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Do Parasites Control Your Sex Life?
03-25-2007, 07:55 PM,
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Do Parasites Control Your Sex Life?
Quote:Quite a question, I know. I’m full of strange questions these days. For instance: are you familiar with the single-celled organism known as Toxoplasma Gondii? Because odds are actually pretty good that they’re familiar with you. According to statistics, there’s over 60 million Americans walking around with a Toxoplasmosis infection. According to biologists, Toxoplasmosis has probably been around for as long as cats and humans have co-existed — many thousands of years.

What’s most interesting about Toxoplasmosis is that it creates neurological and behavioral changes in the host animal. This raises some very, very strange questions, and we’ll ask ‘em all here today.

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03-25-2007, 08:20 PM,
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Do Parasites Control Your Sex Life?
brings to mind a further aspect of this area... there is the theory that bacteria are simply seperate parts of one giant organism with a worldwide mass mind . They can swap info between them , etc . very odd great post!!!!!!!!!!!!
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09-21-2010, 03:20 PM,
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RE: Do Parasites Control Your Sex Life?
The link was dead but the site is still up so I dug it out of the archives. Interesting topic. I've dug up all the referring links within too. I bet you will learn something if you follow up on them.

It's not just about sex - it's about socially engineering personality and culture.

Quote:Do Parasites Control Your Sex Life?
Posted Mar 23, 2007
by humpjones.com

Quite a question, I know. I’m full of strange questions these days. For instance: are you familiar with the single-celled organism known as Toxoplasma Gondii? Because odds are actually pretty good that they’re familiar with you. According to statistics, there’s over 60 million Americans walking around with a Toxoplasmosis infection. According to biologists, Toxoplasmosis has probably been around for as long as cats and humans have co-existed—many thousands of years.

What’s most interesting about Toxoplasmosis is that it creates neurological and behavioral changes in the host animal. This raises some very, very strange questions, and we’ll ask ‘em all here today.

It has been found that the parasite has the ability to change the behavior of its host: infected rats and mice are less fearful of cats - in fact, some of the infected rats seek out cat-urine-marked areas. This effect is advantageous to the parasite, which will be able to sexually reproduce if its host is eaten by a cat. The mechanism for this change is not completely understood, but there is evidence that toxoplasmosis infection raises dopamine levels in infected mice.

Where You End and They Begin

Now we’re elbow-deep in the Disturbing Questions about boundaries and identity. Are you your body? If your body weight is around 70% water—and it is—is that water part of you? Or is it just water that’s in your body?

So what about the rest of you? This leaves around 30% of your body weight, the actual tissue of organs, muscles, cartilage and bone—but that’s not all. In fact, by most estimates more than half of the cells in your body are actually bacteria, viruses and fungus. You have no nervous system control over or communication with these critters, but they’re in you—billions of them—so are they part of you? Or are they just critters that are in your body?

The Human Genome Project, like all real science, wound up raising a ton of new questions and making our old questions irrelevant. Once the whole thing was hammered out and codified, everyone found themselves looking around the room and shrugging, because it turned out there’s not nearly enough information contained in the human genome to actually build a body. Yet, obviously, bodies happen, all the time.

Real-Deal Mind Control, Baby

Do you know Chris King? No, that’s actually not a photo of him to the left. He’s kind of a patron saint for me, since I think he’s one of the Major Geniuses of our time, and I’m about to quote him:

“The 5 x 10^4 genes governing central nervous system development, around 60% of human genes, cannot informationally specify the connections for 10^11 neurons and 10^15 synapses.”

I realize that’s not even English to a lot of people, but he’s basically pointing out that even though most of our genes are devoted to building the human brain, there’s still not nearly enough information contained in those genes to actually build a brain. So there’s gotta be something else at work. Chris King has worked out, in clear mathematics, what that “something” is—but I’m going to ignore that completely, and suggest that the “something” could just as easily be some sort of bacteria or virus.

This would be pretty simple to build a case for, which is creepy. After all, the structure of our neurons is being sculpted every day—rather than reinvent the wheel here, let’s just quote Howard Bloom:

An infant’s brain is sculpted by the culture into which the child is born. Six-month olds can distinguish or produce every sound in virtually every human language. But within a mere four months, nearly two thirds of this capacity has been sliced away. The slashing of ability is accompanied by ruthless alterations in cerebral tissue. Brain cells are measured against the requirements of the physical and interpersonal environment. The 50% of neurons found useful thrive. The 50% which remain unexercised are literally forced to die.

Thus the floor plan

underlying the mind is crafted on-site to fit an existing framework of community.

So if Toxoplasmosis can alter—perhaps even regulate—levels of hormones, such as dopamine, which is basically the motivation behind nearly all human behavior, then it’s not a stretch to conclude they’re literally sculpting the host organism’s brain. Of course, we’re not rats, so an attraction to cat urine wouldn’t do Toxoplasma Gondii any good—but then...what would?

Let’s Get Dumb and Screw

For a long time, biologists assumed that if you didn’t get sick, Toxoplasmosis didn’t really affect you. Like most human assumptions, this has turned out to be dead wrong.

“Interestingly, the effect of infection is different between men and women,’’ Dr Boulter writes in the latest issue of Australasian Science magazine.

“Infected men have lower IQs, achieve a lower level of education and have shorter attention spans. They are also more likely to break rules and take risks, be more independent, more anti-social, suspicious, jealous and morose, and are deemed less attractive to women.

“On the other hand, infected women tend to be more outgoing, friendly, more promiscuous, and are considered more attractive to men compared with non-infected controls.”


There’s enough food for thought here for about six months of nightmares—I’d apologize but the damage has been done. More interesting still is that Toxoplasmosis makes a woman much more likely to give birth to male children, for the rest of her life. So let’s see: Taxoplasmosis makes women more outgoing and promiscuous, and more likely to have male children, those male children will grow up infected and be “more anti-social, suspicious, jealous and morose”—sounds like a recipe for disaster to me, but perhaps the reader will disagree.

It also sounds like a recipe for thousands of years of senseless violence, irrational religious beliefs, material greed and the suppression of women. Or as some folks prefer to call it, “The Whole of Human History.” This is a huge and humbling vista, and we’ll wrap up with some choice words from Taxoplasmosis expert Kevin Lafferty, who puts it in such an understated way you can almost forget how horrific this shit really is:

“In populations where this parasite is very common, mass personality modification could result in cultural change. This may explain a substantial proportion of human population differences we see in cultural aspects that relate to ego, money, material possessions, work and rules.”


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TREATMENT INFO (comment)

CDC
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dpd/parasites/toxoplasmosis/factsht_toxoplasmosis.htm

WIKI
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasmosis

I have an older friend who’s got Toxo in his eye and the drugs he’s on for it are fearsome—nearly fatal.

“No treatment is recommended for people without symptoms, except children, to prevent retinal inflammation. Treatment of women in pregnancy is controversial because of the toxicity of the medications, but treatment is still advocated.

Medications to treat the infection include: pyrimethamine, sulfonamide drugs, folinic acid, clindamycin, and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. Treatment in AIDS patients is continued as long as the immune system is weak, to prevent reactivation of the disease.”
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09-21-2010, 05:52 PM,
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This is veri Intesreting, Thank U
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10-13-2010, 12:18 AM,
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Tracked down the actual Report and a better review.

Quote:The prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii, a single-celled parasite, accounts for some cultural differences.
August 16, 2006

You are not the only one controlling your mind.

Approximately one-quarter of Americans host a parasite that has been shown to affect personality in both rodents and humans. According to a recent study, this single-celled organism may be able to shape entire cultures.

In a paper published in the online edition of Proceedings of the Royal Society, United States Geological Survey researcher Kevin Lafferty argues that a significant factor in why some countries exhibit higher levels of neuroticism than others may be the prevalence of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. The study also indicates that it may influence a society’s preference for strict laws, an expression of uncertainty avoidance, and its valuation of ‘masculine’ priorities such as competitiveness and financial success over ‘feminine’ values like relationship-building.

“Toxoplasma appears to explain 30% of the variation in neuroticism among countries, 15% of the uncertainty avoidance among Western nations and 30% of the sex role differences among Western nations,” Lafferty said via e-mail.

Lafferty analyzed preexisting data on Toxoplasma prevalence and mean trait levels in 39 countries. He found a significant linear correlation between latent Toxoplasma prevalence and neuroticism with a few outliers, including the unusually neurotic nations of Hungary and China and the notably easygoing Turkey.

Links between Toxoplasma, uncertainty avoidance and concerns about masculinity initially appeared to be insignificant but later emerged when Lafferty focused on Western nations.

Lafferty based his analysis on earlier research by Jaroslav Flegr, a parasitologist at Prague’s Charles University, which showed that in humans, Toxoplasma infection correlates highly with certain personality traits: Infected men tended to have lower levels of intelligence, superego strength and novelty-seeking, while infected women exhibited higher levels of intelligence, superego strength and warmth. Infected people of both sexes tend to be susceptible to feelings of guilt.

Lafferty chose to analyze cultural neuroticism because Toxoplasma appears to influence neuroticism-related traits equally in both sexes, he said, unlike, say superego strength.

“Given the previous results from the rodent models and Flegr’s human studies, I’m not sure I would have chosen ‘neurotism”/‘neurotic’ elements of human cultures as the measure here, particularly across genders, but that is a matter for debate,” said Imperial College London epidemiologist Joanne Webster in an email.

She noted that uncertainties remain as to why the link between Toxoplasma and cultural dimensions known to be associated with neuroticism are so evident in Western nations.

In 2000, Webster reported that rats infected with Toxoplasma are less fearful of and, in some cases, can even be attracted to their feline predators. She surmised that the parasite subtly manipulates a rat’s behavior to increase the rodent’s chances of being eaten by a cat—the only animal in which it can reproduce—thereby upping the odds of the parasite reproducing.

Lafferty acknowledges that his data set alone does not necessarily imply that latent Toxoplasmosis creates cultural neuroticism.

“For any correlation, it is possible that you have cause and effect mixed up,” he said. “However, for this study, I can only think of a logical mechanism for the possibility that Toxoplasma affects culture—not the reverse.”

Flegr, who advised Lafferty on his analysis, said in an e-mail that the new study jives with some of his own lab’s unpublished results, especially with respect to masculinity.

“We have the data showing that Toxoplasma-infected men are scored as more dominant and more masculine than Toxoplasma-free men by female observers.”
http://digg.com/news/science/toxoplasma_gondii_the_culture_shaping_parasite_that_modifies_personality
http://seedmagazine.com/content/article/the_culture-shaping_parasite/


Quote:Can the common brain parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, influence human culture?
Kevin D Lafferty (Email: lafferty@lifesci.ucsb.edu).
Western Ecological Research Centre, United States Geological Survey, Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
Proc Biol Sci. 2006 November 7; 273(1602): 2749–2755.
Published online 2006 August 1. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2006.3641.
Received April 21, 2006; Accepted June 6, 2006.
PMCID: PMC1635495
Copyright © 2006 The Royal Society
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1635495/
Full PDF: http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/273/1602/2749.full.pdf

All in all infection is largely related to the prevalence of cats since the parasite can only reproduce in the felines, and poor hygiene can augment transmission risks. Throughly cooking meat is a good prevention method more than 38% of UK meats are swimming with the parasites.
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10-13-2010, 03:48 AM,
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You mean like Parasite Hilton?

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10-13-2010, 10:04 AM,
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All in all infection is largely related to the prevalence of cats since the parasite can only reproduce in the felines, and poor hygiene can augment transmission risks. Throughly cooking meat is a good prevention method more than 38% of UK meats are swimming with the parasites.
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10-13-2010, 10:59 AM,
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(10-13-2010, 10:04 AM)Harrison Wrote: All in all infection is largely related to the prevalence of cats since the parasite can only reproduce in the felines, and poor hygiene can augment transmission risks. Throughly cooking meat is a good prevention method more than 38% of UK meats are swimming with the parasites.

Good thing that I prefer cat well done!

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10-31-2012, 11:13 PM,
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Happy Halloween!

Parasites in Humans



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lx9WXwsGfQA

A little bit of scare tactic marketing but if this is even half true..
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11-01-2012, 07:38 AM,
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Fuck for a second I thought "thirtyseven" was posting here again. Bastard. Sad
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