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Research Shows Botox Alters the Mind and Numbs Emotions

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June 13th, 2018

By Sayer Ji

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Botox’s Ugly ‘Side Effects’ Run Deeper Than Skin: Alter Mind and Numb Emotion

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 doesn’t only deaden facial nerves and muscles; it may also alter human cognition, emotion, and possibly empathy as well.

Botox is a strange creature. Currently the only FDA-approved treatment to “temporarily make moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines look better in adults,” it carries with it stern warnings about serious, even life-threatening side effects, as posted on its manufacturer Allergan’s website:

​​​​​​​Problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing, due to weakening of associated muscles, can be severe and result in loss of life. You are at the highest risk if these problems are pre-existing before injection. Swallowing problems may last for several months.

  • Spread of toxin effects. The effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas away from the injection site and cause serious symptoms including: loss of strength and all-over muscle weakness, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice, trouble saying words clearly, loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, and trouble swallowing.

These adverse effects seem like an exceptionally high price to pay for the promise of only temporary improvements in natural signs of aging. Also, given these side effects, its approval by the FDA clearly defies the most fundamental medical ethical principle, espoused since its Hippocrateon inception in the West; namely, “first, do not harm.”

No doubt, its ever-expanding popularity, fueled by its widespread adoption by celebrities, is contributing to the minimization of safety concerns. It doesn’t help the situation that mainstream tabloids like Time Magazine uncritically laud it’s benefits, as with it’s January 2017 cover article on “How Botox Became the Drug That’s Treating Everything,” claiming it can treat 800 different conditions. With this kind of free advertising, it is no wonder that global sales of Botox hover around three billion dollars a year.

But with the increasing popularity of an ostensibly cosmetic intervention whose mechanism of action is the destruction of nerves, it behooves us to shed light on the unintended, adverse effects of this pharmaceutical product.


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