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Interview with Spencer David Kobren: The Bald Truth


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Last night I spent a fascinating hour talking with Spencer David Kobren, the author of The Bald Truth, published by Pocket Books.

After chatting with Spencer, I discovered a very caring man, passionate about helping people avoid the agonies he endured in his own battle with hair loss. I listened carefully to what Spencer had to say and can promise you that this man is the consumer advocate of the hair loss world.

Move over Ralph Nader! At the early age of 22, Spencer knew from watching his own family, that baldness was only a matter of time for him. He chose to take on the fight to save his hair and he won. He is still winning with a full head of hair in 1998.

What could be more reassuring than information from a man who has fought and won the battle of hair loss? Spencer personally spent over $20,000 chasing his hair and demanding answers. He finally discovered success with Propecia. As Spencer explained to me last night, "I was using Propecia even before it was in the clinical trial phase".

Helping The Consumer With Hair Loss

I asked Spencer what was next on his agenda for helping the consumer with hair loss problems. He told me "that his second book, The Bald Truth For Women, is underway, and may be available in the next 8-10 months".

While baldness for men is sometimes a cross to bear, for women, baldness and hair loss is often a tragedy. Spencer agreed "that women suffer more intensely than men with hair loss". Unfortunately, women have fewer options than men for reversing hair loss. At this point in time, Propecia is only available for men because of possible side effects to women.

In my opinion, Spencer's book should be a huge best seller. I asked Spencer why The Bald Truth was not on the bestseller's list since it contains such valuable consumer information. Spencer explained "that many people not dealing with hair loss have no idea of the ramifications for the person who is. The general lack of public information on hair loss issues makes books on the subject less than a public priority.

Hair loss sufferers are a silent minority. Sadly, many people just don't take hair loss concerns seriously. Consequently, neither do the buyers for book stores".

Spencer understands the lack of public interest in hair loss books. It took him over three years to get the Bald Truth published by Pocket Books. The main reason that Pocket Books finally agreed to publish the book was because Propecia recently received FDA approval.

Passing On The Message Of Hair Loss

I asked Spencer what messages he wanted to pass on to Hair Boutique visitors suffering from hair loss. He told me "the most important thing to remember is not to be suckered into unproven hair treatments during a time of vulnerability". He pointed out, from his own experiences, "that many highly touted hair loss treatments don't work. After spending lots of time and money, he discovered the result is disappointment and continued hair loss".

Spencer informed me of one famous hair loss doctor who is currently being sued for 800 million dollars for the savage butcher jobs he performed on the scalps of disparate men. Unfortunately, many men don't discover the horrors and scams of the multi-million-dollar hair loss industry until their pockets are empty, their scalps are scarred and their hearts are broken. Spencer is determined to prevent as many future consumers as possible from being victimized by the hair loss rip off artists and shysters.

The sad news is that many men don't realize that there is real hope for hair loss with the recent FDA approval of Propecia. Spencer attributes Propecia as the primary factor in his success with retaining and regrowing his hair. He also believes that diet and herbs can give an added boost in many cases. Spencer cautions against the "kitchen sink" approach of hair retention and regrowth. He advises "that someone give Propecia a fair trial for several months before adding herbal treatments to the mix".

Many people are still under the misconception that hair grafting or scalp reduction surgery is the only permanent answer. Spencer provides all the facts that prove otherwise. What is even worse is that many people are unaware that these barbaric techniques can and do disfigure scalps forever. Can you image living the rest of your life worrying about hiding hair plugs that didn't take or unattractive scars from unsuccessful hair surgeries?

If you do decide to pursue a surgical solution, Spencer provides you with details on the procedures that work. He even provides names and addresses of doctors with successful track records.

Spencer also provides valuable facts on why Minoxidil or Rogaine does not work for the majority of users. He provides details on why topical treatments are doomed to failure.

Spreading Word Of Hair Loss

For Spencer, the main goal now is to spread the word of hair loss help to those who need it. Spencer has recently spread his hair loss gospel to several men's magazines including GQ, Men's Health and Men's Journal. Spencer hopes that an upcoming feature in the National Enquirer will reach even more people suffering in silence through a personal hair loss hell.

During our interview, Spencer took a call from a 17 year old male that he is coaching through a hair loss nightmare. Can you imagine being 17 and suffering from hair loss? The good news is that Propecia is helping this young man achieve good results. I was impressed by Spencer's information that Propecia is helping this young man at the brink of beginning his whole life. I was also impressed that Spencer takes his own personal time to counsel and coach people suffering in desperation from hair loss.

What's next for Spencer besides the Bald Truth for Women? Spencer is slated to have his own radio show on WABC or WOR. His goal in moving to radio is to bring his message of hope to as many people on the airwaves as he can.

His own personal web site devoted to hair loss topics will be unveiled soon. In the meantime, Spencer recommends visiting the Web for more information on Propecia and hair loss topics.

Spencer David Kobren is amassing excellent karma by giving back his time, energy, hope and experiences to all sufferers of hair loss everywhere. Money is not Spencer's motive, helping people find successful solutions to their hair loss is.

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- Revised Publication Date: 10/19/10

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