View Full Version : 'Looper' Dismayed By Future Baldness in Time-Travel Parody

10-15-2012, 02:13 PM
Thirty years from now, time travel will have been invented, but a cure for baldness will not have been. And that really bums out the Joseph Gordon-Levitt character in a Funny or Die Looper parody.

Rather than worrying that his mafia bosses are going to kill him for failing to eliminate his older self, this looper is far more concerned with his older counterpartís lack of hair.


10-15-2012, 02:47 PM
They have a cure for baldness and they have cures for cancer, this makes clear sense, cures generate no money, treatments generate big profit simples.

10-15-2012, 03:56 PM
Developing true cures, rather than treatments, is much, much more difficult than most people want to believe:


10-16-2012, 12:28 PM
Developing true cures, rather than treatments, is much, much more difficult than most people want to believe:


Right. Well, you have to consider every illness/disease as having a source. If the source is your genes, well you can't just change your genetic make-up. Instead you have to find some sort of intermediate (block hormones, block receptors)or simply "treat" the end/symptoms.
If the source is some sort of temporary response to hormonal or chemical imbalance, it is certainly much easier to remedy, assuming it isn't just a temporary instance in the first place.

Breaking Bald
10-16-2012, 04:42 PM
This movie reflects societies view on bald people.


The moral of this story is that life isn't worth living when you're bald. That's why he put the gun to his head and asked him to shoot. God, everything I've ever said is coming true right before my eyes. How long until the rest of you wake up???

Lol, Highlander you're obsessed! There are plenty of people that pull off the bald look just fine. When you become bald, you don't automatically become fat, ugly and disgusting. Your comments always make me laugh.

10-17-2012, 09:08 AM
I thought that was pretty funny, and brutally true.

"Is that what you become when you get older?" Yeah "I think we should see other people".

"Who sent you!?" Look what we've become, I sent myself!

LOL, that's offensive, but man that's the truth.

10-18-2012, 03:28 AM
I refuse to believe. Back your words up.

Your Genetic Code Is Not Carved in Stone

By Al Sears, MD

New research is revealing how your environment actually changes your genetics - and it's putting you in the driver's seat.

In November, the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute released the results of their groundbreaking study. They found that a mother's diet during pregnancy not only affects her child, but also her child's offspring.

This means that the lifestyle choices a woman makes can affect several generations of children - a revolutionary idea that flies in the face of conventional wisdom.

For more than 150 years - since the time of Darwin - scientists have believed that any changes to an organism cannot be passed on to the next generation. According to strict Darwinism, if you were to change your diet, lose weight, and become super-fit, your children would not benefit from your efforts. But we now know there is something more at play: the "epigenome." The epigenome plays a powerful role in your health... and could make the difference between whether or not you "inherit" heart disease or diabetes or something else.

Scientists in an emerging field of research - epigenetics - have discovered that your genes are only 15 percent of the total genetic material you get from your parents. For example, your genes give you many individualizing traits like blue eyes or brown hair. The remaining 85 percent - the epigenome - is a scaffolding of proteins that surround your DNA's double-helix pattern.

As it turns out, this "scaffolding" functions as an interface that interacts with your environment. Based on the lifestyle choices you make, the epigenome has the power to turn genes on or off, changing the way your body translates your genetic coding into the proteins that make up YOU.

The Children's Hospital Oakland study, lead by Dr. David Martin, split genetically identical pregnant mice into two groups. The mice had been bred in a way that gave the scientists the ability to monitor a gene that determined both the color of their coats and their tendency to develop chronic disease. So, by tracking coat color, they were able to follow the effects of vitamin supplementation across two generations of offspring.

The first group of mice received a standard diet. The second group received the same diet, with the added benefit of supplemental vitamin B12, folate, choline, and zinc. When the babies were born, the females from both groups were mated and fed identical diets with no supplements. When the offspring gave birth, Dr. Martin's team discovered that the original mice that had the diet with extra vitamins passed the benefits on to both their children and grandchildren.

Findings like these have powerful implications in both directions. It means that, by making healthy choices, your efforts can have a positive effect not only on your children but on your grandchildren as well. On the other hand, a diet of fast food and sodas will not only wreck your own health, it could predispose future generations to chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

That helps to explain why so many schoolchildren suffer from high blood pressure and low HDL (good cholesterol). The poor dietary choices their parents made are coming home to roost.

This discovery gives us new insight into a long-standing debate between Charles Darwin and a guy you may never have heard of - French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck.

Darwin 's theory, which has been shaping the direction of modern science, can be summed up in a few words: Genes cannot be affected by the outside world. In other words, your lifestyle choices have no effect on your genetic code or how those genes are expressed.

But Lamarck believed that if an organism changes during its life in order to adapt to its environment, those changes would be passed on to its offspring - and Dr. Martin's study is one of several that are proving he was correct.

So, guess what? It looks like you're no longer a "victim" of your genetic programming. If, for example, if you decide to exercise vigorously to develop new muscle, it now appears that it's possible for you to pass on a predisposition to build muscle with exercise to your children... and perhaps even further down your line of descendants.

Conscious decisions to improve your health will interact with your epigenome. In turn, the proteins in your epigenome can turn off genes that would have otherwise expressed themselves as disease in your descendents.

Instead of the old model, think of your genetic code as a library. You have thousands of choices, but you never check out all of the books. The epigenome interacts with your environment and your choices to determine which books to "read."

You can actually "talk" to your genes to improve your health and prevent disease.

I hope you appreciate the power of that last statement. It means you no longer have to live in fear of disease - even if you have a family history of it.

Vitamins like E, C, and A send messages to your genes that normalize cell division. This alone can aid in preventing many forms of cancer.

For vitamins E and C, I recommend taking more than the U.S. government suggests. Start with 100 IUs of vitamin E and 2,000 mg of vitamin C daily.

Here are four other nutrients that powerfully support detoxification and proper genetic expression:

Vitamin B12: 500 to 1,000 mcg daily
Folic acid: 500 to 1,000 mcg daily
Vitamin B6: 10 to 20 mg daily
Betaine: 200 to 1,000 mg daily
Don't sit back and allow "bad genes" to ruin your health. Take action and make yourself and future generations healthier.

www.earlytorise.com for more great articles like this

10-19-2012, 03:07 AM
Oh and for any ones information my alopecia areata they told me was genetics, wrong I fitted reverse osmosis system and water softener my patches grew back within 3 weeks and I don't see any harIrs shed when I shampoo anymore :).

10-20-2012, 08:02 AM
When watching this movie I really expected more of an emphasis on the whole hair loss thing, but the only thing I noticed was Joe checking his hair line in the mirror for a few seconds.

10-20-2012, 05:26 PM
http://static.bbmp3.com/smilies/dead.gif at this whole clip

"Is is maybe cool to be bald in the future?"

".....WHAT DO YOU THINK?!" http://static.bbmp3.com/smilies/dead.gif

and wtf was up with the Propecia ad at the end http://static.bbmp3.com/smilies/dead.gif


Tracy C
10-21-2012, 12:18 PM
This movie reflects societies view on bald people.


That is YOUR chosen view. It is neither your right nor your place to assign a view to the general public. Grow up and get the therapy you need. You are insane.

10-21-2012, 10:31 PM
"bald = fat" :d

11-13-2012, 05:48 AM
The film (Looper) shows us a fast-forwarded timeline, where the character gradually gets older, and the hair loss scenario did not look very realistic there. The character keeps a rather full head of hair all the ways to his 40s. After that the actor is switched from Joseph Gordow-Lewitt to Bruce Willis, and he's now receded to an NW3. In his 50s, the character is shown thinning all the way, and in the later stages, we're left with the NW6/7 guy that we'll see for the rest of the movie.

So what's suspicious about this? Well, we might see a few people hold a full head of head til their 40s and then develop a NW3 with slick bald areas. But the NW3 is at first suspiciously thick, especially for a guy we know is going to be an NW6/7. This starts to thin out in his later years, very abruptly as if there are two isolated stages of MPB going on at separate times (with no overlap between the NW3 and the NW6/7). Any guy balding like this will surely be somewhat of a medical curiosity, to say the least.