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McDonald's French Fries May Cure Hair Loss - Mice Study Claims?

To be honest, we've heard claims like this over a dozen times but the reality is, nothing has ever materialized passed "mice". Allegedly, a chemical in McDonald's French Fries has been reported to cure male pattern baldness / hair loss. However, the scientific study that was performed was only on mice. For one, mice don't experience hair loss the same way human beings do. There is no DHT and pattern baldness that anyone is aware of. So what validity, if any is there to this McDonald's french fries cures baldness study? How many people experiencing hair loss have eaten McDonald's french fries excessively and still went bald?

So here is what was discovered according to Japanese scientists. Allegedly, these scientists feel strongly that these preliminary regrowing hair studies on mice is likely to be successful in humans. The formula lies in a chemical used to make McDonald's french fries. This chemical includes dimenthylpolysiloxane, which is found in silicone. Allegedly, a stem cell research team from Yokohama National University have allegedly been regrowing hair on mice with a "simple" method using this chemical. According to the study, scientists believe that it is likely to be just as successful when transffered to human skin cells.

Below is a direct quote from an article that purports the validity of the study.

"According to the study, released in the Biomaterials journal last Thursday, the breakthrough came after the scientists successfully mass-produced “hair follicle germs” (HFG) which were created for the first time ever in this way. HFG’s are the cells that drive follicle development and are known as the ‘Holy Grail’ of hair loss research. The scientists credited the use of dimethylpolysiloxane as the key to the advancement. “The key for the mass production of HFGs was a choice of substrate materials for the culture vessel,” Professor Junji Fukuda, of Yokohama National University, said in the study. “We used oxygen-permeable dimethylpolysiloxane (PDMS) at the bottom of culture vessel, and it worked very well.” The technique created 5,000 HFGs simultaneously. The research team then seeded the prepared HFGs from a ‘HFG’ chip, a fabricated approximately 300-microwell array, onto the mouse's body. “These self-sorted hair follicle germs (HFGs) were shown to be capable of efficient hair-follicle and shaft generation upon injection into the backs of nude mice,” Fukuda said. Within days, Fukuda and his colleagues reported black hairs on the areas of the mouse where the chip was transplanted" ..."'This simple method is very robust and promising,' Fukuda said. 'We hope this technique will improve human hair regenerative therapy to treat hair loss such as androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness). In fact, we have preliminary data that suggests human HFG formation using human keratinocytes and dermal papilla cells.' In 2016, the U.S. hair loss treatment manufacturing industry was worth $6 billion. This included companies that produce restorative hair equipment, such as grafts for hair restoration, as well as oral and topical treatments. McDonalds did not respond to Newsweek's request for comment at the time of publication."

The above is very technical but there's not any real evidence to suggest any success they've had in "regrowing" hair in mice (as if they were losing hair in the first place) would transfer over to regrowing hair lost from androgenetic alopecia (genetic hair loss in both men and women). These studies sound fascinating, but after reading over a dozen so called studies with nothing materializing as a hair loss cure, this community remains neutral until real proof is provided.

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Bill Seemiller - Managing Publisher of the Hair Transplant Network, the Coalition Hair Loss Learning Center, and the Hair Loss Q & A Blog.
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