A real case of spontaneous human combustion

The spontaneous human combustion is a supposed natural phenomenon, aim of the discussions also paranormal. So let's start off by defining this phenomenon. During the spontaneous human combustion, a human body can may catch fire without external sources of ignition. Usually the characteristics attributed to this phenomenon are those to produce a very high heat content in a limited area.

The first cases of spontaneous human combustion were recorded in the sixteenth century and the last case of its kind established in 2010 occurred in Ireland. Recently, the molecular biologist Brian J. Ford from University of Cambridge has proposed a theory to explain this unique and scary phenomenon. According to Ford, the reason most appropriate for which occurs the effect of "spontaneous combustion" can be due to acetone which in certain conditions can accumulate more than it should in the human body. Ketosis (the buildup of acetone) occurs in people who suffer from alcoholism, malnutrition and diabetes.

Scientists have explained this rare event as a kind of "reverse candle effect". Usually in fact the victims are overweight or obese and at the same time, near to them, are present external heat sources (pipe, cigarettes, stoves, or similar). When the clothes start to burn, fat in the body of this subject would begin to melt feeding the flame. Some speculate that the methane produced in the intestine, by methanogenic bacteria and linked to the digestion of food, can be released through the skin pores.
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