Who discovered Botox ?
Doctor Alan B. Scott was the first one to discover the effects of Botulinum toxin (BTX) on muscles. He was an ophthalmologist specializing in strabismus, a condition where eyes do not line up properly, and Dr. Scott had an idea that if it was possible to paralyze eye muscles, he would be able to temporarily set them in a correct position. He picked a very potent toxin, botulism, and tested it. Another doctor, Dr. Jean Krauszer, was studying involuntary eye blinking (blepharospasm), and she too thought that maybe she could use this toxin, and started using it on her patients.
Has anybody ever gotten sick or overdosed from using Botox?
It is pretty safe but there have been reports of bad things happening, usually while someone did something sketchy. One doctor with a suspended medical license, for example, ordered some botulism toxin which was meant for lab purposes, he improperly diluted it, and injected too much. No one died, but a few people got sick and went to a hospital.
What is Botox actually doing to your body?
People are paying lots of money for botulism, what does it do? Botox is a neurotoxin and it acts on neuromuscular junctions. Nerves usually send signals to your muscles, but Botox interferes in this communication and the muscle becomes essentially paralyzed. Botox actually permanently kills this neuro-muscular junction, but fortunately it regrows over time. That is why Botox wears of every six months.
Can you hurt people with bacteria in canned food?
Spores love low oxygen, high temperature, and low acidity. A lot of conditions for canning food are also conditions in which spores would love to germinate. In theory, it is possible to get botulin into food, however, if you heat the food for long-enough to achieve theoretical 12-log reduction of botulin toxin (99.9999% reduction) through this process, it should be ok. Exact duration depends on food and the method of preparation.
What do you do for somebody with botulism?
The time it takes to get rid of the botulism toxin depends on the amount and method it was acquired. A lot of the toxin into your breathing system, for example, could kill you by paralyzing your breathing, and thus preventing the rest of your body from working.