The Cat Parasite – Toxoplasma gondii

October 23, 2023 6 mins to read
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You may have heard about the Cat Parasite, or it’s medical name Toxoplasma gondii. It’s one of the most common parasitic infections. Some people are now afraid of their cat, while others ignore the potential parasitic infection. In this article I’m going to go over the Toxoplasma gondii parasite, it’s transmission, why pregnant women (or those who plan on getting pregnant) should be more cautious of it, as well as best practices for prevention and removal.

What’s the Deal with Toxoplasma gondii?

A protozoan parasite, it’s got a thing for warm-blooded animals (us included). But our feline friends are especially important for it’s lifecycle and transmission.

Catching the Bug

So how do we humans contract the cat parasite from our…well, cats!

  • Eating with contaminated hands, drinking unsafe water, or indulging in that slightly rare steak.
  • Those adorable cat videos? Harmless. But handling cat litter, especially if it’s been left unattended for days? Not so much.
  • For the expecting moms: there’s a chance it could be passed from you to your little one during pregnancy.
    • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should definitely see a health professional, before doing a parasite cleanse.
  • Very rarely, someone might get it from an organ transplant or blood transfusion.

Who Should be More Cautious of Infection?

Reality is many folks are walking around with T. Gondii infection, and they have no idea. This is because most people with a strong immune system can quickly eliminate the parasite. However, those immunocompromised or expecting, are when this tiny intruder can become more of a problem, leading to some significant health issues. Some symptoms include: swollen lymph nodes, muscle aches, and an unshakable fatigue.

  • Elderly
  • Expecting Mothers
  • Those with compromised immune systems e.g. cancer, AIDS, HIV, etc
  • Infants, toddlers and young children

My Top Tips to Kick T. gondii to the Curb

  1. 🥩 Meat Lovers: Ensure your meats are cooked well-done. Say no to pink centers!
  2. 🍅 Veggie Vibes: Give your veggies and fruits a good rinse before indulging. Adding a bit of vinegar can help to disinfect.
  3. 💧 Water Wisdom: Stick to treated (Reverse Osmosis, Distilled or bottled) water, especially when globe-trotting.
  4. 🌱 Gardening Goals: Rock those gloves and wash your hands post-gardening.
  5. 😺 Cat Care: If you’re with child, maybe delegate litter duties to someone else. And if your feline loves outdoor adventures, consider some indoor playtime instead.

Symptoms of Severe T. Gondii Infection

  1. Neurological Abnormalities: This can manifest as headaches, confusion, poor coordination, or seizures.
  2. Encephalitis: Inflammation of the brain, which can lead to neurological symptoms, fever, and fatigue.
  3. Lung Involvement: This might lead to cough, shortness of breath, or even pneumonia-like symptoms.
  4. Retinochoroiditis: Inflammation of the retina and choroid in the eye can result in blurred or reduced vision, pain, redness of the eye, or seeing floaters.
  5. Heart Issues: In rare cases, the infection can affect the heart, leading to symptoms of myocarditis or heart failure.

Behavioral Changes?

Some studies flirt with the idea that parasitic infection such as with T. gondii that it can affect behavior, if you look at the biochemistry – parasites do release toxins that could affect hormone balance and potentially affect mood, however data is still lacking and more research is needed. So, maybe don’t blame your recent impulse buy on your cat just yet!

How to Test for T. Gondii

Here are some more common ways your doctor can test for parasitic infection. I may also be able to direct you to some at-home tests if you book an appointment with me.

  1. Serological Tests: Check for IgM and IgG antibodies in the blood to determine recent or past exposure.
  2. PCR Test: Detects T. gondii DNA in body fluids, useful for confirming acute infections.
  3. Direct Observation: Examines tissue biopsies under a microscope for the parasite.
  4. Prenatal Testing: Uses amniocentesis to test amniotic fluid for fetal infections.
  5. Ophthalmologic Examination: Eye exams identify signs of ocular toxoplasmosis.
  6. Imaging: Brain scans (like CT or MRI) detect potential toxoplasmosis-related lesions.

Prevention and Detox

Generally, as mentioned earlier, if you have a strong immune system and are healthy, then your body will naturally eliminate the T. gondii parasite. However if you have a compromise immune system due to illness or operation, or if you are pregnant, you should be more cautious. Now pregnant or breastfeeding women should obviously contact their physician before trying a parasite detox, but for everybody else an annual or bi-annual “Amish style” parasite cleanse is generally a good idea to maintain optimal health. Again just Book an appointment with me & contact a naturopathic doctor before starting a parasite cleanse (either natural or to receive medications), especially if you have health conditions or are on medications.

My Favorite Parasite Tincture

Again if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, contact your doctor first. My favorite parasite cleanse tincture is the ParaFy Kit by Rogershood, a 4-week parasite cleanse bundle. The main anti-parasite tincture “Parafy” contains wormwood, black walnut hull and cloves much like the Amish Style Tincture, but has a host of additional ingredients in the tincture. The bundle also includes 3 additional formulas, that are part of an advanced protocol to wipe out parasites which includes: Metal Flush to detox metals, Cinnabin to deal with the unpleasant die-off symptoms and sustain to help deal with the fungal overgrowth that often accompanies parasite infection – It has everything you need to cleanse parasites in the bundle.

Conclusion

I’ve had pets (cats, dogs and even ducks) my whole life…But animals truly are a big responsibility, and become a family member. So for certain individuals like those with compromised immune systems or expecting mothers, use more caution. And for women who aren’t pregnant, a yearly or twice a year natural “Amish style” parasite cleanse, can be a great way to stay healthy. And remember, many of us might’ve already met T. gondii without even knowing it.

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