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According to a new
scientific study from Europe,the anti-wrinkle treatment of Botox may migrate from the skin to your brain...


With so many women all over the world using Botox on regular  basis, I think we should all be aware of the potential consequences.

Are we really willing to take a chance with side effects directly to our brain and the nerves?

What do you think?



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      Lois Stern wrote Apr 11, 2008
    • I have been reading little pieces here and there lately about Botox migrating to the brain. I asked my nephew, who has a strong background in chemistry and is also vice president of a large company, one division of which develops private label cosmeceutical. I fully expected him to trash that rumor. but to my dismay, he told me that there is some evidence that the Botox botulism can be stored in the brain stem. Am I concerned? Well, let me put it this way: my antennae are raised and I will be following the research.  

      Lois W. stern
      Author of SEX,LIES AND COSMETIC SURGERY
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      Jacquelynn Franklin wrote Apr 11, 2008
    • I love my wrinkles! Sprezzatura, an Italian term, is the art of making the difficult look easy.

      sweet soft sun, sprezzatura
      etches lines in my timeless face
      between those veins i nursed my babes
      in each crease yet I hold them there

      beneath the shadows cast by folds
      sweet soft sun, sprezzatura
      browned golden the ivory paleness fair
      highlighted each gift i bear

      shoot that crow that left his feet (!)
      for all I own and all my tears
      sweet soft sun sprezzatura
      warms the glow that hides my years

      if lips were to touch, invade the space
      between soft eyelid secret folds
      would more they learn than ‘tween others-
      sweet soft sun , sprezzatura



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      Kathy Holmes wrote Apr 11, 2008
    • Interesting you should bring this up. I’ve been so against Botox, especially after listening to dh describe it as injecting poison into the body, but yesterday on the Today Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda, they had somebody performing “mini-botox” procedures. The results looked so awesome, I found myself curious as to whether this was safe. But it sounds like it really isn’t - mini or not. I’ll be keeping an eye on this.



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      Yana Berlin wrote Apr 11, 2008
    • Here is what I think:

      If we were to start injecting at 70 to look a bit better that would be one thing, but when girls as young as 30 have no movement in their faces due to all of the Botox injections, what would happen to them in 30 years?

      I think I’ll wait for about 20 more years, who knows....maybe they’ll come up with a magic pill just so we can all continue to be FABULOUS



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      Jacquelynn Franklin wrote Apr 11, 2008
    • I do not want to look like Priscilla Presley (oops thats right, she had motor oil injected in her face).



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      Lois Stern wrote Apr 12, 2008
    • Yes, Kathy, the results of Botox can be amazing. But as with every phase of beauty enhancements of injectables, lasers and more, it is all in the hands of the professional one selects.  

      I am working on a second book right now - this one with some top experts in aesthetic enhancements and am going to see what I can learn from them about Botox and safety concerns. I will keep you all posted.

      Very best,
      Lois W. Stern
      Author of SEX, LIES AND COSMETIC SURGERY
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      Lois Stern wrote Apr 12, 2008
    • Hi Yana,

      Wouldn’t we all love that magic pill!! That over-Botoxed look is certainly not attractive. I would rather have a few wrinkles in my brow than look like a mannequin! But you look just beautiful without it.

      Best,
      Lois W. Stern
      Author of SEX, LIES AND COSMETIC SURGERY
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      Lois Stern wrote Apr 12, 2008
    • As you say, Kathy, the key is self-esteem. If you have lots of it, not only is it bound to show, but it makes those whose lives you touch feel happier and more confidant as well. It sounds like you are doing the right things to keep your body healthy and attractive, so keep up the good work!

      Best,
      Lois W. Stern
      Author of SEX, LIES AND COSMETIC SURGERY
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      Yana Berlin wrote Apr 12, 2008
    • OMG Priscilla Presley looks awful, and she was a beautiful woman, it’s the pressure of the media and Hollywood that does this to women’s self esteem.



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      Amy L. Harden wrote Apr 14, 2008
    • Botox...no, thank you...I am not putting poison in to my face to get rid of my wrinkles.  Not only does Priscilla Presley look bad...look at Joan Rivers...Cher looks like she is wearing a mask now too!  What’s up with all those puffy, “I’m having an allergic reaction” lips, anyways?

      Forget about the way it makes you look...now you‘re telling me that it is going to effect my brain...Good heavens...my children have already sucked half my brain cells out of my head...now if I try Botox...the remaining cells will be damaged too.  If I’m going to be sitting here hunched over and drooling with no brain cells left...by God...I better be looking great!...But what’s the point of looking great and not being able to have facial expressions or enough brain matter to even coax a smile?    

      NAH!I don’t think so...

      Luckily, I have been blessed so far with oily skin...too much oil really...but long ago a sweet southern May Kay lady told me to “Embrace the oil, my dear...it is a blessing, not a curse.”  

      My anti-aging mantra: “Ohm! Embrace the oil, Amy, Embrace the oil.”  

      Then, exfoliate, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize...eat well (low-carb diet optimal), facial and neck exercises, along with full body exercise, increased water intake, limited drinking of alcohol and caffeine, limited sun exposure and making sure I get anti-oxidant supplements through vitamins and drinking 2 oz. minimum of MonaVie daily.  A good facial every two months or so by a  professional also doesn't hurt.  Detox is probably the best thing you can do for your skin....eat L Active cheese and yogurt...keep your lower tract clean and moving.  Try Dr. Perricone's Perscription...it does work. His products are very expensive, but worth a try.  Your choice of make-up and skin regimen is primary...don't cut corners with cheap make-up and products...but at the same time you don't have to break the bank to get what you need.  I have been using the "Boots - Botanicals" line from Target with great results. Natural and minimal will go a long way.

      Oh, I forgot...one very important thing to do...Laugh...laugh a lot!  A rich, warm, hearty laugh and smile will do the trick every time...it’s part of the beauty plan that works from the inside out.

      Sounds like a lot of work....but I can still smile, my forehead still moves and my eyes don’t have that continual surprised look about them.

      Holistic and natural is the way to go...and then you just have to embrace the wrinkles when they have won...in the end you have probably earned every single one of them.

      Amy
      shepherdess56



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      Lois Stern wrote Apr 14, 2008
    • Hello Amy (Shedherdess),
      Interesting tip on Botanicals from Target. I’ll check that one out!

      As far as botox as well as more invasive types of surgeries, we need to keep in mind that those bad jobs stare us in the face because they are so horrible - plastic and artificial looking. With good jobs, results are subtle - soft and beautiful. I have seen many really terrific results where one never would have guessed a face had been surgically altered. Again, the experience, expertise and artistry of the surgeon are paramount. That is why, I’m happy to shop at Marshalls and yes, even Target, to hunt down a bargain here and there. But when it came to selecting a plastic surgeon, I did my homework and discovered a gem. I never regrettd my decision and, in a heartbeat, would do it the same way all over again.

      Very best,
      Lois W. Stern
      AUTHOR OF SEX, LIES AND COSMETIC SURGERY



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      Cherie Joe wrote Apr 15, 2008
    • I am all about looking my best, but stop at any invasive surgery procedure.  Botox and dermal fillers are the trend for now, until more research come out about long term use I would stay clear... come to think of it women who smoke were considered “sexy” back then and look how that trend turned out!

      I agree with some comments here about watching what we eat, supplements with vitamins and laughing, also learn to control stress with excercise, yoga, watching a funny movie etc...We are all living longer and looking younger than our parents at our age because baby boomers are not taking this aging process lying down.  Has anyone heard “50 is the new 30“? well... that means 40 is the new 20 and I am sticking with it!

      There are a lot of new technologies out there that can help with anti-aging without the high cost of surgery or Medical Spas.  Did anyone see the Today Show on March 13th in the Consumer Smarts segment “Best At-Home Spa Treatments“?  There is a device that can make you look rejuvenated using galvanic currents in 10 minutes.  The results is like after a facial and for some people they can even see a mini lift on their eyes and on their laugh lines. Of course it won’t last but 1 to 3 days so you would have to do the mini facial twice a week for longer lasting results. I have been using the Galvanic Spa for about 8 months and absolutely love it... so much that I will now market it to spas and salons.

      Best,
      Cherie Joe
      www.GalvanicSpaBeauty.com



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      Lois Stern wrote Apr 16, 2008
    • Hi 20 Again,

      And you look just like that - a gal in your teens. That Galvanic Spa treatment does look interesting! Thanks for sharing. As for more invasive techniques, I know nothing we do in life is 100% risk free. The best we can do is read the current research, not the hype, to make educated choices. Since cosmetic procedures are elective rather than medical necessities, ultimately one’s decison needs to be based on how important this hoped for enhancement is to one’s self-esteem and pragmatic aspects of one’s life. For those who are considering Cosmetic Surgery, you might want to first take this simple 14 question quiz from my FEBRUARY 2008 newsletter: “Is Cosmetic Surgery Right For You?” It’s yours Free at: [Link Removed]
      Right now I know the trend is away from surgery and toward less invasive strategies, but remember that there are some things that only surgery can change. Believe me, I do not work for a plastic surgeon, I am not a cosmetic surgery consultant nor do I have any vested interest in pushing it. I just know how much it did for me. If anyone wants to talk to me privately, I am happy to offer my honest input. My contact info is posted at my website.

      Very best,
      Lois W. Stern
      Author of SEX, LIES AND COSMETIC SURGERY
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      Amy L. Harden wrote Apr 16, 2008
    • Cherie Jo:

      Thanks for the web site link for the GalvinicSpa Beauty.  I’m going to check that out...AND....

      Lois:

      I will be checking out your web site also.  I will never say never about plastic surgery...but I will go with the non-invasive to start...then if the anti-aging God’s are not with me...then by God...I’ll look in to finding the best surgeon around and then get the cut-and-staple.  Thank you for all your advice...it is a good thing!

      Amy
      shepherdess5



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      Amy L. Harden wrote Apr 16, 2008
    • Lois:

      PS - I reviewed your web site at Stumble Upon and will add it to my list of sites to DIGG tomorrow.

      Amy



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      Lois Stern wrote Apr 17, 2008
    • Good morning Amy,

      I love your line: “Never say never . . .” because I surely was one who thought women who underwent cosemtic surgery were vain and foolish, then I went ahead and did it myself. Yana just posted my article “Blatant Vanity or Latent Sexuality” , and if you are interested and read it, you will understand even more about the motivations and impacts to cosmetic surgery. Meantime, I am always ready to speak to anyone who has real concerns or questions they don’t feel comfortable to ask their plastic surgeons. Last week I received an e-mail from a woman in Switzerland. I asked and received her permission to reprint and do so below:  

      “Hello Lois

      I found your book New Years Eve 2007 at the Barnes and Noble store in NYC. I bought about 10-15 medical reference books and the one with the "funky" title: Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery. So here I sit today in front of the computer day 4 post surgery (full face) and whenever I am in doubt I consult your book and not the others. Thank you Lois, you helped me and my hubby whenever we freaked by reading about your reactions or feelings through your descriptions and your photos. And yes you're right, it is not a walk in the park. I found your words in the book, but only now I know what you meant.
      Love to hear from you.
      With my fondest regards an the loveliest wishes  

      Our correspondence to be continued  . . .
      Very best,
      Lois W. stern
      Author of SEX,LIES AND COSMETIC SURGERY
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      Lisa Hyman wrote Apr 23, 2008
    • Sheperdess5,

      I would love to know what MonaVie is...?  Thanks!



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      Amy L. Harden wrote Apr 23, 2008
    • againali:

      Please go to my MonaVie web site to get all the information you need about the benefits of adding 2 oz. twice a day of acai berry juice.  You will also find my story and my son’s story and how our whole family has changed for the better by simply adding MOnaVie to our diet on a daily basis.

      Don’t be fooled by all the new fad promotions by some of the juice makers and smootie drink stores...you will not receive the same amount of benefit as when you drink Monavie.  They just don’t add enough to make a difference and the sugar additives removes the intended benefits that acai will provide.  MonaVie is all natural and concentrated blend of juices.  It is amazing!  

      If you have any questions, please free to send me an e-mail here at Fabulously40 or at my MonaVie web site.  You can also purchase a bottle to try at that web site also.

      Go here:

      ““:[Link Removed]

      Thank you for your question.

      Have an elegant day!

      Amy
      shepherdess5


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      Lois Stern wrote Apr 23, 2008
    • Hi Amy,

      MonaVie sounds very similar to Goji Juice. Are they one and the same? If not, do you know how they differ? My sister and my hair stylist both think Goji is the last word in healthy nutrition. I haven’t tried either product so I really can’t comment. I have seen so many fads come and go that I tend to be a wait-and-see person, but I like to learn.

      Thanks,
      Lois W. Stern
      Author of SEX, LIES AND COSMETIC SURGERY
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      Amy L. Harden wrote Apr 23, 2008
    • Ah!  Goji juice...it is probably MonaVie’s biggest competition.  To be honest, I have never tried it..because MonaVie worked for me and...why try something else when one works?  

      I believe it all depends on your taste and what works for you.  Monvie has alot of research behind it...I am not sure about the Goji juice.  The cost differential may also have something to do with it also.  I distribute it only because of what it has done for my family and myself..If I make some money great...if I don’t...that’s okay too.  I offer it to help...not necessarily to gain anything.  I don’t do well with the hard sale thing anyways...don’t like to force things on people.  

      But, compare my site info to a Goji web site...let me know what you find... I would be interested to know also.  

      I believe it will ultimately boil down to preference of taste and results...everyone is different.

      Amy
      shepherdess5



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      Lois Stern wrote Apr 23, 2008
    • Thanks, Amy. I’ll ask my sister and get back to you.

      Best,
      Lois W. Stern
      Author of DSEX, LIES AND COSMETIC SURGERY
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      Mechanicalheart wrote Apr 30, 2008
    • Greensthings, not only Priscilla Presly. Look at this scary picture: [Link Removed]


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      Goldenapple wrote Jun 10, 2008
    • Botox is something which women can definitely stay away from. Be natural.. that’s what men love.



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