Most people around the world have various health issues that affect their behaviors. In eastern Europe, 55 percent are infected with the parasite T. gondii that affects the brain. Americans will be happy to hear that this parasite resides in far fewer of them, though a still substantial portion: 10 to 20 percent (mostly in pet loving areas like the SF bay area, Portland, Washington DC and Seattle) are infected. Here is an interesting article that goes into a bit of detail.
In the Soviet-stunted economy, animal studies were way beyond Flegr’s research budget. But fortunately for him, 30 to 40 percent of Czechs had the latent form of T. gondii, so plenty of students were available “to serve as very cheap experimental animals.” He began by giving them and their parasite-free peers standardized personality tests—an inexpensive, if somewhat crude, method of measuring differences between the groups. In addition, he used a computer-based test to assess the reaction times of participants, who were instructed to press a button as soon as a white square popped up anywhere against the dark background of the monitor.
The subjects who tested positive for the parasite had significantly delayed reaction times. Flegr was especially surprised to learn, though, that the protozoan appeared to cause many sex-specific changes in personality. Compared with uninfected men, males who had the parasite were more introverted, suspicious, oblivious to other people’s opinions of them, and inclined to disregard rules. Infected women, on the other hand, presented in exactly the opposite way: they were more outgoing, trusting, image-conscious, and rule-abiding than uninfected women.
The results meshed well with the questionnaire findings. Compared with uninfected people of the same sex, infected men were more likely to wear rumpled old clothes; infected women tended to be more meticulously attired, many showing up for the study in expensive, designer-brand clothing.
Infected men tended to have fewer friends, while infected women tended to have more. And when it came to downing the mystery fluid, reports Flegr, “the infected males were much more hesitant than uninfected men. They wanted to know why they had to do it. Would it harm them?” In contrast, the infected women were the most trusting of all subjects. “They just did what they were told,” he says.
Why men and women reacted so differently to the parasite still mystified him. After consulting the psychological literature, he started to suspect that heightened anxiety might be the common denominator underlying their responses. When under emotional strain, he read, women seek solace through social bonding and nurturing. In the lingo of psychologists, they’re inclined to “tend and befriend.” Anxious men, on the other hand, typically respond by withdrawing and becoming hostile or antisocial. Perhaps he was looking at flip sides of the same coin.
Closer inspection of Flegr’s reaction-time results revealed that infected subjects became less attentive and slowed down a minute or so into the test. This suggested to him that Toxoplasma might have an adverse impact on driving, where constant vigilance and fast reflexes are critical. He launched two major epidemiological studies in the Czech Republic, one of men and women in the general population and another of mostly male drivers in the military. Those who tested positive for the parasite, both studies showed, were about two and a half times as likely to be in a traffic accident as their uninfected peers.
T. gondii can disconnect circuits in the brain, which might help to explain why infected rats lose their aversion to cat odor. Just as startling, reports Sapolsky, the parasite simultaneously is “able to hijack some of the circuitry related to sexual arousal” in the male rat—probably, he theorizes, by boosting dopamine levels in the reward-processing part of the brain. So when the animal catches a whiff of cat scent, the fear center fails to fully light up, as it would in a normal rat, and instead the area governing sexual pleasure begins to glow. “In other words,” he says, “Toxo makes cat odor smell sexy to male rats.”
The good news is parasites can be removed from the intestine using vinegar (5.5oz/175lbs) for a few days longer than the length of the gestation/life cycle. I have 40lbs of diatomaceous earth sitting outside my door but vinegar seems like a safer bet for parasites due to it easily destroying the oocyte stage of the parasites (you just have to be able to drink it once a day for longer than their life cycle to eradicate them) and also enhancing the body’s ability to degrade virus envelopes and decrease the fungi replication in combination with various essential oils. In other words, the acidic environment deters them from propagation and creates an inhospitable living arrangement where they have little chance of survival. Diatomaceous earth is extremely effective at both chelating heavy metals, acting as a magnet and pulling out gram positive pathogens from your digestive system as well as acting physically on the parasites through a process of dehydration whereby the amorphous silica and its jagged edges (a type of fossilized algae) works its way into the skin/exoskeleton and literally sucks out all the moisture killing eventually killing them. However, not sure how safe it is…
But the REAL issues with people is bacteria. It’s always bacteria… even viruses don’t have enough genes to encode full systematic modifications of their host but they can f**k up specific tissue or modify the immune system. Bacteria and fungi f**k up a lot more… Once you get these types of immune problems, you have to selectively rebuild the intestine’s integrity and outside of rebuilding the lining and immune system with l-glutamine (found in all protein sources, stored in muscle and circulating it via exercising) there’s no way to reset the immune system except for a massive green tea EGCG cleanse to wipe out the bad bacteria biofilms and take the full set of beneficial probiotics. Everything else is maintenance and rarely does more than mediocre help.
Once you regain your full health and realize how much energy food has, no matter how “unhealthy” it is — when there are no bad bacteria present — you realize that the main stress on the body is bad bacteria producing toxins when they are given their favorite food. The whole health industry is bullshit. Almost all the most advanced research is pointing towards the gut as the source of all the problems and health issues, it’s more than insane if you full keep up with all the research on just how much bacteria can alter humans.
As the article says: affected people will mostly demonstrate subtle shifts of behavior. But in a small number of cases, [Toxo infection] may be linked to schizophrenia and other disturbances associated with altered dopamine levels—for example, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and mood disorders. The rat may live two or three years, while humans can be infected for many decades, which is why we may be seeing these severe side effects in people. Schizophrenia did not rise in prevalence until the latter half of the 18th century, when for the first time people in Paris and London started keeping cats as pets. The so-called cat craze began among “poets and left-wing avant-garde Greenwich Village types,” says Torrey, but the trend spread rapidly—and coinciding with that development, the incidence of schizophrenia soared.
Since the 1950s, he notes, about 70 epidemiology studies have explored a link between schizophrenia and T. gondii. When he and his colleague Robert Yolken, a neurovirologist at Johns Hopkins University, surveyed a subset of these papers that met rigorous scientific standards, their conclusion complemented the Prague group’s discovery that schizophrenic patients with Toxo are missing gray matter in their brains. Torrey and Yolken found that the mental illness is two to three times as common in people who have the parasite as in controls from the same region.
Human-genome studies, both scientists believe, are also in keeping with that finding—and might explain why schizophrenia runs in families. The most replicated result from that line of investigation, they say, suggests that the genes most commonly associated with schizophrenia relate to the immune system and how it reacts to infectious agents. So in many cases where the disease appears to be hereditary, they theorize, what may in fact be passed down is an aberrant or deficient immune response to invaders like T. gondii.
Note: With T. Gondii, you don’t feel sick and your body is over reacting to everything so you don’t get sick but you’re burning through nutrients too fast. So unless you eat super healthy, you die quickly with T. Gondii… Some chicken study showed how it attacked the intestine and showed all types of effects, including weight loss and much larger deviations in weight. Along with nerve damage, lower neuron counts at various nerve centers in the body, etc