For many people, one of the most confusing things about President of the United States, Donald Trump, isn’t his rather out-there personality – it’s the hair. His hair somehow manages to look long and thick, while being almost entirely thin.
It’s a rather unique combination, and one that leaves most people rather unsure of how he manages it.
Well, according to one physician in The New York Times, Dr. Harold N. Bornstein, it’s thanks to a hair-loss drug known as Propecia. It’s also known in some circles as finasteride, and is a common treatment for trying to reduce, combat and stop male-pattern baldness. According to the revelations, this explains why Trump has a very low level of prostate specific antigen – PSA.In a series of phone calls with Dr. Bernstein, the 69-year-old revealed some rather interesting things about the health of the POTUS. However, this isn’t a whacky drug; Bornstein himself claims to take it and attributes it to helping him maintain a fine shoulder-length hairstyle.Bornstein first came to public attention when he released a short statement proclaiming that Trump was in fine health. This was released in December 2015, around a year before he made office. The main reason why this story matters, though, isn’t because it shows something to laugh at – hair loss is no laughing matter – or some weakness in Trump. In fact, the main issue is the fact that, over the years, various challenges to the safety of Procepia have been made.
What’s Up with Procepia?
Some of the potential side-effects linked with the drug, for example, includes foggy mindedness, confusion and sexual dysfunction. Indeed, the FDA has challenged the drugs veracity on more than one occasion in the past.
Side-effects that are supposed to be associated with the pill, according to some users, includes a loss of the ability to have an orgasm, sore and painful erections and insomnia. These can last for a long period of time post-drug, too which raises yet more questions about how safe the drug is – and why it’s use goes unchallenged.
Indeed, over 1,000 lawsuits and legal challenges have been filed against Merck, the manufacturing team behind the drug. Claims range from the side-effects above to a lack of notice to users about these potential side-effects.
Indeed, it has been associated with the onset of Post-Finasteride Syndrome, which is when the symptoms listed above last for much longer even after the drug has stopped been taking.
The National Institutes of Health now even lists the condition as part of its rare diseases collection. While Merck has stood behind the drug ever since such claims were made, there
has been a minor outcry about it ever since the claims were made about Trump using the program to try combat MPB.The fact he has never mentioned it personally is one thing, but the allegations will likely continue to float around until something definitive is stated by the White House.