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Dwain Walden is publisher and editor of The Moultrie Observer. Contact him at dwain.walden@gaflnews.com.

The internet is a great thing. It is a veritable cornucopia of good information and useable data.

The internet is a bad thing. It is a veritable cornucopia of misinformation, scams and useless data.

One should be aware. Like fire, it can cook your food and keep you warm. It can also burn down your house.

Lately, a lot of “cures” have been posted on the internet such as quick fixes to Alzheimer’s, diabetes, herpes and obesity. This week, my emails were filled with hair-loss remedies. I’m wondering if it has to do with spring coming on and people having an urge to plant something.

Now I’m not talking about hair transplants where they yank hair from one part of your head and transplant it to the bald spots. I’m talking about a gel that you rub on and supposedly get a full head of hair in just over a week.

The way this stuff is described, you wouldn’t leave an open tube of it near your bowling ball or in your next match you might find it needed a shave. Way too much traction rolling down the lane.

How ridiculous are these claims!

My guess is that whoever is promoting this stuff will get some sells because there is a demand for miracle cures and there are gullible people. And some people just aren’t versed on the various flavors of charlatans out there. I’m surprised some televangelist hasn’t come up with a prayer cloth that you rub on your head for a new cover crop.

When I started losing my hair, I tried Rogaine on my bald spot. It didn’t work for me, and besides it was a tedious process. Maybe there were a few little fuzzy sprigs but nothing to comb. They wouldn’t even blow in the wind.

My hair is still thinning on the top so early on I embraced the notion that this is one of the costs of doing life. I got over it. Never tried anymore of those miracle cures for baldness. And I’ve noticed that as we get older, we can grow hair in places where we don’t want it. I guess nature gets the last laugh.

Remember that commercial where the woman introduces her goofy looking boyfriend that she met on the internet? He posed himself as a French model. And likely he couldn’t find France on a map. Of course it was a spoof, but it also illustrates what I’m talking about when I say the internet is “good” and “bad.” For every technical advancement made, it seems that the underbelly of our society will figure out a way to use it for ill gain.

I use the internet a lot for research as well as entertainment. But I also try to check my sources. There are very legitimate sites with valuable information and there are those that are as bogus as a four dollar bill. In some cases, facts are presented and in others, opinions are presented. And in some, outright fabrications  are posted.

Now when I saw the hair gel deal, the first thing that came to my mind was the old werewolf movies where you watch the man morph into another being with claws and fangs. Hair starts growing really fast all over his body like it was a time-lapse film of a Bermuda grass pasture in the spring.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t think these people should not be allowed to make such claims, except where they blatantly use scams to get at your bank accounts which, if carried out, are indeed violations of law. I just think the public should be smarter.  I put these kinds of things into the category of horoscopes and soothsayers. Good for a laugh and not much more.

Now, if I’m proved wrong and someone has come up with a plaster that many years of modern medical science has overlooked and can grow a full head of hair in just a few days, then I apologize and stand corrected. And I want five gallons of it.

(Dwain Walden is editor/publisher of The Moultrie Observer, 985-4545. Emai: dwain.walden@gaflnews.com)

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