This article was originally published on Vamped on September 9, 2019.
If you are a sanguinarian or vampire that drinks animal or human blood for health reasons, I want to hear from you.
I am conducting an anonymous survey within the online Vampire Community and would like to get as many respondents as possible. In order the qualify for this survey, you must drink blood. Sorry, no psi vampires or role players are needed for this one.
The purpose of my survey is:
to identify similarities and patterns concerning diet, health conditions, and lifestyle habits of sanguinarians—or “vampires”—within the Vampire Community, specifically those who consume human and/or animal blood and experience notable health benefits.
By analysing the data collected, I hope to determine statistical patterns that will provide a greater understanding of why consuming human and/or animal blood improves health conditions for certain people, providing a possible avenue for further examination by medical professionals and researchers.
I am sure some of you are wondering, why do I want to do this? Do I drink blood? No. Do I consider myself a vampire? Not at all.
Why Did I Create This Survey?
As some of you may know, this topic interests me and I have written about it before on Vamped. I have my own health issues and struggled for years, trying to find answers. I know how frustrating it can be not knowing what is wrong with you and never feeling good or right.
In 2016, I published an article that discussed why I think sanguinarians have issues with their digestive system. I also talked about my own journey and how it took many years of different doctors and expensive tests to finally figure that I am anemic and I have anaphylactic reactions to eggs, beans and most nuts. I also can’t stomach eating dairy as last time I did, I threw up. Wheat and gluten tends to give me heads aches or stomach cramps so I avoid that too.
My research regarding blood drinking led to me Dr. Tomas Ganz, Professor of Department of Medicine Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles.
I conducted an initial interview where he openly talked about his view on sanguinarianism. One of the most beneficial pieces of information I gleaned from that interview, was the nutritional value of blood:
Nutritionally, 100 ml (3.3 oz) of blood contains 12-15 g of hemoglobin (protein) that contains 40-50 mg of iron, 8 g of other proteins, 0.9 g of salt, 0.1-0.2 g of sugar and 0.1- 1 g of fat, depending on when the last meal before the blood collection was consumed. So it is a protein-rich, iron-rich, salty material.
Dr. Ganz was kind enough to do a second interview with me, where we cover more details on blood drinking such as iron poisoning and digesting blood.
I also published a simple piece explaining what the difference is between mygolobin and blood. I believe in educating people that are new to the community or others that simply have been given incorrect information.
When I meet a sanguinarian or someone that drinks blood for the first time, I like to ask what health issues they have and how drinking blood helps. It is just my thing. I am always curious and the wide range of health issues is massive and different with each person.
This is where I came up with the idea about doing a survey. Why not collect as much data as possible from people that drink blood and then analyze it for patterns that may give insight into this phenomenon? The data may even give someone else a direction or another avenue to research for themselves. I know this is what I did for myself. Any attention on this subject is worth a shot and I don’t mind putting in the work, if the end result will help just one person.
I never judge people that drink blood and I tell them if it works and they aren’t hurting anyone, then do what they want. I have tried so many things over the years and I say don’t knock it till you try it.
Years ago, my Chinese herbalist told me to ferment onions in red wine for a couple of days and drink a shot per day to help with my digestion and circulation. That one only lasted two days as I couldn’t stomach the taste. I also ate only chicken, rice and carrots for three months trying to heal my stomach as per her instructions.
The one thing I can tell you through my own experiments and blood tests, is that my body absorbs heme iron pills (bovine blood) better than non-heme pills (vegetarian). I have no idea why, but I have the data to back it up. I am also very limited to what iron supplements I can take because many of them contain eggs.
It would be interesting to see what would happen to my ferritin and iron levels if I consumed blood instead of pills. Would I drink blood to see what happens? No. But still, it would be a good experiment.
This survey can only make a difference within the community and help people if you participate. The only personal information you need to provide is an email address to start the survey. Once all data has been collected, I will be publishing an official report with my findings. The survey will remain open until further notice. The rate of data collection will determine the time frame.
The Sanguinarian Survey will cover a variety of topics including diet, digestion, medical history and conditions, lifestyle habits and blood drinking.
If you are ready to do the Sanguinarian Survey, click on the link provided. If you have any questions on this survey, you can reach me at erinchapman [at] vamped.org.
I am really excited to see how this works out and if you choose to participate, thank you!
- why I think Sanguinarians have issues with their digestive system: Erin Chapman, “A Drink of Blood a Day, Keeps the Doctor Away: Do Sanguinarians Have Digestive Issues?,” Vamped, February 10, 2016, accessed July 6, 2019, https://vamped.org/2016/02/10/drink-blood-day-keeps-doctor-away-sanguinarians-digestive-issues/.
- I can’t stomach dairy as last time I did, I threw up: Erin Chapman, “Why I Decided to Do Whole30,” The Paleo Penguin, May 13, 2019, accessed July 6, 2019, https://thepaleopenguin.com/2019/05/13/why-i-decided-to-do-whole30/.
- “Nutritionally, 100 ml (3.3 oz) of blood”: Erin Chapman, “Interview with Dr. Tomas Ganz, Regarding His Views on Sanguinarianism,” Vamped, February 17, 2016, accessed May 31, 2018, https://vamped.org/2016/02/17/interview-with-dr-tomas-ganz-regarding-his-views-on-sanguinarianism/.
- a second interview with me, where we cover more details on blood drinking: Erin Chapman, “All the Gory Details: Dr. Tomas Ganz Discussed Blood Drinking,” Vamped, June 14, 2018, accessed July 6, 2019, https://vamped.org/2018/06/14/all-the-gory-details-dr-tomas-ganz-discusses-blood-drinking/.
- the difference is between myoglobin and blood: Erin Chapman, “Got Blood? What Self-Identified Vampires Get from Raw Steaks,” Vamped, May 28, 2016, accessed July 6, 2019, https://vamped.org/2016/05/28/vampires-get-blood-eating-raw-meat/.
- Sanguinarian Survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf9ARMBf4PoaRc_FKUdRg6_v6cNXYL4HI6WYSKYgM3ZtdVQiA/viewform?fbclid=IwAR36EMpQrZNaTmewLzvTnHm9JJw1e25day_sk6lFX_ufxoXMSXJys69aJEw.