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    Exclamation Question for Doctors-Is hair loss considered a DISEASE?

    To our IAHRS DOCTORS (and all else)
    Someone that I know and you know has FOCUSED too much on the thought that hair loss is categorized as a 'disease'.

    I take issue with that.
    An official definition of
    'Disease'(noun)
    a disorder of structure, an illness or function in a human, animal, or plant, esp. one that produces specific signs or symptoms that affects a specific location : a condition that prevents the body or mind from working normally.

    As I see it,,male pattern balding is a natural occurrence and not a disease.

    Doctors,,please chime in on this. thank you

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    A disease is when organs are dying.

    The hair follicle is an organ.

    Therefore, hair loss is a disease.

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    Recent scientific medical studies have proven that hair 100% minimized/affected by MPB go into a dormant phase . They do NOT die my friend

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    why does it matter?

    we can call it whatever we want but in the end, it just sucks and it's not going to do anything other than hurt our self-esteem - and then the rest is up to how you handle that.

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    Exactly my point. ...the rest is up to how WE ALL handle It.
    ESPECIALLY on this community forum and of course, the Live show.

    My point is this, If someone is already suffering clinical or emotional depression and then on top of that then he is told that hair loss is defined as a DISEASE
    then how in the world is that going to help him to better his life or anyone elses?

    Fred970 gave us his point of view this way ---
    "A disease is when organs are dying".


    Based on that assertion alone , how could anyone label hair loss as a disease unless of course one is very depressed. .

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    Unfortunately, Artista, we are all for the most part rather depressed.

    Hair loss is a disease of the body, and a disease on the mind.

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    Artista,

    I think you and I view this hair loss stuff pretty similar. We both see this hair loss stuff as an effed up thing we have to deal with, but we don't let it bother us to the point where we are letting it destroy our lives. Sure we would love to have all of our hair back, but we are not going to lock ourselves in our homes, and waste years, because we are not satisfied with our appearance.

    Just to make it very clear, yes hair loss has had an impact on my life. I don't like the way it has changed my appearance, but I haven't let it keep me from living my life, getting a college degree, having a great relationship with my wife, etc.

    And no my wife isn't unattractive, but I did meet her before I started losing my hair. haha.

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    As far as categorizing hair loss as a disease, I personally don't care. It sucks plain and simple. Now am I going to put it in the same ball park as cancer, HIV, or other deadly disease, hell no. If I was given the choice this minute either suffer from hair loss or cancer, I choose hair loss in a second. JFSI has said many times that he would rather have cancer than be a hair loss sufferer. It sounds more ridiculous every time I hear him say that. He tried to validate his point by saying that cancer is at least treatable and hair loss is not. That is completely false. Both are treatable, but unlike the treatment for hair loss, when cancer treatments fail, the result is death.

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    Notcoolanymore.. you said it all so VERY WELL! I am in complete agreement with you thanks for your comments bro.

    Doctors..please add anything relevant to this conversation if you have the time..thanks

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    Notcoolanymore (your still cool by the way)

    I wanted to reassert some of what you said--
    " JFSI (JOE from STATEN Island) has said many times that he would rather have cancer than be a hair loss sufferer.
    It sounds more ridiculous every time I hear him say that.
    He tried to validate his point by saying that cancer is at least treatable and hair loss is not. That is completely false. (OF COURSE)
    Both are treatable, but unlike the treatment for hair loss, when cancer treatments fail,
    THE RESULT IS DEATH " (TRUE)

    Joe
    , I know your reading this thread...Notcool' made a very VALID assertion.
    This is something that Spencer Kobren and myself have been TRYING to get through to you for the longest time.
    This rule applies to us all--LIVE your life NOW!

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