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Being infected with T. Gondii in the brain can lead to increased intelligence in women
Over 60 million men, women, and children in the United States alone are infected.
Recent studies have suggested that Toxoplasma gondii is able to effect behavioral change in humans just like it does in mice! It is proposed that this parasite influences human culture when parasitizing the brain. According to Kevin Lafferty, People infected with T. gondii experience a wide range of long term personality changes. Kevin Lafferty has done a lot of research about the influence of T. gondii on human culture. I recommend looking up his paper Can the common brain parasite, Toxoplasma gondii influence human culture? His research shows that women who are infected have increased intelligence and increased rule conscious behaviors. They are also much warmer, relaxed, and outgoing. Men who are infected Image found in Wikipedia Commonshave lower intelligence and decreased rule conscious behaviors. Basically, women become more outgoing, and men become more likely to break the law. Both behaviors indicate that the T. gondii inside them is still trying to break down behavior that would keep them out of danger, just like when it breaks down the fear mice have of cats..... bioweb.uwlax.edu...
...In humans T. gondii can induce schizophrenia causing hallucinations and reckless behavior. In human males T. gondii can decrease reaction time leading to, in one study, a six-fold increase in traffic accidents4. While in human females T. gondii showed increase intelligence and guilt proneness.....
Worldwide out breaks: 30% to 65% of all people worldwide are infected with toxoplasmosis but variation from country to country is high. France, for example, around 88% of the population are carriers, probably due to a high consumption of raw and lightly cooked meat. Germany 68%, Brazil 67%, and the Netherlands 80% also have a high prevalence. In Britain and the US about 22% are carriers, and South Korea's rate is 4.3%. www.austincc.edu...
He claimed genes responsible for creating differences in human intelligence could be found within a decade.
The 79-year-old geneticist said he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours - whereas all the testing says not really.". He said he hoped that everyone was equal, but countered that “people who have to deal with black employees find this not true”.
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Originally posted by kacou
reply to post by crimvelvet
You should read the full article...Also.
how can you take seriously a Dr that advocate woman to terminate they pregnancy if science can determine that the unborn child will be homosexual.
Originally posted by MrAnonUK
Colour is not the issue here, it’s purely regional. Colour is only used to denote peoples from a specific region and cultural background
Originally posted by MrAnonUK
We all started out as white beings, (in my atheist belief system)
Originally posted by MrAnonUK
God bless global communication and sites like ATS
He said he hoped that everyone was equal, but countered that “people who have to deal with black employees find this not true”.
You should read the full article...Also. how can you take seriously a Dr that advocate woman to terminate they pregnancy if science can determine that the unborn child will be homosexual.
Intelligence is merely a survival trait, whether sexual or practical, and not a mark of superiority. I think it rather naive to think there is zero genetic variation between populations (White vs Black).
Because for some reason "intelligence" has some intrinsic cosmic value to humans, and its sinful to discuss possible group differences, the masses tend to look at scientific experiments regarding measures of intelligence to be evil and villainous....
Originally posted by SprocketUK
What is intelligence, anyway? I know quite a few people who wouldn't make a 100 on an iq test, but can get any sort of bike running, build a house, a guitar, tune a piano or actually understand another human being and relate to them and their problems.
I don't think you can pin intelligence down so easily, its too subjective.
Originally posted by crimvelvet
The little I have read makes me suspect NUTRITION my be that "important confounding factor" If you are looking at Africa or the inner city how the heck can you NOT have NUTRITION as an "important confounding factor"
...I dont think there is much evidence of extreme nutritional deficiencies in the US. Yet IQ differences among races still exist here.....
US babies mysteriously shrinking
Birthweights in the US are falling but no one knows why, according to a study of 36.8 million infants born between 1990 and 2005.
A 52-gram drop in the weight of full-term singletons – from an average of 3.441 to 3.389 kilograms – has left Emily Oken's team at Harvard Medical School scratching their heads. It can't be accounted for by an increase in caesarean sections or induced labours, which shorten gestation. What's more, women in the US now smoke less and gain more weight during pregnancy, which should make babies heavier. Oken suggests that unmeasured factors, such as diet or exercise, could explain why babies are being born lighter.....
Role of red meat in the diet for children and adolescents
* Optimal nutrition during the first years of life is crucial for optimal growth and development and, possibly, the prevention of chronic disease of adulthood.
* Iron-deficiency anaemia in childhood and adolescence is associated with serious adverse outcomes that may not be reversible, making detection and early treatment an imperative.....
* Like iron, iodine appears to be involved in myelin myelin /my·elin/ (mi´e-lin) the lipid-rich substance of the cell membrane of Schwann cells that coils to form the myelin sheath surrounding the axon of myelinated nerve fibers. production and, hence, nerve conduction.
* Meat is a core food in the diet for children and adolescents because it provides significant amounts of these micronutrients This is a list of micronutrients....
Over the first few years of postnatal life, an infant's body undergoes dramatic changes not only in physical attributes, but also in developmental milestones. By three years of age, an infant's head circumference and hence brain size will have reached 80% of what it will potentially achieve in adulthood, and its length will also have doubled in size. Therefore, it is not surprising that any adverse events occurring during these periods may have a negative impact upon psychomotor development.
In 1968, Dobbing (1) suggested that there were vulnerable periods of neurological development that coincided with times of maximal brain growth. These periods begin during foetal development at around the 25th week of gestation and continue for the first two years of postnatal life. Nutrient deficiencies occurring during these vulnerable periods may well have an impact upon brain growth and, hence, neurological and psychomotor development. (1) These nutrient deficits have subsequently been shown to result in more functional deficiencies rather than physical abnormalities....Subsequently, animal and prospective human studies have suggested that either under- or over-nutrition in utero can be associated with epigenetic epigenetic /epi·ge·net·ic/ (-je-net´ik)
1. pertaining to epigenesis.
2. altering the activity of genes without changing their structure. changes as well as intrauterine adverse programming of organ function.... (5)
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Importance of DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid)
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is especially important for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. DHA is derived from dietary alpha-linolenic acid and is found in foods such as fatty fish, organ meats and eggs.
Fat makes up 60% of the brain and the nerves that run every system in the body. DHA is the major structural fatty acid in the gray matter of the brain and the retina of the eyes. ... However, if there is not a sufficient amount of DHA, development may be impaired....
Low levels of DHA in our body have been associated with mood swings, memory loss and visual and other neurological conditions... people who limit meat and egg intake, such as vegetarians or those on low-fat diets, are liable to have low level of DHA.
DHA is naturally transferred to a foetus and it is required throughout the pregnancy. Because developing foetuses cannot make their own omega-3 fatty acids, their needs must be met by their mothers....
A continual supply of DHA is needed for the full term of the pregnancy as the DHA content of the cerebrum and cerebellum increases threefold during the last trimester.
Premature babies, who were born without the benefit of maternal DHA during the rapid brain growth phase of the last trimester of pregnancy, scored average points lower on IQ tests than average full-term infants when tested later in life.
During the last trimester of a pregnancy, the mother transfer to her foetus much of the DHA needed for the development of its brain and nervous system....
.... Dietary DHA supplementation also increases the DHA content in human milk. This ensures the infant obtains sufficient DHA, especially during the first week of life.
The brain development of infants will triple again and will continue growing rapidly for the first year as well. Therefore, during this period of time, there is a great demand for DHA, which must be satisfied through breast milk. The breast-feeding mother should get enough DHA, otherwise the breast milk will also be low in DHA....
If the baby is not breastfed at all, it receives no subsequent DHA, thus hindering the impairing mental and visual acuity. Therefore, mothers-to-be and breastfeeding mother must be getting enough DHA to ensure the rapid brain growth of the baby......