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Cat parasite toxoplasma uses 'Trojan horse' to infect human brain and may cause suicidal thoughts and risk-taking

 
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Cat parasite toxoplasma uses 'Trojan horse' to infect human brain and may cause suicidal thoughts and risk-taking
Toxoplasma able to pass from the gut into the central nervous system, says report

A food-borne parasite that infects domestic cats can get inside the human brain by commandeering special cells of the immune system which it uses as a Trojan horse to enter the central nervous system, a study has found.

Scientists believe they have finally discovered the mechanism that allows Toxoplasma gondii – a single-celled parasite – to pass from the human gut to the brain where it may cause behavioural changes.

Researchers have shown that the parasite can infect the dendritic white blood cells of the immune system causing them to secrete a chemical neurotransmitter that allows the infected cells, and the parasite, to cross the natural barrier protecting the brain.

Toxoplasma gondii can live in many different species but it can only complete its life cycle in cats, which secrete the parasite in their faeces. Studies have shown that toxoplasma affects the behaviour of rats and mice, making them more likely to be eaten by cats, thereby completing parasite’s complex life-cycle.

Latest figures released in September by the Food Standards Agency show about 1,000 people a day in Britain – 350,000 a year – are being infected with toxoplasma, probably from either direct contact with cats or by eating poorly-cooked meat or vegetables.
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This is just a catspiracy.
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This is just a catspiracy.
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Re: Cat parasite toxoplasma uses 'Trojan horse' to infect human brain and may cause suicidal thoughts and risk-taking
Good article. I keep hinting to a family member with three cats and little ones that I don't think they are healthy pets for their specific children because one is always sick and I think it's cat related. They "LOVE" their cats and don't want to even consider the idea of getting a new home for them.
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most of the planet has this now, not kidding. source: the n......
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one more reason to dump the cats and get a pooch instead
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This is just a catspiracy.
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Catspiracy [link to 4.bp.blogspot.com]

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Good article. I keep hinting to a family member with three cats and little ones that I don't think they are healthy pets for their specific children because one is always sick and I think it's cat related. They "LOVE" their cats and don't want to even consider the idea of getting a new home for them.
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Mind your own.
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Good article. I keep hinting to a family member with three cats and little ones that I don't think they are healthy pets for their specific children because one is always sick and I think it's cat related. They "LOVE" their cats and don't want to even consider the idea of getting a new home for them.
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Interesting article in German can translate? Read here [link to www.rund-ums-baby.de]
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They keep harping on about drugs and forget the real, cute, fuzzy, puring dangers that lurk in our homes, driving us insane....

[link to schizophreniabulletin.oxfordjournals.org]

Although latent infection with Toxoplasma gondii is among the most prevalent of human infections, it has been generally assumed that, except for congenital transmission, it is asymptomatic. The demonstration that latent Toxoplasma infections can alter behavior in rodents has led to a reconsideration of this assumption. When infected human adults were compared with uninfected adults on personality questionnaires or on a panel of behavioral tests, several differences were found. Other studies have demonstrated reduced psychomotor performance in affected individuals. Possible mechanisms by which T. gondii may affect human behavior include its effect on dopamine and on testosterone.

Weed is safer than cats!bonghit
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Cat parasite toxoplasma is harmful like gut bacteria / NOT AT ALL/
Idiotic talk about nothing . Cats ,dogs ,horses are animals that we evolved with .
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Cat parasite toxoplasma is harmful like gut bacteria / NOT AT ALL/
Idiotic talk about nothing . Cats ,dogs ,horses are animals that we evolved with .
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You obviously suffer from toxoplamose gondii. No animal except CATS carries this mind altering dangerous parasite.
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Cat parasite toxoplasma is harmful like gut bacteria / NOT AT ALL/
Idiotic talk about nothing . Cats ,dogs ,horses are animals that we evolved with .
 Quoting: only OP meth brain 29155626


You obviously suffer from toxoplamose gondii. No animal except CATS carries this mind altering dangerous parasite.
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and its usually found in thier poop, so avoid playing with kitty shit at all costs but still, STEP OFF the cat hate.

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Toxo-tards are here.
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Toxoplasmose infested cat tards are everywhere.
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Cat parasite toxoplasma is harmful like gut bacteria / NOT AT ALL/
Idiotic talk about nothing . Cats ,dogs ,horses are animals that we evolved with .
 Quoting: only OP meth brain 29155626


You obviously suffer from toxoplamose gondii. No animal except CATS carries this mind altering dangerous parasite.
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+1
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This is just a catspiracy.
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kill it^ with fire
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Re: Cat parasite toxoplasma uses 'Trojan horse' to infect human brain and may cause suicidal thoughts and risk-taking
Cat parasite toxoplasma is harmful like gut bacteria / NOT AT ALL/
Idiotic talk about nothing . Cats ,dogs ,horses are animals that we evolved with .
 Quoting: only OP meth brain 29155626


You obviously suffer from toxoplamose gondii. No animal except CATS carries this mind altering dangerous parasite.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 49428403


and its usually found in thier poop, so avoid playing with kitty shit at all costs but still, STEP OFF the cat hate.

yoda
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It's not cat hate, it is rational thinking. The parasite is a danger to eildlife and humans ans can only be eliminated if all feral or outdoor cats are eliminated. Rats and mice are considered a pest, why not cats?
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In reality, toxoplasma is as rare as rabies. Almost no where.
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In reality, toxoplasma is as rare as rabies. Almost no where.
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no
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Cat parasite toxoplasma is harmful like gut bacteria / NOT AT ALL/
Idiotic talk about nothing . Cats ,dogs ,horses are animals that we evolved with .
 Quoting: only OP meth brain 29155626


You obviously suffer from toxoplamose gondii. No animal except CATS carries this mind altering dangerous parasite.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 49428403


and its usually found in thier poop, so avoid playing with kitty shit at all costs but still, STEP OFF the cat hate.

yoda
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Have you read this? It is not tolerable any longer. Sick cat people are responsible for the deaths of thousands if not millions of sea mammals. 70 % of the Californian sea otters are infected with toxoplamose gondii, a parasite exclusively spread by cats.


Deadly cat feces killing thousands of marine mammals

[link to news.msn.com]

Possible role of Toxoplasma gondii in brain cancer through modulation of host microRNAs

[link to www.infectagentscancer.com]
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In reality, toxoplasma is as rare as rabies. Almost no where.
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Not true. I am sure that you have it.
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Cat parasite toxoplasma is harmful like gut bacteria / NOT AT ALL/
Idiotic talk about nothing . Cats ,dogs ,horses are animals that we evolved with .
 Quoting: only OP meth brain 29155626


You obviously suffer from toxoplamose gondii. No animal except CATS carries this mind altering dangerous parasite.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 49428403


and its usually found in thier poop, so avoid playing with kitty shit at all costs but still, STEP OFF the cat hate.

yoda
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 44683239



Have you read this? It is not tolerable any longer. Sick cat people are responsible for the deaths of thousands if not millions of sea mammals. 70 % of the Californian sea otters are infected with toxoplamose gondii, a parasite exclusively spread by cats.


Deadly cat feces killing thousands of marine mammals

[link to news.msn.com]

Possible role of Toxoplasma gondii in brain cancer through modulation of host microRNAs

[link to www.infectagentscancer.com]
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Cats are a pest and a danger to nature.
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It also causes brain cancer.

US hunters, why don't you hunt these beasts and leave the beautiful animals alone?
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In reality, toxoplasma is as rare as rabies. Almost no where.
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link or you are bullshit
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