The winter time has arrived so everyone is getting a lie on this morning.
The Radio Rock has recently come out with all sorts of interesting bits of information. The latest substance for the adolescents to play with, perhaps? Zovirax!!
Apparently Acyclovir, also known as Zovirax has been discovered to include one of the mechanisms that triggers Cotard’s syndrome, a condition causing people to feel as if they have died, or parts of their bodies are dead or no longer exist. Living dead… now I always thought the stories about the living dead were pure fiction but no, and here is the proof. Certainly scary… and not just because of the Halloween ( yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31st)
is approaching either Reversing walking corpse syndrome: Cotard’s Syndrome trigger found – and it’s a household cold sore cream …. never used the stuff but its most certainly going into “not wanted” list now.
Those suffering from Cotard’s Delusion, or Walking Corpse Syndrome, are convinced they are indeed the living dead, that either they do not exist or that parts of their body no longer exist. In 2008, a 53-year-old Filipino woman was admitted to a psychiatric unit of a local hospital by her family after she complained that she smelled like rotting flesh. She soon insisted that she be taken to a morgue so that she could be with the other dead people. After a month of antidepressants, she no longer showed these symptoms.
In 1996, a Scottish man who suffered head injury in a motorcycling accident began to believe he had died from complications during his recovery. Not long after he completed recovery, he and his mother moved from Edinburgh to South Africa. The heat, he explained to his doctors, confirmed his belief because only Hell could be so hot.
Last year, Japanese doctors described a 69-year-old patient who declared to one of the doctors, “I guess I am dead. I’d like to ask for your opinion.” When the doctor asked him whether a dead man could speak, the patient recognized that his condition defied logic, but could not shake his conviction that he was deceased. After a year, his delusion passed, but he insisted on the truth of what happened during it. “Now I am alive. But I was once dead at that time,” he said. He also believed that Kim Jong-il was also a patient at the same hospital.
In 2009, Belgian psychiatrists reported the case of an 88-year-old man who came to their hospital with symptoms of depression. The man explained that he was dead, and was concerned and anxious that no one had buried him yet. His delusions subsided with treatment.
The same doctors also treated a 46-year-old woman who claimed to have not eaten nor gone to the bathroom in months, nor slept in years. She explained that all her organs had rotted, that she had no blood and that doctors who monitored her heart or took her blood pressure were deceiving her because her heart didn’t beat. After multiple admissions to the hospital and a lapse in taking her medication over the next 10 months, her condition gradually improved.
I dare say some folk may be experiencing the Living Dead syndrome for other reasons this morning. Even I could be amongst the minority this fine autumn morning. The sun is trying to shine.
Because in the Northern Hemisphere Halloween comes in the wake of the yearly apple harvest, candy apples (known as toffee apples outside North America), caramel or taffy apples are common Halloween treats made by rolling whole apples in a sticky sugar syrup, sometimes followed by rolling them in nuts.
One custom that persists in modern-day Ireland is the baking (or more often nowadays, the purchase) of a barmbrack (Irish: báirín breac), which is a light fruitcake, into which a plain ring, a coin and other charms are placed before baking. It is said that those who get a ring will find their true love in the ensuing year. This is similar to the tradition of king cake at the festival of Epiphany.
List of foods associated with Halloween:
…unfortunately I am not a keen enthusiast of the pumpkin pie, made it a couple of times but I just cannot quite get my tongue around it… well we cannot all like everything, or perhaps I just had a bad recipe…