At this point, I knew I needed a new approach. I also realized that I was so focused on testing different hair loss treatments that I'd never actually invested significant time into understanding hair loss pathology.
Rather, I was just reading hair loss forums, articles, and ebooks -- then emulating their proposed remedies.
Why is this bad? Because hair loss forums, articles, and ebooks are (at best) second-hand information. They're written by random people on the internet -- most of whom are scientifically illiterate or financially motivated to misrepresent the very drug, topical, or supplement they praise.
If I wanted real answers, I'd have to do the research myself. I had a background in analytics; there was no reason I couldn't do it. I even had access to scientific journals. My hesitation was simply the time investment.
I figured I faced three options: 1) start taking Propecia, 2) accept my hair loss, or 3) make the time investment, and start treating hair loss as an analytical (rather than an emotional) problem.
So that's what I did. I started reading every medical journal available -- studies, literature reviews, and emerging theories. I emailed the authors of papers. I committed myself to learning -- knowing full well that this would take multiple years, and there were no guarantees of success.
Within a year of starting, one thing became clear: hair loss research is filled with major holes.