Botulinum toxin or Botox is a neurotoxic protein
There are 8 types of botulinum toxin, named type A to H
Type H is the deadliest substance in the world. Two billionths of a gram (2ng) injected in a human can cause death. The types A and B are used in medicine to treat various muscle spasms. This poison is on the market under the name Botox. One wonders why millions of women worldwide want to inject this poison into their bodies with the only objective to get rid of wrinkles.
My personal opinion
I am a woman who is concerned about her looks. I am now 68 and do my best to have a decent looking skin. With eating healthy food, getting enough sleep and living up country and also using, most of the time, natural products, I can not complain about my skin. One week before Christmas 2015 I smoked my last cigarette and that has also helped.
An article in Newsweek
I had heard about Botox and how fantastic it is to get rid of your wrinkles. Knowing it was an extreme poison I was not really sure it would be the right thing to do. Then I read an article in Newsweek, written by Sharon Begley and published on 4/12/2008. First of all, one should be conscious that many animals have to suffer and ultimately die before a medical drug is allowed for human use. You can imagine that as we are talking about the most dangerous substance known in the world, these tests were severe. Botox came on the market in 1989 in an extremely diluted dose.
The manufacturer, Allergan, assured the public that its product was safe as the tests had shown Botox did not travel along the body’s highways (nerve cells) to the brain or spinal cord. Still, there was some evidence this toxin could slip into the bloodstream or the lymph system. The manufacturer stated that this poison cannot enter the brain. Or can it?
Botox is more dangerous than previously thought
That was a big mistake. At the Italian Institute for Neuroscience, researchers found that Botox injected in the whisker muscles of lab animals, the neurons absorbed some of the substance and passed it on to where it is not intended. Like that it traveled to end up 3 days later in the brainstem. There it disrupted neuronal activity. Matteo Caleo who led the study told the journal “Science” that part of the toxin is active where it is not supposed to be. I found this frightening information.
In 2008, already millions of people had been injected with this poison. There were 1,437 death reported, mainly people who wanted to get rid of their wrinkles. These deaths occurred between 1989 and 2003. The FDA did not do much but admitted that there was enough evidence that serious reactions and even death can occur in a broader population, thank you.
Reading this article I decided I would not put consciously poison in my skin. Some years later I went to a concert in Marbella. In that town live a lot of jet-set ladies. 4 ladies entered the concert hall close by where I was sitting. They were approx my age, were dressed in the latest fashion. The strange thing was that they all looked the same. Injected lips and not a wrinkle to be seen. It was their hands, necks, and legs that gave their age away. Their faces looked like Barby dolls.
Botox is big business
Quite some years have passed since 2008, it is now 10 years later and many articles have been written about Botox, its pros, and cons. By the year 2015 Botox had generated a global revenue of staggering $ 2.45 billion, half of which came from therapeutic rather than cosmetic uses.
I get the very interesting and informative emails from GreenMedinfo. A very serious article came my way. It was posted on Thursday, June 7th, 2018.
Botox’s ugly ” Side Effects ” Run Deeper Than Skin, Alter Mind and Numb Emotion
I recommend you to read this article and form your own opinion if you really think it is worthwhile to inject yourself with the deadliest substance know in this world. I decided some time ago to not use Botox to get rid of my wrinkles. The opening sentences of the article in GreenMedinfo only confirmed that my decision had been the right one.
Millions around the world have, and no doubt will continue to receive Botox injections, but this increasingly popular “beauty” strategy has a dark side: it does not only deaden facial nerves and muscles; it may also alter human cognition, emotion, and possibly empathy as well.
Source: Wikipedia, Newsweek, Time, GreenMedinfo
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Our modern life is full of dangers. Perhaps you like to read my post on Aluminum.