Zombies…Legend or Fact?

So…zombies don’t actually exist, right?

That’s what most people think…

Let me give you some backstory. My dad has ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) or more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It affects the motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord, which affects nerves and muscles–basically, causing the muscles to weaken and atrophy.  There are different forms of ALS–one is spontaneous–it just happens, and another is genetic.  My dad has the genetic kind.  My sister is a nurse and, seeing as how she may one day be affected by this disease, decided to do some research…

My sister wasn’t sure which country, she thought maybe Papua New Guinea, there is a cannibalistic clan that has a form of ALS.  Now, this clan’s form of ALS is different in that it causes frontal-lobe dementia.  Most forms of ALS don’t cause dementia so as the person’s body atrophies, his/her mind stays sane.  But, in this clan, the mind atrophies as well.  Not only this, but this form of ALS can be spread through eating the flesh of one who has the disease.  Ewww, right?

Have you ever seen anyone with frontal lobe dementia?  Neither have I, but my sister has.  She explained people with this type of dementia walk like a zombie–the slow, shuffling gait–and eat anything given to them, in front of them or around them.  She’s actually seen people eat their own shit and not have a clue.  Seriously.

So, there you go.  Zombies actually exist…in Papua New Guinea or wherever in this cannibalistic clan with a virus-like ALS.

And with that happy thought, Halloween is coming up!


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