Trifecta: Week Ninety Nine ~ Poison!

Prompt ~ 99 words from any word, any definition on 9th page of Oxford English Dictionary.

34 musicians of a band (Belgium, 1895) were poisoned (3 died) by eating ham at an inn. Now we know that the poison was a protein produced by a bacillus.

Less than a century later, Jean Carruthers, a Canadian ophthalmologist, treated a woman (1987) suffering from a rare and debilitating eye ailment with extremely small doses of same. The woman’s eye condition improved and the wrinkles between her brows seemed to disappear. Jean’s husband, a dermatologist found the story intriguing and explored how it could be used to remove wrinkles.

It was over pillow talk that Botox was discovered.

Words ~ 99

Besides cosmetic usage, Botox is now days used for many medical problems like migraine, excessive sweating, urinary incontinence, muscle spasms, tennis elbow and many others.

On September 11, 2013, the FDA approved  Botox  for cosmetic use to improve the appearance of crow’s feet. The FDA originally approved Botox in 2002 to minimize the appearance of frown lines.


19 thoughts on “Trifecta: Week Ninety Nine ~ Poison!

  1. Huh. Is this all true? How incredibly interesting! (A colleague of mine gets routine Botox injections into his vocal cords to counteract a vocal impediment. It’s fascinating stuff.)

  2. It seems strange that it would take 11 years for the FDA to approve another cosmetic use. It’s the same type of injection. Maybe in 11 more years it can be used for laugh lines 🙂

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