Brain Parasites in Meat

Brain Parasites in Meat
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What percentage of U.S. lambs are infested with toxoplasma parasites?

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Next up, lamb chops. The prevalence of the parasite Toxoplasma “in lambs destined for human consumption in the USA.” USDA researchers obtained the hearts of 383 lambs on the day of killing. So for those of you who think the USDA doesn’t have a heart? Wrong—they’ve got 383!

What do you think they found? Greater than 50% infested? Or less than 50%?

The good news is, it was less than half—only about 1 in 6 U.S. lambs are actively infected. The bad news is that 10% of Americans are currently infected with this brain parasite. That means, odds are, we all know people who have a battle going on inside their skulls, between their immune system and these Toxoplasma brain parasites—which have been linked to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and Parkinson’s. But most people’s immune systems are able to keep them at bay.

Should our immune system start to seriously slip, though, they can infect our eyeballs. Here’s a closeup of the back of someone’s infected eye. This is what it looks like in the brain of an adult. And this is what these parasites can do to the brains of our children.

No one, but particularly not pregnant women, should eat undercooked meat.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

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Next up, lamb chops. The prevalence of the parasite Toxoplasma “in lambs destined for human consumption in the USA.” USDA researchers obtained the hearts of 383 lambs on the day of killing. So for those of you who think the USDA doesn’t have a heart? Wrong—they’ve got 383!

What do you think they found? Greater than 50% infested? Or less than 50%?

The good news is, it was less than half—only about 1 in 6 U.S. lambs are actively infected. The bad news is that 10% of Americans are currently infected with this brain parasite. That means, odds are, we all know people who have a battle going on inside their skulls, between their immune system and these Toxoplasma brain parasites—which have been linked to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and Parkinson’s. But most people’s immune systems are able to keep them at bay.

Should our immune system start to seriously slip, though, they can infect our eyeballs. Here’s a closeup of the back of someone’s infected eye. This is what it looks like in the brain of an adult. And this is what these parasites can do to the brains of our children.

No one, but particularly not pregnant women, should eat undercooked meat.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

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.

If you haven’t yet, you can subscribe to my videos for free by clicking here.

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  1. 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.




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  2. 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.




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    1. 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.




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      1. 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?




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  3. 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. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/03/how-your-cat-is-making-you-crazy/308873/ 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.




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  4. 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




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    1. 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.




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  5. 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?




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    1. 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.




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  6. Hi,

    About a vegan diet (note the potato chip and coke variety).

    My wife was diagnosed with excessive amounts reverse T-3 thyroid hormones and very few of the normal T-3 thyroid hormones.

    She eventually found a doctor that was also trained in bio-chemistry, natural remedies as well as her normal western medical training. This doctor told her that your body needs protein to form hormones.

    When my wife told her about vegetable proteins, the doctor told her that “in order to form hormones correctly you need animal proteins” and went on to further add that “if animal proteins are not available, then your body will use vegetable proteins, however, when your body forms hormones using vegetable proteins, then the hormones will form incorrectly” “If this continues for some time, then your body will have an abundance of malformed hormones, and this is the cause of your excessive reverse T-3 hormones”

    She gave my wife a natural remedy (don’t remember what it was) and after 2 years and adding animal protein to her diet, the problem disappeared, as the doctor had told her.




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