President Donald Trump's hair has been a topic of controversy for a long, long time.
Television host and comedian Jimmy Fallon went as far as to tousle Donald Trump's famously controversial hair — for which he received a lot of flak.
Trump is aware of the controversy his hair causes and has time and again re-assured people his mane is all-natural and his own. He even went as far as letting a woman to yank his hair to check it.
"I don't wear a toupee, it's my hair! I swear. We're gonna settle this!” he cried before calling an audience member to check it out for herself.
"Come on up here, they're gonna let you," Trump said, pointing at an audience member. "You have to do an inspection, real quick. We don't wanna mess it up too much 'cause I do use hairspray."
As if all the fiasco wasn't enough, his longtime personal physician, Dr. Harold N. Bornstein has revealed the president uses Propecia (finasteride), a prostate-related drug, to treat male-pattern baldness.
Bornstein said he takes the drug himself.
Things Trump and I have in common: deeply insecure, bad at phone calls, on Propecia.— Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) February 2, 2017
“[Trump] has all his hair,” he said. “I have all my hair.”
This is the same doctor who wrote a hyperbolic statement on Trump's health in the run-up to the election.
“If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” the physician wrote in December 2015.
Conveniently, Trump omitted reference to this drug when questioned on "The Dr. Oz Show" about his health.
From the show's transcript (emphasis ours):
OZ: You're only on the statin drug you mentioned. If a patient of mine had these records, I’d be really happy. And I’d send them on their way.
TRUMP: That's good.
OZ: Bladder or prostate issues? I saw the one letter released had a low PSA.
TRUMP: My PSA has been very good. I don't know what's going on, but so many of my friends are having problems where they're getting the operation or they’re going for radiation."
Finasteride is used primarily as a prostate drug and can help lower PSA levels. In other words, Trump had two opportunities to 'fess up about his prescriptions — because his appearance on the show was all about his health — and didn't.
Finasteride, like most of medicines, has side effects — including mental confusion and permanent sexual dysfunction.
The "post-finasteride syndrome" is listed on the National Institutes of Health's Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center, with the disclaimer that this is not intended as "official recognition" of the syndrome.
However, the safety of the drug has been challenged.
“The FDA-approved pill has been called into question, with emerging research and a slew of lawsuits (at least 1,245 lawsuits have been filed against Propecia’s manufacturer, Merck) suggesting that finasteride may be more dangerous than previously believed,” reported Men’s Journal. “Users report that its side effects — inability to orgasm, painful erections, chronic depression, insomnia, brain fog, and suicidal thoughts — can last long after patients stop taking the pill.”
Needless to say, the White House is miffed and says Bornstein did not have Trump's permission to speak about his health.
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