Does Zombification Heal the Masses?

I’m terribly sorry for the lack of a post yesterday… circumstances I couldn’t control prevented me from writing.

So, I was thinking about zombies and diseases/handicaps lately. According to many movies and books, those who are paraplegic and are then zombified do not magically regain movement in their legs. An armless man does not grow a new arm. Those are physical issues that cannot be cured via zombification.

Other afflictions, like autism or Down’s syndrome would also probably not be cured. Despite the fact that the attributes that make humans human would be killed off, these things are in the brain, which according to most accounts, stays relatively active. So are zombies that had mental disorders in their human lives different from other zombies? Or do they become exactly like everyone else?

But what about cancer? Or HIV? Are the zombies still afflicted with these diseases? Likely not, as their bodies and their cells are dead, so the cells of the cancer and HIV were probably killed as well. Apparently, a leukemia patient in Berlin was cured of HIV with two separate stem cell transplants by the same donor, who had an HIV-resistant gene. Read the article here. So, introducing new cells can eliminate the disease. This is a huge breakthrough and a possible cure for HIV. Would eliminating the cells altogether also eliminate the disease? Is becoming a zombie another possible cure for the diseases that afflict the human race?

And if it didn’t, would having such a disease effect the way the zombie works? Would it be any different?

I’m by no means saying that being a zombie is better than being a human, HIV/cancer or not. However, it would be very interesting to be able to explore the qualities of zombie-ness in conjunction with disease.

I’m not really sure why I’m so interested, really. This is probably offensive and I just don’t realize it. I’m not a science-y person by any means, but this blog has brought on a lot of thought about zombies, about the human race, and about what’s wrong and right with the world as it is.

What do you think? Would becoming a zombie cure disease? Or am I just out of my mind?

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