[Interview request is from Cory Kai Draken, agreed to by Alexia for posting on TRC’s website]
First off please allow me the express my sincere appreciation for you taking the time to enlighten us about the donor and med sang relationship. You have a wonderful website, www.theredcellar.com where they can read blog posts that go more in-depth on the views of med sangs/donors and the world you call home.
1. So the first question has to be what is the difference between a vampire and a med sang?
Med sang stands for ‘medical sanguivore’. A med sang is a person who perceives a need to drink blood to maintain their physical health and to offset health deterioration; and perceives this to be entirely physiological, absent any metaphysical connotations to the condition. Typically, med sangs are skeptics and atheists, though some may have different beliefs. We drink blood in large quantities. ‘Vampire’ is a creature of folkloric myth and it is an identity I do not subscribe to. It’s an umbrella term and catch-all that many people identify with for various reasons. For the purposes of scientific inquiry, that all is undesirable baggage and we do not perceive ourselves to be vampires. Med sangs encourage introspection, asking questions, and the pursuit of ‘why’.
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.)
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.
Of the many techniques sanguinarians use to draw their donors’ blood, one of the most effective, for those who get trained or have a trained donor, is phlebotomy. Vacuum-infused blood collection tubes allow for a clean draw and a precise quantity. [n1] Read More »
I first came across the Online Vampire Community in 1999, while researching the Therian and Otherkin communities as a child. I was looking for explanations for the “trans-species” body dysmorphia that has been with me most of my life, and the two communities existed at the time and continue to exist in relative close proximity.
“A Sanguinarian Treatise: An Argument For Partition From The Vampire Community” was written over six years ago and after review from some of my colleagues was published five years ago. Around this time, several high-profile articles (and other attempts) attacking the credibility of sanguinarians were putting sanguinarians on the defensive. Read More »
I would like to introduce and welcome everyone to The Red Cellar. The Red Cellar is a sister site to Sanguinarians.com. The Red Cellar’s focus will be practical advice for sanguinarians. The topics can range from the technical aspects of blood collection, social dynamics with donors, and strategy for engagement with members of the medical community among other things. This site will allow for more creative freedom in writing, whereas our sister site has sharpened its focus on the latest in medical speculation. You can still find the latest in medical speculation and personal reports with the scientific community at http://www.sanguinarians.com.
A place for those who enjoy a nice, dark place for a vintage red.
I’m writing this article to answer some of the basic questions sanguinarians get on a regular basis. I do this in the hopes that it will answer questions that some may have about us, but have been uncomfortable in asking or haven’t had the opportunity to ask; also to dispel some of the myths surrounding us. Read More »