In Manchester, England a group of research assistants inadvertently made an interesting discovery about men’s hair loss.
While their study was focused on psychology, it had a very clear implication on the physical cause of hair loss in men. What we can learn from this study and similar research can help men finally control DHT.
First, let’s talk about anger and aggression. You may remember the topic of anger from The Hair Loss Black Book.
As you may recall, DHT is the form of testosterone responsible for aggressiveness in men. It should only represent 5% of all testosterone present because men are not supposed to be aggressive all the time.
When you are under a period of stress, your body has a natural “Fight or Flight” tendency. This is where our most basic instincts decide whether or not we will run from trouble or stand up to it.
When your mind decides to “fight” it needs the fuel to win. Therefore, it signals the production of DHT. In a healthy man, when the mind decides a fight is not necessary or the fight is over, it signals a release in the enzymes which decrease and counteract DHT.
Centuries ago, men had to periodically fight in wars and they had to fight wild beasts weekly or seasonally for food, but the rest of the time was “downtime”.
Their bodies had plenty of time to cycle out any excess DHT. Your body has evolved to expect more downtime than “fight time”. When there is no downtime there is no relief from DHT.
The Road Rage Study
Anger and DHT go hand in hand. The angrier you are, the more DHT you produce. The more DHT you have, the more likely you are to be angry.
The researchers in England were studying anger, not DHT, when one assistant made an interesting revelation. They were specifically studying road rage.
Road rage is when drivers become aggressive during traffic and act on their hostility by driving recklessly and intimidating other drivers.
All of the subjects had been involved in at least one cited incident of road rage and most of the subjects had been involved in multiple dangerous incidents.
Geoffrey Edmiston, a doctoral student at the time and future psychologist, was suffering from premature hair loss. Although his interest was in psychiatry, he had long been personally researching the causes of hair loss in men for obvious reasons.
He was startled to find that approximately 80% of the test subjects all suffered from different severity levels of male pattern baldness.
This was in the early 1990s when road rage was a very common problem in cities all over the world. At the time, the DHT cause of men’s hair loss was really only considered a serious theory.
Even experts were still focused on other theories such as the “mother’s father” gene pool and poor hair care as the cause of hair loss in men.
Being familiar with human anatomy, Edmiston knew the link between DHT and anger. Because of his research into his own condition, he was familiar with the DHT hair loss theory. The evidence could not be ignored.
Although he lacked the finances and clout to thoroughly research the topic, he became convinced that these men were losing their hair and it was linked to their rage. Whether or not the
DHT caused the rage or the rage caused the DHT, it was clear that controlling one would have a positive impact on the other.
When Fight Is The Only Choice
As you read earlier, your body has evolved to expect downtime to recover from the “fight” of DHT. But, these days we don’t go off in hunting parties and then come home to rest for the winter.
We wake up very early, slam down a quick breakfast before a long commute to work, stay at a small desk all day while we rush to get 12 hours of work done in 8, then commute home and try to squeeze in quick minutes of family time before we collapse into our beds for a few less hours of the sleep we really need.
There is no downtime. Our hunting season is now non-stop, 5 to 7 days a week, every week of the year. It is the only way to keep our families secure and happy. We have no choice but to fight all day, every day. As a man, your body only knows one way to fight and that is with plenty of DHT.
The problem is that a daily commute and a long work shift aren’t really enough “fight” to use up all the DHT produced. It is also not strenuous enough (no matter how stressed you may be) for your body to interpret that the fight is over and the DHT may decrease.
You are left flooded with anger-causing, hair loss causing hormones and with no relief. No wonder those men suffered from road rage.
But, this is where Edmiston noticed another DHT link. 2 of the men who had the worst history of anger and rage related incidents had only slight signs of male pattern baldness.
Many of the men with lesser signs of rage had greater signs of DHT problems like balding, acne, oily skin, and excess weight.
Why were these 2 men special? Whey were they angrier but not plagued with DHT? The answer wasn’t a miracle pill and it wasn’t some new hair care line. It was simple.
They used up most of their DHT during the day. One took the stairs up to his 23rd floor office and played squash at lunchtime. The other jogged a regular 4 miles after work everyday.
While they weren’t doing enough to stop the production of DHT, they were clearly doing plenty of “fighting” to use up most of the excess DHT. They abated their anger, and their DHT, and actually slowed down the hair loss process!
It is a rather obvious lesson. DHT must be lowered to control rage. Rage must be controlled to lower DHT. Keep your DHT and your rage in check and you will be going a long way towards stopping hair loss.
In Hair Loss Black Book, you learned how to recognize anger and aggression in your life. You learned the unexpected ways everyday situations increase your anger, your DHT, and resultantly your rate of hair loss. You also learned ways to calm yourself to prevent the release of DHT.
When the fight cannot be avoided, you now know to use as much DHT as possible. If you’re finding your daily grind involves a lot of stress but not a lot of relief, it is time to find a physical diversion.
Get your body working, tell your brain to use that testosterone to build stronger muscles not more rage.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Get in a workout during lunchtime. When you get home, make family time a get-fit time with a bike ride, yard football, or a pick up game of basketball.
When you can, try to calm yourself. When you cannot be calm, try to use up that DHT and save your hair. Remember, if you cannot control your anger you will increase your hair loss danger.