How the parasite T. gondii affects the brain
Most people around the world have various health issues that affect their behaviors. In eastern Europe, it is believed that 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 15 percent (mostly in dirty rat infested areas like SF, Portland, Washington DC and Seattle) are infected. Here is an interesting article that goes into a bit of detail.
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 today. 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.
This 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
The good news is parasites can be removed from the intestine using Apple cinder 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 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…