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The Wild Hunt
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The Wild Hunt is an independent news agency, focused only on the Pagan, Heathen, Witchcraft and polytheist community.   Mission It is our mission to serve our global readership daily with news and commentary, originating from within Pagan, Heathen, and polytheist communities, or of interest to those communities, or affecting them.   Who Funds The Wild Hunt? The Wild Hunt is funded entirely by the community it serves. It is a fiscally-sponsored project of the nonprofit organization Independent Arts and Media. To make your single, tax-deductible donation, use our convenient Paypal button, or contact [email protected] for more options. You can also join our Sustainers Circle, a group of supporters who donate monthly to help keep independent, community-focused journalism thriving.   History The Wild Hunt began as an experiment by Jason Pitzl in 2004 who wanted to create a daily blog focusing on news of interest to Pagans. What a sole writing project has become a community of journalists and commentators who work diligently to inform the Pagan, Heathen, Witchcraft and polytheist community. In 2014, Pitzl retired from his position.   Heather Greene entered the role of managing editor and publisher the same year. Under her leadership The Wild Hunt expanded its service to the community hiring additional writers and columnists and becoming a publishing destination for many guests columnists and writers. The Wild Hunt also become a recognized news provider into services like google News. In Fall of 2018, Greene retired from her position.   The current Editor-in-chief and publisher is Manny Tejeda-Moreno. The Wild Hunt continues to dedicate itself in service of the community covering issues of important that emerge or impact the lives and livelihood of Pagans, Heathens, Witches and polytheists.
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The Porcelain Vampire Speaks
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Welcome to my home on the internet. Ever wondered what's it's like to feel like a real vampire? Allergic to the sun? Have porphyria? This is my story. Disclaimer: For entertainment purposes only. No advice given is from a medical professional. Please consult your own doctor. No, I am not a roleplayer. No, I am not a life-styler. No, I do not turn into a bat. Porphyria has long been described as a harmful phototoxic reaction of the skin to the sun. There's a lot more to it than that, but we will leave this description for now. The legend of the vampire may have been largely to blame for this genetic blood disorder. That's right, a blood disorder. Porphyrins are in everyone's blood. People with this genetic blood disorder just happened to have a lot more of them react to sunlight, causing this phototoxic reaction. Doctors wouldn't come around to even remotely understanding this condition until the 1800's. Thankfully, people insisted that vampires must have come from recently deceased in graveyards, reawakening from the dead to feed on the living. People would have 'vampire burials', where the family member would be dug up and reburied to reassure all that they would not be returning from the grave to feed on their relatives. Vampire hunters would wear garlic around their necks to keep the smell of the dead from getting to them, later thought to 'repel vampires'. Enticing hmm? No wonder so many of us allergic to the sun chose to deal with it, stay quiet and suffer alone without the help of doctors until much later in history. The alternative would have been being accused of witchcraft, necromancy, or worse. Doctors today still know very little about some types of porphyria. They can agree that there are 7 different types. I'm only going to focus on my type. Erythropoietic Protoporphyria (EPP) is a rare inherited metabolic (blood) disorder caused by a deficiency of the enzyme ferrochelatase (FECH), which results from changes (mutations) in the FECH gene. Due to abnormally low levels of this enzyme, excessive amounts of protoporphyrin accumulate in the bone marrow, blood plasma, and red blood cells. Some patients with symptoms of EPP have a genetic change in a different gene called ALAS2. It will hit every apple on the way down the tree and symptoms are not always present. Unfortunately, every parent has a 50/50 chance of having a child develop EPP. EPP has been in my family for many generations. I won't bore you with how many generations (I'm one of the family historians, so I've got our genealogy written down/digitized). I'll start with my recent family members. My grandmother, my mother, myself, some cousins, my daughter, 2 of my nieces all have EPP. I even have a couple of male cousins and an uncle that has it. Oh? Did I mention women are more likely to inherit the symptoms than the men? No one knows or understands why. Alright, off we go into this journey. Enjoy the story of my life! 
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