It seems that during these tough economic times people are turning to the inexpensive pleasure of reading a book and, with the increase in unemployment, they may have more time on their hands to do so. An article in The New York Times published on March 16th 2009 says that while the recession is causing havoc for the majority of media industries, the oldest mass medium, books, is not being so badly hit.
Nielson BookScan, a company that tracks book sales, is optimistic about recent reports which show Europe as a whole is fairing particularly well. Although in the UK and the USA, book sales have fallen, but only by a fraction of 1% last year and in the USA sales were down 1% in the first 10 weeks of this year. This is still positive news, given that other industries are facing double-digit sales losses and that comparisons with 2007 were expected to be badly hit as this was the year that the last Harry Potter novel in the series was published.
But what about the health and beauty sector? Whereas once this was a booming market, with seemingly a new self-help ‘How-To’ title out every other day, now it would appear things are changing. According to Helen Fraser, Managing Director of Penguin Books in London, books on travel, diet, health, fashion, beauty and fitness are not faring so well and sales are falling.
Indeed, a recent search on Amazon for new books under hair loss produced only 2 results for 2009 publications. And the most recent of these, published in June 2009, was for not for humans, but for their pets, ‘Hair Loss Disorders in Domestic Animals’. While the hair loss of beloved Buster or Truffles is important, it is surprising to see such a poor range of choice for a condition that affects up to 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women at some stage in their lives.
The good news is that the most recent publication found for human hair loss, ‘The Hair-Loss Cure: A Self-Help Guide’ by Professor David H. Kingsley, looks like an interesting read. Dr. Kingsley has 30 years experience as a specialist in hair loss and has widely published and presented medical papers on his research about hair loss treatments, working with many physicians, research teams, and cosmetologists in the promotion of hair and scalp care.
In his book, Dr. Kingsley looks at finding the cause, choosing the right treatment, monitoring improvement and coping with emotional effects of hair loss. As well as providing expert advice on men’s hair loss and women’s hair loss, Dr. Kingsley also gives an insight into his personal battle with baldness.
Among the products that Kingsley recommends for hair loss and hair thinning are treatments containing Minoxidil, the first FDA-approved medicine for hair re-growth, and the FDA-cleared HairMax LaserComb.
It seems that boom and bust has led many to seek a retreat in more simple pastimes such as reading. And as more people are becoming concerned about hair loss amidst the recession, it is good to have this type of helpful literature available.
Belgravia Centre director Jonny Harris says, “the only problem with books is that they date. In this day and age we have something much more up-to-date and extensive than a book at our fingertips – the internet. There’s an endless amount of information on the internet and here at belgraviacentre.com we have a dedicated team that provides up-to-date information and advice on hair loss on a daily basis. You can search our website for anything from caffiene’s effects on hair loss to obsessive pulling of the hair or information on the most effective treatments available, and the one’s that aren’t so effective.”
You can arrange a free consultation to discuss hair loss and receive friendly and professional advice from our team of experts by calling 020 7730 6666 or messaging the centre for further information. If you can’t make it into the centre, fill in the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will contact you shortly with details of your diagnosis and treatment recommendations.