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  1. Botox injections for allergy relief

    Poisoning your nose isn't the best way to beat allergies

    Pop an allergy pill, and the sniffles and sneezes might stop... for a little while, anyway.

    But since those meds attack the symptoms instead of the cause, the allergies always come back -- often with a vengeance, as anyone who takes them already knows.

    So I get why people with allergies are always looking for something stronger than Claritin or Zyrtec -- I just don't think Botox injections are the answer they're looking for, even if it might be marketed that way soon enough.

    That's right -- Botox injections. The famous nerve poison commonly used to temporarily smooth over wrinkles is now being tested for allergies. Instead of Botox injections, this one is rubbed on the nose. The theory is that it will sink in and freeze the nerves that react to allergens.

    If those nerves lock up the way wrinkles do, the wheezing, sneezing, coughs, and sniffles could get a little better.

    For a little while anyway.

    But just like Botox injections can only remove wrinkles temporarily, they won't provide lasting allergy relief either. In fact, the allergies are guaranteed to come back once the Botox wears off.

    It might take months instead of the hours it takes for an allergy pill to wear off, but they'll come back. And that'll leave you with a choice: more Botox, or more allergy pills. Either way it's a temporary fix... and either way you'll face a risk of side effects every time.

    So let me offer you a better choice -- a lasting and even permanent cure for seasonal allergies: Homeopathic allergy remedies that can desensitize you to the pollens that cause your symptoms.

    The exact remedy that will work best for you will depend on the cause of your symptoms, but I've found that allium cepa and/or nux vomica can help with the classic hay fever signs such as sneezing and a runny nose. For allergies that strike more in the eyes, I recommend a homeopathic remedy made from the eyebright plant, called euphrasia.

    In addition, there's a natural supplement that has shown in studies to be as effective as powerful allergy drugs. It's called butterbur, and you can find it in most vitamin stores, health food shops, or online.

  2. A bad idea for migraines

    Botox, the infamous poison used by aging celebrities to freeze their smiles into place, is getting a second life -- this time as a migraine treatment.

    And I have no idea why.

    First, there are much better ways to get a grip on any migraine problem -- and I'll help get you started in a moment.

    Second, Botox hasn't been proven to work very well in the first place, and a new study proves it again. In fact, it's so unimpressive that I'll bet many of the people who get Botox for migraines don't notice a difference at all.

    In an analysis of 27 trials that compared Botox to placebo treatments and four trials that compared it to other migraine treatments, researchers found that patients who have an average of less than 15 headaches a month see absolutely no benefit from Botox at all.

    And for those who experience more than 15 headaches, there's a "benefit" of just two fewer headaches on average each month, according to the study in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

    If you had 19 migraines one month and 17 the next, would you notice a difference? Of course not -- and getting that tiny "benefit" is no easy task. Botox for migraines involves up to 30 injections in your face every few months.

    There's a much easier way to get control of your headaches.

    Migraines are often triggered by something. It could be booze, food, or even a food additive. Aspartame, for example, is a common trigger -- and if you can find your own trigger, you can learn to avoid it 100 percent of the time.

    In addition, studies have shown that the European herbal extract butterbur can cut migraine frequency in half. That's not perfect, but it's a much better success rate than Botox -- at a fraction of the cost, and with none of the risk.

    Combine that with dietary changes, stress reduction techniques, and treating the internal problems such as neurotransmitter and hormone imbalances in the body that trigger migraines, and you have a safe, successful approach.

  3. Don't try to poison your migraines away

    Common sense doesn't always prevail, especially when it comes to drug approvals. So it was a breath of fresh air the other day to see health officials use a little of it when they rejected Botox as a potential treatment for migraines.
  4. Poisoning your headaches away

    Botox: It's not just a bad idea for wrinkles anymore. It's a bad idea for migraine headaches, too.

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