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Ask Dr. Gott 9/6
Baldness 'cure' flies off the shelves
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    DEAR DR. GOTT: I am writing in regard to the letter from a lady who stated that after two weeks of using a certain brand of shampoo and conditioner, her husband started growing his hair back quickly.
    I had sincere doubts that a solution as simple as this could actually remedy baldness, especially after the money and research that have been put into curing it.
    Despite this, I decided to try it, and the weekend after the column appeared, I went to my local supermarket (in the suburb of a major city) and found that every bottle of that certain shampoo and conditioner was gone. The hole it left was rather large, since that brand had a lot of shelf space allotted to it. I was surprised by this but then realized that your column is a great medium to plug products.
    I am now of the conclusion that there was no lady married to a bald man who used these products. I assume there is a real writer who has a personal interest in the company and stands to profit if the sales go up. Perhaps that person is you.
    DEAR READER: I am somewhat offended by your accusation but can understand the thought behind it. I will confirm that I do not have any relation to the product or company and do not stand to profit from its sale. This is true for all the products I mention in my column, with the only exception (for obvious reasons) being my books. Again, I do not endorse any products because I have been paid to do so. I simply mention them for reader interest, and, if results are overwhelmingly positive, I suggest them to others so they, too, can benefit. If it is inexpensive, safe and easy, I will probably suggest it at least once.
    I am an old-fashioned curmudgeon who believes that home remedies are sometimes a valid option, especially in today's society and economy of dwindling money values, drug-pushing physicians and manufacturers.
    People, it's time to get back to basics. Money may make the world go 'round, but that is only because we made it so. If we, as a society, stand up and say "no more," then change will happen.
    If everyone weren't in such a rush, most of today's "conveniences" wouldn't even exist, such as TV dinners, fast food restaurants and drive-thrus. If everyone ate healthfully and exercised daily, most of these home remedies wouldn't be necessary. But they are, so I recommend them because they are beneficial.
    Even though you doubt it works, many readers have benefited from Tresemme Silk Protein Healthy Volume Shampoo and Tresemme Vitamin E (for dry/damaged hair) Conditioner, and I will continue to promote them because they are safe, effective and inexpensive.
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