Dr. Weeks’ Comment: And we thought bee venom was special! Studies show that the demographic which lives longest of any profession are …. beekeepers!
Poison is always a matter of dosage. This fellow was bitten by venomous snakes more than any other known human and lived a happy and healthy life past 100 years old!
“Here is a fact that should help you fight a bit longer. Things that don’t actually kill you outright make you stronger.” – Piet Hein
William E. “Bill” Haast (December 30, 1910 – June 15, 2011) was the director of the Miami Serpentarium Laboratories, a facility near Punta Gorda, Florida which produces snake venom for medical and research use.
Haast extracted venom from venomous snakes from the time he was a boy. From 1947 until 1984, he operated the Miami Serpentarium, a tourist attraction south of Miami, Florida, where he extracted venom from snakes in front of paying customers.
Haast physically extracted venom from venomous snakes by holding them by the head and forcing them to strike a rubber membrane covering a vial. As a result of handling these snakes, Haast had been bitten 173 times, more often than any other known living human.
Lived to be 100+