Ten rare diseases that curse people with superpowers,
and it’s not kryptonite.
Have you caught a cold? Oh, how unlucky!
All these nasty symptoms again a runny nose
non-stop coughing and also it hurts to eat.
But you know what quit nagging!
Your illness will pass in about a week,
but imagine the life of those who suffer from chronic diseases.
People tend to associate an illness
with something unpleasant and often dangerous,
and they have their reasons to think so.
But there are some diseases
which unlike a common cold look like superpowers at least at first sight.
In this video, you’ll get acquainted with some of them.
These rare diseases not only leave scientists confused,
but also make their carrier similar to superheroes.
Counting down number 10: Super memory
This condition is called hyperthymesia,
a disruption of memory which causes a person to remember all the events,
answer their life down to every last detail.
There are just about 60 people in the world
who have been diagnosed with such a unique disease.
The patients can describe any day of their lives in amazing detail,
recalling even the moments from their deep childhood.
What’s more, such people can recite lengthy extracts
from books they’ve read many years ago;
retell a news broadcast of any day of any year, you name it.
Do you think it’s a gift these people are lucky to enjoy?
Hnmm, think again!
Patients with hyperthymesia can’t alter their memories,
or sugarcoat some unpleasant moments they would prefer to forget.
They literally forget nothing.
BBC once told the story of Rebecca Sharukh,
an Australian writer who remembered
how she was wrapped in a pink blanket at the tender age of 7.
No, not years.
Not even months, seven days old!
Her memory is truly unique.
She recites long extracts from Harry Potter
without mixing up a single word.
However, the young woman doesn’t consider
her hyperthymesia a superpower.
She constantly suffers from headaches and insomnia,
and tires very fast.
Number 9: Insensibility to pain
In-born analgesia, that’s a scientific name of the condition
when a person doesn’t feel pain.
At all, there is a surprising fact to think about,
Despite the rareness of this disease
as many as 40 cases of it have been registered in one of the villages in Sweden.
How can we explain such a phenomenon?
Hmm, maybe it’s the meatballs.
What is your opinion? Share in the comments!
At first sight you may think that
this could be a feature of real x-men.
The syndrome doesn’t influence mental abilities or appearance;
a person doesn’t feel any pain,
maximum – other people’s touches.
In real life, this condition is dangerous.
Usually our body informs us about some problems it has,
sending us signals in the form of pain.
A patient with analgesia might miss the symptoms of the disease,
they just won’t hear the cries for help of their body.
This illness is especially dangerous for little children,
they can hurt themselves while playing ,
or accidentally cause damage to the cornea,
bite the tip of their tongue off
or fail to notice that their bone is broken.
Do you still think it’s cool?
Number eight: Abilities to literally do anything
Savant syndrome is a rare condition,
which might be typical for people with developmental disorders,
such as Autism or Asperger’s syndrome
Patients with such condition are extremely talented in
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music, drawing and painting,
calculations, cartography, and constructing 3d models.
savants can instantly provide you
with the result of multiplications of three-digit numbers
or to say what day of the week will be the 5th of May 3017.
As an example Stephen Wiltshire a famous
British architectural artist with the syndrome of savant
Managed to draw a precise map of London
After just one flight over the city. Many people call savants geniuses,
and they are partially right
People with this syndrome have real talents in some fields
But despite such patches
of genius patients display inadequacy to the extent of the mental deficiency.
Do you remember Forrest Gump from the novel of Winston groom?
Yeah me either.
I just saw the movie
Well that is a well-known example of a savant
number 7 (Insensitivity) to cold
Besides people who don’t react to pain,
there are those who are indifferent to cold.
A vivid example is Wim Hof, a man
from the Netherlands who brought doctors to their wit’s end.
The thing is Wim is able to stand very low temperatures.
He managed to spend 120 minutes
in a pipe with freezing water and ice;
has climbed to the top of Mount Blanc wearing shorts and his pen.
No, not really and.
Even swims under the ice of frozen lakes and rivers
Specialists considered this man to be a unique phenomenon
though Wim Hof himself believes that his
Insensitivity to cold is the result of the persistent training.
Whatever it is.
Just imagine how much money you could save
on winter clothes if you had such an ability?
Number 6 complete absence of fear
Herb OTT wife disease is a rare genetic
disorder that leads to the complete lack of fear.
Only 300 cases are known, and a quarter
of them have been registered in South Africa.
The most famous patient got the name the
woman who knows no fear it is an American woman SM
These initials have been given to her to maintain anonymity
The researchers use numerous ways to frighten her
she was given poisonous spiders and snakes to hold
The scientists meet her watch horror films
The woman was locked in a haunted house.
However all their efforts were in vain
What is more SM told them about terrible events from her life?
which still didn’t manage to scare her a
knife attack in the park at night a case
of domestic violence she barely survived the
Leader of the research team was surprised to find the woman still alive
despite the fact that she can’t assess danger Well,
that sounds scary doesn’t it?
Number 5 the vampire disorder
This disease has a difficult scientific name, but I will try
hippo hydronic Ectodermal dysplasia, thank you very much
But it’s more widely spread
name describes it perfectly people suffering from this condition
frequently have eerily pointed teeth.
Therefore looking similar to the legendary
blood feeding creatures from horror films.
people with more prominent symptoms of this illness are
extremely thin and pale, their eyes are outlined with dark circles.
Their teeth are typically pointed,
hair is absent and they probably don’t like steaks
And I’m not talking about the beef kind
All kidding aside the biggest problem for such patients is not being mistaken
for a vampire the situation is much dire
They always have to check their temperature and stay away from the sunlight.
It is vitally important to avoid hot weather
People with this disorder don’t have sweat glands
as you know these glands serve as a thermo regulating mechanism of our body
Imagine what can happen if it is broken？ By the way,
this is the most typical syndrome of the disorder
Sounds dramatic but
for example after Michael Berryman who suffers from the disease
Made a career playing horror movie characters anyway
Now you know where the stories about vampires root from right?
Number four octopus people
Polymelia is a strange disorder, people suffering
from it are born with an unusual number of limbs in
Some cases these limbs are pretty useful in others.
They are non
Functioning guess you wouldn’t be overly excited
about an extra leg or arm
But what would you say about a bigger number of extra limbs?
for example the case
in Pakistan was particularly shocking a baby was born with as many as six legs a
Parasitic twin was to blame
In fact the disease can affect any extremities
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legs arms fingers stand in some cases even penis
surely surgeries removing extra body parts exist
But surprisingly some individuals refuse to
be operating they think these body parts
Fingers in particular are useful and
feel reluctant to bid goodbye to them
Number three stone man syndrome
The syndrome is genetic. What’s more it progresses through life
People with such a disease have
the soft tissues of their bodies turning to bone
The mutation of the ACV are one gene responsible
for the development of different tissues of the human body
leads to terrible consequences muscles turn
to bone and joints fuse together if
Doctors attempt to remove the bone surgically the
body starts to produce more bone tissue in that area
Luckily only one in two million people suffers
from this condition because currently there is no existing treatment
Number two werewolf syndrome
Do you regularly feel irritated getting rid of unwelcome hair growing
on certain parts of your body?
Relax and take a deep breath it can’t be as bad
as the problem of those who suffer from hypertrichosis
The hair growth of such people is abnormal
all their bodies are covered with thick hair
It grows long and lush even on their faces
The reason for this condition,
which has gained the nickname werewolf syndrome is most likely to be the genetic mutation
However there have been some cases where this
disease has been provoked by anti balding treatment
So be cautious with your wishes
Surely usual methods
of hair removal shaving waxing or laser are perfectly effective
But even the best of them only give short lasting results
and number one foreign accent syndrome
But any of you have tried to speak with a foreign accent
at least once in your life have you been successful and
There are people who don’t even need to try hard
their countrymen will believe
that their tourists visiting the country on vacation However,
it is no fun for patients themselves they speak
with a foreign accent uncontrollably
What is even more surprising?
People who have acquired French accent
may have never visited France before
From time to time such patients
use several accents and sometimes even simultaneously
The most common reason
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for this condition is a head injury or a stroke well that explains a few things
the person with this condition
Changes the way they place their tongue
during speaking the most effective treatment in this case is speech therapy
So what disease have you found the most shocking? Have you ever met anybody
with the conditions described in this video
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