“There are kids and adults that have committed suicide over this,” said Charlie Villanueva, the former Detroit Pistons forward who now is a reserve for the Dallas Mavericks.
“It’s not a life-threatening disease, that’s why a lot of people overlook it.
“But it’s life-threatening because, emotionally and mentally, it can screw you up with the bullying and not feeling confident and low self-esteem. It definitely has its downside.”
That’s why Villanueva has set out to educate people about alopecia. He has been afflicted with the disease, and is putting together a movie about how it has affected his life.
Villanueva has had two screenings — one in Dallas and another in New York — about the movie. A third screening will take place Sunday in Toronto, during the NBA’s All-Star Weekend.
By September, Villanueva hopes to have raised enough money to have the entire project finished and in movie theaters across the world.
Read more in the Detroit Free Press
I think it is a fantastic idea.
Please don't bother. Instead, I think Karen may want to read about cases that have been brought by the Federal Trade Commission against companies making false claims. Of course nothing on the actual web site makes those claims. This is what they claim in regard to Alopecia in females:
"Excessive sebum in the scalp, often accompanying thinning hair, is attributed to general inflammatory conditions in the body. MONAT’s seven Treatment Systems have been specially formulated with key ingredient Capixyl™, which aids in hair regrowth and maintains a well-hydrated scalp by reducing inflammation."
Obviously they have lawyers. Karen may wish to tread lightly in her written pronouncements on line.
Karen and that company are selling a line of very expensive $129.00 hair care items. And the company is more about selling the selling of the products rather than the products themselves.. It's a direct sales company promising that you can make a lot of money selling a vial of hair oil for $129.00.
"The company offers a unique and exciting business model and one of the most generous compensation plans in the U.S. market. MONAT holds its own signature oil intensive; Rejuveniqe™. This revolutionary product combines the perfect blend of rare, distinctive oils from different countries around the world, conceived and produced using the latest scientific technologies and clinically proven proprietary ingredients. This carefully crafted collaboration of science and nature allows MONAT to provide an unparalleled and unique age prevention hair and skin care experience."
What a wonderful way to share his story and give hope to others not give up on themselves.
That's great. My twin 17 yr old boys are avid players and captains of their team. I don't think they've ever even told anyone they have alopecia. They've been bald since they were a year old and it's just who they are. But I try to tell them not everyone is as blase about it.
I was just looking at the tags. In my general goings about I notice that most people have no idea what alopecia is and they might not think to type it in on a search. They might be more likely to type in "baldness." I think they're especially curious about bald females and this might also be a good tag to add.
Good work! good on ya :)
I am pleased to hear that you are making a movie showing the public how a person suffering from Alopecia areata can experience some devastating effects because of this condition. Alopecia areata is a type of hair loss both the public and people experiencing this problem need to have more insight and understanding and this is an area I can be of assistance.
I have studied and researched AA, along with other types of hair loss for the last ten years. I would like to share some updated information I believe would be a great help to you and others afflicted with this condition. If you want to know more please let me know. I believe knowledge is power and working together is the only way we can attempt to eliminate this issue.
My granddaughter has Alopecia since she was little and now has lost her hair and eyebrows. She is in college and a cheerleader, aspiring dancer and I am so proud of her. Sometimes I know she gets tired of wigs and drawing on her eyebrows but we are trying to always keep a good attitude and thank God that it is not life threatening. I cannot tell you home much we love and respect her for not letting it stop her from enjoying her college years and life in general.
I am looking forward to seeing the movie and I hope she will also. Thanks for helping out people like my granddaughter. More people need to know about alopecia and how it can affect young people and maybe they will start trying to look for a cure!
wowww...... highly appreciateble news....... i want to see this movie......!!!