Scientists are now confirming that parasites can and do alter the brain chemistry of it's host for it's own survival purposes linking it to uncontrollable addictions, sugar cravings, eating disorders, just about every known disease, weight gain, feelings of anxiety, anger,depression, insecurity, self-doubt and neuroticism. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies parasites as among the six most dangerous diseases that infect humans. Parasites outrank cancer as the number one global killer, and account for many of the physical and psychological woes from which people suffer. Dr. E. Fuller Torrey (Associate Director for Laboratory Research at the Stanley Medical Research Institute) noticed links between Toxoplasma and schizophrenia in human beings, approximately three billion of whom are infected with T. gondii:As the parasites metabolize, they excrete neurotoxins. These toxins acidify the tissues and puts you a step towards degenerative diseases such as cancer. The acidity even promotes fungal growth and tissue oxygen deficiency. Further, the viruses they carry along, deteriorates the immune system leaving humans defense systems down, vulnerable enough to fall prey.
Five years ago, Oxford University zoologists showed that the parasite Toxoplasma gondii alters the brain chemistry of rats so that they are more likely to seek out cats. Toxoplasma forms cysts in the bodies of the intermediate rat hosts, including in the brain. alters the brain chemistry of rats so that they are more likely to seek out cats. It was a little out there for me the first time i read about it, until I saw the video footage of how parasites and worms force these insects and animals to virtually commit suicide and even while the host is still living, you can immediately see these parasites come out of it's host and swim or crawl away see the experiments for yourself. I got a link below to that site. Oxford scientists discovered that the minds of the infected rats have been subtly altered. In a series of experiments, they demonstrated that healthy rats will prudently avoid areas that have been doused with cat urine. However, it turns out that Toxoplasma-ridden rats show no such reaction. In fact, most of the infected rats actually seek out the cat urine-marked areas again and again. Infection thus makes a rat more likely to be killed and the parasite more likely to end up in a cat-the only host in which it can complete the reproductive step of its life cycle.The parasite alters the mind (and thus the behavior) of the rat for its own benefit.
The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) estimates that over sixty million people in the United States are likely infected with Toxoplasma gondii. Everyone has parasites. The notion that tiny creatures we've largely taken for granted are such a dominant force is immensely disturbing. We are collections of cells that work together, kept harmonized by chemical signals. If an organism can and does control those signals - an organism like a parasite - then it can control us. And therein lies the peculiar and precise horror of parasites. Parasites also excrete waste into our bodies and harm it in a number of ways!
Prevents the Absorption of Nutrients: Parasites thwart the absorption of nutrients in the body. June Wiles, a parasite expert reports, "Parasites are vermin that steal your food, drink your blood and leave their excrement in your body to be re-absorbed back into the blood stream". The poor absorption leads to anemia (especially caused by tapeworms).
Causes weight gain and Obesity: Parasites trick the body to crave for food, which keeps them well fed and help them reproduce. When these parasites absorb all the nutrients from the food you consume, you are left with very less or no energy at all. You will then have cravings for sugar coupled with fatigue and even depression. Causes Swelling: Parasites cause damage to the body even after they die. Once they die, they cause swelling and blockage in the body. This affects the digestive system and colon, which leads to the building of plaques. The plaque in turn leads to growth of parasites. You actually get trapped into a vicious circle of parasite and its effects.
While these individual changes in personality have been known for some time, remember this is just one parasite we're discussing. These studies are just the tip of the ice burg.
According the World Health Organization (WHO), 3.5 billion people worldwide are infected with some type of intestinal parasite, as a result of which 450 million are sick. Oxford University researchers believe high levels of the parasite also leads to hyperactivity and lower IQs in children. Washing your hands are very important so is brushing your teeth twice a day but more important then any of that is cleaning your insides, find out how: http:borndivinity.com/loseweight.html
Psychological, emotional problems and even addiction such as overeating, alcoholism and drug abuse can be linked to this same premise. For the videos of the observation of these parasites and their mind control over their host: http://www.livescience.com/technology/060210_technovelgy.html