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  1. 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.

  2. Jane Fonda's secret helper

    Actress backs testosterone -- for women

    I wouldn't be caught dead reading Jane Fonda's new book -- but it sounds like she's ripped a page or two right out of mine.

    Hanoi Jane has been making headlines for admitting that the wild septuagenarian sex she's been bragging about was actually fueled by testosterone supplements.

    And now, she's urging other senior women to load up on the hormone to boost their own libidos.

    I didn't generate nearly as many headlines when I began advocating testosterone supplementation for women -- in some situations -- years ago. (Then again, I've never been caught palling around with the Vietcong, either.)

    But while Fonda might be on the right track here, her story only highlights the dangers of taking medical advice from Hollywood know-it-alls -- because she has a vastly oversimplified view of the hormone.

    She even admits she had to stop taking the supplements after battling serious acne problems -- a sure sign she was taking way too much. Women who load up on testosterone willy-nilly might also find themselves growing mustaches and chest hair.

    Neither of those will do much for your sex life.

    But let's forget sex for a moment here, because women need testosterone for something so much more important -- and here's where Fonda misses the point completely.

    Testosterone is crucial to blood flow, and women who don't have enough face a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. This hormone can even help beat two of the conditions women fear most: osteoporosis and breast cancer.

    So yes, you need your testosterone, ladies -- but don't try getting this on your own. Seek out an experienced naturopathic physician who can measure your hormone levels. You want to be somewhere between 50 nanograms per cc and 100 (men, on the other hand, need 10 times as much).

    A good doc will also bring you back in for regular measurements while supplementation is under way to help ensure you don't experience Fonda's acne -- or chest and facial hair.

    Your husband will thank you for that last bit.

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