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Old 25 Apr 13, 02:45
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Weird jungle disease cured by Laotian's treatments

I caught something from the jungle over there that grew white spot all over my body. Other guys got it too. Some Laotians I knew decided to help me since I helped them and they took a knife and scored the areas on my arms that the spots were growing at till I bled(yeah it hurt!) then smeared it with tiger balm. After it healed up and the scabs came off the spots were freckled with pigment and began to disappear till they were almost gone. I began to duplicate the procedure in other places including my face and I'm all one color again. Once in awhile I see this disease on somebody and tell them the cure and it works on them too. Pass it around!
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What, and there was no access to an Air Force hospital where a Dermatologist could have told you what it was? Sounds like contagious molluscum to me. And you don't have to be in a jungle to get it.
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So, what part of the tiger do you extract the balm from?
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Back in 1976 one of my section mates complained frequently about his "jungle rot". Eventually he got a prescription from one of the surgeons. He was estatic as it cleared up the eight year old skin problem in just a couple days. I took a look at the pill bottle & found the word "PLACEBO" clearly types in on the label. Subesquently I learned this surgeons original and primary credentials were as a Psychologist (not psychiatrist) & the combat surgeon thing was a secondary certification for his military service. I suspect my friend was not the first case of this sort the doctor had dealt with.
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So, what part of the tiger do you extract the balm from?
The nads, of course.
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The nads, of course.
That was my guess.

I think I would just shower more frequently....
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That was my guess.

I think I would just shower more frequently....
Not always remedied. I know. Now that I'm older I have a not-too-frequently reoccurring skin thing I first noticed after I DEROS'ed. Itches something fierce when it hits, and thankfully, the VA tends to the old soldier fairly well with the meds and mails me something called fluocinocide that does the trick with about a week's worth of usage...until the next time.
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Not always remedied. I know. Now that I'm older I have a not-too-frequently reoccurring skin thing I first noticed after I DEROS'ed. Itches something fierce when it hits, and thankfully, the VA tends to the old soldier fairly well with the meds and mails me something called fluocinocide that does the trick with about a week's worth of usage...until the next time.
Do they get it from tigers?
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Do they get it from tigers?
Pigeons is my guess. Immediately after application and when walking, I get that Chuck Berry-type neck thing going for me with each step.

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