It’s not easy being a vampire.
In fact, the School of Social Work at Idaho State University recently conducted a study on people who “self-identify” as vampires. These people claim they must consume human or animal blood to maintain their health and well-being. But they fear disclosing their “needs” to health and social workers because they might be ridiculed or diagnosed as mentally ill.
Other “lifestyle choices” have long been removed from the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) that psychiatrists use. But, apparently, vampires still suffer discrimination.
The vampire research study was published this year in Critical Social Work, an academic journal based in Canada. Academics often use “critical” as a code word for Marxist social analysis.
In the report, the authors made a distinction between “authentic” vampires and “lifestyle” vampires. Apparently, lifestyle vampires typically wear black robes and phony fangs (not just in late October). Authentic vampires, on the other hand, come from every walk of life. They can even be attorneys and doctors. (Of course, many of these professionals already earned reputations as “blood suckers” for entirely different reasons.)
Authentic vampires are otherwise successful, ordinary people except for one thing–they are very, very tired. Which is the reason they seek out a consenting adult willing to allow them to use sharp blades to make small incisions in the chest. Then they ingest small amounts of blood from the “donor” to gain energy. (Of course, in the legal and medical fields, professionals have traditionally had access to energetic, enthusiastic, willing young people–called “interns”–who have their life’s blood drained out of them working impossibly long hours and meeting other incredible demands.)
The donors also gain something by thinning their blood and keeping their iron levels down, which isn’t a bad thing. Remember, excess iron causes increased rates of heart disease, infections, and cancer, as I showed in studies with Nobel laureate Baruch Blumberg 25 years ago.
Apparently, these vampires gain permission from consenting adult donors before indulging. How nice. Like the legendary Count Dracula, these modern vampires appear to be very polite, conscientious and ethical.
The global vampire community is thought to number in the thousands. They believe they were born that way and did not choose this path. But wouldn’t it be more appropriate to call them “unborn” that way?
Of course, the fatigue that sends these vampires in search of regular infusions of blood is something that many people can identify with. But I have the perfect energy boost for vampires and mortals alike. And it doesn’t involve drinking blood.
I call it aspal.
This nutrient, which has also been known as red bush or rooibos, has been a “secret weapon” of sorts for the Kalahari Bushmen in South Africa, helping them stay hydrated while living in one of the driest climates on earth. Indeed, aspal has been shown in studies to not only improve energy, but also cellular hydration and metabolism.
Coincidentally, some of my own research on this ingredient also took place at a university in Idaho. We gave the college’s athletes aspal and the rapid improvements it produced in athletic performance were all the coaches needed to see.
With some dietary supplements it takes a while to feel the effects. But as these college coaches observed, aspal’s results are almost instantaneous. I’ve noticed the same thing myself. Whenever I take aspal, I can count on feeling the benefits right away…and at an older age than any college or pro athlete.
The rest is college sports history (you can read more about it in my special report Miracle at Red Bush,
which you can download for free by logging on to the Subscriber area of drmicozzi.com). And since then, many more studies on aspal have backed up my findings.
But “self-identified” vampires apparently are not aware of the energetic benefits of ingredients like aspal. So if you happen to meet a vampire tomorrow night, tell him or her about aspal. Adding this powder to water and then drinking it could give them…and you…the energy fix they crave.
And, of course there are also mind-body treatments for exhaustion and chronic fatigue that don’t involve bloodletting. To find out which work best for you, check out my book with Mike Jawer, Your Emotional Type, and take the short emotional type quiz at drmicozzi.com.
- “Do We Always Practice What We Preach? Real Vampires’ Fears of Coming out of the Coffin to Social Workers and Helping Professionals,” Critical Social Work, 2015; 16 (1)