Thursday, February 25, 2010

Is Botox Safe

(Photo courtesy of the Times Online)

A number of people have been questioning the safety of cosmetic drug, Botox, in light of people having died after using it. It is essentially, purified poison, injected into the face in small quantities, to temporarily paralyze facial muscles, in attempting to reduce facial wrinkles and lines for a few months at a time.

The mere fact that it is a derivative of a potent poison and has shown it has the capability to cause death even in its treated form, should raise questions about free radicals and cancer as well. Sustained toxicity is never good for any system.

Can injecting this lethal toxin into our wrinkles really be harmless?

February 20, 2010 - How safe is that Botox jab? Is it really true that it can leak to your brain?

One of the main sources of concern in the United States is recent research that casts doubt on initial confidence that Botox cannot reach the brain. In 2008, Italian researchers reported that botulinum toxin injected into the faces of mice had travelled to the brain stems three days later. The potential consequences for nerve signalling and breathing are enormous.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has pointed out that if something happens in mice it does not follow that it will be repeated, or be harmful, in humans. The manufacturer of Botox, Allergan, says that other published studies contradict the findings of the Italian researchers.