posted on Mar, 31 2013 @ 10:17 AM
Originally posted by ModernAcademia
Scientists Claim 40% of Population Infected with "Mind Control Parasite"
Joanne Webster, professor of parasite epidemiology at Imperial College London, explains that many parasites favor the brain, “because it
shelters them from the full fury of the immune system”. But, she says, “it also gives them direct access to the machinery to alter the host’s
What we have here (in this article) is a really bad mashup of some research that's been misunderstood and sensationalized.
Cats do, indeed, host a parasite that MAY cause reduced fear IN RATS AND MICE
Now -- while specially bred mice and rats have immune systems similar enough to humans that we can use them for testing things we eat and use, we are
not rodents (I've taught biology at the university level, so I'm pretty confident when I say we're not rodents.)
I'm going to argue that the studies are flawed. If you look at countries which have lots of pet cats (like Britain) and countries with similar
cultures and fewer pet cats (Canada Map and data link
you can see that there's not a higher percentage of people with schizophrenia, etc, in Britain. Brazil and Russia have approximately the same
percentage of pet ownership, but you don't see the same patterns of disease and mental disabilities in these two countries. Ditto Ukraine and United
It's a tempest in a teapot -- looked at in very small samples (a teapot-sized amount of water), the impact of one specific factor (kid jumping up and
down next to the water/teapot) looks huge. Looked at globally (kid jumping up and down on the edge of an ocean), the model doesn't hold up.
I called this one "bad science reporting/partly bogus" before -- and I'm sticking to my answer.
edit on 31-3-2013 by Byrd because: (no reason