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  • We are all faced with illnesses and ailments

  • at some point in our lives

  • be that a harmless cold

  • or a more serious condition.

  • Although the medical industry is constantly evolving

  • and advancing,

  • We still do not have answers

  • to a surprising amount of problems.

  • For example, there is still no cure for the common cold

  • we do not know what causes cancer

  • and do not even know how anaesthesia works.

  • But there are some interesting conditions

  • like the fact people who undergo organ transplants

  • change personalities

  • And the unknown reason

  • why people who are freezing to death

  • remove their clothing.

  • Here are five disorders, illnesses and conditions

  • that are still, and will most likely remain, unsolved.

  • Sit back and enjoy.

  • We have all heard of hypothermia, the nightmarish condition that occurs when the average person's body temperature drops below 35 degrees.

  • It all starts with uncontrollable shivering,

  • followed by difficulty walking, poor coordination, and the appearance of being drunk.

  • As breathing and heart rate slows to a dangerous rate,

  • the body stops shaking and eventually the person will fall unconscious

  • and die if not seen to immediately.

  • But right before death it has been known that the sufferer, in a semi comatose state,

  • will instinctively try to hide.

  • This is not a conscious decision to keep warm,

  • because by this stage the person is incoherent,

  • confused, and completely unable to make any kind of rational decison.

  • These actions are purely an effort of the body trying one final effort to keep going.

  • If this thought is quite unnerving, then wait until you hear about the bizarre phenomenon

  • of paradoxical undressing.

  • Paradoxical undressing is when just before losing consciousness

  • a sufferer of hypothermia will get the feeling of extreme warmth.

  • Prompting them to remove all of their clothes,

  • sometimes folding them into a neat pile before passing away.

  • But why would someone dying of cold want to remove the only thing keeping them warm?

  • Well the reason for this is not completely understood

  • although it is thought the dilation of blood vessels in the skin

  • as a result of the cold and of the deterioration of the brain

  • can cause this sensation of extreme heat.

  • Studies show around 30 percent of all people who have passed away from hypothermia

  • have had some or all of their clothes removed.

  • Now I don't know about you but the thought of someone undressing

  • from a feeling of warmth whilst their body temperature is continuing to drop

  • as they freeze to death is very unnerving.

  • And the fact that we do not know for sure why

  • this happens makes the bizarre phenomenon of paradoxical undressing

  • all the more strange.

  • Oakville Blobs.

  • Now this next one is strange.

  • There is some scepticism about whether it caused ilnesses, but

  • it is however a fascinating incident.

  • At around 3am on the 7th August 1994

  • rain began to fall over Oakville, Washington.

  • But this was no ordinary rain.

  • What was falling was a strange, jelly like substance.

  • Over the next 3 weeks the area experienced this strange jelly rain a total of 6 times.

  • Local resident Dottie Hearn described the substance as mushy rice sized blobs

  • with a gelatinous texture.

  • And local patrolman David Lacey

  • had to stop his car after the substance smeared over his windscreen making

  • it impossible to see.

  • After it had stopped failing, both Dottie and David along with other resident began to fal ill.

  • They suffered from various symptoms, ranging from difficulty breathing

  • to vertigo, blurred vision and nausea.

  • Several cats and dogs who had come into contact with the goo

  • were said to have died.

  • Dotty's symptoms were so severe that she was admitted to hospital,

  • and her daughter was convinced that there was a connection

  • to her mother's sudden illness and the blobs.

  • After examination, it was found that the blobs contained human white blood cells,

  • and were teeming with two types of bacteria, one of which

  • lives in the human digestive system.

  • This lead to the speculation that it was human waste released from an aeroplane,

  • although this was quickly dismissed as waste from planes has to be died blue

  • and is forbidden from being dumped mid flight.

  • However, Dotty was not happy with these findings

  • and over a year after the incident sent some samples she had stored in her freezer

  • to a microbiologist.

  • He discovered a cell

  • which are complex nucleus containing cells present in most living creatures,

  • meaning whatever it was had to be alive at some point in time.

  • This lead to the theory that a military bomb 50 miles away

  • accidentally blew up lots of jellyfish

  • scattering them miles into the sky

  • This theory did not hold up well since the rain came down six times.

  • There was no smell

  • and the distance it would have had to travel seems pretty impossible.

  • The airforce did however confirm that they were doing practice bombing runs

  • over the pacific in 1994.

  • But denied they had anything to do with the blobs.

  • Conspiracy theorists and locals are sceptical about this,

  • and believe that the military were carrying out an experiment

  • possibly a new biological weapon, to see what affects it would have.

  • But it is strange that samples of the substance no longer exist,

  • and the illnesses after remain unsolved.

  • Gulf War Syndrome.

  • Humans are not designed to go to war. At least not the types of war which have been fought in the last hundred years.

  • and this shows with the onset of war related illnesses and mental health problems.

  • Unexplained nerve pain, nausea, headaches,

  • loss of balance, stomach problems, and

  • chronic fatigue

  • These are just a few of the 53 reported symptoms

  • experienced by Gulf War veterans.

  • Who were suffering from an illness that still has not been properly explained or acknowledged.

  • The illness became so widespread that the government set up disease registers

  • but even after assessing over 100,000 soldiers

  • they failed to find a single cause for the condition.

  • Medical experts were stumped. They could see these very real symptoms

  • and sufferings, but could not determine why.

  • One theory is that soldiers returning from the Gulf War had unknowingly been exposed to

  • depleted uranium in tank shells.

  • Or fumes from burning oil wells.

  • Although it did not explain why soldiers who were not exposed to these were also suffering.

  • Other possible explanations are anthrax vaccines,

  • solvents, infectious diseases and chemical age resistant coatings.

  • There was never any evidence of this.

  • But how is this different to PTSD?

  • Well, it's the sheer extent that has manifested since the gulf war.

  • And the complete lack of research or reasoning for why

  • this war in particular caused this amount of post-war problems.

  • What was also added to this condition is that fact that it took

  • until 2008 before a report

  • was released by the US Advisory Comittee.

  • Stating that Gulf War Syndrome was a disorder tied to chemical exposure.

  • Yet even with all this evidence the government still declared that there was no syndrome.

  • Astonishingly, around 29 percent of soldiers deployed in the Gulf

  • are now considered disabled.

  • And many more are still plagued by a combination of unexplained illnesses,

  • that seem to have no origin apart from the fact that they all started after they were in the war.

  • The Dancing Plague.

  • The Dancing Plague is a condition that you may have heard about before.

  • The name alone draws you in.

  • But what exactly is it?

  • Well, in 1374, hundreds of people living in the medieval towns

  • scattered along the river Rine in central Europe,

  • were suddenly compelled to dance. Not for pleasure, but due to an uncontrollable complusion

  • Although the studies are scarce due to it happening so long ago,

  • and many reports seem to have been glorified,

  • it is said that those who danced literally did so until they died.

  • After the initial outbreak, there were no other outbreaks of compulsive dancing

  • until the summer of 1518.

  • A woman in France reportedly appeared to dance for 7 days.

  • She was joined by over 100 residents who were affected by the same uncontrollable urges.

  • The authorities of the day left them and hoped they would stop dancing

  • however they started to drop dead, mostly from heart attacks.

  • The dancing plague is always interesting to read about,

  • but due to it being exaggerated it is hard to tell what is true and what isn't.

  • So what do the records at the time say?

  • It seems that it was a real thing that did happen,

  • and the people of Strasbourg, where the 1518 case started,

  • were convinced that the epidemic was caused by St. Vitus,

  • who unleashed a dancing curse on them.

  • However, nowadays with more advanced medical science,

  • we are able to come up with some interesting theories.

  • The most popular being that the people had unwittingly ingested Ergot,

  • a psychotropic mould which can be found on rye stalks.

  • (A staple diet at the time.)

  • This seems unlikely, as Ergot can give delusions

  • would also cut off blood supply making it hard to move freely.

  • Another theory is mass hysteria, although dancing for days on end with very little food seems unlikely.

  • The most plausible explanation seems to be that those affected were

  • in a disassociate trance, AKA

  • a condition that meant they had lost control of their rational thinking.

  • Nowadays dissociative trance disorder is a recognised category of mental illness,

  • described by psychiatrists as a narrowing of one's attention

  • so that things like sight and movement are placed outside of one's reality.

  • So in effect, dancing plague could have been a form of mental illness,

  • possibly bought on by the condition of the time or another unknown reason.

  • But it is said that this unknown illness that caused people to move in a manner

  • that looked like they were dancing took the lives of hundreds of people

  • and it is still a mystery as to why

  • New Organ = New Person.

  • Although organ donation is controversial and divides opinions,

  • there is no denying that many people's lives have been saved by receiving another person's organ

  • to replace their failing one.

  • But, with the growing list of transplant patients,

  • it is becoming apparent that some recipients are inheriting the traits of their donors.

  • There are many examples of this.

  • Take Simon, a 29 year old who was born with Cystic Fibrosis,

  • and from a young age knew he would eventually need a new liver.

  • That happened when he received the liver of an 18 year old girl.

  • The operation was a success. However, upon waking, the once polite boy

  • was swearing, something he never did before the operation.

  • Simon believes the reason he started swearing was because of the transplant

  • that must have given him some of the transplantee's traits.

  • Then there's the story of Bill, a 52 year old Arizona businessman,

  • who suffered a heart attack and received a new heart from Hollywood stunt man Brady Michaels.

  • After recovering from the operation, Bill, the once overweight and unhealthy man,

  • was drawn towards sport and getting fit.

  • He even became a medal winning swimmer, cyclist, and runner.

  • Traits he linked to his new heart.

  • However it's not always the good parts of the donor's personalities which manifest,

  • and one story sticks out in particular.

  • Sonny from Georgia received a heart from a suicide victim,

  • and in the years after receiving his new heart had shown no signs of unhappiness or depression.

  • But in April 2008 he was found in his garage with a self-inflicted shotgun wound to his throat.

  • These were the identical circumstances in which his donor had killed himself 12 years earlier.

  • Incredibly, Sonny's widow Cheryl was previously married to his donor,

  • they had become friends and Sonny said he felt like he had known her for years.

  • These are just a few of the many bizarre changes in personality in people who have received organ transplants.

  • Scientists who have studied this condition have called it 'Cell Memory Phenomenon',

  • and believe that the changed behaviours and emotions experienced by the recepients

  • are due to the memories stored in the neurons of the organ donated.

  • There is now evidence to suggest that up to six percent of organ recipients

  • will experience some change of personality.

  • And in addition to this there was one patient who had a liver transplant acquired the immune system

  • and the blood type of the donor.

  • Due to stem cells transferring over to her bone marrow.

  • Pretty crazy, huh?

  • So that's five illnesses, conditions and diseases

  • that researchers are still scratching their heads about.

  • I hope you've enjoyed, and know that I will be talking about conditions

  • related to the brain in a future video.

  • Because after all, schizophrenia, split personalities and even depression

  • are all conditions that are still unexplained.

  • Thanks for watching, and I'll see you in the next video.

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