Doctor's Note

Check out my videos on parasites and meat:
Chronic Headaches and Pork Tapeworms
Not So Delusional Parasitosis
Tongue Worm in Human Eye

Also check out my other videos on parasites

For more context, check out my associated blog post: Adding FDA-Approved Viruses to Meat.

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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other videos on parasites. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

  • Toxins

    wow, how would I go about getting tested for these brain parasites mentioned in the video and the parasites found in fish in ur previous videos? I’m afraid something might be incubated inside me (been vegan for 9 months) and I wont even know it.

  • rebecca

    I was informed that i have had toxoplasmosis.Steak Tartare was on many menus in the 70s,as well as our affection for rare meat.Does this mean the parasite is alive still?
    There was no treatment recommended,just the information that I had had it.

    • Up to 20% of US citizens have been exposed to Toxoplasmosis. Even if you have a blood test and it is determined that you were exposed unless you have symptoms there is no treatment recommended. Since it is rarely a problem except in patients with impaired immune system such as AIDS. The CDC has an excellent website which should answer your questions.

      • rebecca

        So does the parasitic worm still live?With a good immune system does your body defeat the parasite & thusly you have Toxoplasmosis anti-bodies appearing?

  • Dan Lundeen

    According to Flegr men infected with T. gondi have subtle behavioral differences, e.g., loss of coordination/reflex time (manifested in double the car crash rates in statistical surveys of military personnel) and an affinity for women with cats. In the life cycle of the parasite it infects rats who then lose their fear of wide open spaces, lose reflex time and develop a sexual arousal from cat urine, increasing the chances of being eaten by a cat. People blame cats for T Gondi, but the infection is more commonly acquired by undercooked lamb consumption as Dr. Greger notes.

  • mgibson

    My 18 year-old nephew has just been diagnosed with bipolar disease, so am researching the disease. Would treatment for toxoplasmosis make sense? I am heartsick, and would appreciate any help.
    Thank you

    • guest

      Omega 3’s (DHA supplements) have been contraindicated for people with bi-polar. This means DON’T TAKE DHA SUPPLEMENTS, AND DON’T TAKE FLAX, CHIA, HEMP or other high omega 3 foods. High omega-3 has been known to cause really bad reactions in bi-polar patients.

  • Hattie

    love your videos, thank you for all that you do. Do you have any other research on bipolar and diet please?

  • taha

    thanks doctor for those wonderful videos, I have rapid cycling mania, which is a brain disease linked to bipolar disorder, do you think that by following a strict vegan diet I can cure my disease?

    • Thea

      taha: I don’t have the experience to be able to answer your specific question, but I do have a thought for you that might be helpful: When someone is dealing with such a challenging situation such as you are, the very last thing you need is for something *else* to go wrong. What I’m getting at is: I would think that whole food plant based (WFPB) diet might help with your cycling mania, and it probably wouldn’t hurt to try. But even if a WFPB diet does nothing for the brain disease, there is a ton of evidence that it will help keep you healthy in all the other areas of your life. A WFPB diet is not a guarantee, but it maximizes your changes for the healthiest outcomes. So, even though I’m not a doctor and I’m not familiar with your specific condition, I would think that changing to a WFBP diet (especially with a doctor’s or at least friend’s help/oversight to give you some objective feedback on how you are doing) would be very worth trying.

      Please note that I am very careful to say WFPB diet and not just strict vegan. That’s because a potato chip and coke diet is strict vegan. But it is not healthy and not likely to help you. If you want some clarification on what WFPB means or advice about transitioning, let me know.

      Just at thought for you. If you give it a try, please let us know how it goes.

      • taha

        ok, I will give it a try and I will let you know if its helpful for mania.

  • bortog

    You can freeze parasites to death. For instance, sushi is pre-frozen fish.