Appalachia's "Blue Family": bodies discolored by generations of inbreeding

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  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Talk about blue in the face... Extraordinary story of Appalachia's 'Blue
    Family' whose bodies were discoloured after generations of inbreeding
    (Daily Mail)
    And just when was this phenomenon first noticed by the world beyond the family's isolated area?
    medical explanations, with pictures, at link above
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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  4. badhorsie

    badhorsie Mouth operational, brain elsewhere...

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    I have never heard of this disease but googled it in images. Some amazing photos there
     
  5. ThoughtFox

    ThoughtFox Expecting the Unexpected

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    Having Appalachian ancestors myself who were neither inbred nor blue, I always wonder why people don't point out that the further back you go in any isolated community, the more likely it is that people are closely related.

    But that story is a new one on me! I've never heard of the Blue Fugates before, although that's a pretty common name in Tennessee.
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    oh_gal New Member

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    Wasn't there a man on Dr. Phil a while back who was blue? (Not kidding.) I think his coloring was due to abnormal amounts of some type of heavy metal or something, in his blood.
     
  8. AnaTeresa

    AnaTeresa New Member

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    My first thought - well it's better than Harlequin fetus. If you don't know what that is, I caution you not to google. It's a rather graphic disorder that can occur as a result of inbreeding (although not always). Blue is cool and not life-threatening.
     
  9. Kimberlyd125

    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    Yes!!!
    I remember him.
    Very blue.
     
  10. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Here's that other blue-skinned guy:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LowTUTGOtE0"]A Guy With Blue Skin - YouTube[/ame]
     
  11. Kimberlyd125

    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    Yes, that's him. I remember I thought he looked like Papa Smurf because of the blue skin and white beard.
     
  12. Filly

    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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    Isn't that why royalty is called Blue Bloods because they were inbred? Pardon my ignorance. I always thought that is what it meant.

    There's got to be some blue people running around in the Pine Barrens.

    My mom tells us about the time she had a birthday party and my gram invited her friend who borught her "blue baby". It was an awful disease and the little girl died early on. Not the same thing? My mom said she was blue alright.
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    Here's Wiki on the matter:
    And more at the Wiki "nobility" link ("blue blood" is about halfway down the page).
     
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    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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    Elphaba Defying Gravity...

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    Too much colloidal silver use, was the culprit for him...

    As for all of the blue skinned people: do they look green when jaundice?
     
  16. Paulette

    Paulette Active Member

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    I wanted to buy a beauty/face product that had collodial silver in it. This sounded too weird, so I googled effects of collodial silver. Your skin will will turn blue - permanently.
    This was ages ago and I forget the good effect of the product - but the downside was shocking.
     
  17. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Also loved this line:
     
  18. LunaticFringe

    LunaticFringe I know you're out there...

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    Of course I have to Google it now!
     
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    LunaticFringe I know you're out there...

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    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    Please don't! I did. And I really wish I hadn't.
    Those poor babies. Horrible.
     
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    AnaTeresa New Member

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    I had the misfortune of coming across it when doing research for biology class in middle school. Definitely shocking. I feel terrible for the families and babies who have to deal with this, although at least there have been some developments in treating it.
     

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