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  1. Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)

    I doubt that. Think it has a lot do with gut and adrenals as well as altered follicular sensitivity. Fin inhibits DHT by roughly 70%(tough to measure). Not everyone responds favorably hair wise to 5 Alpha reductase inhibition. Lessened AGA is a side effect of finasteride treatment, not the aim. It's primarily used to shrink the prostate and decrease DHT in 5AR2 related areas(scalp, prostate, genital tissue). Along with less hair loss come other side effects in functions related to the inhibited hormones and metabolites such as less muscle, less sex drive, depression and estrogen related sides. The shady part is that not in all men the previously destroyed isoenzymes are produced again by the body or the new ones simply don't work as well any more which leads to the persistent side effects that continue or only come on after discontinuation of the drug. Fin as well as Accutane are sketchy medications and the only reason why they are still approved by the FDA is that they make a shit ton of profit for the manufacters and consequent lobbying aka corruption
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    Fin/Dut take a minimum of 6 months, usually 12 months to do something to your hair
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    Okay I will make a write-up once I have time. I'll tell you now though, Its not as simple as taking X supplement at 150mg every day and tbh I dont completely know which supplements help and which dont. I dont want that people just go out and blindly buy every supplement I list and possibly disrupt their bodies more. I have a few theories as to why we lose hair and what to do about it but I cannot say with certainty.  @MikeLev  Most people react well to it and it will probably help your hair. But there is a chance for persistent damage. Tread carefully and dont take it unless you are desperate
  4. Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)

    Hey guys, just wanted to check in and say I've been able to stop and reverse my hair loss using the stuff I outlined in my previous posts. My hair is about 90% of how it was pre-B5 and it is getting better on a weekly basis. Not just in terms of my hairline but also in the way it looks, shines and feels.
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    I agree with pjjordan. It's just hair. Nobody knows the long term effects of RU. I think you should give the following things a try and if they don't work either buzz it or switch to minox(I'd say minox is the "safest" option of the available hair loss treatments even though it has possible side effects too; I wouldn't touch fin or any other unresearched stuff like RU etc,): Healing your scalp with aloe vera, gentler shampoos, massage and oiling; Use biotin, iodine, magnesium, Vitamin C, cysteine, zinc...play around with supps until you maybe find something that sticks. Iron could be helpful too if your ferritin is low(like mine). If you can't get any improvements that way I'd say fuck it, just buzz it off. No one gives a shit I assure you. Get a tan, hit the gym and stop worrying about hair. The months where I buzzed my hair off I was the happiest and calmest about my hair in a very long time. Hell, it might even suit you really well. If it doesn't, who cares? Just rock it. Who cares what other people think. Besides even if you take all the possible hair loss medications, minox, fin, ru, nizoral etc., you won't just one day wake up and magically have Brad Pitt's hairline. Most likely results will take years to be noticeable by anybody but your overanalyzing gaze and most likely it will not look that good. That's the problem with hair loss. Once it's gone it's very hard to make it look the same again
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    Has anybody noticed any other health problems since taking B5? 
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    I don't think it's completely far fetched to think that an epigenetic change caused our hair loss. Through an external influence(in our case a massive dose of B5) we have started gene expression of a formerly latent or inactive gene. This could explain why the hair loss so closely resembles MPB and why not everyone has gotten hair loss. Those that did not either don't have the gene or did not cause expression of that gene. For those that do have the gene(or gene complex) it doesn't mean they would've definitely gotten MPB later in their life. It just means that the gene was there to possibly be expressed later on in life. I reckon a large percentage of men have the MPB gene as pretty much every one of them will have hair loss at some stage of their life. There is of course the exception where people pass away at 90 with a NW1 hairline and a full head of hair but that is rare. Anyway, what would be interesting is if you could reverse that epigenetic change. In theory I think it should be possible  
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    Yeah I agree on the minox, but if anyone is desperate it could help.  Is anyone getting bromide detox symptoms from the iodine?
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    @MikeLev Yeah, I hope so too. Im feeling better day by day but I need to be careful about my health. I think Minoxidil mixed with castor oil and dermarolling before applying that mixture would work very well for hair regrowth. I'm holding off on the minox though because it can cause facial aging through collagen block if you absorb it systemically or you get some on your face and I already have some facial issues due to fin(bloated face,hollow eye sockets and saggy skin if anyone's curious). Wish I would have tried that before fin. Anyway, hindsight is 20/20 I would not put anything in your body unless it is well researched and you know the possible consequences...you don't want a repeat of the B5 fiasco I assume.
  10. Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)

    Unfortunately they didn't have a "dry" version at my country's amazon so I ordered normal Vit E with 400IU. Also ordered some emu oil to try out. Got my hair cut yesterday and it looks okay. Ill grow it out again and see if biotin,cysteine, iron, zinc and vit e will resolve it. I do iodine together with magnesium, vit c and himalayan sea salt every other day. Tw12, my B12 is slap bang top of the range. Dont have any B6 numbers but the BCAA supplement I take when I workout has a lot if it so I doubt I'd be low. My ferritin is only 30 right now so that definitely needs to improve. I take 75mg of iron bigliscynate together with 1000mcg of Vitamin C to boost absorption.  What stumps me too is how the loss resembles MPB. My back and sides are unaffected and thicker than ever. It's just the hairline. Maybe B5 has increased androgen sensitivity in the follicles through some mechanism. Anyway, right now Im looking more to cure my sides from finasteride. I took that shit for 3 weeks and 6 months later I have zero libido and some other physical sides. I'd advise anyone not to take that stuff, it's rat poison. 
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    MCH: 29.6 (27-33.5) MCV 89 (80-99) Hämatocrit 44.5 (40-56) (Don't have values for MCHC) These values have stayed the same for the last year.  Any more blood levels? Zinc, magnesium, calcium, copper, Vitamin D were all fine. How much iron should I take? Just found this: "The therapeutic dose for iron deficiency anemia is 3–6 mg/kg/day" That would be 210-420 mg...so about 10 to 15 tablets. Seems excessive. My ferritin is one the lower end of the range
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    TW12, Ill reply to your PM here. good shout on the vitamin E, I will order some. Yes I had a blood picture done. Erythrocytes 5.1 (4.4-5.8) Hemoglobin 14.8 (13-18) I havent taken my iron regularly lately as I take so many supps already. pjjordan: I use unrefined aloe vera gel. Bought it from amazon. Id shop at iherb or amazon. Get one with no additives. For oils I use castor, coconut, olive and lavender. I rotate them around. No tea tree oil  
  13. Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)

    Quick update: Been using Iodine, biotin, cysteine, calcium, magnesium, zinc and multivitamin(with a lot of B-vitamins) for a couple of weeks now. My hair quality is definitely better. More shine, softer and just like it was before B5. I buzzed my head twice in the last 4 months and I think it really helped my scalp issues. My scalp was finally able to breathe. I only used shampoo sparingly and lathered my head in aloe vera and different oils. I'd recommend that to a lot of the guys here. Anyway, it looks like I might be seeing beginning stages of regrowth on my temples. Can't say for certain yet. I will continue with the supps. Also have some colostrum coming in. Other stuff I've been doing: -scalp massage every day with one of those prick-ly scalp massage thingies(you know the kind, the one that feels amazing when somebody uses it on you) -brush hair every day -use oils to nourish hair and aloe vera gel to calm the scalp and increase cell turnover at a molecular level. Also fights off inflammation. -dermaroll once a week -ACV rinse on scalp and drinking ACV every 2nd day -no alcohol, caffeine, weed etc. basically no bad influences on health. No fast food. Minimal dairy(only in my protein shakes) -more veggies and fruit in diet I'm cautiously optimistic at the moment. Also have some colostrum and collagen coming in, curious to see how I fare on those. Edit: Forgot to mention, shedding is down a lot too. Scalp problems are completely gone. I know that I posted here on Saturday as well but since then my hair has been better every day.  What's really important too is adequate sleep and not stressing about the hair. I use deep breathing, stretching, yoga and exercising to take my mind of things. When I buzzed my hair I was the happiest I had been in months. People said it suits me too. It's really refreshing to not have to worry about your hair. 
  14. Vitamin B5 Hairloss- Cured (Pictures)

    Thought I'd check in real quick. It's now been exactly 2 years since my little B5 adventure started. My hair has slowly but progessively thinned out in the temples over that time period. I still have a lot of hair everywhere else but my hairline is getting worse. I feel like I still have some vellus hair where my hairline used to be so that gives me hope and makes me think I'd be a good candidate for Minoxidil. Overall my hair is now a bit darker than before and also often dry. My hair used to be blonde and shiny in comparison. I currently use a pretty big list of supplements including Biotin, iodine, Cysteine and selenium. Also use aloe vera and some oils on my hair and scalp. Shedding seems to have normalized, I think I lose an average amount of hair a day. I don't count the hairs but I don't notice excessive hair fall either.
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    I'm 19 now, was 17 when I took it. Never had hair loss or shedding before. I had very nice full hair before. After 1 week of B5 it was like a switch was turned and my hair started to shed dramatically. 90% of my hair loss is around the hairline. Generally I only shed in androgen-sensititive areas. I don't take a B-Complex but my multivitamin contains all the B-vitamins (including B5). It's 50mg. Not sure if it has sped up my hair loss though. It contains a lot of other important nutrients that support healthy hair. As for minox/RU, no I haven't tried either. I have some Minox lying around the house but I'm hesitant to use it. It doesn't work too well on the hairline and there is a decent chance it will make your hairline worse permanently as the hairs/follicles there are so sensitive. I'm putting off on Minox until I have hair loss all over my head and not just on the hairline. Also it can cause dark circles under the eyes which I already have thanks to Propecia. I took that stuff for 3 weeks and I'm still experiencing minor side effects 5 months later. I'd seriously suggest everyone to avoid Finasteride. It's just hair, it's not worth it
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    Then why hasn't taking a B complex helped?
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    @Mike I have a dermaroller too but I don't think you will see any significant benefits. Not without using minoxidil at least. To be fair, I haven't used the DR regularly but I'd say the chances are pretty slim. Still, if you see some progress let me know. I think I will start dermarolling once a week from now on and see if it helps. Not sure if the oils I use have actually helped me. I think they might have messed up my scalp's oil production. I have since stopped using most of the oils and only apply a tiny amount of coconut oil whenever my scalp is dry. I also use aloe vera gel whenever I feel irritation and it has really helped my scalp I think. I just ordered some spirulina and chia seeds. I'll start drinking vegetable smoothies mixed with spirulina every day once it arrives. I also have some pharmacy-grade probiotics which I have been prescribed. I am currently taking them, so let's see if they help. I have heard good things about drinking baking soda, so I too will drink one teaspoon per day from now on. If anybody is interested in the supplements I take, let me know. I have a appointment with my endocrinologist in 2 weeks and will get some blood tests done again. I'll also ask him about the Iodine. Blue, let me know how you fare on it. I was borderline hypothyroid last year and had a ultrasound done. In the end, the doctor just told me to consume more iodine in my diet. At the moment I just try to treat my scalp and hair gently, eat a healthy, balanced diet, get enough rest and avoid stress. My hair and scalp feel pretty good at the moment. I don't really shed anymore, not extraordinary amounts like I did before at least. My hairline however still seems to be receding. I have a supply of Minoxidil lying around but I'm hesitant to use it since it supposedly doesn't work on the hairline, might cause some scalp irritation and also you have to use it everyday for the rest of your life. It's kind of the last resort for me
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    Hey Blue! I am looking into Iodine too but I would be careful taking it without having a talk with your doctor first. The thyroid controls the complete endocrine system and if you just add that much iodine to your body it could throw your system out of whack. I'd get a blood test and discuss it with a doctor first! I wanted to buy some iodine tablets in the pharmacy today and the pharmacist told me it is dangerous to just supplement with iodine without consulting a doctor first