It used to be a joke. You’d see a star on TV or in the newspaper with a fake smile frozen in place and stiff, shiny cheeks… and you could chuckle to yourself at the obvious Botox job.
Well, my friend, it’s not so funny anymore… because now they’re targeting YOU for that poison pin treatment.
Instead of smoothing over wrinkles for a Hollywood look, they claim Botox can smooth over bladder problems.
And if you’re tired of the mad dash for the toilet at all hours… if you’re sick of waking up in the middle of the night hoping you make it in time… and if you absolutely don’t want to put yourself in diapers, it sure is tempting.
Don’t fall for it — because new research shows how Botox is far more dangerous than docs are letting on.
Botox is short for botulinum toxin, and the word “toxin” isn’t being tossed around lightly here.
It’s one of the most powerful neurotoxins in the world — and whether it’s shot into your face, bladder. or anywhere else, it “works” by poisoning the spot it hits, freezing the muscles into place.
Docs claim it’s fine as long as you don’t miss… and if you ask them, they’ve got better aim than William Tell.
But the new study shows how accuracy doesn’t matter.
Once inside, Botox can swing between neurons like Tarzan swinging through the trees.
One minute, it’s holding your smile in place or firming up the bladder. The next, it’s dashing out to visit other parts of your body — and this is not the kind of character you want running around unchecked.
The study was done on neurons in a lab dish, but it would certainly explain the bizarre side effects patients often experience.
For example, 9 percent of patients who have Botox injected in the forehead for migraines battle neck pain — and docs have no clue why.
Looks like they should have a clue now!
And that’s hardly the only risk here. This is a TOXIN after all, and the warning given to patients who use it for bladder control makes it sound like you could end up looking like a stroke victim: “blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice, trouble saying words clearly, loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing.”
It can even paralyze the bladder… so instead of going to the toilet too much, you can’t go at all… and you’ll need a catheter inserted to clear it out.
If you have bladder problems, you don’t have to choose between a dangerous toxin and a life in diapers. An herbal remedy called Crataeva nurvala used in India for centuries can increase the tone of smooth muscle, which is the same type of muscle that lines your bladder.
That can give you better control without the risks.