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Anemia and blood-craving
Anemia does not usually cause a craving to drink blood, but apparently some forms of anemia may cause such a craving in some cases.
On Sanguinarius's message board on January 29, 1998, Allura mentioned (in a post "Re: iron deficiency") that she has a rare form of anemia. She also wrote:
The Doctor put me on iron pills... they made me violently sick... my skin changed... my body rejected the iron within the pill... Basically I subsitute iron by cooking meats in an iron skillet... I guess somehow the iron elements infuse with the juices of the meats (makes it more natural I guess, not sure)... which helps me with the iron problems I have... but it does not, repeat does not, stop the cravings all together... it is just merely a means to take off the edge and the frequency of the cravings... once you had blood, even your own, your body KNOWS the best source... and will crave it.
On February 18, 1988, Allura informed us that her rare form of anemia was called Immune Hemolytic Anemia. On February 19, she added:
And the disorder they diagnosed me with doesn't really cover the whole spectrum of what is happening within my body either. It was a term they could use to place me under at the time to briefly understand what was going on.
Immune hemolytic anemia (IHA), is a term for when one's white blood cells become so agressive they attack normal tissues. In my case, when I reach the doctor, I was suffering from a extreme loss in red blood cells. My white blood cell count was outrageous, they had to count it several times to make sure. At first they thought I had leukemia, but saw that my white blood cells were attacking the red cells which is the underlying definition of the Disorder named. But what is different is that usually the WBC attack organ tissues, causing internal failures. But this was not so with me. I have not had a repeating attack as bad as the first one, but mild ones do come and go, of course their levels vary. In refence to the iron pills, Yes the doctor did subscribe iron pills for me, but I had a very adverse reaction to them. I vomitted, had severe abdominal and kidney cramps, skin colorization (blotches), basically like ingesting poison. When my iron level is low, I do not take iron pills, I usually cook most of my foods using an iron skillet, it helps keep it level and balanced. As I stated before, this method, for me, does not stop the cravings for blood. But it does seem to stop the frequency of the IHA attacks.
I would also like to add, being what most here term a psychic vampire, I do find my needs for blood very different from those of just feeding from energy. To me they are VERY different, it does not mean I do not need them both, I do. But the need is very different. Although I will state this, for myself, I have found that certain types of energies do subside the IHA attacks as well, usually very strong healing energies.
Following is another message from the original "Iron deficiency" thread, written by s.s. to another person on February 4, 1998:
Re: Re: iron deficiency
Wednesday, 04-Feb-98 21:29:12
OK, I'm glad you've come to terms with it... but I still think there are some undiagnosed cases of anemia among a few people who post on this board. I have macrocytic anemia, specifically, but I am unable to digest iron through the usual digestive process (I suffered from eating disorders for over a decade, and some permanent damage was done). However, B-12 solution CAN work very well if it's regularly injected into a muscle, & by a licensed practitioner.-s.s
On Friday, February 20, 1998, s.s. added:
To be more detailed (without being gory) about macrocytic anemia, I guess I could add that this is a condition wherein the red blood cells are not only few in number but actually ENGORGED (hence that prefix "macro"). Causation is unknown. The condition is often not completely curable; in my case, intramuscular vitamin shots (NOT pills) provide a mild boost, though the results are not dramatic. --s.s.
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