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+ What is a “Med Sang?”
+ Aren’t you just a type of “Real Vampire?”
+ Why the “Med” in “Med Sang?”
+ Do you have a proof of a medical cause for the Sanguivore condition?
+ Why are you so mean to other vampires?
+ I thought you were called “Medical Sanguinarians?”
+ The Red Cellar seems more social than scientific? Where’s the science?
+ Do you want to a cure for the Sanguivore condition?
+ How do I know if I am a Sanguivore?
+ How did you come to the conclusion that you need to consume blood?
+ How do you obtain blood?
First, it would be important to define what a Sanguivore is. Sanguivores are people who perceive a physical need to consume blood (often fresh and human) to stave off a common set of symptoms and to obtain optimal health. Sanguivores often have to consume considerable amounts of blood weekly ranging from seven shot glasses worth to an entire pint. Some of the most frequently reported symptoms include temperature/light sensitivity, digestive problems ranging from nausea, diarrhea, and constipation, chronic lethargy, and migraines. Some of the more frequently reported benefits from maintaining optimal health through consuming blood include a stronger immune system, increased physical strength, and slowed aging.
Most of us here at The Red Cellar would argue that “real vampire” is an oxymoron. There are people who personally identify as vampires whether through metaphorical spiritual belief, emulation of the pop culture vampires, or even Sanguivores. However, none of these people are actually vampires in the common use of the term: a fantastic, blood-sucking revenant. So in short: vampires are not real, but people who identify as vampires are.
The “Med” is short for Medical. We are not a subtype of Sanguivore. The “Med” part is more of a signifier of our approach in trying to find answers to why we need to consume blood through scientific inquiry.
It is important to keep in mind that we here at The Red Cellar do not claim a specific reason for our need. The goal of Med Sangs is to position ourselves to the point where we can collaborate with independent medical researchers to find out the whys behind our condition. We do offer speculation on possible hypotheses behind our condition, however, it is just that; speculation.
What other vampires? I just said that vampires don’t exist. Oh, them. Referring back to the concept of positioning ourselves for collaboration with medical researchers, we have to establish credibility. Considering we are a group of people who seem to have a physical need to consume blood, we have little margin of error. The hyperbole exposing some of the more dishonest self-identified vampires or incompetence in reporting on the med sang condition is part of a strategy called “social distancing.” It is a method to make sure we distinguish and publicly disavow any perceived association with those who misappropriate our experiences. This not only clarifies matters for any media members or academic/scientific researchers but for any other Sanguivore to let them know that they do not have to “play vampire” in order to get support.
To return to the concept of social distancing, we found the term “sanguinarian” so intertwined with self-identified vampires who consume blood for spiritual, aesthetic, or sexual reasons to the point we found it unsalvageable. Hence why we just use the term “Sanguivore.”
The Red Cellar was conceived as more of a casual website with practical support for Sanguivores and accessible speculation on possible causes and correlations for the Sanguivore condition. We are amassing data on ourselves to find any possible leads to further investigate about our condition and will share any possible leads we find and tests we recommend.
Some Sanguivores would take a cure. Other Sanguivores see their experiences with the condition as very central in shaping who they are to the point they cannot conceive not ever needing blood. We at the very least want to find treatment options to stave off the worst elements of the condition that current medical science is unable to address as well as the physical and social stressors of blood procurement. This is the main reason why we want to investigate the “whys” behind our condition.
First of all, consuming blood is a desperate act. If your symptoms line up well with the commonly reported symptoms of Sanguivores, our first piece of advice is to see a doctor about these specific symptoms. Some of the Sanguivores at The Red Cellar see specialists for migraines, digestive problems, etc and this treatment really helps when it comes to prolonging the periods of time necessary between blood consumption. If you are especially fortunate, something that is known to medical science may be found and you can get treatment and never need to consume blood. However, if conventional treatment fails to treat all that ails you, we will be glad to provide a network of practical support for you.
Many of us feel physical and mental symptoms as young as we can remember. Beyond the symptoms previously reported in this FAQ, many young Sanguivores report being in the throes of an instinctual reaction toward blood often featuring heavy breathing and a more feral gait. A few have similar experiences but have not immediately connected the physical reaction to a need to consume blood. Despite natural inclinations, we still nonetheless tried to (and continue to) rule out all current medically known reasons which could explain our symptoms associated with the Sanguivore condition. You do not really know until you consume fresh human blood, but I want to stress again that this is a desperate act.
There are two ways. First, it is our experience so far that fresh, human blood has been the most effective at treating the condition. We obtain this blood from willing and clean human donors. Donors can be significant others, friends, people who have a personal fetish for blood, people who just want to experience new things, etc. In order to obtain a significant amount of blood, we will use either disposable scalpels (with disinfectants for both wound and mouth as well as bandages and gauze for wound care) or take via intravenous means (often with vacutainers and butterfly needles to eliminate the problems of air bubbles that syringes have as well as the associated antiseptics and bandages). The second way is animal blood. For unknown reasons, fresh animal blood is close but not as effective as fresh human blood. We can get fresh animal blood with connections to butcher shops and abattoirs. Many order frozen blood from Asian grocery stores and websites such as PhilAm foods. However, in our experience, freezing blood greatly diminishes the efficacy.