Have you ever felt your body wasting away? Most of us know what it’s like when we forget to eat for too long, often described as the physical sensation of the stomach “eating itself.” But, what occurs in the body and mind when it’s true over a prolonged period? What more horrible stories from history can still be told about winter cannibalism? Join your Horrific History Podcast co-hosts, Eric Slyter and Jordan Watney, for the debut episode of Season 2 as they explore the gruesome effects of starvation and the events which would lead up to cannibalism in Jamestown!
Discover what scientists learned about prolonged semi-starvation through a World War II study called the Minnesota Starvation Experiment. How has research on populations with anorexia nervosa given us added insight into the effects of the three phases of starvation? What decisions and events would lead the people of Jamestown to eventually engage in the very cannibalistic acts which they (erroneously) feared the native population would inflict upon them?
Self-mutilation, medical research on conscientious objectors and colonists who could not follow directions, this episode has it all! Whether you have ever considered starvation or cannibalizing your acquaintances, you’ll find something to enjoy! So sit down with a big hearty meal while you enjoy our latest Horrific History episode through one of your favorite podcast services (iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and more), and join us again in two weeks for Part 2 of The Starvening, when we’ll gnaw on the bones of two winter cannibalism stories from history.
Some of our favorite resources from this week’s episode:
- Deranged Physiology
- Biochemistry, 5th ed.
- Life in the Fast Lane
- Disabled World Towards Tomorrow
- American Psychological Association
- Mad in America
- McGill Journal of Medicine
- Scottish Eating Disorders Interest Group
- NHS Wales
- Encyclopedia Virginia
- The Struggle for Power in Colonial America, 1607–1776
- History is Fun, 2
- Virtual Jamestown
- The Deadly Politics of Giving: Exchange and Violence at Ajacan, Roanoke, and Jamestown
- Jamestown Rediscovery
- National Geographic
- The Atlantic
- Smithsonian Magazine
- History on Trial
- Live Science
- William & Mary
Commercial break music by Dead but Dreaming.