Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    3000+
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Banned
    Posts
    3,743

    Default Toxoplasmosis v2.0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbueJ...ailpage#t=452s

    The most important part. Note that those people which got their blood checked for toxo were all "seemingly" healthy without any outbreak.

    Also, if you check the whole video, you will see the scientist saying that, unlike popular belief, the parasites do leave the cysts in the brain even on healthy people, just to go back later into cyst form.





    Here is a recap from an older thread:

    So, if i told you that around 50% of the world's population are infested by a parasite which triples the chances for you to run into a car accident, you would call me mad, no? But let's see what science has to say about this.


    Let's start gently with the wiki article

    It is estimated that between 30% and 65% of all people worldwide are infected with toxoplasmosis.[48] However, there is large variation between countries: in France, for example, around 88% of the population are carriers, probably due to a high consumption of raw and lightly cooked meat. [49] Germany, the Netherlands and Brazil also have high prevalences of around 68%, over 80%[50] and 67% respectively. In Britain about 22% are carriers, and South Korea's rate is 4.3%.[29]

    Studies have been conducted that show the toxoplasmosis parasite may affect behavior and may present as or be a causative or contributory factor in various psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety and schizophrenia.[9][10][11] In 11 of 19 scientific studies, T. gondii antibody levels were found to be significantly higher in individuals affected by first-incidence schizophrenia than in unaffected persons. Individuals with schizophrenia are also more likely to report a clinical history of toxoplasmosis than those in the general population.[12] Recent work at the University of Leeds has found that the parasite produces an enzyme with tyrosine hydroxylase and phenylalanine hydroxylase activity. This enzyme may contribute to the behavioral changes observed in toxoplasmosis by altering the production of dopamine, a neurotransmitter involved in mood, sociability, attention, motivation and sleep patterns. Schizophrenia has long been linked to dopamine dysregulation.
    Correlations have been found between latent Toxoplasma infections and various characteristics:[29]
    Decreased novelty seeking behaviour[30]
    Slower reactions[31]
    Lower rule-consciousness and greater jealousy (in men)[30]
    Greater warmth, conscientiousness and moralistic behavior (in women)[30]
    Studies have found that toxoplasmosis is associated with an increased car accident rate in people with Rh-negative blood. The chance of an accident relative to uninfected people is increased roughly 2.5 times
    The study suggests that male carriers have shorter attention spans, a greater likelihood of breaking rules and taking risks, and are more independent, anti-social, suspicious, jealous and morose. It also suggests that these men are deemed less attractive to women. Female carriers are suggested to be more outgoing, friendly, more promiscuous, and are considered more attractive to men compared with non-infected controls. The results are shown to be true when tested on mice, though it is still inconclusive. A few scientists have suggested that, if these effects are genuine, prevalence of toxoplasmosis could be a major determinant of cultural differences.
    this is all from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasmosis



    ----------------------------------------------------------------------

    Let's look at some real studies

    Take a look at this pdf.

    http://www.paru.cas.cz/folia/pdfs/showpdf.php?pdf=21023

    Some less scientific but even more striking part of this pdf goes like this

    It might seem anecdotal that in a group of 29 Toxoplasma negative professors from our experimental set, there are 10 present or past decision-makers (heads of department, vicedeans and deans) while among 14 Toxoplasma positive professors there is only a single head of department.
    Here is one study linking it to schizophrenia
    http://www.med.ust.edu.ye/yjms/pdf/v...xoplasmosi.pdf



    Because animal studies have demonstrated that mice infected with T. gondii have impaired motor performance,10,11 human studies were carried out on volunteer blood donors. A computerized simple reaction time test (reaction to the appearance of a white square) was given to 60 adults positive for antibodies to T. gondii and 59 adults negative for such antibodies. Those with latent infection performed significantly more poorly (analysis of covariance, P = 0.011) and appeared to lose their concentration more quickly, although the effect of the infection was modest and explained less than 10% of the variability in performance.
    The difference in seroprevalence of toxoplasmosis in these 2 samples suggests that Toxoplasma-infected subjects have a 2.65 times higher risk of traffic accidents than Toxoplasma-free subjects
    source:
    http://schizophreniabulletin.oxfordj.../33/3/757.full

    J.Flegr et al, 2003(10) did a study on 857 military conscripts and found
    toxoplasma positive subjects mostly had just elementary education,
    significantly lower verbal intelligence and significantly lower factor of
    novelty seeking. Other studies on humans with latent toxoplasmosis
    have also shown significant impaired psychomotor performance and prolonged
    source: http://priory.com/pharmol/toxoplasmosis.htm

    -------------------------------------------------------------------

    If the source i cannot find currently is right, then around 90% of cats are infected, plus are the only host in which the parasite reproduces sexually.
    Infected mice, often by cat feces, have their behavior shifted by the parasite, in such a way that they lose their fear of cats, eventually resulting in them getting eaten (therefore infecting un-infected cats and enable themselves to reproduce sexually inside the cat's intestines once again).

    One has to wonder, when our pets get examined for all kind of parasite infections, and treated for all kind of parasites on a less than yearly basis, why humans are rarely examined for such even when there are no apparent symptoms.
    When over 50% of the population has toxoplasmosis, and the effects are that dramatic like 2.65x higher chance of getting involved in a car accident, then wouldn't it be normal to get checked for it often?
    Last edited by pZombie; 01-08-2012 at 01:51.

  2. #2
    3000+
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Banned
    Posts
    3,743

    Default

    Here is one promising cure for the future

    http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/news/3...brain-parasite

    In short. They coat antibodies created by our own bodies and which attach to those parasites naturally with nano gold-particles of a SPECIFIC size which resonates to a specific frequency of electromagnetic waves capable of passing tissue without harming it, yet their energy gets absorbed by the gold particles attached to the antibodies which are attached to the parasites, killing the parasite.


    Here is some genius answering at yahoo questions...
    It's quite possible i know that guy.

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...3183758AAcoyTH
    Last edited by pZombie; 01-07-2012 at 21:19.

  3. #3
    5000+
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    1984
    Posts
    5,239

    Default

    Outlaw cats before it's too late!

    Also herpes, influenza, norovirus and the common cold are huge problems you could get around by fining people for not sneezing properly and defining kissing as sex so that it's illegal underage people and kissing people without asking first could easily mean jailtime.
    They're linked to cancer and obesity off the top of my head.
    (color=#333333)(/color)

  4. #4
    PvP Specialist
    5000+
    KoKane's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Ireland
    Posts
    8,703

    Default

    If i was a professional FPS gamer, i'd be extra concerned with this, given the reaction times bit.

    An interesting read all the same.

    it looks like we need to inject the world with a cure.. kill every cat in existence and burn the french

  5. #5
    7000+
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Locash
    Posts
    7,385

    Default

    I'm glad someone else, aside from Joe Rogan, is taking the initiative to inform the masses on the scourge. Of course, PETA would say massacring all cats is a cruel over reaction, but I think it is a good solution.


    "Everytime you PK a newb, a breakdancer shitkicks a baby."-Goty

  6. #6
    3000+
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Banned
    Posts
    3,743

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Vanno View Post
    I'm glad someone else, aside from Joe Rogan, is taking the initiative to inform the masses on the scourge. Of course, PETA would say massacring all cats is a cruel over reaction, but I think it is a good solution.
    Cats are too cute to be massacred. Another solution, as in a effective cure/vaccine has to be found, without any side effects.

  7. #7
    1000+ Reckun's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Borean Tundra
    Posts
    1,420

    Default

    cats aren't born with toxoplasmosis, they eventually get it through specific means.
    trick your eyes over ere...
    http://eyetricks.com/

  8. #8
    5000+
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    1984
    Posts
    5,239

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Vanno View Post
    I'm glad someone else, aside from Joe Rogan, is taking the initiative to inform the masses on the scourge. Of course, PETA would say massacring all cats is a cruel over reaction, but I think it is a good solution.
    Quote Originally Posted by pZombie View Post
    Cats are too cute to be massacred. Another solution, as in a effective cure/vaccine has to be found, without any side effects.
    You wouldn't need to kill them. Just enforce mandatory sterilization and chipping for all domestic cats. That way, there wouldn't even be any stray cats after a few years since cats would be in high demand. And you wouldn't need to wipe them out completely either, just regulate them to keep their population low and consisting entirely of in-door cats through selective breeding so that they are less likely to get infected and infect strangers if they are.

    I think a vaccine for it would be very hard to do and since there would be cats without the vaccine, it wouldn't be very effective unless the vaccine was intended for humans. But then we'd need to use the vaccine forever without eradicating the parasite and it's likely to have worse side-effects than the actual infection anyway.
    Last edited by Weeking; 01-08-2012 at 18:05.
    (color=#333333)(/color)

  9. #9
    5000+ GirlyMan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Ontario
    Posts
    5,050

    Default

    Last time there was a cat holocaust (inquisitions) it kick started the black plague.

  10. #10
    7000+
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Locash
    Posts
    7,385

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by GirlyMan View Post
    Last time there was a cat holocaust (inquisitions) it kick started the black plague.
    The black plague was a godsend for labor markets. Bring on the great catocaust!


    "Everytime you PK a newb, a breakdancer shitkicks a baby."-Goty

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •