A few years back, Dr. Mehmet Oz, vice-chair and professor of surgery at Columbia University and health expert on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” talked about the importance of shower filters, as they relate to hair loss prevention.
Now, if you’re like me, the very mention of Dr. Oz’s segments on Oprah probably sends your eyes into an automatic roll. It’s not that Dr. Oz doesn’t know his stuff – it’s the very notion of the ‘celebrity doctor’ that makes me wonder whose best interests are at heart.
That said, we’re talking about hair loss here. To me, both the viewer/patient and the doctor/celebrity seem to have a vested interest in a positive and accurate outcome and diagnosis. So paint me intrigued.
While many think hair loss is mainly a problem with men, Dr. Oz asserts that 40 percent of women are among those that suffer. “You’ve got to treat [your hair] like fine silk that got wet,” Dr. Oz said on the show. “If you’re blow-drying or are too rough with silk, it begins to fray. [Like silk] Your hair has to be dealt with extraordinarily gently.”
And when it comes to treating your hair gently, shower filters, Dr. Oz argues, represent one of your strongest weapons.
To Oprah’s audience, Dr. Oz demonstrated the value of shower filters, describing one key benefit as it relates to your hair: reducing contaminants from your shower. And the biggest contaminant as it relates to hair loss is chlorine. While chlorine will serve its purpose in killing bacteria in municipal water before it even comes even close to your faucet, it will oftentimes have the side effect of drying out your skin and hair. For those susceptible to hair loss, this can be the final nail in the baldness coffin.
The shower filter demonstrated by Dr. Oz to the left is the Culligan WSH-C125 Wall-mount Showerhead with Shower Filter, a product my company is proud to offer, along with the Sprite SL-CM-M Slim Line Universal Shower Filter System, pictured above. Both shower filters are quick and easy to install, and will near instantaneously reduce the levels of chlorine that can dry you out. Not to mention reduce the clean chemical smell that you are likely far too accustomed to, if you pour your water from a municipal source.
Again, I cannot state strongly enough how skeptical I am of TV doctors – and even most hair loss claims. For full disclosure, I am also not a man that suffers from hair loss, so I am not a direct hit for this segment in terms of targeting.
But I do know just a little something about water, city and well, and what contaminants are lurking in each. I also know just enough of the science behind what these contaminants can do. And for me, this segment on – yes – the Oprah Winfrey show – checks out as a reference that I would not hesitate to pass along to any friend or colleague.
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