“The people who drink human blood”

“Before he had met any vampires, Browning suspected they had just blurred the line between fact and fiction. “I’d assumed that these people were bonkers and had just read too many Anne Rice novels.”
By the time he had offered himself as a donor, however, his opinions had taken a U-turn. Many real-life vampires have no belief in the paranormal and have little more than a passing knowledge of True Blood or Dracula; nor do they appear to have any psychiatric issues. Instead, they claim to suffer from a strange medical condition — fatigue, headaches, and excruciating stomach pain — which, they believe, can only be treated by feeding on another human’s blood…
Gently questioning his cohort about the onset of the condition, Browning found the hunger for blood seemed to strike around the onset of puberty. One of the first people Browning interviewed, for instance, had been 13 or 14 years old, when he realised he felt weak all the time, lacking all the energy to run and play sports like his friends. Eventually, while fighting with his cousin, he drew blood, and his mouth brushed against the wound. “He suddenly felt a lot of vitality,” says Browning. That taste for blood eventually turned into a compulsive hunger…
“The sang community as a whole is very careful and conscientious about health and safety,” says “Alexia” in the UK, who researched phlebotomy before attempting an intravenous draw. The feeding itself, she says, is “impersonal, much like taking a pill.””

huh. Huh.

I actually believe some of the biological theories here; there has a bunch of study in the past decade or so about anti-aging properties of blood from young animals. It’s very, very scientifically valid. And I’m also really interested in the placebo idea; that makes sense.

But obviously, needs a lot of controlled study…

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