February 17, 2005

Could It Be

Is this the reason vampires survive for centuries?

Actually, I don't think so. My understanding is that what they actually drain from their victims is the life force, and that the blood is simply a nutrient. The reason vampires don't like garlic is that it cleanses the blood of soluble fats, making it less beneficial to them.

Seriously, if the research I linked leads to longevity therapy, I believe it will more nearly resemble dialysis rather than transfusion. When I was younger, I earned my living in ways which was very stressful to my muscles. I would get "hurts so good" trigger point massages, and the therapist always urged me to drink plenty of water afterwards to "flush the toxins freed by the massage".

Posted by triticale at February 17, 2005 09:35 PM

Maybe it's a virus. Undead Again

Posted by: back40 at February 17, 2005 11:06 PM

The notion that vampirism is caused by a virus has turned up in fiction now and again. I'd rather be infected with that than with zombieism.

Posted by: triticale at February 18, 2005 07:03 AM

Yeah, if you're a vampire, then you always rise again. If you're a zombie, a couple of guys will always come around and beat your head in with a cricket bat. ALWAYS.

Posted by: MikeTheLibrarian at February 18, 2005 04:29 PM
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