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Botox: Beautifies by Paralysing Your Nerves

Updated on October 20, 2013

Some slaves to beauty and their agent

When it all goes wrong, the infamous, Botox induced, "Trout Pout." (This all began, say anthropologists,  as women subconsciously attempted to imitate their vulvas around their mouths!)
When it all goes wrong, the infamous, Botox induced, "Trout Pout." (This all began, say anthropologists, as women subconsciously attempted to imitate their vulvas around their mouths!)
Now, why on Earth would she need improving?
Now, why on Earth would she need improving?
The sausages that can infect your sausages.  Clostridium Botulinium Bacteria
The sausages that can infect your sausages. Clostridium Botulinium Bacteria

But a Killer Lurks in the Wings!


Regular readers of my articles in the past would know that animal toxins have been regularly featured, especially those from the Arachnids and Snakes. Until yesterday, however, I had not realised that the most toxic substance of all was just under (or above) the nose of many, if not mine.

Science knows that all substances are poisonous to a greater and lesser degree. Even the stuff of life - water - is poisonous if one drinks too much at a time - perhaps 10 litres would do the trick.

But the most toxic substance known to man, and probably well known to many female readers, is Botulinium, produced by the Clostridium Bacteria, and the agent from which Botox is manufactured.

Botulism has been a well known killer for several hundred years, the infection which has been found in canned food and honey*, etc. (see note). We all know to properly refrigerate our food and to make sure canned meat products especially are well heated. There are antidotes for botulism poisoning these days which save most from death. Before 1950 or so, 50% of those becoming infected with botulism received sad burials.

The poison is a neurotoxin, as so many are in nature, but the most toxic on Earth. That is, it paralyses or blocks certain nerve groups from transmitting signals. which can cause certain death unless treated. Even then, the progress back to full health can be months.

Before Botox was used in injections to roll back ageing by blocking the nerves which cause wrinkles, it was effaceous in treating Stradismus (squinting), certain spasms in the sphincter and even as an anti-perspiration agent, (among other treatments). It has proven helpful in treating migrains and, in fact, many woes where the action of nerves/muscles were involved.

But it is the rather sad clamour by ladies, and some males, to stop and roll back the ageing clock where Botox shines in 2013.

Surpressing Acetycholine in the nerves of the forehead to flatten-out "glabellar frown lines," and face, since 1989, Botox has been injected by doctors, nurses and in specialized clinics all over the world, but mostly in the USA and the UK, etc., where the idolization of youth and perceived beauty through the cult of celebrity is de rigeur.

By 2007, millions of people had been treated, dooming themselves to return every 3 to 6 months for booster needles as the effect of the toxin wears off.

It would only need about two kilos of botulinium in powder form to kill every human being on the planet and many of the animals as well. This has not escaped those obssessed by terrorism planning how the toxin could be used as a terrifying "bio-terror" agent. Presumably, many would die in short order, but would have happy, frown-free faces as they lay in their coffins.

Meanwhile, some medical personnel are not convinced that the long-term use of Botox might be as benign as the commercial sector and the millions of adherents claim. Although Botox is only a well watered-down tincture of the original neurotoxin, it has already caused other problems within the bodies of users, such as drooping mouth, eyes and other muscles; migration of the toxin to other parts of the body and ever a sort of "cognitive sloth" in which the infected has trouble taking on board simple information as well as relaying the same.

Doctors advise pregnant women to not use Botox which indicates their concern about the substance showing up in the womb and placenta. Even more disturbing is that the good old rogues have got in on the act distributing Botox that isn't, or Botox that is old or impure.

With the price of Botox treatments running at around £400 a session, perhaps the adage, "There's no free lunch," might also be adopted by Botox users who might live - collectively - to regret being part of Shakespear's world of "Vanity, vanity, all is vanity."

Note: Doctors agree that honey should not be given to babies under one-year old because they might have little resistance against botulism.

PS I realise I am just adding my voice and this humble hub to the screeds of medical and lay advice about Botox. We might not have heard the end of the bad effects, either.

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    • diogenes profile imageAUTHOR

      diogenes 

      4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      justme Suzanne and jhamann Thanks for visit and comments. I can never understand all this trying to look younger, either. You're born, you live your young life, you age and you die. Everyone can see through the false look anyway. Bob

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      4 years ago from Reno NV

      I never understood how a person could use one of the worlds most dangerous toxins to try to increase their appearance. It does not make sense to me. Jamie

    • justmesuzanne profile image

      justmesuzanne 

      4 years ago from Texas

      It's so sad that women (and increasingly men) are so insecure that they would subject themselves to all this sort of dangerous nonsense. The art of aging gracefully is all but disappearing. Great information, well researched and well presented! Voted up, useful and interesting. :)

    • stricktlydating profile image

      StricktlyDating 

      4 years ago from Australia

      Thanks Bob, yes just a tiny tweek! Wishing you a fabulous holiday season!

    • diogenes profile imageAUTHOR

      diogenes 

      4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      The giveaway for Botox users is the smooth forehead I read. I like a man or woman's face to look "lived in," but you seem an eminently sensible person so I suspect you know what's right for you

      Bob x

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      StricktlyDating 

      4 years ago from Australia

      I have Botox once a year for my frown line, now I always look happy! A quick 3 min session each year far quicker and better results than having regular beauty appointments, facials etc I don't bother with. It's a quick fix and I love it!

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      A perfect addition to your "poisons" articles Bob. While Botox can be used beneficially (as Jaye pointed out) it is those women with huge lips and unmoving foreheads that scare me. Why oh why can't these women leave nature alone? Those lines and wrinkles tell a story, they're not twenty years old any more. Would I like to look twenty? Of course, but it ain't happening!

      Thanks for another interesting piece.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

      P.S. That first lady is really scary!

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      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      Not all cosmetic surgeons are created equal. Just because s/he has a license doesn't mean they know what they're doing -- sadly. On the other hand, some people are addicted to cosmetic surgery and they are determined to somehow attain perfection -- by who's standard is anyone's guess. They're own obviously, but where did their own standard come from?

      Too bad these things happen. Like Jaye said, there are good uses for this toxin, but then there are the abuses . . .

    • diogenes profile imageAUTHOR

      diogenes 

      4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Yeah Elias: I found a couple of articles on here that mentions them...

      Bob

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      Elias Zanetti 

      4 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Useful article Diogenes. There are certainly medical cases where botox is useful.

    • diogenes profile imageAUTHOR

      diogenes 

      4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Superb comment, Jay. I did mention some of these other uses of Botox in the article, but the subject needs to be dealt with, as you apparently have, in a separate piece, as much of the language is very technical. I would like to add your comment to me article, with your permission..

      bob

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      Jaye Denman 

      4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I've been having Botox injections for a medical purpose only--bilateral blepharospasms--for more than 20 years. These injections allowed me to function (and still do), for without them my eyelids squeezed shut against my will and would not open. Untreated, blepharospasms can render a person for all intents and purposes blind, even though the eyesight itself is not affected.

      Medical Botox is used to treat numerous movement disorders and even intractable migraine headaches. Those of us who are treated by Botox for medical reasons are very thankful for this toxin which, used correctly, is safe. (I've never had any side effect other than minor bruising at the injection sites.)

      I have a hub detailing my experience with blepharospasm and treatment, if you're interested. I've tried for years to interest print publications, talk show hosts (including Oprah, who embraced every other topic imaginable while she had her daily show) to feature the therapeutic uses of Botox rather than just the cosmetic. No interest. Therefore, the average person thinks only of cosmetic use when reading or hearing the word "Botox." That's a disservice to all the people who get those painful shots for necessity, but it's the fault of the popular media.

      Jaye

    • diogenes profile imageAUTHOR

      diogenes 

      4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi Genna: I have never seen a woman beautified by Botox or plastic surgery. Nature, along with good rest, nutrition and exercise, is the only way to slow the ravages of time.

      Bob

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      Genna East 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Botox has always frightened me. I have seen women in the entertainment industry that have had so much of this, their expressions seem to be frozen. I also have to agree with Will; where are the ethics of these cosmetic surgeons -- that they would allow someone to disfugre their appearance such as the woman in your photograph is criminal.

    • diogenes profile imageAUTHOR

      diogenes 

      4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi darlin'

      I shouldn't think Botox would improve your great beauty, "A rose in all its beauty needs no adornment,"

      Yes...it seems a bit infra dig to have the most poisonous substance science has found regularly injected into your fizz. If there is an Almighty, he made some almighty mistakes when he created the neurotic ape...or evolution has. Do you agree that these pout lips are an attempt to create a facial vagina?

      Have a peaceful weekend, full of sex and good nutrition

      Bob xo

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      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      I learned about this several years ago and determined that some people are simply woozy-brained or they would not engage in this procedure. The woman in your photo is perfect for this Halloween season. Sorry if I seen unsympathetic, but I don't believe it makes sense to do these things simply because everyone else is doing them.

      I have seen people on TV -- when I still had one -- who had these injections and they couldn't even blink their eyes! They were 'over injected' it would seem, making their foreheads so tight that their eyes were literally in a constant state of surprise or shock and could barely close.

      I guess a lot of men like the guppy look and those humongous fat lips really turn them on. Wonder if they make glo-in-the-dark lipstick for them so that all you see in the dark are these giant fish lips? Shared.

      Hope all's well with you Bobby . . . xox

    • diogenes profile imageAUTHOR

      diogenes 

      4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      I wouldn't think Botox would cure acne, but I suppose it must have some effacy

      Bob

      PS I'm no expert on Botox

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      Judy Specht 

      4 years ago from California

      Just saw a commercial for Botox cream to alleviate acne. What's with that? Every time I drive past a spa advertising Botox Saturday, I nearly go crazy.

    • diogenes profile imageAUTHOR

      diogenes 

      4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Will. It seems OK both ways, and it's a good point, but they make $600 here for about an hour's work.

      Bob

    • diogenes profile imageAUTHOR

      diogenes 

      4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      HClark: I'm not convinced we do it to our women at all. I don't think, in general, they do it for us as individuals they love: it's more for the public at large and their friends and to look like supermodels...but even the models do it! Remember Michael Jackson? He/she was never happy with what was achieved by surgery. Much of this Botox intervention goes wrong - and wait till the Jihad adopts it!

      Bob

    • diogenes profile imageAUTHOR

      diogenes 

      4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      OP...we are a mess indeed. Why us? Why are we the only species with all these neurosese? Botox makes women look like Barbies, awful: Madonna, Kidman, Minogue, Osbourne and all the rest, well, I wouldn't kick Kylie out of bed!

      Bob

    • diogenes profile imageAUTHOR

      diogenes 

      4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi jhamann...Me either!

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      WillStarr 

      4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      That should have read:

      I would think that a doctor who is asked to perform plastic surgery on someone who doesn't need it or is compulsive about it ought be ethical and refuse.

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      WillStarr 

      4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Plastic surgeries ought to alleviate disfigurements, not cause them.

      I would think that a doctor who performs plastic surgery on someone who doesn't need it or is compulsive about it ought be ethical and refuse.

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      moonfroth 

      4 years ago

      What the hell have we done and continue to do to our women! Most of them gorgeous in some aspect of their physical selves anyway, but convinced they MUST do something about their lips, cheeks, bellies, breasts, etc--because manipulating mothers, or the vast advertising and cosmetic industries or--gawd help them--all THREE, have convinced them they have to inject chemicals, pop pills, or undergo surgery to achieve beauty. I know a woman in her fifties whose arms went flabby, so she had surgery from some quack and damn near lost an arm! And as you point out in another well-written, well-researched, SCARY piece (you're a scary guy!) wilfully seeking out toxins to be injected into your body just defies common sense. Come on ladies--glow from within!

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      Old Poolman 

      4 years ago

      Bob, if one pays attention to the possible side effects of any of the medication advertised today, it is amazing that anyone would buy any of it and put it in or on their body.

      Yes, it will cure that itch on your elbow, but you could end up blind, deaf, bald, or dead. People really are strange critters I guess.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      4 years ago from Reno NV

      How one of the most dangerous neurotoxins in the world has become a medicine for the vain is beyond me. Jamie

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