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Anybody watch Bite Me on Nat Geographic.

by Ziks511 / December 29, 2009 1:19 PM PST

Dr James? Leahy, a British virologist with an addiction to being bitten allows all sorts of jellyfish, ticks, spiders and other biting insects or arthropods (that's ticks and spiders) to bite him. The last two programs I've watched were filmed in Australia home of all of the worst biting insects jellyfish snakes and spiders one can imagine.

He chickened out when faced with the Irikanji jellyfish which was described by a marine biologist who studies them as If you ask people to rate it on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the worst pain you can imagine, people rate this at about 14 or 15.

Neat, if somewhat stomach churning, program.

Rob

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That's Dr. Mike Leahy. Just saw him engaged with
by Ziks511 / December 29, 2009 1:47 PM PST

the worst type of stinging nettles which put him on the ground vomitting after barely brushing the top of a leaf with two fingers.

I'll pass on the Funnel Web spider (death in 15 minutes) or the Red Backed Spider which is a larger more venomous cousin of the Black Widow. Funnel Webs like swimming pools so you have to be careful cleaning the filters, or even going in the pool as they can survive at the bottom of a swimming pool for 4+ hours, step on it and you're in deep trouble.

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Wow! Complete with an anaphylactic reaction to fire ants!!
by Ziks511 / December 29, 2009 4:32 PM PST

Quick trip to the hospital for adrenaline and cortico-steroid injections in Brazil. He didn't know he was allergic to the fire ant venom before his trip. I can sympathize since I've been through that treatment myself, more than once. Adrenaline, "pace" to all the supposed adrenaline junkies out there, is very unpleasant in that it ups your heart rate to about 160 bpm and causes panting and sweating and gastric discomfort and an incredibly jittery nervous feeling that just goes on for a couple of hours.

Anaphylaxis causes a precipitous drop in blood pressure as the cell barrier to water fails and all the water in your blood supply goes into the tissues. Therefore you have lost a great deal of vascular blood pressure, and your red blood cells are a lot more crowded together, which can cause peripheral circulation problems, and the low blood pressure can cause fainting, heart palpitations, fibrillation and death. Additionally it causes a huge histamine release which causes that drop in blood pressure and causes swellings of the limbs and the mucus tissues in the lungs, oesophagus, mouth and lips. It's like an instant really severe allergic, asthma attack. No picnic.

Rob

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