CDC: Parasite Found To Cause Alzheimer’s, Epilepsy, and Cancer

JD Fri, 09/15/2017 - 14:09

Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that a parasite found in 11% of the American population has been linked to alzheimer’s, epilepsy, and cancer.

One third of the world’s population is infected with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. Researchers say that the toxic parasite affects 11% of the U.S. population aged 6 years and over. reports: Researchers from 16 institutions across the U.S., Canada, England, Scotland, and Australia have now analyzed genetic, transcriptomic, and proteomic data from infected individuals, and from studies in cell cultures, to link T. gondii infection with a number of brain disorders, including epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, and even some cancers. “This study is a paradigm shifter,” stated co-author Dennis Steindler, Ph.D., director of the Neuroscience and Aging Lab at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. “We now have to insert infectious disease into the equation of neurodegenerative diseases, epilepsy, and neural cancers. At the same time, we have to translate aspects of this study into preventive treatments that include everything from drugs to diet to lifestyle, in order to delay disease onset and progression.”

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A Toxoplasma infection occurs by:

Eating under-cooked, contaminated meat (especially pork, lamb, and venison).

Drinking water contaminated with Toxoplasma gondii.

Accidentally swallowing the parasite through contact with cat feces that contain Toxoplasma. This might happen by...

Cleaning a cat’s litter box when the cat has shed Toxoplasma in its feces

Touching or ingesting anything that has come into contact with cat feces that contain Toxoplasma

Accidentally ingesting contaminated soil (e.g., not washing hands after gardening or eating unwashed fruits or vegetables from a garden)

Mother-to-child (congenital) transmission.

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it can be transmitted by an insect vector, like a tick, that is carrying it as a result of biting an infected cat!