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(CNN)   Kitty litter linked to increased risk of suicides, crazy cat lady behavior   (thechart.blogs.cnn.com ) divider line
    More: Strange, Veterans Health Administration, Archives of General Psychiatry, Dr. Teodor Postolache  
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2012-07-03 09:56:33 AM  
2 votes:
Ugh, too much pseudoscience is being written about Toxoplasma gondii.

It affects mice. Then one day some troll speculated that it would be an evolutionary advantage if it turned humans into crazy cat lovers, and the latest pseudoscience fad was off and running. Never mind that a significant percentage of people have it with no symptoms whatsoever (probably because it doesn't do anything to humans), not to mention brainwashing humans is a pretty darn specific adaptation in the span of time since humans and cats began mingling socially (which was driven by agriculture so it only goes so far back).

Not that with current evidence it's completely impossible that human brains are somewhat influenced, but a scientific study is nothing without a causal link. In the case of a microbe, the lifecycle needs to be revised on a level more specific than "it makes women crazy". Until then, this is just a bunch of hogwash.

If crazy cat ladies have Toxoplasma gondii antibodies, it's probably because they're heavily exposed to it. One can say the same damn thing about an allergy FFS. And crazy people are more likely to commit suicide.

/ Cat hoarders piss me off
2012-07-03 04:25:32 AM  
2 votes:
It's not the kitty litter. That's perfectly safe clay to soak up leaking engine oil with. It's the cat crap.
2012-07-03 04:22:17 AM  
2 votes:
Toxoplasmosis?

*clicks link*

How did I know?

/cat person
//not suicidal
2012-07-03 09:50:49 AM  
1 vote:

SwiftFox: It's not the kitty litter. That's perfectly safe clay to soak up leaking engine oil with. It's the cat crap.


Quit talking shiat about me.
2012-07-03 09:26:33 AM  
1 vote:

smadge1: My cat poops in the garden all the neighbors flower beds and pisses on their front door, no litter in my house...


FTFY
2012-07-03 08:04:18 AM  
1 vote:

Shadow Blasko: Coming on a Bicycle: Given that T.Gondii has a prevalence in populations way beyond their suicide rates, tells me that most people don't really suffer from this parasite at all.

You've obviously never had to clean the house of someone who is clearly crazy with the catpsychosis.


You're looking at a 'chicken or the egg' scenario there. Are they crazy as a result of the cats, or do they have so many cats because they are crazy?
2012-07-03 06:37:07 AM  
1 vote:

smadge1: My cat poops in the garden, no litter in my house...


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Dude, hope you don't eat anything you grow there.
2012-07-03 06:18:03 AM  
1 vote:
Well, that settles it.
We have to ban cats.
2012-07-03 06:02:19 AM  
1 vote:

Coming on a Bicycle: Given that T.Gondii has a prevalence in populations way beyond their suicide rates, tells me that most people don't really suffer from this parasite at all.


You've obviously never had to clean the house of someone who is clearly crazy with the catpsychosis.
2012-07-03 05:06:29 AM  
1 vote:

ktybear: Bugs have been controlling insects for ages, it's logical to think they do something to us that we don't know about.


That sounds like it would be a good plot for a movie. Neurotoxins created in nature (say in trees, for example) alter the behaviour of humans, making them commit mass suicide.

I'm sure Hollywood would find a suitable director to tackle that kind of source material and not make it totally suck. Oh yes, very sure.
2012-07-03 04:47:22 AM  
1 vote:
Bugs have been controlling insects for ages, it's logical to think they do something to us that we don't know about.
2012-07-03 04:33:14 AM  
1 vote:
T. gondii usually runs its life cycle through mice and cats

But based on observation that there is approx a 3% p.a. predation rate of primates in areas where there are big cats, suggestion that humans have been a vector in prehistoric past. And so there shd be strains of T.gondii that have similar effects on human brain as rodent brains - ie screw up their thinking so take more risks. And if it does affect brain chemistry it's probably reasonable to see it as tipping the balance in potentially vulnerable people.
 
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