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Toxoplasmosis Infections and T and Cortisol

Ok guys this is your New World Order, Tin Foil Hat post for the day-

One thing that I’ve been researching recently and that has amazed me it hasn’t been talked about more in the general media, or this website is the parasite Toxoplasmosis gondii. Its the most common and most studied parasite you’ve never heard of. Here’s the wiki on it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasmosis. I think its important because around 20% of the US are infected by it and the parasite has figured out how to raise both testosterone(and raise it higher throughout the day) and cortisol levels immensely in males and seems to screw with the brains of mice and humans alike. They’ve discovered it actually makes men like the smell of cat piss more (WTF?) and tends to make men more antisocial, anxious and risk taking. Here is the pdf of a study done in Iran…check out the chart on it of the T of the Toxo group vs the control https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&ved=0CEkQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fjjmicrobiol.com%2F4117.pdf&ei=ganEUtKhIYPloATK7oIQ&usg=AFQjCNG2PY7ca6OEx1bx_I9jrVUFMM49RQ&sig2=GriD7byvNsjkculYuykONQ&bvm=bv.58187178,d.cGU . Heres another study done on T in people with Toxo. http://www.ergo-log.com/toxoplasmagondii.html . And here is a good general overview of recent studies http://schizophreniabulletin.oxfordjournals.org/content/33/3/757.full . Toxo is complicated and you will see many authors make statements that are often refuted strongly by other studies(the best example is that it many study authors will state that people get it from cats when studies have found that, people who handle cats daily don’t really have a higher rate). Worldwide rates of infection usually vary widely, France has a surprising 75 percent rate. It is generally gotten through undercooked meat (protein fiends beware!) and occasionally from contamination of fresh water (sea otters near river deltas have a high toxo rate).

So I was curious if you guys had seen many blood tests where people had oddly high test/cortisol levels and similar symptoms to Toxo, or if you had any insights to this odd malady.