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In a protein purified form, botulinum toxin is licensed for medical treatment of muscle spasms in the neck and eyes, cross-eyed vision, involuntary muscle contractions, migraine headaches, chronic low-back pain, stroke, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, clenching of the jaw muscles, urinary bladder muscle relaxation, the management of tics, writers' and musicians' cramps and difficulty swallowing due to failure of the esophageal muscle.

A purified and greatly diluted version of the botulism toxin is manufactured and distributed by Allergan and marketed under the trade name Botox. It is used to minimize facial lines and wrinkles by paralyzing the muscle and causing it to relax. Botox is an FDA-approved and licensed Botulinum Toxin Type A derived from the waste of the bacteria Clostridium Botulinum—the same toxic byproduct that causes botulism food poisoning.

Millions of people have been injected with Botox but most do not realize that the serum is a weaker version of botulism bacteria. The media, pharmaceutical companies and doctors have made it seem so safe that many people receive this plastic surgery procedure at a social event known as a Botox party. This social gathering is thought to be more economical and help reduce the anxiety associated with getting an injection. Imagine going to a party, drinking a glass of wine and enjoying hors d’oeuvres with your friends while waiting your turn to receive plastic surgery or a medical treatment. Then, you return to your peers in the living room for their approval. They may even tell you how much better you look after being injected with the toxin.

Dr. Eric Scott Kaplan had it all: a lovely home, beautiful wife, a private practice, a consulting business, luxury, wealth and fame. Dr. Kaplan is the best-selling book Dr. Kaplan’s Lifestyle of the Fit and Famous was one of the first nationally recognized books on the carbohydrate revolution. He lived for external things that brought him pleasure. The one thing he wanted was to stay young looking, so he and his wife Bonnie had their family doctor give them a round of Botox injections.

Little did he know those Botox injections would change his life forever. A few days after being injected by what he thought was FDA-approved Botox he and his wife were fighting for their lives in a Florida hospital. Almost two years later, his health still recovering and his money gone to paying for healthcare his insurance did not cover, this chiropractor and motivational speaker is releasing his very personal and intimate account of the mental anguish he experienced in the face of a debilitating illness and his subsequent discovery of a new spirituality.

Dying to Be Young: From Botox to Botulism – A True Story of Survival by Dr. Eric Kaplan is not a dry medical admonishment of the effects of the latest cosmetic miracle. It is a loving and personal account of what he faced during his recovery. He wanted to either die or get well, but he did not want to stay in the condition he was in. Kaplan assures the reader that there is life after death and that the Afterlife is a wonderful place to learn, love, plan and assess our spiritual growth.

Purchase the book, read press releases and articles about the Kaplans, view media footage taken during their recovery and read the first chapter of the book at www.dyingtobeyoung.net.

Dying to be Young: From Botox to Botulism--A True Story of Survival will be available in all bookstores on April 1, 2007. To schedule speaking engagements, please contact Maryglenn McCombs at maryglenn@maryglenn.com.

Yvonne Perry is a freelance writer and editor who assisted the Kaplan’s in telling their story. Yvonne is available to assist you with telling your story. Hear a streaming audio interview with Dr. Kaplan on Yvonne’s podcast Writers in the Sky on February 16, 2007 at http://yvonneperry.blogspot.com  See www.yvonneperry.net for more information about her writing services, newsletter, books, writing classes, podcast and blog.

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