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I have a cat who doesn't just wander off occasionally...he wanders off every single time I let him out. And he likes to pick fights...and he's a terrible fighter...so any time he is left out after dark he comes home with his face battered and cut up. I try to get him in before dark but, until now, the only way I had to do that was to stand on the patio and call him, which wasn't working. I tried the Pet Loc8tor device but it didn't have enough range for me because I live in a rural wooded area. But the Tagg Pet Tracker works like magic. It does have a monthly subscription fee, but for me, it is well worth the $6.93/month (discount from $7.95 for purchasing on an annual basis) for the peace of mind. It arrived yesterday and I set up the account - which has to be done on a computer, not on a smartphone - and charged it up last night. Today I put it on the cat's collar and let him outside. All day it tracked him, and I could see right where he was by going to the Tagg website, and by text messages that Tagg sent showing what street address he was closest to at any given time. I could call up the last text and send "locate" and it would update his location within minutes. This device is a true Godsend for me and my kitty, and will prolong his life because it will enable me to stop him from being out at night when he likes to get beat up. I cannot say enough about it. And, by the way, whatever customer service problems Tagg had that caused several reviewers to have trouble have not been apparent to me. In fact, I have used the Live Chat assistance and called on the phone, and both times I was immediately connected to a very helpful person. Also, my cat weighs 12 pounds and this device is a little bulky but it didn't pose a problem, and the kit I bought from Amazon came with a padded cloth cover included for the device, which I saw sold separately for $17.95 and I think it made the device more comfortable for the cat.
Let me preface this review by explaining the unique nature of my situation, and what it was that prompted me to begin using Rogaine two months ago.
I'm 36. I've been using Propecia for the last 8 years, with great success. It arrested my hair loss at the time (hereditary), and I even regrew some lost hair over the following year after I'd begun taking it. Life went on. I just kept up on my prescription and remained consistent on the Propecia. Other than that, I never gave it another thought. Until I discovered testosterone boosters 10 months ago.
I didn't realize what had happened until I walked out of a haircut two months ago. My hair had been long, and I'd been noticing some extra hair on my hands when I shampooed. But I was working intensely at the time and was so otherwise preoccupied with life that I didn't connect the dots. But after I got my hair cut short and saw shocking areas of scalp revealing themselves through my hairline, I was horrified. Obviously, I put the kibosh on any and all haircuts going forward, hoping that, as my hair grew in length, it would help to conceal the gaping patches of scalp.
Obviously, I should have done my homework prior to using Tribulus, Pink Magic, etc. While they're great T-boosters for guys in their 30s, and they can help you to make tremendous gains in the gym, they also have a potentially negative side effect: more good testosterone can, inevitably, be accompanied by more bad testosterone (DHT). Apparently, I was creating so much of it through my supplement stacking that it overwhelmed the Propecia's ability to protect my hair.
The hair loss may have also been caused by Colius Forskholi, or 7-Keto, or a combination of the two. I'd heard about them for weight loss. And it was right about the time that I'd started using them that I noticed the problem.
Anyway, that's the context. Now here's what I did to combat it and regain ground that even the Propecia alone hadn't been able to recover. The following will probably only be relevant and useful to guys who've found themselves in a similar predicament, but, perhaps, it can help you in your unique situation as well.
1) I kept up with my Propecia. I'd take it in the morning, before any other supplements, even my multivitamin. I'd eat my breakfast, take the Propecia, give it about an hour to be absorbed without competition from other supplements, and then I'd have a late morning snack and take the rest of my morning vitamins.
2) I read up and researched. I discovered that Stinging Nettle Root, Saw Palmetto, Pygeum, and Pumpkin Seed are four natural remedies that work in synergistic concert to interfere with DHT production. I started taking those in the recommended dosages, but added the first dose to my Propecia in the morning with breakfast. The second dose came at night. The idea was to begin the day by attacking the DHT.
3) I started using Revivogen Shampoo. I had been using regular brands (Axe, Kirkland, etc), but I stopped all those and stuck with something designed specifically for thinning hair. I did NOT use the Revivogen potion that you're supposed to apply each day in concert. I started out trying to, but thought it would be more effective to use Rogaine instead.
4) The final -- and perhaps the most critical -- step was the Rogaine. Now, here's something many of you may not know. The Rogaine directions clearly state that it's only intended for the back of the scalp (vertex), and no other area at all. However, I remembered something the dermatologist who originally prescribed my Propecia had told me. He said the reason for that statement from the folks at Rogaine was that they had to test the product's effectiveness by shaving an area on the back of a tester's head, keeping it clear, and continuously applying Rogaine for months to gauge its effectiveness. Obviously, it was nearly impossible for them to find testers willing to have an obtrusive, shaved patch of scalp at the front of their hairlines. Essentially, what he was saying to me was that scalp is scalp, and Rogaine would work just as effectively up front.
I should also point out that coating the entire top of your scalp with Rogaine is expensive. Because I was targeting the entire top of my scalp, and because my hair was so long, I had to use A LOT of Rogaine foam to penetrate down and be sure that I was hitting the scalp. I was burning through a month's supply a week. Seriously. I bought it at Costco.
At any rate, I used this 4-pronged approach, and I used it diligently. It's costly and it takes months of dedication. But it worked.
It's been just over two months now. And after seeing what looked like new hairs grown in at the front of the hairline, and a thickness throughout my entire scalp that I was certain I hadn't seen in years, I decided to take a gamble and go get my hair cut.
Much to my relief, my hair actually appears thicker now. I've regrown hair that I haven't seen in years throughout my entire scalp. It's shocking, the difference, considering that two months ago I was staring at sections of scalp showing through and panicking. I'm not kidding, guys, I could literally count the number of hairs at the very front of my forehead two months ago. Now, the scalpy sections have filled in.
Rogaine has worked incredibly well, at least for me. There are no guarantees, obviously, but hopefully it will for you as well.
At this point, I can tell you that I'll probably continue to use the Rogaine and Propecia together indefinitely. The synergistic effect of the two has been remarkable for me. Perhaps the other components helped as well, but the Rogaine and Propecia are the strongest and most proven.
Good luck to you guys.
I saw this device one time when I visit my in-law's place. I was curious and din't know what it was until I saw it on TV. I was so eager to try this device but at age 38, my skin is still well toned. So, looking for a way to use it, I tested it on the only body part that is wrinkled for me.. that thing somewhere between my legs! The first treatment didn't show significant change, so I have to visit my in-law's place often to sneak out in the bathroom and use this device. After 3 treatments, lo and behold!, that wrinkled thing between my legs is now smoother than before! I was so amazed that I have to show it to my wife and she was so happy with it! My wife said that the thing between my legs is now like a baby's skin! I was so proud of it that I started bragging about it. That was my big mistake, my mother in-law discovered where I was using this and she has not spoken to me ever since. I couldn't visit their place anymore either, so I decided that I have to buy one for myself too.
Best novel I've read in a long time. A story that sweeps across characters and moments in time, causing you to care about everyone, even the most minor character, and crave the next moment when another piece of the puzzle falls into place. Stories within stories; lives intertwined in important ways without ever having met. Richard Burton and Liz Taylor and old Hollywood. Good stuff.