IT WORKED, I'M IMMUNE TO POISON OAK!!!

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speelyei

Trad climber
Mohave County Arizona
Mar 20, 2014 - 09:36am PT
Working as a Powerline tree trimmer in Oregon, I have spent a good part of my life covered in Poison Oak. I've had cases so bad I have to get steroid shots and take steroid pills that caused horrible nightmares for weeks. My reaction to poison oak, ivy, and sumac is so strong that I would be terrified to eat some.

I've always thought about trying it... Instead, I moved to Arizona.
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Mar 20, 2014 - 09:40am PT
Now I try and stay out of it, and if that fails, use Zanfel or the Walgreens equivalent.

As I've pointed out before, Zanfel is ludicrously expensive; there are MUCH cheaper alternatives...

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1470677&msg=1780967#msg1780967
MisterE

climber
Mar 20, 2014 - 09:40am PT
I've always thought about trying it... Instead, I moved to Arizona.

^^Stay away from Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona, then...

Very brave Limpingcrab, very brave...
speelyei

Trad climber
Mohave County Arizona
Mar 20, 2014 - 09:55am PT
Funny you should mention that Mr E, I just went to Sedona for the first time a couple days ago!
bob

climber
Mar 20, 2014 - 10:13am PT
I was told to do this once for my horrible reactions to all of the poison oak type stuff. I'm like Speelyei where my reactions have been so f-in bad in the past that I just couldn't bring myself to eating it, though I know people that do and it has worked for them.

What worked for me has been eating honey regularly from my friend's bee hives. His bees load up heavy on poison oak. Heavy!! The honey is awesome.

Anyhow, the first summer I spent at his farm working (2008) I wound up with 3 weeks of agony rolling around the bush with sweaty pores. I was worked.

Since then, as I said before, I have been eating that honey regularly and I haven't had a bad outbreak since. I'm a skeptic in general, but I should have by all means have had HORRIBLE cases of poison oak since then and they either didn't show or were minimal to the point of little bumps being gone in a day or two.

DIdn't royalty and such used to take arsenic and other poisons in small doses slowly increasing the doses to avoid getting their asses poisoned by everyone who hates them, or some such people/persons?

Nice work Limping!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bob J.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Mar 20, 2014 - 10:42am PT
I don't get a reaction to poison oak. Never have. Born lucky, maybe?
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Mar 20, 2014 - 10:53am PT
When Chuck Nortis brushes up against poison oak, the vines break out in muscles.
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Mar 20, 2014 - 10:54am PT
Considering what habaneros do to the old bunghole, you're a brave man indeed. Glad it worked for you.

Like Skully, I've been lucky that way. In 40 years of running around the woods, I've had a single quarter sized rash once (ivy). Been into Balch Camp, many times to Arch Rock, top of Roadside Attraction where I was neck deep swimming through it...no issues at all. Knock wood and all that.
kaholatingtong

Trad climber
Nevada City
Mar 20, 2014 - 10:56am PT
interesting. i have heard the trick about the Honey before too, and was curious. fortunately, i seem to be naturally very resistant. not resistant enough however to survive last weekend unscathed, but enough that i think the last time i had it more than a dot or two was over 20 years ago, and I tend to spend some time around the stuff.
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Mar 20, 2014 - 10:56am PT
I am one of those that if I even get downwind from someone that's been near it in the last week I break out.

Skully, I worked with someone like you once, he actually made a pillow out of poison oak when he was sleeping outside in his bag and we were in a trailer. He also used to stare for hours at the sun and was a self confessed Satanist, really, one of the weirdest guys I ever met.
julton

climber
Mar 20, 2014 - 12:30pm PT
this past weekend on a hike I kicked a few PO leaves/limbs with my ankles as an experiment

That's not a convincing test. There's no way to know if you'd have reacted to that before. If you're willing to eat it why not man up and do a real test, one involving a paste of freshly pulped leaves and genitalia?
all in jim

climber
Mar 20, 2014 - 12:40pm PT
^^^

haha! I had a gf who was at one time immune til she accidentally used some leaves as tp!

She was very sensitive to it after that.

I'd really like to try eating it. I've even rolled some up in bread before but I'm too chicken.
labrat

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
Mar 20, 2014 - 01:28pm PT
My reaction during the last couple of weeks leaves ;-) me as a chicken as well. No way I'll eat it!
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Mar 20, 2014 - 01:33pm PT
Yeah, my ex-wife was one of those "never had a reaction" types. Until she did. I wouldn't push my luck.
Moof

Big Wall climber
Orygun
Mar 20, 2014 - 01:34pm PT
Impressive. The version I had heard was to start very very small, just a little piece of a leaf at first, then work up to a leaf sized dose. If I had easy access to a supply I might give it a shot, as I break out just from looking at the stuff.
alina

Trad climber
CA
Mar 20, 2014 - 01:41pm PT
This reminded me of an article I read a while ago about treating allergies in very severely allergic kids:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/magazine/can-a-radical-new-treatment-save-children-with-severe-allergies.html?pagewanted=all

The strategy to get rid of the allergy is to start by feeding the kids very tiny, tiny doses and then gradually increase the dose. This has to be done over a long period of time.

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Allergen doses, which are given daily in gradually increased amount...

Allergen doses, which are given daily in gradually increased amounts to build the patient's resistance. -- NYTimes
Credit: alina


This means we should start by eating tiny bits of leaves now and escalate the amount to get ready for the summer and PO season.
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 20, 2014 - 01:46pm PT
Bingo! ^^^^
Snowmassguy

Trad climber
Calirado
Mar 20, 2014 - 02:03pm PT
I live in such fear of PO that I am pretty good at avoiding it. Last time I had an outbreak, it was from a buddys' rope. Apparently he dragged it through a patch a day or so before. After leading a nice multipitch climb with his rope, I was able to successfully coat most of my legs and arms with PO oil.... Good times.

Limpingcrab, it will be interesting how long your immunity/resistance to the devils weed lasts.

limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 20, 2014 - 02:14pm PT
Limpingcrab, it will be interesting how long your immunity/resistance to the devils weed lasts.

I plan on eating it every once in a while forever so hopefully it lasts.

I feel your pain, I was living in fear too. Or I should say I FELT your pain :)
Gilroy

Social climber
Bolderado
Mar 20, 2014 - 02:16pm PT
Waste of time , unless you have goat DNA.

Hmmmmmmm, I may qualify.

Coming from the South I determined empirically I had little reaction to PI but got hauled up short when I went to Yos and met the PO. Drastically different experience.

No bueno por caca!
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