ (295 mg) is a proprietary blend of Griffonia simplicifolia extract and other natural ingredients that contain 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), which enhances endogenous serotonin levels. The most widely studied effects of serotonin, a neurotransmitter, have been on the central nervous system. According to Richard Borne, Ph.D., faculty at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, the functions of serotonin are numerous and appear to involve control of appetite, sleep, memory, temperature regulation, mood and behavior. What I really like about the inclusion of this ingredient in this ingredient is that dieting is hard enough without being a nervous wreck. Serotain supports your weight-loss program by enhancing your mood in a natural way.
5) Metabromine™ (350mg) is a derivative of the cacao tree, (cacao tree produces the seeds used in making cocoa, chocolate, and cocoa butter), and provides the appetite suppression and energy boost without the jitters some consumers used to get when they took ephedra-based products. It's a rather unique appetite ingredient that performs in similar fashion as Hoodia Gordonii. It definitely has some very real potential.
5) Caffeine (200mg), which speeds metabolism, is the most-active ingredient in many "diet pills." Caffeine breaks down fat, freeing fatty acids which are immediately burned. Conversion of fat to energy is about 30 percent more efficient when caffeine is consumed prior to exercise.
6) Glucuronolactone (300 mg) detoxifies the body by speeding up the elimination of harmful substances, both endogenic (toxins within or made by the body) and exogenic (external toxins such as radiation, or pollution that penetrate the body from the outside). Supplementing with glucuronolactone, aids the transportation of amino acids during amino acid metabolism.
7) Taurine (200 mg) helps to emulsify dietary lipids in the intestine, promoting digestion. Taurine also regulates heartbeat and maintains cell membrane stability. Taurine has protective effects upon the human brain and is often used to boost brain function and cognitive abilities.
8) L-Carnitine (15mg) is a water-soluble, B-vitamin-like nutrient that the body uses to turn fat into energy. With carnitine's help, fat levels decrease in the blood and weight loss is easier. New research continues to pour in to support the idea that l-carnitine should be an every day, health ­supporting nutrient that we all take as regularly as vitamin C.
Here is the bottom-line on Lipovarin™--it is as complete a weight loss product as you will find on the market today. I am extremely impressed by both the weight loss components and the powerful energy boosting components of the product. In the future I would like to see a little bit more clinical data on the efficacy of the Metabromine™ ingredient (appetite suppressant) contained in the formula. Overall, I highly recommend Lipovarin™ as a weight loss product!

About The Author

Peter is a Health & Fitness enthusiast and writer. He is in the process of completing his new book titled "Extend Your Life Beyond Today." In the book he examines the link between nutritional supplements and human life extension.

This article was posted on April 10, 2005


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Obesity, What's The 'Big' Deal

Obesity, What's The 'Big' Deal
 by: Dr. Marshal Montgomery

Nowadays, so much of the public is obese (fat) that it is the "norm". So much so, that we are starting to ignore this epidemic.
Thankfully, the Surgeon General has issued a warning about the plague of obesity that has been considered to be as significant or moreso than the warning issued about the hazards of cigarette smoke.
As long as you are carrying extra weight (beyond the acceptable upper limits of body fat), you increase your risks for a variety of health complaints.
These complaints and risks include conditions such as diabetes, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and more.
Definition of Obesity and Overweight
Obesity has been defined as an abnormal accumulation of body fat in proportion to body size. Overweight persons, although still technically obese, will have a body-fat proportion that is intermediate between normal and obese. (1)
Some Common Excuses for Being Obese
This section will probably ruffle the feathers of some people who read it. It is not meant to be demeaning or belittling. Rather it is meant to shed light on some of the "unhealthy" thought patterns that contribute to obesity, its consequences, and other conditions.
A lot of people will say to themselves and others something like "Yeah, I'm a bit overweight but I feel okay about it" or "Maybe I'm carrying a few extra pounds, but so is everyone else" or even "I might be fat, but I can lose it anytime I want". Other things that you might hear someone else say are things like "Jeez, you look pretty good …" "for someone who just had a baby" or … "for someone who has had three kids" (my wife absolutely hates hearing those 'compliments') or … "for someone who hasn't played hockey in ten years."
Then of course there are the "medical" excuses. "I've got metabolic syndrome", "ever since my surgery, I've had no energy", "my knees hurt", "I have arthritis", "It's hereditary", "I've got asthma" …
All of the above probably have a seed of truth in them for many people. However, more often than not, these excuses are a way to avoid doing something that you don't want to do, such as getting more exercise, or controlling your eating habits.
Why does this occur? Because we are in D.E.N.I.A.L. (an addictions counselor/mental health worker told me that it stood for Don't Even (k)no(w) I Am Lying).
Lifestyle Factors
Today's life is, no doubt, incredibly hectic and seems to be getting moreso every passing year. Gone are the days when most people in our society must do heavy physical labour every day just to survive. Automation has created many labour saving devices. This in turn has created a largely sedentary, inactive society.
Look at the kids today. Instead of being outside playing shinny or a game of pick-up basketball, or any of thousands of other outdoor activities, they are inside playing video games or getting mesmerized by the T.V.
Patricia Markham Risica (2) writes that …
The number of people affected by obesity continues to rise along with the prevalence of comorbid diseases that result from this condition. What could be considered the modern-day plague, caused by higher consumption and less expenditure of energy, has been broken down into its economic components by Eric Finkelstein.[1,2] The likely economic culprits for the marked increases observed in the 1980s and '90s include the increased availability of higher-calorie-dense foods, increased portion sizes, and lower overall costs of food along with increased exposure to television advertising of the same products. These trends are coupled with the earlier trends from the '60s and '70s of lower energy expenditure at work, more women in the workforce, and not making family meals at home. The increased prevalence of obesity carries a parallel increased demand for economic resources; 5% to 7% of total medical expenditures are already being devoted to this very costly condition.[1,3,4]
And she further writes that …
Obesity and overweight (the term preferred by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other organizations when referring to children and adolescents due to the potential negative connotations associated with "obesity")[5] represent a challenge of vast dimensions to the public health community, with causes of the epidemic permeating American society. Americans are surrounded by facilitators of an eat-more/expend-less society -- from the individual and family; to the food producers, processors, sellers, and advertisers; to the city planners of our neighborhoods; to the business organizations that demand our time during the day and the media that entertain us in the evening. Clinicians generally are not equipped to control this epidemic that greets them every day. Behavioral change counseling is not in their repertoire and effective treatments are not readily available; in fact, even when they are available, such programs are usually not reimbursed by third-party payers.
In today's society, the cost of eating in a healthy fashion is more often than not, much more expensive than eating all of the garbage that is available. Additionally, in virtually all processed foods, there is some sort of additive which will increase hunger and cravings. (reminds me of a line from "So I Married An Axe Murderer" with Mike Myers were his father was discussing "the Colonel" and how he puts an addictive chemical in his chicken to "make you crave it fortnightly!") Nowadays the home vegetable garden plot is fast disappearing which again will limit the availability of wholesome produce at a lower cost.
Look at artificial sweeteners. They have the ability to artificially increase your hunger. Not only that, but when they break down in your body, some very harmful chemicals can appear. One particular artificial sweetener is in over 2000 products! Think of the impact on society. Try finding chewing gum without it.
All of the above can contribute in some small or even in some large way to increase the increasingly present burden of obesity.
Until next time…
Yours in Health,
Dr. M. Montgomery @ www.healthyunderstanding.com
1. Obesity. Jonathan Q. Purnell, M.D., Medscape.com
2. Prevention of Overweight and Obesity: Focus on Children and Adolescents. Patricia Markham Risica, Dr.PH, RD, Medscape.com
Disclaimer: As always, check with your health care provider to see if this information applies to you. Due diligence is your responsibility. This information is meant to supplement your knowledge, not to replace your own decision making process or take the place of your health care provider.
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This article has been provided by Dr. M. Montgomery at www.healthyunderstanding.com. Dr. Montgomery is a practicing Chiropractor in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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Dr. Marshal Montgomery is a practising chiropractor in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada and is the creator of www.HealthyUnderstanding.com. He has practised in Canada and Australia.


This article was posted on April 10, 2005

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Have a Ball With Stability Ball Exercise

Have a Ball With Stability Ball Exercise
 by: Rick DeToma

Whether you call them a stability ball, swiss ball, or exercise ball, there are so many great benefits to exercising with a stability ball in your home workouts.
Stability Ball Benefits
Besides providing balance training, (an often overlooked component in most exercise programs) stability balls work your core in almost every exercise that is performed, and work multiple muscles at one time while forcing your body to balance itself. So your core will be better prepared to support the rest of your body in whatever activity you do. They are versatile too: The ball can be used at home or at your gym. All ages, and levels of fitness can benefit from stability ball training. An exercise ball is portable and light weight. An exercise ball is inexpensive. Requires little if any maintenance.
Stability Ball Workout Tips
Use your exercise ball for a total body workout. You can work your legs, arms, chest, back, and abdominals. Try some of these in your stability ball training:
Supine Oblique Curl
Start with the top of the ball beneath the center of the back, then stagger your feet and turn hips to one side. Anchor the lower hip to the ball and move the rib cage at a diagonal direction toward the legs (for example, right elbow to left inner thigh). Make sure your neck and pelvis are stable.
Forward Transverse Roll
Kneel on the floor and place your forearms on the ball, making sure your hips and arms form a 90 degree angle. From this starting position, roll the ball forward as you extend your arms and legs simultaneously. Contract your abdominals to help support your lower back, which should not be strained. Roll as far forward as possible without compressing the spine, drooping the shoulders, or rounding the torso. Return to starting position.
Chest Fly
Lie across the ball with your head and shoulders supported on the ball and your legs bent with heals about two feet from ball. Extend arms overhead with palms facing each other. Slowly separate your arms in a circular motion and bend your elbows slightly as lower your arms down until your upper arms are parallel to the ground. Return to start position and repeat.
Wall Squats
Lean your back against a ball that is placed against the wall and stand with your feet hip-width apart and about a foot away from the wall. Keep your back straight. Bend your knees and let the ball roll up your back until your knees bend to about a 90 degree angle. Keep your knees behind your toes as you bend. Return to start position and repeat.
Shoulder Retraction
Kneel over the ball. Tuck your hips into the ball and rest your abs against it. Hold a dumbbell in each hand, with your arms relaxed and at the sides of the ball, palms facing back. Pull your shoulder blades back. Pull your arms up, bending at your elbows to form right angles until they are parallel with your shoulders. Return to the starting postion.
Don't Forget to Stretch
The American Council on Exercise suggests the following simple yet effective stretches on the ball:
Back Extension - Start in a seated position with your fingertips supporting the back of your head both your elbows out. Walk your feet out until your upper back is lying on the ball while continuing to support your head and back. For a more intense stretch, lengthen your arms overhead and straighten your legs - breathe deeply and hold the stretch.
Kneeling Side - Start by kneeling upright on a mat with the ball at the side of your right hip, place your right hand on the ball and your left arm hanging close to your torso. Sweep your left arm in a wide arc up and over your head and back to the starting position. Hold the final arc in a lifted position 10-30 seconds for a static stretch and repeat three to five times.
Pelvic Circles - Start in a seated base position. Slowly circle your hips clockwise three to five times; reverse, circling counterclockwise. Focus on releasing tension in the hips and lower back.
You can't go wrong with such a versatile and inexpensive piece of equipment. If you are looking for a simple and highly effective way to change a workout routine, look into doing your exercise on a stability ball.
The information contained in this article is strictly for informational purposes and is not intended to provide medical advice. If you are sedentary or over 40 please get clearance from a doctor before starting an exercise program.
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Rick DeToma is a fitness coach, and trainer who specializes in home workouts. Contact Rick for a no obligation telephone fitness assessment at: http://www.tailored-fitness-home-workouts.com/contact.html

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This article was posted on April 09, 2005

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Parents, brace yourselves for childhood scoliosis

There is a growing concern among many parents, educators and health care professionals regarding a condition that is not even considered a disease. It is affecting nearly one million children in the United States and usually girls are hit twice as often than boys. It is developed during childhood and it's hereditary. It usually occurs in those older than 10 years, but the condition can be already seen in infants. About three to five of 1,000 people are impaired buy this condition called Scoliosis.

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. In scoliosis, the spine curves to the side when viewed from the front, and each vertebra also twists on the next one in a corkscrew fashion. It is a common condition among children with a familial history of scoliosis or other abnormal bone growth development. In many cases, scoliosis is not diagnosed promptly resulting in progression into adolescence and, thus, a impaired physical development.

Scoliosis is a medical term taken from a Greek word meaning curvature. This disease often develops during childhood causing the spine to curve laterally (to the side) to the left or right. The spine's normal curves occur at the cervical (neck), thoracic (chest), and lumbar regions (lower back). These natural curves position the head over the pelvis and work as shock absorbers to distribute mechanical stress during movement.

Scoliosis affects a small percentage of the population, approximately 2 percent. However, scoliosis runs in the family. If someone in a family has scoliosis, the likelihood of an incidence is approximately 20 percent.

In most cases 85% of the cause of scoliosis is unknown which doctors call idiopathic. The other 15% of cases fall into two groups:
· Nonstructural (functional): This type of scoliosis is a temporary condition when the spine is otherwise normal. The curvature occurs as the result of another problem. Examples include one leg being shorter than another from muscle spasms or from appendicitis.
· Structural: In this type of scoliosis, the spine is not normal. The curvature is caused by another disease process such as a birth defect, muscular dystrophy, metabolic diseases, connective tissue disorders, or Marfan syndrome.

Childhood scoliosis is often misdiagnosed by parents. Fortunately, some parents recognize a potential growth defect, such as scoliosis, during regular growth and development when the child's right shoulder appears to be out of line with the rest of the body. This is oftentimes recognized by the parent when the child is dressing up for school, when clothes are noticeably not fit in a correct manner.

Many schools regularly conduct scoliosis screenings among students. Usually these screenings occur during the middle school years and it is confirmed initially by the school health care professional with recommendation for pediatric follow up. Through the examination process, the pelvis is examined to determine if scoliosis may be present.

When positively diagnosed, the next step is to determine the scoliosis treatment option most appropriate for the child. The traditional medical management of scoliosis is determined by the severity of the curvature, skeletal maturity, and likelihood of progression. The conventional options are initially through observation, followed by bracing and surgery, and these procedures usually cost a lot.

Surgical options for children with scoliosis are serious medical procedures, and this is a consideration parents will be required to make. Parents should discuss with their child's pediatrician the treatment options needed. If the child's activities of daily living are impaired and the curvature is greater than 50 degrees, surgery may be indicated immediately. However, if the scoliosis has not progressed, before considering surgical options, alternative treatments, such as bracing, may be considered.

Although there are many exercises that can help in reducing scoliosis-related problems, another alternative method is children yoga. There are evidences that the problem of uneven curves are improved through yoga and it is considered the best scoliosis exercise.

Parents should understand that the complex nature of scoliosis and the methods for early diagnosis will provide for a more effective treatment plan. In most scoliosis cases, when diagnosed early, the use of bracing may eliminate the need for surgery as your child matures.

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Five Panel Saliva Test

Saliva or Oral fluid test is one of the popular drug tests that are used to find out the instant use of illegal drugs. Saliva drug test is very donor friendly, non-invasive and easy to collect the specimen. Saliva drug testing is efficient at detecting very recent drug use. Also saliva test is harder to adulterate than the urine drug tests since the sample can be obtained under direct supervision. Results can be read in minutes and there is no need for a lab. Depending on the test, up to 8 (commonly 5 or 6 at a time) different drugs can be detected. This method is the best method for determining current use of drugs.

Five Panel Saliva Test

Five panel saliva test detects the five most common drugs (or drug classes) of abuse: Marijuana (THC), Cocaine, Opiates (all opium based drugs), Methamphetamine (and its derivatives), Benzodiazepines (BZD) by using the preferred lateral flow immunoassay technology for this method of test screening. At ten minutes results are visibly obtained and also the test requires no special training.

The sensitivity levels of various drugs for the saliva drug test are different. The sensitivity is measured as nanograms (ng) per milliliter (ml). The sensitivity level for Marijuana (THC) is 20ng/ml while for Cocaine (COC) and Opiates (OPI) it is 30ng/ml. The sensitivity level for Met Amphetamine (M-AMP) and Benzodiazepines (BZD) is 50 ng/ml.

Sensitivity detection levels for saliva are considerably lower than those for urine tests because the concentrations of detectable drug metabolites are significantly less in oral saliva.

Advantages of Five Panel Saliva Test

Saliva or oral fluid drug is the best method, currently to test the immediate use of the drugs. Sample collection is less hazardous, less embarrassing for the parties. There is no need for privacy during sample collection and also less prone to corruption by sample substitution or adulteration. As the test subject is present for the entire sample collection and testing process, the possibility of sample adulteration and/or substitution is eliminated. The test utilizes monoclonal antibodies to selectively detect elevated levels of specific drugs in human oral fluid, which is very effective in drug detection.

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Hair Transplant Replacement Surgery - Medical Hair Restoration

Most everyone who experiences hair loss, longs for their hair to be as it was. People are sometimes willing to try just about anything to achieve this goal. There are treatments, cover-ups, and other options. If you have thinning hair you should discuss it with your doctor. This will hopefully weed out it being caused by something physical and determine which treatment or cover-up might best meet your needs.

Thinning Hair Possible Causes

There are many things that can cause hair thinning and which cause people to seek out methods of hair restoration. Physical and emotional stress may have an effect on hair loss. Illnesses and very high fevers can cause hair to thin out. Nervous habits that can result in hair loss include any one of the following: pulling on your hair, pulling hair out, or unduly rubbing your scalp. Medical conditions such as Thyroid problems may also play a part in thinning hair.

Medications may also trigger hair thinning. Medication that is used in chemotherapy and in radiation treatments cause hair to fall out. The good news is that once the medications are stopped you will see hair re-growth over time.

Hormonal changes such as the use of birth control, pregnancy, or child birth can affect hair loss. Levels of testosterone in men are also known to cause hair loss. Men who have low levels of testosterone do not have typical male pattern baldness.

A chemical called DHT- dihydrotestosterone is an enzyme and causes healthy follicles to shrink causing hairs to fall out. Testosterone and DHT are known as male hormones and when present in excess will cause hair to fall out. The presence of an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase appears in high levels. It then becomes DHT. This destroys soft hairs till they fall out for good.

Methods of Hair Restoration

There are different types of hair restoration available. Pharmaceutical treatments can include oral medications such as Finasteride. Topical treatments are applied to the scalp and minoxidil is one such treatment.

Surgical treatments include hair transplant therapy. In transplants, healthy hair including the follicles are removed and placed in thinning areas of the scalp. Hair Cloning is taking a number of healthy hair and follicles, reproducing them, and planting them where they are needed. Hair cloning is new and has the potential of producing a high amount of new hairs. Both procedures are time consuming, painful, and expensive.

Natural treatments are an option including natural supplements. These supplements have fewer side effects and are less costly than some other treatments. These supplements have a blend of ingredients that together are believed to promote hair re-growth. Some of these ingredients include vitamins, minerals, and herbal extracts.


There are sprays that may closely match your hair color that "fill in" bald spots by using miniscule synthetic fibers. This is not a permanent solution. It just fills it in and does not last. There are hair pieces, wigs, weaves, and extensions available that are much more real looking and can be styled in almost any style you want. This is the cheapest and safest option.


Hair thinning is a reality for many people. As a result, there is a great demand for hair restoration products or procedures. Consultation with your doctor will help you to determine the hair restoration method that will best meet your needs all the way around.

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Hair Loss Treatment & Hair Loss Solutions | Hair Care

Hair loss treatments are a concern for anyone experiencing hair loss to any degree. There are a variety of options available from which to choose. These options include topical treatments, oral medications, surgery, or hair pieces. Your doctor can best assist you in finding the treatment that will best suit your needs.

Topical Treatments

Topical hair loss treatments are applied to the scalp in the form of either a shampoo or it is applied to the scalp and left on the scalp. These topical treatments are very effective but have side effects and if used improperly could cause the very problem you are trying to treat. Scarring and inflammation could occur. If anything out of the ordinary occurs, stop use and contact your physician. Many hair loss treatments are prescribed of a chemical nature.

There are natural topical treatments that may include a variety of ingredients such as vitamins including B-complex vitamins, minerals including magnesium, and herbal extracts such as Nettle Root, that are known to benefit hair loss. Natural treatments are safer because they have fewer side effects. Though natural, do not add anything to your health regimen without checking with your doctor; the reason for this is that they could affect the performance of other prescriptive medications you may be taking.

Oral Medications

Propecia is an oral medication that is used to treat male pattern baldness. It is a hair loss treatment that is meant for men only. It is most effective on the vertex (top) of the head and the anterior mid-scalp areas. There is not enough available data on the effectiveness of Propecia on receding hair lines and temple areas.

There may be sexual side effects for some men including but not limited to a decreased sex drive. Other side effects include allergic types of reactions such as itching and a rash. On a more serious level, swelling in the lips and face, breast sensitivity and pain, lumps in the breasts or discharge from your nipples is cause to immediately stop the medication and seek medical help.

Women are not to use this product nor should they come into physical contact with broken or crushed tablets. Contact with the active ingredients by women who are or may be having a baby could result in anomalies in the sex organs of male babies.

Surgical Hair Loss Treatments

Hair transplants are done by a surgical procedure. Healthy hair follicles are taken from one area of the head and "planted" in the balding areas. It is natural hair, it is your own hair, and will grow. It is usually a permanent solution. There is some risk of skin irritation and infection. It can be a very expensive hair loss treatment.

Hair cloning is a relatively new procedure where a number of hairs are removed from your head and reproduced. The new hairs are then implanted in the balding areas of the head. There is risk here also of skin irritation and infection. The cost can be extreme as well.

Other Hair Loss Treatments

The safest and least expensive hair loss treatment is the use of wigs, hair pieces, weaves, or extensions. There is little chance of side effects. Hair pieces such as those mentioned above should not be stitched to the scalp. This can cause scarring, infection, inflammation, and more hair loss.


There are a variety of hair loss treatments including drugs, topical treatments, surgical procedures and hair pieces of all kinds. There is little to no danger with hair pieces and they are likely to be less expensive than other treatments. Any type of hair loss treatment should be checked with your doctor.

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