Porphyria: The Vampire Disease That Started the Legend
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Porphyria: The Vampire Disease That Started the Legend

The Vampire Disease, with porphyria as its clinical term, is a set of rare blood disorders. It is the reason for our belief in vampires today. What is not known to many is that it is a disease that caused the suffering of many porphyria patients at a time when they needed love and care most.

The Vampire Disease, or porphyria in scientific term, is a set of genetic disorders characterized by the malfunction of the hemoglobin production. It is a rare disease that is said to originate from the intermarriages of the European nobility. The good news is, it is not contagious. Unfortunately, it is not curable.

While the term “porphyria” is relatively new, the disease itself has been in existence since the beginning of time. It is referred to, before, as a liver or a blood disease due to its symptoms. It was later called the “Vampire Disease” and was actually the start of the vampire legend.

People suffering from porphyria have symptoms manifested by mythological vampires. Their skin is sensitive to sunlight, their urine is reddish to purplish in color, the gums are shrunk making the teeth looking more prominent and canine-like and they have an averse reaction to garlic. Likewise, people suffering from porphyria will feel constant abdominal pains, will have increased hair growth, bouts of vomits and tightened skin.

The Vampire Disease is the reason why vampires can be considered real. They exist because the folks during the era of the Inquisition refer to patients with porphyria as “vampires”. However, they are far from what we now see on TV or the movies. They are not dangerous, in fact they are sick. The facts enumerated hereunder are the reasons that gave birth to the comtemporary vampires that we now know of.

1)   Sensitive to sunlight – When a porphyria sufferer is exposed to the rays of the sun, his skin and face get disfigured and blackened. It also ruptures and swells and the resulting sores have thick hair growing from it.

2)   Fangs – The fangs that vampires have are actually the appearance that a porphyria patient gets when his ears and nose start to be eaten away resulting to red lips that peel back from his receding gums. This results into the exposed fang-like teeth that are quite gruesome and frightening in appearance.

3)   Drinking of blood – Since porphyria patients have purple-colored urine, it is widely believe then that this was because they drink blood. Aside from this however, there were really some instances when they did drink blood. However, it was animal blood that they used to drink as a means to relieve their anemia and pain.

4)   Garlic to ward-off vampires – It may come as a surprise but even this has basis. Porphyria patients has aversion to garlic since the chemicals contained in it aggravates their symptoms. They can experience agonizing pain because of garlic.

5)   No reflection in mirrors - It is believed that it must be very hard for any porphyria sufferer to see his appearance once he reached the later stage of the disease where he would have his nose, ears and lips eaten away and his canine-like teeth exposed in an ugly grin. Thus, it is but normal for him to avoid mirrors so as not to see his own deplorable reflection.

6)   Aggressiveness – Those with acute porphyria are diagnosed to be irritable, uncooperative, violent and aggressive. They would swear and are basically disinhibited. This may be the reason they are taken to be dangerous.

It is ironical that those with porphyria, who were supposed to be getting medical help, were instead feared, abhorred and was burned at the stake during the Inquisition by no less than the church officials. About 600 of them were burned at the stake during this period. This is where the idea that vampires are repelled by crucifix originated. This is also the reason why porphyria victims, and so are “vampires”, are afraid of the church and anything that symbolizes it.

Today, porphyria has mutated to sets of disorders. It is not common but may be present in 1 out of 10,000. A battery of tests has to be done for it to be diagnosed. It is not curable but it may be contained through regular blood transfusion. It can also be controlled if the patient will have a healthy lifestyle.

With the knowledge about porphyria, people are made aware of the scientific basis of vampires. Most importantly, it will be known that the original concept about vampires is way too far from the truth. Instead of fearing them, people with Vampire Disease should instead be given love and taken cared of.


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Comments (27)

Fantastic article. I had no idea about this at all. Very informative.

I'm informed!!! Well done article.

Excellent article... very informative! Voted it up.

Great article,a little disturbing the picture's yet its informative.well done!

WOW! I've never heard of this disease before, but it all makes sense now as to why and how the vampire legend would arise, just as the other article about the "werewolf" disease. You can now see why people feared them, it is a really disturbing disease, I feel so sorry for anyone who had to endure this disease, how incredibly awful! The pictures are truly disturbing, those poor people, I can't imagine the horror of having this disease and knowing there's no cure. Thanks for the info, I will vote it up and link to it, great article.

Very, very good article! I didn't know about this kind of disease. Nice additional information with the included pictures...

Wow, your comments are overwhelming. Thank you very, very much for the appreaciation. Hope I can write better articles that can be appreacited as much.

wow, I'd never heard of this! pretty much takes the romance out of the idea of vampires now doesn't it?

What a horrible thing, but really very interesting.

interesting info, I save it

Nice article, although I have studied werewolves and vampires and knew about porphyria, it is still nice to know that people will write about it to point out that is an illness and that we should not look down an what looks odd.

sharon mcbean

Really interesting article, ive been doing lots of reading about porphyria its a terrilble illness.

Well done! I have this topic on my list of articles to write... just haven't gotten to it yet.


This article is actually really inaccurate. The (more common) acute porphyrias often do not have skin symptoms or have very reduced ones. Also, the garlic aversion is a myth. I have acute intermittent porphyria. I can eat garlic. Look up the Merck Manual article on the porphyrias for much more accurate information.

Very well done.. my ex and my daughter both suffer from porphyria, and it can be really devastating if you have it. Thanks for the write up on it.


i would like to say a big thank you to Ira Robinson for the comment i recieved,so sorry to hear your family has been so unfortunate to have this disease,plz give your wife and lovely daughter my best wishes im a mum myself ,13 yr old boy fun + games haha,its a subject that interests me and i try to find out as much as i can.When ppl hear the vampire disease,they think,blood drinking,coffins,fangs the full lot like ones on the movies and we both know its nothing like that,iv spoken to sang and phy vampires too but thats another story,anyways i just wanted to say thank you for getting bk 2 me

MG Untivero

To what country is porphyria disease most common?


Both of my two half-brothers have this disease and we just found out for sure today. When my mom told me, I looked it up immediately. This article was very informative and helpful...

Awesome article.... Had no idea about this disease..... I hope mankind finds some cure to this condition..... Thanks for sharing...

Voted up and promoted as well....

I'm just so damn tired of finding my father's photograph on people's blogs!  Most of what is written about porphyria on these garbage blogs is inaccurate!  To be better informed go to www.porphyriafoundation.com or www.genebennett.net. 

For more accurate information on porphyria go to www.porphyriafoundation.com and to learn about the man in the photograph visit www.genebennett.net.

For more accurate information on porphyria go to www.porphyriafoundation.com and to learn about the man in the photograph visit www.genebennett.net.

As Prince Charles has publicly ststed that he is a descendanat of Vlad the Impaler & he has never in his lifetime said 1 other thing of note, is this not indiative that he is indeed, as well, a vampire?  Mwahahahaha

People who suffer from Porphyria are bio descendants of Lucifer and his fallen angels. They are hybrids of humans and fallen angels of Genesis 6. People who suffer from Porphyria should be put down euthanized the whole lot of them. They are evil they are the illuminati the zionists the talmudic luciferian fake jews of REVELAION 3:9 I know the blasphemy of those who call themselves Jews but do lie but are the synagogue of Satan. They are the ones who are responsible for the the few hundred thousand people who come up missing every year on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Persons. The Rothschilds owns the CIA the CIA has a program that used to be called the F.I.N.D.E.R.S until a congressional hearing shut it down. Then they turned right back around and started up another one called the K.E.E.P.E.R.S they go around the country in white vans abducting children.

Have it. It does not present in my face as much exampled, just a few small skin marks, but damn Hungarian traits. You kinda got a few things wrong but it was nice that you are talking about it.
Sorry, let me qualify my initial comment: The blood is an iron difference and the uv is because of heme production. The irritability is cause by the pain. If you need more information send me an email: lesteramod@gmail.com I spent years researching this.