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27 Jan

PARASITE IN CATS MAY INCREASE RISK IN SCHIZOPHRENIA

Researchers found that a parasite carried in cats and farm animals may increase a person’s risk of schizophrenia.  The study, conducted by the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and John Hopkins Children’s Centre was published in January’s issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry.  The study found that 7 of the 180 schizophrenia patients in the study had been infected with toxoplasma before their diagnosis compared with 5 per cent of 532 people without schizophrenia.“Our findings reveal the strongest association we’ve seen yet between infection with this very common parasite and the subsequent development of schizophrenia,” researcher Dr. Robert Yolken, a neurovirologist at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, said in a prepared statement.Most toxoplasma infections occur early in life through exposure to cat feces or undercooked beef or pork. Infections rarely cause symptoms, but the parasite remains in the body and can become active after being dormant for many years, according to background information in a news release about the study. 

OBESITY EPIDEMIC  EXTENDS TO PETS AS WELL

The Obesity problem in North America is not only limited to people but it has extended to their best friends as well – their dogs and cats.  I think people who are obese produce obese pets for the same reason. They feed their animals with junk foods and don’t exercise them enough. They sit on their couch and watch TV together. If they do not exercise then the dogs don’t get their exercises as well. And what’s even worse it has created a rich opportunity for our predatory pharmaceutical groups a to peddle drugs to make dogs get thin.  You know what will happen? You will be forever taking your animals to the vets to treat side effects of these drugs.  Might as well you put your poor animal to sleep rather than make them a ward of hospital. That’s unkind. To prevent fat related illnesses in your animals feed and exercise them properly.

Concerns raised over the Natural Product  KAVA

If you are one of those people who uses Kava, an extract of a species of pepper plant (Piper methysticum),  in place of  antianxiety medications. Though some clinical trials have found that it works, possibly by a mechanism similar to that of benzodiazepines, there are concerns here and abroad about its safety.The Food and Drug Administration is investigating reports that it may cause serious liver toxicity, including cirrhosis and liver failure. About 25 people in Germany and Switzerland developed liver toxicity after using products containing kava. Buyer beware, you should be aware of the concerns raised by this drug and use with caution.

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