posted on Jul, 3 2012 @ 10:03 AM
A new headline in the MSM would have you think that owning cats is likely to turn women suicidal.
'Cat ladies' more likely to commit suicide, scientists claim
Women who own cats are more likely to have mental health problems and commit suicide because they can be infected by a common parasite that can be
caught from cat litter, a study has found.
Researchers found women infected with the Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) parasite, which is spread through contact with cat faeces or eating
undercooked meat or unwashed vegetables, are at increased risk of attempting suicide.
The infection, which is called toxoplasmosis, has been linked to mental illness, such as schizophrenia, and changes in behaviour.
The study’s senior author Doctor Teodor Postolache, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the
United States, said: “We can’t say with certainty that T. gondii caused the women to try to kill themselves, but we did find a predictive
association between the infection and suicide attempts later in life that warrants additional studies.
So, they find a loose relationship between a parasite found in cat feces and automatically jump to the conclusion that cat ownership = increased risk
Guess they never heard the old axiom: Correlation does not equal
Sure, the do come out and say that this deserves more studies but, you couldn't tell that from the headline. From the headline (the only part a large
portion of the population will pay attention to) you would also think that only cat owners are at risk of getting this infection. You have to read
deep into the article to find the real truth.
Humans can become infected by changing their infected cats’ litter boxes, eating unwashed vegetables, drinking water from a
contaminated source, or more commonly, by eating undercooked or raw meat that is infested with cysts.
Not washing kitchen knives after preparing raw meat before handling another food item also can lead to infection.
So, it looks like there are numerous ways to get this infection that have absolutely NOTHING to do with cat ownership yet, the headline only warns
agains cat ownership. They say that 1/3 of the world's population is infected with this; do you really think they all got it from owning cats?
It makes me wonder if there isn't some type of agenda here to turn people against their cats. Maybe they are afraid cats can stop some type or
rodent-borne infection they are planning to unleash on us or something.
I just hope people don't start abandoning their cats after reading this headline. It would be a shame for the kitties to suffer for a little bit of
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