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How Cats Control You with a Parasite - Toxoplasmosis and Its Effects

 
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Lately, I've been having submandibular lymph node swelling, headaches, and body aches, accompanied by the strong urge to acquire a pet cat.

Where am I going with this?



Toxoplasmosis.

Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease caused by the protozoan Toxoplasma gondii. The parasite infects most genera of warm-blooded animals, including humans, but the primary host is the felid (cat) family. Up to one third of the world's human population is estimated to carry a Toxoplasma infection.
 Quoting: [link to en.wikipedia.org]




Cervical lymph nodes are lymph nodes found in the neck.

Level I: Submental and submandibular nodes
 Quoting: [link to en.wikipedia.org]




The following can cause the submental lymph nodes to become swollen:
. . .
Toxoplasmosis
an infection that is caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. Symptoms include headache, swollen lymph glands, mild fever, muscle pain, and sore throat.
 Quoting: [link to www.thelymphnodes.com]




This is a case of a 13-year-old boy suffering from acquired toxoplasmosis, in which submandibular lymphadenopathy was the only clinical sign of the disease.
 Quoting: [link to www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]




. . .

The toxoplasma gondii parasites need vitamin B to live.

. . .

Toxo usually comes back after the first episode. People who have had toxo should keep taking the anti-toxo drugs at a lower, maintenance dose.
 Quoting: [link to www.thebody.com]




Symptoms

You probably won't know if you've contracted toxoplasmosis, although some people may develop toxoplasmosis symptoms similar to those of the flu or mononucleosis, such as:

Body aches
Swollen lymph nodes
Headache
Fever
Fatigue
Occasionally, a sore throat
 Quoting: [link to www.mayoclinic.com]




Recurrent toxoplasmosis

A case of recurrent toxoplasmosis in a previously healthy 34-year-old woman is reported. Although she was treated 3 times with co-trimoxazole, which in our experience has been efficient in the treatment of toxoplasmosis, and responded to treatment clinically and serologically, she relapsed with clinical symptoms . . .
 Quoting: [link to www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]




. . .
*tissue cysts, which persist for the lifespan of the secondary host.
. . .
 Quoting: [link to emedicine.medscape.com]



*Fun fact: Sometimes when I pet a cat then touch my face, a small round spot flares up on my lip out of nowhere, and burns for about 5-10 minutes, then goes completely back to normal. Simple allergic reaction? Suuure it is. More like a fucking parasite living in my lip, trying to get out and pay homage to its god.*



The feral or domesticated feline is this organism's preferred host, since it can only reproduce in cats.

. . .

When a healthy individual becomes infected with the parasite, his or her immune system neutralizes the threat and the parasite falls dormant. The inactive organism remains present in the body for life, creating increased immunity in the event of future exposure.
 Quoting: [link to www.wisegeek.com]




In particular, humans with latent infections of the common protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii appear to experience a variety of long-term personality changes. For instance, in infected women, intelligence, superego strength (rule-conscious, dutiful, conscientious, conforming, moralistic, staid and rule-bound) and affectothymia (warm, outgoing, attentive to others, kindly, easy-going, participating and likes people) are higher, while infected men have lower intelligence, superego strength and novelty-seeking (low novelty-seeking indicates rigid, loyal, stoic, slow-tempered and frugal personalities); both infected men and women have higher levels of guilt-proneness (they tend to be more apprehensive, self-doubting, worried, guilt prone, insecure, worrying and self-blaming.
 Quoting: [link to www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]




NOW FOR THE KICKER...

A link between culture and T. gondii hypothetically results from a behavioural manipulation that the parasite uses to increase its transmission to the next host in the life cycle: a cat.
 Quoting: [link to www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]


THIS BASICALLY MEANS THAT THE PARASITE MIND CONTROLS YOU TO WANT A CAT.

To feel the NEED, to have a LONGING, to have a CAT.

WTF?!?!?!?

I wouldn't believe this, if I hadn't realized it was HAPPENING TO ME.





Further interesting info:


Some cases of acute toxoplasmosis in adults are associated with psychiatric symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations. A review of 114 cases of acquired toxoplasmosis noted that “psychiatric disturbances were very frequent” in 24 of the case-patients (10). Case reports describe a 22-year-old woman who exhibited paranoid and bizarre delusions (“she said she had no veins in her arms and legs”), disorganized speech, and flattened affect; a 32-year-old woman who had auditory and visual hallucinations; and a 34-year-old woman who experienced auditory hallucinations and a thought disorder (11). Schizophrenia was first diagnosed in all three patients, but later neurologic symptoms developed, which led to the correct diagnosis of Toxoplasma encephalitis.
 Quoting: [link to wwwnc.cdc.gov]


Now this opens a whole other can of worms, if you have unique theories/ideas about schizophrenia like I do.

. . .
some individuals with adult toxoplasmosis develop psychotic symptoms similar to those of schizophrenia
. . .
epidemiologically, there are many similarities between toxoplasmosis and schizophrenia
 Quoting: [link to www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]




After proliferation of tachyzoites in various organs during the acute stage, the parasite forms cysts preferentially in the brain and establishes a chronic infection, which is a balance between host immunity and the parasite's evasion of the immune response. A variety of brain cells, including astrocytes and neurons, can be infected.
. . .

A possible outcome of congenital infections is severe neurological and ophthalmological disease. The outcome of the other 2 modes of infection is usually a chronic, latent infection that persists for life. This latent infection has been assumed, until recently, to be clinically asymptomatic; as indicated in the accompanying articles, this assumption is being reconsidered.
. . .

The outcome of T. gondii infection is strongly influenced by both parasite and host determinants.
 Quoting: [link to schizophreniabulletin.oxfordjournals.org]




But because T. gondii can reproduce only in felines, it wants its host to be eaten by cats, not by just any carnivore. And because cats hunt live prey and do not eat carrion, T. gondii must not immediately kill its temporary host.
 Quoting: [link to www.scientificamerican.com]


damned













To Summarize:
Toxoplasmosis is a life-long parasitical infection. Symptoms can reoccur throughout the life of the host and have physical and psychological effects. And who knows what the fuck else.


A pertient question:
What the fuck is REALLY up with cats?? Did the Egyptians (worshipped cats) know something we clearly haven't fully caught onto yet? Is anyone else freaked out and slightly disturbed right now?







Thoughts?

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Here's a video for ya... pay special attention to 5:15, where the lady says that sometimes they come out of the cysts in your brain, and 'wiggle around for a bit' (maybe that strange time when you get a longing to have a cat?) and then go back into the cysts.


 Quoting: IamNotHuman


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. . .

The toxoplasma gondii parasites need vitamin B to live.

. . .
 Quoting: [link to www.thebody.com]



I've also been taking a lot of vitamin B supplements for the past several months.
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As I've said all along, pets are evil.
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Good info this worries me I just got my daughter a kitten lol
But she wanted one for years (Wonder why?).
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As I've said all along, pets are evil.
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Not PETS, dude!!!


CATS!!!


This parasite ONLY REPRODUCES IN CATS and its main GOAL IS TO BE CONSUMED BY A CAT TO REPRODUCE.


THINK HARD ABOUT IT BRO.
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Invasion of the body snatchers. Lol.

I have four cats, they're taking over....

One-third of humans, doesn't sound that special.
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But you know there is a simple blood test for this right?
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Good info this worries me I just got my daughter a kitten lol
But she wanted one for years (Wonder why?).
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Mmmhmm.


Now don't get me wrong, I ain't saying pull a Nancy Lieder on your cats...


But be WELL aware what is REALLY going on here.


The physical/mental effects of toxoplasmosis are GENERALLY not a big deal, in my opinion...


I mean a little lymph node swelling here and there, some tiredness, muscle aches, headaches... once every few/several years. Not a big deal eh?


I still REALLY want a cat...


BUT ON PRINCIPLE ALONE... I'm not sure I can go through with it now.
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But you know there is a simple blood test for this right?
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And your point would be??

???
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[link to en.wikipedia.org]

AntiParasitic party drug.

Kill the toxoplasmosis bug and party while you're doing it.
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But you know there is a simple blood test for this right?
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And your point would be??

???
 Quoting: Mister Obvious


Well it will show if you've got it or if you had it.
Because of the seriousness that if a pregnant woman has it and transfers it to the fetus.
It can result in blindness and brain damage.
So its very accurate for that reason.
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But because T. gondii can reproduce only in felines, it wants its host to be eaten by cats, not by just any carnivore. And because cats hunt live prey and do not eat carrion, T. gondii must not immediately kill its temporary host.
 Quoting: [link to www.scientificamerican.com]

 Quoting: Mister Obvious



I've always joked that I didn't want to die in some boring, ordinary way, and that I wanted to be killed by a bunch of circus lions in an unfortunate trapeze accident...


damned


THIS IS SOME FUCKED UP SHIT PEOPLE.


WE ARE LITERALLY BEING MIND CONTROLLED BY THIS PARASITE.
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But I think these parasitic organisms are in more people than they think.
Controlling their brains like the lady who had the worm removed from her brain.
I think this is way more serious shit than they even realize how many other types are there? Unlimited perhaps?

[link to www.webmd.com]

You can become infected by eating food such as undercooked or raw meat from an infected animal or by handling an infected cat or its stool (feces). Once you have been infected, you will have antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii for the rest of your life, so you cannot be infected again.
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Well it will show if you've got it or if you had it.
Because of the seriousness that if a pregnant woman has it and transfers it to the fetus.
It can result in blindness and brain damage.
So its very accurate for that reason.
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Yeah I know...

I'm not gonna go and give my blood away to the government just so they can tell me I have something I already know I have.

Look, I had a cat since the age of 5 (he lived for 16 years), I cleaned his litter box sometimes, and I used to try to put his entire face in my mouth (don't judge me okay). Not to mention getting it from food. Trust me, I have toxoplasmosis.

That's not even my concern...

Rather than getting a blood test to prove it, rather than taking some retarded rave party drug to 'cure' it, I am more interested in MAKING THIS COMMON KNOWLEDGE SO WE CAN GET TO THE BOTTOM OF WHAT CATS ARE REALLY ALL ABOUT, PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!

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Well it will show if you've got it or if you had it.
Because of the seriousness that if a pregnant woman has it and transfers it to the fetus.
It can result in blindness and brain damage.
So its very accurate for that reason.
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Yeah I know...

I'm not gonna go and give my blood away to the government just so they can tell me I have something I already know I have.

Look, I had a cat since the age of 5 (he lived for 16 years), I cleaned his litter box sometimes, and I used to try to put his entire face in my mouth (don't judge me okay). Not to mention getting it from food. Trust me, I have toxoplasmosis.

That's not even my concern...

Rather than getting a blood test to prove it, rather than taking some retarded rave party drug to 'cure' it, I am more interested in MAKING THIS COMMON KNOWLEDGE SO WE CAN GET TO THE BOTTOM OF WHAT CATS ARE REALLY ALL ABOUT, PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!
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my idea is better.
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From little things, big things grow.
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But I think these parasitic organisms are in more people than they think.
Controlling their brains like the lady who had the worm removed from her brain.
I think this is way more serious shit than they even realize how many other types are there? Unlimited perhaps?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 6021166




True, very true...

We are probably just made up of parasites, and are really parasites ourselves.

But what interests me is the exclusivity to cats with this particular parasite.

I mean let's face it, I think most of us have always known there was something a little 'different' about cats.

Are they aliens?? A race from another world?? Are they vessels for certain soulseeds to embody??

I ask this because I have known a few cats that seemed to be highly psychic, and even seemed representative of the same kind of spirit personality...

I mean I am completely serious here folks.

There are answers in all this.
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But I think these parasitic organisms are in more people than they think.
Controlling their brains like the lady who had the worm removed from her brain.
I think this is way more serious shit than they even realize how many other types are there? Unlimited perhaps?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 6021166




True, very true...

We are probably just made up of parasites, and are really parasites ourselves.

But what interests me is the exclusivity to cats with this particular parasite.

I mean let's face it, I think most of us have always known there was something a little 'different' about cats.

Are they aliens?? A race from another world?? Are they vessels for certain soulseeds to embody??

I ask this because I have known a few cats that seemed to be highly psychic, and even seemed representative of the same kind of spirit personality...

I mean I am completely serious here folks.

There are answers in all this.
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whats your blood alcohol level tonite sweetheart?
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And what came first?

The cat, or the parasite?

Does the cat exist for the parasite to travel?

Or vice versa???



THINK ABOUT IT!

The parasite comes from a cat, and once you're infected, it grows in your brain, and you are infected FOR LIFE.

There are psychic elements here.

A permanent connection made between the cat and the host (human).

FOR WHAT PURPOSE?
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but you can only get it once, after you get it you develope immunity and its basically only dangerous if you catch it while pregnant in the first trimester.

I had it and definately don't want a cat !
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whats your blood alcohol level tonite sweetheart?
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I haven't drank alcohol in at least 6 months. I don't do drugs, I don't even smoke cigarettes.

I am 1000% sober bro.

And believe me, I can understand why you doubt, because as I said... I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't experienced this shit myself.
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whats your blood alcohol level tonite sweetheart?
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I haven't drank alcohol in at least 6 months. I don't do drugs, I don't even smoke cigarettes.

I am 1000% sober bro.

And believe me, I can understand why you doubt, because as I said... I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't experienced this shit myself.
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I don't doubt you, I know parasites are real, did you check out my mental illness and parasitic antipsychotics thread?

Thread: Schizophrenia or BRAIN PARASITES... Black Pepper Chemical Extracts and Western Medicine...

Just when I come up with these thoughts about nematodes controlling all our behaviors im usually drunk or high.

It's not really something to think about while your sober.

Cool thread.
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but you can only get it once, after you get it you develope immunity
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1dunno1

So?




When a healthy individual becomes infected with the parasite, his or her immune system neutralizes the threat and the parasite falls dormant. The inactive organism remains present in the body for life, creating increased immunity in the event of future exposure.
 Quoting: [link to www.wisegeek.com]


The outcome of the other 2 modes of infection is usually a chronic, latent infection that persists for life.
 Quoting: [link to schizophreniabulletin.oxfordjournals.org]
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I don't doubt you, I know parasites are real, did you check out my mental illness and parasitic antipsychotics thread?

Thread: Schizophrenia or BRAIN PARASITES... Black Pepper Chemical Extracts and Western Medicine...

Just when I come up with these thoughts about nematodes controlling all our behaviors im usually drunk or high.

It's not really something to think about while your sober.

Cool thread.
 Quoting: -RazriN-




Oo, interesting one! Thanks!
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"If the world disappeared and only the nematodes remained, the world would still largely be visible..."
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I have to say it.



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My lifelong dream for old age has always been to retire to a cottage in the woods with several cats!!!

THIS IS HOW DEEPLY ROOTED THIS ALIEN PARASITE IS!!!

What the fuck??

If we lived for a million years, we would never know the answer to all this shit.
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There are species of lice that only live on the human body. There's even two of them, because the lice that wants to live on your head are a different species from the ones that want to live between your legs.

This just tells us NATURE ABHORS VACUUM, as they used to say.

Every viable niche is soon occupied by some lifeform. Even the really stupid niches. The niche of "exploiting the fact humans find cats cute, and will easily get one if nudged just a little bit" couldn't stay unoccupied for long; some parasitic critter just had to claim it as its own.

My personal favorite example of nature filling silly niches is the tiny eco-system that exists in old books. The "book lice" eat the black letters, and other critters who also live between the pages survive by hunting the book lice.
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But I think these parasitic organisms are in more people than they think.
Controlling their brains like the lady who had the worm removed from her brain.
I think this is way more serious shit than they even realize how many other types are there? Unlimited perhaps?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 6021166




True, very true...

We are probably just made up of parasites, and are really parasites ourselves.

But what interests me is the exclusivity to cats with this particular parasite.

I mean let's face it, I think most of us have always known there was something a little 'different' about cats.

Are they aliens?? A race from another world?? Are they vessels for certain soulseeds to embody??

I ask this because I have known a few cats that seemed to be highly psychic, and even seemed representative of the same kind of spirit personality...

I mean I am completely serious here folks.

There are answers in all this.
 Quoting: Mister Obvious


I always think of that first Stargate movie with Kurt Russell and the goa'uld.
How the organism is in their brains and makes them evil.
And they are ancient Egyptian like people to which somewhat in my mind links the cat thing.
Tell me the writer of that didn't know something?

Then I think of how they have found parasites 2 miles inside the Earth and inside freezing ice that can survive living on a meteor living and flourishing.

There could be literally thousands of people walking around you everyday.
With different types of these organisms inside their brains.
Worse than Toxo Gondii, unknown types.
That make them totally different to the usual human race.
I believe if a meteor crashed to earth tomorrow with some kind of organism on it that could survive.
The whole of this planet could be massively changed by it in 100 years or so.
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but you can only get it once, after you get it you develope immunity
 Quoting: Doomwaffles


1dunno1

So?



When a healthy individual becomes infected with the parasite, his or her immune system neutralizes the threat and the parasite falls dormant. The inactive organism remains present in the body for life, creating increased immunity in the event of future exposure.
 Quoting: [link to www.wisegeek.com]


The outcome of the other 2 modes of infection is usually a chronic, latent infection that persists for life.
 Quoting: [link to schizophreniabulletin.oxfordjournals.org]

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lol , the human digestive track is full with parasites :p
I am Eekerstard too!!!
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I always think of that first Stargate movie with Kurt Russell and the goa'uld.
How the organism is in their brains and makes them evil.
And they are ancient Egyptian like people to which somewhat in my mind links the cat thing.
Tell me the writer of that didn't know something?

Then I think of how they have found parasites 2 miles inside the Earth and inside freezing ice that can survive living on a meteor living and flourishing.

There could be literally thousands of people walking around you everyday.
With different types of these organisms inside their brains.
Worse than Toxo Gondii, unknown types.
That make them totally different to the usual human race.
I believe if a meteor crashed to earth tomorrow with some kind of organism on it that could survive.
The whole of this planet could be massively changed by it in 100 years or so.
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Yeah, and they're about to drill into that ice and release it to the entire planet. Pretty damn brilliant.

The next big thing in parasite-human mind control crashlanded from a meteor...

Hmm.

Say.

Maybe that's how the toxoplasmosis parasite got here? Only maybe it didn't crash... maybe it traveled in a space ship. CAT PEOPLE.