42. Botox & the Dark Side of Beauty with Gretch Elizabeth

Botox & the Dark Side of Beauty with Gretch Elizabeth
Witches Being Witches
Witches Being Witches
42. Botox & the Dark Side of Beauty with Gretch Elizabeth

Gretch Elizabeth is a natural researcher, former high school teacher, beauty industry educator, and the founder of Never Tox. Never Tox is an online community of over 25,000 people that offers education about Botox and supports those experiencing side effects.

While Botox – also known as Botulinum Toxin – is a known neurotoxin (and “one of the most poisonous biological substances known”)¹, it is an immensely popular ‘anti-ageing’ treatment, with the global Botox market size projected to grow from USD $6.13 billion in 2021 to USD $9.09 billion by 2029².

Inspired by her sister’s botulism journey, Gretch believes that everyone has the right to make an informed decision about what is and isn’t best for their body. And so do we!

In this conversation with Gretch:

– How Botox works, and whether it paralyses muscles

– How long Botox lasts – whether it dissolves or wears off

– Botulism and Botox

– Detoxing and neutralising the effects of botulism

– Botox and the blood-brain barrier

– The research on short- and long-term effects of Botox treatment

– The current “Baby Botox” trend, and how many younger women are feeling pressured by this trend

– The bigger picture and issue around ageing and our physical appearance, particularly as women, and how we can address this

– Empowered ageing, and changing the narrative around ‘anti-ageing’

– The narrative the beauty industry sells us, how we can start to change it, and the importance of supporting other women in our attempts to do so

– The difference between Botox and fillers

– The issues with dissolving fillers with hyaluronidase

– ‘Black Box’ warning labels, and what they actually mean

– Natural alternatives to Botox

– Increasing patient safety, informed consent and awareness, and how medical professionals play a pivotal role

More about Gretch and Never Tox:
Instagram: @nevertox
Support Group: Botox Dysport Side Effects Group

Mentioned in the episode:
Sassy Gran Doris
Botox Patient Survey: JCCP & ME Survey Patient Experiences Using Botulinum Toxin

Other links & resources:
¹ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2856357/
² https://www.fortunebusinessinsights.com/industry-reports/botulinum-toxin-market-100996

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