1. Why saw palmetto doesn't always work

    Saw palmetto not working? Read this before you give up

    So saw palmetto doesn't work. That's what the headlines say after the supplement flunked yet another prostate study -- and this one comes almost exactly one year after an even bigger study also came up dry.

    But that's not what you've heard, right?

    You've heard the good news -- like studies in 1996 and 2000 that found saw palmetto matched the benefits of the prostate drug Proscar without the emasculating side effects.

    And I know you heard about the 2008 study in which 88 percent of men who tried saw palmetto considered their treatment a success -- because you heard about that one from me!

    Clearly, there's nothing wrong with your hearing... but there IS something wrong with many of the saw palmetto supplements on the market today, and that's why it shows spectacular results in some studies, but comes up bupkis in others.

    The real power of saw palmetto is locked inside the plant's phytosterols -- especially beta sitosterol found in the berry. So if you want the benefits, you want the berry.

    Most men don't know that. They just know that they want "saw palmetto," and unscrupulous supplement makers are happy to oblige by selling them the shavings of the entire plant, in capsule form.

    So sure, it's saw palmetto -- but it's about as effective as sawdust, and the studies that use this junk prove it won't help drain anything other than your bank account.

    And that leaves you with two real choices:

    1. Choose a top-quality saw palmetto supplement from a maker you trust. This will cost more; it will be worth it. Or, if you're on a budget...
    2. Choose a different source of beta-sitosterol, the compound in saw palmetto that makes it so effective. Again, it's important to stick to a maker you trust -- but you can often get all the benefits of real saw palmetto for a fraction of the price.

    Either way, you can get the support you need -- but whatever you do, don't pay top dollar to get bottom of the barrel. If you want saw palmetto, make sure it's the real deal... or don't even bother.

  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. How NOT to prevent prostate cancer

    Researchers are screaming and howling over finasteride, a dangerous prostate med sold under the name Proscar.
  4. Treatment of Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy

    Since there's no loss of libido or sexual function with saw palmetto and it works so well to alleviate BPH symptoms, why wouldn't patients and doctors choose the herbal product?

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