What are the actual signs and symptoms of hair loss; or something I can look for to see if I am losing hair?
Signs and symptoms of alopecia are disorder-specific, meaning that each condition exhibits unique traits and patterns regarding the accompanying hair loss. A physician or dermatologist often evaluates a patient and determines the type and severity of the patient's thinning/balding pattern. The specific signs and symptoms of categorized hair disorders include;
Non-scarring alopecia - characterized by circular areas of hair loss, receding hair lines, a smoothness of scalp region, and inflammation. Extreme cases may also include the loss of eyebrows, lashes, and pubic hair.
Scarring alopecia - area specific; noted by visual abnormalities, such as violet-colored skin patterns, scaling, and lesions.
Hirsutism - characterized by male-pattern hair growth in women. Other symptoms include; genital abnormalities, deepening of voice, acne, and irregular and/or lack of menstruation.
Hair shaft disorders - usually involves hair that is excessively dry, brittle and very coarse. May also be recognized by skin and other noted irregularities.
Signs and symptoms which require immediate medical assistance include; hair which falls out in clumps, patchy hair loss, development of male characteristics in females, and redness, flaking, and scarring of the scalp where hair loss has taken place. [top]
I think I'm beginning to lose my hair, what can I do?
Top hair experts recommend consulting with a physician if you believe you are, or are at a greater risk for, losing hair. Treating hair loss at its onset gives you a better chance of saving existing hair. Hair loss commonly begins after puberty, but can peak at different times depending on the individual.
It is estimated that by the age of fifty, 50% of men will have noticeably thinning hair and some form of male pattern baldness. Again, the extent of affliction varies from person to person. Certain tests can be performed to measure the ratios of male hormones (i.e. androgens) and 5-alpha-reductase.
There is a much higher level of these agents in persons with an advanced potential for developing hair loss. Nutritional supplementation, like Advecia, has also proven very helpful in a large number of at-risk individuals. [top]
I've always heard that my mother's father or grandfather is to blame for my hair loss. Is this true?
NO. This is a common myth. It started in 1916 as a result of a published paper by Dorothy Osborne, stating that pattern baldness was inherited by one side of the family, namely your mother's side. This myth is ongoing because it has been propagated in dermatologic literature for many years.
So who ultimately contributed to your hair loss? The contribution for your disorder was most likely defined by both of your parents. However, the genetic aspect of hair loss is much more complicated. Science remains unclear regarding the exact mode of inheritance. A number of models have been proposed, but none has yet to be established as an infallible answer. [top]
Do certain shampoos, hair styles, and other hair products cause hair loss?
An allergic reaction, constant pulling of hair for a particular hair style, or adverse reaction to hair products, have all been documented as influential causes for hair loss. In fact, your physician may ask what hairstyling techniques and products you are using as part of a normal hair loss assessment. Caustic hair dyes, straighteners, and other chemically-rich products can cause inflammation of the scalp, which many times result in either the breaking of hair strands or hair loss. [top]
Is hair loss in women different from men?
Women tend to lose hair at a much slower rate, but like men, their hair loss also has an inherited basis too. As well, are unlikely to have large bald spots. Women's frontal hairline sticks around as hair loss progresses. The thinning of women's hair, unlike men, also tends to be distributed evenly throughout the scalp. In addition, women are also able to disguise hair loss because of hair length and the styles in which they wear their hair. [top]
How does Advecia work?
Our formula works by inhibiting the enzyme 5-alpha-reeducates which limits the production of DHT which is a more effective approach to reducing hair loss. We also have ingredients that increase nitric oxide production which may help re-grow new hair. [top]
If I decide to order Advecia, are Progressive Health's products sent discreetly?
Yes; Progressive Health respects your privacy. All orders will be shipped in a plain, unmarked envelope with a return address from Progressive Health Nutraceuticals Inc. (For more information about our shipping and billing policies, see Shipping and Billing below) [top]
What results should I expect?
Every person's body chemistry is different and results vary. Some notice dramatic results within the first few days, others notice gradual differences over a period of time. The average time span for starting to achieve results reported by our customers is between 30-60 days of taking our products.
Due to the fact that our products are all-natural, there is no way to accurately determine the outcome of taking our products for every customer. Our products are made from herbs, vitamins and minerals, and you will achieve the greatest results when combined with a healthy diet and light to moderate exercise. [top]
Are there any side effects when taking Advecia?
As with all nutritional supplements, there is potential for reaction. Progressive Health ensures that all possible conflicts and side effects are listed on the product information pages. However, we strongly recommend consulting with your physician if you suffer from any pre-existing conditions (other than hair loss), known allergies, or if you are currently taking any medications. Based on customer feedback, order history, and regular product overview, we are unaware of a single report of any serious side effects resulting from the implementation of Progressive Health products into existing treatment programs. [top]
Do I need to use this supplement forever?
As with any supplementation program, it is wise to keep using the products on a daily basis to maintain results. [top]
What type of facility are your products made in?
Our products are manufactured in a GMP (good manufacturing practices) compliant facility. Our facility is also certified to produce pharmaceutical grade products.
We have naturopathic physicians that work in conjunction with our product formulators to come up with the formulas for our product.
Every batch is tested for safety and assigned a batch number which is printed on the bottle. We keep product samples from each batch for 10 years for testing and questions. If you ever experience an unusual reaction, stop taking the product and send us the batch number so we can test the sample for safety. [top]
Do your customer service representatives have medical training?
Unfortunately, we do not have any medical training to diagnose a condition or symptoms you may have. We can only suggest our all-natural products, each of which was designed for certain conditions. For specific information about a condition, you may want to contact your medical professional or visit one of these websites:
Do you offer free samples?
We do not have any free samples at this time, but we do have a risk free 6 month money back guarantee if you would like to place an order. [top]
Can I stop taking my prescribed medication and start taking your supplement?
Your doctor is best suited to answer this question. [top]
Do you do clinical studies?
Although there have been no clinical studies on Progressive Health products as a whole, there are literally thousands of clinical studies that have been completed on the individual ingredients. We use the information for these individual studies on the ingredients to formulate our products. [top]
How do you come up with your formulas and where are your offices?
All of our products are formulated according to independent clinical studies that test the individual ingredients. We then cross reference those studies with even more references. Once a formula has been born, it is then carefully evaluated to make sure the ingredients are in the right balance for your body.
Our company utilizes corporate offices in Ohio, Idaho, and California. All products are manufactured in a GMP (good manufacturing practices) compliant, FDA inspected pharmaceutical-facility.
The people who work for our company are friendly and knowledgeable. All of our employees in the manufacturing facility are trained under strict guidelines to adhere to safety regulations. [top]
I have trouble taking pills. What is the size of the capsule and can I mix it with food?
Some do consider the capsules large. However, the capsules can be easily broken apart and mixed with juice, pudding, yogurt, peanut butter, etc. [top]
Can I use this supplement for my pet?
Our products have not been tested for or on animals. Please consult your veterinarian before you give this product to your pet. [top]
Can I use this supplement while on birth control?
Some yes and some no. Please discuss with your physician if you are taking contraceptives and would like to start taking Advecia. [top]
Is there Bovine in the supplement?
If you have concerns about Bovine, Mad Cow, or if the gelatin used in our capsules, read this article from Colombia University:
It thoroughly discusses everything you ever need to know about gelatin. An interesting fact from this article points out that gelatin used in capsules like ours is the same gelatin used in ice cream, cream cheese, sour cream, packaged gravies, sauces, chewing gums, and marshmallows. [top]
Do your supplements expire?
Every bottle has an expiration date on the back of the bottle near the supplement facts. [top]
What are the ingredients in this supplement?
Ingredients and supplement facts are listed on our website under Additional Information: Supplement Facts. This can be located in the left hand navigation on our website underneath the drop down menus. [top]
Are the supplements FDA approved?
In 1994 the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act permitted the sale of all safe supplements in the USA. Therefore no FDA approval is needed. If the FDA feels like an ingredient is too dangerous to be sold in supplements, they will place a ban on that particular ingredient. To learn more about this act, please visit the FDA's website here:
Can I use this product while I am pregnant?
Due to the interactions with various medications and the health of your new child, we recommend avoiding this supplement while pregnant and nursing. However, the FDA recognizes the benefits of taking 400 mcg of folic acid during pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects. [top]
Can I give this supplement to my children?
We do not recommend supplements for children under 6. Talk to your healthcare professional about the appropriate use of vitamins and minerals in children before you start them on a supplement program. [top]
Can I take this product while taking another supplement?
When taking multiple supplements be careful that you are not getting too much of the same ingredient. Compare the ingredients before you start two or more supplement programs, here is a helpful site that list tolerable dosages for virtually every supplement and herb: http://www.supplementnews.org/. Always consult your healthcare provider or pharmacist before starting a supplement program. [top]
Advecia Shipping and Billing Questions
What name will show up on my credit card?
Our company name will appear as: Progressive Health Inc. [top]
Are your products in any stores?
Our products are not available in stores but can be purchased online at www.progressivehealth.com or by calling us at: 888-482-6460. Although we do not have any distributors in foreign countries (with the exception of the UK), we have successfully shipped to doorsteps around the world. [top]
How much is shipping in the US and what is the timeframe?
In the US we ship via DHL. We can ship either DHL Express listed as USA- Fastest (1 - 4 Day Delivery) with the cost of $9.97. Or we can ship DHL Ground listed as USA- Most Affordable (4 - 10 Day Delivery) with the cost of about $3.95. [top]
Do you ship to PO Boxes?
Currently we ship exclusively DHL. If you would like us to ship to a PO Box please choose ground shipping listed as USA- Most Affordable (4 - 10 Day Delivery) and we will arrange for your order to be shipped Priority Mail. However, your order may be delayed 1-2 days before it ships. [top]
Do you ship internationally and what is the cost and time frame?
We ship to your country via the US Postal service. We have 2 shipping options, 1 is Global Priority Mail for $12.95 with a time frame of 3-4 weeks. The other shipping option is Global Express Mail for $24.95 with a time from of 5-10 business days depending on customs. [top]
Is there tracking available with Global Priority Mail or Global Express Mail?
There is no tracking available with Global Priority Mail, but there is tracking with Global Express Mail. [top]
Do you ship orders to FPO/APO Addresses?
We do ship to FPO and APO addresses. However, our system is very sensitive to the billing address used. If you plan to ship to a location other than your billing address, please note that there is a potential for delay in the ordering process. For your protection, orders will be held while our customer service center authenticates billing address and confirms the alternative shipping locale. Orders will not be held for longer than 24 hours. For state, use the following abbreviations when placing FPO/APO addressed orders:
- Armed Forces Africa - AE
- Armed Forces Americas - AA
- Armed Forces Canada - AE
- Armed Forces Europe - AE
- Armed Forces Middle East - AE
- Armed Forces Pacific - AP
Do you take checks or money orders?
YES, we do take both checks and money orders in US funds. Just submit an order like normal and once you get to the page where you submit payment, click on the echeck option for checks and the mail option for money orders. [top]
What is your return address?
Attn: Progressive Health Returns
22100 E. 26th Ave
Aurora, CO. 80019