BREAKTHROUGH! She does truly care! Honey, you're right, our voices were heard - our comments DID make a difference! Please read her post below!
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"There are some times in life when you just have to admit—you were caught off guard. This is one of those times.
I take great pride in the amount of research that has gone into the 500+ posts on this blog, into my book, When Cancer Hits, and into my new skin care line, CV Skinlabs. For all of my projects, I have worked with doctors, toxicologists, dermatologists, natural formulations chemists, dieticians, therapists, scientists, advocates, naturopaths, cancer survivors, and more, and have reviewed scores of studies and tons of scientific literature to be sure Cinco Vidas is always bringing you balanced and supported information so you can make the best choices for your health.
For this particular, post, however, entitled “Which Cosmetic Procedures are Safe, and Which are Best Avoided?”, I have to admit that I underinformed my readers. Here’s the thing: I was focused on one of my main goals, which is to help readers reduce the toxic load in their lives. Therefore, my main point was to inform about the potential hazards of Botox and injectables, as both of these can subject you to chemicals that may lead to serious side effects. In addition, there is a chance that these chemicals can get into the bloodstream, potentially creating more health risks.
At the beginning of the post, however, I mentioned a review published in “Dermatologic Clinics” that listed laser treatments—when used to remove hair, brown spots, and broken blood vessels—as generally safe. I used this review as a launching point to go into my main concern, which was Botox. Looking back, I realize now that I neglected to delve into the whole subject of lasers. At the time, I wasn’t focused on laser treatments, but now I realize that by including the review in my post, readers understandably got the idea that I agreed with the review, and was endorsing laser treatments as completely safe.
Well, I was obviously in error, as you can see from the comments above. Several of our readers took the time to write in about their experiences with lasers, and these experiences are not pretty. Unfortunately, these treatments, which are advertised as safe, have caused many people to experience lasting skin damage. Susan Williams, for example, invites us to read reports of people harmed by lasers to be sure they’re informed of the risks, and I thank her for that reference.
My heart goes out to “LaserFace,” who wrote in about how fractional laser resurfacing thinned and disfigured her face, leaving behind scarring, unevenness, inflammation, and more. I also feel horrible for Liesl, who writes about how a fractional laser caused disfiguring fat atrophy through her face that required reconstructive surgery. Fractional laser resurfacing was not listed in the review I mentioned as safe, and is actually a more involved process than using lasers to remove hair or brown spots, but I can understand how readers might infer that if lasers for hair removal are safe, then lasers for skin resurfacing must be too. I definitely would not want to mislead readers into thinking that all laser treatments are 100% safe, only to have them go through such difficult experiences as these ladies have had to go through.
I want to thank everyone who commented and shared their stories. These readers don’t want anyone else to suffer what they have suffered, and are compassionate enough to take their time to write in these warnings. I want you to know that as best I can, I understand the struggles you’ve faced. Though I’ve never gone through disfigurement because of laser treatments, I did go through chemotherapy and had to watch my hair fall out, my eyebrows and eyelashes thin, my skin get dry and flaky, and my body puff up like a marshmallow. I also watched my father go through radiation treatments, surgeries, and multiple chemotherapy treatments, which ravaged his skin, to say the least. So I definitely feel compassion for individuals who are marred by medical treatments that are supposed to help, and my heart goes out to you.
I also want to express my deepest apologies for offending anyone, and for my oversight in addressing laser treatments. Because of the comments I’ve received, I’ve added an amendment to the post alerting people to the potential dangers and to the stories written in by readers. I also plan to work with a dermatologist to do a follow-up post addressing laser treatments, and to delve more deeply into this subject, which is obviously of concern to many people.
Lastly, let me say that I love that Cinco Vidas readers take the time to write in about subjects that are important to them. That’s what I was hoping this blog would be—a forum for exchange between people about important topics. I thank you for being honest and in bringing up this oversight, and please understand that I never meant to make light of anyone’s pain or suffering. My goal in all my work has always been to try to help and protect people, in the hopes that they may escape pain and enjoy happier, healthier lives. I hope that my blog, book, and skin care line serve as testimonies to my genuine desire to do just that.
All my love and light!"