- The effects of high altitude prevents the organism living in the soil. [Reference]
- Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denys, eminent physician to King Louis XIV of France, on June 15, 1667, transfused the blood of a sheep into a 15-year-old boy, who survived the transfusion. Denys performed another transfusion into a labourer, who also survived. Both instances were likely due to the small amount of blood that was actually transfused into these people. This allowed them to withstand the allergic reaction. [Reference]
- Denys’ experiments with animal blood provoked a heated controversy in France, and in 1670 the procedure was banned. It wasn’t until after Karl Landsteiner’s discovery of the four blood groups in 1902 that blood transfusions became safe and reliable.
- Cough syncope
- Caused by persistent increased intrathoracic pressure diminishing venous return to the heart, thus lowering cardiac output. [Reference]
What is “dancing mania“?
- “Dancing mania” is derived from the term “choreomania“, from the Greek choros (dance) and mania (madness), it was a social phenomenon between the 14 and 17th century.
- The term was coined by Paracelsus, and the condition was initially considered a curse sent by a saint, usually St. John the Baptist or St. Vitus, and was therefore known as “St. Vitus’ Dance” or “St. John’s Dance”. Victims of dancing mania often ended their processions at places dedicated to that saint, who was prayed to in an effort to end the dancing.
- There have been many theories to the cause of the “dancing mania” including ergot poisoning, cults, epilepsy and most likely a “collective hysterical disorder” [Reference]
- Corn Flakes (invented in 1878).
- Dr Kellogg, who had strange views about sex and eugenics, is said to have invented Corn Flakes as part of his health regimen to prevent masturbation, a subject he was absolutely obsessed by.
- He was convinced that replacing meat and eggs with bland foods, like corn flakes, would reduce excitement and arousal in young men. He also recommended a daily enema, of yoghurt. [Reference]