Indebted to Ted
I’m not one to promote fear-mongering (as I’m sure my title to this piece evoked some kind of startled reaction) but when I recently watched a TED talk by Ed Yong titled, ‘Zombie roaches and other parasite tales‘ I was stunned and felt compelled to share this with as many people that will listen (as TED talks normally galvanize us to do).
Ed Yong’s delivery only took 13 minutes and I highly recommend you watch — he is most entertainingly witty (video to follow blurb).
This really struck a chord with me as I know several people who have been through conventional and holistic medicine and therapies for their depression and nothing has helped. It is my belief that we hold the answers we seek regarding depression from within but, in this case, I’ll make an exception. There could indeed be an external cause for some types of depression.
Toxoplasma Gondii — Tales from the Litter Box
Toxoplasma Gondii is a single-celled protozoan that lives and breeds in cats — more specifically, in a cats gut — and it’s egg-like cells are emitted through cat poop.
Here’s where it gets even more shitty…
Zombie Apocalypse — Fact or Fiction?
It is estimated that 1/3 of the globes population have these parasites living in their heads!
Scientists speculate that this single-celled trouble-maker may indeed be affecting the brains of the infected and altering thoughts and behavior. They have even stipulated that ‘Toxo’ could be a possible explanation for our cultural differences in some instances.
Researchers from the Stanley Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, suggest that mothers who have high levels of Toxoplasma Gondii during pregnancy, may be predisposed to giving birth to schizophrenic offspring.
Don’t take my word — read for yourself HERE.
Not a nice thought, eh? Especially as so many of us seem to be hosting this potent little parasite. Wait…there’s more!
Depressed or is Something Else Muddling Your Emotions?
Toxoplasma Gondii could very well be linked to neuroticism, depression and suicide.
The excerpt below is taken from the article Toxoplasma’s Dark Side: The Link Between Parasite and Suicide from Scientific America.
“The link between neuroticism and suicide is well established, thus if the parasite does make people more neurotic, it’s not surprising that it influences rates of self-violence.
How does a parasite affect how we think? The authors suggest that our immune system may actually be to blame. When we are infected with a parasite like Toxoplasma gondii, our immune system goes on the offensive, producing a group of molecules called cytokines that activate various immune cell types. The trouble is, recent research has connected high levels of cytokines to depression and violent suicide attempts. The exact mechanism by which cytokines cause depression and other mental illnesses is poorly understood, but we do know they are able to pass the blood-brain barrier and alter neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine in the brain.”
Symptoms Can Include:
- a high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or over.
- aching muscles.
- feeling sick.
- sore throat.
- swollen glands.
Thankfully, nature also holds the cure.
In this case there are several things you can take for Toxoplasma Gondii besides anti-biotics which include garlic, black walnut, organo oil and nutmeg essential oil. Please read realted article: 5 Natural Remedies for Toxoplasmosis: A Common Parasitic Disease You Can Get from Your Cat
Watch the Ed Yong TED talk below:
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