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I have heard people (mostly feminists and tiny-waisted women) equate corsetry to medieval torture, chinese foot binding, and grotesque surgical addiction, and it’s really starting to piss me off. The myths about corsetry are so vast and varied that I’m seriously considering writing a book on the subject. What’s the difference? Well, let me spell it out for you…

Myth 1: Corsets were invented by men to restrict and control women.

Truth: Corsets were invented by a woman. Catherine de Medici, the wife of french king Henry II, invented corsets in 1555 because she felt that large waists on noblewomen was unsightly and that having a tiny waist would be a mark of the high born. This was immediately adopted in other European countries, most extensively in England. For several decades, corsets were worn exclusively by nobility. It was only during the civil war era that corsets began being worn by all women, and again, the decision was not reliant on men. However, even then, people who worked hard for a living, like cleaning women or servants in middle-class homes, often wouldn’t wear a corset, or at least not tightly cinched. Men had little to do with the corset at all. In truth, men in the Victorian era began adapting corsets so that other men could wear them.

Myth 2: Corsetry is  dangerous to a woman’s health and wearing them is cruel.

2) Corsetry, just like exercise or dieting,  is not unhealthy if you know what your doing, and the only people who think corsetry is cruel are people who have never worn a corset. As a matter of fact, there have never been any deaths IN HISTORY linked to corset wearing. Ever. Corsets are not incompatible with vigorous activity, either. During the second half of the nineteenth century, when corset wearing was common, there were sport corsets specifically designed to wear while bicycling, playing tennis, or horseback riding, as well as for maternity wear to protect the abdomen and womb. People are forgetting that female entertainers of the Victorian and Edwardian eras danced, sang, and performed in super-tight corsets on a constant basis. Opera singers have worn corsets since their invention and still do to this day, and they are not restricted or hampered one bit by the wearing of a corset. As it happens, pregnancy displaces more organs and bone than corsets do. Corsets are less unhealthy for a woman that wearing heels are. Wearing high heels frequently over a long period of time will displace the spine, change the angle of the pelvis to an unnatural position, warp leg muscles, and cause lower/upper back and neck/shoulder pain, yet people are more than happy to wear them. Corsets don’t do anything like that.

The only time corsets were dangerous is when they were using whalebone as stays. Whalebone stays are very rigid and do not bend, as opposed to modern common steel bones, which are highly flexible. Whalebone is illegal to own for corsetry anymore due to the fact it did cause breathing problems as stays (and, obviously, whaling is illegal cause it’s wrong to hunt whales into extinction) which lead to “fainting rooms”. The only medium one can use for boning nowadays is steel, plastic, or wood (for busks).

Corsets are extremely comfortable (when worn appropriately), support the back, corrects posture, can help you lose weight, and can even help treat or correct spinal abnormalities. In fact, Doctors have even prescribed wearing corsets in an effort to help back pain without resorting to medication or surgery because of the amazing support to the back that corsets provide. People with spinal problems such as scoliosis or with internal injuries were often fitted with a form of corset in order to immobilize and protect the torso. For example, Andy Warhol was shot in 1968 and never fully recovered from the injuries. He wore a corset for the rest of his life. It decreased his pain and aided him in walking and sitting. Ask anyone who has worn a corset for any length of time and you’ll be hard pressed to find one who hates them. Most corset wearers swear by them.

Extreme tightlacing can have adverse side-effects on your health, I’ll admit that, up to and including the displacement of the ribcage and organs, the narrowing of the lungs, and in very rare cases modernly, the rupture of an organ, the fracturing of bone, and internal bleeding. However, it’s a personal choice. Corsetry in general is a personal choice and has never really been against the law to forgo wearing them. Women who tightlaced did so because they wanted to, not because they were told to, which is something most people don’t realize.

Myth 3: Corsets are just as barbaric and primitive as foot-binding, elongating the neck with brass rings, or using arsenic to make your skin pale.

Truth: That’s an out-and-out LIE. Let’s compare corsetry to foot-binding, shall we? To begin, a mother or grandmother started to bind her daughter’s or granddaughter’s feet when the child was around four to seven years old. The process was started before the arch of the foot had a chance to properly develop and usually started during the winter months so that the feet were numb and the pain would not be as extreme. First, each foot would be soaked in a warm mixture of herbs and animal blood.  Then her toenails were cut back as far as possible to prevent ingrowths and infections. The girl’s feet were delicately massaged. Silk or cotton bandages, ten feet long and two inches wide, were prepared by soaking them in the same blood and herb mix as before.Sounds kind of nice, doesn’t it? Well, we haven’t gotten to the barbaric part yet.

Now, while the child is awake and fully aware of the procedure, each of the toes were then broken using a small surgical hammer and wrapped in the wet bandages, which would constrict when drying, and pulled tightly downwards toward the heel. There may have been deep cuts, again while the child was awake, made in the sole to facilitate this. They would not be able to walk during this process. The procedure would be repeated every two days, with fresh bindings. Every time the bandages were rebound they would be pulled tighter making this process continually painful. This treatment would be repeated for many months, possibly even years.

This process led to deformation of the foot and great pain to the bound woman.  In addition to finding the bound foot sexually appealing, it would also mean a woman’s complete devotion as it was painful for her to walk and wander out of the house without an escort to help her. In addition to the pain, the woman’s bound feet would smell terrible thanks to the colony of fungus that would occupy the unwashable folds of the binding cloth.

Now, let’s compare this to corset-wearing. I’ll choose the Victorian era, since this is the era in which more women wore corsets more often than any other period in history. A girl would begin wearing a corset as early as the age of four, similar to that of the chinese girl about to undergo foot binding. The girl’s first corset would be very lightly boned to allow the child full movement, and would be replaced as the child aged almost without notice. Each new corset the child would receive would be slightly tighter in relation to the child’s development, but still would not be completely constrictive, and the child would barely notice the change.

Full constriction would not begin until the child began puberty. The lightly bone corsets would then gradually be replaced by more and more heavily boned corsets which would be tightened slightly every few days. By the time the child became a full grown woman, she would have been wearing corsets for at least ten-twelve years, and would be perfectly used to them. The bones and organs would have gradually and naturally shifted to compensate for the corset, rather than being broken and forced into an unnatural and agonizing position. There would have been no pain whatsoever in becoming accustomed to it.

So, in summation, corsets are not dangerous and are HUGELY misconceived by people. I recognize that corsets aren’t for everyone, but the horrible reputation they have is completely unfounded. It’s misconception like this that gets things banned or outlawed. Corsetry requires knowledge and appreciation, and it’s not something someone should do on a whim. There are “corset tops” for that. But if one knows what their doing, corsets can not only look good, but it can help them in a lot of ways. I am very sad that there is so much wrong information out there about them, because it just causes ridicule and bigotry against those of us who wear them.

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I want to make it clear that this essay covers so-called “sanguine” vampires only, in other words, those that drink blood. This is not in reference or related to “psychic” vampirism, as I have not yet accumulated enough evidence in favor of or against it’s existence.

A long time ago, probably a couple years now, I wrote a post about diseases that mimic the symptoms of Vampirism. There was a lot of opinions on both sides, but I will admit that, while compelling, it was not adequate evidence to throw people into serious doubt about the possibility of real, authentic vampires. As a result, I continued to study both history and medicine to find reasonable and well researched evidence to truly grasp the minds of believers and turn them to skepticism. I am pleased to say that I have some research that will further my pursuit to put an end to this highly dangerous delusion.

First, we must outline what is and is not a vampire in the traditional sense of the term. Vampires are defined as either a humanoid creature of subhuman intellect or a fully sentient humanoid creature that MUST ingest human blood in order to sustain it’s own life. People who crave the taste of blood or ingests it to achieve sexual gratification are not vampires. They are blood fetishists.

Now, with that it mind, we must address the very obvious and glaring inconsistency with the “blood for sustenance” delusion. The fact is, and any medical professional with any credibility will agree, the body is not designed to intake and process large amounts of blood on a regular basis. There are not enough proteins, carbohydrates, sugars, fats, or nutrients in blood to maintain the life of a fully grown human being or any offshoot mutations thereof.

The process of digestion, and this will be important later, begins when a human ingests food or liquid. According to a nurse practitioner who offered this information to the public:

It is first broken up into a bolus by chewing, then churned up in the stomach with digestive juices to form a mass called chyme. It then passes through the pylorus into the duodenum (part of the small intestine) where it mixes with bile salts and secretions from the pancreas and liver which continue breaking it down on a molecular basis, mostly affecting fats at this point. The broken down nutrients pass through the wall of the intestines and into the bloodstream where they are carried to each cell or stored for later use. Indigestible bulk continues through the intestines, turning a dark brown from the bile. Water is absorbed from this mass in the large intestine depending on the needs of the body – a well-hydrated person will usually have a softer stool than a dehydrated person will. Water also enters the bloodstream, and this is what helps to maintain blood pressure. The pressure tends to balance itself in a healthy person because the bloodstream goes through a formation in the kidney called the Loop of Henle, where the narrowing blood vessel forces excess water and cellular waste such as urea out through the cellular wall into the kidneys, where it is excreted through the ureters into the bladder, and then out of the body via the urethral passageway.

The traditional idea of a vampire at it’s base is that they must supplement blood in place of other foods due to the inability to break down complex carbohydrates and protein. If they did not have this condition, the theory of drinking blood for sustenance would be completely pointless. However, a person who is physically unable to process food for nutrition could not process blood because it involves the exact same process as digesting food. Ingested blood does not travel directly to the veins; it would have to be converted usable fuel by the digestive system first. The intake of blood would have to occur at least once a day and would require the ingestion of the entire blood supply of the donor, which could not happen as the stomach is far too small to hold that much. Keep in mind that your stomach is about the same size as your fist. In addition, one wouldn’t be able to pass something that large through the intestines as it has no fibrous bulk, would create an intestinal impaction, causing massive vomiting from the large concentration of iron present, and any “real” vampire would have to eventually expel the waste, which would come out as a black, tarry, smelly goo.

The humans who profess to be vampires are as human as you or I, regardless of their claims. Believing they need to ingest blood would not stop them from contracting a blood-bourne pathogen. If they ingest HIV tainted blood they can most certainly contract the disease. It is a very dangerous delusion to be laboring under. Remember, there is absolutely no scientific or medical proof that this practice is in any way beneficial at all. You would be hard pressed to find a medical journal about the positive or negative effects of “Vampirism”, as just about all doctors find the concept laughable. One thing to remember is that there has not been one person yet who has had ANY medical training that believes in the existence of vampires or ever came forward claiming to be one. (If you can find someone who has, please correct me. I’d be glad to retract that statement if it can be incontrovertibly proven wrong.)

There is no “vampire” gene. If such a gene existed, in today’s world with today’s technology it would have been found; scientists have already completely sequenced the human genome. It would also have to follow Mendel’s law of dominant/recessive gene theory. Again, the odds on that many “vampires” all escaping the notice of the medical/scientific community are so low as to be almost nonexistent.

There is no “vampire virus”. Think of it in terms of the definition of a virus. HIV is a virus, and look at how fast it has spread. According to the vampire websites, there are “tens of thousands” of vampires running around the planet. If that was so then at least one of them has ended up in a hospital for blood work when they became for various reasons, including natural disease and/or accidents. If there really is that many vampires in the world, they would have been detected and medical science would have isolated it, studied it, applied for research grants on it,  published papers on it, etc. If there were as many vampires out there as they claim, there would be some sort of medical cataloging, knowledge, testing, or at least a curious medical pursuit of it. And there isn’t. At all. I’ve been looking for quite a while, and I have not found one case of supposed vampirism post-1910 that was not explained by known physical or mental disorders. There is no virus in existence that can change a person on a molecular level without being fatal.

Now, hopefully this is enough information to at least give people pause. It is my opinion that those under such potentially deadly delusions find professional help before they endanger their lives and/or the lives of others. I can only hope evidence of this nature will not be immediately ignored or dismiss by those desperate to believe in the impossible. Having said that, if anyone can come forward with cold hard facts in favor of the existence of Vampirism, please don’t hesitate to post it. I am a true skeptic, in that I demand to be proven wrong with firm, solid evidence. I don’t want to hear “I’m a vampire, I need blood,” or “I know someone who is and says they need it.” Real, tangible proof is what I require. If you don’t have it, don’t expect me to take you at your word.

* Creditted to Lord Bear, the National Food and Drug Administration, The National Handbook for Nurse Practitioners, The National Center for Disease Control, the Medical Journal for Digestive Disorders, the Human Genome Project, and all the medical personel who contributed to this essay.

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Anyone who owns a T.V. has probably seen advertisements for a pharmecutical vaccine called Gardasil, a quadrivalent vaccine that is said to prevent against the infection of four types of HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) and prevent cervical cancer and genital warts in many cases. Now, if this were true, Gardasil would be a wonderful product. But it’s not.

Fact one: Gardasil claims that it vaccinates women against four types of HPV. The ad boasts that the vaccine will protect against two types of HPV (strains 16 and 18)  that cause seventy percent of all cervical cancer, and two other types (strains 10 and 11 ) that are responsible for ninety percent of genital warts. However, there are over one hundred known strains of the virus, with new strains being discovered on a regular basis. Each strain has some chance of becoming active during one’s lifetime and influencing several deseases, and are usually triggered by prolonged diet inconsistencies or bad dieting, weight gain or loss, lifestyle, stress, or coming into contact with bacteria or other microbiological organisms that trigger the malignant mechanisms contained in the virus strain. There are more than two dozen “high-risk” strains of HPV that influence genital cancers, and even more that play a part in the development of warts and herpes.

Fact two: not only is HPV contagious, it’s also hereditary. Almost everyone that is born either has or contracts at least one strain of HPV from or during birth. The whole point of a vaccine is to prevent infection and desease. If you already have the HPV strain(s) Gardasil is intended to prevent, the vaccine will do absolutely nothing to protect you. As any doctor will tell you, once you contract a virus, you will never get rid of it; you can only adapt to it.

Fact three: Gardasil did not work in almost half of the people to which it was administered, and can actually be a factor in causing cervical cancer. In fact, studies have shown that not only did the vaccine fail prevented the infection in almost forty five percent of patients who had completed the Gardasil treatments, but had increased the risk of cervical cancer in many of the patients. The patients, many of whom had had the vaccine before becoming sexually active, had contracted the viruses or developed cervical cancer during a five year period in which they had engaged in sexual activity.

Fact four: While it is true that the two strains (16 and 18) are responsible for more than seventy percent of all cervical cancer, what people don’t take into consideration is the fact that, in many cases, the HPV virus never becomes active. Many people (over seventy percent) who have these two particular strains live and die without the HPV ever developing into a desease. HPV alone does not cause cervical cancer or other diseases. There are many things that must happen in the system, chemical changes that occur in the body, that must all happen at the same time or in a particular sequence to trigger diseased cells to grow and multiply. HPV on it’s own is not a threat to the health of an individual.

Fact five: The most common way to determine if a woman has HPV is with a procedure called a pap smear, in which the doctor inserts a long cotton swab into a woman’s vagina which would enter the cervix, scrapes a sample of the fluids from the vaginal or uterine wall, and tests it for HPV. However, the tests are not always accurate. For one, the test does not encompass all of the different strains. In most cases, you have to test the sample for HPV one strain at a time. Also, the virus can collect in one area, much like cancer, and is often missed during testing. The second way is through a blood test, but the only ones that could be detected through this method are HPV stains that interact with or contaminate blood. The four listed that Gardasil prevents do not associate with blood very often, if at all.

Fact six: Gardasil is an injection treatment that must be administered at least three times over a period of months before it will take effect in a person’s immune system. In fact, many doctors suggest that Gardasil should be administered more than that, but three is a safe number. The injections can cost up to three hundred and fifty dollars per injection or higher. So you’re basically spending a thousand dollars or more on a vaccine that has less than a ten percent chance of working.

Not only is Gardasil largely ineffective and potentially dangerous for the patients to which it’s administered, but the corporation that makes it is profitting on half-truths, misleading advertisements, and basic pathological fears every human being has of dying. If you want to get vaccinated, do it, but do it for the right reasons after you have done the appropriate amount of research on the subject. You life and body is not something you should leave to chance, but it’s also not something to be used as an experiment for a pharmecutical franchise that cares nothing about your health, and everything about your money. Gardasil is not as it advertised, and it’s important that people realize that before they make the choice to get vaccinated. I support the advancement of medicine and medical sciences, but not when it’s profits are taken from the pockets of poor, innocent people who are scared to death of a desease they’ll probably never get.

Sources:

http://www.drugs.com/gardasil.html

http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/06/briefing/2006-4222B3.pdf

http://www.vaclib.org/docs/gardasil-flyer.pdf

http://dr-t.net/gardasil.html

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I’ve finally found a medicine that will help me sleep. I have pretty severe insomnia, so I don’t get much sleep. I can’t take perscriptions, because they are too strong.  I have apnea, too, which means I stop breathing when I sleep. Normally, my body recognized that I’m being deprived of oxygen and I wake myself up. If I’m on medication that keeps me asleep, I could suffocate.

Well, I recently gone through a break-up, and the stress has really messed with my sleep. Both my mom and I feel that I’m developing an ulcer because of stress. Desperate, I went to wal-mart to see if they had in low-grade sleep aids, without extra stuff like pain reliever or fever reducer. I found one called Dyphenhydramine. Big long word. I surprised myself by pronouncing it correctly when I read it the first time.

Well, I had been taking one or two a night for a month, and I started sleeping a little better. The medicine doesn’t make me sleep, though, that’s the amazing thing. It helps me relax so that I can fall asleep. Biggest problem I have when it comes to trying to fall asleep is my body always feels tense. I think the reason is because when I speak, I exert so much effort, that my diaphram muscles have locked up by the end of the day.

Well, I was concerned that it might have side effects or become a habit, so I looked it up on the internet to find information. And I learned something very interesting. Dyphenhydramine is the chemical name for the drug. It has a brand-name that everyone is familiar with.

Benadryl.

Oh,yes. I had been taking straight benadryl for the last month. But, I read the information. It says that benadryl is non-narcotic, not habit forming, has no serious side effects, and can’t be use by itself as a recreational drug. It’s probably the safest sleep aid on the market today, especially for me, and it works. I don’t remember a time when I’ve ever slept better.

I continue to take it. And, in the entire time I’ve been taking it (three months so far) I have not gotten sick once. No colds, no flus, no sinus pressure or alergy problems. And the off-brand only costs four dollars.

Sweet relief.

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I recently read an article in a forum I belong to that outlined a behavioral pattern for “real” sanguinary vampires. Anyone who has read my blog knows that I don’t believe in the traditional idea of Vampires, and I replied hoping to get some credible evidence that may have proven me wrong. I was sadly disappointed. The “discussion”, as I will call it, was between two gentlemen named Tech and Spike, and myself, and is as follows:

   Me:
“It is a good article, but I’m afraid I must respectfully disagree with a lot of it. I do not believe in the traditional view of vampirism, which stems not from Anne Rice books, but from late-period Victorian era, sometime around the 1890’s, with the publishing of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”. I have written an article myself that explains a lot of the common symptoms of vampirism and dispells a lot of myths surrounding the stigma, which I would be happy to post in reply to this.

I do believe vampire fetishism exists, and also Psychic Vampirism, but I do not believe it is a physical need. It’s more likely an underlying symptom of illness or desease, much as the symptoms of “vampirism” were.”

   Tech:
You do realize that this article has nothing to do with vampires that stem from any mythology or modern fiction. Vampire is just a word used because it suites the condition. Really if one wanted to start really getting back to the original vampire mythologies such as the ones of ancient china, they were psychic vampires.

   Me:
Well, obviously, dear. But it isn’t one condition, but several. Medical research in the last fifty years has dispelled most beliefs on the subject of Sanguinarians and categorized them into actual treatable physical illnesses, namely Porphyria, Catalepsy, and Anemia, which my article mentions.

I did say that I believed in psychic vampirism, though. I never doubted their existance. I have a friend who is one. But it’s not something they need to do. Often, the need to drain another’s life energy is an underlying symptom of another physical complication and can be treated. It’s not some incurable thing.

   Tech:
You may want to recheck your sources. I’ve only ever seen one article that’s ever indicated Porphyria as a source of vampirism, and that article wasn’t subject to peer review. If you can bring me some medical articles that have been subjected to peer review dispelling sanguinarian vampirism then I may have some pondering to do.

But medical conditions are the very reason why we encourage any possible vampire that they get thoroughly tested both physically and mentally by the proper professionals before even considering vampirism.

   Me:
The problem with that is you’d be hard pressed to find a medical article about Porphyria in relation to Vampirism because most doctors find the idea of Vampirism rediculous. I cited Porphyria in my article because the symptoms of it that I had descovered during research matched Vampirism symptoms so closely that it’s eerie. A peerage reviewed article written by a medical professional for the existence of Vampirism is almost (if not completely) non-existent, from what I’ve searched and seen, so there is really no possible way to cite one. All the information in my article is research I have conducted personally.

However, I’d have to say the same to you. Do you know of a medically reviewed article that supports the idea of Vampirism? If so, I’d greatly appreciate a link so I might read and consider it.

   Tech:
Exactly there’s no current medical evidence to back it up. Hence why it’s all theories. You’ll find that pretty much anything in the realm of the occult is just, well theories. That’s why it’s called belief.

As to porphyria symptoms matching up with vampirism, i’m scared of who you’ve encountered if they’re claiming some of this shit as signs of vampirism.

Acute – abdominal pain, vomiting, acute neuropathy, seizures and mental disturbances, including hallucinations, depression, anxiety and paranoia. Cardiac arrhythmias and tachycardia (fast heart rate) may develop as the autonomic nervous system is affected. Pain can be severe and can, in some cases, be both acute and chronic in nature. Constipation is frequently present, as the nervous system of the gut is affected, but diarrhea can also occur.

Cutaneous – The erythropoietic porphyrias primarily affect the skin, causing photosensitivity (photodermatitis), blisters, necrosis of the skin and gums, itching, and swelling, and increased hair growth on areas such as the forehead. Often there is no abdominal pain, distinguishing it from other porphyrias.

Those are just some of the major things listed for them. my photosensitivity is related to my eyes and what are called “floaters” by my optometrist. As for other things on the list I get constipation and diarrhea from time to time but who doesn’t? Mines mostly caused by my semi-lactose intolerant state. But my skin is quite hardy due to my native american heritage so i’m not exactly fitting in with the whole porphyria theory and I consider myself to be a vampire capable of both sang and psi feeding.

   Me:
(Awesome use of Wikipedia, Dear.)

Porphyria is a hereditary blood desease that is branched into eight categories:

Acute Intermittent Porphyria (AIP)
Congenital Erythropoietic Porphyria (CEP)
Porphyria Cutanea Tarda (PCT)
ALAD Porphyria (ADP)
Hepatoerythropoietic Porphyria (HEP)
Hereditary Coproporphyria (HCP)
Variegate Porphyria (VP)
Erythropoietic Protoporphyria (EPP) or Protoporphyria

Porphyria, the Greek word for “purple”, is distinctive due it’s discoloration of the urine, often dark blue or purple in color. A victim of porphyria cannot produce heme, a major and vital component of red blood. Today, this disease is treatable with regular injections of heme into the body. However, as little as fifty years ago, this treatment was unavailable and the disease unknown. A common misconception was that ingesting another persons heme (or blood) would replenish one’s own supply, but recent studies have shown this concept completely false.

The most common (though generally less severe) symptoms of Porphyria (all variations) would include:

Extreme Sensitivity to Sunlight
Sores and Scars that Break Open and Will Not Heal Properly
Excessive Hair Growth
Tightening of Skin Around Lips and Gums (Which Would Make the Incisors More Prominent)
Abdominal Discomfort after Meals, such as Cramping, Vomiting, and Diarrhea
Jaundice (Discoloration or yellowing of the eyes)
A Discoloration of the Urine, often Blue, Purple, or Dark Red

More severe Symptoms include:

Hallucinations
Neurological Deterioration or Conditions, Such as Paranoia, Depression, Anxiety, and a Predispositions to Violence
The Development of the Desease Lupus, an Auto-Immune Disorder
Joint, Bone, or Muscle Pain

This disease would likely cause the victim to only go out at night, in order to avoid the painful rays of the sun. In addition, while garlic stimulates the production of heme in a healthy person, it would only cause the symptoms of porphyria to become more painfully severe.

Anyway, I’m not here to make waves. Just offering a differing opinion.

   Spike:
Porphyria was only linked to vampirism by someone who wrote one paper which was then discredited. Someone with porphyria would not crave human blood, because ingesting it would not improve their condition.

   Me:
An anemic person might.

   Spike:
That’s true, they might. Now, where is your evidence that they DO? You’re making some awfully big leaps in your logic and expecting all of us to follow you over your precipitous cliffs of logic. Not all of us are willing to risk a plunge into madness, for that way the Ordo Strigoi Vii and the Temple of the Vampire lay. And all of your excuses don’t cover one basic flaw in your reasoning: there are still sanguinarians. If all sangs needed was the energy, then any sang could be converted to a psy, but that’s is just not the case. So, maybe you should make your future postulates keeping this important data in mind.

You may want to take a look at my article which names the many other conditions that can closely mimic certain symptoms of vampirism, as you seem to have an interest, and it has been researched by many authors.

   Me:
I wasn’t postulating, but to be honest, how is your behavior any different from postulation? And, exactly where and when did I make excuses and for whom? I never accused anyone of being wrong or misinformed. I never told anyone they were stupid to believe what they did. I was merely pointing out some things I had noticed for conducting research and expressing my personal belief on the subject, to which I am allowed. If differing opinions are not welcome here, I’ll just leave and be out of your hair.

The leaps I am making aren’t nearly as large as the ones you are, to assume that Sanguinarians are just that and don’t have some sort of (treatable) disease. Which option makes more sense logically; illness or vampirism? And for that matter, who’s to say that if Vampirism does exist at the degree to which you claim, it isn’t also some form of disease that can be studied and treated without the need of drinking another’s blood? Not really that big of a logical leap, to be honest.

It doesn’t really matter to me whether or not you believe you are a Sanguinarian or not. The fact of the matter is, as little scientific evidence as I have against the concept of Sanguinary Vampirism, there is even less scientific or medical evidence to support it.

   Spike:
I see, you’re right, everybody else is wrong. I have tons more evidence than you can produce, but I really don’t feel like giving you information when you won’t accept it.

    Me:
Now you’re just being patronizing and arrogant. How do you know how much evidence i have if you are not willing to even look at it? I never once said I wouldn’t read and consider evidence you may have, nor did I say I believed myself absolutely right. I know that I don’t have every single shred of evidence, but I’m going on what I’ve learned so far. If you have unequivocal, or at least scientifically credited, proof that Vampirism is real, then by all means, let’s see it. Otherwise, my theories are no more or less valid than yours, and I’m going to continue to believe Vampirism is some form of treatable disease. You’ve done very little thus far the help me to view it otherwise; you’ve just been condescending. Which is always a great way to get people to see your side.

However, If that’s how members are treated here who disagree with you to any degree, it’s obvious free-thinkers aren’t welcome here. I refuse to be treated like an uneducated child simply because our beliefs are different.

   Tech:
Well in Spike’s defense let me point out something, that had you bothered to read it some of this could have been avoided. But please let’s tone down the “you’re an idiot, no you’re an idiot”

Spike said “You may want to take a look at my article which names the many other conditions that can closely mimic certain symptoms of vampirism, as you seem to have an interest, and it has been researched by many authors.” Which his admitting that there are a variety of diseases out there that can closely mimic the symptoms of both sanguinary and psionic vampirism.

You said “The leaps I am making aren’t nearly as large as the ones you are, to assume that Sanguinarians are just that and don’t have some sort of (treatable) disease. Which option makes more sense logically; illness or vampirism?” Which directly ignores what he just said and is calling him illogical. Which is a nice way of saying you’re stupid.

These are the very reasons why we always tell new people who think they might be vampires to get a thorough examination. I’ve had more blood work done than I care to remember. I’ve also seen a psychologist, just to make sure i’m not bat shit crazy. I have no major mental health problems such as Schizophrenia, MPD, DPD, Renfield’s Syndrome, or any other forms of psychosis or dementia. There is a possibility that I could be bi-polar but from my understanding of the condition the mood swings are usually rapid not taking days to an entire week, and that the moods don’t lost for persistent length of time. Also I understand that they mood swings are not patterned. Mine mood shifts are patterned, they do take long periods of time to transfer from one to the next, and they are long lasting. Also they are not the traditional “happy/sad” mood shift it’s more of “aggressive/non-aggressive.”

   Me:
Which directly ignores what he just said and is calling him illogical. Which is a nice way of saying you’re stupid.

Right, because he didn’t do that at all.

You’re making some awfully big leaps in your logic and expecting all of us to follow you over your precipitous cliffs of logic. Not all of us are willing to risk a plunge into madness, for that way the Ordo Strigoi Vii and the Temple of the Vampire lay.

Not only is he saying I’m stupid, but also that I and my beliefs are insane. Also, saying that out of two options, one is more logical than the other is not the same saying that the latter option is totally without logic. And if you’ll notice, he never gave me the link to his article. Not once has he given me any information for me to study and see things from his side. All he did from the beginning was to be totally condescending toward me because I disagreed, but didn’t offer me anything to support his beliefs. In addition, he is only citing his own article. He is so quick to dismiss my own article because it’s not “peerage reviewed”, but he wants me to take his a face value?

Also, if you’ll remember, I never assumed I was right absolutely, and I also was not negative or disrespectful toward anyone, including SpikeJones and yourself, until he began to treat me disrespectfully. I still have no problems with you, although I suspect you requested he join just to argue with me, as his first post was in arguement, by his third post he was both a mod and openly patronizing me, and has not posted in any other thread since his introduction.

I figured adults of our age could debate intelligently without resorting to belittling each other. I was mistaken, apparently, so I’m leaving.

   Tech:
*sighs* In case you bother to lurk and read this. One, while he never offered a link, you never asked. That as bad on both your parts. Neither of you are innocent on that point. And two, trying to throw out disease after disease as the real source of sanguinary vampirism is offending to the intellect of every real sang out there. There’s a reason why we tell people to get thorough check ups but you failed to recognize this point over and over. We tell them vampirism is a last resort possibility that it’s not to be used as the first option as the answer to their questions.

While you may not mean to be offensive one can still come across as offensive, whether they mean to or not.

   Spike:
Amaris, any offense you found at my posting was entirely imaginary, as no offense was meant. However, in seeing that you would rather completely ignore attempts at others to take a view of all possible medical conditions and the reasons why they cannot be vampirism, I did take offense. I was expecting a little middle ground, of you backing up your facts, and asking for a link. You started the belittling, toots, by being a know-it-all who assumes their researches are further reaching than the efforts of many other intelligent people in the vampire community. Don’t dish it out if you can’t take it. As far as respect is concerned, it’s earned, not handed out to the nth self-proclaimed expert who walks along.

   Me:
Do you know of a medically reviewed article that supports the idea of Vampirism? If so, I’d greatly appreciate a link so I might read and consider it.”

“If you have unequivocal, or at least scientifically credited, proof that Vampirism is real, then by all means, let’s see it.”

I’m sorry, I thought that was me asking for evidence. And i’d like you to point out where I said I was anything close to an expert, please. I’d also like you to list what degrees, doctorates, and studies you have accumulated that makes your opinion more important than mine.

 Whatever, I’m done. I am not the one prosyletizing and not listening to evidence. I have asked for proof and was both denied and condescended.

Have fun being mindless sheep.

 

 

Just thought I’d share.

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   Something I’ve been very interested in is the art of interpreting body language. My interest was first sparked when people told me that I was extremely expressive with my body and face, and that they could tell what mood I was in even if I wasn’t speaking. Due to the fact that I struggle with speech due to an accident when I was younger, my bodily and facial expressiveness is more exaggerated than the average person, because I have to compensate for not being able to express myself vocally. I got to thinking, if we could read the subconscious clues of the people around us, there is no end to what we could learn about them. We could spot winners from losers. Reliable, honest people would be obvious to discern from theiving, dishonest people. So, I began looking at different books and reading about it, and testing what I read in real life. What I learned about people shocked an surprised me.

   Picture this scenario in your head: If you are a male, imagine you are out with a woman. Her arms are crossed on the table in front of her, her legs are crossed and are not positioned in front of her but to the side and away from the table, and she’s smiling without showing any teeth. Is she interested in you? If you are a woman, imagine the same scenario, except you are with a man. He is smiling constantly, has his legs splayed wide open and is resting in his chair in a slouched position, has both hands on the table with his palms down, and he keeps scratching his nose. What does this say to you?

   I’ll go through a few body language markers that are easy enough to spot and explain how it much sense it makes if we actually stopped a moment to think about it. First, pay attention to people’s hands. People (more dominantly in America, Italy, and Spain) tend to gesture with their hands when speaking. The reason is because studies have shown people who listened to a speaker who used their hands retained almost 65% more information when compared to people who listened to a lecturer who had his hands behind his back. We identify more with a peson who’s hands we can see, because it says to us that the person has nothing to hide. Open hands convey certain messages. For instance, when a person is accused of something, they will often hold their hands up in the air with the palms exposed. This gesture is universal as nonthreatening. However, if the palm is down, it signifies that this person feels like an superior figure and is asserting his authority. How many people have seen a waiter rub his hands rapidly when he greets you at your table? This is a subconscious reminder to you that you should leave him a big tip. If he comes to your table and is rubbing his hands very slowly, asking if you liked your meal, it probably means someone has spit into your food. The fast hand rub indicates expectation, a slow hand rub signifies deciet or bad behavior.

   People tend to clench their hands in frustration or anger. It’s obvious if a person has their fists clenched at their sides that they are not happy, but what if they are sitting? Same rule applies. If you are seated with a person who is either rubbing his knuckes or has both clenched together tight, this person is not in a good mood. The distance between the face and hands also seems to be directionally porportionate to the level of aggitation. It the hands are close to the face, it signifies extreme aggitation. If low, like near the hips, the person is only mildly annoyed.

   Next, we’ll examine the gestures we make with our arms and legs. Everyone is aware that when a person has their arms crossed that they are pretty much cutting themselves off from the people around them, but few realize that the higher and tighter the arms are crossed on the chest, the more hostile the person is feeling. Men who cross their arms high generally do it when they are very angry, if they cross them low, it usually means they are disinterested or disbelieving. Women, however, tend to only cross their arms underneath the breast or over the nipples, and prefer to place their hands on their hips when angry or annoyed. Each of these gestures has a specific meaning. When they cross them under the breast, it means that they are cut off mentally and don’t really want to be in the conversation anymore. When they are crossed atop the nipple, it signifies that the woman is extremely uncomfortable and responds by protecting the most sensitive part of her body (The male equivalent is clasping their hands over their crotch or crossing their legs while standing). Another method of conveying an emotion of discomfort is known as “self-hugging”, in which the person wraps their arms around their torso and often will squeeze themselves. This is in direct relationship to how mothers comfort their children when they are scared, by picking them up and wrapping their arms around the child and squeezing.

   Now, leg gestures are often harder to interpret simply because it is often easier to look a person in the face or at their hands than to look at their feet, and legs are often hidden when sitting. Have you ever noticed a person who jiggles their leg? How many times have you found that odd? And if you are the type to leg-jiggle, have you ever wondered why you do it? Generally, a person will jiggle their legs during times of pain or distress, and it’s rarely a physical discomfort. Studies have shown that people (predominantly women) jiggle their legs as a way of releasing stress. It has been shown that a person will jiggle their legs more during periods emotional pain rather than of physical pain, which it is less frequent.

   Ladies, you’ve probably noticed that men always tend to sit with their legs wide open. Ever wonder why? Well, your first guess would be the right one. Sitting with their legs open is a man’s subconscious need to assert his masculinity. Men release the most pheromones from the two places on their bodies where they sweat the most, which is the armpits and crotch. This is the reason they will sit with their hands behind their head, too. This is a man’s way of marking his territory. You’ll often not see two men sitting this way in each other’s presence; they generally only do it around women. In a man’s company, they generally do the “crotch hand grasp”. The crotch hand grasp means insecurity in mixed company, but in the company of other males it is much like a warning. In direct, but opposite, relation to that, women do something known as “leg twining”, in which they will sit on one leg which will be pointed backward underneath them. The reason women can do this is largely due to the width of their pelvus, which is much wider than a males due to childbearing.  Men cannot do this with their legs, so it’s a very obvious display of femininity, even if it doesn’t seem so.

Men tend to express discomfort or insecurity more with the lower half of their body in comparison to women, who express it more with the upper half. A very distinct male insecurity gesture in crossing their legs while standing. This is a motion to protect the most sensitive part of their body. If you see a man standing on a wall in this position, it’s very likely he doesn’t want to be there. Now, keeping that in mind, pay attention to how a man will stand. If he stands with his legs open, his foot will point in the direction that has his interested. If a man is attracted to a woman with whom he is speaking or is at least standing in close proximity, his foot will point toward her. If he is uncomfortable and wishes to leave, his foot will point toward the door while simultaneously, and subconsciously, inching toward the exit.

Now, we move on to the face. I know you’re thinking that this part should be easy, but don’t get ahead of yourself. First, we’ll start with gestures that indicate dishonesty, the first of which is compulsive face touching. If you ever watched the footage of Ex-President Bill Clinton denying his involvement with presidential secretary Monica Lewinsky, take a very close look at his behavior. You’ll notice he tends to touch his nose and mouth a lot. He also blinks rapidly and swallows too often. The reason behind facial touching stems from childhood. When a child tells a lie, the will hold their hands over their mouth, literally trying to stop the lie from escaping their lips. When we grow older, this is still the case. We are physically, and subconsciously, attempting to stem our own dishonesty by “playing” with our face. It is also shown that other indicators of deciet are pupil-dilation (which is why it’s often hard to look others in the eyes while lying), sweat, an enlargening of the tongue and tickling of the throat (which causes the liar to swallow, cough, and clear their throat frequently), and excessive hand motion.  “Speak no evil.”

   Let’s look at conversational cues. Have you ever shown someone pictures of your child and their response is to say “She’s beautiful,” and at the same time they rub the corner of their eye? This is an indication that they really dislike what they are looking at. This is another gesture that originates from childhood. When a child observes something that scares him or that he doesn’t like, he will cover his eyes.  “See no evil.” What about if you are in a conversation with another person and they keep playing with their earring or tugging on their earlobe. This is basically saying to you, “I’m not listening.” This is an indicator that they either completely disagree with what you are saying, or they are completey disinterested. Again, a childhood behavior carried over into adulthood. If a child hears something they do not like they will attempt to block out the sound by covering their ears. “Hear no evil.” In contrast, if a person is extremely interested in the conversation, they will lean their elbows on the table and rest their head on the flats of their hands toward you. This is called the “face platter.” This can also indicate attraction, especially when combined with a sidelong glance and raised eyebrows.

   Chin stroking is a common conversational cue, and most people would attribute it to thinking or evaluation. You’d be right, but pay attention. If the person is leaning toward you, they are favorable to what you are saying, but if they lean backwards, you are losing them fast.

   Also remember to look for language clusters. Say you are talking to a man who is trying to sell you his car. He keeps motioning toward the car with is hand palm down, steps into your personal space frequently, and keeps rubbing his mouth. This man is a liar, and a pushy one. Or, say you’ve gone in for a job interview. While speaking to the interviewer, she has her legs and arms crossed, though she’s facing you her body is pointed away, she is leaning back in her chair and stroking her chin. You probably aren’t going to get that job.

   Now, examining the information, how would you answer the scenario questions above?

   For homework, go to work or school, or some crowded place where it is necessary to speak with people, get into a conversation with someone, and observe their behavior. You’d be surprised what you can learn about people by paying attention.

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Herbal remedies are meant to be used in place of traditional Western Medication, so that more benefits and less side affects occur when the body absorbs the chemicals it needs from these treatments, but just like with traditional medications, herbal remedies can often react badly with both medicine and other herbs. This is a basic guideline for herbs that are taken with other meds or herbs.

Chamomile Tea

You must not drink this if you are on the following medication:
Aspirin
Anticoagulants(i.e Warfarin)
Tricyclic Antidepressants
Clozapine
Propranolol
Theophylline
Tacrine

If you are taking these medications the chamomile can have a reaction and cause toxicity within the body.

Anticoagulants

These are medications that thin out your blood. If you are on these you must not take the following herbs:
Aloe Vera
Chamomile
Coenzyme q10
Danshen
Feverfew
Garlic
Ginger
Gingko
Ginseng
Saw Palmetto
Goji
Devil’s claw
Dong Quai
Fish Oil
Willow Bark

These can cause you to react with the anticoagulant and make you bleed out.

Immunodepressent Drugs

If you take immunosuppressant drugs such as corticosteroids for organ transplants to stop rejection you shouldn’t take:
Alfalfa
Astragalus
Echinacea
Ginseng
Licorice Root
Goldenseal
The Mineral Zinc.

It can counteract your medication.

Losing Weight

If you wish to lose weight via herbal laxatives or use them to unclog your bowel you should note that the following herbs can be come quite addictive and make you dependent on them:
Cascara Sagrada
Rhubarb
Aloe Vera
Senna
Buckthorn

Operations

If you are about to have an operation, or have just had one, the following herbs should not be taken:
Ginkgo
Garlic
Ginseng
Ginger
Glucosamine and Chondroitin
Coenzyme q10
Saw Palmetto
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Flax Seed Oil
Fish Oil
Goldenseal
Chamomile
Kava Kava
St. John’s Wort
Licorice Root
Valerian
Vitamin E

It can interact with anaesthestics or cause excessive bleeding.

Fatigue
Some people turn to energy drinks and/or herbal fusions to help with fatigue, but in fact, you must look fatigue as a symptom, as it can be a sign for the following conditions:
Anemia
Asthma
Sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea
Hypothyroidism
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Depression
Infectious Diseases (e.g. mononucleosis)
Heart Failure
Diabetes, Liver or Kidney Disease,
Addison’s disease
Autoimmune diseases (e.g. Lupus)
Cancer
Malnutrition
or Due to Medication Side Effects

Please dont let these warnings prevent you from trying any herbal remedies. They are there to help you to know when you should or shouldn’t take it. When in doubt always consult your General Physician.

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