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Today, we'll explore: "Botox: an agent of death and beauty "

Botox is all the rage. And, you may know someone who's had it done. Heck, maybe secretly, you'd like to try it, but, you're afraid.

After all, why would anyone want the deadly neurotoxin injected into their face.even if it is to look younger?

Botox is produced by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. It's normally found in soil, sewage and vegetation and can be a problem when it contaminates food.

Botulinum poisoning used to be common when people failed to kill the spores while canning their vegetables and smoking their meats. The spores become bacteria and those bacteria release botulinum toxins.

Once in the body they block nerves from getting signals telling muscles to contract. Even a very small amount can paralyze the muscles required to breathe, making it fatal.

Yet this same deadly toxin can help us. It's used to treat patients with head injuries whose muscles to stay contracted.

And now, it's used cosmetically. The contractions of our facial muscles is what causes wrinkles. Well, if your muscles can't contract, you won't have wrinkles.

Within days of BoTox injections, those frown lines relax and become less noticeable. The results can last a month or more.

While you can't get botulism from Botox injections, there's the risk of either injecting too much or injecting it into the wrong facial area. A person can end up with droopy eyelids lasting for weeks. Remember, botox is a prescription drug so you should consult a qualified physician.

What's fascinating is biomedical science identified a deadly toxin - used it to heal - and even extended our youth..it if only for a little while.

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