The story of Botox is a very interesting one indeed, especially its journey from derivative of a deadly poison, to beauty treatment, and on to be part of therapy or even a remedy for various ills.
Lately, as this story demonstrates, the lip-bulking, cheek-enhancing stuff has now been applied to healing that most unsexy of organs, the bladder.
As one who has, with a lot of help and effort, and not a little frustration, managed incontinence his whole life, I understand fully how it undermines the person’s self-control. There have been days, sometimes entire weeks, in which one pesky organ seems to have taken over and screams for attention, threatening to make life a malodorous hell. For many, that threat seems to be made good, and its effects and alleviation are subjects I hope to address as often and sensitively as possible.
Whereas a Google search of the topics “incontinence” and “euthanasia” will bring up many pages pertaining to pets and vets, the inability to control or tolerate incontinence has been cited as a partial excuse for euthanizing people.
There are many ways of managing incontinence, and although it may not be entirely alleviated, patient acceptance of some means that do not rely on the body’s own capacity can help restore peace of mind.
Perhaps Botox can be the answer in come cases of Multiple Sclerosis or Spinal Cord injury, as this story suggests. If so, it would help to remove some of the uncertainty of these conditions, freeing minds to conquer on more important fronts.
This new bladder treatment joins therapy for excessive sweating and over-active eyelids as a medical use for Botox. So, although none of these are, in and of themselves, threatening our lives or real worthiness as human beings, it does seems some folks’ dissatisfaction with what nature has provided or gradually taken from them by way of bodily beauty, has ultimately given us a good thing.