I just have a quick question,
I know that both you, and Dr. Pak have used, respectively, several of the treatment options that you recommend. Why don’t you use before and after pictures of yourselves to disarm the pessimists, while at the same time making a very compelling case as to why you feel so strongly that finasteride is the strongest treatment option available at this time?
The only oral medication that has been FDA approved for treating genetic balding in men (androgenic alopecia) is Propecia. So as the default, I guess it is the “strongest” medical treatment option at this time. This does not mean it will reverse or cure balding. In fact there is no cure! We are physicians. We prescribe medications based on scientific evidence as well as clinical evidence we see day to day. In the end the consumer (the patient) has the choice to take this medication, but he should consult with the prescribing doctor instead of strictly reading Internet postings that may (or may not) be true!
As you mentioned both Dr. Pak and I have personally taken Propecia daily (as well as our family members and friends) without any of side effects. Neither of us has seen dramatic hair growth, but we haven’t seen dramatic hair loss either. In the end, you are looking at the after pictures (on the right). Ultimately though, we cannot satisfy everyone. If you think something bad will happen, then it just may. The power of suggestion can be quite powerful. If you think the medication will not work, then its your choice to simply not take it. We’re talking about hair loss here, and as important as hair is to many men, it isn’t a death sentence if left untreated. We’re educating and informing about a proven treatment and I’ll leave disarming pessimists up to the drug manufacturers.