Using Carac Cream for Ak's

jimbo61 Community Member October 03, 2007
  • Hi everyone,
    I just finished a four week program of a Topical Chemo called Carac (effudix,Flouricil).  It was a terrible experience, but the outcome is amazing.  It even got rid of some wrinkles.  I have a website which I shared some of my feelings as I went through the process.  If anyone is going to do this please look at my website.  I also have a page about a women named Heidi, who had similar experiences with Tanning Salons etc. Her experience is much worse.  She is an inspiration.  I would wrather do this than have the Scalpal later. Here is a link to my site web.mac.com/aks
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  • jimbo61
    Sep. 03, 2010

    It has been a while since my first post, so I thought I would share a little information that might be helpful.  I no longer have  my website, but I think I will start it up again.  I am continuing my battle with BCC's and just had my worse diagnosis.  I had a dark mole on the side of my face that a previous Dermatologist dismissed as a...

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    It has been a while since my first post, so I thought I would share a little information that might be helpful.  I no longer have  my website, but I think I will start it up again.  I am continuing my battle with BCC's and just had my worse diagnosis.  I had a dark mole on the side of my face that a previous Dermatologist dismissed as a sun spot.  I didn't think much about it but kept an eye on it  none the less.  It didn't fit any of the criteria for Melanoma so I wasn't to concerned but still something nagged at me about it.  I changed Dermatologists as I became unsatisfied with care I was getting from my previous one.  My new Dermatologist (life saver) immediately spotted the spot on my cheek and said she was pretty sure it was nothing but did a "punch" biopsy anyway.  It came back positive as an In Situ Melanoma (which means "in place") it hadn't spread and was just on the top layer.  It was removed completely by a specialist at USC.  I guess what I am trying to say is if you have suspicion about a "mole" or spot, even thought it doesn't fit the ABC's of a Melanoma.  Have it checked out, it may save your life.  Not all Doctors are perfect so be diligent about your skin.  The next surprise was that I was also diagnosed with Nevus Basal Cell Syndrome, which I had never heard of.  Not to get into to much of the particulars; it is a hereditary syndrome which main component is a predisposition to BCC's.  There is allot of information so google it if you have had BCC's at an early age (as I did). I am also having my first MOH's surgery on the 15th so will update on how that went. My blessings to all of you.

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Sep. 09, 2010

      I'm 6 days off the 21 day treatment of Carac.  Please forgive any typing mistakes as I am holding a wet cold paper towel to my face. The intense itching is driving me crazy!!!  Called the dermatologist yesterday in hopes of a prescrition but she said Vaseline (which does nothing for the itch), or Hydrocortisone which BURNS.  Does anyone have...

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      I'm 6 days off the 21 day treatment of Carac.  Please forgive any typing mistakes as I am holding a wet cold paper towel to my face. The intense itching is driving me crazy!!!  Called the dermatologist yesterday in hopes of a prescrition but she said Vaseline (which does nothing for the itch), or Hydrocortisone which BURNS.  Does anyone have any ideas???

      HELP!!!

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

    • jimbo61
      Sep. 10, 2010

      I used vaseline and got a prescription for sleeping pills, so I could at least get some sleep.  I know that the pain and itching are intense.  My hands would shake when I would apply Carac to my face.  I am on my 7th day for my upper chest area.  Not so bad but many spots which are bleeding.  I didn't have the same reaction on my chest...

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      I used vaseline and got a prescription for sleeping pills, so I could at least get some sleep.  I know that the pain and itching are intense.  My hands would shake when I would apply Carac to my face.  I am on my 7th day for my upper chest area.  Not so bad but many spots which are bleeding.  I didn't have the same reaction on my chest as I did on my face????   My face was cracking in peeling in sheets and as you know it was terrible.  After three years I used it again on my face with very little reaction.  I am so pleased that I had done it before and know that it will save me from getting BCC's that will need to be cut out.  So continue on with your regime and you will be very happy with the results once you end.  It heels very fast after you stop using it.  Good luck to you and you will be fine!!

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Sep. 09, 2010

      I'm 6 days off the 21 day treatment of Carac.  Please forgive any typing mistakes as I am holding a wet cold paper towel to my face. The intense itching is driving me crazy!!!  Called the dermatologist yesterday in hopes of a prescrition but she said Vaseline (which does nothing for the itch), or Hydrocortisone which BURNS.  Does anyone have...

      RHMLucky777

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      I'm 6 days off the 21 day treatment of Carac.  Please forgive any typing mistakes as I am holding a wet cold paper towel to my face. The intense itching is driving me crazy!!!  Called the dermatologist yesterday in hopes of a prescrition but she said Vaseline (which does nothing for the itch), or Hydrocortisone which BURNS.  Does anyone have any ideas???

      HELP!!!









    • ElBee
      Sep. 10, 2010

      I am about to start another Carac treatment....did one 5 years ago and the BEST thing for the itch and to moisturize is Coconut Oil...maybe in the cooking oil section of regular grocery or health food store...refined is best but unrefined is okay too...my doctor was amazed at how quickly I healed up....Of course they want to sell you aquiphor which is pretty...

      RHMLucky777

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      I am about to start another Carac treatment....did one 5 years ago and the BEST thing for the itch and to moisturize is Coconut Oil...maybe in the cooking oil section of regular grocery or health food store...refined is best but unrefined is okay too...my doctor was amazed at how quickly I healed up....Of course they want to sell you aquiphor which is pretty much just vaseline which actually clogs pores and slows the healing process.

      Good luck ;)

    • Thesna
      Sep. 16, 2010

      It's me again.  My dermatologist/surgeon prescribed steriod cream, pills and a 5 day pack four days ago and it has helped the itching somewhat.  I called her on a Sunday afternoon and she returned my call and saw me the next day.  I'm very impressed by her.  I think she is trying her best.  I still HATE CARAC.  I will NEVER EVER...

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      It's me again.  My dermatologist/surgeon prescribed steriod cream, pills and a 5 day pack four days ago and it has helped the itching somewhat.  I called her on a Sunday afternoon and she returned my call and saw me the next day.  I'm very impressed by her.  I think she is trying her best.  I still HATE CARAC.  I will NEVER EVER go to a tanning bed or do ANYTHING to harm my face again. 

  • Connie
    Sep. 03, 2010

    I am in the process of treating a skin lesion on my face with radium weed. I had an immediate reaction in the form of a blister, redness and swelling, but now on the 4th day the skin is dry and I'm assured the scab will lift  in the next day or 2 leaving nice clear skin underneath. Many of my friends have used the weed successfully over the years.

    The...

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    I am in the process of treating a skin lesion on my face with radium weed. I had an immediate reaction in the form of a blister, redness and swelling, but now on the 4th day the skin is dry and I'm assured the scab will lift  in the next day or 2 leaving nice clear skin underneath. Many of my friends have used the weed successfully over the years.

    The weed is available in most gardens.

    Connie

    • Anonymous
      susanne
      Sep. 26, 2010

      dear Connie,

       

      can u tell me if the radium weed also lightens or fades Moles away? I have hundreds of moles (not cancereous) but i would like to get rid of them . Does the weed help? If yes, how often do i need to apply it on the spots???

      thanks!!!

    • Connie
      Sep. 27, 2010

      I'm not sure that I can help you with this qyery, b ut have been told it will only work on cancerous cells, and that has been my experience so far.

      The skin on my face where the lesion was is now clear by the way.

       

      I think you can buy creams that will fade moles but be careful.Perhaps have them checked first, or make sure they are not cancerous.

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      RHMLucky777

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      I'm not sure that I can help you with this qyery, b ut have been told it will only work on cancerous cells, and that has been my experience so far.

      The skin on my face where the lesion was is now clear by the way.

       

      I think you can buy creams that will fade moles but be careful.Perhaps have them checked first, or make sure they are not cancerous.

       

      Connie

  • Anonymous
    LH Tennessee
    Feb. 28, 2009

    Hello, I also wanted to help others who are about to use Carac. I am hoping what I have read about the end results is true....that it works. Right now, after 11 days of applying Carac in a thin layer on my chest...I look like I have a terrible disease.  I have read from others that "good" skin will not react..which is true.  What I have right now...

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    Hello, I also wanted to help others who are about to use Carac. I am hoping what I have read about the end results is true....that it works. Right now, after 11 days of applying Carac in a thin layer on my chest...I look like I have a terrible disease.  I have read from others that "good" skin will not react..which is true.  What I have right now is purple-red-burgundy pin size dots over about a 4x8 inch area on my chest...some have little red lines between them, as if showing how the cancer spreads.  I can only wear tops that completely cover everything, plus it hurts just to barely touch it.  When you try to sleep, the pain keeps you up...it feels like your skin is burning off.  I am praying that this stuff works...and once and for all.  I have had several burn-offs with the nitrogen at the doctors office. As expensive as Carac is, around $180 a tube, it must work.  I am trying this for about 3 weeks, then I'll follow up.

    • Anonymous
      Nervous Nillie!
      May. 21, 2009

      Oh! No! Think Positive...Think Positive! I am only 2 days into using my carac for only a couple of spots...after reading all this I am really concerned! Think of the outcome and be positive....am I really doing the right thing? This is a 4week plan...check with my Dr. in two weeks....only to be used on the spots concerned with...now I wonder if I should just...

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      Oh! No! Think Positive...Think Positive! I am only 2 days into using my carac for only a couple of spots...after reading all this I am really concerned! Think of the outcome and be positive....am I really doing the right thing? This is a 4week plan...check with my Dr. in two weeks....only to be used on the spots concerned with...now I wonder if I should just go ahead and get it over with and use all over! Good as new?....we shall seeLaughing

    • Shelley
      Jul. 10, 2010

      The Carac treatment gets to a point where it itches quite intensely at times, but with my experience it came in waves and fortunately only lasted for short 'bursts'(usually no longer than an hour at a time). This might not be true for everyone, but in my case, I was usually able to distract myself by keeping busy and that really helped. I can't say that I have...

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      The Carac treatment gets to a point where it itches quite intensely at times, but with my experience it came in waves and fortunately only lasted for short 'bursts'(usually no longer than an hour at a time). This might not be true for everyone, but in my case, I was usually able to distract myself by keeping busy and that really helped. I can't say that I have ever experienced itching AFTER the treatment so much, but in the cases of those that have, my guess is that's just part of the healing process.

  • Anonymous
    itchy
    Feb. 06, 2009

    Help!  The itching is driving me CRAZY!  I survived 3 weeks of using the cream on my face.  Now, 2 days after stopping, I'm itching worse than ever.  A cold wash cloth helps a little.  Any other suggestions?  

     

    BTW, beware of cutting onions.  That irritated my skin terribly.  

     

    Thanks

  • Anonymous
    Tarielle
    Jan. 26, 2009

    Hi jimbo and everyone,

     

    I thought I'd share my experience with the radium weed.  I think it's going to be the next best thing to surgery once the companies start putting it in their medications.

     

    I had a couple of skin cancer spots appear on my chest (I too was a stupid sun worshiper in my teens) and a friend of mine from Queensland told me...

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    Hi jimbo and everyone,

     

    I thought I'd share my experience with the radium weed.  I think it's going to be the next best thing to surgery once the companies start putting it in their medications.

     

    I had a couple of skin cancer spots appear on my chest (I too was a stupid sun worshiper in my teens) and a friend of mine from Queensland told me to try the sap from radium weed.  For all who don't know what this weed is just google it and look at the pictures, everyone in Australia must have seen this weed in their garden by now.  When you break the little stems a white milky sap comes out.

     

    Anyway, I put the sap straight on my skin cancers for 4 nights straight.  Amazingly the sap ate the cancer away, it did weep a bit but then I got a couple of scabs forming and my skin started to heal.  Once the scabs fell off my skin was cancer spot free and it keeps getting better all the time.  This was about 4 months ago.  I have some very small scars but I'm treating them with other products as the whole area is sun damaged anyway.

     

    I am definately in favour of using the radium weed and I'm singing it's praises.  Although if someone were to have a dangerous skin cancer I'm not sure if the radium weed could work as well.  It would probably depend on how deep in the skin it is.

     

    Good luck to everyone else treating this terrible problem.

     

    Cheers!

  • Anonymous
    Tinman
    Jan. 08, 2009

    I'm 10 days into a second 30 day application of Carac to my forehead. The first round/application was to a small area on my right temple which ended very well! The descriptions of the course of the treatment from other posters is very accurate (i.e.:burning sensation, blistering, itching, scaling and dryness). The success of my first experience prompted me...

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    I'm 10 days into a second 30 day application of Carac to my forehead. The first round/application was to a small area on my right temple which ended very well! The descriptions of the course of the treatment from other posters is very accurate (i.e.:burning sensation, blistering, itching, scaling and dryness). The success of my first experience prompted me to self-start a second round of treatment (I was away from land) when the tiny tell tale red patches began in another area of my forehead 3-4 weeks after the first completed round. I checked in with my doctor when I was able and let him know what I was doing and that I would need more Carac to complete the series. No worries! I should finish mid January. My doctor was spot on when he explained how carac would not affect non-involved/effected skin. I am hopeful for the same out come for all who try Carac and wish everyone a healthy new year!

    Regards, Tinman

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Nov. 12, 2008

    hi I started using carac cream for two spots on my upper lip.  the dermatologist told me to rub the cream over the intire upper lip area.  I've applied two does already and I'm not feeling any burning,  seeing no blistering or feeling any discomfort.  Could my cream be a bad batch thats not working.  the dermatologist froze the two...

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    hi I started using carac cream for two spots on my upper lip.  the dermatologist told me to rub the cream over the intire upper lip area.  I've applied two does already and I'm not feeling any burning,  seeing no blistering or feeling any discomfort.  Could my cream be a bad batch thats not working.  the dermatologist froze the two spots before I began the cream.  could that make a difference?  I took two weeks off from work for this treatment because the doc said it would take about two weeks, but from reading others stories it sounds like I will be going back to work when its going to look and feel the worst.  I would appreciate any feedback anyone has as to what I am supposed to be experiencing.

    • Anonymous
      Tommy D
      Dec. 16, 2008

      Hi. I started to use Carac about two weeks ago and it actually is now starting to look scary. I have places on my face that look like I've been scalded by hot water. I really didn't look that bad before I started the treatment and my first instinct was to stop this since it looks 20 times worse than before I started. After looking over the literature it seems...

      RHMLucky777

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      Hi. I started to use Carac about two weeks ago and it actually is now starting to look scary. I have places on my face that look like I've been scalded by hot water. I really didn't look that bad before I started the treatment and my first instinct was to stop this since it looks 20 times worse than before I started. After looking over the literature it seems that the worse it looks the more positive work the stuff is performing. I don't know how bad this is going to get but I have to see the doc again the first week in January and we'll see what happens between now and then. Note that the redness I have just started after about the first two weeks. There is also a very slight burning sensation and the skin seems very dry. I'll know more in January and will provide any input that I can to help other users. Hope this helps.

    • Shelley
      Jul. 10, 2010

      I have used efudex in the past, but since I don't do well with bandaids, my doc put me on Carac. I have had pretty good luck with it, but it will sometimes take up to a week to respond. Be patient and best of luck. :)

  • Anonymous
    mal cliff
    Sep. 01, 2008

    nice to read other peoples comments, i've just started effudix. i'm 53 i've had all the nitrogen burning etc. first time for effudix.

    i will certainly look up peplin,thank yu. from what i now know most of my damage was done from my teens thru to my30's. i blame australia for having lovely beaches and weather and me for not listening to my mother and wear a...

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    nice to read other peoples comments, i've just started effudix. i'm 53 i've had all the nitrogen burning etc. first time for effudix.

    i will certainly look up peplin,thank yu. from what i now know most of my damage was done from my teens thru to my30's. i blame australia for having lovely beaches and weather and me for not listening to my mother and wear a hat and shirt!

    I tried "radium weed" first i think it is what the man whom invented "curaderm" used as the base. apparently in north queensland the cattle farmers used it on their cattle and themselves to burn off skin cancers.

    i used it many times and it was incredibly strong and tracked a long way across your face,yu could see the red lines as it moved. It would seem that it did the same job as effudix only in about 2 or 3 days, and as someone stated yu were very hesitant to put more on the lesion as yu knew what was coming. Curaderm is the same but spreads out to about a week or two. I also noticed when cutting fire wood the gum tree dust seem to react with the cancers, it really made them red and identified their position, when otherwise hard to detect.

    I recently watched a documentry on the Sydney(australia) skin cancer clinic where they are using the dye the indians(not cowboy indians,the ones with the red dot) use to inject into the cancers and they kill the cancer but not the surrounding good tissue.(rose bengal dye) it is also amazing to know nearly anything will kill the cancers (bleach etc) but it also destroys the good cells.I will let yu know how the efudix goes,thank yu

    mal

  • mkstump
    Oct. 04, 2007

    Hi and thanks so much for writing. My name is MK and I am the producer for this site.

     

    I tried going to your website, but when i entered the link it says that the website no longer exists?

     

    Thanks again for writing.

     

    MK

    • jimbo61
      Oct. 04, 2007
      Hi,
      Thank you for writing, for some reason this has been a problem with the host.  Try this

      http://web.mac.com/aks2/Site/About_Me.html

      Thanks
      J.
    • jimbo61
      Jan. 05, 2008

      I actually have a real website now it is www.myskinjourney.com  I have a couple of other people whom have shared there experiences and am in the process of adding more. And also updating the look an info that I have gathered.  Stay tuned.

      Jimbo 

    • Anonymous
      Gina Tenbrink
      May. 21, 2008

      I am getting ready to start Carac treatment and was looking for advice/information from people who have been through the treatment...the site says I need a username and password...could you help me with that?

    • Anonymous
      Greg
      Aug. 20, 2008

      Hi,

      I have been through that cream based treatment before and it is a very unpleasant process

      its generally a 3 or 4 week application process which becomes rather unbearable in the latter stages and you tend to cringe at the thought of re-applying the cream due to the pain, kind of like really bad sunburn

       

      your skin will become inflamed and look like...

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      Hi,

      I have been through that cream based treatment before and it is a very unpleasant process

      its generally a 3 or 4 week application process which becomes rather unbearable in the latter stages and you tend to cringe at the thought of re-applying the cream due to the pain, kind of like really bad sunburn

       

      your skin will become inflamed and look like you have just stuck your skin into boiling water, it becomes very red and sore even to look at, so hibernation is best option if you are at all vain

       

      HOWEVER..!

      today was the last day of a 60 day trial of what will no doubt be the best treatment available for this kind of ailment/affliction

      check the net for a product called Peplin

      i went through the trial and it consisted of a 2 day application of the cream (clear gel) after 2 days it was a similar result to a 3 or 4 week application of effudex, there in is the best part, 2 days of application, little or no discomfort, and lifted many BCC's / AK's

       

      but the bad bit is, this is still in trial and you can't get your hands on the stuff yet BUMMER

      we shall just have to sit and wait, unless your really keen and want to google "Euphorbia Peplus" and have a crack yourself

      enjoy readers

      Greg

    • Anonymous
      kelly robson
      Nov. 08, 2008

      Hi, my name is kelly and i'v just treated my whole face with radium weed to kill skin cancers and im sooooo amazed at the results.i'm blond and very fair and have lived in Queensland my wole life and at the age of 35 im now reaping the rewards of burning till you blister. i applied the sap to sun spots, tiny sores that would not heal, dry skin across my lips...

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      Hi, my name is kelly and i'v just treated my whole face with radium weed to kill skin cancers and im sooooo amazed at the results.i'm blond and very fair and have lived in Queensland my wole life and at the age of 35 im now reaping the rewards of burning till you blister. i applied the sap to sun spots, tiny sores that would not heal, dry skin across my lips that i'v had for nearly 10 years and when i looked closely i noticed between my freckles that all the skin was damaged, so i applied it to all the damaged skin i could see. over 2/3 of my face reacted, burned, turned blistery, then pussy. i applied pure vitamin E oil and olive oil to all the skin on my face at least 4 times, if not 6 times a day and did not pick or scratch(sooooo itchy) my face once as it started to peal and heal. now only 6 days later nearly all the lessions have healed, even burst capilaries under my eyes are gone. i look like i have had an acid peal face lift. my skin has never been this soft and wrinkle free.all the scaring from a life worth of sun exposure is gone. all the cancers have healed. yes it is extremely painfull ( the first 24 hours feels like all the sunburn you have ever had has come back to visit you at once. cold water on the face is relieving, and it can make you feel pretty out of sorts so take it easy, drink lots of water), and you don't want to go out at all, but for these results to occur in 6days is incredible.

      i have heard people tell others to apply the sap daily even several times a day. i do not think more is better.i believe you should wait till the initial application has had time to blister and then heal, and after roughly 7-10 days apply more sap to the area if you think it is not all gone. if it is healed it will not react, if it is not all healed it will react. i have used radium weed on places other than my face before and i am finding the skin on some parts of your body need further applications. one on my hand took approx 2 months, i just applied it weekly and then one day it no longer became sore and blistery. with the skin on my face though it seems to be faster, yesterday i reapplied the sap to 3 areas i was wondering about and there has been no reaction. this has been a really profound experience for me, coming from a long line of skin cancer sufferers who have had to resort to USELESS burning, cutting and skin grafts, only to watch all their cancers grow right back. this has been my own endless experience with burning skin cancers at the doctors, they have all come, but the ones i have treated with radium weed on my body have never come back. as the radium weed flared up the true location of the skin cancers ( all of them much larger areas than the cancer lessions makes you think they are), i saw what was to come in my future and i feel i have just dodged the biggest bullet

    • Anonymous
      Georgia
      Jan. 18, 2009

      Hi Kelly,

      Just found your blog today. Could you tell me where to get radium weed? I too live in Qld Brisbane and have numerous Bcc's over the years. Any help would be appreciated. Could you contact me direct email at lritchie1@optusnet.com.au

       

      Thanks very much

    • Anonymous
      susanne
      May. 16, 2010

      Hi Kelly,

       

      I am susanne, living in Sydney. I got suddenly hundrets of sun spots (some are brown, some are black, but all go into the deeper layer of the skin, some are moles.

       

      I read about that you used peplin sap (is that right)? Would you recommend me to use it for all my spots? I live in isolation, because i do not have any self confidence. I...

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      Hi Kelly,

       

      I am susanne, living in Sydney. I got suddenly hundrets of sun spots (some are brown, some are black, but all go into the deeper layer of the skin, some are moles.

       

      I read about that you used peplin sap (is that right)? Would you recommend me to use it for all my spots? I live in isolation, because i do not have any self confidence. I gave up my profession as dancer. No dermatologist could help me so far.

       

      Please tell me if your sun spots are gone and what did you do to make them go away, do u have scars left?

       

      Thanks so much for your answer!!!! I aprreciate it a lot. My e mail is susannerichter_13@hotmail.com

       

      Cheers, Susanne

    • Anonymous
      Bobby
      Feb. 27, 2013

      Hello,

       I was reading your post and was encouraged by your experience and outcome. I am going to grow and use this plant. Did it get on  uneffected areas and if so what happened to those areas? If ther is any more information would you send it to me?

       

      Thanks!

    • Anonymous
      Ed Chapman
      Nov. 27, 2008

      The site says a username and password is required.....???

         

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      May. 11, 2009

      thanks

    • Anonymous
      fourthirty
      Dec. 05, 2008

      what is the username and password