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Jaroslav Flegr's research on parasites from cats gaining credence

xrayspex

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I agree, my hunch is down the road it will be common knowledge not sure how long it will take

I love animals but hesitate to get another pet because I really suspect they harbor unhealthy things that can get passed onto us
right now I may sound like a wacked paranoid to the majority, but canary in coalmine is more like it
but seeing these photos I want to get a little bulldog :) but really don't know if want to risk exposures....I suspect my last dog gave me some bugs she had lymes and cancer....

http://www.littlefriendsphoto.com/

so cute tho

so if this zoonotic stuff is more prevalent than folks want to think, how to have a apet and protect yrself if vulnerable? plus I feel bad for pets now, i bet all the shots etc they give them nowadays make them feel rotten

seriously tho, if one is already infected with t gondii and has cysts in the brain, its too late for tx, for now anyway, its chilling like sci fi horror stuff:

"But for now, medicine has no therapy to offer people who want to rid themselves of the latent infection; and until solid proof exists that Toxo is as dangerous as some scientists now fear, pharmaceutical companies dont have much incentive to develop anti-Toxo drugs."
 

merylg

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Hi xrayspex,

Thanks for this thread. I find it very interesting. The research by Flegr et al into Toxoplasmosis and Rh (D) Positive & Negative blood groups, is also fascinating.

Some years ago I learned that the D antigen had a role in ion transport across the red blood cell membrane.

Then I thought that I being Rh (D) Negative...must be lacking something that MAY play a role in my general health (apart from issues related to potential Rh Haemolytic Disease of the newborn). I wondered if it in some way made me vulnerable to getting CFS/ME???

As it turns out, being Rh (D) Positive confers some protection against the negative effects on reaction time of latent Toxoplasma gondii.....even though those who are Rh(D) Negative and NOT having latent Toxoplasma gondii, initially have faster reaction times ;)....we luck out once we have latent Toxoplasmosis :(

The geographical distribution of Rh (D) Positive in populations also corresponds with the early distribution of cats (ie Africa & Asia).

http://web.natur.cuni.cz/flegr/pdf/rh.pdf

http://web.natur.cuni.cz/flegr/pdf/rh2.pdf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rh_blood_group_system
 

xrayspex

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thank you, will look into this more! I am RH negative too

I think there was a thread once at prohealth doing survey of how many negative RH people and there were a lot

I thought I read once at experimental that another risk factor for women with RH neg is rhogam shot, some biohazard in it in the past or something
 

xrayspex

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Meryl please share if you find out anything in your research on rhogam. I just did a quick perusal at a couple of the forums that I thought i remembered reading about that a few years ago and perhaps "biohazard" is too strong a word! it seems that some people were concerned there was thimerasol prior to the 90s in it and some people just noticed a correlation between later autoimmune issues and having had rhogam perhaps, and maybe there were some bad batches here and there but dont know if that was proven.