No not an appeal to authority just curious. Let's just say that we both have experiences that can be passed on to others each different and each of value.
I thought I knew something when I was younger. Like the talk shows for example. Seeing the doctor on the show or hearing someone talking about a particular doctor would grab my attention. I was completely clueless that this was all part of marketing. Just get the doctors name out there on a program and people start to believe what they are seeing or hearing.
At some point I learned that these people are working together to create a narrative which benefits them financially and most of it is not necessarily truth. The nutritional supplement industry is 100 times worse.
Same goes for forums much of it is created by these same people. If you keep seeing it enough you are swayed in that direction. This is why patients have often been attacked and threatened on the forums when they are too truthful. One has to start asking the question why if someone is doing something honest do they feel the need to attack someone else's opinion some even making threats. But here is the thing it' a very clear sign of dishonesty and when forums participate it tells you that they are playing their part and one then needs to start questioning it all. A red flag should go up and passing on it all should be a consideration.
Most don't want to hear this because it's like saying Santa Claus is not real which I understand. It can be depressing to come to the realization this is how it all works. Doesn't mean a hair transplant can't be something positive just be careful because people in the industry can be very good liars. They do it every day, day in and day out. Now they are trying to create a sense of community as more learn what is going on. Personally I find much of what I have seen over the years very perverted. They are simply taking advantage of young guys without much knowledge or life experience and who often feel a sense of desperation. It's kind of creepy in many ways and I refer to it in my book as "Greyhounding"
Patients on the other hand if you were to meet them in person are not very good liars because for the most part it's not natural for them. You need to do it daily to become good at it. You can pick up very easily on body language when you are sitting with someone and listening to them providing they do not work in the industry So I would suggest trying to meet more patients. You are welcome in my home anytime and I think if you met me and we spoke you would understand what I'm about. But you see if you go by the industry advice they will laugh at this thought because the truth is they don't want patients speaking with each other in private so do it anyway.
In the past we didn't have the Internet but we did have the experts out there. For example I started reading fitness magazines when I was about 12 and eventually I found and issue of Muscle Builder now known as Muscle & Fitness. I couldn't believe what I was seeing and what was possible through exercise only problem is I didn't realize it was all fake meant to draw me in to buy supplements which were useless and if anything created gastric distress. But it was so easy to fall for it all at such a young age. You had the expert Joe Weider known as the "Trainer of Champions". Imagine that you are getting advice from the trainer of champions all for a few dollars only you are being programmed along the way and don't even know it. Then he became the "Master Blaster" holy shit Master Blaster now that catches your attention. So when he starts placing articles in his magazine you automatically believe it. If it's a hairloss guy well he must be good right............it's the "Master Blaster"...............guess what it's not. It's all about money so as long as you are aware that is the main point. Just be aware of how it all works. BTW one of the doctors in the magazine is the one that had the patient shoot himself in the chest. The simple remedy for the Master Blaster was not to mention him in the magazine any longer. Nice gesture on his part...........but what about the patients that thought the "Master Blaster" knew his stuff. If you want to really learn more about the bodybuilding/supplement industry which closely parallels the hair transplant industry the 3 volume 1500 page set of "Bodybuilding: Smoke and Mirrors" can be very helpful. But just keep in mind that some in the ht industry will laugh and ridicule the idea of reading a book after all they are the experts right............read one anyway who cares what they think.
BTW yes I agree with you hairloss obsession is very common most especially for young guys when they start to see handfuls of hair coming out of their head. It would freak most people out.
I one of the very few on the forums that can say a muskrat skinner placed my grafts...........it's easy to actually laugh about my own experience it's what these guys are doing today that kind of rubs me the wrong way.
The Muskrat Skinner
Stay away from doctors who perform mega sessions, have posts deleted, attack posters, sue patients & forum owners, use power drills or robots. I recommend fue with hand punches in the .70-.85 range. I consulted with dozens of clinics over the years and there was a recurring theme regarding FUE among some employees of those other clinics. I was told Bisanga was the man my research told me the same and my experience validated my own research.
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