The story behind the blue man

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Paul Karason was an American man who gained media attention for his blue skin, which he attributed to his excessive consumption of colloidal silver. He was born in 1950 in California and had a normal skin color until he began consuming colloidal silver in the late 1990s.

Colloidal silver is a solution of small silver particles suspended in water that is promoted as a dietary supplement with supposed health benefits. However, excessive and prolonged consumption can lead to argyria, a rare condition in which the skin, mucous membranes, and internal organs acquire a bluish-gray coloration due to the accumulation of silver in the body.

Karason’s skin gradually turned blue over several years, starting with a grayish tone around his face and slowly spreading to other parts of his body. In 2008, he appeared on the “Today” show where he shared his story and explained his use of colloidal silver, which he started consuming as a treatment for various health conditions, including acid reflux, hypertension, and arthritis. As time passed, Karason’s skin gradually turned blue, earning him the nickname “Blue Man.”

He died in 2013 at the age of 62 due to a heart attack. While it is unknown if his consumption of colloidal silver played a role in his death, his case served as a warning about the potential dangers of excessive and prolonged use of unregulated dietary supplements. In addition, his story helped draw attention to argyria, a rare but real condition that can result from excessive exposure to silver.

While argyria is a benign condition that does not usually cause serious health problems, it can have a negative impact on quality of life due to the change in color of the skin and other tissues of the body. The condition can be irreversible and persist even after discontinuing exposure to silver.

And it not only affects a person’s external appearance. In severe cases, silver can accumulate in internal organs, including the liver, kidneys, and spleen. This accumulation can lead to a bluish-gray coloration in these organs, as well as in the skin and mucous membranes.

In Karason’s case, his distinctive appearance garnered significant media attention but also served as a warning about the potential dangers of excessive and prolonged use of unregulated dietary supplements.

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