Man Turned Completely Blue After Taking Dietary Supplement For Years

A man turned completely blue after taking a dietary supplement for years.
Credit: Inside Edition via YouTube

A man turned completely blue after taking a dietary supplement for years.

Taking care of your body has to be one of the biggest priorities in your day-to-day life.

Some people will do whatever they must to ensure they can get rid of any nagging problems that are affecting their health.

However, one man’s supplements had a permanent side effect that altered his appearance.

Find out more about what turned the man blue below…

Paul Karason went viral and garnered the nickname ‘Papa Smurf’ and the ‘blue man’ after his skin turned blue.

His blue-tinged skin was the result of him drinking a homemade silver chloride colloid which he believed would promote health and rejuvenation – a claim which is unsubstantiated.

Although Karason was fine at first, things quickly changed when he started rubbing it onto his face and body.

He chose to do this in an attempt to treat his sinuses, dermatitis and acid reflux.

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The mixture that he was rubbing into his body led to him experiencing argyria – a rare medical syndrome which is caused by silver poisoning from dietary supplements.

It can lead to your skin turning a blue/grey colour.

Appearing on an episode of Inside Edition, Kerson said he didn’t realise he had turned blue until a friend he hadn’t seen in a while pointed it out.

His fiancée, Jackie, would drink the supplement with him, however, her skin had not changed colour as she never rubbed it on her.

Paul Kerson
Paul Karason’s skin turned blue after rubbing a homemade supplement into his skin. Credit: Inside Edition via YouTube

Despite the effects it has had on him, Karason admitted that there were some positives about his change of colour.

The Washington native claimed that he would never sunburn and did not need to wear sunglasses.

However, he did feel that he was treated differently because of his skin colour.

“That was a nickname he didn’t appreciate, depending on who said it,” Jackie said.

“If it was a kid who ran up to him saying ‘Papa Smurf’, it would put a smile on his face. But if it was an adult, well…”

Paul Kerson before
This is what Paul Karason looked like before he took homemade supplements. Credit: Inside Edition via YouTube

Karason added: “And he looks at me and he says, ‘What have you got on your face?’ ‘I don’t have anything on my face’.

“He says, ‘Well, it looks like you’ve got camouflage makeup on or something’.

“And by golly, he came in and he was very fair-skinned, as I used to be. And that’s when it hit me.”

Despite his skin changing colour, Karason still carried on drinking the homemade substance as he claimed it cured many of his health problems – including arthritis.

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When asked if he could go back to the way he used to be, he said he wasn’t sure.

However, after his TV appearance, Karason’s life started going downhill.

His relationship ended with his fiancée and he lost his home – leading to him moving into a homeless shelter in Bellingham, Washington.

Karason tragically passed away in 2013 after a heart attack which led to pneumonia and a severe stroke.

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.