Real "vampires" afraid to tell doctors about sucking blood for fear of looking like weirdos.

Real "vampires" afraid to tell doctors about sucking blood for fear of looking like weirdos.
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Research finds that people who claim to be real vampires tell everybody about being a vampire except doctors.

Real "vampires" afraid to tell doctors about sucking blood for fear of looking like weirdos.

"Thanks for seeing me so late. I have a crazy schedule and a deathly aversion to sunlight, so it's hard to get out."

In this weird and kooky world of ours, I'm sure if I told you there were people who are real vampires walking amongst us, you wouldn't bat an eye. Sure, there are those gothy wastrels that glue fangs to their canine teeth and go to warehouse raves or drink red wine in graveyards. However, there are many—probably thousands—who suck blood from willing donors in order to gain energy.

I know how that is. I go through this same cycle, but with Dr. Pepper. I have no energy until I find a willing donor who will let me suck it out of them... Nevermind... Back to the vampires.

D. J. Williams, director of social work at Idaho State University, has researched the vampire community for nearly a decade. What sets apart the people profiled in the study is that they are ordinary people that don't necessarily engage in the "vampire lifestyle." The real "vampires" are regular human beings that have solved a difficult challenge with an odd self cure.

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These poor "vampire" folk suffer from such low energy levels that they seek out others willing to give them their blood to feed on. It sounds to me like Anne Rice meets the tedium of insulin management. Obviously, there's a medical issue that is going unaddressed. Since the solution these "vampires" have found seems so outlandish, they keep this information private for fear of embarrassment, ridicule, or even being classified as mentally ill.

It is a little crazy to be so energized by blood sucking that you would rather seek out someone from whom you could reasonable ask for and receive clean, delicious blood on a regular basis rather than telling a doctor once. Obviously, the embarrassment factor is high.

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What doesn't help matters is that most of the "vampires" think they were born with the need to suck blood just to make it through daily life. Williams' hands-on research has given him lots of face time with 11 of these poor, tired folks. “The real vampire community seems to be a conscientious and ethical one," he says. Not so ethical that they won't lie to you about eating blood, though.

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