Werewolf disease – lycanthropes and lycanthropy

Lycanthropy is a mental disorder where people believe that they are a wolf (or some other animal).  (Incidentally, the dictionary also defines lycanthropy as  – In folklore, the magical ability to assume the form and characteristics of a wolf.)  For those of you interested in learning more about the “werewolf disease”, try searching for The Werewolf in Legend, Fact, and Art by novelist Basil Copper in 1977.  Cooper discusses the werewolf disease and research done by  Dr. Lee Illis who describes the werewolf disease as the mental condition congenital porphyria.  Dr. Illis compiles evidence to show a link between porphyria and werewolves.  Is the werewolf disease legitimate?  You’ll have to do the research and be the judge, however this doctor certainly believes so!

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  1. Re-searcha says:

    Yes I remember the case. In 1976 there was a teenager who bit an elderly doctor on the hand. He said his wolf state was on the verge of coming out, and that the doctor would be sorry if he didn’t leave. In other words he was saying he was going to turn into a werewolf. Of course this didn’t happen, the doctor called the young man’s bluff and waited, and he waited, and he waited. Only to find to the doctors amusement and the young mans embarrassment that in an attempt to quote on quote transform the young lad let out gas instead. His attempts at stiffening his muscles caused him to fart, that was all. There was no transformation, no change whatsoever. The doctor recorded this on video tape and played it to the young man six years later. He was extremely embarrassed. Now whether or not this chap thought he was a werewolf, or he was just been a silly, I don’t know. But what I do know is that for the entirety of a year, the boy was been documented in the hospital, and there was no sign of his apparent werewolf state. Meaning there wasn’t any.

  2. Re-searcha says:

    But that’s not saying that because there is such a thing as lycanthropy, that everyone who says they are a werewolf is suffering from it. That’s like saying because I lied about something today, means that I lie about everything.

  3. Aconissa says:

    Hah thats quite funny. I heard that in the 17th and 18th century there were lots of horrible murders in France and some of the suspects swore that they were werewolves. Because the court was so religious during that time, they were believed, and executed.

  4. Dream Catcher says:

    lol, now this is fresh

  5. ArgharnaWelyn says:

    @Re-searcha: careful not to lie to cops youd be busted.

  6. Diana says:

    I love werewolf because me and my two friends andy and tumi are one. We love werewolfs especially when we protect people from danger.

  7. Erin says:

    @Diana: Can you tell me how to become a werewolf?

  8. Alyx says:

    Wow. Some of the people on this website are really haters of werewolves. Well I took these two tests and the first one said I was a werewolf. The second one said that my fur color was silver. I mean, it would be cool if werewolves were real cuz they could help the army win very hard wars. The downside would be some of them might not be able to control their abilities.

  9. Lycanhope says:

    @Alyx: Do you always believe quizzes you do on the Internet?
    But seriously, all these online “are you a werewolf” quizzes are nonsense, if you want to know if you’re a werewolf you ask one. We know what to look for.
    Also we wouldn’t be able to help any army any more than other people, because we’re just people unless we’re wolves. And none of us have issues with control, if you do that’s a bad sign.

  1. July 9, 2011

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