I finally figured out why the FDA has been making so many enormous errors these days. You know… saying mercury fillings are safe for children and pregnant women… or approving the H1N1 vaccine without any safety testing.
They are usually pretty slack when it comes to regulating dangerous drugs – but lately they’ve really seem to have lost it.
Well, wonder no more… The FDA has been busy-busy evaluating LATISSE®. LATISSE is a prescription treatment for “inadequate eyelashes” – a life-threatening condition affecting high society in Hollywood and New York. Apparently many famous actresses have lobbied to find a cure. You can even watch videos of Brooke Shields (the paid spokesperson for LATISSE) and share her inspiring 16-week journey to longer lashes.
Let’s hand it to the FDA for having the foresight to put all available manpower and resources into bringing this much needed treatment to market. No wonder they had no time to ensure that the swine flu vaccine doesn’t paralyze thousands of people again (as it did in 1976).
Ask Your Doctor If LATISSE® Is Right For You
A few of you may ask: “How in the name of sanity are inadequate eyelashes a disease that requires a drug?”
Well it must be a disease. And a serious one. Just look at the advertising.
LATISSE commercials go to great lengths to convince you to book an appointment with your GP, sit for 60 minutes in his waiting room, so he can scribble out a prescription for this wonder drug.
Of course, long and full eyelashes (just like Brooke Shields!) come with a price. Even the TV ads have to list the side effects:
- an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness
- skin darkening
- eye irritation
- dryness of the eyes
- blurred vision
- eye discomfort and redness of the eyelids.
Blurry vision? Big deal. No one reads anymore, anyways.
Now, be careful when applying LATISSE as hair growth can occur on your fingertips. (Just in time for Halloween!)
But in case the side effects get to be too much you need only pay for another visit to your doctor… But he can’t help you if you applied the solution to your lower eyelids. After all, the product contains numerous warnings that the treatment should only be used on your upper eyelids. (We can only guess what wonders will take place if applied to your lower eyelashes.)
And… LATISSE may cause darkening of the eyelid skin which MAY be reversible. (Anything’s possible, after all.)
It may also cause increased brown pigmentation of the colored part of the eye which is likely to be permanent. So, I suppose that means you don’t have to wear your tinted contact lenses anymore. And if you have blue eyes… time for a change of wardrobe because you’ll soon be a brown-eyed beauty.
As you can see, approving this new treatment would have taxed the best minds in pharmacology. It’s no wonder the FDA had no time or resources for the whole “do toxic heavy metals really make safe dental fillings” dilemma. You can live without teeth… but eyelashes?
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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