Category Archives: Blood and Diseases

Reasons Why People Drink Blood

Since primitive times, mankind has been known to drink blood, especially in religious rituals. Mongolian warriors would ingest animal blood as a source of food; even today, some Masai of Tanzania still practice this, using the blood to supply nutrition to their bodies while they travel. The body is only able to digest small amounts […]

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Bloodletting

Bloodletting is a medical practice that was used as a way to purify the blood from evil. Sometimes, it meant draining the blood from the body, while some cultures used leeches to suck it out. This practice was not always effective as a cure, but it was still a common practice among many cultures. The […]

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Rabies

In September 1997, Dr. Juan Gomez-Alonso, a Spanish neurologist at Xeral Hospital in Vigo, created a parallel between vampirism and rabies. After watching Dracula, he was inspired and based his theories on what he knew about the disease. Gomez-Alonso did research and found that about 25% of rabid men had a higher tendency to bite others. […]

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Porphyria

Porphyria is a term used to describe a variety of blood disorders related to the iron-rich molecule found in hemoglobin (heme). Heme carries oxygen to the body, so when it is not produced correctly, porphyrins can build up in the body, which can lead to porphyria. There are many types of porphyria, but there are […]

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Disorders that Resemble Vampirism

There are various medical disorders and blood diseases that can have symptoms that resemble vampirism. Anemia is a blood disease in which the red-cell count is low. Symptoms typically include a pale complexion, fatigue, fainting spells, shortness of breath, and digestive disorders. Catalepsy is a rare nervous system disorder that causes suspended animation with a […]

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