Vampire and werewolf stories are popular all year long but during Halloween these stories become even more prevalent. The myths surrounding these creatures have been around for centuries but recently scientists have been studying whether or not these myths may be based on facts. Many believe that there may be an explanation for certain symptoms that are associated with vampires and werewolves. Professor David Dolphin from the University of British Columbia released a study that explains how these symptoms may be related to a group of disorders known as porphyria.
Joel Schlessinger MD explains porphyria, a rare genetic disorder.
Porphyria is any condition that causes a buildup of natural chemicals that produce porphyrin which is essential for the proper function of red blood cells. These conditions can affect the nervous system, organs and skin and the condition is usually passed down genetically. While we have a better understanding of porphyria today, many of the symptoms may have been difficult to explain hundreds of years ago when myths about vampires and werewolves became popular.
The symptoms of porphyria can vary widely, explains Joel Schlessinger MD.
Some symptoms of porphyria include red teeth, skin damage caused by sunlight, pale skin and light sensitivity, all symptoms that can be associated with vampires. Some studies also suggest that drinking blood may help alleviate some of these symptoms.
Some individuals with this condition also experience excessive hair growth. This symptom can be associated with myths surrounding werewolves who sprout hair all over themselves. While some mythical elements cannot be explain, such as a werewolf’s dislike of silver, it is easy to believe that stories were created to explain a disease that was unknown hundreds of years ago.
What do you think about the possible link between porphyria and these Halloween myths? Let us know in the comments!