I was due to be interviewed last night, by James Whale for Talk Radio on an article that hit the news yesterday on how McDonalds Chips can cure baldness! Unfortunately the producer called 10 minutes after I was due to go on air, to say they didn’t have time to run my interview in the end as a previous article about Veganism flooded the switchboard. Therefore as I already spent some time researching this, I thought I share it with you….
Japanese Scientists led by Prof Fukuda (be careful pronouncing this guys name :-)) have regrown hair in mice using using human stem cells.
This generated fresh follicles capable of sprouting luxurious new locks.
Within 3 days after injections the lab mice had furry backs and scalps. i.e. follicles and hair shafts.
They said the ‘regenerated hair exhibited the typical hair cycle of mouse hair.’
The Japanese team’s breakthrough came after they managed to mass produce hair follicle germ cells (HFGs) in the lab.
These are the cells that fuel hair follicle development. They are the ‘Holy Grail’ of hair loss research, as they have never been regenerated before.
But one of the more challenging obstacles has been the preparation of Hair Follicle Germ cells on a large scale.
The key was to use the ‘McDonald’s fries’ chemical dimethylpolysiloxane in the vessel in which they were cultured, it’s importance in the process is it helps the oxygen pass through.
The reason McDonald’s and indeed other companies add this silicone, derived chemical to their cooking oil is to prevent it from bubbling and spitting for staff safety reasons.
Preliminary experiments suggest the groundbreaking therapy will also work in people
Billions of pounds are spent on hair loss treatments every year. Hair follicles have not been created this way before Prof Fukuda
says hair loss troubles a substantial number of individuals all over the world, particularly in ageing societies.
Prof Fukuda said: ‘ it’s a simple method, very robust and promising’.
Early tests have already indicated the technique will be just as successful on humans.
‘We hope this technique will improve human hair regenerative therapy to treat hair loss such as male pattern baldness.’
My own thoughts are it could revolutionise hair loss treatments, but personally I’m not a fan as I don’t agree with vivisection and in fact am a subscriber to Cruelty Free International. Which is interesting considering the reason my interview didn’t go live was due to the preceding talk about Veganism which obviously is also anti vivisection, jamming the phone lines so much that they ran out of time. People really have passionate views about these issues!
I’m also sceptical about the potential long term health safety at this stage. Several years more research will no doubt be needed.
And just in case you’re in any doubt, don’t start eating McDonalds chips in the hope it will regrow your hair.Back to blog »