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Exploring the medical and scientific background of blood drinking
Investigation and Research Into Sanguinarians
Investigation and Research Into Sanguinarians
Included here are links to articles exploring the possibility of a medical angle for blood-need in each of many of the sub-sets of medicine. Where possible, reference links have been provided.

NOTE! Inclusion here does not mean the HYPOTHESIS is CAUSE! This is mearly a list outlining directions for research. Whether these HYPOTHESIS are proven true or not will rely on future testing!

Why do I use hypothesis instead of theory?

    Hypothesis: An unproven idea based on anectdotal evidence or observation only with no experimental backing.
    Theory: A hypothesis that has been tested experimentally by multiple researches and found true.
From this, we see that a hypothesis is an untested idea with no backing and a theory often has a scientific or analytical backing. Because of these definitions, all "theories" related to sanguinarians are actually hypothesis. There have been no true scientific or analytical studies of the condition, thus the ideas set forth as causes can only be hypothesis. Plus, a single person cannot create a theory, as multiple tests from outside sources are required to confirm or deny the plausibility of a hypothesis. A single person can only create a hypothesis.
A hypothesis can become a theory with the proper scientific testing, however. Now, this does not give them any less credence, mearly sets them for what they truly are...untested ideas.
This sets us up for a brief discussion of the scientific method:

The scientific method consists of four steps:
    1. Observation and description of a phenomenon or group of phenomena. (X happens!)
    2. Formulation of an hypothesis to explain the phenomena. (X happens because of Y)
    3. Use of the hypothesis to predict the existence of other phenomena, or to predict quantitatively the results of new observations. (Since X happens due to Y, then Z should happen also since Y and Z are similar)
    4. Performance of experimental tests of the predictions by several independent experimenters and properly performed experiments. (Yes, we all have tested and found that X causes Y and Z)

Again, we see the plurality... no ONE person can confirm a hypothesis.

Because of these definitions, I only use "theory" when it is a term used by another author.
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by Sarah Mediv 
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Hypothesis vs. Theory