Monday, March 31, 2008


The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.New research, published in the Journal of Biomechanics, shows that Botox toxin can spread in the body and put the patient's health at risk.

The study which was conducted at the University of Calgary in Canada and led by Dr. Walter Herzog, showed that Botox toxin does not stay in into which it has been injected.

This latest investigation was prompted by Dr. Herzog's own findings in a previous study on botulism and osteoarthritis in which he found that,“the toxin passed easily into the surrounding muscles and weakened all the muscles in the area.”

The American Food and Drink Administration,(F.D.A.), is presently investigating reports of severe side-effects,and even deaths amongst children, in patients who have been treated with Botox and related products, for medical conditions.

The most serious cases were in children with cerebral palsy being treated for spasticity - rigid muscles. They experienced difficulty in swallowing, breathing difficulties and muscle weakness, all of which are known symptoms of botulism poisoning.

At present, the F.D.A. it self is not advising doctors to stop prescribing the drug, but they are conducting a safety review and say these adverse reactions may have been caused by over-dosing.

Can Botox Poison Your Body?

However, the F.D.A. has issued a warning to patients that they should receive immediate medical attention, if they experience difficulty in swallowing or talking, have trouble breathing or experience muscle weakness, following any injection of Botox.

Rajiv Grover, of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, comments that the doses used cosmetically are 50 to 60 times less than those used to treat medical conditions.And he says that, as he and his colleagues have treated thousands of patients with Botox, without seeing a lot of complications,“The single most important factor in getting a good result from Botox is not the drug itself, but the skill of the person who injects it.”

Dr.Antony Fulford-Smith, spokesman for Allergan the manufacturer of Botox,says that Botox has been providing medical relief for the last twenty years and that it is very rare for there to be any serious side-effects in relation to the spread of the toxin in the patient's body.

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