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The platypus breaks many of nature’s rules. Picture an otter with the tail of a beaver. Now add the bill and webbed feet of a duck. That’s what a platypus looks like! For example, it is a mammal. Mammals give birth to live young. But the platypus does not. It lays eggs, like a snake or a turtle. The platypus eats meat. But it does not have teeth like other carnivores. 

Much like the platypus, porphyria breaks many of medicine's rules. Porphyria causes problems with the heart but it is not a disease of the heart, it causes problems with emotions but it is not a disease of the mind, it causes problems with the adrenal glands but it is not a disease of the adrenal glands.