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Solutions for Hair Loss?
Scott: You have a section of your book dedicated to hair loss . . .
Dr. Jeanette Jacknin: Uh-huh.
Scott: And a lot of prescription topical things people can use, do those work? Is there anything better that we can do naturally? What's your advice for that?
Dr. Jeanette Jacknin: Minoxidil does work, which was prescription, is now over-the-counter. It does work, but it's slow going. It doesn't give you new hair, it tries to help preserve the hair that you do have. A lot of herbs have been tried, but there's a lot of research directed by now at using forms of vitamin D to regrow hair. We found that there are receptors in the hair follicles for vitamin D, and they're linked with other growth factors of the hair. That's where a lot of the research is headed right now.
There was actually a big article in the "Wall Street Journal" two months ago about that. I list in my book other herbal remedies you can try, but really, they're not proven with a lot of science behind them. They're more anecdotal. I think we can look to vitamin D. The researchers are really working hard on that.
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