In a developed world full of vaccines, antibiotics, and over-the-counter pharmaceutical pills, we tend to think that bacteria and germs are easily defensible. But in reality, those less fortunate (and sometimes even those in Western countries) can fall victim to some deadly diseases. Some of these diseases include the Jumping Frenchmen, the Vampire disease or the Alice in Wonderland syndrome.
These are not mutations that elicit some superhero powers, rather they are real life diseases that are very hard to believe.
Here are 14 diseases that you won’t believe actually exist.
The Jumping Frenchmen of Maine is an extremely rare disorder that is illustrated by an unusually ‘extreme startle reaction’ to a situation.
Although the involuntary response of being startled is hard to stifle, this disease is characterized by a disproportional reaction to a situation. It is usually marked by jumping, screaming, flailing of the arms, hitting and the throwing of objects.
The vampire disease or porphyria is a genetic disorder that makes one resemble and be susceptible to the weaknesses of a vampire. The disease affects an essential part of the hemoglobin which causes one’s skin to be extremely sensitive to sunlight. It also turns the color of urine into a more purplish color.
The gums also shrink, causing the teeth to be more prominent and canine-like. To make things even more vampire-like, those afflicted with this disease tend to display an adverse reaction to garlic. This disease is also accompanied by abdominal pain, and cramping just to name a few.
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