May 22, 2017 3:24 pm
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Cannibalism may be generally frowned upon these days, but it was only last century that human blood was used as medicine in parts of Europe.

Now, eating our fellow humans is considered the sort of nightmare scenario you’d associate with a huge disaster eradicating all other sources of food.

Which is just as well because, the ethics aside, it’s REALLY bad for you.

In fact, cannibalism can kill.

Classed as red meat, due to the myoglobin in our muscles, human flesh is dangerous to eat because of prions.

Until about 50 years ago in Papa New Guinea, cannibalism was still widely practised, with members of the Fore tribe eating their deceased family members, the indy100 reports.

The unpleasant side-effect of this consumption of human tissues was to develop Kuru, also known as the “laughing disease.”

Kuru is a very rare, incurable neurodegenerative disorder caused by a twisted protein in human flesh – prions which survive heat – and being cooked.

Prions wreak devastation by killing nerve cells in the brain, rendering it like a sponge, full of holes.

Kuru means “to shiver” or “trembling in fear” owing to its symptoms.

The unpleasant side-effect of this consumption of human tissues was to develop Kuru, also known as the “laughing disease.”

Kuru is a very rare, incurable neurodegenerative disorder caused by a twisted protein in human flesh – prions which survive heat – and being cooked.

Prions wreak devastation by killing nerve cells in the brain, rendering it like a sponge, full of holes.

Kuru means “to shiver” or “trembling in fear” owing to its symptoms.

These include include muscle twitching and loss of coordination as well difficulty walking, involuntary movements, behavioural and mood changes, dementia, and difficulty eating.

Kuru tends to be fatal within one year of contraction.

The good news is it’s now believed to be obsolete.

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This post was written by Nadia Vella