What Does FDA Approval Mean for Hair Loss Treatments?

  • By Dr Robert Nettles
  • 14 Mar, 2017

Can a hair loss treatment work if it's not FDA approved? In this article we review what FDA Approval means, when it is required, and how to use that information to determine which hair loss treatments can effectively stop hair loss.

FDA Approved hair growth product

In my last article we reviewed the effectiveness of various hair loss treatments  available. This time I’m taking a closer look at what FDA approval or not means for hair loss treatments. There are a LOT of shampoos out there making claims to cure hair loss with more seemingly popping up every day, so this is something you should be aware of to avoid spending your money on something which won’t work.

Let’s start by looking at the facts and then think about this logically:

  1. DHT is the cause of androgenetic alopecia (hereditary hair loss).
  2. DHT binds to the hair follicle and causes the hair to miniaturize and eventually die.
  3. Unless we prevent the DHT from forming and reduce the amount of circulating DHT in our system we cannot stop hair loss.
  4. DHT is a chemical. Molecularly it is very similar to Testosterone, but it has 2 extra hydrogen molecules attached. I call it the Bad testosterone. As opposed to the good one which gives us vitality, strength, ability to build muscle, etc. Don’t be afraid of chemicals though, remember water and air are also chemicals, just know which ones are bad and which are good checmicals.

Now let’s take a look at the FDA regulations to see how those work. According to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic   Act      it mandates FDA approval is required of any product or active ingredient which meets the following criteria:

  • It is intended to cure, treat, mitigate or prevent disease in humans
  • It affects the structure or function of the human body – ie: it works on the inside of our body
  • It achieves its primary intended purpose through chemical action
  • The product is metabolized by the human body – it penetrates the skin to work inside and is then broken down by the human body

And one last very important point - any product which is not regulated by the FDA can make any claims about their effectiveness that they like without proof or sanction.

So going back to our known facts about hair loss, we know that unless we reduce the amount of DHT in our system, we cannot stop hair loss. In order to reduce DHT we need to remove the extra hydrogen molecules off the DHT plus ideally also prevent the DHT from forming in the first place.  These are both chemical actions. In order to reduce DHT, the ingredients must penetrate through the skin to be able to make changes to us internally or be digested and absorbed through our digestion process to be able to take a chemical action or make chemical changes to the DHT or prevent it from forming which is also a function of the human body.

The law says, that if a product actually does any of these things it is REQUIRED to go through FDA review and approval.

This is your first red flag. What it means is that any product which makes claims to do any of these things but is not FDA approved, cannot ACTUALLY do as they claim or legally they could not be sold.

But that doesn’t make sense you say. How is it that they are allowed to lie and get away with it?

Well only products which are regulated by the FDA are required to tell the truth in their claims. Any product which is not FDA regulated can make whatever claims they like about what they do and don’t do and there is no legislation which governs that.

So what does this mean to you? Basically it gives you an easy mechanism for determining whether a product is effective or not because only a product or active ingredients that are FDA approved can be effective at stopping hair loss.

I keep seeing more new miracle hair loss products pop up with ingredients that claim to prevent or reduce DHT like: Maxelder, Grathaw, Patlarnay head jungle shampoo and the many others out there. So now you know based on the legislation that unless these ingredients are FDA approved then they cannot possibly do as they claim and therefore will not be effective at stopping hair loss.

All the active ingredients utilized in the Stop and reGrow program are FDA Approved either to reduce DHT or to stimulate hair growth and Stop and reGrow is clinically proven to stop hair loss and regrow thin hair.  Learn more about the science behind Stop and reGrow here .  Call our office to schedule your comprehensive hair loss consultation on (310) 601-4778.

Healthy Hair Education

By Dr Robert Nettles 07 Sep, 2017

Which hair loss treatment is right for you?  Do they all really work?  Lets take a look at the most popular ones and the requirements for a hair loss treatment which really works to both stop hair loss and regrow thin/receding hair.

The first thing to understand is that the number one cause of hair loss is Androgenetic Alopecia. We do see other types of hair loss in our practice of course, however 95% of cases we see include at least a component of Androgenetic Alopecia as well.

The hair loss in Androgenetic Alopecia is caused by high levels of DHT.  50% of men and 25% of women are born with a hereditary gene which causes them to over-produce DHT which then binds to the hair shaft in hereditable patterns and gradually suffocate the hair causing it to miniaturize over time and eventually die. In order to stop hair loss we therefore must stop this process from occurring. We then need to grow back the damaged hair. Without doing both of these 2 things any hair loss treatment will be ineffective.

Now let’s look at each of the available treatments on the market and see how they shape up.

Rogaine/Minoxidil  - entered the market in 1988 as the first medication which grows hair. Minoxidil is a vasodilator that works to increase blood flow to the scalp with the original idea being that if the hair follicles receive more nutrients from the extra blood flow they would regrow. Rogaine does produce slight hair growth in about 20% of people and which was later discovered to be a result of mild anagen antagonist qualities of Minoxidil rather than from the additional blood flow originally thought. Anagen antagonists speed up the catagen/resting phase of the hair and cause new hair to turn over more quickly and to grow back slightly thicker than the previous one. Whilst minoxidil may in fact assist some people with hair growth, the problem is that it doesn’t also stop the hair loss and the DHT will continue is binding to the hair shaft which will eventually overtake any additional growth caused by the Minoxidil and die, perhaps just slightly later than it would have without the Minoxidil. The alcohol base required to support the active ingredients also cause irritation of the scalp and sever reactions for many people.

Propecia  - 9 years later in 1997, Propecia/Proscar/Finasteride was launched as the first pill to stop hair loss by blocking DHT. Whilst Propecia does do as promised and block DHT, it has a number of problems associated with it:

  1. It has a very short half-life of only 6 hours which means it is working in our system for only part of the day and as a result causes swings in hormone levels that lead to side effects for many people.
  2. There have been a myriad of reported side effects when this medicine is taken orally and in a one size fits all dose. America’s one size fits all approach to medicines causes a lot of problems for people, but you can read more about that in my previous article on personalized medicine  .
  3. It does not regrow hair. And especially because it is not working in your body 24 hours per day, it does not even give the hair a chance to regrow effectively on its own.

Laser Comb/Cap  - HairMax launched the initial and most widely used laser hair comb back in 2001. The way these combs work is by using red light to stimulate cell regeneration and growth.The regime required to support this requires regular use for at least 15 minutes at a time.  Even if their claims of hair growth stimulation are true, just like with Minoxidil, eventually the DHT will completely block the hair follicle from being able to absorb nutrients no matter how much growth stimulation they receive and will eventually be overtaken by hair loss and no longer be effective.

Supplements  - Hair supplements, vitamins and dietary improvements have been around for many years and have been growing in popularity recently, especially with Dr Oz promoting Phytoceramides. Like the laser comb, many of these can be effective where the cause of hair loss is poor nutrition only.  We see this in less than 1% of cases. So again, while providing the hair with better nutrition can help androgenetic alopecia minimally for a short while, it will not be able to overcome the effects of DHT.

Hair Transplant  – Hair transplants were first pioneered back in the 1050's but have come a very long way since then. The new robotic single hair transplant methods available today are definitely the way to go if this is something you need. My goal however is to prevent you from ever needing one. The problem with them is that they are expensive, ranging generally from $10,000 to $30,000 depending on the surgeon and method. They also won’t solve your hair loss problem long term. It is likely you will need at least 3 to 4 of them unless you are also able to stop the initial cause of hair loss.  We see many clients who have had their first transplant and then come to us distraught as they continue to lose hair around and behind the transplant location. Another important point about transplants is that transplants will never provide you with the thickness of hair you once had because every hair you transplant cuts off blood supply to the 4-6 immediately around them. You cannot transplant them as close together as your hair would naturally grow.

PRP  - PRP, Plasma and Stem Cell therapy are much more recent additions to the hair regrowth treatment options available. And by now you should be able to tell yourself that these too are not going to be able to prevent hair loss long term but only assist with hair growth. Each of them in their individual way works to stimulate new cell generation and growth. However, as you now know, unless you stop your cause of hair loss, the follicle will eventually again be overloaded with DHT and unable to survive. Where these treatments have been especially successful is in assisting transplanted hair follicles to “take” in their newly transplanted location so that your “take rate” of transplanted hairs is improved.

Shampoos & Non-Prescription Topicals   - Shampoos like Keranique and others have gained a lot of publicity lately.  They claim to have a proprietary blend of ingredients that block DHT and regrow hair.  None of their ingredients (unless they also contain Minoxidil) are FDA approved to grow hair.  And as they are not prescription medicines they cannot penetrate the scalp and make any difference.  One thing to note is that an FDA approved manufacturing lab is certified as clean and safe, it does not mean anything manufactured within it actually works.

Some other facts to be aware of when assessing any hair loss treatment you may come across are as follows:

1.      Any product or treatment which penetrates the skin and changes the internal composition of the body (ie: like blocking or reducing DHT) is required by law to be available only by prescription and must be regulated by the FDA.

2.      Only FDA approved products are held to standard of TRUTH in their claims and advertising. Any product which is not approved by the FDA can make any claims they like about what they do without fear of sanction. Basically they can lie about their effectiveness and no-one will check on what they are saying. There are many shampoos for example which cannot possibly block DHT as they do not penetrate the skin which claim to stop hair loss but receive no sanction and are not tested to verify their claims.

Stop and reGrow is comprised of FDA Approved active ingredients which have been rigorously tested and clinically proven to both stop hair loss and regrow thin hair.

You can learn more about how Stop and reGrow works  here.

Learn about Stop and reGrow’s personalized medicine approach  here.

And don’t forget about our money back guarantee on results  .

If you'd like to schedule a comprehensive consultation to find our about your personal cause of hair loss and your options give us a call on (310) 601-4778 or schedule your appointment online  .

By Dr Robert Nettles 29 Aug, 2017

Precision medicine is a paradigm-shifting model of medicine that “ensures delivery of the right intervention to the right patient at the right time.”  It has gained a significant amount of attention in the past decade, and over $215 million was invested  into an American health initiative that sought to bring precision medicine into many different fields of healthcare.

However, this doesn’t answer the question of how it stacks up to the traditional “Big Pharma” approach to medicine. Therefore, it’s important to do a thorough comparison of both medical models to assess which one is superior.


BIG PHARMA – THE OLD WAY  

The “Big Pharma” approach is driven by a ‘one size fits all’ mentality where treatments are based on what works for the population on average  . This means that two patients could be drastically different from each other, and yet receive the same medical treatment.

The medications created within this model are designed to sit on the shelf. In other words, they can be held in storage for a very long time without decaying or rotting away. Adding special preservatives into the medications is what allows them to have such a long shelf life.

It is also worth mentioning that medications in the “Big Pharma” model are ‘single-purpose’ – they are made to treat a single disease/condition, and are not designed to be used in combination with other medications to achieve a different outcome.

 

HOW BIG PHARMA AND PRECISION MEDICINE ARE ALIKE

With that being said, there are definitely similarities that exist between “Big Pharma” and “precision medicine”. For starters, medications in both models are regulated at the state level and the federal level. This allows for companies and scientists to rapidly innovate and develop ground-breaking treatments without breaking any rules regarding health, safety and over-exaggerated claims.

In both models, safe and effective active ingredients are used to create the treatments given to patients. They both provide patients with the care they need, but the question ultimately boils down to which model does the better job of treating patients on an individual level.

 

PRECISION MEDICINE – THE NEW WAY

Precision medicine is based on your biochemistry. What does this mean? It means that your lifestyle, genetics, environment, age, sex, race, treatment history and other personal factors are all taken into account when deciding on the perfect treatment strategy that delivers the best outcome possible. Here’s an easy way to put it: We give different dosages (i.e. amount of medicine) to kids than we do adults, due to significant differences in height and weight.

Precision medicine argues that we need to factor in those same differences when we deal with adults. In fact, given that we are currently experiencing the greatest disparity in height and weight in recorded history  , the personalized dosing provided by precision medicine is starting to become the better choice for patients. People need to get the dose that is ‘just right’ for the personally, and avoid paying extra for anything they do not need.

Also, precision medicine focuses on combination-purpose treatments where multiple medications might be used as part of a single treatment. For example, in Stop & ReGrowTM, our innovative hair loss solution, a combination of medicines are used to stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss at the same time. A single-purpose medication would only achieve one of those two goals.

Additionally, there are no GMOs (genetically modified organisms) or preservatives used in precision medicine treatments. Therefore, precision medicine is the optimal choice for people who are worried about the possible negative health effects (ex. Organ damage) that may come about from consuming too many GMOs and pesticides  .

 

THE FINAL OUTCOME

While the “Big Pharma” model served its use in the healthcare industry for several decades, precision medicine is proving to be the logically superior choice for creative the most effective medical treatments. You end up with a fully customized solution that works just for you, and eliminates the possibility of side effects or problems related to overdosing.

Give us a call today at (310) 601-4778  to schedule your consultation. You’ll learn how precision medicine can help you improve your health and become the best possible version of yourself – the way nature intended you to be.

Learn more about Stop and reGrow's approach to precision medicine here.

By Dr Robert Nettles 20 Jun, 2017

Hair transplants, hair restoration, FUE, robotic hair transplants, etc, have come a long way since the first hair transplant back in the 1950’s. There are a few things your hair transplant surgeon may not mention however that you should be aware of.

1.      You will need multiple transplants over time as your hair continues to recede. The vast majority of men who suffer from androgenetic alopecia will lose two thirds of their hair. On average 50% by the time you are 50, although that age is continuing to lower. This means that if you do nothing to prevent your hair loss, you will need to continue to have hair transplants as your hair continues to recede.

2.      At some point, even with the latest robotic single follicle robotic harvesting methods you are going to run out of hair to harvest. As I mentioned above, most people suffering from hereditary hair loss will lose two thirds of the hair on their head. This means than only one third is available for harvesting. You do the math. You obviously can’t take it all and you will be taking it gradually as you have your multiple transplants, but what happens at the point you run out and you continue to bald? Now you will have patches of hair where you first started to transplant, no hair around it plus hair at the bottom of your head as well. Weird.

3.      It’s expensive.  An average hair transplant costs $10,000. Some even up to $30,000 depending on the surgeon and method. And you will likely need at least 3 to 4 of them. That is a lot of money. I’m sure there are some of you who can afford that, but would you want to when Stop and reGrow offers you the chance to prevent your hair loss instead?

Now please don’t think that I am not a fan of hair transplants given the truths I provided above. I was in fact was one of the early pioneers of the single follicle hair transplant procedure and have personally performed hundreds of them in my time. It was through seeing the downsides mentioned above that I concluded there must be a better way and continued my research into genetic causes for hair loss and eventually created Stop and reGrow to prevent it as a better alternative.

It’s important to understand that if you do not act to stop your hair loss before its too late, surgery may be a necessary (or the only available part) of your hair restoration solution. Once your hair follicles have died, even Stop and reGrow cannot help and surgery is the only option for that part of your scalp. We do have clients who have a joint approach where we work together with a surgeon to transplant hair in areas affected by permanent hair loss and then use Stop and reGrow to prevent further loss and regrow the salvageable hairs. That way at least only a single hair transplant is needed and you won’t end up with multiple transplants and a patchy head.

If you are interested to learn more about Stop and reGrow or would like to schedule an obligation free consultation, give us a call today (before it’s too late) on ph: (310) 601-4778.

By Dr Robert Nettles 18 May, 2017

After 25 years of dedicated research, development and clinical treatment, Dr. Robert Nettles (initially a hair transplant surgeon who himself suffered from androgenetic alopecia) developed a new generation of precision medicines that are personalized, proactive and reverse the hair loss process in what is the most revolutionary medical breakthrough of our time.

Why was Dr. Nettles able to make this discovery when so many others have tried and failed? As Plato says, "necessity is the mother of invention."

"At a young age, I saw first my father, then older brothers thin, then bald. Deducing a similar future for myself, I started researching genetic inheritance patterns and DNA, later training in hair transplant surgery, including working alongside pioneers of the FUE method. I soon realized that transplants do not stop the progress of hair loss, and had an AHA moment when discovering that just as we now know good and bad types of cholesterol, so testosterone also has good and bad components, and the ratio between them would lead to my ultimate discovery of precision medicine."

The difference between Dr. Nettles' approach and what others are working on is focus. While everyone else is caught up trying to treat the symptoms or clone the hair follicle — Dr. Nettles has been laser-focused on discovering, then resolving the root cause of hair loss (an inherited chemical imbalance within our bodies).

Precision medicines based on DNA are at the forefront of medical innovation in every aspect of healthcare. Dr. Nettles creates the precise medication solution that restores healthy balance and optimizes individual chemistry based on each person's unique DNA, thereby stopping hair loss and regrowing thin hair.

This discovery and its treatment did not happen overnight. Dr. Nettles has been researching, developing and perfecting his treatment over the last 25 years. He now has 9 years of successful clinical treatment of hundreds of patients under his belt to prove it.

The biggest challenge for Dr. Nettles? "Marketing — the US does not require truth in advertising for non- FDA approved products . Anyone can say their product cures hair loss or regrows hair as long as it does not penetrate our skin and change anything. There are thousands of products spending millions of dollars on marketing saying they cure hair loss, when in fact they do nothing at all. Stop and reGrow uses only FDA-approved active ingredients and we don't inflate prices to spend large dollars on advertising. Our goal is to ensure our program is affordable for as many men as possible."

Why can they trust Dr. Nettles? There is no risk in trying his program. He is so confident it works, he offers a money-back guarantee  . If, after 12 months on the Stop and reGrow program, accepted candidates have not seen their hair regrow as promised, he will refund 100% of the money they spent on the Stop and reGrow medicines.

Courtesy of  LOS ANGELES /PRNewswire/ May 18, 2017

By Dr Robert Nettles 14 Mar, 2017

In my last article we reviewed the effectiveness of various hair loss treatments  available. This time I’m taking a closer look at what FDA approval or not means for hair loss treatments. There are a LOT of shampoos out there making claims to cure hair loss with more seemingly popping up every day, so this is something you should be aware of to avoid spending your money on something which won’t work.

Let’s start by looking at the facts and then think about this logically:

  1. DHT is the cause of androgenetic alopecia (hereditary hair loss).
  2. DHT binds to the hair follicle and causes the hair to miniaturize and eventually die.
  3. Unless we prevent the DHT from forming and reduce the amount of circulating DHT in our system we cannot stop hair loss.
  4. DHT is a chemical. Molecularly it is very similar to Testosterone, but it has 2 extra hydrogen molecules attached. I call it the Bad testosterone. As opposed to the good one which gives us vitality, strength, ability to build muscle, etc. Don’t be afraid of chemicals though, remember water and air are also chemicals, just know which ones are bad and which are good checmicals.

Now let’s take a look at the FDA regulations to see how those work. According to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic   Act      it mandates FDA approval is required of any product or active ingredient which meets the following criteria:

  • It is intended to cure, treat, mitigate or prevent disease in humans
  • It affects the structure or function of the human body – ie: it works on the inside of our body
  • It achieves its primary intended purpose through chemical action
  • The product is metabolized by the human body – it penetrates the skin to work inside and is then broken down by the human body

And one last very important point - any product which is not regulated by the FDA can make any claims about their effectiveness that they like without proof or sanction.

So going back to our known facts about hair loss, we know that unless we reduce the amount of DHT in our system, we cannot stop hair loss. In order to reduce DHT we need to remove the extra hydrogen molecules off the DHT plus ideally also prevent the DHT from forming in the first place.  These are both chemical actions. In order to reduce DHT, the ingredients must penetrate through the skin to be able to make changes to us internally or be digested and absorbed through our digestion process to be able to take a chemical action or make chemical changes to the DHT or prevent it from forming which is also a function of the human body.

The law says, that if a product actually does any of these things it is REQUIRED to go through FDA review and approval.

This is your first red flag. What it means is that any product which makes claims to do any of these things but is not FDA approved, cannot ACTUALLY do as they claim or legally they could not be sold.

But that doesn’t make sense you say. How is it that they are allowed to lie and get away with it?

Well only products which are regulated by the FDA are required to tell the truth in their claims. Any product which is not FDA regulated can make whatever claims they like about what they do and don’t do and there is no legislation which governs that.

So what does this mean to you? Basically it gives you an easy mechanism for determining whether a product is effective or not because only a product or active ingredients that are FDA approved can be effective at stopping hair loss.

I keep seeing more new miracle hair loss products pop up with ingredients that claim to prevent or reduce DHT like: Maxelder, Grathaw, Patlarnay head jungle shampoo and the many others out there. So now you know based on the legislation that unless these ingredients are FDA approved then they cannot possibly do as they claim and therefore will not be effective at stopping hair loss.

All the active ingredients utilized in the Stop and reGrow program are FDA Approved either to reduce DHT or to stimulate hair growth and Stop and reGrow is clinically proven to stop hair loss and regrow thin hair.  Learn more about the science behind Stop and reGrow here .  Call our office to schedule your comprehensive hair loss consultation on (310) 601-4778.

By Dr Robert Nettles 14 Feb, 2017

Here at Stop and reGrow we know there is not simply one cause of hair loss, nor one single treatment for each person. This was highlighted this week as we had a number of new female clients join us with thin hair. When we looked under the NettlesScope, not only did we see the miniaturization associated with a higher than normal ratios of DHT, but we also saw general hair thinning and brittleness.

On further investigation of their blood work, medical history and diet we discovered they were not consuming sufficient protein to maintain good hair health. Given that hair is made up mostly of protein, the question that needs to be asked is - if we aren’t taking protein in to our bodies - how can our bodies then turn around and create healthy hair? The answer is we cannot.

Hair is made up of around 97% protein, which in turn is comprised of long amino acid chains called polypeptides found in the cortex or middle part of the hair. These polypeptides (which chemically are made of oxygen, nitrogen and Sulphur) are the building blocks of hair, nails and skin. Insufficient protein intake will result in thinner, weaker and dull, lifeless hair.

The ideal daily supply of protein that we recommend to ensure health hair growth is a minimum of 100 grams of protein per day, spread out over the day. The body is able to absorb only 6-10 grams of protein an hour, so generally about 30 grams from a single meal digested over about 3 hours at a time.  Anything more than that your body will just expel out as waste. As a result, our recommendation is to consume approximately 30g of protein every 3 hours throughout the day.

I know that many of you may be vegetarian or vegan or dieting, so I did want to clarify that there are many means besides meat that you can use to bring in protein. We keep low fat, low sugar protein bars, shakes and drinks around the office to ensure we are all in peak condition for looking after our clients. Our favorite brands are Premier Protein and Quest (for bars and shakes) and Isopure (drinks). These all come in a myriad of great flavors and formats so there is something for every taste. For those of you who don’t like protein bars, Isopure coconut water protein drinks provide a great tasting, low calorie alternative.

Read more about the other dietary requirements for healthy hair  here.  Schedule your scalp analysis and hair loss consultation  today.

By Dr Robert Nettles 17 Jan, 2017

Included in the Stop and reGrow program are regular progress reviews (at least bi-annually) including both macro and micro picture taking. We also like to review labs again on an annual basis. Progress review information is used to update your personalized formula where needed to ensure optimal hair regrowth.

This week we had a client come in for his second progress review consultation after 7 months on the program. I thought you might be interested to learn about his experience with us.

James came to see us originally 7 months ago because he had hair loss in his family and had started to see a lot of hair fall on his pillow in the mornings as well as in the shower. He was also concerned that his hair was starting to thin considerably and he had noticed it was moving back at the front.

Like for all our clients, we reviewed his hair related medical history, together with him we looked at his hair under the NettlesScope and had him complete a blood test battery so we could learn about his personal hair loss profile.

What we found was that James was indeed suffering from Androgenetic Alopecia (hereditary hair loss) and that if he did nothing, he would over time recede back further from the front and develop a donut hole at the back of his head which would gradually expand out over time. It time he would lose 50% of the hair on his head.

From his lab results we could see that he is one of the 50% of men and 25% of women who are affected by a small glitch on one gene which causes them to convert more Testosterone than they should into DHT. In Paul’s case his overly high DHT levels are causing his hair loss and if not reduced will in future lead to prostate problems too.

I developed the NettlesScope so that I can see (and show you in the consultation) your personal pattern of miniaturization. From this I can tell you where your hair loss will spread over time. #SeeYourFuture

While James’s stress levels were a little higher than I would like (he was working 60-80 hours per week), his diet, sleep and exercise were good and I did not see any signs of stress related hair loss under the NettlesScope. Stress affects the hair follicles differently than DHT does.

As a result of all the above we determined that James was a great candidate for the Stop and reGrow program and he was excited to get started right away.

Based on all the data I collected from James and his test results I created a personalized solution just for him, designed to work with his personal biology. James’s personalized prescription hair foam and pills were shipped to him a week later and he got started with applying the foam to the scalp each night right before bed and taking the pill as directed. Good job James!

Returning to the present, we were very excited to see the progress that James has made on the program after just 7 months. For context, normally we expect that the first 3-6 months are when we will stop the hair loss and it’s in the 6 to 9 month time frame that we expect to see hair regrowth happening. By 12 months you will know for sure if the program is working for you or not. By this time your hair will be not only re-growing but also increasing in thickness and density.

Above are James’s before and after pictures from 0 and 7 months. On the left is the head-on photo from his initial consultation the week before he started the program. On the right is after 7 months of treatment. Luckily, James has some natural features which made it much easier for us to identify his progress. He has a mole at the top left of his forehead which you can see clearly below the hairline on his before picture. It actually took us a while to find it on his 7 month progress shot because his hair has grown back down below it. James also has a scar in the middle of his forehead from a childhood accident. When we measure the difference between that and his now lower hairline, his hairline is a full half inch lower than it was when he started with Stop and reGrow. He has also noticed his hair starting to fill out and thicken up again on top.

We were so excited about how well Stop and reGrow is working for James we wanted to share it with you too. If you are wondering whether Stop and reGrow will work for you, don’t wait. Take action today and schedule your hair loss consultation  here. You don’t have anything to lose except your hair if you wait.

By Dr Robert Nettles 13 Dec, 2016

If you have read my previous articles you would know that I spent many years researching the genetic cause of hair loss before developing the Stop and reGrow solution. It was during this research I discovered the underlying cause for androgenetic alopecia - an inheritable coding on one of our genes for producing an overactive 5 alpha reductase enzyme that converts testosterone into DHT (dihydrotestosterone).

As we know it is the DHT which binds to our hair follicles in hereditary patterns and essentially strangles our hair gradually to death. Men generally start to see the effects of higher than normal DHT levels on their hair starting in their 20’s and 30’s. Other bi-products of higher than normal DHT are enlarged prostate in our 40’s and 50’s which leads to prostate cancer in our 60’s and 70’s.

While DHT is vey useful during puberty in helping us gain our manly characteristics, once we have reached maturity too much of it is a bad thing. Women don't need any DHT post puberty.

In order to prevent hair loss (rather than just treat the symptoms) an important part of the Stop and reGrow treatment is reducing the level of DHT in your system back to normal levels. How do we do that you ask? DHT is simply Testosterone with 2 extra hydrogen molecules attached. The molecular formula of Testosterone is C19H28O2. The formula for DHT is C19H30O2. Notice the H30 in DHT vs H28 in testosterone. That is the only difference. So what our proprietary Stop and reGrow formula does is knock those extra 2 hydrogen molecules off the testosterone and put them back into our system where they can combine with oxygen and join the 70% of us which is water/H2O. We also then add a proprietary hair growth stimulant to speed up the regrowth process and we are on our way to a hair full future.

And how much does this reduce our risk of cancer? Well the National Cancer Institute recently ran the largest clinical study on this topic with 18,882 participants and conclusively found that treatment by reducing DHT levels reduced risk of developing prostate cancer by 30%, which is HUGE.

A study back in 2013 found that 50% of men over 60 will get prostate cancer. Whilst we now are generally able to catch and treat it so that the risk of death is pretty low, the side effects from the cancer treatment are not something we would want to choose, including incontinence and sexual dysfunction.

The latest study published on the topic (Sept 2016) validates what I have seen in my practice - that hair loss is indeed a precursor or indicator of future BPH (Benign prostatic hyperplasia) which leads to prostate cancer.  You can read the published study in the Journal of International Trichology here:   An observational Study of the Association between Androgenetic Alopecia and Size of the Prostate  

So the moral of this article is that if we are one of the 50% of men who have this hereditary anomaly (I am), then at some point in time you are going to have to reduce the level of DHT in your system either to prevent - or if you leave it too late – to treat your enlarged prostate or prostate cancer. Rather than wait until you have already lost your hair, why not start by preventing both your hair loss and reduce your risk of developing prostate cancer early by 30% or more?

To schedule a consultation with us and review your personal DHT levels give us a call today on (310) 601-4778.


By Dr Robert Nettles 14 Nov, 2016

The hair follicle is an extremely complex organ. Yes I said organ. In fact, the hair follicle is one of the MOST complex organs of the human body. This exquisite producer of the protein fiber which is our hair, doubles as a sensory organ, provides excretion for the skin, has its own immune system plus additionally goes through cyclic transformations between phases of rapid growth (anagen), apoptosis-driven regressions (catogen), and elative quiescence (telogen).

Each hair follicle organ is comprised of a number of complex and intertwined components which all work delicately together to effectively grow hair. Let’s take a look at how just some of these work.

The mature anagen hair follicle is composed of a multi-cylindric stem that contains the hair shaft at its center and originates at an oval hair bulb. Around the bulb is an onion like structure called the Dermal Papilla (DP). The DP functions as the command center of the hair follicle and its size is determined by the size of the hair bulb which in turn is dictated by the volume of the hair follicle’s mesenchymal component. The size of the mesenchymal ultimately determines how thick or fine our hair is.

The mesenchymal or lower parts of the hair follicle dramatically reform themselves over the lifecycle of the hair as it goes through its anagen, catogen and telogen cycles.

In addition to serving as the hair shaft factory, the hair bulb also provides the hair shaft’s trichocytes with melanin granules also known as melanocytes. These determine the color of our hair. One thing we see in our office as androgenetic alopecia progresses is that the hair bulb stops producing melanocytes and hair starts to lose its color. This makes thinning hair look even worse as the hair shafts become translucent and invisible to the naked eye.

One of the most fascinating things about the hair follicle organ is that it is fully self-contained, producing it own stem cells and growth factors. Even more fascinating is that not only does it produce stem cells, but mast cell stem cells and neuronal stem cells which can develop into neurons and blood vessels, not just for it’s own use, but also for the skin and potentially other parts of the body making the hair follicle a super organ.

Also part of the hair follicle organ or ecosystem are tiny bundles of muscle fiber called the Arrector Pilli (these are known to cause goose bumps when we are cold and our hair to stand up on our heads if we are frightened), sebaceous glands which produce the oily or waxy substance sebum, the apocrine sweat glands, and an intricate network of lymph vessels, nerve fibers and blood vessels.

The hair follicles are not only a very productive source of pigmented hair but also of many growth-, pigment- and immuno- modulators. They synthesize an enormous volume of hormones, neurotransmitters, neuropeptides and growth factors. They also metabolize androgens to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) or 17beta-estradiol and proopiomelanocortin to ACTH, alpha-MSH or beta-endorphin. The synthesis of androgens to DHT is obviously a problem for those of us whose hair follicles are DHT sensitive and thus suffer from hereditary hair loss.

 The exact and complete biologic functions of the hair follicle are still not yet even completely understood. We do know however that the hair follicle is regulated by a diverse and systemic range of hormones and growth factors from the rest of the body and it is no surprise to scientists that even small changes in this sensitive interdependency can lead to shortening of the anagen phase of hair growth which is what we see in androgenetic alopecia.

Rather than wait for decades until the scientists can work out how to clone the hair follicle, at Stop and reGrow we attack the problem of androgenetic hair loss by preventing and reversing its actions instead. Most importantly we must first identify and stop the cause of your hair loss. In the case of androgenetic alopecia there are 2 things we must do – first we significantly drop the level of circulating DHT in our system and secondly we prevent the hair follicle itself from converting testosterone into DHT at the scalp. These 2 actions comprise the Stop part of the Stop and reGrow program. (note: if you are affected by a different type of hair loss like telogen effluvium or alopecia areata then the stop treatment will be different than this). The reGrow component of the Stop and reGrow program is a hair growth stimulant which not only speeds up how fast the hair grows but also acts to thicken or increase the size of the mesenchymal thus over time thickening the width of the hair which is produced by the hair bulb and reversing the miniaturization which is typical of androgenetic alopecia.

One important thing to be aware of is that hair growth is not a fast process. Whilst we do particularly in younger men see results much faster, typically you should expect hair loss to stop within 3-6 months of starting our program, after 6-9 months we should be able to see hair regrowth and thickening under our digital NettleScope, with a noticeable difference to the naked eye by 9-12 months. This is why we offer a money back guarantee for completing 12 months on the program. This also holds us 100% completely accountable to making sure you see the results we promise, as we have then provided you with medicines and support for a whole year which we would have to refund if you don’t see success. The good news though is that our program is 100% successful and we have not had to refund a single person because they did not achieve results. You can see some of our hair regrowth success stories here.

Call us on (310) 601-4778 to schedule your consultation and start your program for hair regrowth today.

By Dr Robert Nettles 20 Oct, 2016

In a research study designed to determine the perception of men with vs without hair, researchers from Johns Hopkins University took 122 participants with Androgenetic Alopecia and had them rated by observers on the constructs of age, attractiveness, successfulness, and approachability both before and after hair transplant surgery.

Full details of the research can be found here  , but the results resoundingly showed that on all factors a full head of hair caused the same person to be perceived as more attractive, younger, more successful and more approachable than themselves with less hair. For a long time we have known there is a link between hair loss and self-confidence and low self-esteem, but this is the first study which looks at perceptions of others.

A study published in the British Journal of Psychology in 1995  demonstrated that increasing loss of hair correlates directly with loss of self-esteem, depression, introversion, neuroticism and feeling unattractive. These effects were even more marked for young men in the case of self-esteem, introversion and feeling unattractive.

Another study published in the Journal of European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology in 2001  supports these findings, further observing that those suffering from hair loss continued to have a significant impact on life quality. This study specifically identifies the feelings of loss of self-confidence, low self-esteem and heightened self-consciousness in people affected by hair loss.

Why does this all matter you might ask? Aren’t looks only skin deep? This is very true, but this latest study highlights a couple of constructs which are meaningful, ie: success and approachability. If you are in business, these factors matter. There are many studies which show that people would rather (and in fact do) do business with others who are successful and approachable, even if you are not in a sales role. There are definite correlations between looks (hair) and wealth.

While the latest study on perceptions of others was conducted in relation to men and women who had received transplants as their hair loss treatment, the good news now is that a transplant is no longer the only option. Transplants are expensive and need to be conducted multiple times as the hair continues to thin and recede further.  You can read further information on the truth about hair transplants here  . Find out whether Stop and reGrow’s non-surgical approach will work for you here  .

If you are interested to learn more about Stop and reGrow or would like to schedule an obligation free consultation, give us a call today (before it’s too late) on ph: (310) 601-4778.

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