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The Hidden Cost of Beauty

The price of beauty is enough; what with tanning beds, Botox, plastic surgery and much more readily available there are also many dangers to beautifying treatments.

Although tanning beds may give you a beautiful golden glow, there are various dangers associated with them.   Tanning beds emit the same UV rays as the sun does. This can give you a sunburn, and cause eye damage (so wear those goggles).  Tanning beds can also cause premature ageing and wrinkles because UVA rays assist in the loss of collagen in the skin which leads to wrinkles and saggy skin.  Skin cancer is also a risk of tanning beds. The harmful rays emitted in tanning beds have been connected to the development of skin cancer.

Botox is another danger. Botox is extremely dangerous. It can cause botulism which paralysis the entire body beginning with the face. If this condition remains untreated, the muscles controlling respiration could be paralyzed and cause death due to suffocation.  Other not-so-harmful dangers of Botox are that you could experience drooping eyelids if you have injections near the eye.  It is also possible to become addicted to Botox. Women begin to believe that getting Botox injections is the only way they can look good.

Beauty is costly and dangerous, so is it really worth it? Talk to your doctor about safety methods you can take to lessen your chances of the dangers of these methods.

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-BS Pharm, PharmD, RPh

Dr. Paul Zickler is a graduate of the University of Wester Ontario in 1972. After graduating from the faculty of medicine, Dr. Zickler practiced as an Emergency Physician for 18 years. He has then operated ambulatory medical and travel clinics for 12 years. Dr. Zickler has become an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia, a Director of Professional Programs for the Justice Institute of British Columbia (paramedic academy), a principal investigator for Phase 2 and 3 studies researching vaccines, and a founding member of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association. Dr. Zickler is passionate about combining western prescription medicine and natural medicines.

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