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An Interview With Kinesia: Looking Into The Sang Medical Research

Lately, there is a buzz within the community about the medical research being conducted about Sang vampirism. As with any revolutionary projects in the VC, it has met not only resistance but also misunderstandings. So we at Shadow Sage decided to interview Miss Kinesia to talk more about the aims of her project as well as dispel the myths and fears that are currently making the rounds in the VC about it.


Shadow Sage: Miss Kinesia, thank you for agreeing to this interview. May you tell us a little bit about yourself, for our readers?

Kinesia: Yay, introductions… I currently go by Kinesia online, I’ve been an active participant of the Online Otherkin and Vampire Communitiy for about 14 years, and have run Offline meet ups for the last 5. The groups I currently run and help with is VTOC: Vampires, Therians, & Otherkin of Chicago, and the Chicago Vampires Meetup group, but I’ve also been a Moderator and then Admin for some years at the once popular (now defunct) forums Otherkin.com and Nocturnusonline.net.


SS: Please give a description of what your research is about?

K: This specific research is to delve into scientific plausible causations of how Sanguinarians work. The entirety of our conditions, from why blood ingestion helps to why some of us experience “the beast.”


SS: What inspired you to look into the medical aspect of Sang Vampirism?

K: My inspiration for jump starting this research was an on-going frustration with the methodology of modern medicine. Given a list of symptoms, many doctors will try to patch them up with a band-aid (or multiple) without digging into the causes and trying to fix the cause. This is should be a very familiar narrative with many Sanguinarians who feel their conditions are physiological in nature, and are looking for better ways to manage their symptoms.


SS: What aspects of Sang Vampirism are you looking into?

K: A very wide-range of aspects, actually. Digestive environment differences, what blood components has precedence to heal an ailing gut and/or mind, how the hormonal/endocrine feedback loop, or neurotransmitter level variances could be related to “the beast,” and “the hunger,” individually or respectively, multiple nutrient deficiency and absorption issues and the metabolic pathway gene variations that could cause them, how those of the female Sanguinarian population appear to have a propensity of more severe symptoms or obvious traits, possible viral infections or bacterial imbalance triggers, comparative studies of similar culture diets and the gene variations that make some substances (in this case, blood) more digestively compatible (the Maasai tribe, in example), stress/anxiety levels and its effects digestive absorption, aiding in bile/acid/ph level production/effects of increase saliva and mucus production on digestion, and so on.


Over all, I just hope that this research allows for people to think in multiple directions instead of thinking that there is a one-size-fits all causation for all individuals.

SS: What have you found so far?

K: The research itself is in its beginning stages, however some notable genetic mutations include methylation dysfunction, associations with Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia, the “Warrior gene,” and increased incidents of migraines. Personally, I am also Prion Disease (Kuru) Resistent, which I thought was pretty fascinating.

In addition to genetic mutations, I have also done preliminary research into gut bacteria… My own results have come back showing that there is a significant increase (6-8X greater) in lipid metabolism function compared with their average sample data.


SS: How are you conducting the research? The tests and methodology that you use?

K: I have been lucky to have my genetic data mapped through the commercial DNA test 23andMe where I’ve been able to cross-reference the data with multiple third party software, and medical science journals. I have also done gut flora testing through uBiome, to determine whether or not there is a significant difference in digestive environment between the average person and a sanguinarian.

I have also been lucky to have a number of sanguinarians to start testing through the same process, but the research itself is truly in its infancy. In it’s current state, there have been many hypotheses based on scientific fact that “makes sense” to many in the group against their own symptoms and experiences, but I often make the point that it is not enough. We need to get more people under the microscope through inexpensive DNA testing and low-cost blood testing, and use of comparative studies against what we already know.

A few of us have been volunteering ourselves as research participants at either local universities or through programs such as ResearchMatch.org. Through this, we are able to also push for additional clinical research into more specific reasoning why our form of treatment appears to heal us.

I would also like to be able to set up a program where Sanguinarians can compare medical health records and blood test results in a confidential setting.

There is a series of comprehensive surveys in the works to go more into detail in the questions we pose. I could foresee this research being years into the making.


SSThe fact that your research isn’t conducted in a lab, some folks have been threatened by it. What can you say about that?

K: Well, I’m not sure where this ‘fact’ came from. All research I have at my disposal either was, or will be, performed in a lab. 23andMe and uBiome – performed in a lab. Blood tests – Performed in a lab. NCBI/PubMed, Microbiology Medical Journals, etc – Performed in a lab. Offering ourselves up as guinea pigs for Universities – Performed in a lab. After that is it relatively simple to apply the scientific method that everyone (I hope) learns in school. However, we do take advantage of those who know more than us on various medical subjects.


SSWhat are your goals for this research?

K: I hope that this research can open up the discussion between doctors and patients, between medical scientists, and eventually, so that medical sanguinarians can find alternative ways to manage their symptoms. I also hope that the general public will be able to start viewing this condition as something serious to look into, instead of some sort of belief that doesn’t need to be investigated scientifically.


SSYou’ve mentioned wanting more hands to help you out with your research. What exactly are you wanting help-wise? How can they help you? What do you think can be done to help spark their interest?

K: Yes… This research is, as you can expect, very expansive. I know for a fact we have many folks that work in the medical field, or otherwise know a thing-or-two about substantial research (checking citations, sources, etc). Even those with a very basic awareness of how things work, could be very helpful. We need people who can second guess themselves, think objectively and can give multiple alternative ideas, and are rarely seduced by confirmation bias.


SSHow do you think your research will affect the sangs vs psi issue? What would it mean with regards to the differences and/or similarities? 

K: I don’t think my opinions on the issue matter that much to the research I do… I am not against psi-vamps as a whole, in fact because this exercise has re-awakened my scientific mind, I also run across plausible causations for what energy vampires experience as well: Including scientific explanation of why the concept of Prana works.
Over all, I just hope that this research allows for people to think in multiple directions instead of thinking that there is a one-size-fits all causation for all individuals.


SSIs there anything else that you’d like to add or clarify for everyone? 

K: Nope, I think that just about covers it.


The Shadow Sage thanks Miss Kinesia for allowing us this interview and taking the time to answer our questions. For a long time, a lot of vampires have had a desire for medical research to be conducted. We’re glad to see one that is being attempted by one of our own and we hope to see more of those who are able or willing to contribute. For further inquiries and how to help this project grow, you can drop us a comment or reach Miss Kinesia on her Facebook account or email her at henn.v.kin@gmail.com.

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