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    I personally know of a few people who claim to be vampires. Some of them made a decent attempt at taking a scientific aproach, when trying to convince me of their legitimacy. Their efforts were to know avail. However, I do accept them for who they are. One big reason why I do, would be that they really do feel stronger after drinking blood. I understand that they don't know any better, because the placebo effect is quite powerful. My question is, do they really heal faster, run faster, and feel more energetic? Allow me to explain why I ponder this. Most of us know that the placebo effect is when a person believes something, and there brain makes them experience it, regardless of whether or not it's real. A good example of this would be a hypocondriac. Recently, some questions have been raised as to why people have gotten actual physical experiences from the placebo effect. For instance, when a person is told there cancer will kill them in a month, they don't always give up. Many people turn to natural remedies. On method, is to turn your pH alkaline, because most cancer can not survive in an alkaline body. There have been cases where people were told they were going to die in soon, and then curred there cancer through this and other natural remedies. The reality of it is, just because you injest things that are alkaline, doesn't mean that your blood will become alkaline. Your pee certainly will, but that's not going to kill cancer. So if it's scientifically illogical that this cured their cancer, the only explanation is that their belief in the remedies ability to cure their cancer, actually cured their cancer. If these cases were just a handful of flukes, this would be debatable. There are many cases were the cancer just vanishes, though. Knowing this, perhaps they are onto something. While blood is only somewhat nutritious, bearing protien and iron, it may actually be giving them a state of health that is above that of an average human. The placebo effect could be a useful medical tool, and should be studied in depth.


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    I would like to point out that I am not advocating the drinking of blood as a health boost. Also, does anyone know what it means when a perfectly healthy person gets cut, and only bleeds enough to cover the wound? I mean that the person doesn't lose a drop of blood. It's not that it cuagulates so fast that the wound can't drip blood. It just seems like there isn't much blood inside the skin to come out, to begin with.


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    just place them in direct sunlight and see if they "die".
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    Remember, these are people who think they have a scientific explanation behind it, not Twilight fanatics.
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    Is this a Joel's Zoo joke or something? If you were an inmate of Joel's Zoo you would probably be on good terms with the vampires. Do the Vampires act healthier in the mornings? westwind.
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    I'm quite obviously not in Joel's Zoo right now. It was merely a reference to something. I'm not sure we are even talking about the same place. The place has no relation to vampires.
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