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According to Merck the standard drug to counter infection is pyrimethamine
The parasite can infect grizzly bears, bison, chinchillas, elephants, domestic goats and sheep, koalas, New World monkeys, barred owls, pigeons, pronghorn, sea lions, wombats and many more species. Such a vast range of immune systems to evade shows the virtuosity of the parasites.
cat ownership isn’t even a reliable predictor of T. gondii infection. Eating undercooked meat presents a bigger threat. The point of the original studies, Vittecoq emphasizes, is that, regardless of how someone gets a parasite, the infection itself might be linked to brain cancer. Now researchers need to take a more detailed look at the possible associations
I wonder if my doctor will look at me crazy when I bring this up??
Pyrimethamine (Daraprim) is a medication used for protozoal infections. It is commonly used as an antimalarial drug (for both treatment and prevention of malaria), and is also used (combined with sulfadiazine) in the treatment of Toxoplasma gondii infections in immunocompromised patients,
Originally posted by chiefsmom
The parasite can alter moods, to such a degree that it may increase suicidal behavior, but they aren't to worried about it?
How about finding a way to kill it?
That was some very interesting yet extremely creepy reading!
Originally posted by Grimpachi
reply to post by stirling
Wouldn’t it be interesting if they found that the primary cause of schizophrenia is because of these parasites? I didn’t find anything in the article about how to kill the parasites. Just think though. If the primary cause is the parasite then finding a way to kill it could solve many mental health issues. Maybe big pharma doesn’t want to find a cure.
Edit to add
There is quite a bit more to the article I linked but I didn’t want to sound like a fear monger. I do think it is interesting and worth being aware of.
BTW yup I have been assimilated by my cats. There is no hope for me.
edit on 24-1-2013 by Grimpachi because: (no reason given)
THESE LINKS ARE ARTICLES ON THE BRAIN PARASITE (T.GONDII=Toxoplasma gondii)
WHICH COMES FROM CAT WASTE ON UNWASHED VEGETABLES...
25% OF AMERICANS HAVE THIS BRAIN PARASITE THAT HAS EFFECTS LIKE A.D.D .& SCHIZOPHRENIA ATTACKS IN THE SUFFERERS...
THE PARASITE AFFECTS THE DOPAMINE IN ONES BRAIN
"Dopamine is a natural chemical which relays messages in the brain controlling aspects of movement, cognition and behaviour. It helps control the brain's reward and pleasure centres and regulates emotional responses such as fear. The presence of a certain kind of dopamine receptor is also associated with sensation-seeking, whereas dopamine deficiency in humans results in Parkinson's disease."
"Toxoplasma gondii's primary host organism is cats, but it can also live in other creatures including humans and rats. Humans are infected with it by eating unwashed vegetables with cat poo on them: it's estimated that between 10 and 20 per cent of Brits carry the protozoan parasite and perhaps 22 per cent of Americans. Normally the hidden brain invader appears to have little effect on a human host, though it can kill in certain cases – for instance in the case of someone whose immune system isn't working."
"t's been known for some time that T gondii has a more serious effect on rats and mice, in which they lose their fear of cats or even become attracted to them. This is obviously bad news for the host, as it tends to get killed and eaten, but good news for T gondii as it gets to infect another cat where it can reproduce"
...THIS BRAIN PARASITE THAT HAS EFFECTS LIKE A.D.D .& SCHIZOPHRENIA ATTACKS IN THE SUFFERERS...
Originally posted by Renegade2283
Originally posted by Kokatsi
reply to post by Renegade2283
Garlic is a good precaution as long as they are not yet in your brain - then the zapper helps only.
This bug makes watery eyes and protracted sinus infections too, sometimes partial paralysis of a facial muscle. Zapping will gradually remove it though.
Zapper? What is that exactly?
Also, does this parasite cause permanent damage? Even if only "infected" for a short period of time?
Incubation with the custom antibody (1:2500) 4°C overnight was followed by washing in PBS-Tween (0.05%) and incubation with an anti-rabbit (1:5000) conjugated horseradish peroxidase antibody (Sigma) at room temperature for 1 hour.
Invasion of the body snatchers: the diversity and evolution of manipulative strategies in host-parasite interactions.
Fatal attraction in rats infected with Toxoplasma gondii