I know it may sound crazy, but there are growing concerns among bio-terror experts that BOTOX may become the next biological weapon unleashed on the world by terrorists. Could it be? What was once considered a jack-of-all trades wonder drug may become the undoing of the human race? Say it ain’t so. No need to worry about anthrax anymore – that’s child’s play compared to BOTOX.
This is the second major hit to BOTOX’s reputation in a little over a month. Recently, a psychology study clearly demonstrated that BOTOX diminishes your capacity to experience emotion. Somehow, that revelation hasn’t seemed to deter the masses from making BOTOX one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the country. I guess a wrinkle-free face trumps feeling joy and pain for the vain and superficial members of our society. I wonder if a mass terror scare will change the way they think.
According to two bio-terror experts, Ken Coleman and Raymond A. Zilinskas, if terrorists can harness the active ingredient in BOTOX, botulinum toxin, they can kill millions in one fell swoop. I’d say that packs a much better punch than the breast implant bombs they’ve been working up to beat our airport explosives detectors.
While a typical BOTOX dosage administered by your local plastic surgeon is so mild that it would take hundreds of vials to kill one person, a concentrated dose could actually wreak havoc on an entire region of the country. Coleman and Zilinskas have described BOTOX as “the deadliest substance known to science.” Jeez, doesn’t that sound like a great thing to shoot into your face?
The neurotoxin particles in BOTOX block receptors on nerve endings, silencing the nerves and paralyzing surrounding muscles. Apparently, the most popular wrinkle-relaxing injectable is so lethal that one gram could kill 14,285 people if ingested, 1.25 million people if inhaled, and 8.3 million people if injected. That’s some serious carnage.
In a recent article published in Scientific American, Coleman and Zilinskas warn that if terrorists ever discover the deadly potential of BOTOX, they can unleash a wave of terror unlike any we’ve ever seen before.
Well, I guess the secret is officially out. All Bin Laden and his cronies need to do is read the latest edition of Scientific American and they’ll learn everything they need to know about wiping out the Western world. Thanks a lot, guys. Our bio-terror experts may be adept at detecting potential threats, but they seem to be less skilled at keeping this knowledge under wraps. Why don’t we just mail them the biological weapon while we’re at it?
It appears that for the time being, we are still safe. Security experts do not believe that terrorists currently have the capability to transform BOTOX into the harbinger of death. But now that we’ve broadcast its destructive power for everyone to read, it may enter their radar. Unfortunately, the immense popularity of BOTOX has made it very easy to obtain over the Internet and on the black market. I doubt the terrorists will have any trouble getting their hands on the stuff if they really want it.
Please don’t take this the wrong way. I’m not one of those overly paranoid people who is going to live in fear because I read an article saying that BOTOX can be deadly enough to wipe out the human race if it falls into the wrong hands. I just think it’s shocking that our bio-terror experts would broadcast this information to the entire world in a public forum such as Scientific American. It’s almost as if they’re begging the terrorists to begin work on this new agent of destruction. I would have hoped that our anti-terrorist people were smarter than that.
However, this information does raise another important question – why in the world would anyone want to inject a substance like that into their face? Are six months of diminished wrinkles really worth the risk you take by allowing such a dangerous poison to enter your system? I just don’t get it, and I probably never will.