A Quark of A Different Spin. (adameros) wrote,
A Quark of A Different Spin.
adameros

You know the assumption that crazy people collect cats? It turns out that might be false. It could be cat's make people crazy. According to National Geographic (August 2005, page 1 under "The Science Of Things") it says that cat's can cause schizophrenia. Cat feces caries a protozoan called Toxoplasma gondii which has been found to increase the cases of schizophrenia by 2.6 times for people exposed in utero.

While I love to take these opertunities to mock my cat owning friends, the interesting thing is there is growing suspicion that many mental illnesses might be caused by verious infections of one type or another. A couple of long known examples of this are syphilis causing psychosis and bacteria from ticks causing lyme disease. And even research showing a possible connection between herpes and bipolar disorder.

This might allow for new and better treatment and possibly vaccines for mental illnesses.
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