Nobody knows why some people need blood. Why they need to consume it regularly or suffer serious physical and mental ill effects. It doesn’t make sense. Yet, we’ve experienced it again, and again, no matter how hard we try to ignore it. This thing is there, it’s real, and it’s affecting our lives significantly.Read More »
[ Special thanks to The Vampire Network for allowing us to re-share this article! ]
All nucleated cells are covered with a dense and complex coat of sugar chains (glycans) or protein-sugar chains (proteoglycans) (1). Sialic acids are nine-carbon acidic sugar in which the individual sugar moieties (monosaccharides) are linked together to form multi-sugar chains (polysaccharides) that occur at the end of most sugar chains attached to the surfaces of cells (2).
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I would like to take a moment to introduce everyone to TRC’s new page, our Journal. This aims to serve a different purpose than our articles. At this stage, we have come to expect a certain standard with our articles, and like to edit, review, and cite them. This can take a while, and it’s not always easy to just write about something on your mind.
Our Journal is somewhere any of our writers can blog, discuss whatever came to mind that day, or reflect on anything and everything relating to med sangs. A space for our thoughts, without the burden of formal review required of our articles. This is one of several additions coming to TRC in the coming months.
Sure the media has its share of blame for the misrepresentation of medical sanguinarians. However, the most egregious exploiters are those who claim to be just like us but know nothing of our struggles.
I have no interest in creating additional strife for either side. However, I do hope that this post provides additional insight to the apparent and consistent misunderstandings of some who would oppose our (“Med Sang”) views or goals. Whether that opposition is an expression of cognitive dissonance or simply out of misinterpretation. If by the end of this, there is still disagreement at least I can say I’ve tried.
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While the process of “hunting” for a new donor can be both daunting and exciting, there are several cautionary measures that should be taken by both Seeking Sang and Delicious Donor (said Lovingly, of course.)
I identify as a ‘medical sanguinarian’ – meaning I have a perceived physical need to consume blood (often in decent quantity), and I suffer very real consequences, health problems, if I do not; I believe the cause to be organic, biological in nature. I also am a skeptic, atheist and have never had any interest in the fang or cape culture, the masquerade, or the label ‘vampire’.
There is still very much to learn about the human body, and most specifically about sanguinarians. Why we do what we do, and why it works.
Syrf Chase, a good friend of mine and writer for this site, passed away at the end of May. This may not be news to some at this point. It has taken me a while to be able to write about the incident to where I feel I can try and do her justice. The grief took its toll on me. The loss broke my heart, though it was not without purpose.
Welcome to the first of what I hope does not become a series. The Sanguinarian Misinformation File is an effort to correct any misinformation given about sanguinarians (and med sangs) published in mainstream media. This review features an article written by a man, should he move on from vampire imagery to dodgy Native American imagery, would name himself “White Wolf.”
Father Sebastiaan is the one whose face is NOT caked with bird feces.