Drawn by early 20th-century commercial cat illustrator Louis Wain near the beginning of his mental illness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I think Toxoplasmosis gondii, a parasite in the litter of the common house cat might be making some guys into paranoid, sloppy-dressing, car accident prone, anxious recluses, and certain women into promiscuous, obsequious, over-consuming, vapid narcissists. The idea that men and women in powerful situations may be mindless parasite infested zombies is terrifying or the makings of a dark comedy. (Oh, I do hope this is all a simulation.)
The idea that a common house pet might be responsible for everything from psychiatric issues to public safety would be hysterical to me, if it were not so sad. The sad part is the disregard for anything that may topple the Spontaneous Generation Model of mental disease model that PHARMA depends upon you believing-hook, line and sinker.
While I am on this subject of belief and perpetuating lies, and before I get back to “Cat People,” may I ask of my gentle readers that you refrain from telling me something is “genetic,” unless you are in fact a geneticist. Otherwise, you sound like a fool.
Our social interactions have become a series of flash card buzz words that people bandy about as if they know what they are talking about. If I wanted to know about jewels, I would not go to the goat herder. I would go to the jeweler.
The same goes for science, only it seems that everyone is a scientist now if they have a high school education, watch Neil deGrasse Tyson on Fox News, and read The Science Times.
We live in an age where the goat herder comes to you, though your TV set.
Now in the case of Mental Illness, I am a jeweler and you are coming to me. Therefore, take this in, as it might someday save someone’s life.
First: Right up the evolutionary chain we have examples of organisms that take over other organisms’ brains and turn the hosts into zombies.
One common example is rabies, which can cause otherwise docile dogs to become aggressive, or tertiary syphilis that can cause insanity. Other examples as shown here are not so well-known.
Ants who become infected with Cordyceps Fungi become zombies who attempt to infect the entire colony unless discovered and carried off by workers.
Watch a video about it here:
There is a wasp known as Polypshincta gutfreundi that lays its larvae inside the thorax of a specific spider and uses it to make a special kind of web.
“The subjects in Eberhard’s experiments were orb weaving spiders of the species Allocyclosa bifurca and their parasite Polysphincta gutfreundi, a tropical wasp. The parasitic cycle begins when a female wasp seizes a spider on its web and lays a tiny egg on its abdomen. A wormlike larva emerges from the egg and fastens itself to the spider’s abdomen, where it lives by sucking out vital juices through small holes that it makes in the spider’s skin. After about a week the larva matures and kills the spider, then sucks the rest of its internal fluids, leaving only a dry husk that it discards. Holding the spider’s web with tiny crochet-like hooks, the larva then builds a cocoon that attaches to the spider’s web. Here it pupates, emerging a few weeks later as a mature wasp.” (http://smithsonianscience.org/2010/01/drugged-spiders-web-spinning-may-hold-keys-to-determining-how-animal-behavior-is-controlled/)
Conclusion: Nervous system infecting parasites do exist and can affect behavior.
Second: Spontaneous Generation of Mental Illness Does Not Exist
Spontaneous generation is the doctrine of western thought about mental illness. The idea that mental illness is genetic, a chemical imbalance, or due to bad parenting is hogwash. All mental illness has a cause, and that cause can be traced to one of three things: Energy, Body, and Environment. That’s it and that’s all.
Stating that bipolar is a chemical imbalance is like stating that a car tire blow out was from “the road.” Or the house burned down because the gas can poured all over and a match fell on it. Both of these statements might be true, but do not account for how it happened. In the cases I cite, it is easy to see the vagueness of the third order descriptors. If I encase my language in fancy science terms, and feed it to a populace who dumbed down and made to fear giving a wrong answer, I can say just about anything.
If I say to a patient, “The cause of bipolar illness is due to a genetic predisposition towards a fundamental paucity of glutamate receptors in the part of the brain that regulates mood, and this medication is specially designed to increase the amount of GABA in the cingulate cortex to regulate your mood.” They start bobbing their heads like a DC call girl on pay-day, but in fact I have said nothing.
From a young age, we are trained to accept opinions of people who have more science words then us. If we go against a scientist in their field and start using our flash card words and they can trump us with their flash card words, they become our science teacher for that moment and we are transported like a kid in class worried about getting a detention or giving the wrong answer.
What if I say “Obsessive Compulsive disorder is cause by Streptococci.” Less likely to believe me? Why?
Do not check your brain at the door in the doctor’s office, but do not try to be a doctor either. This sets you up for being fooled. Most health practitioners are skilled in the art of persuasion. It is part of the training.
Doctors are no different. Some use their training to fool you, make you feel dumb and get you to agree. Others are in a rush and want to get to see their family. They do not want to entertain some “crazy,” theory you read about on the internet. They want to do what they can bill for, and justify legally. I am not condemning any well meaning healers here.
Do not accept that there is a genetic component to something unless you truly understand the interaction of genes and the environment. Do not accept that mental illness cannot be treated and cured. It can be, but to treat and cure requires identification. Here is a clear identifying cause of mental illness.
Third: It’s gondii not Gandhi.
life cycle of Toxoplasma gondii (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Toxoplasmosis gondii is a parasite that is found in cat litter.
T. gondii does infect humans (Pregnant women are told to avoid cat litter in mainstream medicine)
T. gondii does take up residence in the brain.
There is a researcher by the name of Dr. Jeroslav Flegr who has studied the parasite for several decades and found some interesting results, gaining the interest of a few intrepid researchers in the field.
In affected people, Dr. Flegr has found decreased time to react, which has led him to suspect that infected people have more car accidents.
“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.”
Furthermore, Dr. Flagr published a paper on the correlation between T. gondii and schizophrenia.
“Twelve of 44 schizophrenia patients who underwent MRI scans, the team found, had reduced gray matter in the brain—and the decrease occurred almost exclusively in those who tested positive for T. gondii. After reading the abstract, I must look stunned, because Flegr smiles and says, “Jiri had the same response. I don’t think he believed it could be true.” When I later speak with Horacek, he admits to having been skeptical about Flegr’s theory at the outset. When they merged the MRI results with the infection data, however, he went from being a doubter to being a believer. “I was amazed at how pronounced the effect was,” he says. “To me that suggests the parasite may trigger schizophrenia in genetically susceptible people.””
Rather the reinvent the wheel, I would suggest you refer to the excellent article written by Kathleen Macauliffe http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/03/how-your-cat-is-making-you-crazy/308873/
My goal here is to highlight and illuminate.
Fourth: That’s nice, my brain is infiltrated with a mind controlling parasite, now what?
If I did not own a cat, and did not exhibit any of the symptoms listed above, I would move on. There is nothing worse then the nervous ninnies perpetuating the stereotype of the hysterical public. This is one of the reasons new causes of disease are not discussed. The doctor is worried about making you crazy.
Incurable diseases do exist, but what was once incurable can one day become curable.
If a protozoan was controlling my behavior, would I want to know?
My answer is yes.
Therefore, what would I do?
I would first get a blood test looking for exposure and active infection with T. gondii. Then if it turned out I was positive for the bugger, I would get an MRI to determine if there are any lacunae in my brain.
If I found that I was infected then I would change my diet to take in foods that complement my immune system and reduce infection. I would consider the life cycle of gondii and starve it of food that it likes. I would also investigate anti-fungal medication and alternative treatment for fungi. I would speak to experts in the treatment of opportunistic infections associated with AIDS.
To avoid getting gondii in the brain. I would not own a cat. If I did have a cat, I would wash my hands after playing him or her, or handling cat litter. I would not allow young children to play with cats for extended periods of time, or have cat litter boxes in the house with young children. I would also avoid unclean water sources, and eating cat poo.
Fifth: This is not the-be and end all-of mental illness or even schizophrenia.
There are many causes of mental illness, just as there are many causes of the common cold. What if complex organisms are using parasites to control the behavior of other complex organisms? Such as people domesticating dogs, or dogs domesticating people, or a GMO parasite placed inside a fast food that causes the infected person to continuously crave a chemical only found in that food.
What if certain politicians or business leaders are walking zombies infected with some unknown parasite and infected others with it to control their brains?
I would want to know.
But until then, the smart go surfing.
Of Mice and Macho Men (Photo credit: jurvetson)