"Papa Smurf" found!

Kevin

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Oregon native Paul Karason, in an attempt to cure himself of dermatitis, decided to do what anybody else would in his case.

Go to the doctor for treatment?

No, instead Karason decided to drink colloidal silver in a home remedy he devised himself. :eek:

Paul Karason puts a whole new spin on "feeling blue.” For more than a decade, the 57-year-old has been living with a blue face.

[img2=right]http://www.foxnews.com/images/331391/2_61_320_vid_blueman_nobug.jpg[/img2]Fourteen years ago, Karason developed a bad case of dermatitis, which results in swollen, reddened and itchy skin. He started self-medicating, using a treatment called colloidal silver, which is made by extracting silver from metal.
Click here to hear the blue man tell his story (VIDEO)

Often touted by manufacturers as a cure-all, colloidal silver usually is found in a liquid form. Looking for relief, Karason drank the concoction and rubbed it on his skin β€” something the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not recommend.

His skin slowly turned blue.

"The change was so gradual that I didn't perceive it and other people around me likewise," said Karason. "It wasn't until a friend I hadn't seen in several months came by my parent's place to see me and he asked me 'what did you do?.'"

The FDA does not consider colloidal silver safe or effective to treat any disease or condition. In fact, taking it could have serious side effects, such as:
β€” Argyria β€” which is an irreversible blue-gray discoloration of your skin, nails and gums
β€” Seizures and other neurological problems
β€” Kidney damage
β€” Indigestion
β€” Headaches
β€” Fatigue
β€” Skin irritation

Karason, who recently moved from Oregon to Madera, Calif., said it hasn't been easy living with blue skin.

"I do tend to avoid public places as much as I can," he said.

Karason made the move in hopes of fitting in a little better.

"I hope that they just accept me," he said, "And I think that will happen here. Where I was, I rather doubt it would have. This is different kind of community here."

Karason's girlfriend, Jackie Northrup, said she doesn't even notice his skin color any more.

"The only time now I really think about it or notice it is if we're out in public and people start staring," she said.

So far, Karason hasn't sought any medical attention for his condition. When he was asked if he's still drinking the colloidal silver, he said yes, but much less.
 

Webster

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:eek::eek::eek:

Well, if they ever need a live-action Papa Smurf, I guess we found him.......:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:


I might be wrong on this one, but the change in his hair could be related to the changes in his skin, gums and nails.............
 

Kevin

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I did not notice the yellow hair until SideShow pointed it out. I can see how the silver would turn the skin blue (or at least a shade that appears blue) but I don't get the yellow beard part of it. Perhaps 'white + silver = yellow' but I'll have to leave that to the graphics artists out there to confirm.

Mlittle2005, I see you're a fellow fan of The Discovery Channel. Mythbusters would be my own personal dream job to have; I only wish they had an East Coast office.
 

Webster

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I did not notice the yellow hair until SideShow pointed it out. I can see how the silver would turn the skin blue (or at least a shade that appears blue) but I don't get the yellow beard part of it. Perhaps 'white + silver = yellow' but I'll have to leave that to the graphics artists out there to confirm.

Mlittle2005, I see you're a fellow fan of The Discovery Channel. Mythbusters would be my own personal dream job to have; I only wish they had an East Coast office.
There's a couple of really good shows there........Mythbusters, Dirty Jobs, Man vs. Wild and Everest: Beyond the Limit......Myhtbusters and Dirty Jobs are my favorites there...:)
 

Starbeast from Planet X

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Amazing. There was a male polar bear in a zoo (I can't remember which one) which was being treated for an ailment with a medicine that changed his fur to a purple color. But once the animal was feeling better and didn't require the medicine any longer, he became a white bear again.
 
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