Does Toxoplasmosis Cause Schizophrenia?

Does Toxoplasmosis Cause Schizophrenia?
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A brain parasite is considered “probably one of the most important risk factors for schizophrenia.”

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The brain parasite toxoplasma “infects about one-third of the population” of developed countries—about one in four adults in the U.S. “But the life-long presence of dormant stages of this parasite in the brain and muscular tissue of infected humans is usually considered asymptomatic from the clinical point of view.” There’s like this “dynamic interplay between the parasite, [the human brain], and [our] immune response that results in this detente that promotes the life-long persistence of the parasite in [our brains].” We can’t get rid of it, but at least we can keep it from killing us—unless we get AIDS or something, and our immune defenses drop.

“Within the past 10 years, however, many independent studies have shown that this parasitic disease…could be indirectly responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths due to its effects on the rate of traffic and workplace accidents, and also suicides. Moreover, [this] latent toxoplasmosis is probably one of the most important risk factors for schizophrenia.”

Schizophrenia does have a strong “genetic component,” but even if you have the exact same genes as a schizophrenic—your identical twin has schizophrenia—the chances of you having it are still probably less than 50 percent. So, what else might increase risk? Studies performed over five decades in 20 countries found toxoplasma infection nearly triples the odds of schizophrenia. That’s “more than any [so-called schizophrenia gene] that has been described so far.” Now, obviously, everyone who gets this parasite in their brain does not come down with schizophrenia. It may depend on where exactly in the brain the parasite ends up taking up residence, but this “increased prevalence of toxoplasma in schizophrenics [has been] demonstrated by at least 50 [published] studies.” Yeah, but what about studies that weren’t published? Maybe the ones that found no connection were just shelved or something. Even accounting for this so-called “publication bias,” “the evidence of an association with [toxoplasma seems] overwhelming.”

Yeah, but it’s still just an association. Instead of “toxo” (toxoplasma) causing schizophrenia, maybe schizophrenia causes toxo. For example, “institutionalized psychiatric patients may be fed undercooked meat, thereby increasing their exposure to [toxoplasma infection].” That’s where the military studies come in. “The U.S. military routinely collects and stores [blood] of [its] service members… This affords a unique opportunity to [check people for infection well] before the diagnosis of disease,” so you can see which came first, and it was the toxo. The infection “can be found prior to the onset of [psychotic] symptoms.”

“The strongest evidence for [a cause-and-effect] role of Toxoplasma in triggering schizophrenia comes from a recent…MRI study showing that differences in brain [structure], originally thought to be characteristic of schizophrenia patients…[were] actually present only in [those infected with the parasite.]” See—there are these “gray matter anomalies” more often found in schizophrenia patients, but when you split them up into those testing positive and negative for toxo, you only really see it in the infected brains. So, does that mean we might be able to treat schizophrenia with antiparasitic drugs?

Well, there is this tetracycline-type drug that can kill off toxoplasma in mice, and when given to schizophrenics does seem to improve symptoms, but the drug may also have independent “anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties.” So, we don’t know if it was a toxo effect. “Future research should look to delineate the antiparasitic effect of minocycline” by testing the patients for toxo to see if the drugs work better in those that have been infected. There have been “four…randomized controlled trials [specifically] evaluating antiparasitic drugs..in patients with schizophrenia,” and…no effect was found. But, incredibly, not a single one of those studies used a drug that has been shown to actively kill off the parasites, once they’ve been walled off in the brain. See: “After acute infection, the parasites form [these] cysts in the brain, leading to lifelong chronic infection and drug resistance to commonly used antiparasitics.”

“There are currently no ongoing trials of anti-Toxoplasma therapy in schizophrenia despite ample evidence to justify further testing.” I hope some researcher listening to this will realize “[t]he time is ripe to evaluate antiparasitic drugs in [toxo]-infected patients with [this horrible disease].”

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The brain parasite toxoplasma “infects about one-third of the population” of developed countries—about one in four adults in the U.S. “But the life-long presence of dormant stages of this parasite in the brain and muscular tissue of infected humans is usually considered asymptomatic from the clinical point of view.” There’s like this “dynamic interplay between the parasite, [the human brain], and [our] immune response that results in this detente that promotes the life-long persistence of the parasite in [our brains].” We can’t get rid of it, but at least we can keep it from killing us—unless we get AIDS or something, and our immune defenses drop.

“Within the past 10 years, however, many independent studies have shown that this parasitic disease…could be indirectly responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths due to its effects on the rate of traffic and workplace accidents, and also suicides. Moreover, [this] latent toxoplasmosis is probably one of the most important risk factors for schizophrenia.”

Schizophrenia does have a strong “genetic component,” but even if you have the exact same genes as a schizophrenic—your identical twin has schizophrenia—the chances of you having it are still probably less than 50 percent. So, what else might increase risk? Studies performed over five decades in 20 countries found toxoplasma infection nearly triples the odds of schizophrenia. That’s “more than any [so-called schizophrenia gene] that has been described so far.” Now, obviously, everyone who gets this parasite in their brain does not come down with schizophrenia. It may depend on where exactly in the brain the parasite ends up taking up residence, but this “increased prevalence of toxoplasma in schizophrenics [has been] demonstrated by at least 50 [published] studies.” Yeah, but what about studies that weren’t published? Maybe the ones that found no connection were just shelved or something. Even accounting for this so-called “publication bias,” “the evidence of an association with [toxoplasma seems] overwhelming.”

Yeah, but it’s still just an association. Instead of “toxo” (toxoplasma) causing schizophrenia, maybe schizophrenia causes toxo. For example, “institutionalized psychiatric patients may be fed undercooked meat, thereby increasing their exposure to [toxoplasma infection].” That’s where the military studies come in. “The U.S. military routinely collects and stores [blood] of [its] service members… This affords a unique opportunity to [check people for infection well] before the diagnosis of disease,” so you can see which came first, and it was the toxo. The infection “can be found prior to the onset of [psychotic] symptoms.”

“The strongest evidence for [a cause-and-effect] role of Toxoplasma in triggering schizophrenia comes from a recent…MRI study showing that differences in brain [structure], originally thought to be characteristic of schizophrenia patients…[were] actually present only in [those infected with the parasite.]” See—there are these “gray matter anomalies” more often found in schizophrenia patients, but when you split them up into those testing positive and negative for toxo, you only really see it in the infected brains. So, does that mean we might be able to treat schizophrenia with antiparasitic drugs?

Well, there is this tetracycline-type drug that can kill off toxoplasma in mice, and when given to schizophrenics does seem to improve symptoms, but the drug may also have independent “anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties.” So, we don’t know if it was a toxo effect. “Future research should look to delineate the antiparasitic effect of minocycline” by testing the patients for toxo to see if the drugs work better in those that have been infected. There have been “four…randomized controlled trials [specifically] evaluating antiparasitic drugs..in patients with schizophrenia,” and…no effect was found. But, incredibly, not a single one of those studies used a drug that has been shown to actively kill off the parasites, once they’ve been walled off in the brain. See: “After acute infection, the parasites form [these] cysts in the brain, leading to lifelong chronic infection and drug resistance to commonly used antiparasitics.”

“There are currently no ongoing trials of anti-Toxoplasma therapy in schizophrenia despite ample evidence to justify further testing.” I hope some researcher listening to this will realize “[t]he time is ripe to evaluate antiparasitic drugs in [toxo]-infected patients with [this horrible disease].”

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Doctor's Note

This is the third video in a four-part series on toxoplasmosis. If you missed the first two, start with Toxoplasmosis: A Manipulative Foodborne Brain Parasite and Long-Term Effects of Toxoplasmosis Brain Infection.

I dropped a few hints in this video (e.g. infections in muscle tissue), but stay tuned for the finale: How to Prevent Toxoplasmosis.

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    1. “THE LANGUAGE OF MODERN PSYCHIATRY” (a poem written by ??? many decades ago)

      “I never get mad, I get hostile;
      I never feel sad, I’m depressed.
      If I sew or I knit and enjoy it a bit,
      I’m not handy —I’m merely obsessed.

      “I never regret, I feel guilty,
      And if I should vacuum the hall,
      Wash the woodwork and such,
      And not mind it too much
      Am I tidy? Compulsive, that’s all.

      “If I can’t choose a hat I have conflicts,
      With ambivalent feelings towards net.
      I never get worried or nervous or hurried,
      Anxiety, that’s what I get.

      “If I’m happy, I must be euphoric;
      If I go to the Stork Club or Ritz
      And have a good time making puns or a rhyme,
      I am manic, or maybe schitz.

      “If I tell you you’re right, I’m submissive,
      Repressing aggressiveness, too;
      And when I disagree, I’m defensive, you see,
      And projecting my symptoms on you.

      “I love you, but that’s just transference,
      With Oedipus rearing his head;
      My breathing asthmatic is psychosomatic
      A fear of exclaiming, ‘Drop Dead.’

      “I’m not lonely, I’m simply dependent,
      My dog has no fleas, just a tic —
      So if I’m a cad never mind,
      Just be glad I’m not a stinker,
      I’m sick.”

      1. YR, Cute poem.

        Sometimes I get the feeling that Modern Medicine is trying to drum up business by creating “diseases”.

        The common TV ad ; “Ask your doctor if “fill in the blank” is right for you. ;-)

        1. Hal,

          Also, “Call your doctor right away if…..” And then we get a huge list of side effects, including “possible death.” If we DO call our doctor right away, I ‘spect we’d get a recording telling us to head to the ER. The docs aren’t in their offices every day of the week, maybe only Tuesday and Thursdays. (I don’t really know, as I avoid them.)

          https://www.thrillist.com/health/nation/why-are-prescription-drug-advertisements-legal-in-america

          1. YR, That’s an interesting article on the Thrillist website. It’s a good summary of the situation. I think most people ignore these ads, but I’m sure there are many who fall for the sales pitch. Like you, I try to stay away from Docs … unless I break a leg or something ;-) Strange that New Zealand is the only other country that allows the advertising of drugs.

      2. LOL funny stuff, YR

        *sorry if there’s multiple posts, my comment doesn’t seem to be showing up, I’ll try again

        This will be an interesting experiment. My comment isn’t posting. I check for amount of times tried (to check to see if that’s due to the pattern) but it didn’t work. So what happens is all often put “*sorry if there’s multiple posts, my comment doesn’t seem to be showing up, I’ll try again” and them every time, the comment shows up. It’s strange. Let’s see if it works this time…

  1. Remember that drug given to teens for acne that turned their teeth a strange color permanently?
    ” A commonly used acne medication can cause teeth and bone to discolor — and give gums a blackish-blue color. The drug, an antibiotic called minocycline”.

    Common side effects of Minocin include:

    nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, diarrhea, lightheadedness, dizziness, spinning sensation, unsteadiness, drowsiness, tired feeling, joint or muscle pain, discoloration of your skin or nails, skin rash or itching, mouth sores, swollen tongue, discoloration of your gums, cough, increased skin sensitivity to sunlight (sunburn more easily), vaginal itching or discharge.

  2. Did Dr Greger see this?
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    óis, Débora de Mello Gonçales Sant’Ana, Ana Lúcia Falavigna-Guilherme, Silvana Marques de AraújoIntroduction – The search for an effective remedy, with no side effects and with a low cost, is important both to prevent or reduce the damage in toxoplasmosis and to decrease economic losses. This work aims to compare the effect of different dynamizations of Toxoplasma gondii remedy made from the cysts of the parasite.Methods – In a blind, controlled, randomized assay, 56 Swiss male mice, 60 days old, were divided into groups: BIOT-TG7, BIOT-TG17, BIOT – TG30, BIOT-TG60, BIOT-TG100, BIOT-TG200, GCInf – infected control group pretreated with 7% grain alcohol and GCN – uninfected and untreated control group. Medicines were prepared according to Brazilian Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia, with infected mice’s brain macerated (20 T. gondii cysts/100 μL), in the following dynamizations D7, D17, D30, D60, D100 and D200. Pretreatment: 3 consecutive days before inoculation. Infection: At 60 days old, with 20 cysts ME49 strain-T. gondii, orally. Fundoscopy, ocular tonometry, Brain cysts counting, estimated number of bradyzoites/cyst and serum TGF-β (ELISA) were performed on the 60th day post-infection. Statistical comparison: Kruskal–Wallis test, 5% significance level.Results – Smaller number of cysts (BIOT-TG17 and BIOT-TG200) and a smaller number of bradyzoites/cysts (p < 0..05), in BIOT-TG7, BIOT-TG100 and BIOT-TG200 was observed. 80% of animals from BIOT-TG100 group showed no alterations in fundoscopy and 20% presented subretinal mild hemorrhage around the optic nerve. There was no difference between groups in ocular tonometry and levels of TGF-β.Conclusion – High dynamizations showed better results in mice infected with T. gondii different from the low dynamizations that had unsatisfactory results.

  3. When I hear “cysts” make the drugs not work, I am thinking Serrapeptase or other enzymes might get rid of the cysts and make the drugs work. Maybe?

    Cysts are one of the things Serrapeptase is used for, along with getting rid of things like biofilms so that antibiotics can work more effectively.

    Just a thought.

    1. I am thinking Serrapeptase or other enzymes might get rid of the cysts and make the drugs work. Maybe?
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      Deb, unfamiliar with what you suggest, but the first thing that came to my mind was if it in fact works as you you are posing, does it cross the blood brain barrier?

        1. Yes, they say that it even crosses the blood-brain barrier.

          They have been researching it with the misfolded proteins for Alzheimer’s.

          I used it years ago at the beginning of this process. It definitely brings down inflammation. IF you take it away from food.

          If you take it after you eat, you will have wasted them. They will digest your food, but there are much cheaper ways of doing that.

          They do things like eat your scars and your calcium deposits and misfolded proteins.

          That was back before I got my ICES PEMF and it brought the swelling of my ankle down overnight. It had been swollen for years following an injury. It didn’t permanently bring it down and I got sick of taking them and saw the ICES and bought that and it brought my swelling down overnight and kept it down permanently and I could walk normally again.

          So many people had that type of testimonial with the ICES and with the Serrapeptase that I wanted to try both of them. I recently bought the Serrapeptase again because of the work with Alzheimer’s, but I haven’t started them because I wanted to see how well broccoli sprouts, kale, beets and the ICES do.

          I went to a picnic today and I still don’t have social anxiety and I had been struggling with it for 6 or 7 years, along with night terrors and hallucinations.

          The food was helping. The ICES though supercharged the process.

          I am going to be buying an ICES with deeper coils and more coils. I had looked at a study for resistant depression and they were using a low power PEMF device, but they were using 7 coils. I have had so much benefit with 2 coils, but the higher priced device, which I didn’t spring for is one, which might be able to really reach my whole brain.

          The clinic switching to using it on the brains of all of their patients encourages me.

          The new device, I can do multiple parts of my body at the same time and I want to regrow my hip and knee cartilage before they are causing me problems. My friends are bone on bone and so is my sister-in-law and I have a device which can grow it back if I use it every day. I am not bone on bone, but I would like to prevent it.

  4. This is helpful to me.

    I do have schizophrenics who I care about.

    Thank you to all of the people at NutritionFacts.org for all of your hard work.

    I am just pausing on Memorial Day to remember the staff and researchers and Dr. Greger and his family and the video makers and writers and translators and computer geeks and recipe writers and all that goes into making NF.org what it has become.

    Thanks again!

    1. Yes, these things are tough to treat.

      If I had either, I would be trying a combination of things.

      Serrapeptase and PEMF would be two things.

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5236092/

      Seems like a good time to call in the broccoli sprouts and blueberries and cardamom.

      I am wearing short sleeves for the first time of the season, though I noticed that almost all of the older people were still in long sleeves, so I was the only older person with my arms showing. My car doesn’t have air conditioning currently and that is where it gets hot.

      It was also the first time in months and months since they had organic grapes in the grocery store. Though the grocery store worker upset me because I asked when they would be getting organic grapes again and they said, “We could have them all year round, but the manager doesn’t order them.” The grapes still help me eat the blueberries so much better, and I am trying to do this brain healing process and they could have been buying them all along.

  5. Oops! LYME has been found in joints and brain and meds don’t erase it when it is walled off. Sorry about this being off topic. I have several family members with LYME and they have been to see experts, and communicated with them and done it ‘all’ over many years. One has shown improvement with WFPB over the past 3 years. One physician even suggested getting another disease and maybe during the bodies immune response it would handle the LYME. Thanks for listening. Be well!

    1. Ruthie,

      I am sorry to hear about your relatives. Chronic diseases are so painful and frustrating. I do have a friend who has both chronic Lyme and Lupus and she has suffered so much.

      I have tried to get her to use PEMF or LLLT for pain and she said that she was given Low-Level Laser at a chiropractor and that was the only thing, which seemed to help. She never tried the PEMF though. Dr. Pawluk says that it brings relief, but doesn’t bring a cure.

      The concept of getting another disease is something which has to be tempting. In Cancer research, they speak about people who get healed after things like tetanus shots. Maybe your relative can get tetanus or rabies shots or something.

      Have they tried water fasting or mimicking fasting?

      I don’t know if Dr. Goldhamer has had any success with Lyme. Water fasting and mimicking fasting replace the immune system and autophagy is how you get rid of a lot of those critters.

      They do use Serrapeptase to get rid of the biofilm.

      I wonder if fasting works better after the biofilm is gone?

      I am speculating based on the concept of autophagy. Watch some videos on that.

      It would take about a week of Mimicking Fasting, ProLon or Water Fasting to replace the immune system and that can expose the immune system to the fact that there are things hiding in plain site in the body.

      ProLon is basically eat soup for a week. Plus, olives. I bought some, but my brother wouldn’t try it. My friend would though.

  6. Do you know about the connection between toxoplasma and cats? The two persons I know who suffer from schiz both had close contact with cats for a longer period of time.

      1. And yet how many people have close contact with cats for long periods of time and are NOT schizophrenic? Cats are the most popular companion animal, most people have a lot of contact with cats. There is also a feral cat epidemic because people are irresponsible (spay/neuter and releasing is the only effective and humane way to resolve the issue as well as holding the public accountable for abandoning animals and not spaying/neutering their pets) so therefore probably everyone in the world has some significant contact with cats whether they no it or not.

        More people with long term contact with cats do not have schizophrenia and for that matter, those who do and just so happen to have a cat or have been around cats (which is most of the population, anyway), probably have also eaten and probably continue to eat meat and at some point or even regularly, undercooked meat.

        This is getting blown way out of proportion and there are already cruel comments about cats including talking about killing them under this very video, so I find it extremely irresponsible of Dr. Greger to not make it a point to put these things into perspective… maybe the 4th video will address that.

        I really understand why people were upset over the original videos now, they foresaw paranoid people resulting in further cruelty to animals. I’m not harping on either of you here, but just upset over the things I’ve been reading.

        1. Right, this is a confusion of correlation and causation. Just because 2 things go together does NOT mean that 1 must be causing the other.

          For ex., I am tall and I watch TV. That’s a correlation. However, that does *not* mean my TV watching caused me to be tall.

        2. Totally agree with you, S. One poster couldn’t understand why anyone would even want a cat. *boo hiss! You mean you’d rather have a dog that’s always licking its crotch and slobbers all over your face?

          As I’ve posted earlier, my hub and I had two adorable cats when we lived in NYC — mother and daughter. Both lived to be in their early twenties. None of us were schizio.

            1. I am just going to say that it is because there has been a correlation that people who have people with schizophrenia and those people also had cats growing up are wondering if the people who are genetically pre-dispositioned are 100% safe and if there is a guarantee that it was not even possibly the cats which caused it.

              Schizophrenia is one of the worst possible things.

              The parents of the children often speak about wanting them to die.

              I was listening to WNPR speak about Robin Williams killing himself and they spoke about him having a brain condition where he may have started having hallucinations and paranoia, which I had for a long time. They are gone, but it was the schizophrenic people who I thought about because even a relatively short period of time it was almost unbearable. All I could think was that some people spend most of their lives going through this. I don’t even know how they survive at all and I know they take meds, but they are miserable on the meds, too, from what I see and the institutions are ridiculously miserable places and even the very healthy counselors get so burnt out just being in that setting. A relative of mine did nursing in a psych facility and he burnt out so quickly. So did a friend of mine who did occupational therapy in a psych setting. They burnt out so quickly and yet I look at the people who I genuinely care about who have to live there for decades and it is unbearable even to think about.

              Anyway, I am not saying that it is always cats or mostly cats or often cats, but cats in some studies were being looked at as the source of this condition and, like I said before, my dear friend had raised her children with cats in the house and one of her sons got schizophrenia and by then they no longer had pets and a new child was born and the older son ended up institutionalized and a counselor told the mother that she needed to get a therapy cat for the younger child. Is that wisdom? Maybe? Maybe not? Is the counselor certain that it is safe?

              1. Deb, how many kids grow up with cats and do not end up with schizophrenia? How many kids play in sandboxes at public parks or at their homes whose parents don’t keep them covered? How many kids play in the dirt? I would guess that around 100% of human children grow up with at least one of these regular exposures (I’d hate to think there’s any amount who don’t have contact with natural earth). Schizophrenia is a horrible but rare disease.
                As for the cat-exposed kids, didn’t all those same people eat meat growing up? And the main cause of contracting toxoplasmosis is through undercooked meat. So why skip over that major factor and think, “cats?”
                If a child is predisposed like you mentioned, maybe vegetarianism should be looked into first and foremost.

            2. I could have changed that to “Neither of us was schizo,” but I was including the cats here. They weren’t schizo either. :-)

          1. I just find them a little weird, unpredictable. I mean they go off on their own for hours, probably hunting prey and then they come back to your house bringing back whatever it is they’ve contracted. Historically they’ve been about pest control. Personally i view dogs and cats better suited for rural areas. They’re out of place in urban areas.

            1. “They’re out of place in urban areas.”

              – – – – – –

              Not if they’ve happily adjusted to living in a NYC apartment. I’ve had both dogs and cats, and cats rule.

              1. Betty, I have to disagree. And not from my own (rural) experience but from watching documentary shows that profile cats living in the Arctic and/or on distant islands where they were separated from their humans. These cats not only survive, but thrive.

                1. Too many critters for cats to prey on.
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                  Oh wait… I read your comment the first time for content, but just now went back and read it for comprehension. I get it that you are just saying the rural cat has too much wild life to hunt to be an ordinary household cat.

                  (Not sayin’ anyone’s housecat is necessarily ordinary. ‘-)

              2. Well one of the reasons people had a relationship with them in the past was because we were and still are a civilisation that eats lots of grains and mice kept eating the grain stores. The cats would take care of the mice.
                You’re right about cats going around and killing native fauna too. We probably should have left them alone and not domesticated them and introduced them all over the world. Perhaps a bit of parasitic spellbinding played a role. And that they can be quite funny at times.

        3. It’s not the cats. It’s the cat urine from the litter box.
          The clay litter can be removed daily and should be.

        4. Thanks for your comment, I really didm’t mean to upset you. I find it very important to stop animal cruelty. Thats one of the reasons why I’m vegan. Glad the new video from Dr. Greger explained that issue now.

  7. What is a Chan based diet?

    https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2012/262136/

    It was a Chinese diet for improving executive function.

    I tried to search for which foods, but I didn’t find broccoli sprouts anywhere.

    Or any other foods, for that matter.

    I am trying to heal my executive function problems, but I am not the only one around here who has them.

    A sweet young man gets so paralyzed by life that he dropped out of school and won’t even brush his teeth.

    I think about the study where 50% of people don’t brush their teeth twice a day and it seems like there are a lot of people with executive function problems.

    I have been getting so much grace for so long, but it does take me 1000 times longer than it should to do everything. So I end up putting in hours on Memorial Day and on the weekends. I need to because I am the tortoise and everybody else is the hare and they don’t know that I will show up at midnight and will have slowly caught up to them, but it would be sooooo nice to actually be able to just get things done easier.

    That is why I am getting the multi-coil PEMF and the Serrapeptase. I feel like I NEED to have a serious breakthrough in this area.

    Other areas might be annoying, but executive function brain problems are such a great big pain-in-the-neck.

    1. I could use examples from my friends’ children.

      One was home when the house caught on fire and she did not call 911 or leave the house. Luckily, her parent arrived home and put it out, but the person who was almost out of high school did not do anything.

  8. Ever since I found out about this parasite years ago I’ve wondered whether my brother got schizophrenia from this bug. I remember when we were little a family friend persuaded my brother to eat dry cat food. I’m upset at myself for not doing anything to stop it. I don’t know why people have cats as pets; it may be because of this parasite. Here’s some magical sci-fi thinking about a possible (unlikely) treatment. What if you shined a light into someone’s eyes and kind of cooked the offending bug, while leaving other tissues unaffected? Perhaps use light with distinct properties (play around with intensity, frequency, polarisation, phase etc) and it does something like the microwave plasma trick when you put a cut grape in the microwave. That might work on the cysts perhaps. If this is causing the problem say by inducing encephalitis, what would a treatment protocol look like? Anti-parasite drugs yes, but then you still have the anti-psychotics to withdraw from. Could a restrictive diet lower the inflammation caused by the parasite and keep the symptoms of the schizophrenia into remission? Just felt like rambling again. Thanks for this video NF.

    1. Arthur, you aren’t thinking clearly on this…. The cat food is cooked. Why would cat food matter, anyway? Cats are not these horribly infected animals like paranoid folk are blowing out of proportion. If your brother ate the feces of a wild cat (or ANY animal including humans), maybe… But if the cat food wasn’t properly cooked, then I suppose it’s possible, but any undercooked meat may be the culprit whether dog food or whatever else. But really, how many meals has your brother had that contained meat? Think of the odds… Can we please be realistic here people?

      1. Most likely you’re right. My thinking is that I don’t know how the cat owner fed his cat and whether there was contamination somehow. Still though I wish I just protested instead of being my usual shy, neurotic self.
        There’s other possibilities. It could be teeth malocclusion leading to undiagnosed sleep apnea. It could be the wisdom tooth surgery and being sensitive to the anaesthetics or maybe due to nerve damage. It could be because he tried to build the body without changing the diet accordingly.
        It could be damage caused by an alcohol binge. It could be undercooked meat. It could be an infection. It could just be psychological trauma.

    2. Maybe the anti-psychotics are so toxic maybe they act like an anti-parasitic drug. I was thinking about the light idea again. What if you could attach a chemical to the cysts or bug like say gold nanoparticles and then do the light thing. The attached molecule would bend and stretch from the light just like the water molecule does in a microwave and the parasite will be shredded.

  9. Lets remember that “Childhood cat ownership linked to higher rates of mental illness later in life.”
    Cat feces is major source of toxo exposure in humans and can have devastating effects on developing fetus.
    What percentage of torque so infected people had significant cat exposure growing up?
    Initial presentation of majority schizophrenia cases occurs in young adulthood between ages of 18 and 25.

    Cats treated as natural fauna in most localities meaning they don’t have to be licensed, animal control does not pick up strays and owners are not required to keep them confined to their property. Not talking rural locations. I live in urban costal LAX adjacent community.

    Big problem 12 years ago when wife pregnant and former neighbor maintained open outside cat feeder for “visiting” cats
    Didn’t keep litter boxes outside.
    Not a problem as far as neighbor or cats were concerned as we had a nice sandy soil in our back, front and side yard gardens.
    Explanation of our concerns fell on deaf ears with both neighbor and local animal control.
    (Imagine if we let our dog take the same liberties in his yard.)
    Neighbor claimed not to own visiting cats and therefore had no responsibility for their actions.
    Animal control notified me I could be criminally charged if I directly harmed a cat even if it was in my yard; however, they grudgingly acknowledged I could legally and humanely trap a wild animal and relocated to a suitable natural environment.

    Placed baited ( tuna fish) cage trap for raccoons possums and cats sized animals on my side yard.
    First guest arrived shortly there after.
    Brought neighbor over to claim his ward explaining I would release it in nearby Santa Monica Mountains, an urban adjacent wilderness area that is home to mountain lions and coyotes, if no takers.
    Cat retrieved and no further cat bomb issues.

    Yes, we took all appropriate precautions as far as protective gear and meticulously removing cat bombs.
    This only goes so far and does not remove apprehension or anxiety about possible innocuous exposure.
    There will likely be strong recommendations to avoid meat, especially undercooked, in the fourth article.

    1. Trent you are a horrible person and a sickeningly good example of why people are upset with this series of videos…. Paranoid people like you who take things irrationally far and are willing to HARM INNOCENTS OVER THEIR PARANOIA are despicable… SHAME ON YOU and your wife. You SHOULD be criminally charged for MURDERING A SENTIENT BEING over your paranoia or any reason; you SHOULD be charged just to be willing to and for threatening it and who knows what someone like you actually has done. It’s extremely cruel to relocate cats as well because they have colonies who they are extremely emotionally close to and separating them is as evil as it would be to separate human families–same goes for harming them. Some people are such monsters.

      Humans are responsible for feral cats due to their irresponsibility to them–humans such as yourself. The only right and humane and morally and ethically and responsible and EFFECTIVE thing to do in helping reduce feral cat populations, is to spay/neuter and release where they already live. If they’re kittens and young enough to be domesticated, it’s acceptable and good to find good forever homes for them.

      You weren’t going to get infected over cats in the area, and your anger towards innocent animals who are homeless only due to humans like you is truly and thoroughly disgusting. And what makes you think that cats are the only ones who carry the toxo, you genius?! Do you know how many native wildlife eat mice? And mice aren’t the only prey animals who contract this, undoubtedly, not to mention you have to consider how the mice get it in the first place. So by your logic you should relocate or murder all native animals because you’re a paranoid, cruel, hideous person. And also never walk anywhere on earth barefoot or touch the ground with your bare hands or go to the beach and enjoy the sand and probably should stay out of the water apart from showers and swimming pools if we’re going that far. Ever consider people like you should just live in concrete cities and don’t deserve yards if you’re going to murder and harm over them?

      If you have toxoplasmosis, you probably got it from eating meat. But you can garden wearing gloves if you’re concerned and if you know cats go to the bathroom in your garden, it’s a good idea to if you know there’s feces, that’s just common sense. I take care of feral cats who are spayed/neutered and released and have rescues and grow my own food in the same yard, it’s just gated so they don’t go in the vegetable garden. Common sense, a survival mechanism that’s dramatically declining among our species.

      The only problem in the neighborhood you’re ranting about, was the fact that your caring neighbors had monsters like you living near by.

      I’m now officially appalled at the irresponsibility of not putting into persecutive the odds of contracting this parasite by walking barefoot anywhere on earth or taking care of cats or probably being around many species of animal wild or otherwise and for that matter, human interacting for all we know vs. the real cause which is undercooked meat or maybe any meat. I hope video number 4 rectifies this. Apparently people ARE that paranoid and ARE that cruel so I think anyone posting this information has a responsibility, then, to put things in a realistic perspective.

      Btw, Trent, studies actually show that “pet owners” (and cats are normally rescued and less often bred) live healthier, longer lives than those who are not around companion animals.

      1. Btw, the official advice for pregnant women is to not go on a killing spree or paranoid relocating spree of cats or even get rid of cats, it’s to wear gloves while gardening, don’t go in sandboxes (unless you cover them), and either have someone else clean the cat litter or wear gloves when you do and wash your hands. But it’s more stressed that they are careful about handling raw meat and not eating undercooked meat.

        And apparently those who were already infected (so long as they have functioning immune systems) don’t pass it on to their babies accord to pamf . org

  10. This is extremely hard to believe given the previous statement that 1 in 4 people have toxoplasmosis, it seems to be that schizophrenia would be a much more common mental illness than it is, by a long shot, if toxo increased the odds by such a significant amount. I’m not scoffing at the evidence, it just doesn’t seem to reflect the world around us from my point of view. Then I read other commenters’ posts citing studies (I didn’t read them) saying that it’s not likely that there is a link between the two.

    I really hope the next video addresses the main cause for contracting the parasite, which seems to be undercooked meat and offers more perspective on it because there is a lot of paranoid advice. To me that seems most important overall. I also hope that diet is looked at in prevention and maybe even killing off the parasite and not just drugs which seems to be the main focus. So many plant foods are said to kill parasites and I would imagine, keep them at bay as well. Might certain diets (independent of simply avoiding meat or undercooked meat) lessen the chance of contracting the parasite?

    1. I want to quote them because I became confused by your sentence.

      The Toxoplasma parasite does not become infectious until 1 to 5 days after it is shed in a cat’s feces.

      They recommend daily litter box changes, which is something that my friends’ whose children have Schizophrenia don’t do.

      They are poor and tend to only change it once per week or so.

      1. Do your friends kids also eat meat? I had a friend whose cats would go to the bathroom on the floor and it would sit there and harden… they weren’t filthy people but it was obviously a lazy and gross habit to not clean that up immediately. Her nor her siblings developed schizophrenia. And let’s not assume that the only cause for schizophrenia is toxoplasmosis because that isn’t what’s being stated here. The exact causes are unknown. Considering a large majority of the population have cats and most people don’t change the litter everyday (but hopefully most clean it everyday), it would be easy to know someone who has schizophrenia and also had cats and also didn’t change the litter everyday (changing the entire litter as opposed to cleaning it on a daily basis is unusual for anyone no matter their income). It doesn’t mean that’s why they have schizophrenia, especially when you think about their diet and meat consumption and that being the main culprit.

      2. A lot of people just scoop the poop out of the litter and don’t change the litter.

        I wonder if they looked at things like that.

        People around here, the cats are generally outdoors all day and come in for food.

        1. Most people scoop it daily and change it every couple or few days. I don’t know of anyone who dumps out all of the litter on a daily basis. I certainly couldn’t afford it. My indoor cats do not go outside and hunt. I take them outside supervised. The outside cats just go outside wherever they may go, so you just wear gardening gloves if gardening. Except I don’t wear gloves in my vegetable garden because it’s gated so there’s no need–the cats don’t go in there.

          1. If 1 and 4 people really do have toxo, I wonder if maybe it isn’t more likely to contract it from other humans with poor hand washing habits. Gross. Anyway, I’m not worried about it.

  11. Good link S.

    Have to admit I have been a little less lovin’ to my cat herd since reading this. That is, I’ll still pull their tail (which they expect and like) or stroke their head a time or two but no longer seek out the kittens to hold up and go eye to eye with. The kittens aren’t all that in to that it seems so not a big loss to them. I just do it to socialize them in case someone is willing to take one as a pet.

    I’ve had cats or dogs for many years and when I began seeing a Dr. after about a 40 year hiatus, the nurse told me after my first lab workup that I had no parasites. I don’t know if they had done a Toxo… test so hoping that was included.

    Do any of the Dr.s here on the website know what the Toxoplasmosis test is listed as on a lab report? Maybe I can go back and check the early ones if I know what to look for.

      1. Maybe you can get them tested, instead of not interacting with them.
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        Low Roi.

        1. Besides, they have each other and are a hoot to watch when they play with one another. One cat that just came up from nowhere, early on was playing with a couple from a bunch that is much younger. The new cat would have the younger ones doing a mock attack and the new one would jump straight up and over the younger ones. Early on the new cat would seemingly play to hard with the younger ones. Now the younger ones attack the new cat and play fight like crazy. Cats are must-see TV. ‘-)… especially when they are young.

          1. Early on the new cat would seemingly play to hard… should have read play too hard.

            I refuse to believe I keep making this mistake. This seems to be the only place where I write or post that I use the wrong version of too. If it were a big enough deal, I would definitely set up a camera to record the screen when I write something!

    1. Lonie, based on what I’ve read so far, it’s rare to actually contract this from a cat and to do so you’d have to ingest the feces of a cat who was infected and they’d have to be recently infected, too. I wouldn’t worry too much, just wash your hands before eating and wear gloves when cleaning any feces and wash your hands which are the basic practices anyway.

      You’re better off for being around these cats, it’s good for your soul. Plus, having a higher purpose (and caring for animals certainly is one) is associated with longer telomeres… reading Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel’s book “The Telomere Effect” presently.

      1. I’ve been around cats all my life, befriending neighborhood cats and strays. Finally adopting one of my own, it’s true you can’t just have one… presently have 4 from rescues and have a whole feral fur family outside of the house. If I come down with schizo, I promise to let you all know.

        But here’s some perspective… How many people are around cats? A lot… most of the population even if they don’t realize it, probably. How many people eat meat? Even more. What is the main culprit in contracting toxoplasmosis? Undercooked meat (which is many’s preference). If it’s mostly contracted through diet, then chances are anyone who might contract it from a rarer source which is handling cat feces and not washing your hands, already has it from their diet. It’s just common sense, practice good hygiene.

      2. S,

        It depends on how well people clean their kitty litter and how well they clean their hands and whether their cats are outdoor cats.

        The people I know who have children who have schizophrenia are not good at cleaning anything. They are sweet people, but they wouldn’t wear gloves even if you told them. They don’t finish their antibiotics when the doctor tells them to and they would be closer to hoarders much of the time.

        Their landlords check on them quarterly and that is when things get cleaned up.

        The kitty litter gets cleaned when the cat starts using the rest of the house.

        1. I say that because 50% of people don’t brush their teeth 2ce a day and that group also won’t be good at doing kitty litter and people who are highly organized and very clean may not have the same risk.

          I have a different friend who tends to be an animal hoarder. She would be another one who would be likely to get exposed.

          Her house runs toward hoarder house, too.

          She does the same periodic cleaning.

          She was turned into the fire department or whichever group threatens people who live like hoarders.

          Please don’t kill your cats.

          But if you can’t manage to clean up after them and have brain problems, maybe cats aren’t such a good idea.

          I know that people often get them because they are low maintenance.

          Much less work than dogs.

          1. My family members were not hoarders.

            But my best friend’s family when I was growing up were hoarders with cats.

            One of the kittens was named Sojourner Truth.

            I used to go over there every day after school and rarely remember being able to see the floor.

            Please, don’t kill your kittens.

  12. Well, it is back to raining and cold. Long sleeves and jacket weather, but I am thinking I might have gotten some natural Vitamin D yesterday.

    It was hard to tell because I was outside for hours in a very, very shady tall, tall, tall tree area and I definitely didn’t get 4” of skin in one spot, but there wan inch on one arm and an inch on the other arm maybe. It was for hours though so maybe it trickles in.

    It was from 1:30 to sundown.

    Seems like enough hours that some Vitamin D might have snuck in.

    I didn’t get any color at all, but it feels like some sun hit me.

  13. I feel sorry for Dr Mcdougal, he is very kind warm and rare man, i considered him an hero, but unfortunately he may done a fatal mistake, by going very low on fat and protein.
    I was following his diet over 2 years,at the beginning i felt incredible, for the last couple of months or so, i felt terrible.
    so recently i decided to include a large amount of plant fats, nuts, seeds avocado, soy product (about 70% or more of my calories)
    and i back to feel great again, my lesson is always to keep an open mind, maybe small amount of animal products could also be beneficial, currently i stay on a WFPB high fat diet, but i may include some small amount of animal products if i will convinced it’s important.
    very sad for Dr Mcdougall, hope he will recover , wish him the best.

    1. “….very sad for Dr Mcdougall, hope he will recover , wish him the best.”
      – – – –

      Huh? What are you talking about, roni? Recover from what? Any links?

    1. I wonder what a supervised water only fast could do to treating this bug. Also for those with schizophrenia, people who’ve had their first psychotic episode and have no previous history of illicit or psychiatric drug use, and those who are attempting psychiatric drug withdrawal treatment.

  14. Is there any information regarding anaplasmosis? Is this infection similar to toxoplasmosis? I have a close relative who has been infected with it and they say that he has something called schizoaffective disorder.

  15. Actually this close relative is my child and his sufferings have been very horrible. Is it possible to kill these cysts? I am not a scientist and I am not sure if I completely understand.

  16. Are there foods that can help eliminate toxoplasmosis? My Son has been diagnosed with skitzophrenia. How can I find out if he has toxoplasmosis? I eat plant based but while he eats what I make…he supplements with fast food. I want to fight back against the skitzophrenia but not sure how.

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