Tuesday, 17 December 2013

[PF:172966] JUST UNBELIEABLE

 

The Man Who Can't Get Fat
 
 
Mr Perry, 59, can eat whatever he likes - including unlimited pies,
 burgers and desserts - and never get fat. He cannot put on 
weight because of a condition called lipodystrophy that 
makes his body rapidly burn fat.

He used to be a chubby child, but at age 12 the fat dropped off 
"almost over night". He initially tried to eat more to gain weight,
 but it had no effect. Mr Perry, of Ilford in Essex, endured a decade 
of tests before the illness was diagnosed. It finally emerged that his 
body produces six times the normal level of insulin. Doctors have admitted 
that the condition would be a "slimmer's dream".
 
 
The Man Who Doesn't Feel Cold
 
 
Dutchman Wim Hof, also known as the Iceman, is the man that
 swam under ice, and stood in bins filled with ice. He climbed the 
Mt. Blanc in shorts in the icy cold, harvested world records and 
always stands for new challenges.

Scientists can't really explain it, but the 48-year-old Dutchman is 
able to withstand, and even thrive, in temperatures that 
could be fatal to the average person.
 
 
The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep: 
stayed awake 24 hours a day for years
 
 
Rhett Lamb is often cranky like any other 3-year-old toddler, 
but there's one thing that makes him completely different: he 
has a rare medical condition in which he can't sleep a wink.

Rhett is awake nearly 24 hours a day, and his condition has baffled 
his parents and doctors for years. They took clock shifts watching 
his every sleep-deprived mood to determine what ailed the young boy.

After a number of conflicting opinions, Shannon and David Lamb 
finally learned what was wrong with their child: Doctors diagnosed Rhett 
with an extremely rare condition called chiari malformation.

"The brain literally is squeezed into the spinal column. 
What happens is you get compression, squeezing, strangulating of 
the brain stem, which has all the vital functions that control sleep, 
speech, our cranial nerves, our circulatory system, even 
our breathing system," Savard said.
 
 
 
The Woman Who Can't Forget
 
 
That's the story of AJ, an extraordinary 40-year-old 
married woman who remembers everything.

McGaugh and fellow UCI researchers Larry Cahill and 
Elizabeth Parker have been studying the extraordinary case
 of a person who has "nonstop, uncontrollable and automatic" 
memory of her personal history and countless public events. 
If you randomly pick a date from the past 25 years and ask
 her about it, she'll usually provide elaborate, verifiable details 
about what happened to her that day and if there were any
 significant news events on topics that interested her. She usually
 also recalls what day of the week it was and what the weather was like.

The 40-year-old woman, who was given the code name AJ 
to protect her privacy, is so unusual that UCI coined a name for
 her condition in a recent issue of the journal
 Neurocase: hyperthymestic syndrome.
 
 
The Girl Who Eats Only Tic Tacs
 
 
Meet Natalie Cooper, a 17-year-old teenager who has 
a mystery illness that makes her sick every time she eats anything.
 Well, almost anything. She can eat one thing that doesn't
 make her sick: Tic tac mint!

For reasons that doctors are unable to explain, Tic tacs are the 
only thing she can stomach, meaning she has to get the rest of
 her sustenance from a specially formulated feed through a tube.
 
 
The Musician Who Can't Stop Hiccupping
 
 
Chris Sands, 24, from Lincoln, hiccups as often as every two seconds - 
and sometimes even when he is asleep. He has tried a variety of cures,
 including hypnosis and yoga, but nothing has worked. Mr Sands 
thinks his problem stems from an acid reflux condition caused by 
a damaged valve in his stomach. "If the acid levels are severe 
enough they are going to do keyhole surgery and grab part of my
 stomach and wrap it around the valve to tighten it," he said.

Mr Sands, who is a backing singer in the group Ebullient, said 
the condition has hampered his career as he has only been able
 to perform four times. In the next couple of weeks --
as of the day of the report--, doctors at Nottingham's Queen's 
Medical Centre will put a tube into his stomach to monitor acid levels 
and decide if keyhole surgery is possible.
 

The Girl That Collapses Every Time She Laughs

 
Kay Underwood, 20, has cataplexy, which means that
 almost any sort of strong emotion triggers a dramatic 
weakening of her muscles. Exhilaration, anger, fear, surprise,
 awe and even embarrassment can also cause sufferers to
 suddenly collapse on the spot.

Kay, of Barrow-upon-Soar, Leicestershire (UK), who was 
diagnosed with the condition five years ago, once collapsed 
more than 40 times in a single day. She said: "People find it 
very odd when it happens, and it isn't always easy 
to cope with strangers' reactions. "

Like most cataplexy sufferers, Ms Underwood is also battling narcolepsy -
 a condition that makes her drop off to sleep without warning. 
Narcolepsy affects around 30,000 people in the UK and 
about 70 per cent of them also have cataplexy.
 
 
The Woman Who is Allergic to Modern Technology
 
 
For most people talking on a mobile phone, cooking dinner in
 the microwave or driving in a car is simply part of modern living 
in 21st century Britain. But completing any such tasks is 
impossible for Debbie Bird - because she is allergic to 
Cell Phones and Microwaves.

The 39-year-old is so sensitive to the electromagnetic 
field (emf) or 'smog' created by computers, mobile phones, 
microwave ovens and even some cars, that she develops 
a painful skin rash and her eyelids swell to three times their
 size if she goes near them. As a consequence, Mrs Bird,
 a health spa manager, has transformed her home into an
 EMF-free zone to try and stay healthy. 'I can no longer
 do things that I used to take for granted,' Mrs Bird said. 
"My day-to-day life has been seriously affected by EMF"..


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