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  1. Hair growth drug Propecia in new depression link

    Growing your hair never felt so bad

    Men who realize they're losing their hair often sink into a funk -- and they think getting back their lost locks will cheer them up.

    Well, I've got some depressing news if you're thinking of trying finasteride (aka Propecia) to regrow your hair: If you think you're down in the dumps now, wait 'til you see what this drug might do to you later.

    New research finds that far from being happy and hairy, men who take this med have a much higher risk of severe depression -- and that the depression can last after you stop taking the drug.

    In a study comparing 61 former Propecia users to a control group of men who never tried the drug, researchers found that 64 percent of ex-users had moderate or severe depressive symptoms and 44 percent reported thoughts of suicide.

    Compare that to no cases of moderate or severe depression in the control group, and 3 percent who reported thoughts of suicide.

    There's a bunch of reasons why this drug is such an effective downer. One is its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and gum up a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood.

    But personally, I think it's just another manifestation of the drug's other notorious side effect: Severe and lasting sexual dysfunction.

    As I've warned you before, finasteride is also a prostate drug that "works" by cutting off the flow of manly hormones. Cut off those hormones, and you may grow some hair... but you also risk losing part of your manhood, possibly even permanently.

    That's enough to get any man to consider suicide, if you ask me.

    Do yourself a favor and learn to love your chrome dome. Either that, or get yourself a subscription to my Douglass Report newsletter for natural answers to your hair loss. (If you're not already a subscriber why not become one? It's easy...just click here to get all the details.)

    It has everything you need to know about regrowing your hair WITHOUT facing sex problems and mood disorders.

    PS: I'll have more news for men tomorrow -- specifically, the easiest way yet to improve your fertility. Watch your inbox for the Daily Dose Digest!

  2. Hair growth drug can wreck your sex life

    FDA warns Propecia can cause sexual dysfunction

    You don't have to suffer a prostate problem to be given a dangerous and emasculating prostate drug -- just tell your doc you want more hair.

    The "magic hair-come-back pill" he'll almost certainly offer you is Propecia, which is really just a smaller dose of finasteride -- aka the prostate drug Proscar. And like most prostate treatments, it "works" by cutting off your flow of manly hormones.

    Naturally, you'll be less of a man as a result. More specifically, you may have to kiss your sex life goodbye...

    But hey, at least you'll have a great head of hair.

    If all this sounds familiar, it's because I've warned you about this bad med before. I mention it again not only because some men clearly haven't gotten the message -- but because now, even the FDA has woken up just long enough to issue its own warning.

    The feds say finasteride has been reported to kill your erections -- and if you do manage to get it up, it can prevent you from having an orgasm.

    Frankly, I don't know which is worse: Being unable to start, or unable to finish.

    In addition to taking away the ability, it can rob you of the desire by sapping your libido. And if all that's not enough, it has also been linked to other ejaculatory problems including poor sperm quality and even infertility.

    And for the icing on the cake, decreased libido can last even after you stop taking the drug. Since many men start losing their hair again when they stop the drug, you won't even have that luxurious mane to console you.

    If you're not ready to slap a "BALD IS BEAUTIFUL" bumper sticker on your car, I've got some good news: You CAN get your hair back without risking your sex life in the process.

    The key is to inhibit the production of DHT. Much like you body's autoimmune response, DHT attacks your hair follicles as if they're foreign objects.

    And the best way to take control of DHT production is by inhibiting the enzyme that's responsible for converting testosterone into DHT, 5a-reductase. That's where saw palmetto comes in. This nutrient is most famous for its prostate-supporting action. But it could also have a powerful effect on male-pattern baldness.

    I recommend 400mg of saw palmetto along with 100mg of beta-sitosterol.

    Research has also shown that an unsaturated fatty acid called gamma linolenic acid (GLA) may help inhibit 5a-reductase, putting the brakes on the conversion of testosterone to DHT.

    No drugs... no expensive and smelly shampoos... no hair weaves... just the one thing your body needs to stop the shedding and regrow your hair.

  3. Hair today, sex life gone tomorrow

    The treatment is finasteride, but you probably know it as Propecia -- and two new studies show how it can transform a raging bedroom bronco into a sleepy little pussycat.
  4. How NOT to prevent prostate cancer

    Researchers are screaming and howling over finasteride, a dangerous prostate med sold under the name Proscar.

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