I’ve never much liked the idea of the cosmetic use of ‘Botox’, given that the drug is—essentially—the same toxin that causes botulism, which causes damage to nerve function and paralyzes muscles and kills people. Yeah, that sounds like a good, friendly drug to inject into one’s face to smooth out some wrinkles. Good thinking.

Regardless, there may be some medical backing to my gut rejection of the use of Botox. As reported by Bloomberg.com, the Botox neurotoxin can move from a muscle injection site to the central nervous system, including the brain, in tests with rats. Granted, rats aren’t people, but it might be a good idea to check this out a little more carefully before we use a potentially deadly neurotoxin for such a superficial purpose as smoothing wrinkles.

Scott Bradford has been building web sites and using them to say what he thinks since 1995, which tended to get him in trouble with power-tripping assistant principals at the time. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University, but has spent most of his career (so far) working on public- and private-sector web sites. He is not a member of any political party, and brands himself an ‘independent constitutional conservative.’ In addition to holding down a day job and blogging about challenging subjects like politics, religion, and technology, Scott is also a devout Catholic, gun-owner, bike rider, and music lover with a wife, two cats, and a dog.