Toxoplasma gondii is a microscopic parasite that infects cats and can be found in the soil – research shows it may be a factor in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and OCD in susceptible individuals. Could toxoplasma gondii could be one of the root causes of unresolved anxiety? I believe so and feel it’s under-rated.
This is the one of the parasitic infections I cover on The Parasite Summit which is online from September 11-18, 2017.
Here are a few snippets from my interview:
A single-celled parasite called Toxoplasma gondii causes a disease known as toxoplasmosis.
Toxoplasma gondii is a microscopic parasite that infects cats and can be found in the soil. The infection can be acquired by ingesting contaminated food or water, by handling contaminated cat litter, or by transmission from mother-to-child.
According to the CDC – as of Mar 1, 2017 – in the United States it is estimated that 11% of the population 6 years and older have been infected with Toxoplasma. In various places throughout the world, it has been shown that up to 95% of some populations have been infected with Toxoplasma.
I love cats and have always been a cat person and pets are wonderful companions helping many of us humans recovering from PTSD and trauma – but we always need to dig deeper:
- some individuals don’t respond as well to dietary changes, brain chemical balancing and addressing other biochemical/nutritional factors
- I’m always looking for root possible causes. I’ve identified 70+ causes of anxiety and one of them is parasites
- any parasite could be a factor – it causes stress and inflammation in the body, and we may see high cortisol leading to increased anxiety, insomnia and inflammation
- could toxoplasma gondii could be one of the root causes of unresolved anxiety? I believe so and feel it’s under-rated – and believe we’ll be hearing more about it as more research comes out
I discuss this review paper published this year: Is Toxoplasma gondii a Trigger of Bipolar Disorder?
The association between T. gondii and schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder is one of the most studied links between one pathogen and a psychiatric disorder.
However, growing emerging evidence has also documented an association between latent toxoplasmosis and the risk of [bipolar disorder] and suicidal/aggressive behaviors. T. gondii infection, as previously suggested for schizophrenia, may contribute to the onset and the progressive course of the disease interacting with genetic hereditary predisposing factors, as well as affecting neurotransmitter systems and immune responses, which have recently been shown to be closely linked to the pathogenesis of BD and its medical comorbidities.
The link between this parasite and psychiatric disorders could be also explained by its ability to influence neurotransmitter pathways. Indeed, T. gondii has been shown to increase dopamine levels, as well as to modulate serotonin, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate signaling.
With the impacts on neurotransmitters it’s clear how this parasite could directly trigger anxiety, panic attacks, fears, worry and even OCD. I cover this and more (malaria and malaria medications too) on the upcoming Parasite summit that starts September 11th.
At the Parasite Summit, experts will help you determine if parasites are silently impacting your health – they’re FAR MORE COMMON than you think! Parasites aren’t just found in third-world countries, millions are already infected in industrialized countries and parasites could be silently hampering your health. Fortunately, with awareness and appropriate care, parasites can be prevented and treated, once detected.
If you’re struggling with any of the following, don’t miss this event:
- Gastrointestinal: pain/cramps, excess gas, bloating, constipation/diarrhea
- Infertility and hormone disorders
- Skin issues: acne, itching, rashes
- Mental health: depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, schizophrenia
- Challenges with autoimmune disease recovery (Toxoplasma gondii may also be a factor in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis)
The Parasite Summit is online from September 11-18, 2017 and you can register here I hope you can join us!
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