IAmA guy who's been injecting deadly snake venom into myself for 20 years. AMA
My name is Steve Ludwin and I've been injecting snake venom into my body for over 20 years. I'm now 46. Nearly 100,000 to 150,000 people are killed by snakebites every year, but I strongly believe that what can kill can also save.
Just four years ago, when I was 42, I had my DNA telomeres tested and they showed the aging properties of a 28-year-old.
Despite a stint in intensive care after an overdose from three separate venoms, a suspected heart attack brought on by cobra venom and a temporarily rotting leg, nothing thus far has put me off my passion for studying this highly evolved reptilian saliva.
Although I don't recommend or condone any person inject themselves or others with snake venom, I do believe from my experience there are possible benefits to self-immunisation.
I'm an advocate of the research into snake venom (and any venom) for medicinal values.
Be kind to snakes, folks!
EDIT: SORRY GUYS JUST WANTED TO ISSUE THIS DISCLAIMER AS SOME OF YOU GUYS ARE EXPRESSING INTEREST IN DOING THIS, DON'T!
I do not advise, recommend or condone any person to self-immunise or immunise any other person or persons with snake venom. Immunisation with snake venom of any type, whether carried out by injection, ingestion or any other means, is an extremely dangerous and experimental activity which is likely to result in serious injury or even death and should not be carried out by any person whatever the circumstances. I make no guarantees that self-immunisation will provide health benefits or enhancements. Additionally, I assume no liability for any risks or damages to personal health or injury, including death. Anyone choosing to ignore this warning does so at their own risk and should contact a medical professional to learn more about the risks and hazards involved and, in case of an emergency, seek immediate medical assistance
EDIT 7.25PM GMT / 2.25PM EST: I've finished answering questions for the moment everyone. Thanks very much for all the love, hate and curiousity! If you feel like your question didn't get answered, I'm sorry. There was a lot of them! For the moment, if you want more answers, I answered a few key questions about the documentary VICE made about me in a video, which if you want you can watch here. Thanks again everyone! Pura Vida!